And it remained tantalisingly close but not out of reach… the Bahamas.
We’d got off their revolutionary tender which moved up and down the side of the ship to take on the theme of the floor it attached to… the Eden lounge, the bar etc.
And when we all got on the smaller boat for a spin out on the sea we saw the Bahamas in the distance which is where you’d be going on your shore excursion.
Now the Bahamas had come on to my radar years before of course when I dallied with a home-made career in Cocktail making and the Bahamas Breeze.
A tale of two Serenas
You don’t need me to tell you you’ll want dark rum, banana liqueur, apricot liqueur, coconut rum, grenadine syrup, honey, lemon juice and orange juice, pineapple juice and ice cubes.
And there are some tips on measures, although if you’re on a Royal Caribbean ship there’s no scrimping.
While back in the office in Dublin I felt that somebody was calling me to get me out to the Bahamas, although not any somebody you might expect.
Serena Williams called me one day to ask when I would be publishing an article I had sent a writer on.
And, yes, as her email makes capital out of it… No, not that one. She is, of course, a Bahamian smasher.
All this Bahamian fun is because my old friends at MSC have been in touch to tell us of their plans for 2021 which include
Their Escape to the Tropics offer where you’ll spend three nights in Miami .
And then four nights on board MSC Armonia en route to Nassau and the exclusive private island Ocean Cay MSC Mraine Reserve.
Prices for this cruise on May 3 start from €401pp for a four-night sailing based on two sharing a cabin, price includes a premium drinks package and service charge (gratuities).