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.
... 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),
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 ...
Next stop: Junkanoo Beach.
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