Rough Seas

18 Jan

In early December we went on a weekend getaway to the Bahamas for my birthday.  I was excited about a weekend of being off the grid with the hubs.  What I wasn’t prepared for were the rough seas of early December that made our cruising experience unforgettable (in a BAD way.)

We arrived at the cruise port later than I would have liked which made me a little frazzled right from the start.  We had purchased a room with a window to the outside that was supposed to be larger than a standard room so we were looking forward to a smidge of extra space.  When we actually got down to the room we realized it was EXACTLY the same size as the last cruise room we had on out 7 night cruise through the Mediterranean.

Ok not so bad yet but we’re getting there… Once we left port we were almost immediately experiencing rough seas.  Now, I’m not one to get sea sick.  I have spent LOTS of time on boats and this was my third cruise.  But I had never experienced the rough seas that we were experiencing.  On the pool deck you could see the water sloshing from side to side.  Walking up and down the stairs was a chore as you would rock from one side of the staircase to the other in a matter of a few seconds.  It was the roughest ride ever and it continued through the night making sleep hard for me to come by.

Our first day was a stop in Nassau.  I wasn’t too excited about our stops but I have never been so it was one more place to check off my list of places to visit.  We checked out the Queens staircase which I did find very cool.

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Afterwards we walked back to the main drag and wandered the shops.   It was really hot and lets just say it… Nassau is disgusting.  The shops are almost exclusively jewelers or crappy tourist shops with Nassau sweatshirts and postcards.

We did stumble upon a pirate museum which we gladly paid the entrance fees just to get off the streets.  It was pretty cool and one of the things I would recommend to anyone going to Nassau that wanted to see the local sites.

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What we should have done is pay the price to go out to Paradise Island and go to the water park.  But at the time I had no idea how crummy the city would be.

That night the ship didn’t leave port until after 12 am so I was lucky enough to get a few short hours of sleep in before the rough seas rocked me awake again.  I was looking forward to port #2 as it was the private island owned by the cruise company and we planned to spend the day on the beach basking in the sun.

The next day we awoke and headed to the main dining area for breakfast. While we started up conversations with some other cruise goers we realized about 30 minutes into breakfast we were actually turned away from the island and heading back to Florida…….  The seas were actually SO rough that we could not tender the ship to go to our second stop of the trip. Are. You. Kidding. Me?  As we talked with the table in disbelief we realized we didn’t have it as bed as everyone else.  One couple had come down for the cruise from New Jersey, another from COLORADO and the closest came from South Carolina.  These people paid good money and travel great distances to spend a one of a two day cruise at sea!

Needless to say, we were bummed.  We spent the day roaming the ship finding quiet places to play cards.  We played a few rounds of trivia in the bar and found our way to a cupcake decorating class.  The seas never let up though which made a day at sea almost unbearable.

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We had a mostly awful time but we learned a few things.  Always research the seas before booking a last minute cruise.  We also learned that getting a weekend away isn’t always the best idea.

 

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