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    Chinese Year of the Pig

    Ten Pig Facts for Year of The Pig

    2019 is the Year of the Pig! To celebrate we’re sharing 10 Facts about some of our favourite animals: PIGS! (duh):

    1. As recognised in the Chinese Zodiac calendar, 2019 is the Year of the Pig. The last Year of the Pig was in 2007.
    2. In addition to their inclusion on the Zodiac calendar, Pigs are the symbol for wealth in Chinese culture.
    3. Pigs are some of the smartest animals around. Their intelligence ranks higher than dogs!
    4. Believe it or not, pigs are very clean animals! They keep their living space clean and free from waste.
    5. Then why do they look dirty? Pigs can’t sweat, so they cover themselves in mud to cool themselves down.
    6. Pigs are omnivores. That means their diets can consist of both plants and meat. (On our tours we feed the Exuma Swimming Pigs carrots and the Spanish Wells Swimming Pigs chicken and turkey.)
    7. Known for their robust figures, full-grown pigs can weigh up to 700lbs! Though piglets can start out at around 2.5lbs.
    8. Pigs like to get (natural) massages – rubbing themselves on trees and hard surfaces for that good scratch! If you want to make friends with a pig, a good back rub can go a long way!
    9. It’s all in the name… A male pig can also be called a boar. A female pig is called a gilt pre-piglets and a sow post-piglets. Of course, baby pigs are called piglets. A group of adult pigs is called a “sounder of swine”.
    10. Pigs can live up to 25 years old. On our pig beaches we have a range of ages from piglets up to grandmas and grandpas!
    11. BONUS! Pigs really do swim! They front-paddle, much like dogs do.

    From our funny family to yours, Happy Year of the Pig!

     

    Harbour Safaris Swimming Pigs

    Pigs on our Exuma Excursion “sitting” for a carrot.

    Look! A Swimming Sounder of Swine! (Say that 5 times fast).

    sleeping piglets

    Napping piglets.

     

     

     

    References:

    https://kids.nationalgeographic.com/animals/pig/#pig-fence.jpg

    https://researchmaniacs.com/CollectiveNouns/Animals/What-is-a-group-of-Pigs-called.html

    https://chinesenewyear.net/zodiac/pig/

    https://kids.nationalgeographic.com/animals/pig/#pig-fence.jpg

    https://chinesenewyear.net/zodiac/pig/

    http://www.veganpeace.com/animal_facts/Pigs.htm

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    Swimming Pigs on your Bucket List? Check!

    Ever since their rise to internet fame, the Swimming Pigs of Big Major Cay in Exuma, Bahamas have been added to the bucket lists of many a wishful traveler.

    Most will only ever get as close as to follow them on Instagram or watch their videos on YouTube but, a fortunate few will actually get to meet the swine celebrities in person.

    At Harbour Safaris, we help those dedicated, lucky travelers who make it their mission to meet the pigs while visiting The Bahamas.

    Just last week we took an enthusiastic bunch who were visiting Nassau from the UK. Departing Nassau in the early morning we made our way down to Staniel Cay for a brief stop to stretch our legs. Next it was on to the main attraction: the Swimming Pigs! Once at ‘Pig Beach’ the group couldn’t wait to meet the nautical pigs. Which is lucky, because they swam right up to the boat for their treats (no visit is ‘free’ after all). Like any good attraction, these 4 legged-guys demand compensation for their photos to be taken – and that reward is found in the form of food; carrots to be exact. Once their bellies were full (for the most part… I mean, can a pig ever really be ‘full’? Especially with all that cardio they do swimming!)… we made our way to North Exuma, finding a deserted beach along the way to stop for lunch. We made the first footprints this beach had seen in days, maybe weeks (maybe even longer!). It was truly pristine and beautiful (and we made sure to leave it as such).

    Lastly, we made a stop at Leaf Cay to feed the friendly iguanas. Being late afternoon, these lizards were almost as pooped as we were from the glorious, sunny day! We enjoyed another dip in the blue mosaic waters of Exuma before finally making our way back to the city of Nassau.

    And thus, the bucket list for this family is less one 🙂

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    Cruise Ship Excursions

    We often get asked if cruise ship visitors can partake in our Nassau Harbour Tour – the answer is of course YES!  Our tours last a little over an hour, so you’re able to come out with us and still have time to shop and visit Nassau.  We’ll even let you know a few secret spots that we like and the best place to have lunch or dinner!

    Don’t let the cruiseships talk you out of it though!  We are fully insured (Massy United Insurance Company Limited, rated A- by AM Best) and our crew is fully certified with Captains licenses and STCW maritime training.  We consistently perform safety drills and our boats are modern and professionally maintained as well as inspected yearly by the Bahamas Port Department.

    We pick up directly in front of the cruise ship port, at the Prince George Wharf – a mere few minutes walk from your boat.  We’ll also let you off here, so you’ll still be in the heart of downtown Nassau!

    If you have more time in Nassau, and you’d like a bit more adventure – we run longer tours to the Exumas and Spanish Wells & Harbour Island, sometimes lunch & snorkle days at Rose Island, and a few other excursions, such as the world-famous swimming pigs! Check our tour schedule for days and times, or get in touch with us if you have a custom request!

    There are many different cruise lines and ships coming to Nassau in the next few months; here is an estimated schedule of arrivals from CruiseTT.com.

    We look forward to seeing you in the end of 2015 or in 2016!

    Cruise Ship Schedule for November, December, and January 2015/2016
    Nassau, Bahamas

    01-Nov-15 Enchantment Of The Seas, Majesty Of The Seas, Carnival Ecstasy, Oasis Of The Seas
    02-Nov-15
    03-Nov-15 Enchantment Of The Seas, Majesty Of The Seas, Carnival Pride, Carnival Sensation, Disney Dream
    04-Nov-15 Norwegian Sky, Enchantment Of The Seas, Majesty Of The Seas, Carnival Victory
    05-Nov-15 Carnival Fascination, Norwegian Breakaway
    06-Nov-15 Carnival Fantasy, Carnival Sensation, Norwegian Getaway
    07-Nov-15 Norwegian Sky, Carnival Ecstasy, Disney Dream, Allure Of The Seas
    08-Nov-15 Enchantment Of The Seas, Majesty Of The Seas, Carnival Ecstasy, Carnival Valor, Zuiderdam
    09-Nov-15 Carnival Fascination, Carnival Splendor, Allure Of The Seas
    10-Nov-15 Majesty Of The Seas, Carnival Sensation, Disney Dream
    11-Nov-15 Norwegian Sky, Enchantment Of The Seas, Majesty Of The Seas, Carnival Fantasy, Carnival Sunshine
    12-Nov-15 Vision Of The Seas, Carnival Pride, Norwegian Breakaway
    13-Nov-15 Carnival Sensation, Carnival Victory, Disney Magic, Seven Seas Navigator
    14-Nov-15 Enchantment Of The Seas, Carnival Ecstasy, Carnival Fascination, Disney Dream, Carnival Breeze, Norwegian Getaway
    15-Nov-15 Norwegian Sky, Enchantment Of The Seas, Majesty Of The Seas, Carnival Ecstasy, Oasis Of The Seas
    16-Nov-15 Carnival Fantasy, Disney Wonder, Allure Of The Seas
    17-Nov-15 Majesty Of The Seas, Carnival Sensation, Disney Dream
    18-Nov-15 Norwegian Sky, Enchantment Of The Seas, Majesty Of The Seas, Carnival Fascination, Carnival Triumph
    19-Nov-15 Carnival Dream, Carnival Pride, Norwegian Breakaway
    20-Nov-15 Carnival Sensation, Norwegian Escape
    21-Nov-15 Norwegian Sky, Enchantment Of The Seas, Carnival Ecstasy, Carnival Fantasy, Disney Dream
    22-Nov-15 Norwegian Spirit, Enchantment Of The Seas, Majesty Of The Seas, Carnival Ecstasy, Carnival Valor, Celebrity Constellation
    23-Nov-15 Carnival Fascination, Carnival Splendor, Emerald Princess, Allure Of The Seas
    24-Nov-15 Carnival Sensation, Carnival Victory, Disney Wonder, Disney Dream
    25-Nov-15 Norwegian Sky, Enchantment Of The Seas, Grandeur Of The Seas, Majesty Of The Seas
    26-Nov-15 Enchantment Of The Seas, Carnival Fantasy, Carnival Pride, Carnival Magic, Norwegian Breakaway, Anthem of the Seas
    27-Nov-15 Carnival Sensation, Disney Magic, MSC Divina, Anthem of the Seas, Norwegian Escape
    28-Nov-15 Norwegian Sky, Enchantment Of The Seas, Carnival Ecstasy, Carnival Fascination, Disney Dream
    29-Nov-15 Enchantment Of The Seas, Majesty Of The Seas, Carnival Ecstasy, Oasis Of The Seas
    30-Nov-15 Carnival Fantasy, Disney Wonder
    01-Dec-15 Majesty Of The Seas, Carnival Sensation, Disney Dream, Carnival Sunshine, Riviera
    02-Dec-15 Norwegian Sky, Enchantment Of The Seas, Majesty Of The Seas, Carnival Fascination
    03-Dec-15 Carnival Pride
    04-Dec-15 Carnival Sensation, MSC Divina, Norwegian Escape
    05-Dec-15 Norwegian Sky, Enchantment Of The Seas, Carnival Ecstasy, Disney Dream
    06-Dec-15 Norwegian Spirit, Enchantment Of The Seas, Majesty Of The Seas, Carnival Ecstasy, Carnival Valor
    07-Dec-15 Carnival Fascination, Allure Of The Seas
    08-Dec-15 Majesty Of The Seas, Carnival Fantasy, Carnival Sensation, Disney Wonder, Disney Dream
    09-Dec-15 Norwegian Sky, Enchantment Of The Seas, Majesty Of The Seas
    10-Dec-15 Carnival Pride
    11-Dec-15 Carnival Sensation, Carnival Victory, Disney Magic, Riviera, Norwegian Escape
    12-Dec-15 Norwegian Sky, Enchantment Of The Seas, Carnival Ecstasy, Carnival Fascination, Disney Dream
    13-Dec-15 Enchantment Of The Seas, Majesty Of The Seas, Carnival Ecstasy, Oasis Of The Seas
    14-Dec-15 Disney Wonder
    15-Dec-15 Enchantment Of The Seas, Carnival Sensation, Disney Dream, Anthem of the Seas
    16-Dec-15 Norwegian Sky, Majesty Of The Seas, Anthem of the Seas
    17-Dec-15 Carnival Fascination, Carnival Pride, Norwegian Breakaway
    18-Dec-15 Carnival Sensation, MSC Divina, Norwegian Escape
    19-Dec-15 Norwegian Sky, Enchantment Of The Seas, Carnival Ecstasy, Disney Dream
    20-Dec-15 Norwegian Spirit, Enchantment Of The Seas, Majesty Of The Seas, Carnival Ecstasy, Carnival Valor, Celebrity Constellation
    21-Dec-15 Carnival Fascination, Carnival Splendor, Allure Of The Seas
    22-Dec-15 Enchantment Of The Seas, Grandeur Of The Seas, Carnival Sensation, Disney Dream
    23-Dec-15 Norwegian Sky, Enchantment Of The Seas, Grandeur Of The Seas, Majesty Of The Seas, Carnival Pride, Anthem of the Seas
    24-Dec-15 Norwegian Breakaway, Anthem of the Seas
    25-Dec-15 Majesty Of The Seas, Carnival Fantasy, Carnival Sensation, Carnival Victory, MSC Divina, Norwegian Escape
    26-Dec-15 Norwegian Sky, Enchantment Of The Seas, Majesty Of The Seas, Carnival Ecstasy, Carnival Fascination, Disney Dream
    27-Dec-15 Carnival Ecstasy, Oasis Of The Seas
    28-Dec-15 Disney Magic, Carnival Sunshine
    29-Dec-15 Majesty Of The Seas, Carnival Pride, Carnival Sensation, Disney Dream
    30-Dec-15 Norwegian Sky, Enchantment Of The Seas, Carnival Fascination, Anthem of the Seas
    31-Dec-15 Carnival Fantasy, Carnival Magic, Norwegian Breakaway, Anthem of the Seas
    01-Jan-16 Majesty Of The Seas, Carnival Sensation, Disney Wonder, MSC Divina, Norwegian Escape
    02-Jan-16 Norwegian Sky, Enchantment Of The Seas, Majesty Of The Seas, Carnival Ecstasy, Disney Dream
    03-Jan-16 Norwegian Spirit, Carnival Ecstasy, Carnival Valor, Celebrity Constellation
    04-Jan-16 Carnival Fantasy, Carnival Fascination, Carnival Splendor, Allure Of The Seas
    05-Jan-16 Majesty Of The Seas, Carnival Sensation, Celebrity Constellation, Carnival Sunshine
    06-Jan-16 Norwegian Sky, Enchantment Of The Seas, Majesty Of The Seas, Celebrity Eclipse
    07-Jan-16 Carnival Pride
    08-Jan-16 Carnival Sensation, MSC Divina, Norwegian Escape
    09-Jan-16 Norwegian Sky, Enchantment Of The Seas, Carnival Ecstasy, Carnival Fascination, Carnival Breeze
    10-Jan-16 Enchantment Of The Seas, Majesty Of The Seas, Carnival Ecstasy, Carnival Fantasy, Oasis Of The Seas
    11-Jan-16
    12-Jan-16 Majesty Of The Seas, Carnival Sensation
    13-Jan-16 Norwegian Sky, Enchantment Of The Seas, Majesty Of The Seas, Carnival Fascination
    14-Jan-16 Carnival Pride
    15-Jan-16 Carnival Fantasy, Carnival Sensation, MSC Divina, Norwegian Escape
    16-Jan-16 Norwegian Sky, Carnival Ecstasy
    17-Jan-16 Norwegian Spirit, Enchantment Of The Seas, Majesty Of The Seas, Carnival Ecstasy, Carnival Valor, Celebrity Constellation
    18-Jan-16 Carnival Fascination, Carnival Splendor, Allure Of The Seas
    19-Jan-16 Grandeur Of The Seas, Carnival Fantasy, Carnival Sensation
    20-Jan-16 Norwegian Sky, Enchantment Of The Seas, Grandeur Of The Seas, Majesty Of The Seas
    21-Jan-16
    22-Jan-16 Carnival Sensation, Carnival Victory, MSC Divina, Norwegian Escape
    23-Jan-16 Norwegian Sky, Enchantment Of The Seas, Carnival Ecstasy, Carnival Fascination
    24-Jan-16 Enchantment Of The Seas, Majesty Of The Seas, Carnival Ecstasy, Oasis Of The Seas
    25-Jan-16 Carnival Fantasy, Carnival Sunshine
    26-Jan-16 Majesty Of The Seas, Carnival Sensation
    27-Jan-16 Norwegian Sky, Enchantment Of The Seas, Majesty Of The Seas
    28-Jan-16 Carnival Dream, Carnival Fascination
    29-Jan-16 Carnival Fantasy, Carnival Sensation, MSC Divina, Norwegian Escape
    30-Jan-16 Norwegian Sky, Enchantment Of The Seas, Carnival Ecstasy
    31-Jan-16 Norwegian Spirit, Enchantment Of The Seas, Majesty Of The Seas, Carnival Ecstasy, Carnival Valor, Celebrity Constellation

    Data Courtesy of Cruise TT:

    https://ports.cruisett.com/schedule/Bahamas/455-Nassau/November_2015/
    https://ports.cruisett.com/schedule/Bahamas/455-Nassau/December_2015/
    https://ports.cruisett.com/schedule/Bahamas/455-Nassau/January_2015/

    Changes to schedules and ports are to be expected, so be sure to verify your days and times!

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