Friday, December 15, 2006

Glory Cruise - Day 7 - Nassau

We were on deck early this morning - coffee in hand to watch the approach into Nassau. It was a busy day on this little island - 5 cruise ships in port = LOTS of tourists. Us women were on a mission - get to the Straw Market and purchase the designer knock-off purses for Christmas gifts.

For those of you who have never had the privilege of visiting the Straw Market in Nassau - you are not missing a thing. Find a local flea market on a hot summer day and cram thousands of people into very narrow aisles. Add to that some very PUSHY sales people and you get the picture.

We found the purse booths - made our deals and I walked out with two Kate Spade, two Prada and one Coach bag for $130. That was enough for me. I had what I came for and couldn't get out of there fast enough!!

After browsing through a few shops, most of our group headed back to the ship to check out the CHOCOLATE BUFFET which was serving between noon and 2:00.

Frank and I decided to take a 1/2 hour horse and buggy tour around the city. It was actually very interesting and I learned alot thanks to Elvis, our guide.

Then, it was back to the ship to do the worse task of the week - begin to pack our suitcases. We laid out our clothes for tonight and tomorrow, stuffed everything else into our suitcases and then sat on the deck to watch as we set sail from Nassau. It was a good day, but I must admit that Nassau was my least favorite of all the places we visited. I felt that the people were very pushy and aggressive. At least in Mexico, when you told them "no thank you", they left you alone.
So, we had one more martini in the Ivory Club, one more round of Black Jack in the Casino and one more meal in the dining room with Julio and Tomas. The entire wait staff sang "Leaving on a Jet Plane" to us and I have to admit to shedding a couple of tears. By midnight, we had put all of our luggage into the hallway and were rocked to sleep as we cruised the final 200 miles back to Florida.

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