Family Thanksgiving Bahamas Cruise – South Carolina, Freeport, Nassau – Travel Photographer

I don’t usually post personal work, but I wanted to share these images from our recent trip to the Bahamas. My little family decided to spend the Thanksgiving holiday on a cruise ship this year. It was my son’s first time out of the country and on a cruise ship. I think the best part of my trip was just seeing his face as he experienced new sights, foods and people. We traveled down to Myrtle Beach, SC first to spend a couple days in my family condo and see my brother and his family. Then we headed to Charleston to board the Carnival Fantasy. It stopped in Freeport and Nassau with two Sea Days. This was one of those trips where nothing went as planned … but we made it work and had some great times anyway! I hope you enjoy these images from our first family cruise!

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We love Myrtle Beach so we had to pit stop there and spend a couple days before our cruise.

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On Monday, it was time to head to Charleston and get on the boat, with our first stop being Freeport. We had planned to take a catamaran and snorkeling tour that my parents and brother and sister-in-law had done the year before. They raved about it and we were super excited to experience it this year, BUT when we got off the boat in Freeport, our tour guide met us with bad news – the tour was cancelled due to rough waters. So we quickly chose another tour with a different company that had us spending several hours on Crystal Beach. There we could snorkel off the beach in the beautiful clear water. It was my son’s first time snorkeling and he loved finding and videoing the fish with our GoPro. It wasn’t what we planned, but we had a nice, relaxing time together soaking in the sun, spying fish, picking up sea shells and enjoying a Bahamian beer and Coke 🙂

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Also, in Freeport, before getting back on the boat, my husband and I treated my son, Reagan, to his first coconut drink. Nick and I had a coconut cocktail the last time we visited Freeport. We searched for the guy who chopped the coconuts in front of us, but couldn’t find him, so we settled on a coconut drink from a little hut near the Straw Market. Nick and I enjoyed Pina Colada in our coconuts, while Reagan had the virgin mix.

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When we boarded the Carnival Fantasy after visiting Freeport, they had a surprise waiting for us! The entire ship had been decorated for Christmas!

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Our next port of call was Nassau. Each morning we got up early so we could see the ship pull into the ports.

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For Nassau, we originally planned to walk to Junkanoo Beach and spend the day on our own. BUT, once again plans changed! After a safety alert was issued warning of increased crime in the area, we decided to quickly join a Carnival-sponsored excursion. Luckily, I had researched the Nassau Native Quest and we were able to register for that one with 20 minutes to spare. The Native Quest took us on a scavenger hunt of Fort Charlotte, where we played games and taste tested Bahamian foods and drinks. We had so much fun on this excursion! The tour guides were wonderful, and the games were super fun!

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Before getting back on the ship, we stopped for lunch at a local restaurant at the request of my son who just couldn’t get enough of the Bahamian food! We enjoyed conch salad, conch fritters, and conch chowder!

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The day in Nassau was also Thanksgiving Day. When we returned to our room on the ship, the steward had a Thanksgiving Turkey towel waiting for us.

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Our last Sea Day we did the Behind the Fun Tour and saw the behind the scenes of the ship. This was pretty cool, BUT unfortunately, Reagan started feeling ill halfway through the tour (because of super rocky waters we were in) and he and I had to go back to our room for a bit while Nick finished the tour.

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Our last night on the Carnival Fantasy, we saw a beautiful sunset and enjoyed spending some time by the pool.

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And when we woke on Saturday, this was our view – we were back in Charleston!

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