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Old 04-28-2013, 10:29 PM   #76
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Sorry you were not feeling well at first. Glad the meds kicked in and you felt better before your tour

Can't wait to hear about Atlantis
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FANTASTIC TRIP REPORT!!!!!!

I love all your pictures...down to the pic of the carpet!!! I don't know if I'll ever be on the Dream so I am so loving all your detailed pictures. I really appreciate them!

Can't wait for more!
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Isn't the view at Nassau spectacular? There is nothing like seeing that beautiful water
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Sorry you were not feeling well at first. Glad the meds kicked in and you felt better before your tour

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I love all your pictures...down to the pic of the carpet!!! I don't know if I'll ever be on the Dream so I am so loving all your detailed pictures. I really appreciate them!

Can't wait for more!
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Old 05-01-2013, 06:05 PM   #81
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Making Our Way to Atlantis!

MAKING OUR WAY TO ATLANTIS!




*HAPPY WEDNESDAY DIS FRIENDS! The week is half over! I can't believe we only have 17 school days left of the year and two of those are half days! Things are going to start getting crazy!! We have been having rain off and on all week which is actually a nice change for us (probably not for vacationers!) and I've been under the weather too! I'm working this Sat at DHS for the big Star Wars event so I won't get to see any of the special events but I'll get to work it from 6pm-12am!

MARCH 25, 2013

When I left off, I was feeling much better after having taken the meds and having breakfast.

Our tour was to meet at 10:15am in the Walt Disney Theater. We were early so we decided to walk around the ship and see what was going on until our meeting time.

We pulled up to a Carnival ship which was different from the one in Port in FL



I'm sure those people were staring at us just wishing and DREAMING!

The made several announcements on our ship when you could disembark which was nice and helpful! I'm sure on Carnival, it wasn't a magical!




We walked over to the lobby and found the princess madness!!



I really didn't care about the princess pics or the line so we passed that but found another princess!! It also hit me that these characters were in prep for the night's formal night but it was a cool way to start the day even though I didn't feel like a princess at that point!




Finally after our wandering it was time to meet up for the tour! Guest Services had advised us to take towels so we got a bunch (like 8) from the adult area and stuffed our bags, filled our water bottles and off we went!



We checked in at one desk where we had to fill out a release form and then were sent into the theater

We were then grouped with stickers and given wrist bands to wear at Atlantis


We had a seat while we were briefed on everything and told what to have and finally we left for Atlantis! It was when we were sitting that we noticed that NO ONE else in our group had gotten towels like we had...

*FIRST TIME CRUISE LESSON #14

#14..Dont' always believe guest services. Apparently part of the tour at Atlantis includes beach towels. Go figure. It was too late for us to run them back to the room or to the adult area so we passed some off to the family in front of us who were unsure about the towels too and took only 4 with us.


A guide helped us down the stairs to show us how to exit the ship and stay together as a group. We tapped our key cards to the square in front of the computer station and off we went!

FINALLY WE WERE OFF AND I SET FOOT INTO A NEW COUNTRY!!




Once again chills!!!



Excited to be going back to this!



Our guide walked us to where the taxi area was!




Our first taste of the Bahamas...getting yelled at for hair braiding!



I had known I wanted braids but not before formal night and not in Nassau/Atlantis.

We were led to an area where they had taxi/shuttle/old vans whatever you may call it and we were broken down into groups and put into the vehicle for the drive over to Atlantis.


Drivers in Nassau are pretty scary and their cars are mere inches from one another! Lots of horn honking too!

We drove over the bridge to get to Atlantis and saw our ship in the distance!










The driver asked if anyone had questions about the island or Atlantis but no one really said anything. I'm not sure if it's bc we were all in awe of the surroundings (good and bad) or if we were all praying we'd make it over there!

Anyways, soon we arrived and were met but Atlantis guides to show us to our beach day!!!








UP NEXT: 15+ MIN WALK FOR THE EXCURSION..THEY WEREN'T KIDDING...

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Finally got a chance to read your TR. Enjoying it so far!
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Joanna!!!!!!

I'm so Jealous you are going on another cruise this Sept!!! I keep looking for our discounts (FL res too) for this summer but nothing is open and their bookings from DCL are looking pretty full too so I'm guessing it's a LONG SHOT that will never happen lol!!!
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Atlantis Beach Day Excursion

ATLANTIS BEACH DAY EXCURSION




*HI DIS FRIENDS!!! I hope everyone is having a great weekend!! We had nearly a week of rain straight which was a nice change at first but it was so refreshing to wake up to blue skies and sunshine today!! I worked the Star Wars 4th Event yesterday and it was CRAZY!!! I was at the produce market on Sunset for a while and our line was pretty much to the taxi bathrooms near the Planet Hollywood store!! From there, I went to Fairfax which the line was pretty much down to almost the produce market for quite some time! We were running out of things left and right and couldn't keep up! At one point we had 6 people working in the kitchen (usually there's 2) with 5 registers open (usually there's 4 maybe 3). It was fun when the fireworks were over and Fantasmic was over! It seemed people were having a good time and I sold what seemed like endless adult beverages! After 6 hours of sleep, I'm up and ready to tackle Sunday! I have so much to do but I hate to not go out and get some sunshine..it is FL afterall!!?? We'll see what the final decision is!!! Have a great rest of the weeekend!!!

MARCH 25, 2013


When I left off, we were arriving at Atlantis!

I did forget to note in the last update that on the ship they sell bottles of Evian water which are about the size of the ones at WDW from Dasani and they are cheaper! I expected to pay well over $2.50 for the Evian water (which IMO is better) but it was $2!!! I'm glad I brought a bottle with me as well as my water bottle with ice/water from the drink station.

It was very hard for us to choose an excursion for Nassau! (It's a good thing it was our only port of call beside CC!). We wanted to do something in a moderate price level but didn't know if we wanted water, not water, or whatever. We decided on the Beach Day at Atlantis because my fear was that we wouldn't be able to dock at CC on either day (GASP!!) and I would hate to go on my first cruise and not set foot on any beach so we decided on that and paid the $95 each for the beach day. We also could have chosen Blue Lagoon Beach Day which also got really great reviews but the return times for that were scheduled where as Atlantis was pretty much leave when you want after 1:30pm-5pm

The tour price of $95 included the beach day plus Lunch and a pass to the aquarium.

When we got off the shuttle, we were met by a guide and I think DBF and I got mixed in a a group that had already begun because we missed a lot of the beginning info but there were tons of people and it was confusing so we just tagged along and went with it. Most people wore the same stickers of Chip and Dale so we figured we were okay!

We made our way through the lobby area, passed very expensive boutique shops, through the Casino (no pics except for the ceiling and floor!) and finally outside!!





Our guide was pretty funny and told jokes along the way and facts about the resort and the island. We passed a cute little gift shop.



It was then on the right we heard people screaming services at us and I panicked for a few mins as I wouldn't believe that we paid $95 for a "semi public" beach and would have people yelling services as us for the next few hours! WRONG!!! Thank goodness!!! We kept walking...

We're almost there!




FINALLY...we stop at a secluded, private beach, and right before you enter there is a shack where you get towels and DON'T have to bring your own from the ship. They check your wrist band and you are free to choose where you want to sit. Only people on the tour from Carnival and Disney plus resort guests can use the area. It was beautiful!

The only gripe...our tour met at 10:15am we finally arrived at the beach after 11:30am!! It was a long process and a long walk but would it be worth it??!!!











The chairs with the little umbrella coverings was the perfect compromise for my DBF who wants mostly shade and me who wants mostly sun! I was so glad we didn't have to pay extra for those! There were also little tables sitting around so you better believe it that we grabbed one of those too without and additional charge! I was so glad that they weren't nickel and diming us for everything!




Once we got seated, unpacked and settled, the bar service came around!





My love in the shade and myself in the sun!





After a while it did become to get very hot! It was nice that we could leave our stuff and both venture into the freezing cold water to cool down!




Around 12:30 we were getting hungry so I ventured to find the food locations and a potty too! They were literally steps from where the beach was and the men's potty was closed!!! I used the ladies room and went to tell DBF about the restaurants. He decided to go get us food with the paper vouchers they gave us and we got a chicken sandwich and burger with fries and two soft drinks and split the sandwiches.






The burger was delicious and the chicken not so much but for the food included with the tour there was plenty and we were full!

After lunch we laid around some more and I read my magazine that I had brought. This was a view of one of the larger water park slides.




Our messy seats!



We did venture into the water for longer after lunch.



It was still freezing but refreshing!

Love the color!!!










Finally around 2 we decided to head back. I know we had till 5 but we had no intentions of staying that late and we wanted to rest before formal night. We did have plans to visit the aquarium as it was included we we packed up around 2pm and headed out! It was also getting pretty hot too!!!

UP NEXT: AQUARIUM OR SHOPPING DID WE DO BOTH OR JUST ONE?!?!?!...




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I was at DHS last night and it was nutty!!!! Never made it over to your side of the park.

The beach day looks great...thank goodness you got to the private part.

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Atlantis looks gorgeous. The water is so nice and clear

Those drinks looked yummy
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I've always wanted to visit Atlantis, the water looks so pretty. Looking forward to hearing about formal night.
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Loving your trip report. That long walk doesn't seem very magical though. We usually stay onboard the ship in the bahamas. I love how empty it can be on Nassau day!
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Great pics from Atlantis

Good idea to choose this as an excursion just in case you couldn't dock at CC and the beach does look lovely
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I bet DHS was crazy for Star Wars day! My cousin and his family are there right now and I am pretty sure they were there that day. Wonder what they thought...haha And my sister went for the fireworks that night!

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