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-state travel. 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.

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

Day 1: Sail Away

Day 2: Half Moon Cay, the Bahamas

Day 3: Nassau, the Bahamas

Day 4: Fun Day At Sea

Day 5: Amber Cove, Dominican Republic

Day 6: Grand Turks, Turks and Caicos Islands

Day 7: Farewell Day At Sea

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 we have visited:

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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.

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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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