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WC 2017 Day 2 – Princess Cays – Eleuthera, Bahamas

by on Dec.12, 2017, under Vacation, Western Caribbean 2017

In the early hours of the morning, Regal Princess transited the North East Providence Channel before altering to a South Easterly course as we passed North of Eleuthera Island. As we passed Palmetto Point 6 nautical miles on our Starboard side we began setting a Southerly course parallel to the coast of Eleuthera. In the morning we passed Eleuthera point 2 nautical miles on our Starboard side as we entered Exuma Sound and made our final approaches to our anchorage near Bannerman Town. We let go our Port anchor with 6 shackles in the water at 8:08 and shortly afterwards, with the vessel safely brought up, the tenders were lowered to the water and passenger tender service was commenced.

EDIT – (The following paragraph was almost omitted, but I wanted to keep it, as we didn’t have any navigation notes until the very last day.)

One thing that seems absent from this writeup are the normally-italicized notes from the Bridge, indicating where the ship was going to be. This morning, the Princess Patter arrived, and I noticed that the notes weren’t in it. I called the Purser’s Desk, and the people there had no idea what I was talking about. I guess it isn’t something they do on Regal Princess, and it’s something that is very much missed.

We met Mom and Dad at the buffet for breakfast, and then Heather and I took a small boat over to Princess Cays, which is a small private area that the cruise ship company owns. We’ve been here a number of times, and they seem to add more and more each time we visit. We walked around a bit and took some photos, shopped, and then went swimming. The water was amazing. As we were getting ready to leave, Mom and Dad arrived, so we swam some more. I may have gotten too much sun, but I won’t know about that until later on.

It’s later, and I didn’t get too sunburned. One of the boats broke down, and it took about an hour to get back onboard. Once we were, we had some burgers and pizza, then watched the movie Wind River in the Vista Lounge.

With all passengers and crew onboard and all pre-departure checks in place, Regal Princess recovered her tenders and began hoisting her anchor. Once anchor was aweigh at 16:52, we began maneuvering out of our anchorage and setting a South Easterly course through Exuma Sound and as we passed Rum Cay 6 nautical miles on our Port side, we exited the sound, setting a South South Easterly course across the Caribbean Sea and Great Bahama Bank.

It was Italian night, and I had pot roast and spaghetti, which was excellent. The headwaiters also prepared penne in a tomato, garlic, and chili pepper sauce. The smell of garlic made my eyes water a bit. You first tasted the garlic, then a few seconds later, your mouth started burning.

After dinner, we were going to go watch a comedian, but the theater was packed, so we just came back and went to sleep. Tomorrow is a sea day.

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