Around 4 p.m. in the port of Miami it is 74Ëš sunny and breezy when all Carnival Destiny Cruisers are called to their muster stations—or the place to go in case an episode of theTitanic occurs in the Caribbean.
Precautionary procedures out of the way, so let’s get cruising! Heading back to the 8th floor called the Verandah deck—I am ready to roll. I’m on the balcony of my suite watching the sunset, wondering why we haven’t pulled away yet. Believing that there wasn’t a problem, I started to unpack.
The Rotunda was where the pool deck was. At least 50% of the vacationers had to be college students on spring break— a crowded college party. Girls posed for first pictures with hair twisters in the wind. With a PiÅ„a Colada in hand, and the boats moored in the harbor across the way, I watched a huge Norwegian ship sail in, and the boat behind us pull out. We were scheduled to embark at 4. Something is not right.
“Hello, this is your Captain Giseppe Giusa speaking.” Oh a thick, heavy Italian accent.
“Unfortunately we are having problems with the Generator.” Oh great start (especially with their Italian companies doing so well). “We are working very hard to get this fixed and we will be on our way shortly.” I am absolutely positive that they were not going to tell us this information if they could get it fixed in time, but it was near 6:00 and they had to break the news.
Dinner and exploring on the first night, as the boat rocked back and forth, rather unexpectedly. Tuesday was “Fun Day at Sea,” where you travel all day to get to the first port. There were 55 mph winds and rain storms. You know it’s windy when they shut off the big heavy metal doors to the outside decks. You know the boat is rocking hard when you’re walking down the right side of the hallway, and you end up on the left. The drunken people would walk straight down the center. (Har har)
Wednesday morning, nauseous feelings subsided, I can see the shore line of the first port. The Grand Turks dead ahead!
“We couldn’t make up any of the time due to high winds, but we will be arriving shortly.” Ok, no problem. Ready to power snorkel, Giseppe later took back his words. “Unfortunately…. (there’s that word again!!!) the ground swells make it difficult to arrive at port. Your safety is our main priority; ‘Unexpected Fun Day at Sea,’ today, and we will arrive at Half Moon Cay tomorrow.”
NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!! Bright side was sunshine and tanning on the pool deck after a day of rain.
There’s only about a 30% chance of rough seas in the Bahamas. We got a whole week of it. They told us we would miss Half Moon Cay too later that night.
Nassau, and Atlantis/Paradise Island was the absolute coolest place and best day of the entire trip. People kept telling us, “Don’t let this ruin cruises for you.” Well, it’s kind of hard not to. Our advice—“Next time just skip the cruise and fly straight through.” It was a beautiful day and night, where we saw a flat sea with light breezes, and other cruise ships in the distance. Perfect ending to a not so perfect week.
At the airport the guy next to me asked how my cruise was in a groggy voice. I said “Ha! Well how do you like missing two ports?!” He shrugged in agreement.
Atlantis, Paradise Island—a day to remember.
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