Authentically Candace

Travel Diary: Carnival Cruise to Nassau, Bahamas

This post has been a long time coming- almost a year since I’ve been to Nassau, Bahamas on Carnival Cruise Line. But since I really enjoy documenting my memories, late is better than never, right?

Each year, for the past several years, I’ve gone on a cruise for my birthday in November, always with Carnival. I usually go to the Bahamas or the Eastern Caribbean, sometimes Cozumel. Instead of birthday gifts, I choose birthday experiences. I have discovered the lost city of the Incas from high atop the mountains in Machu Picchu and mingled among the real “March of the Penguins” in the Falkland Islands, where hundreds of thousands of Magellan penguins make their home during a South America Cruise.

Cruising is my current favorite way to travel because many things are included (food, room, travel gear accessories, entertainment) and you get to visit a variety of places. Plus, it’s pretty affordable too! As a Carnival VIFP (Very Important Fun Person), I get to enjoy a few extra perks on each cruise, and get better prices and options for room location. I actually reach the gold level on Carnival’s VIFP this year when I cruise for my birthday in a few weeks!

Last year, Chris and I chose the Carnival Victory ship. It was a 3 night Carnival “Live” cruise to Nassau. Why Live? Nick Jonas was scheduled to perform one evening on the cruise. I went back and forth trying to decide if I wanted to see him in concert on the ship, but ultimately chose not to. I love concerts and think Nick Jonas is absolutely adorable, but really only knew a few of his songs. I wanted to eat pizza and explore the ship and other entertainment more that evening.

The Victory is a smaller Carnival ship with a sort of Poseidon theme going on, but there is always something going on. We had fun checking out all of the shows, the night club, bars and casino. I tried as many fruity and frozen drinks as I could and we enjoyed too much pizza. I even won playing bingo! Be sure to have dinner and brunch at least once in the main dining room. As a foodie, I tend to critic different restaurants and foods, but I had no complaints about the food on the cruise.

We had one port day on this cruise- in Nassau. I’ve been to Nassau several times, and unlike what many people say, I enjoy it there. Sure, some locals hassle you for money or whatnot, but a polite “no thank you” goes a long way. This time in Nassau, we took our time getting off ship and did some shopping before deciding to walk over to Junkanoo Beach. Both Chris and I wanted to find a place to watch some college football and check out a beach. We stumbled upon Tiki Bikini Hut and settled in at the bar with some local Sands beer (the Grapefruit Radler is so good!) and fried conch. They had free wifi as well as the college games on.


After we had our fill of beer and football, we walked along the beach. There are all sorts of vendors set up with many different things to check out. Before our trip, I checked out Trip Advisor for things to do. I stumbled upon a post about a little shack on the beach that supposedly served the best daiquiris ever. It’s called the Daiquiri Shack and is run by a wonderful, funny man. The daiquiris he serves are made with fresh fruit and fresh ingredients. They were delicious and strong. If you’re ever in Nassau, be sure to check out this place!

Unless you’re on an excursion or wanting a relaxing beach day, Nassau can be explored in about 4-5 hours. We swam in the ocean at Junkanoo Beach for awhile and then headed back to the ship to relax until we left port.

All in all, it was a relaxing, quick getaway for my birthday. I’m looking forward to my 7 night cruise coming up later this month. We are cruising on the Carnival Glory (my second time on this ship) to the Western Caribbean with 4 days in port. I’m so excited!

Do you like taking cruises? Tell me your favorite place you’ve traveled to!

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