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Carnival Fantasy - Cruise Travel Log of Bahamas Cruise from Charleston

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Things to Do with a Day in Nassau
Downtown Nassau in the Bahamas

Downtown Nassau in the Bahamas

Nassau Photo Courtesy of Mary Margaret Duncan Jones
Our next stop on the Carnival Fantasy was in Nassau. It was another sunny day in Nassau, and our "Blue Water Catamaran Snorkeling & Beach" tour left at a more civilized hour--9:30 am. The boat was packed, but we could sit in the shade for the 45 minute ride to the snorkeling location. They never raised the sails, and we motored past Paradise Island and the famous Atlantis Resort on our way to the Rose Island Reef. Snorkeling was better than I feared it would be. We had a big crowd, but they were very organized, and we all were in the water quickly.

After about 45 minutes of snorkeling, we re-boarded the Sweetie Pie catamaran and motored the short distance to Rose Island. It had a gorgeous white sandy beach and crystal clear water, much like a pool. We wore our hats and sunglasses and kind of bobbed in the water for about 45 minutes. It was very relaxing and a perfect ending to our morning. On the way back to Nassau and our ship, it poured down rain for about 10 minutes, but we were under cover. Maggie and I took showers and ate lunch when we returned to the ship. We had the Mongolian wok, which was very good--you pick the meat and veggies and they cook them for you.

After lunch, we walked back into town and did some exploring. We browsed through the straw market, and I couldn't help but notice that the market had some of the same handicraft stuff I've seen all over the world. We browsed through a few jewelry stores, but didn't buy anything. We hiked inland a bit and found ourselves at Fort Fincastle, which dates back to the late 1700's. It provided a nice view of downtown Nassau, Paradise Island, and our ship. We strolled down the Queen's Staircase on our way back to the ship.

My friend Maggie and I really enjoyed our catamaran snorkeling tour and our walk around the city of Nassau. The Carnival Fantasy had about 25 shore excursion options for passengers who wanted to do an organized tour. Five were snorkeling or diving tours, and two visited the Discover Atlantis aquarium. Six visited some of Nassau's famous beaches, and five featured adventures by jeep, Harley motorcycle, parasail, kayak, or Segway. Golfers had an opportunity to play at the Cable Beach Golf Course. Many passengers bought a day pass to the famous Atlantis Resort on Paradise Island, while others did a glass bottom boat or submarine tour. Nassau is filled with history, and three historical tours covered the island, its pirates, and its beautiful gardens.

Our last day on the Carnival Fantasy was at sea. We relaxed outside and shared stories of our Bahamian activities with our table mates and new cruise friends.

The 5-night cruise was over way too quickly. Disembarkation was easy, and my friend and I said our goodbyes. We had a great time reconnecting after not seeing each other for several years and developed some new shared memories. Isn't experiencing new travel memories with friends and family one of the best things about cruising?

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