Bahamas Birdwatching Trip Report: Carnival Glory Cruise Review by Carl from Pahrump
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Bahamas Birdwatching Trip Report
On Nov 15, 2012, we went on a 3-night cruise on the Carnival Glory to the Bahamas with stops in Nassau & Freeport. We had a balcony room but didn't see any birds from the balcony we would not have seen touring the islands. We couldn't stay very long on the balcony because of the cigarette, cigar, & marijuana smoke. At least we didn't smell any smoke in our room. We should have got an inside room for this trip.
The Miami cruise port was pretty jammed-up with passengers when we arrived at 2pm Th -- we were on the ship by 3pm. We carried-on our luggage (most people didn't) -- this allowed us to depart the ship in Miami at 8am Sun with no lines to contend with.
We thought the meals on the ship were pretty mediocre. The Br choices were terrible in the buffet & dining room. We didn't eat any lunches on the ship. When we came back from birding in the late afternoon the only food option open was More the Burger Joint that had very long lines. The only things we enjoyed for Dn were the crab cakes one night and the Melting Chocolate Cake they served every night. The wine cost $31 a bottle -- it was good but you could buy it at Sam's Club for $10. There was one dress-up night but only 10% of the people dressed-up. You could wear shorts to the dinning room every night.
We didn't go to any of the shows or late night lounges. However, when the bars closed around 5am we could hear all the loud drunks talking in the hallway.
We didn't go on any shore trips organized by the ship -- the cruise was a means of attending my nephew's 50th B'day party and going birdwatching; i.e., we organized our own shore trips!!!
In Nassau (New Providence Island) on Nov 16 we arranged for Carolyn Wardle (email@example.com 242-457-0329) to be our birding guide. Carolyn has lived on the island for 40 years and really knew where to find the birds. Darkness ended a great day of birding in which we saw 54 Bird Species, including 16 Bahamas Specialty Birds.
In Freeport (Grand Bahamas) on Nov 17 we had arranged for Erika Gates -- (firstname.lastname@example.org 242-373-2485) to be our birding guide. Erika has lived on the island for 30 years and is incredibly passionate about wildlife. Hurricane Sandy passed over Grand Bahamas and stripped the trees of leaves, but 3-weeks later you would never know anything much had happened. Darkness again ended a great day of birding in which we saw 58 Bird Species, including 12 Bahamas Specialty Birds.
In 2 days in the Bahamas we saw 81 Bird Species, including 18 Bahamas Specialty Birds. To see the remaining Bahamas Specialty Birds, Erica said we would need to go to Abaco and Andros Islands. Less