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Old 07-24-2012, 06:53 PM   #1
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Taking first cruise - Nassau port activities?

We are taking our first Disney cruise in October. We will be on the Dream, but are only doing the 3-day cruise. I have been looking at port excursions for Nassau, but there is nothing that really jumps out at me. I would rather just stay on the boat for the day since we are only doing the 3-day, but DH is not so keen on this idea. Not sure exactly why he thinks we need to do something in every port, but he does.

The other thing is that I have a wide variety of interests amongst my children. My son will pretty much do anything, he is more of a daredevil, while my oldest is very timid and does not like to try new things at all. My youngest is somewhere in between the two. I also would like to keep costs down a bit.

So I've looked at possibly doing either the Seaworld Explorer Semi-Submarine or the Sunshine Glass Bottom Boat Tour. DH and I have done the glass-bottom boat thing in Jamaica so I know it can be hit or miss. Also it looks from the pictures that you stand the whole time? Anyway, has anyone done either of these and would you recommend them or should we just stay and enjoy the activities on the ship? Any advice is appreciated!!!
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I agree with you - stay on the ship! We did get off in Nassau, but only for an hour or so to walk up to the straw market and then back to the ship before lunch. While you won't be the only people onboard, the ship is much quieter that day. And with a 3-night cruise you won't have an at-sea day to take advantage of the ship. There's little to no line for AquaDuck and the pool area is much less crowded until about mid-afternoon on Nassau day, you can probably get reservations at the spa easily, there's movies in the theater, I'm not sure of your kids ages but the clubs offer planned activities throughout the day, there's the mid-ship detective game, Goofy's Sports Deck... the list goes on! For a 3-night cruise, I'd definitely skip the excursion in Nassau and have some fun onboard!

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Old 07-24-2012, 10:39 PM   #3
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I thought about staying on the boat in Nassau, but I think I decided that I really want to see Atlantis.
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Old 07-25-2012, 12:30 AM   #4
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We've been to Nassau twice...one unplanned (onboard the Magic during our 7 day) due to a hurricane that had us missing Castaway Cay (I won't even go into that one!) and the second time during a 4 day cruise aboard the Wonder. The first time, we rented a large taxi (van) with 2 other families. We got a tour of almost the entire island and Atlantis. It was fun...once. We did a little shopping near the ship, but pricey. The second time we did the stingray adventure at Blackbeards Cay. That was really fun - gorgeous beach but very substandard lunch and the shops were closed.

My friends just got off the Dream from a 5 day and loved the ship. Said it was huge! They only went downtown to do a little shopping and were bored quickly so returned to the ship....

My vote would be stay on the ship and enjoy her....you really aren't missing anything at Nassau and your time on the ship is precious...
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If this will be your first trip to Nassau then by all means make it a point to get off the ship while there if nothing more than to say, "Been there, done that"!

One thing I would recommend for your family is taking a taxi ($4pp each way on your own if saving money) and touring "The Dig" at Atlantis - about $39pp or so on your own. We did this as a Disney excursion last year and found it well worth the extra money. Info is on the DCL cruise site.

Last time in Nassau we took the Nassau Harbor Tour. This was a Disney excursion as well. We all enjoyed it so much we plan to go again next trip. Again, info is on the DCL cruise site.

Least expensive: Just walk in one big circle from the dock area to the Straw Market; through the Market to Bay Street (main drag). hang left for 3 or 4 blocks and back down to the dock again. Experience for a short time a different culture and people.

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Thanks everyone for your responses! I am thinking that if we do get off the ship we will just walk around a bit as people have mentioned. With the little time we have and so much to do on-board, I would just rather take advantage of that this time around.

DH has mentioned wanting to see Atlantis, but the excursions that they have are just way too expensive. How far is it from the ship and can you just walk or take a taxi there and kind of walk around and explore it?
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Okay, so upfront I'm just going to say that this doesn't meet your "keep the costs down" desire.

I have traveled to a lot of places and done some pretty cool things in my life.

In Nassau, I swam with the dolphins at Blue Lagoon (yes, where the movie was filmed) and it was one of the coolest, most exhilarating, most memorable things I have ever done.

Every morning I look at a picture of me and Shaun ("my" dolphin) that I have on my bathroom counter and it starts the day with an amazing memory.

If you can swing it, it's amazing!

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Thanks everyone for your responses! I am thinking that if we do get off the ship we will just walk around a bit as people have mentioned. With the little time we have and so much to do on-board, I would just rather take advantage of that this time around.

DH has mentioned wanting to see Atlantis, but the excursions that they have are just way too expensive. How far is it from the ship and can you just walk or take a taxi there and kind of walk around and explore it?
You have to take a taxi and it is quite a ways from the ship...very pretty hotel/casino and a portion of the aquarium is free.
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We have been on two Dream cruises and still haven't gone into Nassau and we don't plan on going there when we dock there next March. We have really enjoyed being on a semi-empty ship.
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Okay, so upfront I'm just going to say that this doesn't meet your "keep the costs down" desire.

I have traveled to a lot of places and done some pretty cool things in my life.

In Nassau, I swam with the dolphins at Blue Lagoon (yes, where the movie was filmed) and it was one of the coolest, most exhilarating, most memorable things I have ever done.

Every morning I look at a picture of me and Shaun ("my" dolphin) that I have on my bathroom counter and it starts the day with an amazing memory.

If you can swing it, it's amazing!

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I just did the encounter - and wish I had done the swim. That said - it was wonderful.
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We have done both Atlantis and Blue Lagoon Sea Lion excursions.

Atlantis - It was expensive, but also had a great time. The lazy river is worth the price of admission. We did it as a ship excursion, but have seen a lot of posts where people have rented a room from the comfort suites (I think) and have gotten great deals.

BL Sea Lion - This is by far my favorite excursion. They are such a cute animal and remind me of a dog. We were fortunate to get the sea lion that was used to film the movie Andre. We did the morning excursion and then stayed at the BL for a few hours in the afternoon before heading back.

We are going again this September and only plan on walking the shops and stopping by Señor Frogs for a drink
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We are probably on the same cruise you are going on. I'm debating Nassau activities too. I'd love to go to Atlantis and have my kids experience it, but knowing we are only on the ship a few days, I hate to be off the ship much. My daughter would love to experience the dolphins, but we also live close enough to Seaworld to do a dolphin experience there when she is older.

For those that stay on the ship, are there plenty of activities?
For Castaway Cay, do most people just go to the beach for the day? Is it within walking distance to the ship?
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If you stay on the ship, there will be plenty of activities for you to do. The navigator will list when and where the activities will be held. If you look through some old ones on the boards, you can get an idea of what they will offer. While some are the same, I have seen it vary from cruise to cruise.

I think most people get off the ship at CC. I think there are some that have done CC before that stay on the boat. I will be getting on the island as soon as they give the all clear as it is my favorite place.
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Next time we stop at Nassau, we'll probably just stay on the ship too. DH likes to walk to the Nassau Harley store and buy a t-shirt and grab a few cuban cigars. Can check the box off of the straw market too (been there, done that, won't go back) The vendors are much to pushy for my taste.

I like the nice quiet ship...
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We are probably on the same cruise you are going on. I'm debating Nassau activities too. I'd love to go to Atlantis and have my kids experience it, but knowing we are only on the ship a few days, I hate to be off the ship much. My daughter would love to experience the dolphins, but we also live close enough to Seaworld to do a dolphin experience there when she is older.

For those that stay on the ship, are there plenty of activities? Spa Day, pool day, AquaDuct, Game Room, nap time, Detective Game, buffet....I'm sure there is even more in the Navigators
For Castaway Cay, do most people just go to the beach for the day? Is it within walking distance to the ship? That is the wonderful thing about CC. The ship docks at the island, no tendering. You can walk to the beach or wait for the tram. You can snorkle, swim, play on the waterslides, float in a tube, have lunch, ride a bicycle, go to the adults only beach, run the 5K (this is first thing in the am), have a drink or two (listen for buy one/get one)....This is my 2nd favorite place on Earth besides Disneyland!
You will be so busy, you'll need a vacation from your vacation
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