I booked a cruise with Carnival on the Fantasy (October 31, 2004) and was just wondering if anyone could recommend any fun things to do while in the ports?? This is our first time on a cruise and any help would be great!!!!
Go to the Atlantis Resort in Nassau. It's $25 per person to tour the resort, but it's worth it. The aquarium is beautiful and the resort is HUGE! The water taxi to Paradise Island (where the Atlantis is-right across Nassau Harbor) costs $6 per person, round trip. Also, go to the Straw Market, which is in walking distance from the pier.
I can't help you with Freeport. I've never been there. Happy Cruising!
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Have to agree regarding Nassau. We just went in Dec. We booked a room with Comfort Suites,(across the street) so we could have full access to everything there at Atlantis. You have to either book a room at the Atlantis,(VERY expensive) or many people do CS. You can ck in and just not take a key so you don't have to return it. OR, you can go back, clean up and go shopping after your day at Atlantis. Lots to do there. Slides are pretty cool.
Been to Freeport many times. I along with many people aren't really impressed with that place. But since you've never been there, I'd at least check it out. We've done excursions, we've done stuff on our own, we've also stayed on the ship. There's a very small straw market right there where you dock. Not much there. WE've also done snorkeling with an excursion through the ship. We did enjoy that. We've taken a taxi down to the straw market and walked over to the beach as well.
Seeing that you've never been there, I personally wouldn't stay on the ship. How often do you get a chance to go to Freeport? One port that one may not like, another may just love it.
Feel free to email me with any questions.
Have a great time!
My recommendations would be:
Freeport - taxi to Paradise Cove for some of the best snorkeling I've ever seen. There's a small beach there with food, drink, chair, mat and snorkeling rentals. Four of us cost $10 for round-trip taxi and we loved it.
Nassau - a three-location snorkeling trip with Stuart Cove (shallow reef, shallow shipwreck, and snorkeling with Caribbean Reef Sharks (optional). You can contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org for more info
I felt ripped off by the Atlantis tour (the fact that one could not use all facilities (i.e., pools) annoyed me...but that's just my opinion.
The thing to do in Freeport is "leave Freeport". Go to Lucaya (nice shopping and beach), Paradise Cove has AWESOME snorkeling (to the west of Freeport), the Grove Gardens are really nice, Rand Nature Center is nice. Golden Rock Beach to the east if you hit it at low tide has good snorkeling - at high tide it isn't that great, across from Golden Rock is a small natural (national) park with caves.
there is a lot of history in Nassau - government center is a short walk from the pier, there is also the Pirate Museum, not sure of the exact location. Atlantis is an amazing place, pay the $25 to tour the Aquarium. It is amazing. The casino is gorgeous! nice sports bar in the casino with good sandwiches. Nice little strip mall with souvenior shops just outside the grounds of Atlantis.