November 11, 2015
Day 5 of our Bahamas Cruise
Now for a little history about the Island,
When we first arrived and were easily scooped off in the cab we had been in the market area district. Shops line the streets, nice buildings budding with everything a tourist would want. The development is supportive of the tourist, as many hotels and casinos inhabit the areas in cable beach, Nassau was once called Charles Town, which had burned to the ground, re-developed in the 1600's and named Nassau, Culturally the area has been influenced by the British, Scotland, Ireland, Spanish and and later overtaken by Pirates. America made its claim during the revolutionary war where loyalists moved with their slaves to harvest many plantations. The international slave trade ended in 1807, and many freed African slaves relocated here as well.
We made it to Atlantis within a few minutes paid our $8- and a tip transportation fee. (totally worth it), and entered into perhaps the most well known hotel/resort in the Bahama's.... ATLANTIS!!! BEAUTY is the only word to describe this AMAZING place.
We had noticed in our search for some refreshments that cigarettes cost a whopping $12 plus dollars a pack and our juice and snapple cost over $8-. The same bag I had been eyeing on the ship cost 3xs as much at this resort too. (Do NOT buy anything at Atlantis if you can avoid it.) Having had such a great adventure and our fill of this amazing place.(Loosing at the casino generally lets me know its time to go, and now the CROWDS...) we exited the front door in search of a cab back to the market district. To our surprise and thrill we were hailed a LIMO!!!!!(I was just able to get the last bit of battery juice from my camera after taking and re inserting my battery's to get this picture of Mark and me in the limo.)
Soon we had our fill. Mark and I are not much for shopping anyways, and we were strongly suggested to stay in the cruise provided map areas, which we had exhausted. Increased security alert. This was the same day that Paris was attacked. We had no idea at the time. Exiting the Island was much more traffic then we had seen earlier in the day. Getting from one place to the next was people dodging. I couldn't believe the NUMBERS. I had hoped to explore the area just outside the port authority before returning to the ship, but there were so many people it made it difficult to get from one booth to the next, so I gave up. We made it through the gates and were soon making our way back towards the port. The port itself was FULL of people. Recall the picture above of us under the Bahamas sign. Upon our return you couldn't even get close to it with all the people. We actually had to detour quite a distance around part of the pier just to get past the massive lines of people. SOOOO GLAD Mark and I were up early and done with what these people were just about to start. At last we made it back to the ship. We got back on fairly easily and headed to our now familiar home away from home. suit up and had some time to relax minus many of the crowds. I was surprised to see however several people still on the ship as I had plans to enjoy the pools. They were quite crowded as well. I did take a dip as Mark enjoyed the sunshine. It was incredibly refreshing. Sometime in between we had our late lunch, by passed the Port celebration that was happening on the pier...(Which was fine with us.) and before long it was evening.
We heard stories of the days adventures from others who had gone on excursions, went to the beaches or survived the market crowds. One women reported she had enjoyed the day snorkeling as an excursion and this seemed to go well. Her boss had paid for her trip on the cruise and the excursion, so she had no complaints, another couple had complained about being hassled at the beach by peddlers. I am thinking we had the most successful day however.