After a few years traveling with the assistance of wonderful people on this website, I try to post trip reports to share my experience good and now a tiny bit negative.
My husband Chris traveled with me (Natalie) and my daughter Gianvieve who turned 1 on May 17th, my mom came and my best friend Michael.
May 14th: We arrive at Continental international check in and the woman was deliberately slow. Weighing everything 2 times.... Then stating its overweight even though I didn't mind paying over weight fees. I stated I always pay overweight charges and would gladly pay instead of relocating items to other suitcases. The woman insisted we reweigh our bags, again very slowly. After 20+ minutes of this, we paid $125 in overage fees. As mom and Michael check in a woman whispers, "there are 2 seats left" then suddenly the main woman says check in is closed you missed the flight. We state " its not even 7:30am" and she said, “there are no seats we overbooked so you were bumped since its getting late”. I was in shock!
They offer a 3pm flight through Texas that we can fly standby (with an infant). Alternatively, they offer a 7pm flight into Ft. Lauderdale where "we" would have to pay for a hotel to take a connection Friday morning Ft. Lauderdale to Nassau. The women at Continental were unhelpful. Poor customer service overall.
We figure we need a new outbound flight and call Jetblue. I was leaning on the continental counter (which was empty). As we start calling the continental person interrupts stating we no longer have our return flight because we missed the outbound. And it would be a few hundred in change fees to keep the return.
Michael immediately calls Jetblue to find out we have to pay $2800 for new flights out of JFK. We now need to take a van at a cost $140 from Newark Airport, New Jersey to JFK Airport, NY with an infant. Instead of boarding an 8:35am flight we board a 12:20 flight, losing our first day in the Bahamas.
Boarding Jetblue was wonderful! Terrific airline! We had the first row w/extra legroom. It was such a nice flight.
We bought a few books to read while waiting for our flight. Michael turns to my mom, Doreen and says “if you fall asleep I want your book”
I turn to Michael “if she falls asleep and then you fall asleep I want your book.”
-->Passenger sitting beside us in row 1 turns to us: “if you ALL fall asleep I’ll watch the baby.
Gianvieve would not sleep at all on plane. Benadryl gave her energy but she was an angel anyway. No trouble with her ears because she sucked on her binky. We gave he puffs anytime she was fussy. They make her happy she didn't want to sit with me wanted daddy the whole time. Poor Chris.
Landing was smooth. We immediately received our gate-checked stroller, which was so convenient next time I'm bringing the bugaboo. Our maclaren was small and super easy to use though. What a convenient stroller for travel. Folds, reclines, good storage...
We got our luggage in 20 seconds. Lightning fast! We took a majestic transfer from the airport to atlantis w/the baby on our lap. Not how we imagined it since we brought a car seat. The ride was nice stopping at another hotel then the Atlantis.
The ATLANTIS was grand indeed! The lobby was spectacular. Check in was a breeze. The woman helping us was a doll. We asked if our rooms had balconies and she said suites do. I asked how much it would be to upgrade and she said $350/p night, so we did. We had a lovely 2 bedroom suite rooms 6568 and 6570. 6568 was the suite, living room, small dinette table, half bath, and flat screen with mini bar. We got an extra refrigerator. The master was enormous with terrace, walk-in closet and gigantic bath, Jacuzzi, stall shower, enclosed toilet, double sinks and separate vanity to get ready. There was an ironing board and iron. Though I wished there was a robe and slippers here. I enjoy a nice cool room but would have liked relaxing in my robe in the morning.
The master bedroom was spacious with a club chair and ottoman and two addl club chairs and a desk and chair w/laptop connection. Michael and my moms room was very nice, two queen beds, desk and chair, club chair and ottoman with french balcony. The bathroom was nice. Both beds were extraordinarily comfortable! One of the more comfortable beds I've stayed in. Top 3! Behind the bed at the Quisisana and Villa Feltrinelli. I did notice the suite couch was worn and the club chairs were torn. They are definitely in need of replacing them at the rate charged! The suite had a pull out sleeper for too. Convenient for the future~ absolutely!
DINNER: Bahamian Club
We had a 7pm reservation and only booked because it was convenient with Gianvieve. It was my least exciting restaurant (so I thought) and wound up loving it the best looking back on my week. My moms lamb chops were the best I've ever had! Michael and I split french onion soup and escargot. The soup was amazing!!!! I had salmon. Gianvieve had a high chair and enjoyed eating out with us. She played at the table and was laughing. Such an angel!
There were two ladies behind us clearly perturbed that there was a baby nearby as though she was carrying swine flu. Shockingly, the lady stopped by our table after paying the bill. She made fish lips at gia ignoring us. And left disregarding us lol.
After dinner we returned to the room and played with Gianvieve for a little while playing the game "I'm going to get you" where she is a fish out of water screaming. We put her to bed and went to the casino while mom watched her. We played a few tables and I ended up squeezing my way into a hot craps table where I was up to $2,000 (starting with like $300), but of course it was hard to leave the table when it cooled. In the end I was up about $1500ish (that was temporary).
My favorite part of vacationing is returning and ordering room service. Michael raved about the burger as if it was the best burger on earth.
It was a dried out hockey puck lol. I was buzzed eating it so I said " Is this your burger from last year?"
It was hilarious! I half fell asleep while waiting for room service. I ate and snuck into our room where the baby was sound asleep.
What a great first day.
Day two, to be continued…
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