Sunday, April 1, 2012

Spring Break - Nassau, Part One

Our last full day at sea was spent in Nassau. Daryl had never been here; Debbie had been here twice on cruises with Grandma and Grandpa, but the last time was probably 20 years ago. It looked similar but there were several new things.

This was an early day, so we ate breakfast on the go and were off the ship waiting on the dock by 8am. While we were waiting for our tour group to start, the boys watched the Disney Dream pull in and dock next to us - by the end of the day three other cruise ships had joined for a total of 5 in port!

We were signed up for an excursion called the "See and Sea Tour." The first part of our tour was a 90 minute bus ride around Nassau to "see" the sights.

Walking off the pier towards the port, then heading onto the street to catch our tour bus.

Driving past the House of Parliament. That's a statue of Queen Victoria from Britain out front. There were all kinds of pictures there (and more across the street in Freedom Park) put up for the celebration of Queen Elizabeth's Diamond Jubilee this year - Prince Harry was there for a visit just a couple of weeks before us.

The only stop we made along the tour was to an area with three landmarks - Fort Fincastle, the Water Tower and the Queen's Staircase.

We got out and toured around inside the small fort, one of three built around the island to help protect it. It dates back to 1793.

Views from the top of the fort towards the interior of the island, then towards the Queen's Staircase and Water Tower, and finally out to sea (that's the Disney Dream behind the Destiny).

Perched along the top of the wall on our way back down out of the fort.

We walked past the vendors and headed to the Queen's Staircase, named of course for Queen Victoria. Supposedly the steps were carved by hand by freed slaves - one step for each year of her reign (65). Debbie climbed this staircase with her Grandma Washburn when they visited years ago on a tour.

The water tower.

A couple of other sights from our drive - one is Trinity Methodist Church in downtown Nassau. The other is Governor's Mansion with a great big statue of Christopher Columbus out front.

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