Lillyontheroad goes on cruise to the Bahamas.

5th January 2015

Our cruise to the Bahamas is going to start. Today we are going aboard Norwegian Cruise in Miami.

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If you are following our long on the road in Florida you already know what I’m talking about.

In the morning we go on board and the impact is certainly one of the best.

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We chose the cruise to the Bahamas from 5th to 9th January with the Norwegian Cruise Line for several reasons: first of all the great price offers. You have to know that this cruise is sold beginning from $126 (yeah, you got this right) all inclusive.

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We exaggerated: we have chosen the cabin with the balcony and I have to tell it revealed a very good choice. What do you think, Valeria?

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On board it’s a Freestyle cruising: it means a 24hour buffet and all-inclusive beverage. It’s perfect for us: since we don’t have cocktails and wine and spirits (or bingo and casino) pressing needs, it’s a fixed price and we spend nothing on board. This point, yet, make the difference remarkably compared to other cruises around our regions I have heard them mentioned.

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As you know, this one is not the type of journey I like since I always prefer the on the road ones. But spending a few days on board served and respected, pampered with always available ice, titbits in the room, the cabin done several times a day and a different animal every evening…spot-on!

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Only now I realize I’ve been living here in Florida without shoes for a month wearing only slippers and flip-flop (and my daughter only barefoot and sometimes with flip-flop! Arghh!).

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This thing, too, it’s unlike me…but we go very well with this!

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There are lots of companies offering different solutions for cruise to the bahamas: everyone will find what answers his/her purpose.

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Meanwhile I fixed me up perfectly. I could spend here easily a good week without moving!

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The evening comes early to an end while we are sailing the sea and the theatre gets ready to welcome the guests for high level performances.

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In the meantime the outer upper deck turns into magic…Goodnight from Norwegian Sky!

6th January 2015

Here we are at the Bahamas! Our cruise to the bahamas proceeding. Of course in the morning we are the first ones getting the tender taking us to the island. Did someone have doubts perhaps? With Valeria to sleep is a not-existing word!

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Needless to say the island is fabulous, doesn’t it? The day slips by between the beach and snorkelling. Just arrived it gives us also this wonderful complete rainbow!

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As usual with Valeria: she is always lucky!!! While she is running in the water…I very nearly could go and search for the golden pot with the pins!!!

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The island was bought by the Norwegian 40 years ago making it a real paradise for its passengers. Here it’s possible to do a multitude of sport activities or relaxing on the small beds on the beach. Best experience for our cruise to the bahamas.

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Very fine sand and fabulous colours.

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Then in the evening another wonderful sunset! What’s the better than admiring it from the balcony of our own cabin in total relax (and sloppiness since no one is looking at us!) after the day on the beach?

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I love these moments: out there the ship is crowded, whereas we seem nabobs! It’s the perfect cruise to the Bahamas.

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The evening ends with the private cocktail with the Captain! What does Valeria do when she meets him? She asks him to visit the engine room!

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He looks at her a bit astonished and tells her she will be sent the invitation for the bridge. She answers: “Yes, thanks. It’s very kind of you. But I was interested above all in the engine room!”

Even the captain’s wife was astonished and she asked her to repeat it!!!

7th January 2015

Good morning world from Nassau-Bahamas! The dawn is always a wonderful colours moment.

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Snorkelling today. How can we miss a such opportunity here in the Caribbean? The day slips by exploring the island and its very fine sand beaches.

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We leave Nassau at the sunset after have seen it at dawn. Wonderful colours and beaches. It’s a pity that the excursions take you snorkelling in terrible and all whitened and nearly not-existent places.

Here, too, as in many other places of the world, people are ruining everything but the nature try to resist with all its strength. There are the reefs and they might be wonderful: you get it from the quantity and the size of the starfishes (as far as 30-35 cm) and the shells that thousands of boats sell at the quay at ridiculous prices. But if you want to see the reefs the only way is a private and exclusive boat. It’s a real shame…

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Furthermore…the snorkelling excursions offer food for fishes in order to see them close to.

I’m not an all-out environmentalist and you know well but the destruction of these paradises the nature created during decades it’s ravaging me.

Unfortunately tourism is always the greatest culprit!

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Every evening there’s a different little animal on Valeria’s bed. Now it’s the little elephant’s turn. Yeah! They are pampering us really too much!!!

8th January 2015

Dawn at Freeport – Grand Bahamas.

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We will keep in our hearts the very fine and the dark colours, the thousands of shades of blue, those few reefs you can see near the beaches (ruined by the tourists) and the endless quantity of security everywhere.

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More than 20 years has gone from my journey in Cuba but here everything is still so like that and unchanged but the endless quantity of dollars we take here (and they were many 20 years ago, yet). This is the reason we are seen as fowls to pluck.

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It’s not bad a tour here, is it? Does someone want to come with me?

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We are ready to leave: we’ll admire the departure once again from our balcony.

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Of course…here we are on the bridge!

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Valeria is admiring the Captain…explaining what happened on the Concordia.‪ 

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How shameful! Deeply ashamed.

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Last shots from the Bahamas giving us another wonderful sunset.

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Very beautiful colours and…

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…make us feel a bit nostalgic since we didn’t manage to savour these islands.

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Bye bye!

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Now… waiting for engine room!

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Here we are in the engine room, too.

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The engineers bent over backwards with a unique willingness to answer Valeria’s questions.

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She submit them to a barrage of questions and requests. After have visited the Narrona engine room, engines bewitch her.

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A curiosity: their job contract provides for 10 weeks at sea and 10 weeks at home.

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9th January 2015

Dawn at Miami from the cabin.

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Well…this last breakfast, too, with downtown Miami on the background it’s not bad at all!!! Please, notice the ten smocked-salmon kilograms in Valeria’s dish!

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Our on the road journey in Florida set out again: it’s going to come to an end.

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