Getting on the tender boat to take us to the island was pretty easy. Sit in the bottom level in the front to get off 1st. On the tender to get back to the boat you will want to go to the top level and sit in the back to get on the ship 1st.
On the Island - Clean, spacious, and GORGEOUS! I loved it - by far my favorite part of the whole cruise! They have lounge chairs and the little chairs to sit in the water with. (Keep them as long as you can - when you're away from the little chairs someone will scoop them up and take them away). 11:30am they start the bbq buffet till 2pm. The food was a 7 out of 10. Poeple do cut in line but be patient because there is plenty of food for everyone. Some of the food consist of burgers, hot dogs, ribs, pizza, corn, coconuts, papaya, rice, and salads.
On the island they have a calypso band, volleyball games, and other group activities - dancing & limbo. Back to the beach, the water is sooooooo nice!!! We sat in it for HOURS! Make sure you bring lots of sunblock. There are little fish in the water but they come and go. Water is very clear and beautiful views of the little tiny islands surrounding great stirrup cay.
Tips regarding the cruise itself -
It was a nice cruise but some of the staff I was not impressed with. I cannot fault all the others for those few that had attitudes - but be aware you can always speak to a supervisor. The food I found also not too impressed with - I definitely recommend paying extra for the specialty restaurants than to stick to the buffets. Buffet food was blah! Dremamine is a MUST! The other 2 ports - Freeport, we rented a car because you need transport to get to the beach from the ship. It is $4 pp EACH way while cramped in a van with others. We had 4 of us and that $ we decided to put into a rental so we can roam around as we pleased $75 for the full day. Rained really badly at the end of the day so we cut out day short. Freeport Grand Bahama was my least favorite island. Nassua was nice but I think that island should be it's own vacation seperate from the cruise - we might do Nassua next year and fly in. Tip - prepare before arrival because all the locals will convince you & lie just to get you in their cab to make money. I preplanned going to Cable beach (heard it was gorgeous!) The man who caught us walking towards the cabs told us he will take us to paradise island beach because cable beach was under consturction. He kept telling us NOT to go there - we will be wasting time and to let him take us the Paradise beach. We listened. Later when we did our shopping at the marketplace we found out after questioning the locals about Cable Beach, they said he lied to us because the construction there had nothing to do with the beach and he just wanted our $$. We missed out on Cable beach spent hours on Paradise beach where the waves were HUGE and water was deep.
Another TIP on the ship - last night before returning to Miami you need to settle your account at guest services. Make sure you payoff EVERYTHING!!! We had a $5.00 credit left on our account and we decided to get a virgin pina colada for $4.50 - little did we know they charge an automatic 18% gratuity so it went over 18 cents. (our 1st drink on the ship) When we got to the gangway to leave the ship - they keyed us at the machine and saw the 18 cents balance and told us we could not leave the ship until it was paid. OVER 18 CENTS that was for a bar TIP!! We waited in a 20 minute line to leave and then were forced to return to guest services to give them 18 CENTS!!! Also - don't forget the $12/a day per person service charge!
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