Nassau has a special place in our hearts because it was the first port that we ever came to on a cruise ship back in 1973 on a four day cruise. We weren’t sure that we would like cruising and I remember crying when it was time to get off. And here we are on cruise #70. There wasn’t much new for us here although we have never been to Atlantis, a huge resort that dominates the view from the harbor. People pay big bucks to stay there and it is understandable that they don’t want a bunch of cruise passengers clogging up the works, but it would have cost us each $60 to visit the resort today. No wonder we have never been there.
The dock is nicely situated right down town and as we walked into the welcome center, we saw people sprawled all over the floor beneath the “no sitting here” signs. The welcome center supplies free internet and technology starved cruisers and crew were trying to connect with the world. The demand exceeded the supply and we got frustrated and left. We’ll be on our way home tomorrow and the news of the world will just have to wait.
The main street was lined with jewelry shops, many the same brands we just saw in St. Thomas and St. Martin. The Caribbean is suffered from the same take over of multi national brands that is happening in the rest of the world. However, the certified hair braiders, conveniently housed in their own open air building, are something you don’t see everywhere. You can bet on the fact that we will see lots of folks at dinner tonight sporting the look Bo Derek popularized in “10” many years ago. Viewing stands have already been erected for the Junkanoo festival which we enjoyed on a New Year’s Eve here long ago. The parade started at midnight and revelers dressed in all manner of carnival-type costumes put on a great show blowing whistles and banging drums. It would be fun to see it again.
When you are in Nassau, it’s hard to remember that you are only 95 miles from Palm Beach. Being so close to the behemoth just north must be both a blessing and a curse.