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09-07-2007, 03:09 PM
We are doing the 3-day Wonder in Feb. 08 and my DM asked a question I had no clue about and I told her I would ask the DISers. They know everything:woohoo:

She wanted to know what sort of "money" to take in the Bahamas? Do they take American currency, travelers checks, moner orders, credit card, etc.? Since none of us have been there before, we are clueless on this point (among many others)

One more question...we are thinking about not really doing anything in the Bahamas and just enjoying the ship while it is much less crowded. We may get off and walk around just to say we did. WOuld we really be missing anything by doing this? Is there something in the Bahamas that we just have to do or see?

Once again, thanks for all of your help. This boars, as well as all of the people on it, are great.:dance3:

09-07-2007, 03:42 PM
American dollars,credit cards and travelers checks are all good in Nassau.
To be honest with you,we were not all that impressed with Nassau and if we were to ever go again,we'd stay on the ship.

09-07-2007, 04:12 PM
We loved Nassau. Again, we take each port for what it is and enjoy it and the people.

We found the people wonderful to chat with and the food delicous.

If you like flavored rums, try the samples in the liqour stores. Good prices also if you need to stock your home supply.

We had a blast in the straw market..definately a place to buy everyone who wants a tshirt one..lol. Just remember..they shrink down about two sizes..so buy them all extra extra big. Other than that..they are great.

Try lunch at Conch Fritters. It is excellent.

At least..try the two hour historical city tour that disney does and get an overview of the place...great tour, lets you in and out to explore all the famous places..quite nice. The only disney excursion we have ever done and highly recommend it.

Definately do something..don't just stay on the ship..who knows when you will get back there again!

m&m's mom
09-07-2007, 04:49 PM
American dollars,credit cards and travelers checks are all good in Nassau.
To be honest with you,we were not all that impressed with Nassau and if we were to ever go again,we'd stay on the ship.

I would second Debi.
We got off and wandered around but there really was not that much to see.
My mother was looking to buy Mikimoto pearls so we went in search for that. The John Bull store is the only one that had them and their prices were better. She bought a $2,000 strand that she said she priced here much more expensive. Also, she did not have to pay the duty tax on it either.
I went back to the ship while my sister and Mom went to the straw market and they enjoyed it but I think I got the better deal in the hot tub completely by myself.

09-07-2007, 05:08 PM
MY vote is to get a day room at Comfort Suites. For $200 you get access to all of Atlantis (including the water park / pools).

I say its worth it.

09-07-2007, 06:54 PM
Ports are such an individual thing...

Some people cruise for the destinations, some cruise for the ship.
We stayed on-board in Nassau (I'd been there before) and had a wonderful time with me, DD, DH and the two dozen other people on the ship lol! :)

Nice uncrowded pools, no lines at the food, was relaxing!!

To Each His/her Own!! :cloud9:

09-10-2007, 10:56 AM
If you've never been, you might as well take the time to explore Nassau since you're there. As suggested, you could do the historical tour, or you could do a little research before you leave, and plan your own day using a cab. The areas near the ship are very touristy, but get away from them, and you can get a real idea of what the Bahamas culture and people are like. My favorite excursions are where we have been deeper into the land and seen what it's really like. I never seem to like the places where we walked off the ship and window-shopped. Atlantis is nice, a little overpriced, but neat to see.

09-10-2007, 07:27 PM
Once again, DISers come through. Still not sure what we are going to do, but all of your input is helping. Any more would be appreciated. We aren't sailing until 2/08, so I think I have some time to think about it.:goodvibes

09-11-2007, 06:21 PM
We had to get off in Nassua just to say we had been there. We deffinately were'nt impressed. The girls wanted souviniers, but IMO it just did'nt seem all that safe in alot of area's. I think we were off the ship about 2 hours total and then headed back. We had a absolutely wonderful time on board. It was so nice enjoying the down time with very few people. I would say if you've never been there to just get off and look a bit. But then head back. As for getting a room at the and playing at the Atlantis.....our table mates did that and said while it was fun, it was'nt worth what they spent. But it's a individual type thing. No matter what you decide I'm sure you'll have sun!

09-11-2007, 07:06 PM
Don't get thrown off by the independent guides who approach you as you arrive. Ours did not expect payment until we returned and only if we were happy with our tour. They are legal, licensed tour guides (can be verified inside the customs house). We had one, Perry, who gave us the best tour...his Nassau, back roads, ghettos to million dollar houses, churches, and then all the things on the city tour plus Atlantis (inside and out). It was great.

09-12-2007, 01:37 PM
I have always been leery of the independant guides (and taxi drivers) as the Prev poster noted. That is until we decided to hire a cab in Freeport to take us to the Garden of the Groves site on her suggestion. She drove us there, then waited while we explored for a couple hours, then drove us to a local outdoor shopping area (not so touristy) and then took us all (5 people) back for a very reasonable price. Both ways, she told us of various sites we passed, and a little about herself.
Here's where we went. The site's down, but you get an idea.

Our 2 Princesses
09-12-2007, 02:17 PM
Can you just visit Atlantis on yor own without getting a room? We thought about taking our girls there and just walking around. Is there much to see for free or cheap? :) Also, what is the best way to get there? Thank you!!

09-12-2007, 02:26 PM
There are many more things that just going to the Straw Market in Nassau. For example:

The Bahamian capital is a city rich in beauty, history, and personality. Since its founding in 1656, and through the ages of colonialism, piracy, rum-smuggling, and now tourism, it has always been the center of color and culture in the islands. The stories that lurk in its narrow, flowery streets and within the walls of its old forts are among the most legendary and region-defining tales in the Caribbean.

Nassau's harbor is a major port-of-call in the Caribbean. Hardly a day goes by when a huge cruise ship doesn't breeze in and unload a shipful of tourists. They flock to the powdery playgrounds of the beaches, to the Bahamian markets, the discos and casinos. If Nassau were a factory, its products would be entertainment, relaxation, and fun.

Fort Charlotte:
Of all the forts in the Bahamas, Charlotte is the largest, a fact that illustrates Nassau's importance. It was built in 1788 under the governorship of Lord Dunmore, and it is picture perfect with a moat and dungeons. It ramparts offer one the best views of Nassau.

Government House:
This old mansion is where the British governors lived, and its size and detail bespeakes the power the top official in the Bahamas once wielded. Every other Saturday, you can come to the building and still see a bit of the old pomp, when the changing of the gaurd takes place.

Queen's Staircase:
Probably the most famous architectural sight in Nassau, the Queen's Staircase is a flight of 66 steps that links Fort Fincastle to the Princess Margaret Hospital. What makes it remarkable is that the staircase was not built, but carved out of calcareos (coral-based) sandstone at the end of the 18th century.

Royal Victoria Gardens:
The Royal Victoria Hotel was once the grand damme of the Bahamas. It was built during the American Civil War, then finally closed in 1971. Shortly after, the proud old hulk of the building was consumed by a fire. All that was left behind were its gardens and a sprawling, empty shell of pillars and stone. The resulting landscape is a stunning cross between a botanical garden and something like a Roman ruin.

Ardastra Gardens and Zoo:
This is the place to come to see flamingoes, the national bird.

Atlantis Resort & Casino:
You don't have to be a guest to check out the huge Atlantis Resort. This massive theme hotel is a sight in itself, featuring a 14-acre "waterscape" of aquariums, waterfalls, lagoons, and underground grottos. Among the more spectacular attractions is an underwater viewing tunnel that looks into a predator lagoon with sharks and other large, teethy fish.

Crystal Cay:
Easily identifiable on the Nassau skyline by its space-age design, the Crystal Cay Marine Park is one of the world's finest examples of an underwater park where nobody gets wet. The park was built around an existing reef, and visitors can explore a huge array of exhibits both above and below the surface.

Junkanoo Expo:
This museum is dedicated to Junkanoo, that colorful, musical, and surreal festival on December 26 when Bahamian culture explodes in masks and sounds. Visiting the Expo is the next best thing to being in The Bahamas during Junkanoo.

Pompey Museum (Vendue House):
Once a slave market and place where salvaged items from shipwrecks were sold, today it is a museum that exhibits some of the finest examples of Bahamian art and history.

09-12-2007, 02:29 PM
Can you just visit Atlantis on yor own without getting a room? We thought about taking our girls there and just walking around. Is there much to see for free or cheap? :) Also, what is the best way to get there? Thank you!!

Here is the link to the Atlantis Resort and Casino for you to check out. I am sure others will have more information on costs. Looks like there is a lot to do there but can not imagine it is free or cheap.

Just my thoughts....