Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Aloha to Royal Caribbean Cruise Weekend - Nassau, Bahamas


Our ship, the Enchantment of the Seas, pulled into Nassau, Bahamas, with the help of the pilot boat.  From the Bahamas website (link),

Nassau, the capital city of The Bahamas, is located on 21-mile-long New Providence, our 11th largest island. Nassau’s main harbor is protected by Paradise Island. The harbor attracted settlers in the early days, particularly pirates. In fact, Nassau’s population consisted mainly of pirates until 1718, when The Bahamas first Royal Governor, Woodes Rogers expelled them, restored order and built Fort Nassau. The Bahamas for centuries adopted Rogers’ motto, “Expulsis Piratis, Restituta Commercia,” which means, “Pirates Expelled, Commerce Restored.” Now, 212,000 people call New Providence Island home, with a large portion of them residing in Nassau.

My friends posed in front of our ship before their shopping adventure.

Of course I took time to take a picture of a ship from the Royal Bahamas Defense Force.

My group stopped in the famous Straw Market ...

... where you can find anything made of straw!

Nassau is also home to duty free shopping, including iconic watches from Little Switzerland!

I left my friends to venture into the neighborhoods outside the shopping district ...

... including the Christ Church Cathedral.  From its website (link),

Christ Church Cathedral is the "Mother Church" of all of the Anglican churches in the Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands. In 1670, King Charles II granted the colony (of the Bahamas) to the Lord Proprietors of Carolina. The Proprietors were instructed to "build churches and chapels in furtherance of the Christian Religion." 

The staff was preparing for a wedding but allowed me to snap a few photos.

Again from its website, 

The building is of Gothic architecture. It is made of locally quarried cut lime-stone blocks, which are held together primarily - though not entirely - by their size and the weight of gravity rather than by cement.

I noticed this beautiful mural ...

... en route to the beach.

Next stop:  Junkanoo Beach.

Do you have a favorite souvenir?  One randomly selected commenter from this week's posts win a book choice from my convention stash.  Comments are open through Saturday, October 31, 10 pm in Baltimore.  I'll post the winner on Sunday, November 1.


Kim in Baltimore
Aloha Spirit in Charm City


  1. I have a couple of favorite souvenirs from Switzerland from the 70's. I also collect6 magnets from all the places that I go to.

  2. Some of my favorite souvenirs include the mini windmill and wooden ship from the Netherlands and the Kokeshi dolls from Japan.

  3. Hawaii seashell

  4. I bought a hand blown glass bowl from Ireland. Love it!

  5. I have a music box that I love from Switzerland.

  6. My elderly neighbor went to Vegas and brought me back a roulette ash tray.....I will always treasure it.

  7. I have a framed drawing of Venice I got - it's hanging in my dining room with framed pictures of a few other places I've been.

  8. I don't have a favorite but I like to collect magnets :)

  9. I have a totem pole that I bought in British Columbia. I really like it.

  10. Love the name of the ship! I don't think I could pick just one - we have some lovely paintings, a table from Hawaii and so many more!