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Romantic Getaways in Grand Bahamas Feb 20

It was winter in Michigan and my wife and I were looking for a romantic getaway where we could be immersed in sunshine and much warmer temperatures.  We immediately thought of going to the Caribbean where we could see white sand beaches, beautiful clear water, and abundant sunshine.  However, trips to the Caribbean can be expensive so we undertook an extensive search to find something that would be in our price range. 

We went through a variety of websites looking for vacation specials in the Caribbean.  After some extensive research, we found a great deal in the Bahamas at the Radisson Our Lucaya Resort in Freeport, Grand Bahamas.  We booked a 5 day trip including hotel and airfare including transfers.  It was really easy to book and everything went as planned.

We got a room with an ocean view which gave us a beautiful view of the crystal clear waters and white sand beaches.  The view from the balcony was so good that we were able to see manta rays swimming in the water from our room.  We also had a great view of the pool which looked like a winding river from the resort to the ocean.  The “river” ended at an infinity pool that had a poolside bar that overlooked the ocean.  The resort offered a variety of water sports including jet skis and boats as well as fishing and snorkeling trips.  They also have a good sized casino if you feel like gambling and a full service spa and fitness center if you want to get into shape or be pampered. 

Our room was very clean and comfortable.  The service was excellent and the bell staff was very accommodating from the moment we stepped onto the resort.  They also have very good restaurants right on the resort for all tastes.  We ate several times at China Beach which was an excellent Asian style restaurant.  They also have a gourmet steak restaurant and a Caribbean style restaurant.  We also had a very good lunch at the Prop Club which overlooks the beach and the water.  Overall, we were very pleased with the food choices and quality.

Some people may be very content to stay on the resort enjoying the pool, the beach, and the great food.  However, there are entertainment, shopping, and dining options across the street from the resort in the Port Lucaya Marketplace.  The have plenty of shops with everything from jewelry to clothing to trinkets and souvenirs.  There are a variety of bars and restaurants for all types of cuisine and entertainment options.  We really liked Zorba’s restaurant which served Greek food and had a good breakfast.

The marketplace is connected to a marina which has a variety of boat tours and even has a world class dive shop called UNEXSO adjacent to it.  If you are interested in snorkeling or scuba diving, UNEXSO has a wide variety of snorkeling and diving trips and a wide range of classes for all levels of expertise.

My wife and I really enjoy snorkeling.  We were able to snorkel right from the beach of the resort.  We saw a variety of coral, fish, and almost a couple of manta rays.  We decided that we wanted to see a wider variety of coral and fish so we took a snorkel / sailing tour with Reef Tours which left from the Port Lucaya Marketplace.  The tour took place from a catamaran and allowed for an hour of snorkeling followed by an hour of sailing.  The snorkeling was amazing.  The water was crystal clear, the coral reef was beautiful, and fish were plentiful.  We did the tour on the last day of the trip and it was a great way to end our wonderful vacation.

Although Grand Bahama Island is not as pricey as some of the other popular Caribbean destinations, it is truly a great place to relax, get some sun, and find an adventure or two.  Don’t overlook Freeport and the Radisson Our Lucaya resort when you are looking for your next romantic getaway.

Romantic Getaways on a Carribean Cruise Apr 06

One of our most memorable vacations was our honeymoon. We embarked on a 7 night Royal Carribean cruise to the southern Caribbean on the beautiful Monarch of the Seas. The ship is spectacular from its Viking Lounge located hundreds of feet above the ocean where you can experience amazing sunset views while enjoying your cocktails and appetizers. Enjoy five-star dining in one of the two main dining areas designed after Claude Monet or Vincent Van Gogh. For a more casual atmosphere try the Jade Restaurant featuring Asian-fusion. They have great sushi. The Windjammer Café has lighter fare with spectacular views. The burgers and sandwiches are delicious. Room service is also available if you want something truly intimate. There’s nothing more romantic than dinner on your private balcony while listening to the sounds of the ocean and watching the sunset with your loved one. Wherever you choose to dine, it will be an experience you’ll treasure forever.

There is a never ending list of things to do on the ship. For those of you who enjoy a little adventure try the Rock climbing wall. There is a state of the art fitness center, open-air basketball court, and an open-air track. The ship has two pools and two hot tubs for your enjoyment and of course the staff will be at your beck and call. There’s nothing more relaxing than soaking in the sun next to the pool while listening to island music and enjoying a tropical cocktail. If you feel the need to be pampered even more, just make an appointment at the spa and enjoy one of the luxurious manicures, pedicures or massages. If you love to shop you’ll be in heaven. They have several boutiques to choose from. As an added bonus you have duty free shopping aboard the ship.

Romance is in the air aboard the ship. Take a cooking class together or a wine pairing class and enrich your relationship through learning something new together. Dance lessons are a great way to bond with your loved one while laughing with each other along the way. These are but a few of the possibilities you can explore while aboard the ship.

Parties and themed nights will get you feeling young all over again. Masquerade ball, 50’s and 60’s night, toga party, and pirate themed night are just a few of the themed nights to enjoy dancing, laughing, loving, and eating with your sweetheart. There are themed lounges also and include disco, country, dance, latin, and piano lounges for your enjoyment. Try your luck at the casino. The staff there will be more than happy to teach you how to play the game.

If you like Broadway plays you’ll love there Las Vegas inspired shows and musicals. The comedy acts are hilarious. My husband and I can’t get enough of them. So the next time you are looking for a romantic getaway that features fabulous food and service, a variety of things to do, romantic activities, and world class entertainment, all while visiting exotic ports, please consider a cruise for your next vacation.