Gary and Bill's Travels travel blog

Our ship....The Monarch of the Port Canaveral

The Viking Crown Lounge...we had a cocktail while we waited for the...

Looking out of the Viking Crown Lounge onto the top pool deck.

And then there was the mandatory drill....that made us really secure!!!!

On the staircase in the central area..the was a 4 story...

Bill is enjoying his meal in the Windjammer Cafe.

Pulling into the harbor at Nassau, Bahamas.

Bill is getting ready to deport into Nassau.

Our balcony on the ship.

I am ready to go shopping and being a tourist in Nassau...notice...

The Atlantis Hotel on Paradise Island.

As we pull away on our little excursion on Nassau...the Seaworld Explorer.

We boarded a mini submarine with a glass bottom and took a...

The Fourth of July celebration on the ship.

The water from our balcony...ten decks below...the water was a beautiful blue.

Oprah's house on Paradise Island.

The police on Nassau

We visited Fort Fincastle on the highest point of the island.

The governor's mansion...with a statue of Christopher Columbus...he stopped off there, too,...

The Port at Nassau.....

A view of the ship from the beach at Cococay, Bahama.

One of the many beaches on the island.

Here I am getting ready to go snorkeling.

The island was filled with hammocks.

A view of the ship from the seawall.

The ship was tendered and we had to take the ferry boats...

The water was so clear you could see many feet into it.

Coming upon the ship in the ferry.

The carriage taxi on the island of Nassau

Our suite attendant made this little towel monkey and hung it in...

Our Cruise to the Bahamas

We decided several months ago that it was time to take a cruise. We decided to take one during the Fourth of July holiday. Our cruise started out at Port Canaveral, Florida. We would leave port in the evening and sail through the night to reach Nassau in the morning. The Monarch of the Seas was our ship. Our suite was on Deck 10. It was a nice suite with a balcony. The ship had lots of lounges, bars, dining rooms, and plenty of areas to find any kind of entertainment. We went to the karaoke club one night. One night we saw a musical show. Every meal was fantastic....and there was food around all the time. The service on the ship was impeccable. Everyone was so nice and friendly. We spent time at the pool and on the sundeck and in the hot tubs in the evenings. The mall was four decks high at the center and had many shops to spend your money.

We spend on day in Nassau. We took an excursion that involved a boat trip through the Nassau harbor that was lined with houses that only the wealthy could afford...Oprah, Tom Cruise, Richard Harris, and the owner of Starbuck;s just to name a few. We then boarded a mini submarine that took us out onto the reefs to view the reefs and the marine life. We then went back to the harbor and took a tour of the island. The island has a lot of history. The tourist portion of the island is immaculate...the residents live in very poor conditions. Our day ended with a stroll through the Straw Market. By the time we returned to the ship, we were so tired.

We set sail after a formal dinner on the ship, toward Cococay. It is a private island owned by Royal Caribbean. It was a tropical paradise. We had the best time there. We found chairs on the beach. We snorkeled out into the bay and investigated a downed Spanish ship and cannons, downed airplane and the coral reefs that surround the island. We also spent alot of time on our floating mat, just soaking in the sun out in the water. We ferried back to the boat at the end of the day.

We arrived back to Port Canaveral on the final morning. It was a wonderful trip and both of us had a great time.

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