While we found that the shop owners here where not pushy we could not say the same about the independent tour operators. They followed us around and would not let us alone. I finally at to tell them that No meant No and that if they did not leave us alone I would call for help. I think that on my next trip to Freeport that we will stay on the ship and read a good book. I am sure if you are a beach person you can find things to do here but since neither my sister nor I are beach people swimming or scuba diving is out of the question.
Wednesday night our group had a Poodle Skirt Party with the Nik*L Beer Band and it was interesting to see every one come out with outfits from the 60s. Even people who had not even been born during this area got in own the fun and dressed up and knew the dances from our time. The band played well past midnight and since we were on the Lido Deck I had to feel sorry for the people at the Aft on Deck 8. Especially since that is why our cabin will be in September. But I spoke to someone the next day who just happened to be in one of those cabins and he said while he found it loud they did enjoy the music.
Then it was back to the ship to get ready to eat at The Point. This is a definite must try. The food here is excellent and unlike some people's opinion the food here is not the same cuts of meats or Lobster that you can get in the main dining room. This is one of the things that we learned during our Behind the FUN tour. The cuts of meats are a much higher grade than you will find in the dining room. They are much bigger and since the chef is not cooking for a thousand of other passengers the preparation given here is excellent. Not to say that the chef in the main dining isn't good, he is but he and is staff are trying to pleasure thousands of passengers, all with different tastes. The saying goes that you get what you paid for and in this place you do get your moneys worth. Beside you have to realize that the waiters in the dining room are serving more tables with more people per table than the waitresses at The Point so you really get individual attention. And since it is a smaller dining area it is quiter and you can hear the person you are dining with. In my opinion this is a definite must try even if you try it just one time in all your cruises.
Back to our tour - K.K. was sure to point out the most interesting parts of Nassau and explain the little secrets that tourist might not know. For example that for every church that was build there would be three or four bars built right next to the churches. This was so that when the pirates and sailors were in port they could go to the bars, drink, get and fights and then go to church and pray for redemption.
He also pointed out the court house where the trial involving Anna Nichole Smith's boyfriend's trial was held. Something most of us probably never thought of at the time but it was interesting to see. He explained about the Queen's Staircase and how it came to be, we learned about the jail that is now a library, saw Parliment Square with a statue of Christopher Columbus, stopped at Fort Fincastle and the water tower and toured the down town area.
After our tour was over my sister and I headed for Bay Street to check out the stores. A great up-scale place if you have the money. There's a Coach, Gucchi, and other high end stores. But there is no dealing here. The price you see is the price you pay.
One thing we did see that you will not see here in the United States is the way police handles a situtation. While walking down Bay Street one of their local people was so stoned that he had no idea what or where he was. He was just a heap of nothing on the sidewalk. He almost looked like a pile of rags that someone dropped and left behind. There was one police officer who kept trying to get him on his feet so he could place him on his stomach and every time he lifted him this guy just kept sliding down like his legs were jello. And everytime this officer lifted him to his feet this guy, with dead locks, just keep sliding back down. We noticed that he had handcuffs hanging from one wrist. This officer never, ever, said a word, He was quiet, did not yell for the guy to get on the ground, lay on his stomach and place his hands behind his back like we would see here back home. This officer did not have a taser out nor a gun in his hand. He just went about his duties. Finally with the help of a couple of local people he got the guy on the ground, on his stomach and was able to finish handcuffing him. If you had been walking in the opposite direction you would not have know that an arrest was being made that is how quiet it was handle. My sister and I decided not to hang around to see what they did with this guy, afterall, there were shops near the port that looked nice and we wanted time to check them out so we went on our way.
And since it was getting chilly again we wanted to head to the warmth of our ship and get reading for our early dining.
Next September when we are in Nassau I think we will try Frommer's Walking Tour and get the photo ops that we missed on this trip. That is what is nice about cruising. We always know that we will be going back, sooner or later, to the same ports and will be able to do the things we missed on the previous cruise.