Monday, May 9, 2011

Ft. Lauderdale, Florida to West End, Grand Bahamas

Sunday, May 8, 2011


The Cruise Ship Aynsley Took To The Bahamas On A College Spring Break

The crew woke up early, around 6:00 AM for a 7:20 AM departure for the West End, Grand Bahamas.  It took a little over 4 1/2 hours to go 84 miles.  The water depth exceeded 2,000 feet at times.  The crew decided not to stop for a swim, since their feet might not touch.:)  Seas were 1 -2 and winds were 5 - 10 out of the southeast.  It was the PERFECT day for the crossing. 

Leaving Ft. Lauderdale

Hyatt Hotel, Ft. Lauderdale

Old Bahama Bay Marina & Resort

Island Hopper docked at Old Bahama Bay Resort & Yacht Harbour, West End, Grand Bahama Island.  The resort is an oasis surrounded by water on three sides, near the fishing village of West End.  Old Bahama Bay is proud to be a Blue Flag marina with 72 transient slips and state-of-the-art facilities.  The marina's Customs and Immigration office is the closest Bahamian Port of Entry to the Florida coast.  This made it very easy and convenient to clear customs.  After lunch on the boat, the crew went to the beach and the pool for some fun in the sun. 

A Little Relaxation For The Captain

Ian, Joan, Kevin and Debbie enjoyed dinner at the resort's restaurant.  It will filled with yachtsmen from the harbour.

Flying The Bahamian Flag On Island Hopper

Tomorrow's post will be a day late.  The crew will throw out a hook for the night.  No internet access.

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