Originally Posted by geojans
Just joined here and wanted to tell all how excited I am to be taking my first cruise. I am going with my 77 yr old aunt who has never cruised before, either. We are both excited
Is anyone else out there going to be on Soverigen of the Seas for Sept. 26 to 29 to Nassau? The travel club my aunt belongs to gave a deal we neither one could pass up.
Since this is our first time cruising and we are not sun-worshippers, do you have any suggestions for a good land excursion on Saturday in Nassau. I wanted to do the dolphins on Blue Lagoon but then I wouldn't get to do anything else if I did. With my aunt's age I did not want to plan too much and wear her out. Suggestions are welcome since we still have 100+ days to plan.
Do you recommend signing up thru RCI website for excursions or waiting to do onboard? Any good souvenir spots close to pier?
Any help for your experienced cruisers will be great. Hope to hear from some of you soon.
Welcome aboard at CM and welcome to the world of cruising.
What you may have not been aware of that as of September 29 your life will be changed. You will not work for food and rent anymore but for cruising. It is a terrible addiction.
Technically I always suggest to first time cruisers to take excursions through the ship to get the feel of it. But since you are doing the Bahamas run:
I would pick Dolphins Cay for your Dolphins encounter. I've seen/done both of them and while the Atlantis Dolphins Cay one is a little bit more expensive it is an absolute stunning facility and the Dolphins interaction in all program levels are better.
With that you are already on Paradise Island and you can easily walk the property.
The Atlantis property is accessible to everybody. It is technically public beach and property. You can just not access the water amenities and The Dig. The Dig you can pay separately (I believe it is $25 per person). So you do not necessarily need the wristband.
People always think that walking Atlantis requires a wrist band and/or a hotel room (Atlantis or Choice Hotels). The wrist band only allows you to use the water stuff such as slides, lazy rivers, pools.
You can get plenty to eat. But be aware, most of Atlantis is cash less (credit card or room key). So bring a credit card.
What do I suggest for you?
The Dolphin Cay @ Atlantis. Make the reservation no earlier than 1:30pm. You get in at 11am and if you have a delay you start scrambling.
If you get in time docked take the ferry. It cost you $3 per person. They may wait until the ferry is loaded but if you dock as you should you have that time. If not, just grab one of the cabs readily available. Cost is also $3 or $4 per person.
You can already start your walk around Atlantis while going to Dolphin Cay (which is close to the beach towers). After Dolphin Cay you still have time to scoop out the area, the many little bridges, the aquarium.
Your day will really depend on if you participate in formal night that night. If you do and you want to take the ferry back - DON'T. It takes to long and you will be in a rush - unless you have second seating. The last ferry leaves at 5:30pm. After that is cabs only anyways.
After dinner there is not much going on in downtown Nassau except Senior Frogs or you know some little local safe place
Coco Cay: you have to go through RCI. It is their island. You stated that both of you are not sun seekers so it will be a little tough. I venture to say to do the wave runner. Driver is $89 and passenger $29. Lots of fun and easy to operate.
You can easily walk the island as well. And return for some free BBQ on the island. It is one of those relaxing, tropical escapes you always dream of - unless you already live in the tropics.