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We are a family of 5 and going on our first cruise in July 2009. We are on the Carnival Fascination. I have a few questions but I will start with excursion questions. Kids ages are 18,16 and 11.

1. We are stopping at Key West and we really just want to tour the city on our own. Do we need to book an excursion or can we get off the ship, get a taxi in to town and be free to tour around for the day?

2. Our second stop is Nassau. I cannot see paying the huge price for the 5 of us to do the Atlantis water park thing. I can pay $89.00 per person just to get to Atlantis beach w/lunch or pay $39.00 per person to get to Blackbeard beach w/no lunch. What is my cheapest option to get on shore in Nassau and enjoy the city and the beach? Boy....excursions are expensive!

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In Key West, to my mind the Conch Train would allow you to see more of the island, rather than taking a taxi, which could add up quickly..here is a link to check it out...

http://www.conchtourtrain.com/

Another options is to rent an electric car...or 2..that way you could go where you want to go, but, unescorted tours, don't give you any clue as to what you are seeing, or the history of the island...

http://www.conchelectriccars.com/

You can also take a cab to Southernmost Point..a must see !
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We just got back from Key West and after we got off of the ship, we found a taxi and the guys name was Big Al and his taxi van was clean and he was a native of Key West. He took the four of us on a little tour and dropped us off at the beach after taking us to a liquor store to get some beverages and then he came back in 4 hours to get us. It was awesome. We plan on going back next year and staying in Key West for a week. Big Al only charged us $4 each way for all of us! Enjoy~
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2. Our second stop is Nassau. I cannot see paying the huge price for the 5 of us to do the Atlantis water park thing. I can pay $89.00 per person just to get to Atlantis beach w/lunch or pay $39.00 per person to get to Blackbeard beach w/no lunch. What is my cheapest option to get on shore in Nassau and enjoy the city and the beach? Boy....excursions are expensive!

Thanks in advance for your help.
Go to Wyndham/Crystal Palace casino resort on Cable beach.... It is $40pp but includes a lunch buffet. It has a great pool/manmade beach/slide/music/bars/hottub/dj/casino. Went in Jan. and loved it.
Cab is $5pp or jitney(bus) for 1.25pp
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The Conch Train in Key West is good, and also the electric cars are a goof. Yes the Atlantis is a bit pricy but see what is included. Their water slides through the shark tank are a blast.
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Thanks to everyone for their reply.

How do I get from the ship to Nassau?
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You can walk off the ship and right into town..or take a cab or water taxi, over to Atlantis....
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You can walk off the ship and right into town..or take a cab or water taxi, over to Atlantis....
Thanks! That is one less worry. I thought I would have to catch a boat/ferry to get on shore.
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I will be in Key West on April 20th! I do have another option for Key West. They have the Conch Train and the Old Town Trolley. The Conch Train is a stay on from start to finish, but the Old Town Trolley is a hop-on-hop-off style of tour. You can print the map of the stops and decide where you want to get off and then hope back on to go to the next stop. I was going to do one of three other tours, but opted for the Old Town Trolley as it will stop close to all three places I want to see and experience.
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Luckily for you, Key West and Nassau are two of the ports that you need to book a ship's excursion, the very least.

Everything at both ports is literally steps off the ship.

1) In Key West there are 3 docks. The first two, you step right off the ship into the Mallory Square area, at the north end of Duval St. (the main St.)
(the 3rd is the Navy Mole, on the base, where they have to shuttle you through the base, then back up through town, to Mallory Square again. You wind up starting at the same place, but just takes more time, due to shuttles to and from.)

From Mallory Square, if you head down Whitehead St. you'll pass the lighthouse and Hemingway's House on your way to the Southernmost Point at the bottom of the island.
Then after doing the obligatory pictures at the Southernmost Point, you head one block east and hit Duval St., where you have the Southernmost House, Hotel, etc...
Right after you start north on your left, will be the Butterfly Conservatory.
Then lots of shops, restaurants and bars all the way back to Mallory Square.

Right there at Mallory Square is the shipwreck museums, aquarium, etc...

Then you can just get back on the ship. (or shuttle to the ship)

We did that walk last month and stopped at the Butterfly Conservatory and it took maybe 3-4 hours at a leisurely pace. (the island isn't very big, north to south)

From Mallory Square, you can also catch two different trolley companies, if you want the driving history tour, rather than walking on your own.

2) In Nassau, every shore excursion you book on the ship, meets at the bottom of the pier at th multi colored Welcome Center.
Where you can get any excursion had on the ship for about half price, just by walking down and doing it yourself in the building. (some of them even mix the ships group with the additional folks they book there while waiting.)


Hope that helps answer some of your questions.

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Luckily for you, Key West and Nassau are two of the ports that you need to book a ship's excursion, the very least.


Thanks Bill. I can normally handle things for myself as long as there are options for doing so. With this information I feel comfortable enough to go on my own without out going through Carnival to book my excursions.
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Just one cautionary note. I love doing trolley tours, as I get to pick which places I want to get off and look around. But, Key West is a very popular port and when I was there last, the trolleys were so full that people were left waiting to get back on for long periods of time. Just no place to put them. So, allow a lot more time than you think you need. If I had to get stuck in a port, I would vote for Key West, but I prefer getting to the ship on time instead. Actually, thinking back, I never got off the trolley because of the crowds waiting at each and every stop.
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And if you are a shopper like me, there is a fabulous department store called Fastbuck Freddys, that has wonderful, and unusual, gift, home goods, and clothing..worth a look see....
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And if you are a shopper like me, there is a fabulous department store called Fastbuck Freddys, that has wonderful, and unusual, gift, home goods, and clothing..worth a look see....
That brings up another question. If you do end up buying gifts while in port do you normally ship them home from there or do you carry them back to the ship?

I expect that my luggage will be full as it is which leaves no room for souvenirs or other purchased items.
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With such rigid baggage regulations now, and depending on what is purchased, I would look for a shipping store in port...easy to do, and hopefully not too expensive, and it's just one less thing to worry about.
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