Monday, January 4, 2016

NCL Escape - Day 7 (Nassau, Bahamas)

NCL Escape - Day 7
(Nassau, Bahamas)

Here is the jam packed, last chance, one day activity that you really have to know what you are doing, where you are going, and how much time you have to do it in.  Even though we were arriving in Nassau, Bahamas at 12:15PM, again, there were lots of sales going on at Central Retail on the ship.  They had the Bell & Rose Box Jewelry on sale and another presentation about Nassau going on, plus this was a good opportunity to do your last minute shopping on your photos before heading ashore.  I can guarantee that later on, when you return from being ashore, you will want to rest and just enjoy yourself before hitting the Port of Miami the next day.

Off the ship we go to do some last minute shopping and hopefully get some good bargains on jewelry and gifts.  We spent about 2 ½ hours in different stores, especially Diamonds International where they had the last Parazul bags. 
If you know anything about Parazul, they are more popular than Coach and Michael Kors. Unfortunately, they are very rare now as the company went out of business. I was fortunate to get several of the Parazul bags a few years back and they have gone up in value significantly since that time.  No, I don’t plan on selling them as they are my favorite bags and like to give them as gifts to family.  But if you have the chance to get one, this is the place you want to go as there is nowhere else in the Caribbean to get them anymore.  The sale they had going was buy one, get one free!  They run about $395, but you get two for the price of one!  Great deal!

Next, we wanted to go to Atlantis and I have a connection there to set us up with a tour.  So we head to get the water taxi and we are waiting around for about 45 minutes!  I was so mad and was ready to jump out to take a taxi, but by that time, the captain came and we set off to Atlantis.  With about a 10 minute boat ride we unfortunately, only had about 45 minutes on our own to get a glimpse of Atlantis. 

Atlantis is so big that you need an entire day just to see it. It can be quite expensive but well worth it to stay. Remember that Florida is not that far from Nassau and you can do a weekend trip there. So after seeing a little part of Atlantis and with only about 45 minutes to get back to the ship, we were cutting it pretty close! We jumped into taxi and now stuck in traffic! OMG! I am panicking thinking we were not going to make it. However, we just made it about 10 minutes before 6:30pm! Thank goodness! I was dancing as we approached the dock! 

TIP: If you ever do get stuck where the ship leaves without you, the ship does have a list of who is not onboard, goes to the passenger’s cabin, gets their documentation and gives it to the harbor master.  So when you do finally arrive, you will get your documents to figure out how you are going to get to the next port, yes, on your own!  So a word of advice: DON’T MISS THE SHIP!  

Onboard now safely and a big sigh of relief, we head to the cabin and receive a great surprise from Sean!  A bottle of champagne to destress and relax after the ordeal we just went through!  So after a few glasses of bubbly, we get ready to go see the International Crew Talent Show. This is a definite must and a lot of fun to see.  Don’t miss it on your next cruise!  However, for those of you that either have no interest in seeing a show or didn’t get a chance to see it, you still have time here to finalize your onboard account, get some last minute deals on gifts, and take care of your photos.  Remember that you won’t have time to do this the next morning as it is quite busy and the elevators are packed with people disembarking the ship.

After the show and finalizing our gifts, photos, and onboard account, we head back to the cabin to pack.  The cruise line, based on the time you are disembarking, ask you to pack your bags and leave them outside your cabin before midnight.  This is only if you are planning not to take them off yourself.  You do have that option, but for myself and J.C., we really didn’t want to lug it everywhere.  

After packing we decided to visit the District Brew House for a last minute beer.  There were not many people there but we were at least able to enjoy a frosty beverage!  One thing to remember about the Brew House is that they have over 50 beers, but most you can enjoy in your state.  Not much different or exotic as I thought but it does beat your average Coors Light or Bud Platinum!

Well, off to the cabin to get some sleep as you have to be up at 6AM to get some breakfast and grab your stuff before disembarking the ship.

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