We wanted to begin with photos of the Sun Deck and the outside area of the Lido Deck. This includes the pool, spa, paddle tennis courts, and many areas to sit and enjoy being outside and to have a drink and/or food. Keith spends lots of time at the Paddle Tennis Court and loves it.
Keith began playing Paddle Tennis on Serenity in January of 2010 with our children and their spouses and have continued to play with each passing year on-board Serenity and Symphony.
One of the photos includes Nat whom we have known for years. A wonderful member of Team Serenity and always has a nice smile and kind words. The team he works with is outstanding.
Also, we've included a video of a tender arriving to Serenity this past Thursday.
These are the Waterside dinner menus from last evening where we ate.
Are you ready for some baseball? LOL. Let's try this again. Are you ready to talk food?
We enjoyed another wonderful meal at Waterside. There were lots of good choices; particularly the entrees.
Compared to the night before with the fewest guests we've seen since many were upstairs at the specialty restaurants the reverse was true last evening. Some of this is likely those guests debarking in Nassau today.
We each enjoyed a seafood/salad appetizer followed by a greek salad for Keith and Caesar Salad for Anne Marie. Oh the entree. Keith had butterfly swordfish and Anne Marie had the regular cut and hands down it was the best swordfish we ever had. It was tasty, moist and the cut was perfect. Dessert was (well the wine) plus cheese for Keith and Ice Cream for Anne Marie.
Service amazing and it was very quiet and there was lots of time to chat with the amazing waitstaff team.
We kept to our regular routine this morning. Exercise for Keith, followed by Breakfast. We arrived to Nassau on-schedule.
As we've mentioned we have three different ports for Embarkation and Debark; Nassau, Bimini and Miami but the reality is very few guests are now utilizing Bimini. I think it was an option for those who living in Florida and didn’t want to fly to Nassau since they can take a boat over there but with Miami they can just drive or be dropped off to port. We believe four guests on this voyage will debark in Bimini.
After breakfast Anne Marie walked the Promenade Deck. Keith ventured back out into Nassau as this was turn-around day with some guests boarding in Nassau while some guests debarked.
Keith ventured further than the other past walks. Town was crowded. Although early, because very few ships stop here other than on embark and debark days there are just not enough tourists to justify staffing and inventory of the stores. Add to this the concerns of spreading COVID-19 and it is a perfect storm. As Keith returned to the port I looked at the back of the RCI Freedom Of The Seas Ship who embarks/debarks here every Saturday like Serenity and noticed for the first time her registry is Nassau just like Serenity. Ironically both ships are in Nassau and other than this COVID-19 restart season Serenity has rarely ever come to Nassau and the Bahamas.
On the other side of RCI was another RCI ship so they have two in port today.
Following is today's Daily Reflections Program.
We enjoyed lunch in our room and the two of us walked afterwards. No paddle tennis for Keith today but the plan is to play tomorrow.
For the first time of this voyage, Anne Marie got off the ship and took a short stroll with Keith.
Anne Marie & Keith
We wanted to begin with photos from the AFT (back or rear) of the ship except for Sports Deck 13.
Working our way from Deck 12 to Deck 6:
Deck 11 is the outdoor extension of Market Place where outdoor dining is available for Breakfast, Lunch and on certain night’s Dinner weather permitting.
Decks 9, 10, and 11 which are guest room decks have outdoor seating including tables, lounges and some other places to sit.
Deck 8 has a shuffle board mat.
Deck 7 is the wrap around promenade deck. At the bow (front) of the ship is an area for the crew to enjoy. It’s the perfect place to enjoy arrivals and departures, to run and to walk and there are a few seating areas.
Deck 6 is where on each voyage PGA Golf Pros give group instruction (included in the cruise fare) and private lessons (for an extra fee) and has places to practice putting and driving). There are also two table tennis (ping pong) tables and a cabinet with balls and paddles.
Last night was dinner for us at Waterside. Dinner menus plus Vegetarian menu follows.
We enjoyed four courses but forgot to get many of the photos. Must have been the wine.
Crab appetizer, salads, and our waiter ordered Surf n' Turf for us between Steak Diane plus and having some Jumbo Tiger Shrimp added to the entree.Fourth and final course was cheese for Keith and Ice Cream for Anne Marie. And yes, the wine.
It was very quiet in Waterside for the entire time we were there. Probably the quietest time ever. We understand over two-thirds of the guests were dining at the specialty restaurants.
Todays daily Reflection Program was not on line.
Today's Waterside Lunch Menus.
Today is the only sea day of the cruise. Lots of enrichment and other activities on the program.
We stuck to our morning routine of exercise for Keith, breakfast and a walk on the Promenade Deck.
The only difference was the required Antigen Test for everyone except those getting off next Monday in Miami.
Even though we are not getting off they want to test everyone who will be staying on-board for the next cruise.
As was the case last week we were assigned to the time-slot for those guests who are in-transit meaning they are continuing on for the next cruise.
Keith took the paper bracelet in case he gets off tomorrow in Nassau as this is a Bahamian requirement. Anne Marie will stay on board for sure so she didn't get one.
The good news is everyone who tested was negative.
After lunch, Keith played Paddle Tennis which he enjoyed a great deal and Anne Marie walked the Promenaded Deck and we are enjoying the remainder of this very nice sea day.