Superbowl weekend, I had the opportunity to sneak away on a quick getaway aboard Royal Caribbean’s Perfect Weekend Cruise. The short two-night getaway aboard the Mariner of the Sea seemed like the perfect winter weekend escape.
I’ll be honest, I’m not a big “cruiser”. Though I’ve rarely traveled by cruise ship; I’m always up for an adventure and this proved to be the perfect weekend cruise.
The first stop of our cruise was the Nassau, which is the fourth largest island of the Bahamas and is home to the world-famous Atlantis resort. We headed to land, as soon as the boat docked. As with any port town, Nassau boasts a plethora of shops.
When we exited the port-security area, we were approached by a horse and carriage vendor who offered us a ride around the island for $20 each. We took the gentleman up on his offer and began our exploration of the island via a carriage. (Pro tip- Carry cash with you, the carriage vendor only accepted cash.)
After our carriage ride, we wandered into a local quilt show. It was amazing to see local Bahamian crafts! Since I’m new to quilting I thoroughly enjoyed seeing their work and picking up a few tips.
After spending the day wandering around the island, we headed back to the ship to participate in an escape room. Yes, Royal Caribbean now has escape rooms on some of their ships! It wasn’t the best escape room, but we did manage to get out. We ended Day One, by dressing up and enjoying a formal night dinner.
Day two was the day I was looking forward to most on our perfect weekend cruise. We were supposed to visit Royal Caribbean’s private island, CocoaCay. However, the weather did not play in our favor and we ended up spending the day at sea. Several crew members mentioned that it’s a 50/50 chance that you’ll make it to the island; so buyer beware, you may not make it to the island.
We did enjoy our day at sea, and the crew did an excellent job keeping us entertained. I even managed to get a fair amount of reading done while laying out in the sun and our room steward made us this awesome frog towel.
Day two of our cruise ended, with, a diversion to a different port due to a medical emergency. I hope the individuals who were hurt are okay, but it made for an interesting night. Bonus, we were able to see a small portion of the Super Bowl Halftime Show. We lost cell phone connection just as JLo was at the top of her pole!
The final day of the cruise wasn’t very relaxing, and we spent most of the morning packing up our cabin and enjoying one last breakfast in the cafe before catching our flight home to Virginia.
What’s your favorite cruise line? And, where should I cruise to next?
- Amanda is a native of Richmond, VA. She enjoys writing, blogging, traveling, shopping, and spending time with friends and family.