After five weeks in Tennessee and a couple of days of road tripping through Florida, we decided to take another cruise in the Caribbean. This time we chose the Royal Caribbean cruise line, one of the most popular cruise line brands in the world. We booked a 4-day cruise to the breathtaking Bahamas and the charming Florida Keys. 🙂
Royal Caribbean’s 4-day Caribbean cruise itinerary
At 4 pm the Majesty of the Seas cruise ship departed from Miami port and the fun began. With onboard pools and whirlpools, sports courts, a poolside screen, shops, a spa and fitness center, a disco, a theater, a library, an arcade room, a casino, many bars, and restaurants, it was hard to get bored. 😉
Nassau, Bahamas. At 8 am we reached our first destination. Nassau is the capital of the Bahamas. It’s located on the island of New Providence, the most populous island in the Bahamas. New Providence is known as the commercial center of the country, as well as a very popular tourist destination.
After a delicious breakfast, we decided to explore the island on our own, instead of taking the planned (yet slightly overpriced) shore excursions. We visited some of the most luxurious tourist facilities and some of the loveliest beaches.
Coco Cay, Bahamas. Coco Cay is Royal Caribbean’s private island located north of Nassau. Available activities include swimming, hiking, snorkeling, scuba diving, kayaking, parasailing, boating, and jet-ski rentals. We explored the tiny island and discovered its many paradise beaches. ♥
Key West, Florida. Our last destination was Key West – the southernmost city in the United States, known for its lovely beaches, Victorian architecture, colorful streets, and its laid-back vibe.
First, we took a walk through the beautiful city – we admired the architecture and tried some local dishes. Afterwards, we visited the city’s number one attraction – the Southernmost point buoy, marking the southernmost point in the continental United States. In the afternoon, we visited the Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park, where we saw the famous wooden directional sign, marking the distances to various worldwide locations. We enjoyed the rest of the day at the beach. 🙂
We paid 536 USD (435 EUR) per person. The price included taxes, fees and port expenses (113 USD/92 EUR), a small, but comfortable stateroom, unlimited food and drinks (except alcoholic beverages) in various onboard restaurants and bars, most of the entertainment features, unlimited access to the fitness center, pools and whirlpools, and 24-hour room service (excluding specialty items). The price did not include shore excursions, dining in specialty restaurants, spa treatments, salon services and select fitness classes, gambling, video arcade games, internet access, laundry service, service gratuities, and tips or any personal expenses.
Best time to go
There is no bad time to visit the Bahamas or the Florida Keys. The temperatures are warm year-round and the weather is usually great. To avoid the crowds and score the best hotel prices it’s best to visit the islands in their offseason/rainy season (between May and November), but watch out for the possible hurricanes. Since those don’t usually start until July, May and June may be your best bets.
♥ Top romantic experience and adventure
The entire experience was insanely romantic and adventurous. However, our favorite destination was without the doubt the paradise island of Coco Cay. ♥
Have you already been to the Bahamas or to Key West? We invite you to share your top romantic experience and top adventure in the comment section below. 😉