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Old July 3rd, 2007, 10:12 PM
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I realize that everyone has their own preference for excursions, but I am looking for recommendations for excursions in Nassau. My mother who is in her late 70's is cruising with us in early August. She can walk fine, but cannot go long distances. It is best if she can mosey along at her own pace and there are limited stairs. I know some of the tours have long walking tours which wouldn't be good unless it was a slow stroll. She loves to sightsee and she does enjoy history. She's not one to sit in the sun for extended periods. Any suggestions? We will be in port for almost 24 hours. Thank you in advance!!
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The only place I've been to in Nassau was to Atlantas and this was a lot of walking in the Dig. However, it may be a handicapped excursion and your mom would love it. Check on the web site and see what excursions she may be limited to. They have codes for handicapped excursions! I hope she enjoys every moment of it! I brought my dad on cruises - and we always found something for him to see/do!
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Ditto Cheryl, Atlantis is LOTS of walking. Nassau has a great dolphin encounter which has lower rates for guests who don't enter the water. It is pricey however, for those who do "swim with the fish". If she enjoys history, she'd probably like the historical tour. The cabs you drive around in aren't the best and it takes you through some shabby areas. But, you also get to see the Queen's Staircase, 2 old British forts, and lots of other interesting places. Very inexpensive and all she'd have to do is get in and out of the mini-van cab a few times.
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Check out this thread with a walking tour of Nassau.

.http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=332656

It has all the sights within a few blocks of the port area.

We did this walking tour twice in the past year and loved it.
You could easily either get a cab to drive you to the sights for a few hours or catch a horse and buggy right at the Welcome Center and they will go to the sites also.

I personally recommend to not miss the view from Fort Fincastle and the beautiful Queen's Staircase and it's waterfall, just below it. (have your driver drop you off at the bottom, by the hospital, so you don't have to walk the 66 steps)

The Graycliff hotel on the tour has amazingly beautiful grounds (looks like a hotel you'd see in the 1930's or 40's Hollywood) and a beautiful house converted to a restaurant and hotel.

The Government House (the big pink mansion on the hill when you dock) has a great view from the street looking up the massive stairs, with a statue of Christopher Columbus.

The beginning of the tour, Rawson Square, Parliament, the Supremem Court and the Library (old jail) are all literally right out the Welcome Center straight ahead and to the left a bit.

I haven't been to these two yet, but we are planning on going to them in September.

Fort Charlotte is just past the British Colonial Hilton heading west towards Cable Beach. (the British Colonial Hilton is the huge hotel just to your right when you dock)

Ardastra Zoo and Gardens is just up the hill from there.
Here is a link to their website to see if you think she might enjoy it.
(plus in the directions, it shows you Fort Charlotte and how close they are to the port area)

http://www.ardastra.com/

Hope this gives you a few ideas of things to see in wonderful Nassau.
(just steer clear of Bay Street and the overcrowded shopping area and the Straw Market )

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I have not been there yet, but love the idea of the horse and buggy. Sounds like a good way to see it all, and enjoy the getting around.
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I have not been there yet, but love the idea of the horse and buggy. Sounds like a good way to see it all, and enjoy the getting around.
I know the horse and buggies go to the same places that the walking tour does, because they kept passing us on the same streets we were doing the walking tour on. (just we could linger as long as we wanted at stops on the tour.)

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Bill,

I just worry about her mother, who might get tired on a long walk.

I have also been told that you can hire a Taxi for a set price to take you to different locations.
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Thank you for your suggestions. I think the horse and buggy sounds great! I know that we will make the best of it - no matter what we decide!

Thanks, again!

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Cable Beach is a good place to visit.
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