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Just Another Day in Paradise Island

So many of you are familiar with Atlantis, the massive waterpark in the Bahamas. And if you haven’t been there, you’re probably wondering if it’s worth all the hype (and the steep hotel/ticket prices.) Well, the answer is yes! Or at least partially yes. I’ll explain.

I was pretty excited when I found out we were stopping at Nassau. I’m not a huge water park person myself, but from what I’ve heard Atlantis is supposed to be kinda awesome so how could I pass up the opportunity to go? And well, the visit pretty much made me feel like a giddy little kid again, running from one water slide to the next and screaming my head off as I hit the drop, and jumped up shouting “again!” Man, I forgot how fun water parks are, but now I fear that all others may be ruined for me! Atlantis has everything to visually stimulate you: from multiple giant swimming pools with a beautiful coastline in the background to snorkeling areas and a dolphin cay to even a fantastic waterside that takes you through a shark tank. I myself am a beach bum and could spend hours napping in the sand, but I loved the convenience of being on the beach and walking over to a 120 ft drop water slide for an adrenaline rush, then stopping by a pool for a warm swim before returning to my towel. I absolutely recommend visiting Atlantis if you are ever in the Bahamas, and here’s a tip to make the trip more affordable:  If you are planning on staying in Nassau (instead of just doing a day trip with a cruise like I did) then save some money and stay at the Comfort Suites next door instead of at the resort. The hotel is closeby and you receive day passes to the waterpark with your room. The resort itself looks beautiful, but if you are the 90% of travelers that can’t afford it but you still want to check out the park then this is definitely the way to go. So head over to the Bahamas already – the lost city is waiting for you!

Challenger slides

Aquaventure shark tank waterslide (featuring Mom and Dad)

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Island in the Sun – Fabulous Grand Turk

Blue waters with white sand, a speeding catamaran, a captain’s rum special in my hand and “I love my life” blaring from the speakers with some Caribbean diving instructors dancing by the sail: every little ting’s gonna be alright.

It’s day 3 of my Caribbean cruise aboard the Carnival Destiny. Today we landed in Grand Turk and spent the morning laying out on the beach. The fish came right up alongside you as you stood in the water. In the afternoon Neetha and I hitched a ride on a snorkel excursion and took a catamaran to a prime snorkeling area. We were in water that was about 40-60 feet deep, but right alongside it is the drop-off which is this gigantic 7,000 foot drop down. Pretty cool to see. I also got to play with a new toy: a fun digital underwater camera! A must for water adventures. After snorkeling and getting up close and personal with some big fish we headed over to Governor’s Beach, a secluded spot of beautiful white sand that was just picture perfect. The crew brought some rum ashore (one of them called himself Dr. Feel Good, he’s awesome) and we continued the party on land with more music and swimming. Overall the catamaran/snorkeling excursion was about 3 hours and cost $90, which to me is absolutely worth it. Just zipping by the island on a catamaran with the wind in your hair and the beautiful scenery all around you makes it great, and the added snorkeling with a great crew makes it memorable. Carnival has many snorkel/scuba excursions but they do fill up fast so make sure to book in advance if you ever take one of their cruises. Tell Dr. Feel Good I said hello if you go!

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We’re on a Boat! The Carnival Destiny

Greetings from the Caribbean!

This week I’m cruising with Carnival as we check out 3 different islands in 5 days. The cruise ship is somewhat smaller than other cruise ships I’ve seen, but it’s still a good size. The first day at sea I had a late start and in turn I found it hard to snag a good sunny spot to lay out. Must note: when it’s a sea day (days that the ship doesn’t dock anywhere) make sure to get out to the deck early if you want a good spot. After lunch we managed to find some chairs in the sun and planted ourselves there for the rest of the afternoon. The staff is great – I’m always impressed by how friendly and courteous cruise staff is. All the time. It’s like they never have a bad day – its just not human! The entertainment is surprisingly good, too. My favorite so far has been the comedy shows. They have two finalists from Last Comic Standing, Adam Hunter and Louis Ramsay. Tonight we went and saw Louis for the “rated R” comedy hour after dinner. He was hilarious, and had the audience cracking up for the whole time. Another fun show was watching Superstar Karaoke, karaoke with a live band. There’s also a piano bar, a casino, a Latin music spot, a dance club… the list goes on. Carnival is known to cater to a somewhat younger crowd (less families than Royal Caribbean) and those with a lower budget. You can get a pretty great deal and I heard that some of the interior statements can be as low as $200-300, not bad at all! Even though I still prefer traveling on land and staying put in one location longer, the occasional cruise is always a nice change. And it’s best if you have an adventurous and fun partner in crime along as well. Happy sailing!

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Ahoy There! Cruising on Carnival Destiny

Aboard Destiny, Carnival Cruiseline

 

Ahoy there! I suppose many of my friends didn’t get the memo that I’ll be on a cruise in the Caribbean all week. These last few weeks have been hectic and I wasn’t even sure until last week if this trip was happening. We flew into Miami this morning and arrived on deck a few hours ago. We’ll be stopping in Grand Turks, the Bahamas and Carnival’s private island Half Moon Bay. The boat sets sail in an hour and then I’ll be out of pocket most of the time, but I’m really looking forward to taking lots of pictures and documenting the good, the bad and the ugly about the overall cruise experience. Oh, the things I do for research! But can I just say that so far so good with everything: Miami’s weather is fantastic, our rooms have balconies facing the back of the ship (and conveniently located next to a pool and bar) and the ship looks beautiful. More updates to come soon! Hope everyone is having a fantastic holiday season wherever you may be.

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December 26, 2011 · 4:16 pm