We had decided to stay on the ship and spend the afternoon by the pool which was very crowded all day. We guessed that a lot of people had the same idea we had, thinking that most people would be off the ship. The ship is docked at a pier area that is not close to anything. You needed a taxi or shuttle to go to a beach or shops, visit the Kennedy space center, or go over to Orlando for the afternoon and early evening. There were some car rental places a short ride away as well. Sail away was scheduled for 9:30 pm.
It was a short 10 minute tender ride to reach the new dock area and channel that they carved out of the rocks to one side of the beach areas. As we walked off, they had small huts with people selling t-shirt and souvenirs. Off to the right was a large “Hippo” water slide ($5 a ride or $20 for all day). They had clam shells and cabanas for rent. The clam shells were $30 for the day. The cabanas were $299 for up to 8 people for the day, but included a $50 drink credit. At the edge of the main beach area, they had built a large pavilion offering buffet style food with covered areas to each side with picnic tables. All along the beach areas, they had bars offering drinks. They were several activities on the island such as snorkeling, volleyball, paddleboards, etc.
We have been to Nassau several times before, so we just took a quick walk off of the ship to visit the nearby Pirates of Nassau Museum ($12) and the Christ Church Cathedral. On the way back, we stopped by a few shops and then visited the Hard Rock Café to see if they had any new memorabilia on display.