We were the only ship in port today so no crowds, a nice breeze and lots of sunshine.
The morning was spent on Bay St and the tourist shops. Total outlay to help the Bahamian economy was $3 each for a tour of the slavery museum. I had no idea the extent of the slave trade and the number of countries involved. Brazil took the largest percentage of slaves from Africa. The shackles and photos were very chilling and help explain the jubilation of the Bahamian natives with our election results. They were all thrilled to have President Obama and after a close up look at how far things have changed, I can understand the joy.
A short stop at Senor Frogs for a diet coke and nachos as we watched a French Navy ship invade and capture the island. A French sub left, and the frigate took over the watch.
After lunch and nappy it was off to Atlantis and Paradise Island. The quickest route late afternoon was cab at $4 per head. We took in the casino and marina then headed to the entrance to the beach and pool area. The daily rate quoted for a beach and pool pass was $55 each. I walked up to the single gate agent and he asked for our room key for entrance. I pulled out my ships boarding pass. He politely informed me that would not work.
I then asked if any of this would, pointing to the cash sleeve of my wallet. Without a moments hesitation he said: “All right, go on in, just don’t tell anyone and go out a different exit.” I pulled out a five and handed it to him and reminded him not to tell anyone as well. Our eyes met, we smiled, and in the four of us went. YMMV.
The grounds are huge and very well taken care of. I could not count all the pools and water slides and predator lagoon had some magnificent barracuda and hammerheads.
As an alternative, the Comfort Suites is adjacent to the complex and guests there have full use of the facilities at Atlantis. It is about $170 per night instead of $299 per person at Atlantis. And don’t forget your Choice Privileges points. It seems like a nice redemption for a two or three day stay.
The wind appears to be calming and we’ll try Coco Cay again tomorrow. For $200 it has been a fun getaway so far.