Thursday, August 27, 2015

Back in Miami

Last night we didn't get a towel animal. We got a towel heart so we saved it for this morning because it was cute. 

We had one last breakfast in the dining room away from the crowded Lido deck and we were off the ship by 9:00am. Very organized exit off and through Customs and Immigration.  

We hung out at the airport for several hours and within 10 minutes of being on the plane from Miami to Minneapolis, Ronin settled in for a good sleep.

Then it was another long wait in Minnie. Good thing for iPods. We didn't let the kids use them too much on the ship because there was lots to do but waiting for hours at the airport can get tiring and boring after so much activity on the ship.

Another little nap on the plane from Minni to Winnipeg; through Customs and Immigration (nothing to declare) and it was home at midnight.

The end of one of the best vacations.


Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Nassau, Bahamas

This is my first time in Nassau (really my first time in Grand Turk and Half Moon Cay too) and it was as I expected - lots of pretty buildings with soft pastel colours and very clean streets. Hot too but the ambiance made up for the heat.

Breen loved being here. She told me on the way back to the ship that "I loved Grand Turk and Half Moon Cay but possibly my best place is Nassau." Possibly her best place... what a kid!

Breen and I checking out a jewellry store

My rasta grandson

And my rasta grand-daughter

And hey.. they have a rasta Nani (keeping it in the family)

Sightseeing in Nassau

Enjoying a fresh water coconut (USD $5; Winnipeg CDN $2))

Looks like all we did was eat. Good thing we have other pictures to prove we did other things. Tonight was another great dinner with baked alaska for dessert. Breen's favourite. Hanna like Creme Brulee on her cruise. For Breen, it was the baked alaska.

Last movie night at the Dive-In. We didn't dive into the pool to watch the movie. We sat in the loungers and it was a glorious night under the stars. One more sleep and we are going to love every minute of it. Tomorrow will be a long day. We get off the ship by 9:30 and we don't get home till midnight.

Getting ready for bed.


Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Half Moon Cay, Bahamas

Another glorious day of sand, surf and a million degrees. Today we had to get on a tender to get off the ship. Trying to get 3,000 people off a ship a few hundred at a time can take a long time. We decided that we would wait for one of the last set of people but even that took a long time. The kids were so patient. We made sure we had lots of sun screen and big hats but even that wasn't enough. 

The beach was really crowded making it hard to find a shady spot (very few and far between). I managed to find a branch with a modest degree of shade and Breen preferred to stay there and play in the sand. 

Ronin opted for the water but after just a few minutes, I started worrying that it was jus too hot to be comfortable and not wanting him to get sunburned, I kept checking on him.

Lunch was a bit of an event. The food was quite a distance away from us and too hot for the kids to walk so Robin went off to get some. He managed to bring back a couple of burgers and some chicken for us but I I really had no appetite because of the stifling heat. The kids didn't do much better. After an hour or so, we decided to go back to the ship before it got crowded again and we'd have to stand in long lines with no shade to get onto the tender.

We had a nice shower which was a nice cool down. That was followed by a long nap then off to dinner starting with lobster bisque.
Yummy lobster bisque

Fruit plate starter

Off for an after-dinner walk  

A late night game of mini golf and a few treats.

Another wonderful day (except for the intense heat).


Monday, August 24, 2015

Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos

We arrived in Grand Turk this morning and there was an actual pier that we could exit the ship. Sometimes it's a tender (small boat that holds about 200-300 people that comes along the ship's side because the harbor is too shallow for the ship to get into). which takes a long time to get on and off.  

The kids wanted to do some crafts before we got off so they went to the kiddies camp and painted sun catchers. 


Then it was off to the pier and a dip in the ocean. Ronin and Sabreena were really surprised at how close they were to palm trees and were excited to get to the beach. I explained to them that the water was salty just like it was in the pool on the ship. Ronin was surprised about that. He jumped into the pool and quickly jumped out and told me the water was full of sand. What he meant was - the water was salty. 

Some random man wanted in on the picture

Standing on the white sand in Grand Turk

Enjoying the sand and surf

More fun on the sand and surf

Baking in the incredible heat

Giant sea Urchent (urchin) - according to Sabreena
We spent a couple of hours on the beach and went off to the souvenir shop to get a couple of trinkets and it was back to the ship for an afternoon nap  then dress for dinner.

My grand-baby with her newly acquired necklace

Fresh fruit plate as a starter

Sushi for me

Soup for Breen and Grandpa

Then it was a yummy soft centre chocolate cake

And off to the "dive-in" to see a movie
Great day for all of us.