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Old June 21st, 2007, 03:57 PM
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What do you recommend as far as excursions at this port? Has anyone done the Breezes resort one? If so was it worth the money? Any other suggestions? Atlantis maybe???
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We did the Atlantis excursion. The "digs" are great and the aquarium is very pretty. We really enjoyed it and spent quiet a bit of time there just walking around after the "official tour" was over. It's just a matter of what you enjoy. To us that was very relaxing....
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What do you recommend as far as excursions at this port? Has anyone done the Breezes resort one? If so was it worth the money? Any other suggestions? Atlantis maybe???
What time is your ship in port for?

Be easier to make suggestions.

Nassau is a port, where you should never have to do a ship's excursion.
It is way to easy to do the EXACT same excursion with a hundred yard walk to the Welcome Center, or just out of it's doors, to where the excursion boats are lined up.
Most can be done for much less than the cruiselines will tack on and gouge you for.

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The Dolphin Encounter in Nassau is one of the best. Also, we did the Historical Tour which we enjoyed. I'm retired construction, so I liked Queen's Staircase, and the 2 old British forts. But, the taxi belonged in a junkyard and the tour takes you through some VERY shabby neighborhoods.
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The Dolphin Encounter in Nassau is one of the best. Also, we did the Historical Tour which we enjoyed. I'm retired construction, so I liked Queen's Staircase, and the 2 old British forts. But, the taxi belonged in a junkyard and the tour takes you through some VERY shabby neighborhoods.
Was that the Carnival tour?

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Was that the Carnival tour?

YES, we booked both the Dolphin encounter and Nassau Historical Tour through Carnival. The historical tour is put on by the local taxi company and I'm sure you can get the same thing cheaper at the pier. It's actually a very inexpensive tour either way. And as the first poster mentioned, Atlantis is a "must do" in Nassau also.
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If I remember correctly bguppies ,we are in port from 10 am until 4pm so that is not a lot of time.
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We were only there from about 8am until 2:30pm. Not much time at all. We did the early Atlantis excursion. Spent time after the excursion at Atlantis and was still back on the ship by 1:30. You can't do multiple things, but pick out one maybe two short excursions. This next trip I want to go to the gardens and take the city tour. It think it last about 2 1/2 hours. You will find things to do. Have fun.
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If I remember correctly bguppies ,we are in port from 10 am until 4pm so that is not a lot of time.
Our last two were in Nassau from 7AM-7AM.
Our Glory cruise in September is the same as yours. (I prefer the 24 hours)

OK, so that eliminates an evening at Atlantis and getting into the Digs Aquarium for free after 6 or 7PM when the guards go home.
IMO, not worth the $29 pp they charge during the day.
It is nice, but basically one big tank (that you can see the front of for free in the lobby restaurant.) that you keep viewing from a hundred different angles.
A cab over to Atlantis runs $10 or $11 for two each way.
The Casino and Galleria shopping (there is actually an outdoor mall area also, on the boardwalk where the yachts park) are free.

So basically, for $29 +$11 cab pp, you can see basically what the ship's excursion will show you. (just with a guide)
Just to give you an idea to compare the prices.

Most of the party boat, speedboat excursions can be had, mere yards from the gangplank to your ship, in the multi-colored Welcome Center.

They all depart from the wharf, just steps outside the Welcome Center.
(I always laugh as the guide holds their sign and walks the groups through, the Welcome Center, right out the door, and a few yards down the wharf to the boats, you could probably hit with a rock from the Lido deck of your ship)

And needless to say, it'll be cheaper directly through the vendor. (although with your time allowance, any boat excursion might be better through the ship, in case of mechanical failure, etc.)

One we haven't tried yet, but will definitely soon, is Ardastra Gardens and Zoo. (try googling their website for photos)
It is supposed to be usually uncrowded and people rave about the Marching Flamingos show.
It is just past the British Colonial Hilton, heading towards Cable Beach.

My personal suggestion would be one of 3 things, depending on what you consider a good beach/pool day.

1)the Wyndham at Cable Beach. $15 entry fee (cash only), gets you a towel and a chaise lounge. There's a pool with a slide, a lagoon, a beach just steps away, bar, grill, casino, restrooms, souveniers etc.

Wyndham has 3 pools, one with a slide. A more boisterous atmosphere....water sports available for an extra charge.





(I'm sure you can easily find more pictures by googling their website)

Take the #10 jitney (bus) from downtown for $1 pp. or a cab for about $12 for 2 ppl. (probably a 15-20 minute ride, depending on time of day. They do have rush hours, believe it or not.)

2) Our home away from home in Nassau, the British Colonial Hilton.
(the big hotel to your right from your ship while docked)
Again a $15 daypass. (cash only)



It has a small beach and smaller pool than the Wyndham or other Cable Beach hotels.
It is a QUIET, business hotel, not a resort, like Cable Beach. (very, very few kids)
If you enjoy gorgeous grounds, a nice quiet pool or beach to relax by and read a book, this is the place.

Again a $15 daypass, gets you nice loungers, a towel, use of kayaks, floats, etc... (no motorized watersports. Relaxing, not rowdy)
There is a bar/restaurant a few feet away from the pool and beach.

The advantages of the BCH.
You are literally a 15 minute walk from your lounger, back to your ship.
A two minute walk from your lounger to all the shopping on Bay Street or the Straw Market, next door. (the big white tent to the left in the picture)

The disadvantage (depending on your point of view) is your view is of the boats and ships in the harbor, versus the open ocean on the north side of the island at Cable Beach.
Personally, I enjoy seeing the ships there, but some do not, understandably.

3) If you really, really like to party and toss back a few drinks, you might get your money's worth with the Breezes, all inclusive daypass for $60.
(there is usually a $5 coupon in the Welcome Center)

Positively no kids under 16 though. (since you didn't mention what your group entailed) It is an adult resort.

I haven't been myself but read many reviews and know a couple who went there on our last cruise.
They said the facilties need refurbished and they felt their drinks were watered down.
It seems to get either rave reviews or really bad reviews on many message boards.

But depending on how much your group drinks, it could be worthwhile for the price. (I know my BIL would definitely be there in a heartbeat. I don't drink enough anymore, to get my money's worth)

Again, it is right near the Wyndham, so the jitney for $1 or a cab are your options to get there.

On our past two cruises, my Wife and I did this walking tour
http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=332656
That takes you to many (most) of the tourist sites, which are all only a few blocks from the pier area. (part of why I enjoy Nassau so much.)
The link has many great photos, so you can see what other things can be seen nearby, if a beach day or other ideas didn't strike your fancy.

Hope the handful of ideas helps.

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Thank you SO much bguppies (and the rest) for very useful information and the link with all the photos! Looking at all the photos put me in the mood and I am ready to go now. December seems so far away.
If you have any other info or suggestions for Cozumel or Belize I would welcome that as well. We also stop in Costa Maya but I've been there so I know what to expect there.

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We do Cozumel, Belize, Costa Maya and Nassau on the Glory in September, so I'll let you know what I learn about the other ports then.

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The Ardastra Gardens are nice, that also includes a stop at the forts and the Queen's Staircase.

I have not been to Atlantis yet but I am planning that for my next cruise in a couple of weeks.

There are some pictures from some of the Nassau excursions on my website. I also have a short video from Adrastra Garden.
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The Ardastra Gardens are nice, that also includes a stop at the forts and the Queen's Staircase.

I have not been to Atlantis yet but I am planning that for my next cruise in a couple of weeks.

There are some pictures from some of the Nassau excursions on my website. I also have a short video from Adrastra Garden.
My Wife and I love the view from Fort Fincastle and love the beauty of the Queen's Staircase. (if you have time in port, they are definitely NOT to be missed)

I also always make sure to stop at the Graycliff Hotel to pick up a few cigars at their cigar factory.
They usually let us roam the hotel grounds (I guess if they have no celebrity guests at the time) after buying my cigars.
The hotels grounds remind me of what a 1930's - 40's Hollywood hotel must have been like.

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Thanks for the pictures guys. I am really looking forward to this port more than before. I had heard that there wasn't really a lot to do there, but now I see differently. Can't wait!
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Thanks for the pictures guys. I am really looking forward to this port more than before. I had heard that there wasn't really a lot to do there, but now I see differently. Can't wait!
People frequently complain about Nassau, but when you read deeper into their complaints and then find out that they formulated their entire experience by walking 100 yards to the Straw Market or less than a block over to Bay Street, (which to me are the worst places in Nassau) and seeing the overcrowded by ship passengers areas and then retreat back to their ship or Atlantis. (and it's fake Vegasy/Disney beauty)

If you actually go out, just a few blocks in any direction from the pier area, there is plenty of beautiful sites and incredibly nice and helpful people to meet. (unlike the "pushy" vendors or shops near the pier)

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The Ardastra Gardens are nice, that also includes a stop at the forts and the Queen's Staircase.

I have not been to Atlantis yet but I am planning that for my next cruise in a couple of weeks.

There are some pictures from some of the Nassau excursions on my website. I also have a short video from Adrastra Garden.
My Wife and I love the view from Fort Fincastle and love the beauty of the Queen's Staircase. (if you have time in port, they are definitely NOT to be missed)

I also always make sure to stop at the Graycliff Hotel to pick up a few cigars at their cigar factory.
They usually let us roam the hotel grounds (I guess if they have no celebrity guests at the time) after buying my cigars.
The hotels grounds remind me of what a 1930's - 40's Hollywood hotel must have been like.

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I have not been to th Graycliff yet but that's something I want to do.
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I have not been to th Graycliff yet but that's something I want to do.
Our first time in Nassau our ship docked at 7AM and we got right off the ship and did a walking tour and wound up at the Graycliff before 9AM, so we weren't sure if we could even get in.

The Graycliff takes up most of the block just past the Government House.
(big pink mansion on the hill when you look from your ship)
We just wandered outside of the wall and peeked in the variuos entrances into the grounds.
We didn't see any specific sign for the cigar factory, so about halfway down, we wandered into one of the courtyards for one of their restaurants.
We were just meandering in the courtyard checking out the beautiful flowers, when a nice lady comes out and asks if we were looking for the cigar factory and welcomed us in. (we must have seen us looking clueless outside)
You walk into a lushly appointed smoking lounge with dark wood cabinets on every wall (filled with curing/ageing cigars) a dimly lit chandelier over a nice heavy table and huge leather chairs.
It reminded me of a fancy gentleman's smoking club.

To the right is a room with 6 or 7 people rolling cigars.

All I can say, is as a person who enjoys a good cigar, the aroma was intoxicating.
When you first walk in you can smell it.
But when you turn the corner into the rolling room, it literally envelops you. (I didn't want to leave. My Wife thought I was hilarious, watching me savor the wonderful aroma for quite a while.)

It was definitely enjoyable watching them make the cigars, bundle them up and then take them into the lounge and lock them in the cabinets.

There was a little room off to the side, where you could purchase any of their many brands. (I bought three different qualities of cigars and enjoyed all 3)

After we were done, we were just going to head back out and finish the tour, but she asked if we would like to walk the grounds.
She opened a back door for us and told us to stay to the left.

The groundskeepers were doing their morning work and all said Hi to us as we would pass them.
The plants all around were gorgeous and the pools and hotel were beautifully appointed and decorated. (like I said before, reminded me of old time Hollywood pictures you see)

If you have time and would enjoy touring a 5 star, turn of the century hotel and grounds, it was definitely worthwhile.

Our next trip, we just stopped in for a few minutes so I could pick up some more cigars to enjoy back on the ship.

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