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How to spend a day on an Out Island in the Bahamas

October 31, 2014

By Francine Mason

A pool-side view of the ship

A pool-side view of the ship

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The author (center) learned how to fold a “Bird of Paradise” with a napkin .. while the ship was moving.


Located just 50 miles off the coast of South Florida is the

Bahamas Out Island of Bimini (on my bucket list).

This was my first (but not last) trip to Bimini, sailing from Port

Everglades on Resorts World Super Fast Bimini on Tuesday,

10/28/14.

Arriving at 7:30am, I park in the Mid Port garage and follow

the signs to Port Everglades Terminal 21. Remember to bring

your passport, since you are leaving the USA. It is a simple

embarkation process with no lines.

Once on board the big red boat, it takes a little time to explore

the four decks and find your favorite nook. Order a Starbucks at the

casino bar, enjoy a breakfast buffet or try your luck in the Casino on Deck 7.

Everyday stress fades away as you select one of the many

wooden deck chairs to sit and breathe in the fresh sea air and

just decompress. The live band entertains on Deck 10 for the sail

away party. The napkin folding class was fun and fruit carving

demonstrations were offered by smiling staff. 

We depart at 9am and arrive in North Bimini at noon. The stunning

turquoise water approach is quite inviting. Bimini is only seven miles

long and 700 feet wide.

If you want to go to the beach or head into town, the free tram

picks you up right by the ship, and takes you to the

beach first – where you can paddle board or snorkel or get a

lounge chair with towel and just chill. On the way to the beach,

you pass pastel yellow, blue, green and orange villas and the new

casino. The infinity pool area with the Aqua Bar and Grille is a

particularly lovely spot to relax. 

You can spend $40 and rent a golf cart for the day to tour the island.

Driving the cart to Alice Town at the southernmost end of the island,

the local Bahamians are friendly as we stop at Big Johns for cracked

conch and an icy Kalik Bahamian beer. You have to be back to the ship

before 5:45pm or you can overnight in BiminScreen Shot 2014-11-02 at 4.17.35 PMi. 

Sunny weather and light breezes

were perfect for smooth cruising.

Sailing back to Fort Lauderdale,

we hang out on Deck 10 to watch the

sunset and moonrise. Dinner ($25) is

served on board the ship. Entertainment

features bingo and music trivia games.

The Quiet Zone on Deck 8 aft is comfy for reading a book. By 9 pm you are

ready to disembark back in the USA with a new refreshed attitude. 

The crew is very hospitable. Next time, I might splurge and reserve

a cabin so I can store stuff, shower and nap after a full day in the sun.  

Get your passport ready and enjoy the adventure. It’s a great value to go to

another country and back in one day. Call 888-930-8688 to see what

promotions are available to book your Super Fast Bimini cruise.

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