At 1:30 PM, we headed back to ship to have lunch, go to the pools and participate in other outdoor activities. I did the zip liner, climbed the rock wall, and body surfed on the Flowrider.

Tonight is one of two formal nights on the ship so we felt obligated to dress up a little bit to go to dinner. After dinner, we went to see a musical called "Hairspray" then took a stroll through the Central Park section of the ship before heading back to our room.
In our room, we found that the room attendant had folded towels into the shape of a dog. They do a different animal every night.

It has been a wonderful day. Tomorrow will be Day 3.

Cruising the Eastern Caribbean (Day 2)
Sunday, May 9, 2010

Our ship docked in Nassau, the Bahamas around 7 AM this morning  and after a quick breakfast, we were off the ship.

When we boarded the ship yesterday, each person was issued a Seapass which is used to unlock your room. You use the Seapass to buy drinks or gifts and pay for the purchases at the end of your cruise. I found this cashless system very convenient.

You need the Seapass to get on and off the ship and therefore, during your cruise, your Seapass is your most important possession besides your passport.

Bo's Seapass
Big Oasis (on the right ) docks in Nassau next to "Majestic of the Seas" and  "Carnival Dream"
Since we only had a few hours to explore Nassau, we decided to take a ten-minute ferry to Paradise Island to visit the famous Atlantis Hotel. Arriving on the island, we walked along the shops in the Marina Village taking numerous pictures of the fancy boats and yachts that were docked in the harbor then walked a few steps up into the Atlantis.

On the ferry to the Paradise Island
So many yachts
Lee walking through the Atlantis Marina Village
The Atlantis is big. The complex features hotels, towers, villas, condominiums, beaches, water parks, and huge aquariums in addition to a Vegas-size casino. You can buy tickets if you want to tour the complex, see the "Dig", and underground aquariums, or use the water parks and beaches but since we were short on time, we settled for just sightseeing.
Inside the Atlantis
Opulent Atlantis
In front of the aquarium ...
... as a stingray quietly swims by
Julian enjoying the view outside
the outside is even more beautiful than the inside
Oasis Pools
I just did the zip liner
Kiddie area on the top deck
Dinner of escargots ...
... and roast duck
Musical Hairspray
in the Opal Theater
Lee in Central Park after dinner and show
Lee in our room with the cool "towel dog"

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Lee, Christina, and Bo on the Royal Promenade before dinner
Dinner in the Opus Restaurant