The Planning is Almost Finished – Travels with Allie.
We woke up as we were arriving into the port of Nassau in the Bahamas. A lovely day was forecast – around 28C and sunny, and so it was. We had breakfast upstairs, watching the ship dock in the cruiseport in the centre of town. There were three other ships in at the same time.
We got off and walked into town and had a look around. It is quite picturesque – wooden houses painted in pastels and also bright colours, remnants of Britain – driving on the left, British churches, cricket greens, red post boxes…… It got hot so we negotiated with a taxi to take us to Cable Beach, one of the most famous beaches on the island. He took us there and came back for us at 330, for just over 50 dollars. The beach is very long, white sand and backed by a fringe of trees. There were a few large hotels too but the bit we were on was very quiet. Just us, a couple of other people and some vendors back in the trees.
We rented some loungers for the day – 10 dollars each and a couple of umbrellas and pegged out. It was lovely. We were in and out of the sea all day, and we read, Stuart and Fi walked the beach and 6 hours passed very quickly.
We got back to the cruise port at about 330 and witnessed a poor unfortunate running down the dock as his ship disappeared out to sea…… yikes… we got on board safely and went up to the Lido deck and had a couple of slices of freshly made pizza beside the pool. We hadn’t eaten at the beach. Washed those down with a nice margarita.
Then it was still so hot we got in the pool. There is a big movie screen over the pool area – huge – and they were showing a film of the Rolling Stones playing in Havana in 2016 as the country opened up again. It was quite surreal to be standing in the pool watching a film.
Came back to the cabin for a cool down before the evening. Tonight was one of the Dress to Impress nights, so best bib and tucker was on display. Nice dinner. Most of us went with the herb crusted lamb. Portion sizes were ok. I went with the garlic prawns (which were a main option) without their accompaniment, just as a starter and then the roast lamb. Delicious.
I should mention we went to the show before dinner. The theatrical ensemble giving a show called Rock Opera. It was absolutely excellent. Singer focussed, it included lots of fantastic performances, opening with the theme from the Greatest Showman. They got a well deserved standing ovation. After dinner we went to the show lounge where a band called Xcite were playing songs of the 70s. Everyone had a massive boogie and it felt really, really good. Really good.
Turned in about midnight. tomorrow we have a sea day so will be pegging out by the pool no doubt. Unlike Cunard, or even P&O, Princess have a rubbish daytime programme. No interesting talks, just things that are actually thinly veiled attempts to flog you something. It must be what Americans want.