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My First Cruise

by Paul

I took myself on a 7-day cruise for my 67th birthday to the Bahamas.  I have heard people talk about cruises, so I decided to take one myself.  The cruise started at the Cape May port in New York City area and with stops at 3 ports:

  • Orlando, FL
  • Coco Cay, Bahamas
  • Nassau, Bahamas

The port stop in Orlando was aborted because the ship was having engine problems, image that! So Orlando became repair stop for the ship and then we headed on to the other 2 ports. 


I have never been outside the United States before, so Nassau became my first non-US soil. I took a bold step and went shopping in the markets near the ship. Iwas touched by the reality that the people depended so much on tourist for their lively hood.  I had no problem tipping them more than normal.  I wish I could have done more for them.  Being a black American I ponder that the black people on this island share the same ancestors as I do, but fate head it that I was born in the United States.  I can see why so many want to come to the United States.  I did wonder off for a moment from the tourist path and walk the streets with caution because I didn’t know the laws there, but I did not go too far.  I made it back to the ship and then got ready for an excursion that took me on tour of the island by vehicle.   I was not surprised by what I saw but was shocked when I saw a Mcdonalds, Wendy’s and KFC restaurants.  My overall experience to Nassau was good, I did not make it any of the beaches, but I did see enough. 

Coco Cay

Coco Cay is a private island that is owed, some so leased by Royal Caribbean Cruise line.  It’s not very big but has water slides, swimming pools, beach, I would say a good place to relax.  But as I left the ship and headed to the beach area, I could hear Caribbean music and I saw some young ladies dancing and as I got up close to them, I joined in and danced with them.  It was the highlight of my day, I should say my entire trip. After that wonderful dance with them I found me a hemlock tide to a tree, and I got in it and took a nap.  Upon awaking I went and got something to eat and explored the rest of the island.  Then I came to the beach and could not help but get in the water.  It was now time to head back to the ship for dinner and head back to the United States.  I would say if it was not for my dancing with the Island ladies Coco Cay would have been as exciting. 

Cabin & Ship Tour

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