In Wisconsin, I knew of very few people who had been on a cruise ship and the vast majority were over the age of 50. However, here in Miami cruising is very popular among all ages. It's really handy living so close to the Port of Miami. We disembarked our ship at 8:00 am and were back home at 8:30 am.
We quickly dropped our luggage in the cabin and headed out to explore the boat while it was still in port. I get extremely motion sick, so I wanted to get the lay of the land before the boat started moving. As it turns out, I only felt queasy a few times during the cruise which was quickly remedied by finding fresh air or laying down in our cabin.
Due to the brevity of our cruise, we had just one port stop which was in Nassau. Reading port reviews on cruisecritic.com (a first-time cruiser's best friend), words used to describe Nassau include dirty, poor and raw.
Even knowing this, Chris and I were still taken aback. Walking the streets of Nassau reminded us of our time in Egypt. Locals harassing you to buy their goods and services, and not taking no for an answer. Our cruise ship in the background of the photo below is a reminder of how heavily dependent The Bahamas is on tourism.
I'm so thankful I read reviews on TripAdvisor too because that's how I found Bites of Nassau Food Tasting & Cultural Walking Tour with Tru Bahamian Food Tours. Chris and I both loved the tour and would highly recommend it!
We visited seven places on the tour and the food at each stop was superb. Our favorite was Pepper Pot Grill & Juice Bar, where Chris had jerk chicken and I had steamed cabbage (the guide was awesome at providing vegetarian options!). We also had rice and beans, a fried plantain and freshly squeezed tropical fruit juice at Pepper Pot.
My favorite part of cruising is how easy it is to relax. We had the option of hanging out on our cabin balcony as we cruised through the Atlantic Ocean, however there are places all over the ship both inside and outside to have a drink and read a book, or just people watch.
Cruising isn't perfect though. Our cabin was near a bar that blasted music into the early morning hours, which felt like sleeping in a frat house during a party. However, the positives definitely outweighed the negatives and now we just need to decide where to go on our next cruise!