On the first full day of the cruise, the ship was docked at Nassau, the Bahamas’ capital city. Our only previous visit to Nassau was during our previous cruise on the Disney Wonder. On that cruise, we took a shore excursion over to the Atlantis Resort, a popular luxury hotel and casino, which also features an aquarium. It was fun, but a very touristy spot with little-to-no local color.
This time, we wanted to see a bit more of the city and perhaps get a little more of a taste of the local culture. When reviewing the offered shore excursions, it was quickly obvious to me that a good choice for us was the one that featured a visit to Ardastra Gardens, which is a local zoo, followed by a bus tour of the city. This was particularly appealing as the featured attraction at Ardastra Gardens is the "world-famous marching pink flamingos". Pink flamingos are my wife’s favorite animal, so this sounded like something she would particularly appreciate.
The excursion left the ship at 12:30pm and lasted for about 2 hours, which left us with plenty of time on-board the ship in the morning and the late afternoon and evening. We wanted to have plenty of time to explore the ship and enjoy its features, so this was about the right length for the excursion.
Breakfast at Cabanas
For breakfast, we decided to try out Cabanas, the buffet restaurant on deck 11. Cabanas is pretty different from the equivalent restaurants on the Magic and Wonder. It has a much larger indoor seating area and has also been changed from a traditional cafeteria-style buffet into more of a food court format with stations for different kinds of food. Another interesting change is that Cabanas is a table-service location during the dinner hour, offering a more casual alternative to the main dining rooms while still serving the same 4-course meals.
At the entrance to the restaurant, greeters were stationed to guide guests to a table and give a brief overview of the available food. I definitely prefer this approach over being left to find a table on our own. We were taken to a table next to a window and had a really great view during our meal.
The breakfast offerings were pretty typical for a buffet. They had scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, potatoes, Mickey-shaped waffles, pancakes, and a variety of fruit, cereal, and pastries. Drink stations on either end of the restaurant offered juices, coffee, and soda. I only like eggs that are very well-done and the eggs they had were way too runny for my taste. Because of this, I mainly stuck with waffles and fruit. I don’t know if they would have prepared some better-cooked eggs for me if I had asked, but they didn’t have a cooked-to-order egg station.
The food was pretty decent for this type of buffet and the decor of the restaurant, which is largely inspired by Finding Nemo, is pretty nice. We actually ended up having our breakfast at Cabanas three of our four mornings on-board the ship.