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Old 12-27-2012, 02:45 AM   #16
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Been to Nassau a few times now in the last few years, most recently last year. As I mentioned earlier, we had our 5 month old. We have never, ever felt unsafe there at all. The Bahamian women definitely said 'Hello' to my baby, commented on how cute he was, fawned over him, but never was anyone aggressive or threatening to anyone in our party.

In the Straw Market, they are trying to sell. If you are worried about being 'harassed', I'd avoid it. I loved it. But, if being approached by anyone worries you, don't go there. You will be talked to, but I find them friendly!

When we go again, in less than a month, we will be probably strolling the streets, may take a cab to the Fish Fry, and if we are in a beach mood, we will walk next door to the port to the Hilton where you can use their beach with a day pass.

Last of all, we haven't been to Castaway Cay with child... but we have been without child and also to the beach with him. We plan on bringing a floaty toy for him (one that is inflatable), lots of sunscreen and a head to toe outfit for sun protection, lots of drinks and a good attitude. We tried to bring a 50 SPF beach umbrella with us, but it got lost by the airline. We did find a protective sun net made by Jolly Jumper that is pretty cool to bring and we've used it on a few trips now.

Traveling with a baby just requires patience and planning more than anything. Run through your day and pack all of that along with anything you'll need for the sun You'll have a great time!
Thank you for your helpful reply. I better get planning, although at least it's exciting planning! Thanks again.
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Thank you for your helpful reply. I better get planning, although at least it's exciting planning! Thanks again.
Sometimes I think I like the planning more!
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Old 12-27-2012, 12:13 PM   #18
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Comfort Suites Paradise Island

I've never done this, but plan to on our April 2014 cruise. I learned about it here on the DISBoards of course!

If you rent a room at the Comfort Suites Paradise Island, you can use all the facilities at the Atlantis (I've confirmed this on the hotel's website), and they are adjacent to one another. Then, you can have a place to take the baby for a nap, and DD (and you!) can enjoy the aquarium, pools and beach. I've read that it is cheaper then paying the excursion price from DCL for Atlantis. If you really would like to go to Atlantis, this seems like a good family friendly option. I'm sure if you search DIS you can find more info on this easily!
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I've never done this, but plan to on our April 2014 cruise. I learned about it here on the DISBoards of course!

If you rent a room at the Comfort Suites Paradise Island, you can use all the facilities at the Atlantis (I've confirmed this on the hotel's website), and they are adjacent to one another. Then, you can have a place to take the baby for a nap, and DD (and you!) can enjoy the aquarium, pools and beach. I've read that it is cheaper then paying the excursion price from DCL for Atlantis. If you really would like to go to Atlantis, this seems like a good family friendly option. I'm sure if you search DIS you can find more info on this easily!
I am thinking of doing the same thing through Comfort Suites Paradise Island but I think it will be cheaper to go through Disney for us because it will just be my daughter and I. If I had 2 other people it would be cheaper. Still trying to decide if it is worth is for us...
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That's great thanks guys. The Comfort Suites option is certainly a great option when you look at the costs for Disney excursions from the ship. Will look further into it. What is the distance from port to the hotel? Are taxi's easy to find once off the ship?
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That's great thanks guys. The Comfort Suites option is certainly a great option when you look at the costs for Disney excursions from the ship. Will look further into it. What is the distance from port to the hotel? Are taxi's easy to find once off the ship?
Taxis are easy but expensive, we found, especially when ships are in port. We paid $8 each way staying at Atlantis (the Comfort Inn is RIGHT BESIDE it) but it could double or more otherwise. Still not bad, and it takes about 15 mins.
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Been to Nassau a few times

When we go again, in less than a month, we will be probably strolling the streets, may take a cab to the Fish Fry, and if we are in a beach mood, we will walk next door to the port to the Hilton where you can use their beach with a day pass.

have a great time!
What is the Fish Fry?
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Old 12-28-2012, 08:06 AM   #23
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What is the Fish Fry?
It is an area that has all local food kiosks. I hear it is great. Been to Nassau several times, never been but always plan on it and try to go. Maybe this time we'll get there! You can Google it and some Trip Advisor comments on it should come up.
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It is an area that has all local food kiosks. I hear it is great. Been to Nassau several times, never been but always plan on it and try to go. Maybe this time we'll get there! You can Google it and some Trip Advisor comments on it should come up.
Thanks!

We plan to get off the ship in Nassau but not quite sure what we will do yet. So we'll add this to our list. Gotta eat somewhere, right?
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We did the Dolphin Experience. While that was ok, it's the process that is flawed. The guides help get you there (you follow them from the theatre, walk rather rapidly with the group to the boat, and hope to not encounter waves enroute, as we did, that flooded the lower section of the boat). Getting back, you take the boat again, they drop you off and fend for yourself. Figure it out how to get back to the ship (may look easy, seeing the giant ships nearby, but not so easy). You are steered to go through a giant indoor market to get back to the ships. It's like a cattle call... you're following a giant herd of people moving through this building to get to the agents that check your credentials to get back to the ships (yes, SHIPS, several, meaning a TON of people). It was difficult with children en tow, to say the least. I was nervous with the "fend for yourself" after disembarking the boat to get back to the ship. I wouldn't get off the ship in Nassau again.
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That is an awful experience. I would say, book excursions on your own and take cabs... Everything is close by.

Another restaurant to check out is The Poop Deck
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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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That is an awful experience. I would say, book excursions on your own and take cabs... Everything is close by.

Another restaurant to check out is The Poop Deck
Ooh, now that sounds interesting enough just to say we ate there. My girls would laugh hysterically at that name.

Is this restaurant near anything special? I assume I can always get a taxi...
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Another restaurant to check out is The Poop Deck
I just looked online for this restaurant. Sounds great but definitely more upscale than the name implies.

Has anyone eaten here? Is this a highly recommend? We love seafood so wondering if we should eat here or try the Fish Fry area instead...
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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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