It was the morning of the wedding on board the Disney Dream, and the weather was looking like it would be a nice day. The downside of the previous night was that I had some trouble sleeping as I wasn’t fully used to the light rocking of the boat, so I was up a bit earlier than I had been planning to be. Everyone else in our stateroom was still asleep, and I didn’t want to wake everyone, so I snuck out to head to Cabanas for breakfast. When walking from the front of the boat toward the restaurant on deck 11, it was a bit bizarre to see this deck that had been filled with people the day before nearly empty, save for a couple cast members getting the pools and water play areas ready for the day.
Breakfast at Cabanas had a lot of options that seemed much like what you could enjoy if you went to a character breakfast in the parks or one of the resorts, with a buffet arrangement that included the breakfast staples (eggs, bacon, sausage, pancakes, Mickey-shaped waffles, different melons, etc…). What made the dinning experience even more enjoyable though was having the ability to enjoy it on the deck as we continued to sail closer and closer to Nassau, our Port of Call for the day. The only breakfast spot I can think of toping this was back in South Africa in Durban a couple years ago.
Upon returning to the stateroom, Lacey had already made her way to help with wedding preparations, leaving Chris, Robby and I in the room as we made our way into Nassau. I really appreciated our large porthole window that we had so that we could watch as you made our way into the port. You could even see the Atlantis resort in the distance.
While most people took it easy in the morning since the wedding would be happening in about 5 hours from our arrival time to Nassau, I, being someone who notoriously likes to pack a lot into my plans, decided that I was going to go ahead and take advantage of the first couple hours we had in Nassau and explore, especially since it would be a new country credit of the Bahamas! I also wanted to find out if I could get some coins of the Bahamas for my foreign coin collection. What I found interesting was that there wasn’t really a customs check when walking off of the ship, but you do tap your room card on your way off and on the boat, and they do require some form of picture ID to get back on.
I did like that this also gave me a better chance to get a better picture of the Dream than when we were in Port Canaveral since the terminal building makes it hard to see the whole vessel.
It seems that most of the cruises that stop at Nassau come to the same docks, and as you make your way to town, you walk though a sort of welcome building and village, where there are musicians playing, and vendors selling different good. It might be a little quieter if you go right as they let you out of the boat, but as the day goes on (especially when they have multiple cruises in), it gets busier here. You’ll also find a number of people asking if you want to take tours, similar to many other tourist cities around the world.
What I really enjoyed about taking this morning stroll through Nassau was getting to see the architecture, as it was very unique, and you could find several statues and connections to when the Bahamas were a part of the British empire, including a statue of Queen Victoria.
I figured that by the time the wedding and post-wedding activities were finished, it would be about time for everyone to be back on for our departure. So since I didn’t think I would be coming back off of the boat later, I felt like I could justify trying a local Bahamian beer at 9 in the morning. The one I tried was called Kalik, which was a lighter beer, perhaps similar to something like Heineken. It was a decent beer! Although I was a little bummed that the Pirate themed brewery didn’t open until 11 am, and by that time, I was planning to be back on the boat to get cleaned up for the wedding.
During my stroll, I also went a bit further and found a beach where some of the other cruisers may have been visiting, or those staying in Nassau, and it was nice to dip my feet in the water for a little bit.
Heading back, I found something that upon a return visit to Nassau, I think I would like to check out, and that was the Pirates of Nassau museum and gift shop. It would have been interesting to see what kind of items and displays they had from actual pirates of the Caribbean! There was also the pretty 1841 Gothic stone church known as Christ Church Anglican Cathedral.
It wasn’t a whole lot of time in the city, but I figured that I at least got to walk around a little bit, have a beer and find some things that I would like to see on a return visit to the Bahamas, and I was able to get my coins.
But I was also perfectly fine with the condensed visit as there was something far more important that was the reason our group was on the cruise for, taking precedence over Nassau.
Bonus: How the Bride was preparing for the wedding at this time:
Day Four - Part 1: The Big Day
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4: A Morning in Nassau