As usual we had a great time. This cruise was a gift from Carlson Wagonlit Travel for their Golden Circle. They took the top 10 sellers of preferred cruise vendors for 2002 from their Leader Agencies (agencies over 10 million) and the top 10 from the smaller agencies for this program. Marsha made it for 2002. This cruise, verandah cabin, was all paid for and we supplied air. Congratulations Marsha for a great job!
For the cruise itself the weather was not so good. It rained in Ft Lauderdale on the day we left so our bags arrived on the ship late and wet. The first stop at Half Moon Cay was great, beautiful beach, more great food and beautiful, warm, clear water. After we left Half Moon Cay it started raining, pouring most of the time, all the way through Thursday (at sea). Due to the adverse weather we did not land in St Marten at all and we did not spend too much time on St Thomas because of the weather. Seas were fairly high, swells were 7 to 10 feet with "near gale" winds. The ship rode fairly nice through this and we were not bothered by it.
On Nassau we went to the Atlantis Resort. Very impressive place. They have 11 pools, a significant number of
lagoons filled with fish from sharks to rays to sea bass, etc... Most of those lagoons had underground viewing ports to see the fish. The Mayan
temple slide was also very impressive. It was probably 2 to 3 stories high. One side was very fast and the other side was slow. Both dropped into tubes
in a lagoon filled with sharks. You slide through the tubes surrounded by them. Pretty cool. In a couple of pictures you can see what looks like a bridge
between two of the hotel towers. That bridge is actually a suite owned by Michael Jackson. 5,500 sq ft. 13 bedrooms and it rents for a mere $25,000 a night. It is booked six months out.