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I think we have been to Nassau about 6 times. We have been on excursions and we have jsut walked around town on our ow. Went to the straw market, went to see the Queen Ann staircase, Saw the fort. The water tower.. Love going to the Atlantis now to gamble at the casino. Saw the aquarium. There is a lot to do and jsut see the different culture there. Its not my favorite place to visit. But I always find something to do there.
It's an okay port. You can find lots to do for any budget. It's not a place I would require on an itinerary but we've enjoyed our many stops there. Certainly not a day that I'd stay on the boat, we always get off and we always enjoy a full day. That being said if it got cancelled, we wouldn't be broken hearted either.
I think it's a great port....Loved Atlantis, the aquarium is great. so much to see at this amazing resort....Front street has some great shopping, with John Bull, the prettiest store in the Caribbean..One year we were there when they had the Junkanu [sp?] parade..it was fun to watch!
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Hate Paradise Island and Atlantis. (If I wanted Vegasy/Disney fakery, I'd just do those at home) We tried it on our first trip to Nassau and were completely underwhelmed...
The Digs aquarium is mediocre at best. Baltimore, Atlanta and Myrtle Beach all have much better aquariums that I have been to.
The only real interesting thing there is the Manta Ray, which you can see for free through the glass walls of the lobby restaurant.
Back to Nassau......Been there 4 times so far and will be back there on Tuesday and we can't wait.
We always have a great time, no matter what we try or do each time.
The people we have met are so nice and accomodating. (of course most people complain about being harrassed, but they never stray more than a block from the pier and stay in the shopping area where of course people are going to try to sell their stuff to the tourists.
Walk a couple blocks into town and meet some of the real Bahamians.
We have done the walking tour twice *edited for commercial content*
Now that Charleston is getting a year round ship making 5, 6 and 7 day runs to the Bahamas, I'm sure we will visit even more.....
Nassau in the 50 and 60,s was a real trip with cheap drinks and a wild time "over the hill". Paradise Island was an island with absolutely nothing but a beautiful beach reached only by boat. Nassau was the real beginning of the limbo featuring Princess Kitty and Sweet Richard who could go under six inches almost flat on his back.The British Colonial was the only major hotel and there were no Whoppers and Big Macs. Big change and in in my opinion not to the better.
After so many cruise stops in Nassau, for me, it affords me the opportunity to get off the ship and stretch my legs and pick up some bottled water. I wouldn't miss it if it was removed from the itinerary and would never visit it on my own.
We've been to Nassau several times, once on a hurricane rerouted cruise we spent the night there and went to a local club called Bahama Boom and had a blast, Ice T the Rapper that is in the tv show Law and Order came in and started spinning records. We have been to the Atlantis to gamble and sight see, we have played golf at all three golf courses, eaten at some really good food places, shopped, done the dolphin encounter, and the sea lion encounter, I could go on and on. This port is so much better then Freeport.
It would be difficult not to find something for everyone in Nassau. A water park and aquarium that is spectacular at Atlantis, historical structures and old forts for the history buffs, shopping shopping shopping with the straw market, long winding roads out east (that pass Anna Nicole's former home and surrounded by Prohibition Mansions from the 1920's), day trips to snorkel and visit unspoiled islands, casinos, Graycliff handmade cigars, British traditions, and eveyone drives on the left. Rita Marley has turned her vacation home near Cable Beach into a boutique hotel with a nice bar, restaurant, and a Bob Marley gift shop. You can see some of his gold records and guitars up close. Eat conch on salads, fried (cracked) or in the famous chowder at the Arawak Cay restaurants or cross the street for real English fish and chips at the Cricket Club. There is even a Pirate Museum. Blackbeard's ghost remains, for sure...sorry, however, you won't find a Walmart. But the Bahamians do like KFC, Wendy's, Big Mac's and Dunkin'
It's okay, especially for a first cruise port, I love the Atlantis, but going a couple of times has been enough for me.
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Just was there on Saturday, it was our last stop on our Carnival Freedom cruise. We've been there several times before, so I would rate it as just okay. It's not one of our favorite ports and been to Atlantis before so we just did some shopping this time. Although I will say there's better shopping and beaches at other ports. We just really got off to stretch like the other poster said.
I wouldn't book a cruise just to go there.
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zydecocruiser: great pics. My feet were even tired after looking at all of them. Nassau is a great place if you have the time and energy to get out on your own and see it. We had a port call there and took the town tour that included the pirate museum. I thought the museum would be a typical tourist trap but I was plesantly surprised. They have done a good job in depicting what it was like to be a pirate. When we go back we will take a day to do as you did and see more of Nassau. Thanks again for the great pics.
Yet another great day there and another new place found.
Booked a Dolphin encounter and Sea Lion encounter through Blue Lagoon Island.
Amazingly beautiful place, just on the other side of Paradise Island from Nassau. It is a huge cove, inside a rocky island....
The cove is diivided up into large pens for the dolphins, sea lions and a sea turtle, plus a large beach area.
We were able to do both encounters, plus spend 4 hours at their beach, in between, for less than the cheapest dolphin encounter offered at Atlantis.
The next time we are in Nassau, we will probably take advantage of their $40 beach day offer and still wander over to see the dolphins and sea lions for free. (you can see everything done, just not touch the animals like in an encounter or swim)
The beach area had a large food service area, a free game area, literally a hundred hammocks hanging in all the palm trees and plenty of chairs lining the beach area itself.
Definitely a hidden jem in Nassau, for an extremely reasonable price.
Too bad Carnival and other lines have dumped this excursion in their efforts to completely whore themselves out to Atlantis.
A nice place for a day tripper. The ship docks downtown so you can get off, wander around, shop a little, eat some conch, drink a few cheaper drinks (not at resorts) and have a nice day without getting a taxi. We usually do get one and go over to Cable beach but it is not necessary to a nice day. DO NOT RENT a scooter! Do not wander to far from downtown on you own. Remember that around 300,000 people (80% of the population) live in/on Nassau and it does have traffic jams/crime/etc.