This was the best week ever!!!! I went on a Bahamas cruise with two of my besties, Elizabeth and Stacey. Elizabeth is my roommate and Stacey and I lived together our junior year of college. I love them both dearly and couldn't have asked for better friends to take this adventure with. I love that our ship had flowers.
This was our room. Super small! That couch pulled out into a bed and then the bathroom was in that door that you see on the left closest to you.
We left from Miami and the port was right in downtown Miami. We got on the boat super early and were at the port for about five hours before we left.
I really didn't know what to expect because I had never been on a cruise before, but our boat was HUGE! This is a shot from the 11th floor looking all the way down to the bottom.
I was super confused because there was a Christmas tree and it was warm! And they played Christmas music the entire time on the ship. I was suuuuper confused, I was sure it was July.
The coast guard escorted us out. If you zoom in on the picture, you can see the guy with the enormous gun! A few minutes after that, the ship slowed down and a coast guard guy jumped off our boat into the coast guard boat. It was intense.
The first day was Grand Bahama Island. I gotta tell ya, I didn't really like that island. It was really humbling, but too humbling. It was kind of depressing. It was really uber ghetto and all the buildings looked deserted and run down and the paint was chipped everywhere and the doors looked like they had been broken into. We took a bus to the beach.
We were supposed to go snorkeling that day and take a boat to the middle of the ocean and snorkel there but it was too windy. It looked better in this picture because by then it was the afternoon.
There was a guy chopping off the tops of coconuts and you could drink right out of it. I didn't get one, I don't really like coconut, but I did try Elizabeth's (she is the one on the right)
The next day was the day I had more fun than I have ever had in my whole life. Seriously. We went to the island of Nassau, where the big Atlantis resort was. I'm sure you have seen the resort in movies, includingCasino Royale, it is the buildings in the background in the picture below. I really liked that island and they had full on Gucci and Prada stores and everything. It was super ritzy and that resort is incredibly expensive. There was a big water park at the resort with about 7 water slides. Literally the most fun I have ever had.
That structure you see is the part of the park that has 4 water slides. That river you see was the lazy river. It went all the way around the park and dropped you off at that structure (I called it a palace because I thought it looked like one).
You get in a tube and hop in the lazy river as it drops you off at the palace, you wait in line in your tube and there is a conveyor belt thing that takes you all the way to the top so you don't even up to walk up the stairs. This is the conveyor belt. You go backwards.
Once you get to the top of the "palace" this is the view.
And this is one of the rides, it shoots you up really fast.
There was a ride in that palace that was super steep and really fun! I had no idea what to expect or what I was getting myself into so when I got on the ride, I was a little nervous! It had two really steep drops and you aren't in a tube. What was most surprising was I got on the ride, had no idea what was happening, and once I felt myself land in water, I opened my eyes and I wasn't outside like I thought I would be. I was in a cave. It was total fun surprise. You can see in this picture, but on both sides of that waterfall was fish tanks, HUGE fish tanks. So you land in this cave and its a little dark and there are fish swimming all around you. It was awesome.
This was the other structure at the park. This was a slide where you raced your friend. Stacey won.
There was another ride in that structure that you you did see the sharks. You get in a tube and it really was a chill ride, but when you get to the bottom, you are in this tunnel. And it is very small and very hot and very humid. And there are sharks above you and on both sides of you. So we took this picture in the tunnel. They were swimming really close and there was a few sharks just chilling on the roof of the tunnel. It was awesome.
The last day we went to Norwegian cruise line's private island. It was super small, that picture is pretty much its size. It really is that long but it's wide.
The beach was gorgeous and the water was the perfect temperature and really shallow so you could stand up very far in the water. You could rent lounge tubes so people were just lying out in the middle of the ocean, and a lot of them brought iPod speakers and just played music and relaxed. It was heaven.
You really cant be bothered to lay on the actual beach right? So they had lounge chairs.
There was nothing on the island really except a cafeteria where they fed us lunch and then little kiosks where you could buy shore excursions.
That's our ship in the background. It was really shallow so they anchored the boat and then we took bus shuttles to the island. I was really excited to show my nephew pictures of the fishes I saw and when I woke him up from his nap today and told him I went to the beach and swam with fishies and I was going to show him pictures, he got super excited. After we had changed his diaper, he asked "where are the fishies?" And then we sat down and I showed him all the pictures. I asked him to count how many fishes there were and he did a very good job. He was also good at pointing me out when I asked where I was in the picture. He would point and say "that's Aunt Lauren!" Ahhhhh. Words cannot even express how wonderful it is to hear a child you love say your name.
It was getting pretty stormy when we left the island to go back to the ship, and it started raining and was really windy. That last night on the boat, I was woke up in the middle of the night to some serious rocking. I thought the boat was going to topple over and I kept waiting for them to make an announcement that we needed to make our way to the lifeboats. I thought I was going to fall out of my bed it was rocking so badly. I was really scared but then told myself to stop it so I did and fell back sleep.
The dining was amazing. This was the Palace Restaurant. Food was of course, impeccable.
My sister asked me what the best food I ate on the cruise was. It was definitely this. Pot roast. I always got more than one entree and at least two desserts. Why not? I already paid for it.
Our housekeeper always folded our towels into animals. Our last night, he made a frog. He did not turn into a prince after my kiss. How rude.