Coco Cay and Nassau with Royal Caribbean

Last weekend we took a cruise with Royal Caribbean. When you live in Miami, cruising is very easy and affordable, since it is pretty much the largest cruise ship terminal in the U.S. We left on a Friday afternoon for Coco Cay, which is Royal Caribbean’s private island in the Bahamas on Saturday, then Nassau, Bahamas on Sunday, and back to Miami Monday morning.

Tendering off Coco Cay, Bahamas

Tendering off Coco Cay, Bahamas

I wish I could tell you that you can get a cruise for free, but cruising is just one of those things you just have to pay for, although we did get a great deal of $189 per person plus port fees and taxes (you can’t get away from those), so we paid $545 for me and my wife, all in. There are technically ways to use points to pay for the cruise, but the return value for your points is so low that I wouldn’t recommend it if you want to stretch your points, which should probably be saved for better and more expensive hotels and flights.

Cruising is one of my favorite types of vacation. For a single price, you get to visit foreign countries, get a tiny “hotel” room, world class food and entertainment, great beaches, and lots of fun.

Coco Cay was a lot of fun. The beaches are beautiful, there are lots of water activities, and you can simply relax and have a Coco Loco, the island’s signature drink, and sit on one of the lounge chairs or sleep on the hammocks on the beach. For lunch they serve a great BBQ buffet with all the good BBQ stuff. The ship is there all day Saturday and then departs for Nassau on Sunday.

Bar-at-Coco-Cay

Coco-Cay

Nassau is always refreshing to visit, although we’ve been so many times that we sort of take it for granted at this point, but there are a lot of things to do, including a must-visit to Paradise Beach and the Atlantis hotel, shopping, water sports, and taking a tour around the island’s historic landmarks.

Chillin' in Paradise Beach

Chillin’ in Paradise Beach

Having a Sands at Senor Frog's

Having a Sands at Senor Frog’s

In the next few days I will share with you a few tips on how to save money while on the boat, because cruise ships make most of their money not on the cruise price itself, but on the incidentals that you charge to your cabin while you’re on the boat. A few tips on how to save money can make a difference between having a great vacation and breaking the bank.

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One Response to Coco Cay and Nassau with Royal Caribbean

  1. michelle m says:

    I’m going to be taking this cruise in a couple of months and was wondering if the beaches are accessible to everyone. Or do we have to pay an absurd amount more an “excursion”.

    Thanks!
    Michelle

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