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Old June 6th, 2008, 08:54 AM
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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.
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How exciting for the two of you! Hope you have the time of your life.

If there is an excursion you really want to do that RCL offers, then book it before you go! That way you won't be disappointed if it fills up. There is a nice beach at Paradise Island as well as a pool. I'm pretty sure you can purchase passes for that for the day.
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Welcome to CruiseMates Janice!
we love newbies here. Since neither you nor your aunt are sun lovers how about doing the aquarium known as "The Dig" over at Atlantis Resort Casino. It is amazing. All you need to do is either grab a water or land taxi at the pier and head over to Paradise Island and Atlantis Resort Casino.
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Congratulations on your cruise! You and your aunt should have a great time!

If you see a shore excursion you really want, book it online before the cruise to ensure it doesn't sell out. Any dolphin excursion will be in high demand.

Have a great cruise! Read all the great "New Cruiser" articles on Cruisemates for some great information, and ask all the questions you have on the boards, we have some great experienced cruisers here that love to help out and answer any questions you have.
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8) Hey Ya'll
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.
Thanks,
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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.
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We always book our excursions online before boarding, it's just easier and sometimes cheaper.....
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I read the replies from you so far and you all seem to recommend Atlantis. Is it the only good thing about Nassau? If so then I might as well stay onship. What about the Gardens/Zoo, the Staircase and other things to see? I plan to snorkel in CocoCay. I guess Aunt will hang with other members of travel group. They are 46 of us traveling together. I thought we might walk down to Esplanade Beach in late afternoon and get our picture snapped under a palm tree on sandy beach.

We are just old Southern country folks that haven't traveled too much and personally, myself, I want to see everything. BUT I know I can't in just a few hours so I guess I will settle for a few things.

Ok, will read more post from you later, got to go for now. THanks,
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You can try shopping at the straw market over on Front Street. Keep to your right as you exit the building that has all of the little stores. Bob
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My Husband and I sail on the Sovereign July 21st. At Coco Cay we plan to Snorkle with our own equipment and walk the island and just enjoy the beach and at Nassau we plan to visit Paradise beach, the straw market and perhaps get over to Atlantis for a look or maybe a dolphin swim.I believe that we are in Nassau for two days so we should get it all in hopefully. I will let you know how my trip was. This is our first cruise also. K
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oh you are going to have such a great trip! Congrats! I would recommend that you listen to the port excursion talk the first day onboard, and then make your decisions. you may have one thing in mind, then when you see what is offered, change your minds completely.
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I have about decided to wait until we get to Nassau to book anything. I will need to see how both of us feel anyway. My aunt is 77 years old and may not feel like doing too much and I am not in good physical condition so if I overbook then that is waste of money. There are a few things I would like to do while in Nassau but if I don't get to do them, Oh well.

I really like this website. I have gotten so much insight and input from reading everyone's post. I just found out yesterday that a friend of one of my cousins is going to be onboard with us, in fact is one of our travel companions from our beginning to end.

Can't wait to sail but I guess I will have to. Sorry Dave the Wave won't be onboard to entertain us with his banana.
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I have about decided to wait until we get to Nassau to book anything. I will need to see how both of us feel anyway. My aunt is 77 years old and may not feel like doing too much and I am not in good physical condition so if I overbook then that is waste of money. There are a few things I would like to do while in Nassau but if I don't get to do them, Oh well.

I really like this website. I have gotten so much insight and input from reading everyone's post. I just found out yesterday that a friend of one of my cousins is going to be onboard with us, in fact is one of our travel companions from our beginning to end.

Can't wait to sail but I guess I will have to. Sorry Dave the Wave won't be onboard to entertain us with his banana.
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We got back from our cruise on Sovereign a few weeks ago. We had a great time. This was our 3rd cruise. 2 times on Sovereign and once on Disney. You will get great service and the food is fantastic.

Just be warned about Nassau. As soon as you get off the boat, you will be bombarded by people wanting you to do their tour, ride in their taxi or have your hair braided. Just say no thank you and go if you don't want their services. The straw market is fun! Remember to bargain, they love it and that is what the market is about. We did the zoo on the Disney boat it was part of a city tour. We enjoyed that. Just don't stray off the beat path. The main streets are safe but if you get on some back streets the business deep their doors locked. I can't remember the name of the street that is the next street up from the straw market, but there are some really nice stores. We enjoy Del Sol and we have to get a t-shirt from there.
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