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The Yellowbird excursion- Nassau

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Swimming with the sting rays

On board the ship you have many options to choose from when it comes to in port excursions. Recently I sailed on the Carnival Sensation out of Port Canaveral, Florida. I flipped through the excursion guide and found the “yellow bird party boat,” cost 37 dollars.  Party boat?! I’m in! So we bought the excursion and the front desk gave us tickets to board.

The excursion was set to start at 1 pm. We got off the ship and there was a guy holding a yellowbird sign, shortly after he gave us wrist bands in exchange for our tickets. We followed him to the party boat.

The boat itself was about a double decker about 50′ in length, a bar, and a band. About 1:30 we departed bound for a private island. Free rum punch was served on the way over to the island and it was such a relaxing and peaceful ride over. The ride to the island took about 30-45 minutes.  When you get off the boat and onto the island they take your picture, it’s 20 bucks but I bought it. Probably cost 10 cents to develop. Memories though, right?

The island has an option to swim with the sting rays which is also an excursion in itself. We paid the extra 25 dollars to swim with the rays. A once in a lifetime experience for me. So cool. If swimming with ugly fish isn’t your thing, there is a long beach there with snorkeling and plenty of sunning opportunities. There is also a gift shop and a bar on the island.

After being on the island for an hour and half we boarded the boat for the ride back to the pier. The band fired up and was playing all kind of fun dance tunes and even the limbo stick!

More rum punch was served on the ride back and if you tip the bartender a little extra he will throw in an extra splash of bacardi. Cash is king.

We got back to the pier at 4 pm. A very fun cruise for all ages. Bring sun screen, cash, and a good attitude!

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