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Old 12-20-2012, 02:39 PM   #1
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Port Adventure Advice for Nassau

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In March we are taking our 6 year old little girl and our 5 month old baby on the four night cruise to Castaway Cay, via Nassau. Has anyone got any advice on best trips etc. We really would love to go to Atlantis if possible but again just not sure what would be suitable with baby in tow?
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Old 12-20-2012, 03:25 PM   #2
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My best advice, stay on the ship.
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Old 12-20-2012, 03:39 PM   #3
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Agree with Don that staying on board the ship in Nassau is a good option. Especially with a youngster in tow. You'll get plenty of beach time during your Castaway Cay stop. If you stay on board you can enjoy the pools and the Aquaduck (assuming you're on the Dream) with very few people around.
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Old 12-21-2012, 08:56 PM   #4
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My best advice, stay on the ship.
Agree totally. When DCL first launched the Magic, they worked with the Bahamian officials to clean up the port area, restrict the hair braiders and others who will try to touch your children, etc. For a while, this was successful. However, I was shocked on our 2009 cruise to find that much of the work DCL had been a part of had somehow evaporated--there were lots of women reaching out and trying to touch my daughter as we walked just outside of the port area. It was dirty, and frankly didn't feel very safe.

We don't choose cruises that go to Nassau normally, but when that is what works in our schedule, we enjoy the ship on that day. DCL has fulfilled its need to dock in the country where it is flagged, we have contributed to their local economy with our port tax, and we enjoyed a safe, clean day.
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Old 12-21-2012, 10:01 PM   #5
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When your eldest is about 2 years older I would say definitely do Atlantis when/if you get there again! We personally LOVED it and we do water parks often over the summer! This is in our opinion so much more! Our favorite was the not so lazy river & the beach. We also really enjoyed the slides too! WE will be returning again in May but I haven't decided yet if we will do Atlantis again, this time we may just stay on the ship or just do a beach day! We found that on our 1st 4 day cruise we didn't see nearly as much of the ship as we wanted hence our return this summer!
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Old 12-21-2012, 10:59 PM   #6
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Agree totally. When DCL first launched the Magic, they worked with the Bahamian officials to clean up the port area, restrict the hair braiders and others who will try to touch your children, etc. For a while, this was successful. However, I was shocked on our 2009 cruise to find that much of the work DCL had been a part of had somehow evaporated--there were lots of women reaching out and trying to touch my daughter as we walked just outside of the port area. It was dirty, and frankly didn't feel very safe.

We don't choose cruises that go to Nassau normally, but when that is what works in our schedule, we enjoy the ship on that day. DCL has fulfilled its need to dock in the country where it is flagged, we have contributed to their local economy with our port tax, and we enjoyed a safe, clean day.
We went in May of 09 and experienced none of that. While Nassau was not exciting, we never felt unsafe and no one was aggressive in any way.
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Cheers for that. When we last sailed on the Magic around the med we stayed onboard and yes it was great, quiet and fairly empty. My only thought is that I've always wanted to see Atlantis. Would a visit there be worth the extra hard work with baby? Is Atlantis as incredible as it looks?
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Old 12-20-2012, 06:07 PM   #8
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I definitely wouldn't do Atlantis with a baby. We took my 7year old and all she wanted to do was swim in one of the pools. We could have done that on the ship and saved a lot of money. I wasn't really all that impressed with Atlantis. Next time we will spend money on a Disney water park instead.
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Old 12-20-2012, 10:23 PM   #9
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Last year, we stayed at Atlantis with our 5 month old baby. All he wanted to 'do' was sleep and bobbed around the pools a few times. We went through the aquarium several times too. We had a blast! I don't think I would pay to go there and use the facilities only for the day, but if you want to go for a long walk/day out, I wouldn't discourage you from it. However, your older one would probably not enjoy the walking around and not swimming.

We only left Atlantis once during our trip and found it to be a longer day just even to walk around Nassau and it was very hot. We took a cab each way, which was (I think) $10 one way, and $15 back. I wouldn't take your little one on the little boats they have going - I wouldn't personally be comfortable with it. Although when we were childless, we did it.

Keep in mind too, Atlantis does have quite a few stairs, so you'll have to have a plan for the stroller. That is all I can think of right now, but let me know if you have any other questions.
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Oh, and to properly answer your question - if you are willing to spend the $$$ to 'just swim' at Atlantis, go for it. It is the same as any other day at any other water park though really.
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Thanks so much, your advice is much appreciated.
With re taking a 5 month old to Castaway Cay, do you have any advice/suggestions from experience?
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Old 12-21-2012, 05:44 PM   #12
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We too are on the Dream in March on a 4 day but we have teens. Last year we did the Atlantis and it was a fabulous day. Our teens loved it but we can't afford to spend that much again this year. We were told to try the Blue Lagoon beach day. Much less expensive...looks beautiful and relaxing. If you want a beach kind of day, this might fit what you are looking for.
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We too are on the Dream in March on a 4 day but we have teens. Last year we did the Atlantis and it was a fabulous day. Our teens loved it but we can't afford to spend that much again this year. We were told to try the Blue Lagoon beach day. Much less expensive...looks beautiful and relaxing. If you want a beach kind of day, this might fit what you are looking for.
We did the Blue Lagoon excursion. It was awesome. We didn't do the dolphin experience part of it, just the beach day. They have huge water slides and such that your teens will love. There is a small fee for that, and while I don't remember how much, it wasn't too much I know.

I would definitely recommend a day there for families with children of all ages!
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Thanks so much, your advice is much appreciated.
With re taking a 5 month old to Castaway Cay, do you have any advice/suggestions from experience?
When we went in 2010 our DS he was 18mo out DD was 4. We checked DS into the nursery and DD into the beach club. We went to the beach closest to the ship and club. DS only stayed in the nursery until after lunch then we got him so he could enjoy some sand and water too. I wanted to have some DH and me time without the kids and i thought it was better for the nursery to do the nursery first rather than taking DS with sand all over.
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I am sailing with DS (8) on Dream and we're planning to stay on ship and enjoy the ship a little quieter...ride Aquaduck, do some things together, leisurely breakfast, swim, watch a movie, etc
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