We made it back to land safely yesterday afternoon. The kid didn’t do too well throughout the cruise. I’m sad the say that he definitely suffers from severe motion sickness. I’d also like to apologize to our friends and other diners from the vomit fest that took place in the dining lounge Tuesday night. Yeah, that happened. We tried Dramamine, but every time he took it, he’d immediately throw it up. Here’s how he spent nearly three days…
The gift shop on board was sold out of the patches you put behind your ear for sea sickness. One night the husband finally came across a tiny vial of ‘Motion Eaze‘ for $15.99. A few dabs behind the ears and you’re suppose to be good to go. It worked!! Too bad we didn’t find it sooner. It didn’t help that every crew member aboard the ship wanted to touch him. Something about blonde hair and blue eyes always attracts foreigners. It’s very sweet, and they’ve never been rude, but the kid was just not having it. He hates to be touched.
Other than that we had a good time. It was nice to get away. Half Moon Cay is absolutely beautiful! The husband and I are in agreement that we’d love to go there again. We had to take a boat from the boat to get to the island itself, which took forever. I probably could have swam there faster. I wish we would have had more time to explore, but that was the day we weren’t released from confinement until 1:00pm, and you had to get back on the ship by 4:00pm.
The sand was silky, the water crystal clear. We could go out about 50 yards and still had our heads above water. We came across a large conch snail and a little octopus. It really felt like paradise. The kid loved it and swam, with floaties, by himself nearly the entire time we were in the water. It was hands down the best part of our entire trip. Those precious two hours that flew by.
The following day we arrived in Nassau. This was the destination the husband and I were most excited about. It was suppose to be beautiful, full of culture, and bargains galore! Straw Market was our main target. Immediately upon getting off the boat we heard sirens, non stop. The kid said “It’s the police mama! We gotta get outta here!” Toddlers are hilarious. Unfortunately I think he was on to something.
Nassau was a huge disappointment! It was filthy, vendors were pushy, unwilling to negotiate much, and very rude . We couldn’t find any local restaurants; a Subway, Hard Rock Cafe’, and Burger King…? No thanks. We like to try the local food! That guy above was the best thing about the island. He handmade these little wooden cars, and then engraved them per request. The kid picked one out and the man engraved “Seven” on top, and a “7″ on the back, because the name was just “too cool”. We paid and tipped for his services. Most of Straw Market is FULL of mass produced crap from China – seriously, the stickers were on the items! The women are very pushy and demand you buy the goods, that they handmade all of it. If you pass by or say ‘no thank you’ don’t be surprised if they curse at you. Also be sure to pay with exact change if at all possible. They will try to rip you off by giving wrong change in another currency, or claim they can’t make change and that you should just buy more.
After going around and around, we gave up, and got back on the boat. We weren’t alone. Almost every passenger we spoke with agreed that Nassau was terrible. I didn’t realize until I got home that Nassau is known for it’s crime against cruise passengers! Yikes. Glad we didn’t experience that, but the overall vibe was very negative. We would not return.
This was definitely the best cruise we’ve taken out of three, we sailed on the Carnival Fascination. Norwegian Cruise Lines still wins for best food though. Maybe in a few years we’ll give it another shot. A cruise is an affordable family vacation! The kid just needs to outgrow the motion sickness.
I”ll be back Monday with a rundown of our expenses and how we did with our strict vacation budget. I leave you with one last photo from the cruise. A random dance party in the main lobby…