In February, my husband and I, along with a few family members, went on a Carnival Pride cruise out of Baltimore, Maryland. I wrote up a review – complete with plenty of photos and brochure/FunTimes. Now it’s time for a review of my excursion on the island of Nassau, The Bahamas.
I was so excited to get into the port in Nassau. It was a beautiful 80° Caribbean Day. We were joined, in port, by the Norweigan Jewel.
The port was congested by the time we got down to the sidewalk area. Both ships were de-boarding at the same time. Both cruise lines seemed very organized though. We were directed immediately to where we needed to wait for our excursion to start.
My husband and I decided on taking the Sea & See Tour. It was our first time in Nassau and we wanted a tour that would give us both water and land adventures. The “See” tour consists of a bus ride around a square mile area of the port. I was disappointed overall that we didn’t get a chance to see more of the Bahamas and was hoping for a drive by some of the famous beaches and maybe even a close up drive by Atlantis. Instead we drove by the local hospital, had the opportunity to get out and walk up the Queen’s Stairs (if you didn’t get out you couldn’t see the stairs) or stay on the bus and drive up to the top of the stairs where there is an old fort.
We stopped at the fort for about 20 minutes so we could shop at some of the vendors (similar to the straw market) and visit the fort ($1 admission). The fort is extremely small and takes all but 5 minutes to walk around. It was a great place to take a photo of our ship sitting in port.
We left the fort and drove back towards the port passing a police station and the “political” buildings (sorry can’t remember what they were called.
Statue of Christopher Columbus
I loved this sign. It made me smile.
We then boarded a boat and had a 20-25 minute drive out of the bay area – past the cruise ships……..
by Atlantis – our boat narrator was very funny and full of information. He pointed out that the ‘bridge” connecting the two hotel buildings within Atlantis was made for Michael Jackson. It was his suite when he would visit Nassau.
We drove by many mansions. Definitely different than the houses you see on the main island. I think the two houses below were Oprah Winfrey’s. Yes, I said TWO houses.
Then we transferred from one boat to the boat with the glass bottoms. It was a very easy transfer from one boat to the other. Then we had to walk down a narrow flight of stairs. My mom is disabled (walks with a walker) and they were scared to sign up for any excursion as they weren’t sure if she could handle the physical parts of the tour. I really think she could have conquered this tour with no problems. Everyone was very friendly and she could have gone down and up the stairs last. There was always plenty of time and no rush.
Now….to what we saw underwater. We were the first ones down the stairs so we sat in the front of the boat. The advantage of that was I could easily see out of both sides of the boat. After we arrived at the first coral reef, the people on the deck of the boat feed the fish. Most of the fish came to the middle of the ship so if you were sitting in the front, like I was – it was hard to see large amounts of fish. I really did enjoy this part of the tour though. I loved how close we were to the bottom of the sea bed and enjoyed playing “eye spy” with my husband.
This was the boat that had the glass bottom windows. We walked through the door you see there and went down the stairs.
We saw a lot of these fish and coral reefs.
We saw a couple of turtles
Overall I enjoyed this tour but I’m not sure if the “See” portion of it was worth it. Both tours had amazing tour guides who added information about Nassau and Humor.
After the Sea and See Tour, we went to Señor Frogs for lunch. The atmosphere is great in there – up beat, great music and they were playing games on the dance floor with some of the customers. The food and drinks were yummy but I felt the price was high.
After filling our bellies with Mexican food in the Bahamas, he set off to grab a geocache (if you don’t know what that is, check out geocaching.com) and then hit the jewelry stores – specifically Diamonds International.
Here’s what I bought:
We also hit up the Rum Cake shop and stopped into a few tourist shops – picked up a Christmas Ornament (a tradition) and then went back to the ship.
We stopped on the way back and took a couple of photos of us.
My sister and her family did a Segway Tour and she’ll be writing up a review for me to post.
I’d love to hear about any trips you took to Nassau and what you did while there. Leave me a comment below.