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    • 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.
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    • Day 88

      Swimming with the pigs

      April 11, 2022 on the Bahamas ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

      I swam with cute piggies in the Bahamas. I laughed so much. 😅🐖

    • Day 19

      Great Stirrup Cay

      December 15, 2016 on the Bahamas ⋅ ⛅ 2 °C

      Noch einmal entspannen und das Meer genießen war heute (Donnerstag) angesagt. Unser Schiff steuerte die kleine Privatinsel Great Stirrup Cay auf den Bahamas an, die ausschließlich mit den Gäste des Schiffs belegt war.

      Bei Sonnenaufgang wurden wir in unserem "Zimmer" geweckt, sehr schön ☺ Nach dem Frühstück waren wir schon um halb neun dort; viele Gäste kamen erst um zehn, elf Uhr an. Wir steuerten direkt eine Liege im etwas ruhigeren Bereich an, auch hier gab es große Party Areas für unsere amerikanischen Schiffsfreunde ^^

      Auch auf der Insel galt das all inclusive Angebot vom Schiff, die Crew wurde dafür schon vorab rüber gebracht. So war auch für Cocktails und ein Imbissbuffet gesorgt! Es waren sehr viele Liegen vorhanden, sodass es trotz der ca 2000 Menschen keine anstrengenden Überfüllungszustände gab!

      Das Meer war hier super zum Schwimmen, leider hat die Unterwasserwelt rund um Florida generell nicht soo viel zu bieten. Nach 2x Ägypten - wo die Riffe mit zu den besten der Welt gehören - sind wir hier vll auch etwas verwöhnt hat's Lisje gemeint 😉
      By the way - heut hat sie es sogar mal ins Meer geschafft! 👏

      Das wäre auch eigentlich so das Einzige, was unseren Once-in-a-Lifetime-Trip noch perfekter hätte machen können.

      Hier ein paar Bilder für euch von unsrem letzten gechillten Tag. Wir haben uns noch einmal schön von der Sonne wegballern lassen 😎🌴🏖

      Unser Bericht erreicht euch wohl erst am Freitag, wenn wir wieder in Miami angelegt haben.
      Ankunft ist dort um 7 Uhr, dann gemütlich von Bord gehen. Unser Flieger nach FFM geht dann um 17 Uhr Ortszeit, sodass wir uns die Zeit noch etwas vertreiben können. Die Landung in Deutschland ist dann nach knapp 9 Stunden Flug gegen 7:50 Uhr angesetzt.
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    • Day 4

      Leaving CocoCay, Reboarding Ship

      June 27, 2022 on the Bahamas ⋅ ⛅ 82 °F

      We are reboarding the Harmony of the Seas to leave CocoCay. It was a good day.
      I went down the massive “biggest water slide in North America, and many more. It was a beautiful island.

    • 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.
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    • 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.
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    • Day 25

      80 mi sail to the Berry Islands

      April 11, 2022 on the Bahamas ⋅ ⛅ 75 °F

      Longest sail yet! Sailed 80 miles from 7 AM to 9 PM to make it to our home for the week, the Berry Islands!

      It was such a beautiful crossing, 3 ft or less waves with a nice 10-15 knots of wind. We even got to make some sourdough french toast underway, such a treat 😋 When we entered this reefy area called the Gingerbreads we decided to drop back some lines to see what kind of fish were out there. Few minutes later we were hooked up on more slammer mutton snappers. Pulled in 2 28 inchers and had to stop fishing because that is more than we will ever be able to eat in a week! Plus where we are going is suppose to have some epic diving so we are hoping to shoot some fish this weekend!

      Woke up this morning at sunrise to enjoy a nice yoga flow and started to settle into work for the week. We were lucky enough to have perfect service out here off this remote island! Makes sense though, this is where Royal Carribbean and Norwegian Cruise Lines have their own private islands, hoping to go check that out later. There is tons to explore here. We are hoping to explore the island on our one wheels, hike to a blue hole our friend Raf told us about and do some fishing/diving once the weather warms up a bit!

      Still can't believe this our new life. Not sure when we are going to stop feeling like we are dreaming. 💭
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    Berry Islands District, Distretto di Berry Islands

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