Customs and check-in went smoothly and were on the Serenity Deck by two. Cabins were ready by 2:30, so we headed down to the Empress Deck to get to our Vista Suite (Room 6260). Safety briefing was at 4 and took about a half hour. Went to David's Steakhouse around 5:45 for one of the most delicious meals I have ever had. Since it was the first night, we asked for and got the complimentary bottle of wine. All in all, the experience took about 2 hours. DW got the Drink of the Day; a fruity drink that had an ample amount of alcohol in it. Bought the Wine Basket consisting of 5 bottles of wine that you use at any function on the ship. The selection were pretty good, but didn't include any really sweet wines (DW's preference).
First Sea Day and Elegant Cruise Night spent the day getting to know the ship. Ended up at the Duty Free Shops where I bought a new watch at significant savings over retail. Cruise Elegant Night was interesting. DW and I dressed up, while at least 50% of the other guests did not. It was a decent enough meal, but after eating at David's the first night, everything else paled in comparison. Played Bingo in the Taj Mahal and saw the VROOM show and the Family Friendly Comedy Show with Eric Brouman and Percy Crews later in the evening.
Second Sea Day and the Chef's Table. DW She went to the Spa and had her hair done. Her description, wonderful! Went to the Chef's Table for a truly enjoyable event with lots to eat. Believe me, if you were to eat everything presented to you, you would not have been able to enjoy every item set in front of you. Went to the Adults Only Comedy Show afterwards with Eric Brouman. Very funny.
Port Canaveral. Got off the ship to go into Cocoa Beach to Ron Jon's Surf Shop and to restock our soda supply. All in all, it was another day to relax and uncoil from the worries of work and life. Did a spa day. DW had the neck, back, and arm massage. I got a manicure and pedicure. There's a first time for everything.
Nassau. Did the Discover Nassau and Beach Tour. No chance to get off the bus, so any pictures taken were from inside the vehicle. The beach was nice, but it was too windy, and the water too cold, by DWs standards. So we opted for lunch inside the restaurant at the beach. We both ordered a sandwich, bottled water and shared an order of Conch Fritters. The fritters were good, but the sandwiches were so-so. Next time, we'll do something that will give us more time to sightsee.
Freeport and Elegant Night. This was the day that DW was looking forward to, the Dolphin Close Encounter at UNEXCO. The minibus left the port around 8 AM and took us to Port Lucaya to catch a small ship which takes you to the inlet where UNEXCO and the dolphins are located. It was exactly what she wanted to do and we both enjoyed the experience immensely. After returning to the ship, we took it easy before getting ready for the second elegant night. This time, we both dressed down wearing slacks and collared shirt/blouse instead of suit/dress. We fit in quite well, as many others were dressed similarly, including our dining partners. DW went to the spa again after returning from Freeport and then we went to the Family Friendly Comedy Shows at 7:30 PM. I went back later and saw both Adult Comedy Shows at 9:45 and 11:45. All were very funny and entertaining.
Debarkation. We opted for Option 2, Zones. Waited around the Taj Mahal Theater and later around the lobby area where debarkation was taking place. We actually got off around the appointed time for Zone 2, 11:00 AM. It took a few minutes to get down the gangway and through customs. Finding your baggage wasn't too bad and we were out of the terminal by 11:30 AM. The longest wait was for transportation back to the Admiral Inn. It took about an hour, but we were back at the Inn by 1:30 PM. Our car was waiting for us, so we left almost immediately. Getting out of Baltimore was a little challenging as there was a Ravens football game, so auto and foot traffic was a little heavy.
Even though we didn't take advantage of everything there was to do, I can honestly say that it was the most relaxing, most enjoyable vacation that I have had in a long, long time. We are both looking forward to our next cruise.