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Christmas In The Bahamas



2016 was a rough year for everyone I think-so I decided that a Christmas cruise on the Norwegian Breakaway to the Bahamas was just what I needed to finish the year out right.

The NCL Breakaway is the same ship that I sailed on back in May 2016 to Bermuda, and I was excited to get such an amazing deal for a 9 day / 8 night cruise that went to Nassau, Bahamas, Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas (Norwegian's privately owned island), and Cape Canaveral.


I'll keep this post short and sweet, because if I wasn't on an excursion, chances are I was catching up on some much needed sleep.


  


The first stop was Nassau, where I booked an excursion to Atlantis Paradise Island. I had one mission and one mission only: go down the Leap of Faith water slide, which was made famous on The Amazing Race many seasons ago when a bimbo refused to go down it in a bid to win a million dollars (even though her boyfriend tried to push her down it-which I'm totally not judging because I would have done the same).

It was about a 45 minute wait before I got to go. I had someone who was supposed to take a video of me coming down, but who got bored five minutes before my turn and stopped filming, despite seeing me at the top of the line.

The Leap of Faith has an insane, 60 foot vertical drop, after which you go flying through a shark tank before getting spit out at the end. It was worth every minute that I waited in line for it. They also have a ton of other stuff to do, such as swimming with dolphins, but at $195 per person admission to their water park, and already having played with dolphins, I was good with the water slides. 

If water slides aren't your thing, they also have a huge casino, and lots of luxury shopping (Rolex! Tory Burch! Gucci!) to keep you busy. The entire property is gorgeous.









Oh look....it's me....almost at the top. I think I'll stop filming now....
 They also have access to their white sand beach there.


Our next stop was Great Stirrup Cay, which we had to take a tender to get to. We had a wave runner excursion booked first thing in the morning which was amazing until some douche canoe drove their wave runner into ours, sending us flying into the water and flipping it over. When you have two bad knees and a bad back, it's not the easiest thing in the world to get back on it once you're off it. Words were said for that one.




 
By the time we got back from the excursion, we got drinks and went to find some chairs on the beach. You aren't technically allowed to save chairs with towels, though everyone does it anyway. I contemplated saying fuck it and tossing some towels to the side to make room for us since nobody was using 95% of them, but a certain someone was against it. Aggravated, we headed back to the boat to take a nap. 

Our last port was Cape Canaveral, where we had to clear customs. I booked this trip as soon as I saw it stopped here, because I was hell bent on making it to Disney Hollywood Studios to ride the Tower of Terror one last time before they closed it the following week. To get there from the pier was a mission-waiting to board the buses, the hour and a half ride there,  and everyone gets dropped off at Magic Kingdom, regardless of which park you're planning on attending.






 A word of advice from a seasoned Disney nut-Norwegian offers two different packages for Disney-transportation and tickets, and transportation only. I opted to book transportation only and purchased the tickets on my own through Disney's website, which allowed me to choose FastPasses and make the most of our limited time there. The excursion started at 9am, but by the time we loaded, got there, and hopped another bus to get to Hollywood Studios, it was after 12pm, so keep this in mind when scheduling your FastPasses so that you don't waste them.

After Florida, it was a few days of nothing but sunsets and reading on the balcony with a drink in my hand.


 

I can't wait to get back on this ship in May for Bermuda part deux with some family. I'm also curious to check out the Norwegian Star, which is what I'll be calling home for 21 days very soon.

 

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