Great Stirrup Cay
Our day there started a little overcast but soon became sunny and beautiful. Early birds went ashore in the tenders as early as 8 am. We waited until no tickets were needed for the tenders, but so did a lot of other people. The line was a bit disorganized which lead to a lot of people cutting in and causing hard feelings. Hey, people! Everyone wants to get ashore. Please wait your turn! A crewmember situated on the stairs would have solved this problem.
The beach was beautiful. Plenty of seats but not much shade. Lots to do there, although there was an extra charge for most things including snorkeling, tubes and use of the giant “hippo” inflatable. Note that the snorkeling trail is “manmade.”
They are doing a lot of building at the site and we wondered if they were putting in a small water park.
The buffet was plentiful. It was nice to see unpeeled lichees and coconut among the fruit. Water and iced tea were available for drinks, everything else (just like on the ship) was available for a charge.
There was live music and the cruise staff leading the dancing and other activities.
A very lovely and fun day!
Apparently the big thing in Nassau is to go over to Atlantis on Paradise Island. There are lots of ship excursions there and also many people went there on their own. I have been there so we decided not to go.
There were other excursions including snorkeling and touring the Island. We decided to stick closer to the ship and visit Bay Street for some shopping.
The street itself is full of history and interesting architecture. It is very clean and safe.
Of course they had the standard Diamonds International and all of the usual jewelry stores and ship sponsored spots. Tee shirt shops galore and also a few nice local shops. And, there is also a Starbucks! There is a straw market packed with tourist goodies but I don’t care for shopping while being pestered to buy. The wood carver area of the straw market was the most interesting to us.
We made our purchases mostly from ladies who had set up tables along Bay Street. They were not pushy and they had a lot of original and handmade items. Jewelry made from shells and compacted sand, hand painted silk, handmade musical instruments, sea glass, purses made from straw but beautifully designed. I especially liked this ladies work: https://www.facebook.com/DorimadeDesigns
One of the ladies we met told us that only “17%” of cruise ship passengers actually come to Bay Street because they are all over at Atlantis.
We stopped for lunch at Conch N Kalik in Pompey Square. A local woman stopped when she saw us looking lost and asked us if we were looking for a place to eat. She recommended this place and we were glad we stopped. It was clean, had a nice view and free wifi. (Starbucks charges $3 per hour) We had conch fritters, conch chowder, local beer (Kaliks) and I had a Mango Rum tea. Good, clean place to stop.