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Ozzie's Mom's Port Reviews of Miami, Great Stirrup Cay, Nassau, Freeport
Norwegian Sky cruise in February 2014
Member Name: Ozzie's Mom
Cruise Date: February 2014
Embarkation: Miami
Destination: Bahamas
Member Review: Ozzie's Mom's Norwegian Sky Review
Miami
Port Rating: Not Rated

This was a very late booking (only a few days' notice) and a custom itinerary: collect us at the cruise port, take us on a tour, deposit us at MIA in time for our flight.

Our tour guide telephoned an hour early saying he was at the port and would pick us up as soon as we were ready but, no rush.

We were delighted to meet Steven Bridges who took us for a customized tour of Fort Lauderdale as we had requested historical information on the area. Steven gave us the history of the first settlers, how the area came to be named, and showed us around the area which had been the first settlement, ferry, bridge, trading post, hotel… all the way through to the point where Al Capone’s men bootlegged whiskey to the weary travelers. Such a wonderful tour guide, we hope to meet him again in 2015 around our Getaway cruise.



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Great Stirrup Cay
Port Rating: 5+ out of 5+

Great Stirrup Cay is beautiful, to say the least. The trip ashore via tender was quick and thrilling as the sea was quite choppy.

We were met ashore by a guide who drove us to our reserved cabana where we were afforded shelter from the sun as needed, comfy lounge chairs, a refrigerator full of bottled water, and a dining table and chairs for the mountain of food which would be delivered later.

The previous evening, we had been presented with a menu of items which could be provided at the cabana. It included a shrimp offering, other seafood, or an assortment of “snack” foods including prosciutto, humus, cheeses, breads, artichoke hearts, etc. Each selection was listed as “serves two.” Since I’m a vegetarian and we had dinner reservations for that night, we opted to go for two orders of the snack foods thinking that would be a light option. There was, of course, a barbeque which would be open to all passengers, just up the beach.

OMG. Soon after we had settled in to the sunny porch of the cabana, a John Deere tractor arrived pulling a wagon filled with food! One snack offering would have easily fed six people and we had ordered two! We ate our fill and began hailing other people off the beach to come eat. Most passengers had opted to stay at the front of the island and probably didn’t even know this other section existed so our population for the day was very light. But, we did our best to give away as much as we could so as not to waste it. It was delicious, by the way, just way too much for the three of us. This proved to be an excellent means of meeting others, I must say.

We spent the afternoon sunning, walking and eating. The beach was nearly empty and very peaceful which is exactly what we wanted. What a wonderful day!

When it was time to head back, we walked through the “main” area where the barbeque buffet had been organized and where probably 98% of the passengers had spent the day. At its peak, we may have had ten people on “our” beach although there were hundreds of lounge chairs set up.

As we neared the boarding area for the tender, we were given a cool, wet cloth to assist with de-sanding. What a treat!

We took a 4:00 tender back to the ship to get cleaned up and ready for dinner. Again, we had no problems with boarding, seating or travel even though the sea was a bit rough.


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Nassau
See and Sea Rating: 5.0 out of 5+

At the pier, we were met by our first tour boat which collected us and took us eastward into Nassau Harbor. The guide was very funny as he pointed out the different home sites of the rich and famous, expounded on the going rate for condos on Paradise Island and other interesting tales. He left no room for boredom if one could be bored surrounded with such beauty.

We soon arrived at the SeaWorld Explorer which is not a glass-bottomed boat but, rather, a boat which has a second deck five feet below the water line with glass windows, ample seating and air conditioning! The guide was well informed about the various sea life as the boat maneuvered around the reef. This was the perfect way to experience undersea life without a snorkel or tank (which my mother would never do).

After the tour, our transport boat returned and took us back to the pier near our starting point where an air conditioned luxury coach awaited. This one hour city tour of Nassau was also very interesting and, afterward, we were dropped the pier. We opted to go shopping before returning to the ship.




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Freeport
Port Rating: Not Rated

There was an amazing little market just off the ship and taxis were available to drive us approximately 30 minutes into Freeport for shopping. We opted to shop at these local shops and forego the one hour back and forth.

The merchants here were incredibly easy going and so much more polite than the Straw Market vendors in Nassau. Consequently, we spent both a lot more time shopping and a great deal more money.



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