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Cruise Fun Part 2

The third day was spent at Nassau Bahamas. We went to Atlantis and enjoyed their beautiful beach and aquarium. The beach here was breathtakingly beautiful. The water was a gorgeous blue and the sands super soft.

The only thing about Nassau that I really hate are all the pushy sales people. They try to sell you everything. Touristy junk that no one really wants. They try to sell you water, bracelets, T-shirts, hats, etc, etc. And I figured that once we got on the beach that it would be better but it wasn’t. There were people trying to charge you for everything. The chair you are using, the umbrella you paid for, no you can’t use that chair you paid for this kind of chair. It just goes on and on. So if you ever go to Nassau, be prepared to fight for what you paid for and to say no, a lot.


But besides all the trouble, we were still able to relax on the beach with our coconuts!


The aquarium was really neat. They had stingrays, sharks and saw fishes. And the best part about the aquarium was that it was about 20 degrees cooler than on the beach. It was nice to take a break from the heat and watch all the fishes swim around you.

I love Randy’s laugh/smile in these photos.

We did rent two jet skis. They were so much fun! It was my first time on a jet ski on the ocean. It was much rougher than I expected. The only time I had ridden a jet ski was on a lake. But it was great! I would definitely love to do it again sometime!

The fourth day was another day at sea. Since we spent 3 days in the sun, I spent the remainder of the trip in the shade. 🙂

Overall, the trip was fantastic. We had a wonderful time with our friends and it was so nice to do absolutely nothing. I feel rejuvenated but I am still in vacation mode. But I won’t be in that mode for long. I have a long summer ahead of me – working full time, taking a class for work and being involved in numerous church activities. But there will be fun times too, it is summertime after all! 😉

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Cruise Fun Part 1

For my birthday this year, we went on a five day cruise to the Bahamas. I know! I have the greatest husband ever! We went with another couple. We have been begging our friends to go on a trip with us for years and we finally got our wish! 😉 It was so much fun to go on a trip with another couple. I hope we go on another trip together soon!

We took the cruise out of Charleston, SC on Carnival Fantasy to Little Stirrup Cay and Nassau Bahamas. The Charleston port is confusing and small. It is nothing like the Florida ports I have been too. But the people there are very friendly and helpful.


Our first day was a day at sea and my 28th birthday. We spent most of the day sleeping in the sun, drinking fruity drinks, eating junk food and watching the hairy guy contests. It was glorious laying around doing nothing! And for those of you wondering, I wore 100 SPF sunscreen… basically, paint to protect my very fair skin. 🙂

This night was also formal night. So we of course, dressed up and went around the boat taking cheesy pictures.

Yeah… I told you we participated in the cheesy photos on the boat. 🙂 We had fun though and that’s all that matters!


Then they sang happy birthday to me at dinner.

It was an awesome birthday. I got to relax, laugh with good friends and eat cake.

The second day was spent at Little Stirrup Cay, which is a Carnival owned island in the Bahamas. There are a good amount of activities to participate in, but they cost a lot. We wanted to do the jet ski excursion, but it was $100 per person for only 1 hour. We thought that was a bit much. So we just lounged around on the beach all day. I was under the umbrella for majority of the day, of course. 🙂

Barefoot beach on this island was very beautiful. You could walk a long ways into the ocean and the water only came up to mid-calf. There were little fishes and conchs to admire.

We did do a little snorkeling on the other side of the island. The water was so clear you really didn’t need snorkeling gear, but the goggles did help us see the fish better.

A beautiful day +  a beautiful beach + great company = a perfect day!

Stay tune for part 2!