Photos from The Bahamas

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Top 10 Likes and Dislikes of Cruising

Top 10 Likes

  1. Constant travel: you get to wake up and be somewhere completely new! You only have to unpack once, then you sit back, relax and get to enjoy multiple places in multiple countries.
  2. Convenience: The whole thing is planned out for you. You don’t need to worry about where you’re going to eat dinner or how you’re going to get to your next destination.
  3. Accessibility: Its a great vacation for everybody and caters to all abilities and ages.
  4. The view: Running around the outside of the boat, listening to the waves and having the wind in your hair is priceless.
  5. Sunsets and clear skies: you won’t see anything like it
  6. Living on a boat: It’s a really cool experience getting to sleep on a ship, you feel like you’re on the titanic but you know that there’s enough lifeboats so it’s even better.
  7. The pool:  I think it’s so cool that you  can be in a pool, on a boat. The ships with the waterslides are even better!
  8. The staff:  so welcoming, friendly and helpful
  9. Social: It’s easy to meet new people.
  10. Amenities: there is entertainment for everybody. You can’t get bored – there is always a millions things happening that target different audiences and groups.

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Nassau, Bahamas [Day 4]

Cruise line: Norwegian Sky (aka the ship with the free booze hollaaa) *Click for a review of the ship
Nights: 4 nights in the Bahamas
Ports: 3 [Freeport, Great Stirrup Cay, Nassau] *Click for a review of each port

The last stop of our cruise: Nassau! I had heard some mixed reviews of this city so I wasn’t too sure what to expect. I heard that there was a lot of bargaining and people just trying to sell you things. Although close to the port was excessively busy, I never felt too overwhelmed or felt like I was being pushed to purchase anything. As a young woman in her twenties walking around by herself, typically, I am a target for that kind of stuff too so I think mostly people were being over dramatic about it. I really enjoyed Nassau!

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Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas [Day 3]

Cruise line: Norwegian Sky (aka the ship with the free booze hollaaa) *Click for a review of the ship
Nights: 4 nights in the Bahamas
Ports: 3 [Freeport, Great Stirrup Cay, Nassau]

Our itinerary got switched around on the second day of our cruise. Originally, we were intended to go to Nassau on the second day, but due to expected high winds the two ports were switched. Great Stirrup Cay is an island owned by the Norwegian cruise line.

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For this port, you actually stop in the ocean and take a smaller boat to the island. On land they have everything set up for you. I don’t know how much I loved the island because of the fact that it was owned by Norwegian. On the one hand, everything was there for you. Free food and alcohol on the island, there were activities to do, and so many beach beds to lounge in. On the other hand, there was no culture or Bahamian lifestyle to it. We could have been anywhere in the world and it would be the same. It just kind of felt really fake and weird. Like why are we all just sitting on this beach drinking having no interaction with any sort of life from outside this weird place. Regardless, we enjoyed a lot of sun that day and got a few naps in on the beach. Continue reading “Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas [Day 3]”

Freeport, Bahamas [Day 2]

Cruise line: Norwegian Sky (aka the ship with the free booze hollaaa) *Click for a review of the ship
Nights: 4 nights in the Bahamas
Ports: 3 [Freeport, Great Stirrup Cay, Nassau]

When I woke up in the morning it was raining outside and I could feel my pasty skin getting even pastier as I dreamt of laying out in the sun with a drink in my hand. We went for breakfast and stared out the window as the rain continued to pour. At around 10am it died down and we decided to get off the ship and walk around. The actual port is nothing fancy at all. There are some little pop up shops selling souvenirs and a few places to eat as well but that’s about it.

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Cruisin’ in the Bahamas Day 1-ish

Cruise line: Norwegian Sky (aka the ship with the all inclusive booze hollaaa) *Click for a review of the ship
Nights: 4 nights in the Bahamas
Ports: 3 [Freeport, Great Stirrup Cay, Nassau] *Click each for a review of the ports

It was a wild adventure getting the vacation started. We left Thunder Bay at around 3pm on Saturday the 13th and drove 6 hours to Minneapolis. It was hard for me to start relaxing and it took honestly until the second last day for me to stop stressing about school and life.

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Review of the Norwegian Sky

The Norwegian sky is a newer ship that is all inclusive. Like all food. All booze. All of it. It’s supposed to be a more upscale cruise line (or so I have been told). The ship is very nice and fancy so if that’s what you’re looking for than woopdydoo there ya go. I like my things nice and pretty too, but it hurt a little bit when we would stop at the port and the ship beside us would have a waterslide or like a rock climbing wall IN THE POOL. Our ship had a ton of dinning options, a la carte options, room service, different bars, 3 pools, 5 hot tubs, a gym, a spa, different entertainment rooms and there was a lot of activities happening every night. No matter what your age or interest, you could find something you enjoy doing on the ship. But it didn’t have a waterslide, or a rock climbing wall… so…

The food: The food was delicious. I’ve gone on a few of those weird all inclusive resort trips where the food is super questionable and you get sick half way through your trip. This was not like that. The buffet wasn’t extravagant but it had a lot of options, was cooked properly and like 8 out of 10 things tasted good. We never paid for dinning but the free dinners that we did go to were excellent. We had 5 course meals and steaks and amazing wines. So I could only imagine what you would get if you were paying extra to eat on the ship. Breakfast was also impeccable. On top of the regular buffet with everything you could imagine and more, there was an omelette station, a crepe station and a waffle station. Plus the best mimosas ever.

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Packing “light”??

Twenty countries later, and I still have no clue how to “pack light.” Someone help me SOS.   At least maybe this means I won’t have forgotten anything? Although, lets be honest, I still probably did. This photo does not include my toiletries (and there are many), or my camera gear 🙂 And here I thought I could bring it on a carry on….   … Continue reading Packing “light”??