One day I am happily sharing a short and sweet cruise to the Bahamas with friends and then an unexpected and painful pause. I had an oops moment walking across a wet and soapy floor injuring my wrist.
After a shot of painkiller, X-rays, application of a splint from my elbow to the tips of my fingers and a few days of rest I am ready to continue sharing the fun moments of our cruise on the Majesty of the seas.
The morning we docked was a beautiful, sunny day. The temperature was predicted to be in the mid-eighties with a slight breeze.
Over the years we have enjoyed visiting and enjoying many of the sights and restaurants on the island of Nassau. One of our favorite places to visit is a tiny and fun watering hole called the Tiki Bikini Hut at Junkanoo Beach.
The beach is within walking distance of the pier and has become more and more popular over the years. There is a lovely white sand beach and clear turquoise water to take a dip in. Need a cold drink to cool off or a light snack then you can head over to the Tiki Bikini Hut.
The last time Bob, Sandy, Dennis and Connie had been to Junkanoo Beach the met one of the owners of the hut. They struck up a friendship with Amanda and were eager to introduce the rest of us.
One of the things I find interesting about the Tiki is its ever evolving look while maintaining its fun atmosphere. The first time we visited with Bob and Sandy we sat on these rickety red metal chairs that sank into the sand every time you moved and you had to hold onto your bottle of beer to keep it from falling off the table.
The next time we went we were treated to free shots to go along with our beer all placed on tables that now had tablecloths.
This year hand-made Adirondack-like chairs were added around the bar with wispy stretches of cloth draped over some the chairs for a welcome respite from the hot sun.
What has not changed over the years is the welcoming and fun atmosphere. As soon as we arrived there were hugs and kisses all around as Amanda welcomed us all. We started with a round of bottles of cold Sands beer followed by two delicious shots. But Amanda did not stop there offering us samples of two dishes prepared on the premises. I really liked the jerk chicken. Everything was great.
One thing that made Amanda very happy was a copy of the Nassau insert that was included in the Cruise Compass. On the front of the insert is a section called, “Port Highlights” Sights. And there it was Junkanoo Beach listed as #1 with a write-up that read: A lively hotspot that is a favorite among cruise guests. She was so excited and asked if she could keep the copy. “Of course,” I said. I brought it specially for you”.
While the others spent time talking and taking pictures, I took a walk around the beach area. The sky was a beautiful, clear blue with just a few white puffy clouds. The water was so clear you could see down to the sand and shells below. To the right of the beach you could see the two cruise ships in port and straight ahead was the beautiful harbor lighthouse.
Such a beautiful day brought many people to the beach to spend some time relaxing in the sun and cooling off in the calm, cool water. It made me wish I had brought my bathing suit.
After a while we said our goodbyes and headed back down to Woodes Rogers Walk to have lunch. Connie wanted to try a restaurant called Sharkeez Bar and Grill so off we went.
The bar was offering two-for-one Bahama Mama drinks so we all ordered a round. We decided that they tasted more like bad tasting juice and switched to bottles of cold beer for lunch. The bar was empty except for our group and perhaps two other couples. To be fair, it was the middle of the week and there were only two cruise ships in port. We enjoyed very much the nachos we ordered. We ate, laughed and in a blink of an eye it was time to return to the ship.
We spent the rest of the afternoon just hanging out on our balcony before preparing for cocktails and dinner. After dinner we were invited to an “Exclusive reception for our Crown & Anchor members” in the Spectrum Lounge. Our entire group went and had a great time.
Our cruise director, Shane, introduced several of the officers and staff of the Majesty. They each took a few moments to say a few words of welcome and shared a little about themselves. This was followed by a musical treat by two members of the production cast singing several familiar songs from the sixties.
It had been a busy and fun day and we were ready to retreat back to our cabin for a little rest before turning in for the evening.
Tomorrow we have a day at sea as we slowly make our way back to home port.