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Get Your Passport Stamped While on Your Cruise
Favorite thing: If Nassau, Bahamas, is one of your cruise ports, it is very easy to get your passport stamped. When you exit your cruise ship, go to the end of the dock and turn to the right. You will see a tall, yellow building - the immigration office is here. You will have to ask the guard for entry (just tell him you would like a passport stamp). Once you enter the building, turn right at the first hallway, and go all the way down to the last door on your right - there is an Immigration Officer posted there. Just ask politely for a stamp in your passport, and he or she will oblige!Related to:
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Favorite thing: Nassau is the capital of the Bahamas Islands and it's located on the island of New Providence. Its population is about 260000 people - mostly living in the city. The older parts of it are very charming - in particular the Georgian government buildings.
In the past the island where Nassau lies was occupied by the Spanish, the French, the Americans and even by British pirates, who formed a sort of Pirate Republic, here. In 1718 the British took control of the island and got rid of the Pirates - then built forts to prevent them from returning. An worthless effort - sonce they never bothered to try and recapture their "land".
Fondest memory: I must admit that nassau has failed to really fascinate me... there's plenty of interesting old-ish sighs - but the downtown area has become very commercial... banks, jewellery stores, banks, duty-free alcohol shops, banks, souvenir shops, banks... all grey concrete. There is charm, but it's in between a lot of ugly buildings.
Favorite thing: On Board the cruise ship they have an internet cafe to keep you connected to school, work or loved ones. The cafe has a number of workstations available for use. You can also bring your own laptop and use their WI-FI service. Liz always needs to have internet access since she is in school and brings her homework with her wherever we go.
The internet pricing is $.55 a minute or you can buy a package. We always buy a package. The package rates are: $28 for 60 minutes, $38 for 90 minutes or $55 for 150 minutes.
WI-FI areas of the ship aren't always very good. We seems to have the best connectionin the Schooner Bar or Bolero's. Be aware the connection is very slow and can be frustrating to use.Related to:
Favorite thing: When on this ship you must purchase your soda or buy a soda card for unlimited refils. The only free beverages are: water, iced tea, lemonade, coffee, tea and juices with breakfast. I wanted to have the option of being able to have soda so I purchased the card. They give you a refillable thermal cup and place a soda sticker on your seapass to identify that you have purchased the soda package. Either present your cup or show them your seapass to obtain a soda.Related to:
Favorite thing: Royal Caribbean hands out an information sheet regarding customary gratuity amounts. Envelopes are provided in your stateroom the day before arrival back in the home port. You can put money in the envelopes for the appropriate staff or go to the customer service desk and have the gratuity added to your seapass account.
The Gratuity Guidelines are:
Dining Room Waiter: $3.50 per day per guest
Assistant Waiter: $2 per day per guest
Stateroom Attendant: $3.50 per day per guest
Head Waiter: $0.75 per day per guest
We generally overtip because we receive such excellent service.Related to:
A little history
Favorite thing: Lucayan Indians inhabited the islands when Christopher COLUMBUS first set foot in the New World on San Salvador in 1492. British settlement of the islands began in 1647; the islands became a colony in 1783. Since attaining independence from the UK in 1973, The Bahamas have prospered through tourism and international banking and investment management. Because of its geography, the country is a major transshipment point for illegal drugs, particularly shipments to the US and Europe, and its territory is used for smuggling illegal migrants into the US.
Food in the Bahamas
Favorite thing: Overall, food in the Bahamas is quite pricy, both near and away from Bay St. and Paradise Island. Menu items priced in the $30 range were routine. Prices in grocery stores were much higher than what I was accustomed to paying. Going native doesn't save you a whole lot, though they have takesaways that can give you sandwiches for relatively good prices ($3-5). We found a place called Twin Brothers that served both Bahamians and (mostly hispanophone) tourists for $15-20 a plate. The food was OK, not great, but they seem to take pride in their frozen drinks.
Fondest memory: Bahamian cuisine isn't all that different from the food in the southern US. Some dishes are identical, but others, like jerked chicken, are rather similar, not alike. Most of the jerked chicken I saw resembled more of a barbecued chicken seasoned with jerk spices. They have mac and cheese, peas and rice, things like that. Of course the seafood is very good as well, but you will get what you pay for.Related to:
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Favorite thing: Here's the Nassau town map. At the cruise shop terminal they are for free and just use the coupons at the back.Related to:
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