It is considerably arduous to imagine even for me, however cruising is again, and I am set to go on the primary Royal Caribbean cruise in North America since March 2020.
Royal Caribbean introduced in March 2021 that Journey of the Seas would begin crusing from The Bahamas, and I instantly needed to soar on the likelihood to go on a cruise ship that will have the ability to sail.
This 7-night cruise will start and finish in Nassau, Bahamas so meaning we must fly to The Bahamas to board the ship.
I at all times advocate flying right into a metropolis at the least at some point early to guard your self towards any journey delays. Plus, trip begins earlier!
Fortunately, it’s a very quick flight from Orlando to Nassau, clocking in at slightly below an hour flight time.
Earlier than touring to The Bahamas, everybody should acquire a well being visa. Initially, the well being visa required assessments for everybody, however they relaxed guidelines for the totally vaccinated.
Youngsters 11 and underneath do not want a take a look at both, so it was actually simply filling out a web-based kind and paying a $40 per particular person price that features necessary journey insurance coverage when you are in The Bahamas.
You possibly can fill it out on-line two weeks upfront, they usually approve all of it fairly darn shortly.
With our paperwork all set, we headed to the airport for our early morning flight from Orlando.
This was our first flight because the world well being disaster started, and it felt just about the identical as earlier than, albeit with masks on within the airport and airplane.
Our flight was full, and we took off on time.
A brief 54 minutes later and we arrived in Nassau.
The arrival course of is fairly easy, with the added requirement it’s a must to fill out customary immigration course of in addition to your Bahamas well being visa kind.
Traces had been quick, and we had been on our method to our lodge.
For the one night time earlier than the cruise, I booked the Sandyport Seashore Resort as a result of they’d moderately priced suites (in comparison with another motels in Nassau) that are proper on a seaside inlet.
The resort is a bit dated, however in any other case precisely as marketed: a collection room that you may stroll proper out of your patio to the seaside.
The whole day there have been only a few different visitors round (I feel many opted to go to different well-known seashores), and we went between the seaside and pool.
Through the afternoon, Royal Caribbean opened up the well being questionairre kind, which is finished through the Royal Caribbean app and saves you time within the cruise terminal later.
There are a number of retailers and eating places you may stroll to across the lodge, so we determined to maintain it easy and eat at a close-by restaurant, Twisted Lime.
The Bahamas continues to be taking their Covid-19 precautions very critically. There’s a curfew after 10pm, and masks should be worn all over the place. Furthermore, you can’t dine indoors except everyone seems to be totally vaccinated.
On the Twisted Lime, they’d a pleasant dockside arrange the place we might eat open air and luxuriate in typical American and seafood dishes.
After dinner we began trip off with ice cream!
Tomorrow is the massive day, and we get to lastly get onboard Journey of the Seas and finish the North American cruise drought.
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