Trip log, day two. Nassau.
3-Night Halloween on the High Seas Bahamian Cruise from Port Canaveral
October 12, 2019
Guests Ashore: 9:30 am Guests Onboard: 5:15 pm
Personal Navigator – Day 2
This morning, we turned on the stateroom tv to the morning show with Cruise Director Jimmy and Assistant Cruise Director Tim. During the show, Jimmy mentioned the Personal Navigators can be picked up at guest services at the same time mentioning the app. The verbiage was such that it seems like they finally get that some guests simply prefer a paper navigator option. Since they were not out the previous night when we checked, I headed down to Guest Services and picked up a copy for the day.
On my way back up to meet Isabelle at Cabanas, I stopped out on deck 4 to let Emily know where she could find us. She was in the midst of a 9-mile run, or 22.5 laps around the ship. Nearing the midpoint of the run, the deck was getting super blustery as well as crowded with crew cleaning the ship, so she finished her run on a treadmill in the gym.
Cabanas had the Mexican wraps out for one of the special items, so today was an awesome breakfast coupled with some French press coffee. If you recall from our Alaskan trip reports, my Bodum travel mug press is now back on my must pack items when packing for a cruise.
One of my favorite tips I like to share is to sign up for the free 50 MB data package on embarkation day. Well, I need to add something to that. Double check you actually signed up for the package. See, I somehow failed to correctly sign up for the free wifi… Not once, but twice. That’s right folks, I’m either a moron, or I signed up for the plan too early on embarkation day and Connect@Sea reset for our voyage. Today, I discovered my account didn’t actually exist at all. As for Emily’s account, it showed she created an account, but did not show the free 50 MB data package. I’d love to blame someone else, but the bottom line is I didn’t check to make sure the plan was active on my account before the end of the first night. Lesson learned.
This comedy of errors allowed me to finally try something I’ve been considering. I have AT&T cellular service and this summer I learned about their International Day Pass for $10/day. In Nassau, this ended up working rather well, service was spotty at time as more cruise ships arrived, but overall it allowed me to do what I needed to do online, including tethering with my laptop.
For most of the morning, we hung out at the pool watching Cinderella, Finding Nemo, and Tangled on Funnel Vision.
For lunch, we headed over to Flo’s V8 Cafe and enjoyed some of the pizza offerings and the Spicy chicken sandwich with a bun. Below is a sign from Lugi’s Pizza regarding gluten free options.
There were some additional selections out on the pool deck, possibly due to new provisions coming on the Dream the previous day at Port Canaveral. Nice to see some Dogfish Head Punkin Ale!
We are a big college football family. If a game is competitive, it’s a rivalry, oh who am I kidding? If it is on, I will watch it – starting with the Red River Rivalry.
Halloween on the High Seas is in full swing at this point in October, and the souvenir mugs, popcorn buckets, and straws at still readily available onboard; in this case at Buena Vista Theatre concession stand.
It was a busy day in Nassau, we had the Mariner of the Seas and the Carnival Liberty between us and the cruise terminal.
In between football games, we went to a can koozie craft in The District Lounge.
Over in 687, a strong Georgia fan base sat in disbelief as South Carolina upset the Bulldogs.
Halloween on the High Seas trick or treating was our next activity and boy, I don’t think anyone skipped this event.
There were 8 trick or treat locations spread across 3 decks.
Mickey’s Mouse-Querade Party immediately followed trick or treating in the lobby atrium.
For the evening, a Halloween on the High Seas photo op was set up in the atrium allowing guests to have their photos taken by Shutters photographers.
I mentioned it was a busy day in Nassau, the Allure of the Seas was in port as well along with the Carnival Sunshine.
Our non-traditional dinner rotation continued. We briefly contemplated going to Cabanas for table service dinner, but ultimately, we opted for room service. The wings were the best I’ve ever ordered from room service. Unfortunately, the pizza & grilled cheese were pretty terrible. Em headed up to the pool deck and grabbed an edamame salad from Flo’s.
On Friday night, we spotted the Disney Cruise Line Series of Disney Parks Wishables while shopping. Mickey and Minnie are open editions while Donald, Daisy, Pluto, and Goofy are available in blind bags.
At some point during the day, we decided that we wanted Donald Duck. We spent time trying to figure out which bag contained Donald Duck. This is much harder than trying to figure out which LEGO mini figures are in blind bags – I consider myself a bit of a pro when it comes to finding the LEGO mini-figures. Anyway, we were close, finding Daisy Duck on our first attempt. Ok, lets go for broke and so we bought the other bag that we felt a beak… TWO DAISY DUCKS! Who said there wasn’t real gambling on a Disney Cruise???
On a lighter note, Isabelle went to EDGE where they learned how to create cell animation with a transparency.
We took our talents to Evolution for 80s Music Trivia with Chris. I wasn’t very helpful, but once again the winning team had a perfect sheet, including the bonus points.
After trivia, Em & I went into 687 for the LSU vs. Florida Saturday night football game while Isabelle went to pumpkin carving in Edge.
At halftime, we returned to the room to watch the 2nd half and flip between the game that was on ABC which wasn’t being shown in 687 even though there were TVs just showing the 687 logo screensaver. I can’t figure out why the #1 entertainment company (heard this a few times during the cruise) that owns the biggest sports network cannot figure out how to present guests the football games they have the rights to show.
Tonight was also Pirate Night, so as you might expect, I watched Pirate night fireworks through a porthole. Tomorrow is Castaway Cay.