Our second port of call was Nassau. I’d also heard mixed reviews about Nassau and was told by everyone and their brother to spend the day at Atlantis. Being that the Atlantis excursions are insanely expensive (sorry Atlantis, I don’t want to pay an exorbitant amount of money to set foot on your property) we opted to explore Nassau a bit on our own, and I am so glad that we did!
We decided to give Crossings a try for breakfast since we knew many of the stores in the main drag of Nassau wouldn’t even be open yet. J enjoyed his french toast and I was lukewarm about my scrambled eggs. I ordered them dry since I don’t like my scrambled eggs runny and they had all sorts of little black-charred bits in them. They tasted just fine though. It was definitely a bit of a slower pace than the buffet and we felt the food was pretty comparable, but the servers were very friendly as usual.
Disembarkation was simple as could be with our ship cards. When you leave the boat you walk through this building into a small fenced in area called Festival Place. It’s got many vendors and tons of locals trying to sell you on their excursions, goods and other things. We were warned about this previously but found that a simple “no thank you” worked beautifully. It really wasn’t as bad as we expected.
Once we got out to the main drag, we wandered around Nassau a bit, window shopping and checking things out. It was a bit touristy, but I was charmed by all the colorful buildings and it really was a gorgeous (though hot) day. We walked around the Straw Market a bit. Unfortunately, the original one burned down a number of years ago. At that point in the day everyone was just beginning to set up shop.
After a little negotiating, I picked up some small carved animals, a shark and a sting ray that I thought were pretty (I plan to use the shark in Baby Bubbles room and haven’t yet decided where the sting ray will live). While the sellers were a bit pushy, most were friendly enough and we didn’t feel too hounded.
After this we headed out of town a bit (if you’re leaving festival place you’ll turn right and keep walking). One of the locals had directed us that way to head over to Anorak Cay or as the locals call it Fish Fry. Quick Tip: Fish Fry is an area that many of the locals go to get authentic Bahamian food, which I was excited for.
As we made our way out of the main shopping area, we came across a very pretty looking public beach called Junkanoo Beach. Quick Tip: Junkanoo Beach is within very close vicinity to the Port. You’ll turn right upon leaving the port and it’s shortly past Senor Frogs. You can rent beach chairs (I don’t remember the price but I think it was around $10) and they have a bar with food and some smaller vendors with other snacks there too. Public restrooms are also available.
I was happy to see that the water was much more calm than the previous day so we were able to go in and enjoy it. We opted to just lay our towels onto the beach instead of renting chairs. I was happy to have access to restrooms, which I’d say were comparable to what you’d find at a local park (not the prettiest but not terrible either). Though it was a public beach because it was pretty clean and not terribly packed (we were there around mid morning).
One thing is that the showers for your feet were not working. Quick Tip: we used an empty water bottle to wash the sand off of our feet (I can’t stand having sand on my feet when I leave the beach!). I was also happy to be able to use the restrooms to change into dry clothes.
Fish Fry was a short walk from Junkanoo Beach with gorgeous views of turquoise water. As you approach it, you’ll see these little food stands and then you’ll come to the main area which is lined with restaurants. We wandered all the way to the end and ate at Goldie’s (we’ve also been told that Twin Brother’s is excellent). The people working at the various restaurants will definitely try and get you to come into their establishment so be prepared for that.
We headed out back to the deck they have at Goldie’s where they showed us how they extracted the conch from it’s shell and cleaned it (and how they eat the penis which is thought to have aphrodisiac-like qualities. I cannot say if this was the case as J stayed far away!). There was a gentleman there acting as a sort of DJ and trying to sell us these shell whistles and other things he had made. A bit pushy but we have no problem saying no. Another guy there offered to take us on a tour of the part of the island where the locals live. While I’d love to see that part as well, we passed as I was getting tired.
J ordered his usual chicken fingers and fries and I opted for the grilled lobster. It was served in a foil packet with various vegetables and plantains and had a large side of peas and rice. J was not a fan of his chicken fingers at all. I enjoyed the lobster but felt it was a bit small for what I paid (and a bit tough as well).
After we were done we headed back to some of the stands where J got some corn on the cob. We definitely chose the right time to check out Fish Fry because it was much busier when we left. After that, we grabbed a cab back to the Straw Market where we picked up a straw bag for A and had her name embroidered onto it (I would have loved to get one for Baby Bubbles, but we still don’t have a name for her).
We stopped by Senor Frogs to use the restroom, but it was a bit loud for us so we left pretty quickly. We were starting to get tired so we headed back to the ship at this point (it was around 2pm). After dropping most of our stuff off at the room, we went to the pool area to relax and grab some snacks from the buffet (they had these marinated olives with crushed red pepper that I loved).
Eventually we headed back to our room to get ready for our 6:30pm dinner reservation, but we were super tired and not really hungry yet so we called and rescheduled it for 8:30pm so that we could take a nap and take our time getting ready. We were surprised to finds some chocolate dipped strawberries at our room with a note from a Maitre’d that almost seemed apologetic in nature. We both racked our brains to figure out why we received these and the only thing we could think of was the amount of time it took to fix the refrigerator in our room. We were a bit surprised because we hadn’t been upset about it at all, but the strawberries were a nice touch and delicious surprise from Norwegian.
Our reservation that night was at Le Bistro, the french restaurant. The boat was rocking a bit (not as bad as the first night but a bit more than usual) and I was really tired and didn’t have a huge appetite. J started with the French Onion Soup (which he normally doesn’t eat but I think he got it so I could try it and it was delicious!). I began with the Cornets. There were actually four but I ate one before taking a photo. One had chicken salad, one had smoked duck with beets (this was not my favorite as I’m not a beet fan), one had a vegetable salad and the last had a blue cheese, walnut and pear medley (my favorite). These were good but I wasn’t really in the mood for them. Looking back I regret not getting the mussels as they sounded delicious! Our server also brought us over some salmon mousse which was also enjoyable.
To my surprise, J ordered the Duo of Duck as his main dish. He’s never tried duck before and being that he’s such a picky eater, I didn’t think that night would be the night. While he was a bit weird about the game-y flavor he said it was good. I tried both the duck breast and the confit and both were awesome, though confit will always have the edge for me.
I got the Rack of Lamb which was amazing! I am a lamb lover to begin with and I thought it was cooked beautifully. Even though I went in knowing I’d be getting the lamb, it was still a tough decision because all of the entrees sounded fantastic. We ended with a Chocolate Napoleon for J and (big surprise) the Creme Brulee for me. We also split the profiteroles. While we really enjoyed the first two, the profiteroles weren’t our favorite.
After dinner we headed up to the pool deck where Norwegian’s famous White Party was going on. We sat on the upper deck and did some people watching for a bit and then J decided to go into the hot tub. I eventually headed back to our cabin as I was tired. J joined me shortly thereafter as the next day we were scheduled to go to Great Stirrup Cay.
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