To celebrate our 1st wedding anniversary, we embarked on a cruise to Bahamas and landed in Key West :) Well, this is what happens when you go on a cruise to Bahamas in a hurricane season! But then, we got married in August, so we 'decided' to celebrate our 1st anniversary a year later in August itself (it makes sense, no?). We both wanted to go on a cruise and since we stay in Phoenix, the choice was easy. Book a 4-night Royal Caribbean Cruise to Bahamas with stops at Coco Cay (cruise's private island) and Nassau (Capital city). Nothing complicated, right? So we thought.
As we entered the ship (Monarch of the Seas), even before we could actually settle in,the Captain spoke those deadly words. "Due to signs of a hurricane, we would not be able to stop at Coco Cay. At the moment, our itinerary is undecided though." Weren't we disappointed? Then, we saw a wedding party on board and hoped they did not plan their wedding in Coco Cay, the private island.
Come morning (Day 2), we landed at Nassau. 'White sandy beaches with turquoise waters', Oh man, people weren't lying when they said that. Having only read and never seen turquoise waters before, we were excited. The beach had beautiful crystal clear waters but lots of people. We sighed at the thought of the private island we were supposed to be on that day instead of here. Spent a couple of hours and returned to the Ship for lunch. As a side note, if you happen to board 'Monarch of the Seas' of Royal Caribbean, don't forget to check the Indian counter for lunch at Windjammer Cafe. I am from India and I must tell you it is good.
|Our Cruise Ship - Monarch of the Seas|
|Welcome to Bahamas|
|Turquoise Beach @ Bahamas|
|Atlantis Paradise Island, Bahamas|
|Oprah Winfrey's houses in Bahamas|
|This is where we started our 'Jet Ski' tour|
|Resort in 'Key West'|
|Most popular place for photo shoot in Key West|
|Another popular shot in Key West|
|Attending a performance in the Ship|
All in all, it was an excellent trip which included amazing beaches & water sports, great food & on-board entertainment (Thanks to Royal Caribbean, for the latter part).
P.S: You would not find a mention of shopping as much, 'coz I am not a shopping freak (we did buy a couple of tees in Key West), but there is a decent amount of shopping you could do in both places. Try braiding too in Bahamas!