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michellet1959 April 9th, 2007 02:41 PM

Freeport & Nassau question...
 
For those who have gone on Sensation to Freeport, is there a beach witin 5-10 minutes walking distance from where the tender drops you off on shore? I'm looking for something cheap but fun to do with my 14 year old son. What is there do to around the drop off point?

For Nassau, we plan to do the walking tour (including the pirate museum)near the dock, as well as the straw market. Is there also a free beach within 5-10 minutes walking distance from the wharf?

Thanks!

ClevelandRocks April 9th, 2007 07:11 PM

There's nothing within walking distance at Freeport. It's a commercial harbor and you don't need to tender ashore unless it's recently changed. Best bets to grab a taxi to Port Lucaya or maybe the driver could recommend a close beach.

In Nassau, most of the beach in the area of the pier is private (hotels like Atlantis), but again the cabi should know of a close public beach. I can't recall any beach within walking distance.

Brittany April 10th, 2007 12:05 AM

We are going to Freeport next month on the Liberty. Does anyone know if there are any fun restaurants (like Mararitaville) to eat and Hang out at?

bguppies April 10th, 2007 02:55 AM

Unless you are doing an excursion in Freeprt, the main thing to do is take a taxi ($5 pp each way) to Our Lucaya.
On the beach side, there are 3 hotels, (none of which do daypasses like the Nassau hotels do) and a casino.
There is a walkway between the hotels to the beach. (which is free)
Very nice sand.
You can rent loungers there.

On the other side of the street is the Our Lucaya Marketplace.
It has many shops and restaurants. (no Margaritaville though. LOL)
Also has a straw market on either end of the area.

Do NOT do the ship excursion for this, as you are basically paying double or more for them to have a cab waiting for you. (which they are already there when you dock)

The ships dock in an industrial wasteland area.
(there is absolutely nothing worth looking at, if you stay on the ship)

It is a 15-20 minute cab ride to Our Lucaya from the dock.

There is a tiny shopping area just off the ship created for cruisers.
But the prices are double for the same items at the marketplace in Lucaya.

Bill

bguppies April 10th, 2007 03:00 AM

Re: Freeport & Nassau question...
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by michellet1959
For Nassau, we plan to do the walking tour (including the pirate museum)near the dock, as well as the straw market. Is there also a free beach within 5-10 minutes walking distance from the wharf?

Thanks!

No.....
You have Cable Beach to the west, either a short $1 Jitney ride each way or you have Cabbage Beach on Paradise Island, which you have to take a cab over to or the water taxi. (evidentally Cabbage Beach doesn't have any facilities on site. Bathrooms, etc..)

I've read that there is a free beach past the British Colonial Hilton, but apparently it is not kept up, with no hotel to pay to clean it.
It is apparently full of trash and abondoned tires, and large garbage.
(thus why it is worth the $15 daypass to use either the Cable Beach hotel's facilities or the BCH's facilities. Nothing worthwhile in this world is free.)

Bill

Aimee77 April 10th, 2007 08:59 AM

Re: Freeport & Nassau question...
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by michellet1959
For those who have gone on Sensation to Freeport, is there a beach witin 5-10 minutes walking distance from where the tender drops you off on shore? I'm looking for something cheap but fun to do with my 14 year old son. What is there do to around the drop off point?

For Nassau, we plan to do the walking tour (including the pirate museum)near the dock, as well as the straw market. Is there also a free beach within 5-10 minutes walking distance from the wharf?

Thanks!

:D I was on the Sensation last July and we took a cab ride to the market area and after doing some shopping we walked 5 or 6 blocks to the beach area. There is a really nice hotel (sorry ...can't remember the name) that is along the beach that has nice sidewalks that will take you down to a really beautiful beach. They had jet ski, water trampoline, and lounge chairs for rent, also there is several nice places to eat along the beach. When you get off the boat in Freeport and Nassau you don't have to tender, you get off at the dock and catch the next taxi.
If you have anymore questions, just ask.
Aimee
8)

Carnival Legend 07-07
Carnival Sensation 07-06
The Big Red Boat 01-96

michellet1959 April 10th, 2007 01:49 PM

Thanks everyone... I think we may just do an excursion in each port and I will forget about the beach, we're not really sunbathers anyway...

As a single mom with her son, I really don't want to go off with a taxi, I'd feel safer staying on a carnival excursion. So we may just do the glass bottom boat in Freeport, then back to the ship. And in Nassau, after we tour Atlantis resort in the morning we may get a pass for the afternoon at the British Colinial Hilton. If not, we will check out the walking tour, pirate museum, etc. and straw market before getting back on board for dinner.

ClevelandRocks April 10th, 2007 06:21 PM

http://As a single mom with her son,...val excursion.

Smart girl!!! The cruise you've chosen is an ideal, inexpensive, introduction to cruising. Once you're hooked, and you will be, look at the Inspiration 5 day to Cozumel and Grand Caymen. It's very reasonable during off-season and I think you'd be able to relax more with your child in those ports, especially GC. But, best to always be careful when traveling and I see you've got that down pat. Have a great time, I know you will!!!

michellet1959 April 11th, 2007 10:01 AM

thanks cleveland rocks.... I already know our next cruise will actually be in 4 years, an 8 day out of Miami on Freedom to the Eastern Caribbean!

That will be my high school graduation gift to my son and my "I survived my son's high school years" gift to myself! :)

ClevelandRocks April 12th, 2007 08:27 AM

That will be my high school graduation gift to my son and my "I survived my son's high school years" gift to myself!

Yeah, my folks sent me on a SEA cruise after graduation too................South East Asia! :-?

michellet1959 April 12th, 2007 11:05 AM

wow, southeast asia! what a gift! Well, we will take our second cruise together and after that he'll be on his own!

unless my lottery numbers come in :)

coolcruiser April 12th, 2007 03:11 PM

What is open in Nassau on Sundays?

Dorothy April 12th, 2007 08:33 PM

Don't forget to visit Queen's Staircase and Fort Fincastle on your walking tour of Nassau. My son loved both. There's a wonderful view of the harbor from atop the fort.

Last year we went to Cable Beach (you don't have to pay for beach access - the resorts are MORE than happy to let you walk thru the front door and hopefully buy from the beach vendors and drink at their beach bars) and parasailed. Not for the faint of heart, but I sure am glad we did!

Cabs really are fine in both ports. They ferry about a LOT of cruise ship passengers and I've always felt perfectly safe. I too sailed with my son alone - for his 13th birthday.

We did the glass bottom boat trip and he really enjoyed it, too.

Have fun!

dorothy

ClevelandRocks April 13th, 2007 07:52 AM

wow, southeast asia! what a gift!

Yeah, and the marines gave me a free rifle to take along. :shock:

bguppies April 13th, 2007 10:06 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by coolcruiser
What is open in Nassau on Sundays?

Not much.(why ships stop there on Sunday, I can't imagine)
Nassau is a Monday-Saturday, 9-5 town......

I'm sure the Straw Market will be open for part of the day and a few shops.
Might be a good excuse for an excursion or daypass at one of the hotels.

If you want to do any shopping, any day of the week in Nassau, do your shopping early.....

dianellie April 14th, 2007 05:20 AM

Go to the zoo with your son its very nice one with lots of interaction with feeding the birds with apples in there cages. They have training dancing flamingos. They have huge pot belly pigs to pet, the tigers are beautiful. You can go by taxi or on an excursion.

linuxpm April 14th, 2007 07:54 AM

You haven't meet my 15 year old. He would have been more into the F deck then feeding birds :D

Brian


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