I've been using this forum for months and hope you won't let me down. I am on the Mariner. Hurricane Dennis means no Grand Cayman or Cozumel. Yes, we are bummed, but we have enjoyed our first two ports and are determined to enjoy our sea days and the new plan - a stop at Nassau. I know many people don't really care for Nassau, but we have never been out of the country, so just want to enjoy it as much as we can.
I have signed up for a sting ray snorkel , but FIVE other cruise ships have also been diverted to Nassau so I don't know how that will go.
Question: Suggestions for us on our own? Will single mom and two teenage sons be okay?
Can I get tickets to Atlantis to tour it at the resort? (I will try to find this out on board.)
Best way to sight see? Tour? Help!!!!! I will check the forum tonight. Hope you guys have some suggestions for me!
We were also on a cruise a couple of years ago that was right in front of a hurricaine. There were 5 cruise ships at Nassau when we got there we were last in line, but to be honest it wasn't too bad. The shops will be busy but not so much as to stay away from them. Straw market is quite an experience. We took a cab (old limo with several other people) over to Atlantis and wandered around for a couple of hours. Its a great place. Some of our group took the glass bottom boat tour. They had no problem getting the tour even with the extra people around. We were amazed because the next morning after we left Nassau got hit by the hurricaine and was damaged quite a bit. We were never aware there was a storm coming during our stay and never felt rushed in the way. They really should have been boarding up the windows but since we all had some $$$ to pass around every shop was more then happy to be open. You will be fine with the kids just watch in the crowded areas like the straw market. Don't miss Atlantis. We were able to sneak down to the beach (normally open for guests only) and it was great.
Have a great time and don't worry.
kc mom, hope all is going well for you.
As for Atlantis, to see the Aquarium all you need to do is grab a taxi over to Paradise Island, walk into the casino at Atlantis, there is a kiosk where you can purchase your tickets to the Aquarium - you and your boys will love it. There are no tours of the hotel itself.
Government Center is a short ride from the pier - interesting. You can get there by horse & buggy if you want to. The Pirate Musem is also close by the pier.
With 5 other ships in town at the same time it will be very crowded no matter what you do. You should be able to do your snorkel excursion since you have already signed up for that.
If you go to Atlantis and are hungry, if you're facing the entrance, look to your left, there are stairs that descend one level near the yachts that are anchored...there is a nice ice cream parlor down there and a very good deli-style casual restaurant. I agree with LisaK, you would love the Aquarium. Unfortunately there is security stationed at all the doors that lead to the outdoor pool/beach area so you will not be allowed access.
AND if you run out of things to do.....we walked from the pier to the Queen's Staircase. Steps carved out of limestone by former slaves - one for every year of Queen Victoria's reign. At the top of the staircase is the highest point on the island and Fort Fincastle. Cool place and a great view of the island!
For some wonderful "local" food - try the Bahamian Kitchen. Ask any local for directions. It is also walking distance from the pier.
We also did a glass bottom boat tour from the pier. Pretty cool!
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Thanks to all! We have a plan: Snorkel with stingrays in the morning and then off to Atlantis. We will end up at the pirates museum and the "Queen's staircase". We hope to take up one of the lunch suggestions from you. Thanks everyone.
We did this on two trips. It is the Pirates Museum. You can walk from the ship. But it is quite a few blocks away, It is interactive to some extent, ask you a question and you lift up the cover for the answer. What you think you know isn't always right. As you walkin you seem to be boarding a piratres ship. You learn about the flags. Also learn one of the island governors was once a pirate. We did it and loved it. We would do it again if we were there.