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WAVEJourney joined Blount Small Ship Adventures for their 12-day Bahamian Out Islands cruise on Grande Mariner – March 10-22, 2016
Sit on the edge of your bathtub and dip your toes into warm water. Now close your eyes and picture an artist’s palette dotted in shades of blue.
In your mind’s eye swish that warm water over your palette and pretend your swimming in it. Nice, right? But I must say it Is definitely better in The Bahamas!
Shallow tropical waters blessed with warm year-round weather set the scene for our 12-day Blount Small Ship Adventures in the Bahamian Out Islands in March. The Bahamas are known for the gorgeous color of its shallow water where lighter aqua colors envelop you as the sunlight reflects off of the sand and reefs near the surface.
Astronaut Scott Kelly wrote that The Bahamas look like a watercolor painting from the International Space Station. Well, Scott ~ they are just as awe inspiring when you are cruising, swimming, snorkeling, glass-bottom boating or kayaking in them as well.
Blount, now in its 50th year, has uniquely built ships… right from their own shipyard. Their ships are designed to sail where the big ships cannot. Featuring a shallow draft, Blount ships can pass through narrow waterways and dock right alongside a yacht or small boat.
We cruised on the Grande Mariner in The Bahamas and we were constantly amazed at the extremely tight areas the captain maneuvered the vessel into with ease. Amazingly, a minimum of seven feet of water is all that’s required to float this boat!
The feel of adventure was evident from the moment we set sail out of Nassau. With a capacity for 88 passengers, we shared this well built ship with just 44 other explorers.
The open dining arrangement allowed us the opportunity to share meals with our fellow passengers and have a chance to get to know each other. It didn’t take long for a group of us to form a tight bond, create meal experiences steeped in laughter and storytelling, and form friendships that will continue to grow long after the cruise ended.
Blount Small Ship Adventures Bahamian Out Islands cruise was bucket list worthy, and every day we spent with them we had to pinch ourselves to make sure we were not dreaming. Their ships go where the big ships can’t. Their small passenger count and casual atmosphere make for a relaxing vacation. This is an ideal voyage for anyone looking to discover parts of The Bahamas by sea – just like the sail boats and private yachts do.
Take a look at some of the other locations where Blount Small Ship Adventures offers small ship cruises – going where the big ships can’t!