Bahamas
Berry Islands District

Discover travel destinations of travelers writing a travel journal on FindPenguins.
Top 10 Travel Destinations Berry Islands District
Show all
Travelers at this place
    • Day 1

      Getting there

      March 6, 2022 on the Bahamas ⋅ ☀️ 25 °C

      We departed Indian Rocks Beach at 8, and after a relatively uneventful 4-1/2 hour drive, arrived at the garage. Shuttled to the ship for easy check-in.

      This is a BIG ship. We spent a couple of hours getting settled and trying to figure things out, with lunch at the Mexican El Loco Fresh-.

      Sail-away was interesting. We proceeded inland in the channel to an open area, and basically pivoted (yes, I thought of Ross) so we could go out to sea.

      Dinner was crabcake and fish/scallops/shrimp for me with Key Lime pie for dessert. W had antipasto, the fish, and his favorite creme brulee.

      We were tuckered, so hit the sack.
      Read more

    • Day 2

      Blustery Day at Coco Cay

      March 7, 2022 on the Bahamas ⋅ ☀️ 25 °C

      Coco Cay is a private island owned by Royal Caribbean, located north of Nassau. It has a water park, ziplines, a big tower thing, bars, restaurants, beaches, and all things Caribbean and beachy. Even the braid ladies.

      Our plan was to snorkel. We packed up our stuff, schlepped over to the island, and proceeded to find the snorkel station for information. Too bad for us. It was too windy to snorkel.

      Wayne went over to a bar area in search of conch chowder (there wasn't any.) I planned to meet him, but didn't see him. I stayed put for over an hour, and then discovered he was 15 feet away from me on the other side of a bunch of bushes. 🤷‍♀️

      After lunch, we went to lounge on the beach for awhile before returning to the ship for some iced coffee and snack at Park Cafe.

      Dinner appetizer was puff pastry with seafood for me, and escargot for W. We both had the most unusual interpretation of beef stroganoff we'd experienced, featuring peppers, pickles, celery, a slight amount of gravy, served over linguine. (I don't recommend it. Ever.) Dessert was Bananas Foster for me, and Chocolate Mousse cake for W. Both winners.

      I ended the night by watching the Aqua 80 show. Wow. It was a compilation of dancing, gymnastics, aerial stuff, high wire, synchronized swimming, high diving, and loud music. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

      And so to bed.
      Read more

    • Day 6

      Beach Day in the Bahamas

      March 24, 2022 on the Bahamas ⋅ ☀️ 77 °F

      I'm writing this from where I am sitting on the beach at Great Stirrup Cay.

      What a delight it was to have a quiet evening as opposed to the hullabaloo we had to endure every night at the Brickell Arch residence pre-cruise in Miami. Not that we got to bed early last night. But this time staying up was by choice instead of out of necessity. No need to caution anyone about loud music either.

      Anyway, a good night’s rest, and we were up at 7:00a this morning … a little later than usual. A quick visit to the gym to do our stretches. Followed by a light breakfast on the aft deck at the Terrace Café. Then, it was time to get ready for our beach break.

      Cruise lines lease small islands from the Bahamas to create a private oasis for their guests. Great Stirrup Cay, in the Berry Islands of the Bahamas, is just such an island and is open to the three cruise lines owned by NCLH. There are facilities available … food, snorkel rentals, zip lines, kayaks, and such. But most are closed today. No matter … we don’t need any of that to have a good day on the beach.

      With Insignia anchored off the island, we were transported ashore by small ferry boats operated by the locals. By 10:00a, Mui and I were walking amongst palm trees fluttering in the wind. Our timing was excellent as we managed to get one of the few shade palapas that are set around the beach. At that hour, there were maybe 20-25 people ashore … a perfect time to wander around and take photos. There are more people on the beach now, but with Insignia at less than 50% capacity for this cruise, neither the island nor the beach is crowded.

      As you can see from the satellite map I’ve attached, there are a number of coves with white-sand beaches. I would like to have gone for a wander to check them out. However, we were not expecting this beach break so I was unprepared to wander in the sun … no need to court a sunburn. Instead, I settled myself under the palapa to enjoy some quiet time for a while.

      Mui’s been in and out of the water a couple of times. The beautiful hues of the ocean, ranging from the palest blue to aqua, to deep navy are inviting. Alas, being unprepared for sand & surf fun, I’m going to have to settle for a short walk along the edge of the water. At least I can get my feet wet … which is what I am off to do now! Maybe I’ll try out the swing set in the shallows, too.
      Read more

    • Day 399

      Chubb Cay

      February 20 on the Bahamas ⋅ 🌬 72 °F

      We stayed at the private island and resort for a week to weather out the incoming storm. The area is lovely with a beautiful club house with good food and an amazing infinity pool with swim up bar. The kids enjoyed swimming up to get a beverage and then playing around.

      Off the side of the pool is a lovely beach and a movie area with seats for Friday night movies.

      We went on a diving trip one day when it wasn’t rough and the other few days we took the dinghy to explore turtle creek spotting numerous turtles.

      Bull sharks do live in the marina and get excited when the fisherman bring in their catch.
      Read more

    • Day 104

      Great Harbour to Chub Cay

      December 2, 2023 on the Bahamas ⋅ ⛅ 79 °F

      I have no idea how, when I look back at these photos, I am going to tell one beautiful beach from another. They are all so beautiful! But I can't stop taking pictures of them, so I will inundate this site with indistinguishable sunrises, sunsets and pristine beaches.

      Great Harbour was a beautiful little island that was wild and fairly uninhabited. We drove around the island in an hour and tried to get groceries at the smallest little grocery shop. We stopped for lunch and learned an important lesson that had already once been told to us. If you want food at a lot of these restaurants, you need to call ahead and let them know you are coming. The restaurants are usually in someone's house and they are only making what people have pre-ordered. The proprietor made an exception for us on our adventure and we were fed porkchops and pasta salad from the special of the day. Dave also asked for his coleslaw and the woman made it right there for him.

      The marina we stayed at was very rustic but did have 2 wild cats that loved to torment our dogs. There were also manatees that came up and played in the water the attendants would squirt out for them. There were also some fisherman at the end of the dock and we bought some lobster from them for $15 a piece that were HUGE and so tasty on our grill. All in all it was a quaint and peaceful stop.

      Dave and I are still "discussing" what moving the boat looks like between these islands. I really hate the crashing into the surf at high speeds with wind in our face. Dave doesn't mind so much and he wanted to test if we could compromise with a small trip so we moved from Great Harbour to Chub Cay, which was about 3 hours away, in winds that were not at our back. Most of the trip was fine with side winds, but those winds in your face, make me go downstairs and read to try to ignore the crashing feeling. I am praying our days of this type of travel will be mostly behind us from here on out.

      Chub Cay is another resort. Everything is curated and catered and it is not that great for the dogs, but perfect for beach sitting and hanging out in the pool to capture sunsets. With our discussion of wind travel, we may be here for 3 nights. Not so hard on me, but not the perfect place to be stuck.

      What Could Go Right? The weather has been so beautifully temperate. We get a few showers here or there and then a gentle breeze and bright beautiful sun. It has been very nice. Also, IT IS SO QUIET everywhere. We sleep so soundly. It is lovely.

      What Could Go Wrong? Bugs love the humidity and bugs love me. I keep a constant layer of bug repellent on me at all times and I am still getting bit. The good thing is salt water seems to dry up the bites fast. Also, have I mentioned the leaks? Yeah those really are a bummer.
      Read more

    • Day 6

      Day 2: Coco Cay

      November 11, 2019 on the Bahamas ⋅ ☀️ 24 °C

      Coffee? Where oh where can i find coffee? Help!!
      Success.
      Off to Coco Cay...
      Had a great time. Weather was perfect.
      I was surprised the ocean wasn't warmer. It wasn't cold, but it definitely wasn't warm.
      I enjoyed the company and the conversation. All we did was sit around in the cabana and the get wet, either in the ocean or the bar pool.
      Read more

    • Day 7

      Day 3: at sea

      November 12, 2019 on the Bahamas ⋅ ☀️ 26 °C

      Getting to bed after midnight is becoming a thing. Guess I will just have to work on catching up on my sleep all day.
      Took the tour of the galley. Pretty impressive, but I'm not sure I would have done it for full price, $48. Bibi, our dining section's supervisor, got us in for $33. They crack 30,000 eggs a day! And only 2 people do it!? Each head chef (by floor I believe) has a budget of $80,000 per day, and he will have to explain himself if he exceeds it.
      Checked out the gym. I did OK for an old guy. I can still max out the back machine.
      Jordan arranged for us all to have formal pictures taken. This tied in with the formal dining night.
      Debbie's already looking to book our next cruise, probably Australia & New Zealand.
      Read more

    • Day 28

      JRH3 Pirate Invasion Cruise 24 - Bahamas

      January 28 on the Bahamas ⋅ 🌬 24 °C

      We stormed the beach (of Great Stirrup Cat), and took no prisoners. After stacking the corpses on the beach, we commenced with a 1 mile hash trail (damn island is tiny) . . . but as you can see, I had to do a little extra scouting just in case we ever come back. Or, maybe it was the check back 77 . . . who can be sure? While making my way around the back side of the beach area, I got chased down by a couple security folks (lets just call them golf cart ninjas), who promptly got me turned around.

      After an hour of ocean swimming, we circled up in the water and abused some of the pack that managed to do stupid things (yup, me included). As we walked back to the tenders, we just happened to walk past the bar, and you know, whatever. Had to stop for a couple beers and sing some songs.
      Tomorrow is a day at sea, as we make our way to Falmouth, Jamaica, where anything can happen (yup again, my turn to set trail). 😝😆😝

      I did not take any pictures of trail (just a few getting off the boat), but others did . . . and I'll post them once I get them.
      Read more

    • Day 8

      Perfect Day at Coco Cay

      March 6, 2023 on the Bahamas ⋅ ☀️ 25 °C

      Unser erster Stopp war die Privatinsel "Perfect Day at Coco Cay" von der Reederei Royal Caribbean. Natürlich waren wir wieder mit die ersten auf der Insel und sicherten uns schnell zwei Sonnenliegen am Pool. Wir besichtigten das Paradies, holten uns ein Sonnenbrand, kühlten uns im Pool ab und aßen lecker Mittag. Zurück an Board ging dann auf die Welle. Abends dinnierten wir im edlen 3-Gänge Restaurant.Read more

    • Day 8

      Crazy Day at Coco Cay

      February 25, 2023 on the Bahamas ⋅ ☀️ 24 °C

      There were two ships at the dock- Oasis and Liberty. A day at Royal's island with 10,000 of our closest friends. Our friends, Darla and Greg were aboard Norwegian Prima, which was anchored off Great Stirrup Cay- the next island over.

      We found a couple of chairs, and the kids enjoyed Coco Locos. ( I had a sip or three).

      After a bit of a swim, Julianna and I headed to the Snack Shack for some eats. I headed back to the ship, and they did some snorkeling.

      We had dinner in the Solarium Bistro, and saw a beautiful sunset, then went to Cats. Bags out to the hallway, then some wine on the balcony. It was a lovely, calm way to spend our last evening.
      Read more

    You might also know this place by the following names:

    Berry Islands District, Distretto di Berry Islands

    Join us:

    FindPenguins for iOSFindPenguins for Android