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tlcoke
06-27-2009, 05:55 PM
I am curious about Excursions that were taken on PCC 1.0 either in Nassau or on Castaway Cay.

1. What Excursion did you do?
2. Which port was the Excursion from?
3. Would you recommend it to others?

Also share general information about the excursion good or bad.


Thanks,

OKW Lover
06-27-2009, 06:10 PM
We didn't do any excursions at either port and I would recommend that. :thumbsup2

We enjoyed just being on board ship while in Nassau. At Castaway Cay we enjoyed just beaching for a while, then going to the PodCast party.

Launchpad11B
06-27-2009, 07:34 PM
I did the jet ski ECO tour. It sucked. We didn't stop anywhere, no one talked or explained anything. The guides took off at 100 miles an hour and never looked back. I was pissed. Don't waste your time or money on this excursion.

robind
06-27-2009, 07:43 PM
I did the jet ski ECO tour. It sucked. We didn't stop anywhere, no one talked or explained anything. The guides took off at 100 miles an hour and never looked back. I was pissed. Don't waste your time or money on this excursion.

Paul that's good to know, I was thinking about doing this.

I did the para-sailing at Castaway Cay there were about 18 dis'ers that did this at the same time. They split us onto 2 boats - each boat holds about 10 people. It was awesome. I've done it twice before so this was my 3rd time. I love it, it's so quiet and calm when you are up there, it's like being in a different world.

Mary Jo
06-27-2009, 08:07 PM
This particular trip I didn't take any excursions, but the ones I've done in the past were:

Nassau - Ardastra Garden & City Tour -- really enjoyed it

Castaway Cay - Nature Walk & Kayaking -- loved it. I took the morning tour before it got too hot.

I have a trip report in my signature for the 3-day cruise with my reviews of the excursions. :)

DVCsince02
06-27-2009, 08:11 PM
I agree with Robin, parasailing was awesome! The cost was $75 per person, the boat holds 10 people. You can go tandem if you make the weight limit of 375 total. We were up about 800 feet.

They are very careful about getting you wet if you have a camera, so be sure to tell the boat drivers.

I also did the Sting Ray excursion with Shelly at CC, and I won't be going back. The rays weren't hanging around us very much (probably full) and it was towards the end so the water was a bit stirred up and murky. I found out I like my sting rays behind glass. LOL

L.E. Ott
06-27-2009, 09:00 PM
As much as I discourage anyone from venturing too deep into Nassau, I'd highly recommend the Ardastra Gardens tour. During the ride there, we were in a very nice, air conditioned minibus, and we got to see all the highlights, and lowlights of Nassau with historical/social information being provided by the driver. The Gardens theirselves were gret, especially if you're an animal lover. The miniature parrots were a memory I will have forever, and the flamingos put on quite a show. On the way back, we stopped at two different forts, the capital building, and several other sights of interest. Beyond the recommended excursions though, Nassau isn't a place I'd recommend much solo adventuring. :scared: :scared: :scared:

mainegal
06-27-2009, 09:01 PM
I am considering visiting the garden and touring the city.

Rather than purchasing the excursion from Disney, how about a group of DISers hiring a taxi and doing it on their own? Would this be cheaper and perhaps more convenient than going with a larger group?

My mother and her brother went on several cruises and usually hired a taxi (sometimes with another couple) to take them places.

L.E. Ott
06-27-2009, 09:42 PM
I recommend the actual Disney Excursion. You know what to expect then. The buses are clean, the drivers informative, and your return to the ship is guaranteed. I've heard reports about Nassau taxis, both good and horribly bad. I'd say going it on your own and hiring a taxi, is a gamble at best. I can say, we had more than enough time at the gardens, and the additional city tour was informative, and interesting. We also went and did some shopping on our own, but that was the big turnoff for us as far as the Nassau atmosphere goes. When the tour ended we were ready to call it a day and get back on the boat.

BriarRosie
06-28-2009, 02:08 AM
I did the jet ski ECO tour. It sucked. We didn't stop anywhere, no one talked or explained anything. The guides took off at 100 miles an hour and never looked back. I was pissed. Don't waste your time or money on this excursion.

Did you leave feedback on the ship? If Disney knows what you experienced on your "tour", they would probably go about taking this tour off the rotation if guests are being hosed.

Launchpad11B
06-28-2009, 07:39 AM
Did you leave feedback on the ship? If Disney knows what you experienced on your "tour", they would probably go about taking this tour off the rotation if guests are being hosed.

We informed guest relations. The advertised tour said the jet skis make multiple stops on and around Castaway Cay and describe the eco system. The actual tour went so far away from CC that all you could see was the ship!! No island! The guides were jumping the jet ski's over each others wakes. Not one stop, not one word spoken the whole time. If you are a VERY experienced jet skier, and enjoy going as fast as possible in the open ocean, bouncing over the waves then go ahead and try it. I hated it. :mad:

cocowum
06-28-2009, 02:52 PM
Did you leave feedback on the ship? If Disney knows what you experienced on your "tour", they would probably go about taking this tour off the rotation if guests are being hosed.

Yep, we told guest relations about it and we left a detailed review on the comment card.

BriarRosie
06-28-2009, 02:57 PM
We informed guest relations. The advertised tour said the jet skis make multiple stops on and around Castaway Cay and describe the eco system. The actual tour went so far away from CC that all you could see was the ship!! No island! The guides were jumping the jet ski's over each others wakes. Not one stop, not one word spoken the whole time. If you are a VERY experienced jet skier, and enjoy going as fast as possible in the open ocean, bouncing over the waves then go ahead and try it. I hated it. :mad:

Yep, we told guest relations about it and we left a detailed review on the comment card.

Ugh. I'm glad you left the comment cards on that excursion. I would have hated that, too.

chirurgeon
06-28-2009, 03:33 PM
I will agree with Robin and Jen about the parasailing. I plan on doing it on the next cruise. I also did the Segway tour on Nassau. Mindy, Jason, Susan and a few other Dis'ers were also on the tour. It was great. They let you go faster than you can at Epcot or Ft Wilderness. They even show you how to go hands free. You go through a nature reserve. I love Segways. I will most likely so that again. Podcast scheduling being kept in mind of course. I didn't do any spa stuff on this cruise, but I might do the spa too on the next cruise. Plenty of time to save up.

Kim

ma2jr
06-28-2009, 03:35 PM
I agree with L.E. Ott

MinnieGarden
06-28-2009, 03:44 PM
We didn't do any excursions. The Nassau day was pent enjoying podcast activities. If we hadn't been doing that we would have been enjoying the ship - spa, pools, etc.

While on Castaway Cay, I had a cabana massage. I highly recommend it, but do it early in the morning, as my cabana just had fans. If it had been any later I think it might have been a little too warm.

dpuck1998
06-28-2009, 10:36 PM
We didn't do any organized excursions, but we went on the snorkel trail at CC. The equipment sucked, but it was fun. Lots to see on the trail.

On Nassau we went to the pirate museum. The walk to and back was awful, but I would highly recommend the museum itself. It was excellent.

disneyholic family
06-29-2009, 03:44 AM
we weren't on PCC 1.0, but we've been on two DCL cruises on the Wonder.

Our excursion likes/dislikes:

CC:
Parasailing - loved
Banana boat - hated
on our own, we snorkeled - it was ok, but we wouldn't do it again..
rented bikes - loved this - we did it both times...rode around CC, to the adult beach and on the bike trail - we would definitely do this again..

Nassau
on the first cruise, we did the whole rent a room at comfort and swim at atlantis thing (that i understand you don't have to do anymore to be able to swim at atlantis)..
anyway, the kids really enjoyed the slides and lazy river at atlantis, but we only spent about 2 hours there- we were back on the boat by 1:30, in time for the special screening of lilo&stitch in the big theater..

on our second cruise, we stayed on the ship in nassau.....

i think the next time, we might go back to atlantis again - maybe check out the casino for an hour.....or maybe if there's another excursion that sounds interesting...

i wish we were going to CC twice instead of nassau - now that would REALLY be fun!!

jeanigor
06-29-2009, 07:16 AM
On PCC 1.0:
I parasailed at CastAway Cay. Absolutely LOVED it!!!:love::love::love:

At Nassau just got off the boat, got my passport stamped and walked around the area immediately next to the docks.

On PCC 2.0:
Maybe the Segway thing on Nassau. Or maybe just stay on the boat. Who knows. We'll have to see if there is a Martini tasting......just sayin':goodvibes

On Castaway, I would like to do the morning run (I know its not officially an excursion, but its an event none-the-less). Quite possibly parasail again. I was interested in the EcoTour on JetSkis, but after what Paul has said, I think I will skip that one. I can do that at home.

dpuck1998
06-29-2009, 08:45 AM
On PCC 1.0:
I parasailed at CastAway Cay. Absolutely LOVED it!!!:love::love::love:

At Nassau just got off the boat, got my passport stamped and walked around the area immediately next to the docks.

On PCC 2.0:
Maybe the Segway thing on Nassau. Or maybe just stay on the boat. Who knows. We'll have to see if there is a Martini tasting......just sayin':goodvibes

On Castaway, I would like to do the morning run (I know its not officially an excursion, but its an event none-the-less). Quite possibly parasail again. I was interested in the EcoTour on JetSkis, but after what Paul has said, I think I will skip that one. I can do that at home.

Loved the morning run Todd! It was hot, but I'm so glad I did it. I ran really slow and stopped alot to take pictures with Dave. It was a good time being almost alone on the island.

jcb
06-29-2009, 09:03 AM
At the risk of asking the obvious, what is the "morning run?"

jeanigor
06-29-2009, 09:11 AM
Loved the morning run Todd! It was hot, but I'm so glad I did it. I ran really slow and stopped alot to take pictures with Dave. It was a good time being almost alone on the island.

In December, it shouldn't be so hot or humid. Hopefully.

At the risk of asking the obvious, what is the "morning run?"

I understand it to be a run led by a DCL Cast/Crew member around the island. Speed and distance are up to the runner, if I understand it correctly. dpuck number number, mouseskywalker, firedancer and klam_chowder are some of the folks that did it on PCC 1.0. They can give a better answer. I am just looking forward to it for 2.0.

jcb
06-29-2009, 09:12 AM
I recommend the actual Disney Excursion. You know what to expect then. The buses are clean, the drivers informative, and your return to the ship is guaranteed. I've heard reports about Nassau taxis, both good and horribly bad. I'd say going it on your own and hiring a taxi, is a gamble at best. I can say, we had more than enough time at the gardens, and the additional city tour was informative, and interesting. We also went and did some shopping on our own, but that was the big turnoff for us as far as the Nassau atmosphere goes. When the tour ended we were ready to call it a day and get back on the boat.

I wouldn't dis the disney excursion but . . . we did the Wonder in December 08. We hired a cab at the port and for $25 a person were driven to several areas on the island. The driver pointed to several places without letting us out - government buildings, homes etc. - and stopped at Fort Fincastle and Atlantis long enough for us get our fill. DW enjoyed it greatly which means, of course, that she was never uncomfortable. It may not be for everyone but we had a good experience.

dpuck1998
06-29-2009, 09:24 AM
At the risk of asking the obvious, what is the "morning run?"

Todd covered it for the most part. You meet up with a CM, they point out the route and you take off. Once you start running they leave you in the dust (at least they left me in the dust) and you are on your own from that point.

corky441
06-29-2009, 11:41 AM
Podcast scheduling being kept in mind of course. Kim

We didn't do any excursions. The Nassau day was spent enjoying podcast activities.

Newbie here - so I was wondering how the Podcast activities fit into the trip schedule..:confused:

I don't want to miss a special Podcast event, but I also don't want to give up a shore excursion in Nassau either, specifically the Garden & City tour.

How far in advance did you know what was planned for each day and at what time as far as the Podcast actvities were concerned?

jcb
06-29-2009, 11:44 AM
I can add one thing to this list. It isn't an "excursion" as such but I am still kicking myself for not taking my mask and snorkel with me to the adult beach. I could have spent hours just doing that.

jeanigor
06-29-2009, 12:01 PM
Newbie here - so I was wondering how the Podcast activities fit into the trip schedule..:confused:

I don't want to miss a special Podcast event, but I also don't want to give up a shore excursion in Nassau either, specifically the Garden & City tour.

How far in advance did you know what was planned for each day and at what time as far as the Podcast actvities were concerned?

It was a few weeks out we knew stuff. Maybe a month? It was suggested that we book what we wanted while there was open availability. If it interfered with a Podcast event, we could reschedule the excursions. Most if not all are refundable as long as you do it at least three days in advance. The crew also tried to plan things so that it would interfere the least with everyone's schedule. We were luck enough to have the day at sea be packed full of stuff.

Originally this is how my day at Castaway Cay was planned:
8am Breakfast
10am Parsailing
12pm Lunch
2pm EcoTour (jet ski thing Paul discussed)
4pm Return to ship
With shopping, wading in the ocean and exploring in between activities.

This is how it ended up:
8:45 breakfast
10am parasailing
12:30 lunch
1pm wrote post cards
1:30 lounged with DISers on the adult beach
2:30 headed to party
4:30 reboarded the boat

I found out less is more. I am glad I didn't try to do two excursions. If it were a normal cruise and didn't know anybody outside of my traveling party, it would have been fine. However, I enjoyed spending time with others and just socializing.

kab407
06-29-2009, 12:14 PM
However, I enjoyed spending time with others and just socializing.

....and that you did love! :rotfl:

MenashaCorp
06-29-2009, 01:09 PM
We did the Segway Nassau excursion and you can judge from the pic in my signature that we liked it a lot. The people running it had lots of personality and the ride was fun.

That being said, we're staying on the ship next time. We overplanned on PCC 1.0 and would've liked to have had more down time.

ALSO - small word of warning - The excursion description said that water (very necessary in the heat) would be provided, but DCL still tried to sell us bottles on the ship at the excursion shipboard meeting place, implying that we'd need water. Water was later distributed at the actual excursion site once we got there. THANKS for nickel-and-diming us, DCL... :headache:

corky441
06-29-2009, 02:21 PM
It was a few weeks out we knew stuff. Maybe a month? It was suggested that we book what we wanted while there was open availability. If it interfered with a Podcast event, we could reschedule the excursions. Most if not all are refundable as long as you do it at least three days in advance. The crew also tried to plan things so that it would interfere the least with everyone's schedule. We were luck enough to have the day at sea be packed full of stuff.

Originally this is how my day at Castaway Cay was planned:
8am Breakfast
10am Parsailing
12pm Lunch
2pm EcoTour (jet ski thing Paul discussed)
4pm Return to ship
With shopping, wading in the ocean and exploring in between activities.

This is how it ended up:
8:45 breakfast
10am parasailing
12:30 lunch
1pm wrote post cards
1:30 lounged with DISers on the adult beach
2:30 headed to party
4:30 reboarded the boat

I found out less is more. I am glad I didn't try to do two excursions. If it were a normal cruise and didn't know anybody outside of my traveling party, it would have been fine. However, I enjoyed spending time with others and just socializing.

Thanks so much Todd - that really helped me out. I was thinking of just renting some bikes on CC and then just kicking back on the adult beach. I have sort of planned than to be a R&R day and also knew that on PCC-1 there was a Podcast party. :beach:

since DH & I have never been to Nassau - I really want to do the Garden excursion. Hopefully that won't interfere with a Podcast event...

btrim
06-29-2009, 03:50 PM
Did you pay for your segway tour through Disney? We booked through the Nassau visitors site.

chirurgeon
06-29-2009, 06:41 PM
Did you pay for your segway tour through Disney? We booked through the Nassau visitors site.

I paid for the tour through Disney. That way it is an official Disney excursion and they are going to wait for you if the excursion is delayed. Particularly in Nassau, I would only do "official" excursions. I may not do the Segway this time. I'm not sure. I know I am going to do Segway at Ft. Wilderness in April. The tours are similar in the type of terrain. I will say on Nassau, they are a bit more liberal with speed and maneuvers. That part was fun.

Kim

MerriePoppins
06-29-2009, 07:28 PM
We did the Segway Nassau excursion and you can judge from the pic in my signature that we liked it a lot. The people running it had lots of personality and the ride was fun.

That being said, we're staying on the ship next time. We overplanned on PCC 1.0 and would've liked to have had more down time.

ALSO - small word of warning - The excursion description said that water (very necessary in the heat) would be provided, but DCL still tried to sell us bottles on the ship at the excursion shipboard meeting place, implying that we'd need water. Water was later distributed at the actual excursion site once we got there. THANKS for nickel-and-diming us, DCL... :headache:

:love:

Segway was awesome.....:woohoo:

katscradle
06-30-2009, 09:59 AM
We did get off in Nassau and got our passports stamped.
Took a quick stroll and took some pictures in front of the ship.
Then we got back on the ship for the fun..
On CC DS and I did the parasailing
Then DH and I did our bunch at Palo
Then back on to CC to the heads up bar for the party.
It was a very busy day for me with the children.
I felt like I spent most of my day running from one place to another.
I will plan things out better next time.
However I loved the parasailing and will do it again.
We wanted to do the bikes but did not have time..

georgemoe
06-30-2009, 10:09 AM
I liked the bar excursions the best. :rolleyes1

L.E. Ott
06-30-2009, 11:13 AM
I liked the bar excursions the best. :rolleyes1

Especially the ones in Norway.

UrsulasShadow
07-02-2009, 11:21 PM
We did the Segway Nassau excursion and you can judge from the pic in my signature that we liked it a lot. The people running it had lots of personality and the ride was fun.

That being said, we're staying on the ship next time. We overplanned on PCC 1.0 and would've liked to have had more down time.

ALSO - small word of warning - The excursion description said that water (very necessary in the heat) would be provided, but DCL still tried to sell us bottles on the ship at the excursion shipboard meeting place, implying that we'd need water. Water was later distributed at the actual excursion site once we got there. THANKS for nickel-and-diming us, DCL... :headache:

I paid for the tour through Disney. That way it is an official Disney excursion and they are going to wait for you if the excursion is delayed. Particularly in Nassau, I would only do "official" excursions. I may not do the Segway this time. I'm not sure. I know I am going to do Segway at Ft. Wilderness in April. The tours are similar in the type of terrain. I will say on Nassau, they are a bit more liberal with speed and maneuvers. That part was fun.

Kim

:love:

Segway was awesome.....:woohoo:

I'm with Kim, Susan, and J/Kim...Segway tour was AWESOME! I had so much fun with that, and still remember the incredible smell of jasmine as we rode through the "jungle". I'd do it again, and I agree, I'd book it through Disney, just so you have that assurance of getting back on the ship...with the driver we had, and the VAN we had, that was by no means a certainty! Although he was even a good part of the entertainment...loved the girls, though!

And I really HIGHLY recommend the parasailing on Castaway Cay. I recommend getting...what was it? Submarined? Torpedoed? Whatever everyone told them to do to me, get that. The water is WONDERFUL!

maroo
07-03-2009, 12:10 AM
I liked the bar excursions the best. :rolleyes1

Especially the ones in Norway.

:lmao: :rotfl: :rotfl2:

sandyh67
07-04-2009, 08:34 AM
I will agree with the parasailing on Castaway Cay- it was my first time, and I was a bit nervous as I am afraid of heights, but it was amazing, and to my surprise not frightening at all. I just loved it, we are doing the western carribean on the Magic in August and we are signed up again! Highly recommend-

UrsulasShadow
07-04-2009, 02:30 PM
I will agree with the parasailing on Castaway Cay- it was my first time, and I was a bit nervous as I am afraid of heights, but it was amazing, and to my surprise not frightening at all. I just loved it, we are doing the western carribean on the Magic in August and we are signed up again! Highly recommend-

How did those pics turn out (before the battery died)? Okay, I hope.

jeanigor
07-05-2009, 03:14 PM
I will agree with the parasailing on Castaway Cay- it was my first time, and I was a bit nervous as I am afraid of heights, but it was amazing, and to my surprise not frightening at all. I just loved it, we are doing the western carribean on the Magic in August and we are signed up again! Highly recommend-

I am terrified of falling. I had the hardest time walking around Deck 10 while in port. However, parasailing was a breeze. Gentle, smooth, and I never once felt any fear. And I agree with Mindy. Get Torpedoed.

brookelizabeth
07-11-2009, 01:51 AM
Question on the Segway excursion...

My DH is legally blind. He can see clearly; however, he is 100% color blind, very sensitive to bright light (wears very dark sunglasses much of the time we are outdoors), and sees things smaller than the normal eye. Basically, he can't see details until they are right in front of his face.

We have done the Segway tour in Epcot, and have wanted to do the one at Ft Wilderness, but are nervous due the terrain-he's thinking if there are sticks, etc. in the pathway that we are supposed to go around, he wouldn't see them until he was right on them, and might end up taking a spill.

Is the terrain like that, where you have to keep your eyes very attentive to the path in front of you? Or is it basically clear, but you are on various types of terrain (sand, gravel, grass, etc.)?

I know he would LOVE it and if I can describe the terrain to him, we just might do this. :thumbsup2

Thanks in advance for any advice!

UrsulasShadow
07-11-2009, 09:46 AM
Question on the Segway excursion...

My DH is legally blind. He can see clearly; however, he is 100% color blind, very sensitive to bright light (wears very dark sunglasses much of the time we are outdoors), and sees things smaller than the normal eye. Basically, he can't see details until they are right in front of his face.

We have done the Segway tour in Epcot, and have wanted to do the one at Ft Wilderness, but are nervous due the terrain-he's thinking if there are sticks, etc. in the pathway that we are supposed to go around, he wouldn't see them until he was right on them, and might end up taking a spill.

Is the terrain like that, where you have to keep your eyes very attentive to the path in front of you? Or is it basically clear, but you are on various types of terrain (sand, gravel, grass, etc.)?

I know he would LOVE it and if I can describe the terrain to him, we just might do this. :thumbsup2

Thanks in advance for any advice!
Let me first say that I have pretty good vision, despite the bifocals.

I honestly believe that this may be a bit of a challenge for your DH. The paths, while well-marked, are not extremely clear. You don't have to dodge things, since the Segway goes over obstacles quite well, but you have to be aware of the "edges" of everything...there are bridges with no rails to keep you on (small, but you'd take a tumble if you went off the edge), and there are branches overhanging some of the pathways. You do have to anticipate corners, and hills, and such.

As far as describing the terrain to your DH while underway, that might prove difficult. I found it hard to carry on ordinary conversation while we were moving, since we had to keep a good distance from each other to avoid any accidents. They also have Walkie Talkies on each Segway, which the tour guides use to communicate with everyone...but I usually couldn't understand a word they were saying (my eyes are pretty good, but my ears...not so much!).

All this being said, I guess only you would know if your DH would be able to handle doing this. My guess is that it might prove a little too challenging to be enjoyable for him.

brookelizabeth
07-12-2009, 12:03 AM
Let me first say that I have pretty good vision, despite the bifocals.

I honestly believe that this may be a bit of a challenge for your DH. The paths, while well-marked, are not extremely clear. You don't have to dodge things, since the Segway goes over obstacles quite well, but you have to be aware of the "edges" of everything...there are bridges with no rails to keep you on (small, but you'd take a tumble if you went off the edge), and there are branches overhanging some of the pathways. You do have to anticipate corners, and hills, and such.

As far as describing the terrain to your DH while underway, that might prove difficult. I found it hard to carry on ordinary conversation while we were moving, since we had to keep a good distance from each other to avoid any accidents. They also have Walkie Talkies on each Segway, which the tour guides use to communicate with everyone...but I usually couldn't understand a word they were saying (my eyes are pretty good, but my ears...not so much!).

All this being said, I guess only you would know if your DH would be able to handle doing this. My guess is that it might prove a little too challenging to be enjoyable for him.


Thank you so much for this information!

I will describe this to him and see what he thinks. I think he'd be OK with edges and such-but I can also see him so focused on not falling off a ledge, etc. that he gets swapped with an overhanging branch or something...which, like you said-might prove to be too challenging to be enjoyable.

Thank you again-this is very, very helpful! :goodvibes