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Thursday, January 6, 2011

The Bahama's (Caicos to Nassau)

Bahama Beachlovers: Caicos to Nassau
11 nights, 12 days Starting at $3,779
Grande Mariner
Day 1
Begin your cruise in Turks and Caicos surrounded by inviting blue waters and lush green islands.
Day 2
The paradise of Mayaguana in the Bahamas, boasts stunning waters that change their shade from azure to turquoise to crystal-clear. Fantastic fishing and snorkeling abounds in a setting of beautiful coral reefs and historic shipwrecks.
Day 3
Enjoy the unspoiled beaches of Plana Cays, which some say was the first landfall of Christopher Columbus in the New World. Uninhabited, the Cays are wrapped with sugary white sand and long desolate stretches of shore. Later, visit Acklins Island for more water sports.
Day 4
Your port of call today is quaint Clarence Town on picturesque Long Island.
Day 5
Swim and snorkel in the warm waters of Calabash Bay or simply relax on board, admiring the lush tropical scenery.
Day 6
In Georgetown, browse for handmade crafts at outdoor straw markets. Ride our glass bottom boat and discover this beautiful deep-water harbor that in the 17th century attracted aristocrats and pirates alike.
Day 7
Get your snorkeling gear and explore spectacular Galliot Cay! With soft sand beneath your feet and blue water on the horizon, you'll feel you've truly gotten "away from it all".
Day 8
A popular spot among divers and snorkelers, Thunderball Grotto is a dramatic marine cave featured in two James Bond films. Weather conditions permitting, you can venture inside this magical atmosphere created by craggy rocks and green water. Enjoy Staniel Cay, a famed yachter's paradise, where nurse sharks and sting rays swim under piers of the yacht club docks. Tonight, a Caribbean cocktail party is complete with conch fritters, a local delight.
Day 9
Bow land on beautiful and secluded Hawksbill Cay located in the northern part of the Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park, the first marine "replenishment nursery" in the world. At the Park, renowned for its pristine beauty and breathtaking marine environment, you can swim, snorkel or just lounge on the white sand beach.
Day 10
The most famous of the Exuma islands, Norman's Cay has a legendary history and stunning natural beauty. Just offshore lies the wreckage of a small plane where nurse sharks, stingrays, and rainbow-colored fish congregate. Swim, snorkel or take a walk to explore this mysterious island.
Day 11
Today you'll cruise to Shroud Cay, an inhabited archipelago surrounding a shallow mangrove salt marsh. Swim or snorkel to look for conch, lobster and starfish that make their home in these waters. Later, port in Nassau, and enjoy live music on top deck.
Day 12
Disembark today in Nassau, which claims a unique blend of British, Spanish, and West African culture.

Ports Visited: Providenciales, TCI-Mayaguana-Plana Cays-Acklins Island-Clarence Town-Calabash Bay-George Town-Galloit Cay-Staniel Cay-Hawksbill Cay-Norman's Cay-Shroud Cay-Nassau.

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