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wannabecruiser
04-03-2006, 08:17 AM
Ok here is my question. We are not planning on any excursions, but we would like to get off and do some of our own sightseeing for a short time. Can anyone tell me one thing that was your favorite to see without booking an excursion. We just thought if we could just do something within walking distance, sightseeing and shopping is our plan. I heard that a Harley Davidson shop is close by and we would like to stop and get our husbands something and I guess do the straw market, but any thing else?

we4blairs
04-03-2006, 08:22 AM
You didn't mention if you had kids or not...

We are planning to do the same thing, just look around. I have read on here that there is a nice pirate museum within walking distance of the ship. We plan to check it out.

WDWLVR
04-03-2006, 08:26 AM
We usually take a ride over to Atlantis and the buy a wristband that lets us into the DIG and around the resort (but not the pools etc). The cab ride is usually $4 per person each way (you are in a van with a number of other people) and it drops you off right at the door. The wrist bands used to be $25 not sure if they went up (it has been 3 years since we were there). So the cost is about the same as if you did the excursion through DCL but you have much more freedom. What I really like is being able to do the DIG at your own pace. We saw a number of tour groups kind of rushed through. The grounds are beautiful as well and it is a nice way to spend the morning. There is a casino there is you are so inclined and some very upscale shops and places to eat. We did the casino for a short while then headed back to the ship for lunch. We stopped for a can of Coke and it was $2.50 so didn't want to see what the prices for lunch would be, especially when lunch on the ship had already been paid for. :)

mom x4,grandma x4
04-03-2006, 08:27 AM
Hi,
We liked the pirates museum. It is $12 per person, you go through it on your own and it takes about an hour to do. it is a large purple building, located 2 blocks behind the straw market.
We also thought it was kind of fun to take the horse and carriage ride through town. it was $10 per person and took about 20 to 25 minutes. It was loud as you go right through the traffic, but it was something different to do and they do take you past lots of shops so you can see where you may want to go shopping later.
You can take a cab to Atlantis, not sure but I think it was about $7 or $9 per person one way. Then you can go into the casino if you like or just check out the architecture of the building, it is awesome. The Dig (aquarium) is very good. You can buy a ticket there at the hotel for that tour. it goes quite quickly, but afterwards you can go back through as many times as you want, at your own speed as long as you keep on the wrist band to prove you paid for the aquarium. I knwo DCL offers this as an excursion too, I dont know which way would be less expensive to do it.
That is all I can think of that are not excursions. Some of those are pretty good too.
have fun,
mom x4,grandma x4

wannabecruiser
04-03-2006, 08:53 AM
carriage rides sounds fun, is it easy to "catch" a ride?

I have a DS 12 and then sis-in-law along with 2 nieces in 20's. I guess we will actually play it by ear? I think I am so worried about things and it may just be best just to go with the flow, after all it is a vacation huh? I pretty much know that we will always have something to do, or not to do. :)

Briege
04-03-2006, 09:08 AM
Wannabecruiser,

Just had to say that I love all your Steeler Superbowl stuff. What a great picture of the bus.......This year won't feel quite the same without him. We are making Brett Keisel our favorite to root for this year. My DD 10 met him in 2004 when he visited their school with some other steelers to read to the kids. She has a nice photo of the class and Brett. His wife was doing an internship in her school at the time so they were able to arrange this special event for the kids. At least Keisel will be around for a few years. Kinda feel sorry for all the steller fans who have Randel-El jerseys!!!

On the Nassau question, we didn't spend much time there. It was a very hot day when we were there after Thanksgiving last year. We did some shopping in Straw Market and some stores and then headed back to the ship. I think next time I'd check out some of the beaches instead.....I heard there are some free beaches you can catch a cab to. One thing I missed and only realised it when I watched my friends DVD of our trip was the Wonder arriving in Nassau. There were unbelievable pictures of the island. I guess I was still sleeping as the ship arrived early. It definitely would be worthwhile setting the alarm a little early to go up onto deck 9 or 10 and watch the ship get into port. Just my 2 cents....Enjoy your trip and .......GO STEELERS.....

Briege :banana: :banana:

mom x4,grandma x4
04-03-2006, 10:19 AM
The carriage ride is easy to get on. No wait, they have lots of them hooked up and ready to go. After you walk down the pier you have to walk through a security building that has afew little shops inside and restroom and information on booking local excursions. These shops are more expensive than the other shops you will find. Ops, back to the subject, after you go out the door on the other side the carriages will be right in front of you. WE followed the sidewalk around to the right until we were across from them and then someone approached us if we wanted to ride. People are all over the street corners asking if you want to ride, or you can just walk right up to them and say how much?? It has always been $10 per person, but in Nassau you need to agree on a price before you ride, whether it is a cab or a horse and buggy ride. Most wouldnt try to cheat you, but a few cab drivers have been known to try and double their rates on people who didnt ask first. That is 100% profit in their pockets when they can do that.
There are plenty of shops to keep you busy too.
drop us a line and let us know what you did and give a trip report if you can. We who are stuck on land, still waiting our turn, live to read others experiences to keep us excited until it is our turn to go!!!
mom x4,grandma x4

llp479
04-03-2006, 10:50 AM
We just returned from the 3/26 Wonder. DH did the snorkling excursion and was not impressed. Youngest DD and I walked around Nassau for all of 30 minutes. Long enough to get a magnet, and tape for the camcorder. Older dds stayed on the boat and watched Narnia.

I was not impressed in the least. The time we spent on the boat was much better - not crowded - dds basically had the Goofy pool to themselves. Others said Atlantis was great, but agreed that Nassau itself was nothing to write home about. Many previous cruisers felt it had gone down hill since they had been there.

Hope this helps.

kfeuer
04-03-2006, 11:10 AM
Another vote for the Pirate museum. When we did it last September there was a "curator" (I use the term loosely, it was a guy in a pirate suit but he was good) who was there about midway through who was interesting and informative. On our last trip we visited the Pirate museum in the morning and did a little shopping. We went back to the boat and had some lunch, then went back out to do the dolphin excursion. We booked it directly and saved some money. We had a fabulous time.

I've never been very impressed with the shopping in Nassau. It's easy to get vacation brain and buy stuff you don't really need, so beware. The one thing we always get though is a rum cake--they are dee-licious!

MandyMommytoReaghan
04-03-2006, 06:07 PM
Hi there,
When we cruised in August, we thought long and hard about what to do for an excursion. We have a 3 year old so many excursions are out of the question for us. We decided to get off the ship long enough to walk around and get a Hard Rock Cafe shirt and check out the straw market. It was our first trip to Nassau and I can surely say I was not impressed with it. We had a sort of scary experience with some man chasing us wanting to "give" my husband a bracelet, weird we thought. The pirates museum was on our to-do list but found it at the last minute when we had to get to the spa :) I do remember seeing the Harley shop. Do be prepared for when you walk through the security at all the people wanting to give you taxi rides. When we do cruise again, I think the Atlantis will definelty be our excursion . If not , the Mickey pool sounds just as nice :cheer2:

mowog
04-03-2006, 07:14 PM
It's a shame that Nassau is one of the closest ports. I would rather do 2 days at CC than go to Nassau. It's a shame that Nassau residents don't seem to realize that treating guest in a courteous and friendly manner would probably increase their standard of living dramatically. If we ever do a 3/4 day cruise again we'll just stay on the ship in Nassau. I think I would actually prefer a cruise to nowhere with lots of shipboard activities to a stop in Nassau.

So after bashing Nassau- we did a trip to Atlantis with a day room at the comfort inn (I think). It was nice to see Atlantis and enjoy the pools,slides, aquarium etc. We enjoyed seeing it and could see going there for a long weekend if the price were right. It was an expensive day and after a while we couldn't wait to get back to the ship but had a very good time.

Did I mention that I don't really care for Nassau? (my wife says we shouldn't have done all those Bermuda trips-4 by land, 2 by cruise)

we4blairs
04-03-2006, 07:32 PM
The one thing we always get though is a rum cake--they are dee-licious!

sounds yummy - where do you get/find this??

tam012864
04-04-2006, 06:08 AM
I would like to know too....