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“Carnival Cruise”
Review of Nassau

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Jacksonville, Florida
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25 reviews
28 helpful votes
“Carnival Cruise”
Reviewed October 16, 2010

Took a 5 day cruise on Carnival Cruise Line, my stop in Nassau was so, so. Was unable to book an excursion to the island. So we were left on our own find something to do. First, when you get on land you are bombarded by taxi drivers and vendors. Get as far as you can from there. They are very bothersome. It's not the cleanest place. The closest beach was a mile's walk. No sandy white beaches here. The beach sand was but very rocky. Advise: Book your island excursion on day 1 of your cruise. Waiting the night before, you have a very good chance of being stuck with nothing to do. Do research before you leave for your cruise. Information is not provide on the cruise.
Randall
Taylor, MI

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Colorado
1 review
11 helpful votes
“My Recent Trip to Bahamas and some Gotchas other travelers need to know”
Reviewed October 13, 2010

PHONE CALLS
DO NOT use your Debit or Credit card to call the States. Even if you are only on for one minute, or the call does not connect you will be charged a ridiculous amount. I was charged 41.89 for a call that did not connect. Your credit card company will not allow you to dispute the charges.
Incidentally the company doing the overcharging is BBG Communications owned by the International Satellite Communications company located in California.
Get a calling card BEFORE you travel out of the states. Preferably an AT&T calling card. Alternatively call your cell phone company before you travel and ask them about getting international service just for your trip.
While on vacation if you need to dial a l-800 number such as your credit card company dial 1-880 then the last seven digits of the number you are trying to call.


TAXIS
Expect to shell out A LOT of money in taxis. A ride from the airport to hotel is $21.00. A ride from cable beach to downtown is $15.00. From a Cable Beach hotel to Atlantis, $21.00. If you stay at a hotel further out such as Gambier Village expect to pay $25 to $35 to get into town. The Bahamian Government has set taxi rate zones and the cabbies are not allowed to charge more than the zone amount. Ask your cabbie to show you the chart before you take a ride with them. Don’t ask your cabbie where to eat, they will suggest Fish Fry or to go downtown (both tourist traps)


BUSES
Cost $1.25 to 1.50. Note, the buses only run to 7:00 pm or dark, whichever comes first.

GRATUITY
You will be automatically charged 15 percent on everything, just like a tax.

DINING
Good places to eat; Indigo, Moso (at the Wyndham). I have heard from other travelers that Comfort Point, Green Parrot and Lucianos are all good but we did not get a chance to visit those restaurants.
Note: Most all restaurants with the exception of hotel restaurants are closed on Sunday.
Do not bother with Twin Brothers. We waited ½ hour for service. No one came to even take a drink order so we finally ended up leaving.

CREDIT CARDS.
Before you leave home I suggest writing down three numbers and keeping them in your wallet;
1. Customer service number
2. The number you phone if your card is lost or stolen.
3. Your credit card number itself.
The reason for this. If you are having weird credit card issues like I did, you will not have to mess around trying to call home in order to track down the number of your credit card’s customer service.

LAST WORD:
Your money will go much, much further in either Key West or Key Largo Florida plus the snorkeling/diving is just as good if not better.

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MInnesota
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1 review
9 helpful votes
“Nassau”
Reviewed October 12, 2010

March 2010 - Visited Nassau while on a Spring Break cruise

Nassau was our first stop on our five day cruise. Initially, getting off the ship I was overwhelmed by the crowds of people, the lines of taxis and the number of tour guides all wanting your business. My son and I simply wanted to hang out at the beach so we skipped all the tour guide presentations and took the water taxi to Paradise Island. Once we arrived we arrived we walked a ways to a public beach on the far side of Atlantis. It was REALLY windy that day so you could not swim, we only walked the beach.

We did walk through Atlantis, what an amazing resort, although you can't see that much of it without a wristband.

The rest of our group took a guided tour and they did like it, but mentioned the traffic is crazy on the island.

Overall it was an ok island to visit, we ended up back on the ship, pool side by mid-afternoon.

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Las Vegas, Nevada
1 review
4 helpful votes
“Would never go back unless on a cruise ship or staying at Atlantis”
Reviewed October 11, 2010

I was very dissapointed with my trip to the Bahamas! The beaches were wonderful but that was about it, the hotel we stayed at was terrible, the phone lines didn't work most of the time while we were there. We did enjoy some activites such as dolphin encounter, jet sking, parasailing, underwater scooter. We also went to a brazillian restaurant which was good. I would reccomend if you do any underwater activites to rent the wetsuit if it's offered.

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Loganville, GA
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19 reviews
37 helpful votes
“Inexpensive Day in Nassau”
Reviewed October 9, 2010

Just returned from a cruise day in Nassau where we had a fun inexpensive day exploring. First, took the ferry boat to Paradise Island where the Atlantis resort is located. The Ferry is $3 per person each way so for 2 people round trip $12 can't beat it and you get a great tour guide that works for tips. Once on the island explore the Marina village shops and the Atlantis resort Casino, and part of the aquarium is free you can even watch the huge manta rays being fed 9am and 3pm (when we were there). Walk through the resort to the front enterance and then a block away to (Public) Cable Beach. Very soft sand and beautiful blue water. There are alot of people selling drinks, hair braiding, jewelry etc. but they only ask once and then dont bother you too much later. Then once back across on the ferry we walked through the straw market to a restaurant The Fish fry recommend the conch fritters and the pino colada the small was $2 and plenty for me. The walk was 20 mins so we took a taxi back which was $4 per person you can catch the 10 bus though and its 1.25 per person we couldn't wait though. Fun day for pretty cheap. Also had planned on going to the Sandals resort and purchase a day pass which would include drinks, food, and activites but $90 and didn't have enough time to make it worth while. People we met had done a similar day pass at Beaches for $60 had a lot of fun.

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