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The WAVEJourney countdown to our next cruise adventure has begun. In just a few days (on March 10) we will join Blount Small Ship Adventures for the first time. Another first for us will be visiting the destinations on Blount’s Bahamian Out Islands cruise itinerary that starts and ends in Nassau.
As we prefer to arrive at the embarkation destination at least a day before a cruise starts (too many things can go wrong to try flying in on the day a cruise starts), we will fly into Nassau the evening of March 10 and stay on the Blount ship, Grande Mariner – the Early Arrival Package is available to passengers on this voyage that don’t want to find a hotel for just one night. The actual cruise dates are from March 11 to 22, and after we disembark we will make the trek back home the same day.
We are definitely excited to get to Nassau and join Blount on what looks like a very fun and interesting cruise.
Arrive in Bahamian paradise, where the tropical sun warms the sugar-white sands. Discover the historic downtown district of Nassau, New Providence, and relax on the pink-sand beaches of Harbour Island, known as “Briland” by the locals. Swim and snorkel in postcard-perfect Governour’s Harbour, then lounge on the scenic shores of the Exumas Cays. Relax in Compass Cay, a yachter’s paradise, and enjoy the natural majesty of Hawksbill Cay, a nearly uninhabited tropical outpost. Spend a leisurely afternoon on the beaches of Highbourne Cay, then return to magnificent Nassau to conclude your unforgettable Bahamian adventure.
Day 1 – March 11: Nassau on New Providence
Day 2 – March 12: Nassau on New Providence in the morning. Set sail for Spanish Wells in the afternoon.
Day 3 – March 13: Ferry ride over to Harbour Island
Day 4- March 14: Day of sailing towards Governor’s Harbour on the island of Eleuthera.
Day 5 – March 15: Spend the morning at Governor’s Harbour swimming, snorkeling, relaxing on the beach.
Day 6 – March 16: A morning at Galliot Cay in the Exumas archipelago – spend time beachcombing, swimming, kayaking or relaxing
Day 7 – March 17: Morning at the beach in Exumas Cays and then cruise towards Thunderball Grotto (think James Bond movies).
Day 8 – March 18: Time at Compass Cay – a yachter’s paradise. Optional excursion to Big Major Cay to feed the swimming pigs.
Day 9 – March 19: Morning cruise to Hawksbill Cay. Arrive at Warderick Wells in the afternoon.
Day 10 – March 20: Spend the afternoon on the beaches of Highbourne Cay.
Day 11 – March 21: Time at Shroud Cay depending on weather conditions, before an afternoon of sailing back to New Providence.
Day 12 – March 22: Disembarkation in Nassau on New Providence.
Grande Mariner Details, Facts & Features:
Commissioned and built by Blount Boats in 1998, the Grande Mariner makes her way up to Montreal, just in time for fall foliage season. She was refurbished in 2010, with totally new cabin configurations including new décor, new bathrooms, new furniture in the cabins, a renovated lounge, new décor, and brand new furniture. So if you want to take in a few rays on the sun deck, relax and enjoy the vista-view lounge, or just have a few quiet moments in your cabin as the sea drifts past your open picture window, the Grande Mariner is ready.
Passenger Capacity: 88
Passenger Cabins: 44
Flag: United States
Built By: Blount Boats, Warren, RI
A full WAVEJourney firsthand review of this cruise will be coming soon – stay tuned for all the details.
NOTE: All photographs in this article were provided courtesy of Blount Small Ship Adventures.