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Old 04-09-2012, 02:01 PM   #811
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The cabanas are fully booked for both days - I noticed that earlier today
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Old 04-09-2012, 02:55 PM   #812
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The cabanas are fully booked for both days - I noticed that earlier today
I'll be sure to prebook the "Gazing longingly at the private cabanas" tour.
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Old 04-10-2012, 09:54 AM   #813
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OK, I was able to get on last night and reserve a Palo dinner for my wife and I. That should be nice.

Also was able to get parasailing on our second Castaway Cay day and a jet ski tour that same day.

Got a couple floats and tubes for both Castaway Cay days also.
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Glad to hear it went well!

We had success, as well. We booked parasailing for the first Castaway day and a walking tour of the forts in Nassau.

Palo and Remy aren't in our plans this year, but I did see that spots were going fast. Congrats on getting it in!
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Old 04-10-2012, 10:28 AM   #815
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OK, I was able to get on last night and reserve a Palo dinner for my wife and I. That should be nice.

Also was able to get parasailing on our second Castaway Cay day and a jet ski tour that same day.

Got a couple floats and tubes for both Castaway Cay days also.
Good for you! Just finished searching and didn't find a thing for Palo. It doesn't say "Sold Out" but when I click "check availability" for our party size of 2, it comes back saying "nothing available"

Oh well, all the more reason to book another cruise!!!!

Besides, we weren't sure how to do Palo AND not miss a regular dining rotation restaurant.
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Old 04-10-2012, 10:40 AM   #816
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Woo! I woke DH up from a couch nap to get online at midnight, and we have a Remy dinner and a couples massage booked. We think we might have to do an on-board booking for another cruise so we can shoot for Palo brunch next time...

Now this is starting to feel close!

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Congrats to everyone who was able to reserve the activities you wanted!

Just a note about Palo brunch: I was able to reserve for 6 of us earlier today - probably around 11AM this morning or so. I think the key was the party of 6, but I'm not sure. If you were unable to reserve for a party of 2, perhaps you could try hooking up with another couple or 2 from the disboards and see if that opens anything up for you....

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Old 04-11-2012, 10:14 AM   #818
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Glad to hear it went well!

We had success, as well. We booked parasailing for the first Castaway day and a walking tour of the forts in Nassau.

Palo and Remy aren't in our plans this year, but I did see that spots were going fast. Congrats on getting it in!
What time is the forts tour? We are thinking of that one, as well, but have been waiting to see what podcast events might happen that day. We don't want to miss any special events!
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What time is the forts tour? We are thinking of that one, as well, but have been waiting to see what podcast events might happen that day. We don't want to miss any special events!
It goes from 9:45 until 1:15. It's a risk, I know, but I'm hoping that anything going on that day will be after that time!
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Old 04-12-2012, 08:44 PM   #820
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This is probably a post for the regular cruise boards, but it concerns traveling to the Bahamas and our cruise, so I thought I'd ask here.

I tend to be a bit conservative where security is concerned. I've been reading a lot about the Bahamas, New Providence Island and Nassau itself. I have been reading things like, "The Bahamas has a high crime rate. New Providence Island in particular has experienced a spike in crime that has adversely affected the traveling public. Pickpocketing and theft remain the most common crimes perpetrated against tourists." This comes from the U.S. State Department's travel advisory page on the Bahamas.

Now I'm not trying to ensue panic, but is this something I need to be concerned about? For things like the Disney excursions on Nassau, I am I correct that these activities should be safe? What about the excursions out to the Atlantis Resort?

Thanks in advance from the novice Disney cruiser.
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I think that's a good question, Zzizzy. Unfortunately, I can't answer, as I'm a newbie to cruising as well. Will be interested to see the answer, tho. Thanks for asking.
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To Wayne's question, while I'm not a fan of Nassau I will say that the DCL organized adventures you are contemplating would be safe.

The Department of State is being cautious with their warnings. You could make the same statements about many big cities in the US. Not to pick on NOLA, but its a good example of locations right here in the US where tourists need to be alert against
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Having said all that, I'm staying on the ship in Nassau. That's more because of the aggressiveness of the vendors than safety, but I all admit that safety does enter into my decision.

I guess I'm no help at all...
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Pickpocketing has long been a "tradition" in heavy tourist spots. It's not that unusual.
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Old 04-13-2012, 09:24 AM   #824
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The last time I was in Nassau, I had no problems, I wandered around for a couple of hours on foot by myself

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I'm going to echo Jeff's comments here.
If you are doing a DCL excursion in Nassau or to Atlantis, I would say you should be OK.
It's more that the street vendors are aggressive and in your face with their offers of hair braiding, taxi rides, souvenirs, etc. The streets with the shops are crowded with other cruisers (DCL and often at least one more ship are docked) so it's a veritable smorgasbord for pick pockets.

We got off the ship in Nassau on our first cruise- just to say we were there- but we are staying on board this time. There's just too much on the Dream to keep us busy!

I think street smarts will work just fine if you plan to get out and see Nassau.
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