Go into Nassau or stay onboard?

Jan 22nd, 2009, 06:40 AM
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Go into Nassau or stay onboard?

We are taking a short 4 Day cruise that stops in Nassau for an afternoon and evening. Is there much to see or do in Nassau? Beautiful beaches, snorkeling, etc. or is it not so great? Should we just stay on the boat and enjoy what it offers since we're on it for such a short time?
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Jan 22nd, 2009, 07:42 AM
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My daughter and I recently went to Nassau with another mother/daughter. Honestly, I did not like it. It was unbelievably crowded and the traffic was horrendous. The area around the port being particularly awful, in my opinion.

Having said that, the 2 of us walked several blocks and took a 'bus' to Cable Beach. The driver dropped us off at the Wyndham Hotel and we spent an hour on their beach. ($1.25 each way per person) - apparently, this is the 'norm' in Nassau - you use the beach of the nicer hotels??? We were approached by 2 different timeshare people as we quickly walked through the hotel though. The water was cold so we did not go in but the beach was beautiful.

Several people went to the Atlantis resort and enjoyed it although they said it was pricey.

The mother/daughter we went with did the Segway Excursion and had a BLAST! They also did the stingray excursion and were disappointed. The water was cold and there was nothing to see but stingrays - imagine that. ;-)

We aren't shoppers so the fact that you are dumped out into this tiny building with people hounding you for taxis, hair braiding, excursions, to buy their wares, etc., did not help the impression. You are forced to weave your way through this entire building to come/go. I would encourage you to get away from the downtown area if you do go... book an excursion to a remote island or something...

Friends previously set up a snorkel with Stuart Cove and loved it - but you will most likely need to rent a wetsuit as the water is cooler... imo....
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Jan 22nd, 2009, 03:15 PM
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We spent a week on the island in November. I recommend Stuart Cove for snorkeling or spending the afternoon at beautiful Cabbage beach near Atlantis. There aren't any facilities but you could eat dinner at the marina or one of the hotels nearby.
If you decide to spend the day at Atlantis it's cheaper to book a room at Comfort Suites if there are 4 of you. You turn up at the hotel, collect your 'atlantis passports', check out and then across to Atlantis. The pools/slides close at 5pm so maybe this wouldn't be ideal for you.
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Jan 23rd, 2009, 09:57 AM
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The first time we stopped at Nassau, we went to Atlantis which is definitely worth seeing - with a ceiling to floor wall to wall fish tank - as a matter of fact , it was the wall :0 - and of course there was the casino and gambling ..

Yes there is a tiny "flea market" type affair you have to walk through as you go into the town - but you can just walk through - there are plenty of scooters to rent, horse carriage rides, and so on.

the second time we went I walked through the main street of town and there were lovely shops for dresses, and I was told to go to the straw market. If you are a shopper you don't want to miss this...designer name handbags and luggage, watches,maybe they are knockoffs of extremely good quality that of course are prohibited in the US, some clothing...at very very good prices.Absolutely worth the 5 or 6 block walk there.
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Jan 23rd, 2009, 10:12 AM
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Atlantis is the place to go. Really something to see, weather you just have lunch and walk around the beautiful grounds or pay for a day pass to use the pools, etc.(ComfortSuites, as posted above may be a cheaper way for 4)

Second, would be Cable Beach. Definitely not as extensive as Atlantis, but the water is gorgeous.

Get off, enjoy. You'll have enough time on the ship.
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Jan 29th, 2009, 08:49 AM
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IMO after a stop in Nassau two years ago... and the hassle..and I can usually deal with that, but the hassle and the many cruisers there I would stay on board.. I did find a drug store and a t-shirt shop for a project we were making, but unless you know prices or are looking for something in particular forget about it..10,000 cruisers getting off ships is not my idea of fun
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