Saturday, June 9, 2012

Norwegian Sky Shore Excursion, Great Stirrup Cay

Day three on the Norwegian sky we did a shore excursion onto their private island Great Stirrup Cay. This was another great day. The excursion begins with a ride on one of the tenders to the island. The beaches are beautiful white sand and there are some permanent facilities on the beach. We started with a short swim then went to one of the pavilions to meet our guide for the Eco Boat Tour. The tour was around the island with stops to see the wildlife. We saw several Bahamas seastars which are large redish-orange starfish, a sea cucumber, stingrays, and a land crab. After that we went back for a buffet lunch that was provided by Norwegian. Once we were done with lunch we went back to the beach to do some snorkeling. I saw lots of fish which I videoed with my iPhone. The phone was in a waterproof pouch bought off amazon for $10. I was a bit dubious but, it had lots of good reviews and as evidenced by the video it worked really well. The only problem was that I had to take off my glasses to wear the mask. Without glasses I couldn't see the iPhone screen so couldn't tell if it was on, off, or switched to the face mode.

Noewgian Sky Shore Excursion, Nassau and Snorkeling

A fun day in Nassau Bahamas. After getting off the boat we hopped a water taxi to Paradise Island. It's $4 per person one way and drops you off at the base of the Atlantis Bridge. Along the way one of the crew points out interesting sights. We walked across the bridge to take in the view of Nassau and paradise Island. The weather was perfect so we were rewarded with a wonderful view. On the other side we waved down a taxi and returned to the Norwegian sky for lunch. After lunch we departed for a snorkeling excursion on the reef.

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Norwegian Sky Shore Excursion in Freeport

Day two of or Norwegian Sky cruise started with an early morning arrival in Freeport Bahamas. We had booked a shore excursion with Kayak Nature Tours that was called a biking adventure. After breakfast we disembarked from the sky and were direct to the waiting van by guides on the dock. Fifteen minutes later we were introduced to our adventure guides and selecting our bikes. Mario and Alex, our guides for the day led us on a 12 mile tour that included frequent rest stops where we learned about island History, fauna, and culture. I learned what an out of pocket house was, it was an answer to something I had noticed earlier(you'll have to ask them). The tour included stops at Taino beach and Garden of the Groves where we were provided lunch. As we ate lunch our bikes were loaded on a trailer and when we were finished we were transported back to Taino Beach for a swim. Mario and Alex were a lot of fun and all in all we really enjoyed our day in Freeport.