This post needs a bit of a different introduction. Back in 2010, I took an unusual trip – I went to Massachusetts to meet in person two guys I had become best friends with from an online writing forum and had known for five years. That trip ended up having a different outcome than I had originally expected in that one of the guys – Steve – and I discovered our feelings for each other were actually much deeper than friendship. Thus began a roughly 2 1/2 years long distance relationship. While it ended due to issues I won’t get into, I’m relieved to say our friendship survived, so I have no qualms posting about this trip.
In 2011, I wanted Steve to meet my dad, since we had recently passed the one year mark. My dad lives down in Florida, so the two of us decided to plan a trip down to Florida together, and to include a quick day cruise to the Bahamas.
I could be wrong, but as far as I know, the practice of a one day cruise from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida to Freeport, Grand Bahama has now been halted. Lucky for us, it was still in operation when we were down there in May.
Our ship was the Discovery Sun, and we enjoyed our time aboard it. Because the cruise itself is only a day trip, you don’t have access to a room, so all of your belongings are with you. While the ship is also much smaller than most cruise ships, it still felt like we had plenty to do to keep ourselves occupied.
We sat on the deck, we watched the limbo contest, we checked out the game room, and on the return sail, we even watched a movie in the ship’s theater. All in all, and especially for a day trip, we had a great time.
The event we most looked forward to was docking in Freeport, Grand Bahama and going on our excursion. The cruise came with three excursion options, so we chose one that offered us a traditional lunch followed by free time on a beautiful beach.
The beach we were driven to was Junaknoo Beach Club at Taino Beach, and though the name gave me a chuckle, the beach itself was simply beautiful. White sand stretched as far as we could see, and the shallow water was the clearest I had ever experienced.
The food was quite tasty, and if you want, you can rent kayaks, paddleboards, and other various water transport devices. As for us, we were content to just relax together on a warm beach, not a care in the world. I mean, we were going to kick ourselves later as we cursed and rubbed aloe over our sunburned bodies – guess who forgot sunscreen? – but at that point in time, nothing was troubling at all. How could it be, when this was your view?