Rich’s Birthday Cruise to the Bahamas, Day Two, Part One

Who: Rich and Kathy
Where: Port Canaveral/Nassau 3-night cruise
What: Carnival Liberty
When: August 9-12, 2018
Why: Rich’s Birthday Celebration

We placed a 7:30-8:00 a.m. room service breakfast order the night before and it arrived around 7:20 a.m. Coffee, Raisin Bran, banana, and a couple of pastries. I had coffee, half a banana, and Raisin Bran and Rich had Raisin Bran, half a banana, and the pastries, which he said were pretty boring. They looked it – lol!

We stood out on the balcony and watched the Nassau arrival, noticing two ships were already in port. One was obviously a smaller RCI Majesty of the Seas” size ship and the other I said was either a hotel or a ship – lol! Turns out it was the new MSC Seaside we’ve been hearing so much about. Here was our chance to check her out.

Huge and stylish, I suppose, but so not our thing. None of these humongous ships these days are our thing. Ruby Princess is about as big as we go, at least if we have a choice. If not, we’re not sure if we’ll even cruise anymore. We booked both the Royal Princess and the Regal Princess, Princess’ new huge ships, and we cancelled both of them.

Once docked we watched the MSC Seaside passengers disembark and gather for tours. Tons of people! It was quite hot in Nassau this time of year (I was there in May once and it was too hot for me), so we stayed onboard the ship – been there and done Nassau a few times.

After our ship started disembarking, we headed for the aft pool. We swam in the pool and had it to ourselves for a bit. Then we got out and Rich ordered us each a drink of the day, which was some blue thing but wasn’t too sweet – it had more of a lime tang.

We decided to take our drink and dip our feet in the pool but some know-it-all swore that yesterday people were told drinks were not allowed in the pool. We thought that was odd because we’re usually quite turned off by the number of people standing in the pool with their drinks. It was also odd because a bar server had asked if we wanted drinks when we were in the pool earlier.

Anyway, this woman would not rest until we took our drinks out of the pool. What a weirdo! We didn’t want to make a scene so we got out and finished our drinks. Sheesh!

We started to get hungry but the Seaside Shack didn’t open until noon so we waited until about a few minutes before and Rich went over to place our order. He came back with a beeper. He also brought us each a soda.

I had the Lobster Roll, which was a bit odd – it was so bready with a bit of lobster sitting on top. This was $12. The fries were amazing – they might have been Guy’s fries. Rich had a Clams basket.

We returned to our cabin for a nap and woke up to watch the MSC Seaside leave. Then Rich went to Scoops and brought us each some soft serve in a cup. We then waited for all of our passengers to return to the ship before getting showered/dressed and ready for another fun sailaway at Alchemy Bar, photos, and “formal” night, which is now called “Cruise Elegant.”

Beautiful turquoise waters of the Bahamas

Cruising into Nassau

MSC Seaside Foreward

MSC Seaside Midship to Aft

Port of Nassau with Atlantis in the Background

Sailing Away from Nassau



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