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pabrady13 March 6th, 2007 11:51 AM

Nassau - Suggestions on things to do
 
I will be visting Nassau on the March 25th sailing of teh Valor. I was wondering if people had suggestions on things to do as well as things to avoid.

Thanks.

Floridanamaw March 6th, 2007 12:06 PM

Atlantis and the Aquarium are well worth the trip and price. Very pretty place and the aquarium is fantastic.....

David West March 6th, 2007 12:08 PM

Its really up to what you like to do. If you like beaches, and snorkling, theres places for that.
Just across the street from the Pier, is the Strawmarket. Kinda like a flee Market atmosphere. When we where there in May 2006, it was so cramped and busy inside the flee market, you couldn't walk down the isle, or shop. And not to meantion, it was so hot in there.

There's also Atlantis. Very nice place :!: Take the ships excursion on this one. You can walk to Atlantis from the ship. Its not far at all.

Happy Sailing to all; :D
David

sarge March 7th, 2007 09:26 AM

walk up to the Water Tower
 
you can see it from the ship,make sure you use the queens steps. when you get up the make sure you go to the top of the tower the views are awesome. doesnt cost much more then a donation. theres an old fort up there also you can take some great pictures plus have views of your ship and paradise island.

pabrady13 March 13th, 2007 11:38 AM

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ssantow March 13th, 2007 06:04 PM

You should know if you plan to go to Atlantis that it can be quite expensive. Also note that hotel guests have priority so you may wait not not be able to do what you want. We made reservations at the hotel for a day room and got passes to all of it at a much lower price.

Kathleen Templeton March 13th, 2007 07:02 PM

Many great things to do.
As well as what is listed in the above posts there is a great pirate museum locate in a large purplr building locared 2 blocks behind the straw market. Takes about an hour to do and cost $12 per person.

Also a horse and carriage ride right at the port that takes about 20 to 25 minutes to do. it is narrated, but the traffic noise makes it hard to hear. but it is fun and just something you dont do everyday. it was $10 per person, tip if you like. we really enjoyed it.

2 hour historical city tour was very good. Our guide was very noligible and very friendly. we saw Queen Anne;s staircase, fort Fincastle, another fort and more. One of the forst had a guided tour and was really interesting to do. There were small table set up to buy souvenirs at 3 places we stopped at too.

The Dig at Atlantis is very good. I dont usually like aquariums, but this one is worth seeing. really great. The tour does go fast, but afterwards you can go back through on your own at your own pace to enjoy it better. just keep on your wrist bracelet as proof you paid for it.
You can take a taxi and pay admission if you dont want to do the excursion.

Skip the Sunshine Glass Bottom boat excursion, we only saw maybe 6 fish and one sand dollar, the boat was old and dirty. plus the stairs to go dwon were steep and difficult to navigate. At the bottom there is a wall around the glass bottom so if you have young kids you will have to hold them up so they can see.

Next month we are going to the Gardens so I cant comment on that yet.

Plenty of great stuff to see!!

Kathleen

kennedy March 14th, 2007 10:54 PM

On this excursion with carnival I assumed you could go to paraise beach if you wanted and go to the casino for a while also.
The fine print at the bottom says, you do not have access to the beach, pools, hotel. Bummer. Can you at least go in the casino? Is the beach only for hotel guest???

mehawk March 15th, 2007 01:04 AM

Cable Beach.

Kathleen Templeton March 15th, 2007 09:06 AM

just grab a taxi at the port and for $4 a person one way and ask to go to Atlantis, you can walk right into the casino and gamble to your hearts content.
Grab a cab back for the same price. You wont be allowed to use the pool or see the dig, just gamble. If you want to see the dig you just buy a ticket at the hotel for $29.

Kathleen

kennedy March 15th, 2007 09:08 AM

cable beach Is that the beach across the street from atlantis?
Please somebody tell me details on:
Can you just walk into the casino?
Is the casino called Atlantis or is the other stuff aquarium, dig etc associated with it.
Can you use the beach across the street or is there another one close.

We have some people who want to go just to the casino and some who want to do both, casino and beach and some who want to do all 3, aquarium, beach and casino. We are only in Nassau for 5 hours.
Guess we cuold wait until we are on the ship for this information but are trying to get some guidance on how to do things in Nassau. Thanks :)

Kathleen Templeton March 15th, 2007 09:53 AM

i dont know anything about the beach, but when we did the aquarium it took a little over an hour to do the tour which actually move quickly, it si a huge aquarium, well worth seeing.
Gambling is 1 minute walk across the lobby in the hotel from the aquarum entrance so they are close together and easy to do.
A taxi takes about 10 minutes to get there from the port in the morning, the afternoon is heavy traffic and I would allow 30 minutes to be safe to get back to the ship. There is also a water taxi which takes about 15 minutes, but not sure what it costs.

Hope this helps some,
'
Kathy

pabrady13 March 16th, 2007 08:55 AM

Sorry I might sounds stupid, but what is the Dig?

Kathleen Templeton March 16th, 2007 09:09 AM

The Dig is a huge aquarium at the Atlantis hotel. It is themed from the Lost city of Atlantis. It is huge and covers a great deal of the inside and outside areas of Atlanits. it is called The Dig. I know the name doesnt sound anything like what it is.

I dont care much for aquariums, but this one is a great one to see.

kathy

linuxpm March 16th, 2007 10:44 AM

I've been to Seaworld and the Living Seas a bunch of times.

How does this compare to those?

Thanks,

Brian

Kathleen Templeton March 16th, 2007 11:27 AM

Living seas at Epcot is nothing conpared to this. The Dig will take a little over an hour to see and that is with a fast tour guide.
They dont have a Manatee like the living seas, ut many fish that are local to the Bahamas. I like the part wher eyou go down some stairs out near the pool sunder a small foos stand to fins more agressive type fish,

Sea World is totally different type of place. I do not consider it an aquarium. It has shows and such. No sea lions or penguins in the Bahamas. So it is really hard to compare the two. Sea World is billed as an amusement park, the Dig is an aquarium.
It would be like comparing apples to oranges in my opinion.

Each place ha sit's strong points for what it is themed to be.

kathy

Floridanamaw March 16th, 2007 12:00 PM

As said above, there is no comparison between the places. If you have never been to an aquarium of this kind it's worth the trip. Very pretty, very relaxing, it was for us anyway. We took the excursion and when that was over with the took our time and wondered back through the whole thing all over again by ourselves. It's just kind of calming to watch the fish swim so gracefully around. They say watching fish swim lowers your blood pressure, I can see how.

linuxpm March 16th, 2007 03:26 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Kathleen Templeton
Living seas at Epcot is nothing conpared to this. The Dig will take a little over an hour to see and that is with a fast tour guide.
They dont have a Manatee like the living seas, ut many fish that are local to the Bahamas. I like the part wher eyou go down some stairs out near the pool sunder a small foos stand to fins more agressive type fish,

Sea World is totally different type of place. I do not consider it an aquarium. It has shows and such. No sea lions or penguins in the Bahamas. So it is really hard to compare the two. Sea World is billed as an amusement park, the Dig is an aquarium.
It would be like comparing apples to oranges in my opinion.

Each place ha sit's strong points for what it is themed to be.

kathy

I guess I didn't really follow. The Dig is much better then the living seas? Better then the shark tanks etc at Sea World?

Sorry I just wanted to make sure I understand.

Thanks,

Brian

mrspair March 16th, 2007 04:09 PM

My family and I will also be in Nassau, but we will be there from 8am until 10 pm so we have all day there. My question is how close is everything to the pier? The kids want to go to the beach, and we would like to see the sights as well. Can we walk to a lot of places? We will have time to do the beach and shop a little or a LOT!! :D

Floridanamaw March 16th, 2007 04:24 PM

Let me make a suggestion. Do a google search for Atlantis Resort Aquarium or Atlantis Resort Marine Habitat or Atlantis Resorts Digs. You should find info with pix on many of the search results. Also, try webshots, shutterfly or any public picture storage site and type in Atlantis Resort Aquarium. You should find pictures. I have pictures on Cruisemates gallery and webshots. Do a search on cruisemates photo gallery. The Digs is very nice, worth the visit.

Kathleen Templeton March 16th, 2007 06:25 PM

I guess I didn't really follow. The Dig is much better then the living seas? Better then the shark tanks etc at Sea World?

Sorry I just wanted to make sure I understand.

Thanks,

Brian[/quote]
brian, I did say it is much better than the Living seas.

I also said you cant compare it to Sea World because Sea World isnt an aquarium. apples to oranges, you just cant fairly compare the two.

hope that helps
Kathy

Kathleen Templeton March 16th, 2007 06:32 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by mrspair
My family and I will also be in Nassau, but we will be there from 8am until 10 pm so we have all day there. My question is how close is everything to the pier? The kids want to go to the beach, and we would like to see the sights as well. Can we walk to a lot of places? We will have time to do the beach and shop a little or a LOT!! :D


I have never gone to the beach there so I cant help with htat, however other things are very close and easy to get to from the port.
The farthest would be Atlantis resort, it is a 10 minute taxi ride for $4 per person one way. aquarium takes little over an hour to see.

Pirate museum is an easy 10 minute walk from the ship. It is a large purple building, 2 blocks behind the straw market.

You can see the Straw Market from the ship, about a 5 minute walk, right on the waterfront.
Most stores are along the road that runs behind the straw market. A few are on the same road as it.

Horse and carriage ride is right at the port. You must walk through a security building at the end of the pier and when you go out the other side just follow the sidewalk around to the right, the horse ride will be on your left at the first road. If you turn right there you will walk about 4 or 5 blocks to the straw market, A large white tent building across the street from the water. You cant miss it.

kathy

my2boys99 March 16th, 2007 09:07 PM

We travelled to naussau and really enjoyed the dolphin swim.
It was quite pricey but overal it was a nice experience. We booked it thru cruiseline and it we walked very little and hopped on a small boat that brought us tto the place. We travelled in april of 04 and they first brief you on the history of the dolphins and how to keep them from being extinct. Then we were brought in the water and were shown how the dolphins perform and then we actually got to pet them touch their fins and kiss them. My boy was 5 and was a little intimitated but the dolphins were just beautiful. I also was 5 months pregnant. The water where they have your group gather is under a covered canopy. Needless to say the water was pretty cold even for the bahamas so be prepared. Although I could not participate in the actual swim with the dolphins( extra money of course) due to the pregnancy it was an experience we could cherish forever. They videotape your group for a fee of course and photos are also taken you can buy. They allowed us to take pictures of the dolphins and were pretty accomodating as we asked before we did so. Overal it was very expensive and it litterally took most of our time off shore. We didnt see much of naussau and really just had enough time to get on the ship. I think its great because if you want to be close and touch them you get the chance and if you want to really swim with them you do pay an addiional fee and most cruisers were pretty happy just doing what we did. Infact there was a mom and her son who was blind that made me smile. The happiness and joy you saw on his young face was just amazing and I was touched by how amazing that family was. I will forever remember that family and really made my heart happy to see that little boy smile so big. Hope you enjoy your cruise whatever you choose.


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