Anyone Stay Aboard Instead of Heading to Port?

We are going to Nassau...again! Well, to be honest the itinerary fits our work schedule and the embarkation port is close to home AND we need a vacation! Any-who...


Has anyone stayed aboard during a port destination and hung out? What was your experience and what did you do? 


I have some ideas and I imagine it is quieter, but want to hear from you!




--Have Water? Have FUN!

17 Answers

The only thing worth a damn in Nassau is the Greycliff Hotel. Lunch, chocolate, and a cigar factory. We often stay on the ship. Especially if there is a Thallossatherapy Spa on board.

We went to Nassau in January and we opted to stay on the ship due to reading reviews and such. It was a pleasant enough day hanging by the pool but there was that feeling that we had missed out on something. After we were leaving we watched the coast line and such and realized that we should have booked a beach excursion that day as we are beach people. From what I am told and saw of the market as we did get off to look around the market, the beach is really the only thing worth while there. Atlantis is way over priced but really is the only thing that keeps Nassau going, or so I am told.

If we have been to the port several times we will stay onboard at times. Or we go looking for wifi so my wife can get her internet fix. Our experience onboard is nice. Quieter no fighting for space. I think it's what you make of it.

Atlantis is nice and enjoyable,but yes it is overpriced. But then so are most amusement parks / resorts of that ilk. Sort of like when in Canaveral and going into Orlando. Every option is pricey.

I have not visited any of the beaches from Nassau so not sure how they are but i would have to agree that staying on ship and pretending it is just another sea day (but quieter) is a good option.

When we were in Nassau it was a week after Sandy rolled through so Great Stirrup Key was closed and we had an extra day with an overnight in Nassau (for azipod repairs they said) and we did not go off ship on the extra day.

I do not have a "T-Cell" anywhere in my hair & fair-skinned so the beach is kinda off limits. I think I will surprise my hubby with a couples massage and then go to the Serenity Deck; possibly the Thallossatherapy Spa.

As long as it is quiet, we have a adult beverage & we are together, we will have a dandy time. We never feel like we are missing anything.

Holiday is all about going with the flow and leaving your normal life behind for a brief period of time!

We have 2 mottos:

--Work Hard, Vacation Hard!

--Have Water? Have FUN!

I have not stayed on board, but I have gone back early. Much easier to get a chair by the pool, but there are plenty of people that stay on board. The spa will also run deals on services as well during port days.

Wow! Yippie for NassauSurprised

I just went to Nassau: IMHO you will not miss much by not going off the ship. I happen to like being on the ship on port days, most people are off the ship so you can play mini golf with no crowd, get a window seat at the buffet and easy to get a lounge by the pool. Being on the ship on port day is very relaxing and enjoyable.


Our last cruise, with the exception of Labedaa, I would have been find staying on the ship. We had a good beach excursion, but for 3 hours (2 travelling time) was not worth the money. Besides I love it when the ship is out to sea. I really think that the ports are just like extras. To me, if I really want to see a place, I would fly there and stay. It's all about the cruising for us.


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