Sailing the Caribbean Sea

I have never tried to go on a cruise and since I am already living the American dream so, I have thought of venturing on a Caribbean cruise. The Caribbean is close to the state of Florida, a convenient location for out-of-country travel by sea. It was in the month of November where most states in the northern part of the United States are getting colder each day, thus, I have decided to go somewhere south and sunny by choosing in sailing the Caribbean Sea thru Carnival Cruises.

Carnival Glory

The itinerary for the 7-day long Caribbean cruise goes like this:

Day 1: Sail Away

Well, it says what it says. It was the sail away day when the cruise ship pulled the anchor up and started navigating the sea. We were in the port of Miami and check-in time was at 1400H. The boarding process was long since there were like a thousand passengers trying to get to the cruise ship but departure time was at 1600H. At around 1600H, the ship that we were in which was Carnival Glory went off of the port. I got to see Miami Beach view by the sea.

The sail away party in the cruise ship also started. Crew started calling all guests to come and have fun. There were drinks, dancing, foods, swimming and many more going on. It was one of the liveliest days.

Sail Away Party

Party Dancing in Lido Deck

Day 2: Half Moon Cay, the Bahamas

The second day was a first stop of the cruise in the Half Moon Cay. Half Moon Cay is a private island with 9 mile of beaches, a 1700-acre interior lagoon, and exotic vegetation.

Stunning Beach View with Carnival Glory in Half Moon Cay, The Bahamas

For the full story, visit my previous blog article titled, Stunning Beach View of the Bahamas.

Day 3: Nassau, the Bahamas

On the third day, Carnival Glory docked at the port of Nassau, the Bahamas. We were allowed to disembarked from 0700H to 1600H. Nassau is the most popular island out of 700 Bahamian islands.

Carnival Glory and Carnival Liberty in Nassau Port, The Bahamas

View from the Government House overlooking the Caribbean Sea

In Nassau, guests can do some sightseeing since there are tourist attractions in the island. It was scorching hot though but I was able to stroll around the place. Click here for the full story.

Day 4: Fun Day At Sea

It was a whole day just cruising the Caribbean Sea. But vacationers won’t get bored when confined to the whole ship coz there are a lot to do in the ship. Travelers can have fun in activities hosted in the Lido Deck, bars are open most of the time, pools and Jacuzzis are available to everyone, foods are overflowing, casinos is open, trivia quizzes and board games are provided, the spa and adult retreat are awesome relaxation, some sports such as basketball, golf, corn hole, and jogging are also available. You won’t be bored if you know how to have fun.

Slide and Dive in Carnival Glory’s activities while onboard

Sex on the Beach cocktail

Day 5: Amber Cove, Dominican Republic

The next day on my Caribbean cruise experience was a whole day spent in the Amber Cove, Dominican Republic. Amber Cove is Puerto Plata and the cruise ship provided excursions for sea-goers for a fee. That day, I got the opportunity to see the best of Puerto Plata.

Amber Cove

Carnival Glory in Amber Cove, Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic

San Felipe Fort in Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic

Check out my vlog about the Best of Puerto Plata.

Day 6: Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos Islands

The last leg was in Grand Turk in Turks and Caicos Islands. The capital of the TCI is named after the Turk Cap Cactus. The island is abundant of different species of animals from the land to the sea. But during my visit, it was still recovering from the damages it got from the hurricanes that hit.

Grand Turk shoreline view from Carnival Glory

Grand Turk Historic Lighthouse

To check for my Grand Turk adventure, just visit Get Up, Grand Turk!

Day 7: Farewell Day At Sea

On the last day at sea, we were having the farewell day. It was the same activities that we did when we were on day 4 but this time, it was like a culmination of everything. They had the last lip sync battle and were doing a lot of functions in every stages and decks in the cruise ship. It sure was memorable but a little sad coz my Caribbean adventure was about to end the next day.

Enjoying Jacuzzi on Farewell Day At Sea onboard Carnival Glory

Sailing the Caribbean Sea was one of the best moments of my life. I will definitely sail back again but in other different locations. There are still a lot to see in the Caribbean such as St. Maarten, St. Lucia, British and US Virgin Islands, Barbados, St Kitts and Nevis, Trinidad and Tobago and many more to mention. The whole experience was fun and relaxing and I love cruising the Caribbean Sea.

For my Sailing the Caribbean Sea vlog, just check this out.

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Stunning Beach View of the Bahamas

I was in a Caribbean Cruise and the itinerary showed 2 days in the Bahamas exploring Half Moon Cay and Nassau. I’ve heard a lot about the Bahamas such as great beaches, top tourist destination in the Caribbean, and it has been a location for movies. Hearing those feedback, I was still doubtful since I came from an island with beautiful beaches in Bohol, the Philippines. But when I heard the overhead call that we arrived in Half Moon Cay, I was ecstatic. We needed to get to a smaller boat to get to the shore. When I got out and reached the Half Moon beach, I thought I was dreaming. Right infront of me was a stunning beach view of the Bahamas.

Half Moon Cay is one of the islands of the Bahamas. It is also known as the Little San Salvador island. It is a private island in the Bahamas only accessible by cruise ship. The island got its name for its crescent-shaped Half Moon Beach. Half Moon Cay  has luxury cabanas dot the beachfront that gives way to trail-lined country rich in birdlife. The island has this Stingray Cove that is a lagoon enclosure and is home to stingrays.

Welcome to Half Moon Cay

Fort San Salvador

Pirates Cove Plaza

Half Moon Beach

Stunning Beach View

Pirate Ship as restaurant/ bar

Half Moon Cay, the Bahamas

Half Moon Beach was surreal, it was like a heaven in earth for beach lovers like me. After spending almost whole day in the island, some of the guests and I have decided to go back to the cruise ship and call it a day but everytime I walked and almost get to the small boat, the beach kept on dragging me to take more photos. It was a picturesque image from a dream that came into reality. The next day in the Bahamas, it was scheduled that we will dock in Nassau.

I Love Bahamas

Bahamas skyline

Welcome to Nassau

The Atlantis – Nassau, Bahamas

Wherever part of the world, you will still find a Filipino restaurant even in the Bahamas.

Manila Grill

Nassau is the capital of the Bahamas and has been a popular hangout for pirates of the Caribbean, both historically and the Johnny Depp-type. The island also had a starring role in four James Bond films. It lies on the island of New Providence. Nassau is a popular cruise-ship destination. The city has a hilly landscape and is known for beaches too. The city retains many of its typical pastel-colored British colonial buildings such as the pink-hued Government House.

Columbus statue infront of the Government House

Government House Historical Mark

Government House

View from the Government House overlooking the Caribbean Sea

Providence House

Since Nassau is a town, there are also other sites to sightsee. A map is available for free at the tourist center. Here are the places that I have visited:

Queen’s Staircase signage

Queen’s Staircase

Queen’s Staircase is  commonly referred to as the 66 Steps. It was hewn out of solid limestone rock by slaves back late 1700s. It provided a direct route from Nassau to Fort Fincastle. The name of 66 Steps later was changed in honor of Queen Victoria who reigned in Britain for 64 years. Because the pathway that lead to the steps has been paved, the bottom step was buried and now, there are only 65 steps.

Fort Fincastle Sign

Fort Fincastle Historical Site

Fort Fincastle

Fort Fincastle, a shipshape

Prison Cell in Fort Fincastle

Fort Fincastle is one of Nassau’s fortifications built by Lord Dunmore during his term as Royal Governor. Fincastle stands out from Nassau’s other forts in its unique design, a shipshape. The fort was built on the highest point of the island, within view of Fort Montagu to the east and Fort Charlotte to the west. From the breathtaking vantage point, guests can easily imagine the excitement of the first sentry to sight an incoming ship, quickly hoisting the signal flags to pass the news along.

Nassau Public Library and Museum

Random Pink Building near Nassau Supreme Court

Monument

Supreme Court of Nassau

Supreme Court of Nassau in the Bahamas is located in New Providence. It is the highest court in the country. The building is of Neo-Georgian style and is similar in design to the Central Public Building  which is north of the building. It is in pink-hued building the same as the Government House.

Pompey Square

Pompey Square Marksite

Pompey Square is built to tell the heroic story of a slave named Pompey and to commemorate the official opening of the square. The square is the sure where the slaves were brought and sold. In 1830, Pompey led a revolt on the island of Exuma, in the Bahamas. Pompey along with other slaves were arrested and brought to Nassau. Rumors of freedom were instrumental in motivating their claim for land and setting up their own commonage property. In 1834, the passing of the Emancipation Act brought freedom.

Tiki Bikini Hut

Lighthouse view from Tiki Bikini Beach

Tiki Bikini Hut is a handy work of Byron who has made the little spot in Junkano Beach a treasure. The land area for Tiki Bikini Hut was not wide making it congested for there were a lot of tourists and beach lovers. The vibe was lively with guests drinking at the bar, swimming at the beach, having fun by playing beach volleyball. I stayed for less than an hour.

National Art Gallery of the Bahamas

Pirates of Nassau Museum and Gift Shop

Christ Church Anglican Cathedral

It was a scorching hot in Nassau that I got to spend only 3 hours while there. It was purely walking around downtown Nassau and with its heat, my energy depleted that fast. I went back to the cruise ship and bought some souvenirs on my way there.

The Commonwealth of the Bahamas is an archipelagic state within the Lucayan Archipelago. The Bahamas is the site of Columbus’ first landfall in the New World in late 1400s. It became an independent Commonwealth realm in 1973 retaining the British monarch. It is one of the richest countries in the Americas with economy based on tourism and finance. The Bahamas is also on the list of places that I would love to visit, sitting at number 6.

caribbean

My 2-day shore excursions in the islands of the Bahamas has broaden my taste of finding an amazing beach. Indeed, the Bahamas has the stunning view of fine and powdery sands, crystal clear water, blue skies and perfect weather. Half Moon Cay for me is the best beach in the world. Now, I’m open to find the next beach to topple Half Moon Cay from its current position at number 1.

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