Even the most pure of the Spartan cruisers cannot help but enjoy a day at Atlantis. Some of us, enjoy it too much as the following story reveals. For those who have not ventured to Atlantis, take our word, they pretty much thought of everything. They combined a massive first class hotel, with a Casino, bars, clubs, restaurants, waterpark, public beaches, private beaches, endless pools, duty free shopping, boat charters, jetski rentals, anything you can think of entertainment and of course the Atlantis Marina. Completely unlike the surrounding area Atlantis sticks out like a mirage among the not so attractive or desirable, Nassau. We set out around midday to tackle whatever Atlantis had to offer. The temperature was 91, the sky was clear the beer was flowing, so we headed to the water park!
Somewhere between exploring the mayan ruins, checking out the underwater life, sliding down a 100 foot drop through a shark tank, floating down the rapids that encircle the park, lounging on a bed next to a pool that had a DJ spinning beats...we managed to put down our fair share of cool refreshing beer, you know to stay hydrated. Well, something about the beer and having every amenity (food) at your fingertips, pushed Derek into a drunken feeding frenzy. After 6 weeks or so of healthy eating and exercise, as Derek describes it, late night eating is either in your blood or its not... We started with an innocent chicken tenders and fries. Then as we were traveling back through the hotel we found a restaurant that had walls like an aquarium with huge fish and subsequently excellent wings and ribs. Unfortunately after a few more beers with our dinner we didn't make it another 10 minutes before D spotted a crowded take out gourmet pizza place...and so came the 3rd meal...four pieces of pizza. Over the top, yes, but hey, how often does one have a day, like this? The night ended with a bit of comedy. A nice couple that lives in Nassau that we had met a couple days before heard we were in the Marina and came by to visit on their way to get some ice cream in Atlantis. Of course when they came by they didn't realize what state we would be in. D left the boat about 20 minutes into the conversation to, let's just say, lighten the load in his stomach. Sorry Atlantis, I think D hopped over one of your private fence areas and may have fed the plants some nutrients... Aside from that brief moment it was a great day to remember. No worries, no intelligent thoughts, just plain old fun and enjoyment together in a place that will be far different from just about anything that lies ahead on our journey south.