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28th December, 2015

Nassau, Bahamas

Surprisingly enough, I had never been to Nassau before, despite it being one of the most popular ports for the American cruise market out of Miami. Mrs R had, however, and knew exactly where she wanted to go when we went ashore, the Straw Market.

We had berthed on a designated cruise terminal where apparently there are often several large ships alongside at one time. Today there was just one, a Disney ship complete with all the brand trimmings, including Mickey Mouse on the funnel and a rather large Goofy hanging off the stern with a paintbrush in hand. Delightful. My arrival chat to passengers did mention that, to avoid severe shock, they should make sure they returned to the right ship when coming back from ashore.

The centre of town was just outside the gates and for a few hours we did have a stroll. The Straw Market, unsurprisingly, sold many different items made from straw and the ladies at the various stalls were pleasantly touting for business. I don’t recall being called ‘Honey’ so many times in such a short time. Needless to say we are now the owners of a ‘bargain’ handmade genuine straw bag hand made in the Bahamas (we think).

The Disney ship left before us, the last public announcement being preceded by a bing bong that sounded ‘Wish upon a star’ and the horn making another tune equally well recognised as being ‘brand’.

Captain Philip Rentell

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