Friday, December 20, 2013

2013 Dec. mother/daughter Carnival Freedom 4 nt Bahamas cruise: Grand Bahamas; Nassau

Since Angie was coming back to St. Louis for her cousin's wedding on Nov. 23rd, staying for Thanksgiving the next week, and for the long weekend after Thanksgiving, she decided to drive up from Ft. Lauderdale with her 2 dogs.  Josh was smart and flew up and back over Thanksgiving.  Having nothing better to do, I asked if she wanted company for the ride back (other then the 2 dogs).  She said sure, so I rode back with her.  We tried to stop a little past Atlanta, but the hotel we planned to go to was gone, so we called Ken and asked him to hit the internet and find us a dog friendly hotel.  It was already about midnight and we got caught in road construction for about an hour with no way to exit the highway.  We finally made it to the Florida border about 2 am and ended up staying in the same hotel Ken, Roxy and I stayed in the year before.  Not the nicest of places, but relatively cheap and they allowed dogs.  All in all, Murphy and Molly were good travelers.  They didn't sleep much in the hotel, but Angie did get a little break from driving.  Unfortunately, I'm not a long distance driver.  I usually start falling asleep after about 2 hours of driving.  With 20 hours driving time to their home in Coral Springs (by Ft. Lauderdale), it was an exhausting drive/ride for all of us.

Are we there yet?!

 Murphy using poor Molly as a pillow whenever he could get away with it.
About 2 weeks before her trip out, we were joking about going on a short cruise during the week I would be there.  Joking turned to  checking out cruises.  We found 1 that fit perfectly and went to 2 Bahamas islands.  So we booked it.  Not a bad deal at $198@ for 4 nights (about $235 with port taxes and fees), plus I was able to get a $50 onboard credit for owning CCL stock and cruising on Carnival.  So we pretty much rested up the day after we got to her home.  The next day, we met Josh for lunch.  He dropped us off at the port, and away we went. 
The first day was spent exploring our new home for the next 4 nights.  We had booked the cheapest category room at the very front of the ship (interior upper/lower which meant bunk beds) as a guarantee, but were upgraded to an interior 2 lower beds in the middle of the ship--cabin 1291.  It wasn't the suites I'd been getting accustomed to and I missed the verandah, but we didn't spend much time in the room and it was quiet and very little motion was felt there.

 Weird bathroom picture!