The food on the Cay consisted of an array of different buffets with a plethora of beach barbeque staples. I enjoyed the bbq chicken, ribs (a bit dry), and an assortment of salads. Perfect pre-nap food for the beach. Mr. N had a burger, bbq chicken, salad, and a pile of pickles. Yep, he's a pickle-face. The Cay was absolutely beautiful. After napping under some trees, Ms. Rita and I did what all women on a beach trip do: we went picture snapping. The water was incredibly clear, the sky amazingly turquoise, and the unknown men were more than appeased to take photos of us ladies.
The following day, our ship took us to Nassau. Here, we had several options such as snorkeling or going to tour Atlantis, but we opted to explore the town on our own. We walked through the famous straw market; which has been renovated and is not so straw anymore. It is filled with those odd items that family members bring you home from vacation: a snail shell painted like a dolphin, straw bags and hats, etc. On to Senor Frog's! Yes, that place. Being sober at ten am, we were all quite gleefully watching the grandparents wearing balloon hats and singing and dancing, obviously high on fruity cocktails. For a slight buzz that won't have you wearing balloon hats, I suggest sharing one of the yard glasses of fruity concoctions, like Mr. N and I did. You do want to remember your trip, don't you?
The part of Nassau immediately surrounding the port is extremely quiet on Sunday, with most of the shops and restaurants closed. Mr. N informed me that on a previous trip he discovered a strip of shanties at the return-side of the Paradise Island bridge that served up conch and fish fresh from the water the shanties sit over. I was sold. The four of us took a cab (every cab ride in Nassau is about $5 a person, no matter the distance) to Paradise Island, passing Atlantis to find a quiet beach. It was another incredible beach on this trip. Impossibly clear blue water.
Mr. N and I left our companions to nap on the beach, and we headed to find shantytown eats. Oh, my gosh, did we score. Mr. N suggested "Twin Brothers at da dock," and we found a table on the patio, over the water. We watched a man diving just yards from us, snorkeling and pulling up live conch. And then we saw the man in the shanty next door pull up a live conch from the water behind his shed and clean it. So awesome! We enjoyed fresh-fried conch, red beans and rice, grilled red snapper, and Kalik beers while taking in the surroundings. Nothing beat the grilled red snapper we had. Possibly one of the best bites I've ever had to eat.
The cruise was fantastic, and I recommend that everyone, omnivore or restricted diet, try a cruise to a Caribbean destination. You can engage in the plethora of activities, or choose to find adventure on your own. You can devour the buffet selections, or wait for the gourmet selections at timed seatings. And, if you are calculated enough, you can score great discounts during the on-board shopping events or win big at the casino.