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tink_n_pooh
02-07-2010, 10:32 AM
Any suggestions or reviews of excursions in Nassau? DH & I are going to be the Feb 18th 3 night cruise and we are trying to figure out what we should do on our Nassau day.

We enjoy sightseeing and relaxing :lmao: We aren't really super active people, not lazy, but not terribly into swimming all day and it seems like a lot of activities are centered around swimming on cruises (prolly cause of all that water huh ;) )

Any ideas?

Stacy B
02-07-2010, 12:18 PM
Nassau is not my top locations for excursions. What I did on my first stop in Nassau was visit the Pirate Museum, Victoria's Stairscase, a nearby fort, the stores and the straw market. All in walking distance from the ship. We also took a horse and buggy tour around downtown. My favorite stop is a few blocks from the ship...the Tortula Rum Cake Factory. Its my MUST go to stop whenever I am in Nassau.

Sccrmnky2005
02-07-2010, 01:12 PM
We also didn't plan any excursions in Nassau. We just walked around and then headed onto Atlantis to the casino. We plan on just going right to the casino on our upcoming cruise. Since we've been to Nassau streets twice now no need to go again. We will make it a sleep in day and then head out after lunch to the casino.

TwingleMum
02-07-2010, 01:17 PM
Is there any fun sightsactivities for kids??? Good places for lunch??? I'm not interestd in a beach day (we live near the water so we go to the beach often and we will have a beach day at CC).

mickeyfan1
02-07-2010, 01:40 PM
In Nassau, the best place for lunch is the ship. There is an excursion to Blue Lagoon Island that has a dolphin experience, but if you are not looking for beach, the fort and pirate museum might work. Personally, I stay on the ship, having been there a dozen or so times, after the first 2, that was enough. Lots of people say there is a lot to do, but I find it tiring, and don't like getting hassled about T shirts, hair braiding, and all the rest of it. No matter where you go, you are a tourist.

I WISH that the other cruise ships would allow passengers to come aboard on an excorted tour to see what the other ships look like. That would be worth getting off the ship for, for me.

TheBeadPirate
02-07-2010, 01:46 PM
This is the best excursion (and value) we have ever encountered.. you get a tour of the wine celler of the only establishment to make the wine spectator top 100 international sites for 20 consecutive years. A tour of the cigar wrapping factory, a tour of the hotel and facilities (1st swimimg pool in the bahamas, all handpainted)... then you have a wine and cheese pairing that is incredible!

The wine steward, head chef, and cheese wrangler spend over a hour with you and I must say the wine was excellent. The big surprise was the cheese! The buyer loves cheese and has some of the most unique chesses that you will ever encouter (5 types of blue and 3 truffle cheeses just to name some favorites)...

This is a must do! :thumbsup2

~Piglet~
02-07-2010, 01:48 PM
Is there any fun sightsactivities for kids??? Good places for lunch??? I'm not interestd in a beach day (we live near the water so we go to the beach often and we will have a beach day at CC).

Hi, we are thinking of doing the Ardastra Zoo and sightseeing tour with our 3 YO, like you we also live close to the beach (not as warm though!) and so we wanted to do something else in Nassau. Our 3YO likes animals and birds so hopefully this will interest her :)

truck1
02-07-2010, 03:25 PM
2 of the things we usually do at Nassau, is the Pirate Museum, which is 20 bucks per person or so, and takes about an hour or so to do and is within walking distance of the ship, or something we just did in August is the Harbor boat tour. They take you out in a modern boat, and cruise the harbor, and show the houses of the stars and famous that line the harbor.Every one from Nick Cage, to the owner of the Atlantis, to Tom Cruise.Theres a sub tour that can be combined, but from what I heard the last few times about the reefs are that they are fairly barren and not much too look at.The boat tour takes about and hour also,by itself and we usually have lunch at the Hard Rock Cafe just to get off the ship.My fiance and fmil also did the diamond hunt where you go from shop to shop collecting different types of free jewlry.

ppiew
02-07-2010, 03:29 PM
We had signed up the the wine tasting and our son for the cigar and rum tasting at Greycliff -- but alas! it is closed to tours on Good Friday and they canceled ours!!

Lake Rat
02-07-2010, 04:47 PM
All my DH wants to do is gamble. Is it possible to wander around the Straw Market, etc and then walk to the Atlantis Casino?

scootch
02-07-2010, 05:03 PM
All my DH wants to do is gamble. Is it possible to wander around the Straw Market, etc and then walk to the Atlantis Casino?

Yes, you can go to the Straw Market, but you have to take a taxi to Atlantis, about 8-10 min ride for $4 each way. Just be sure to get a price quote upfront. All the licensed taxi's are $4 per person.

Love2Roam
02-08-2010, 09:19 PM
I WISH that the other cruise ships would allow passengers to come aboard on an excorted tour to see what the other ships look like. That would be worth getting off the ship for, for me.

I could not agree more. I would love to check out other ships. We were in port w/ the Queen Mary 2 once and we just stared in awe - would have loved to have had a tour!!!

We've been to Nassau twice now and we are planning to just stay on the ship this time. I'm hoping everyone else doesn't have the same idea :scared1:

tink_n_pooh
02-08-2010, 09:53 PM
2 of the things we usually do at Nassau, is the Pirate Museum, which is 20 bucks per person or so, and takes about an hour or so to do and is within walking distance of the ship, or something we just did in August is the Harbor boat tour. They take you out in a modern boat, and cruise the harbor, and show the houses of the stars and famous that line the harbor.Every one from Nick Cage, to the owner of the Atlantis, to Tom Cruise.Theres a sub tour that can be combined, but from what I heard the last few times about the reefs are that they are fairly barren and not much too look at.The boat tour takes about and hour also,by itself and we usually have lunch at the Hard Rock Cafe just to get off the ship.My fiance and fmil also did the diamond hunt where you go from shop to shop collecting different types of free jewlry.


That boat tour sounds interesting, do you know where I could get more info on that?

zulemara
02-09-2010, 04:46 PM
I'd say go get yourself a spot at Senor Frogs! There's always a party there!

mickeyfan1
02-09-2010, 04:58 PM
Senor Frogs was the most fun in Acapulco on out bar trolley tour.

truck1
02-09-2010, 06:16 PM
That boat tour sounds interesting, do you know where I could get more info on that?

This is what the DCL site shows:

http://disneycruise.disney.go.com/cruises-destinations/shore-excursions/nassau/nassau-harbor-cruise/

This is the tour that includes the Atlantis submarine tour.Basically its the same as the harbor tour, but adds the semi sub to the end:

http://disneycruise.disney.go.com/cruises-destinations/shore-excursions/nassau/see-and-sea-island-tour-nassau/

aacmt5
02-10-2010, 03:53 AM
I was wondering if anyone that has been to Nassau can tell me if the Hard Rock Cafe is within walking distance of the port?

truck1
02-10-2010, 01:04 PM
Yes it is.The Hard Rock is about 5 minutes from the pier if that, on a side street.I want to say its only a block or less from the water.

LMCmom25kids
02-10-2010, 01:26 PM
Yes it is.The Hard Rock is about 5 minutes from the pier if that, on a side street.I want to say its only a block or less from the water.

Just wondering if the Hard Rock is something that would entertain/interest kids? Ages.... 6,10,11,14,16 Our teens would probably like it, but not sure about the younger kids....?? I know it's a place to eat... but can anyone tell me more? Do they have live entertainment or is it just a place to get a bite to eat? Thanks.:cutie:

Inkmahm
02-10-2010, 02:25 PM
We're doing this Segway tour when we are there in April for our 3rd visit.

http://bestonbahamas.com/bahamas-segway-and-beach-experience.html

The first visit we did the dolphin swim. The second visit we did the pirates museum and shopping.

aacmt5
02-10-2010, 03:07 PM
my kids ages 5, 12, 15 love the Hard Rock Cafe, though we havent been to the one in Nassau yet. Some have live music, most show a variety of videos on large screens and have music memorbilia on the walls and photos of various acts. Food has always been good.

stitchlovestink
02-10-2010, 04:10 PM
I was wondering if anyone that has been to Nassau can tell me if the Hard Rock Cafe is within walking distance of the port?
Yes it is within walking distance of the port... Unless you are power walking, I would say it will take just under 15 min from the time you get off of the ship. I do not recall any live entertainment, but we were there during the day. I found it was rather small, had some great memorabilia displayed, and the restrooms were very clean... HTH

MuxtonMiley
02-10-2010, 04:13 PM
We're booked on the Wonder 4night cruise leaving 29th August. This will be our second time on the Wonder. Last time we went to the Dolphin Encounter at Blue Lagoon :thumbsup2. Our girls want to do more swimming with dolphins - anyone done the Atlantis Dolphin and Waterpark combo? Sounds expensive and can't decide whether its best to do this or just stick to something simple in Nassau and go to Discovery Cove when we are in Orlando beforehand:cheer2:

truck1
02-10-2010, 04:15 PM
The Hard Rock in Nassau is realatively small, and I dont remember seeing any place for a live band.Though we were there about lunchtime.It has all of the items the other hard rocks have, such as costumes from different singers to autographed insturments, and the live concerts that had been taped.

llkoolj40
02-10-2010, 11:08 PM
We did the Nassau Forts and Junkanoo excursion and had a really fun time. The Junkanoo museum turned out to be a lot of fun.

truck1
02-10-2010, 11:50 PM
Yes it is within walking distance of the port... Unless you are power walking, I would say it will take just under 15 min from the time you get off of the ship..............


Sorry, slight difference in definitons. I generally use the port security bldg as a reference.When you walk from the ship, yes it will take longer than 5 minutes to get to HRC.

aprilgail2
02-11-2010, 11:02 PM
Whatever you decide to do stay safe. Nassau is one of my least favorite stops on any cruise I have been on.
This was on the front page of my AOL homepage today

Bahamas
Just 50 miles off the coast of Florida, the Bahamas are a string of diverse islands home to everything from placid villages that are likely as safe as your own neighborhood to red zones best off avoiding entirely. A recent surge in violent crime in Nassau, the Bahamian capital and its largest city, means tourists are best off avoiding New Providence Island altogether (if your cruise ship stops here, inquire with the concierge for the most up-to-date safety information). Petty crime is a problem throughout the country. As a general rule, the Out Islands tend to be the safest havens for both resort tourists and intrepid travelers looking to venture off the beaten path by staying in small guest houses and dive resorts.

Inkmahm
02-12-2010, 05:06 PM
We're booked on the Wonder 4night cruise leaving 29th August. This will be our second time on the Wonder. Last time we went to the Dolphin Encounter at Blue Lagoon :thumbsup2. Our girls want to do more swimming with dolphins - anyone done the Atlantis Dolphin and Waterpark combo? Sounds expensive and can't decide whether its best to do this or just stick to something simple in Nassau and go to Discovery Cove when we are in Orlando beforehand:cheer2:

I'd do the Discovery Cove trip before hand. Discovery Cove is heads above the dolphin encounter at blue lagoon, IMHO.