5 Night Cruise to the Bahamas, visiting Half Moon Cay and Nassau
Well, I lied. I ended up getting off the ship in Nassau.
My brother wanted a special type of Southern Comfort called “Southern Comfort Reserve” and, apparently, it is available in the Caribbean for a very good price. As the fantastic younger sister that I am, I debarked around 12:30pm and visited several different liquor stores looking for this special “Reserve” alcohol. While visiting a Baccardi outlet, the staff was kind enough to call around to other stores to see if they carried it and – guess what – no one did. That’s right, I walked around for two hours, in the heat, with my mother-in-law, and ended up not finding it at all. Aren’t I a great sister? Ha!
While Grandma and I were sweating our way through the streets of Nassau, Joe, Grandpa, and Lex did some fun activities together. They played basketball (including a half-hour of Lex working on his soccer bet; he reached the backboard and rim from the opposite end), mini-golf (Lex won – one over par), and swimming in the salt water pool (Lex got wet – yep, no surprise there). We met up with them on the Lido deck, at which point the grandparents and Lex entered the hot tub while Joe and I rested on lounge chairs and enjoyed the gentle Bahamian breezes. Grandparents are great!
Dinnertime was very informative. We spent about 20 minutes talking with our headwaiter Edy, from Indonesia. We learned about his schedule (easily 15+ hour days), his employment with Carnival since 1987, the opportunities they offer employees onboard, and much more. He also danced for us again – along with all the other waitstaff – during dessert. Overall, a great meal, good conversation, and fun entertainment.
At the evening show, we enjoyed the comedian very much. The band is still fantastic and every single seat was filled – standing room only. I must say that this ship has some of the best entertainment I have ever seen on a short cruise.
After sailing, the shops opened up and I inquired with the onboard duty free liquor store about my hunt for Southern Comfort “Reserve”. He said, while they do serve it onboard at the bars, there was no way we could purchase our own bottle. Boo Hiss! So close, and yet so far.
Tomorrow is our last day at sea and I am looking forward to relaxing, trivia, afternoon tea, and some nice family fun before our very very long drive home on Thursday.