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Monday, February 6, 2017

The Bahamas

Earlier this month Mike and I were able to visit the Bahamas on a cruise with some of my family. To say it was paradise would be an understatement; we had such a wonderful time! 

We began by boarding our Carnival ship, The Sensation on a Monday. 

Tuesday was a day at sea, but with the ship's activities, we stayed busy! We enjoyed participating in trivia games, a photo scavenger hunt, bingo, and comedy show. 


Wednesday we docked in Freeport. Mike, David, Trevor, and I visited Lucayan National Park where we were able to see Ben's Cave and the mangroves. We did our research prior to visiting the park so we knew what to expect. Because of this, I wasn't disappointed and enjoyed learning more about the history of the cave and the park itself. (Excursion booked 3rd party)
After touring the cave, we went across the street to Gold Rock Beach (This location was used for filming of Pirates of the Caribbean 2). This beach was so beautiful! There weren't many people as it's at the National Park. 
 We then drove to a second beach where I ordered some conch fritters, they were delicious and something I would recommend when visiting the Bahamas!  

On Thursday, we stopped at Half Moon Cay (Carnival's Island) and it was probably the favorite day of the trip. Everything is perfect there and we had such a fun and relaxing day! We decided not to book any excursions, but when we got to the island, we rented some paddle boards and others rented snorkel gear. The water was a little hard to board on at first, but it was so beautiful and the experience was the highlight of the trip for me! 
Also on Half Moon Cay, I crossed something off my bucket list! It was spontaneous, hilarious, and just fun. It was great having others there to laugh with. There's a sign on the island that is so accurate: 

On Friday we were in Nassau. We booked a tour through Carnival to snorkel and kyak. The kyaks had glass bottoms which was really cool, but I was nervous because I didn't see many fish and knew we would be snorkeling in the same area. However, when we started snorkeling, we saw more fish. 

After our excursion, a group of us walked around the straw market where we picked up some souvenirs. 
Next we ate lunch and then walked to the Queen's Staircase and Fort Fincastle. 
Afterwards, Lisa, David, and I finished up some shopping.  

On Saturday we got off the ship and spent the day in Miami. It was nice extending our trip a little longer. We enjoyed more beach time, the largest pizza ever, laughs, and good company. 

Our trip was amazing and I would recommend this cruise to anyone wanting to travel to the Bahamas. We had the perfect blend of fun, relaxation, beach time, and sightseeing. 
Not pictured are all of our late nights, comedy shows, midnight snacks, shows, mini golfing, etc. 


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