Virgin Voyages - Day 3
Today was our day at Bimini Beach in the Bahamas. Virgin has a private area just for its cruise guests on the island.
We wanted to have as much time as possible on the island so we planned to have room service breakfast so we could be ready to get off the ship at 9 am.
Room service was very easy to order. We placed our order in the app the day before and selected a 30 minute time frame for delivery the next morning. I received a notification that our food was on its way and it arrived right in the middle of our selected time. It came in two insulated cooler bags. One had our coffees and all the condiments. The other had food containers with our breakfast. We each had eggs, bacon and potatoes. Then we shared some pastries and fruit. Everything was great. The only choice I wish we could have had was for iced coffee drinks.
Virgin’s area of the island requires taking a tram. We were one of the first off the ship and a tram was waiting. We hopped on and were over to the beach area quickly.
All six of us had rented a private cabana for the day. While you can book one cabana for six guests, we chose to each get our own. I could maybe see the cabana working for 4 guests, but I think six would be tight, especially since there are two lounge chairs and a double size day bed.
There are cabanas available by the beach, pool or the “grove” which sort of looks over the whole area. We all had beach cabanas.
With your cabana, you receive $100 bar tab and a cabana attendant throughout the day. We actually had two attendants as the shift changed in the afternoon. Both of our attendants were great. You have a button that you can push if you need something but our attendant also came around frequently to see if we needed anything.
At noon, food service begins on the island. Again, the food is included in your cruise fare. Our attendant said we could order or he could bring us a sample of everything. We chose the samples and he was right there with a big tray around 12:30 pm. When our afternoon attendant came, he said different food items become available after 3 pm so he came back with another tray of samples then. I liked that the food items were different and varied. The ribs were the best and I also enjoyed the salad with fried tofu on top.
We had easy access to the beach and the pool area. We went over to the pool after lunch. It was a bit loud with a dj playing music and they also started to liven things up with pool floats as well. It seems to get quieter in the late afternoon.
Unlike some other cruise line private islands, you can stay on Bimini until around 7:30 pm. This was a great opportunity to see the sunset from the island. They also have three large globes that they light a fire in at night. They had an acoustic musical group that sang at each one as it was lit.
We took the tram back and were able to get some night time photos of the ship.
We freshened up and met back up with our friends at the galley for dinner. I tried some of the desserts this time and they didn’t disappoint. The red item is call the Scarlet Lady and had chocolate mousse inside. The other item is a vegan chocolate tart. Our server recommended it and said not to be scared off because it was vegan. I really enjoyed both.
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