Cruise excrusion ideas!

In 13 short days my mom, dad, aunt, uncle, my fiance, and myself will be setting sail on a very exciting cruise! This is our first time being able to experience a 5 day cruise. Well, except my aunt and uncle. 

Anyway, my parents 25th wedding anniversary is the 14th, and they never got to go on a honeymoon, my aunt and uncles 4th wedding anniversary is the 11th, and I just celebrated 4 years of love with my fiance on July 22nd.

Any recommendations on excrusions? We start on the 18th and end on the 23rd. We want 1 day as a family and the other day for couples only to have quality time! Nothing to outrageously expensive ( I know I know I've seen the prices).

For our family day we would like something that is exciting but not all about the ocean. My aunt is terrified so even an excrusion that has other activities along with the ocean would work, just not something that involves just that!

​For our quality time day, we just need ideas to look into.

Trust me, we've been looking on the site, but between the negative reviews and not much time with the dolphins or whatever kinda has us a bit worried about what excrusion purchasing! We are driving to Florida to reach our port so we are leaving the 17th. When we arrive on the 18th, we will be pretty much be getting settled and maybe a little sight seeing. 


Below is a list of things that might help with helping us plan our trip. 

08-19 is fun day at sea 08-20 we will be in Nassau, Bahamas (need excrusion ideas) 08-21 we will be at Half Moon Kay, Bahamas (need excrusion ideas) 08-22 is fun day at sea 08-23 we head home 



Tags: #excrusionideas #13moredays #wehavenothingbooked

2 Answers

A few things come to my mind when reading your post.

1. Tell your travel agent about the anaverseries, they should set up with the ship for a cake at dinner or delivered to staterooms.

2. Half Moon Kay is a private island so all excursion will have to be through the ship. If you do not book an excursion that day the island has nice beaches and a big BBQ lunch for free. The island also has a bar that you pay for and water activities that you pay for. You can rent a beach Villa for the day with A/C and, shower, terrace and maybe a hot tub. Here is top 10 things to do on the Island.

3. Nasua. Stay in a group, do not wander off the main streets and you should be fine. The advantage of booking an excursion though the ship is if your excursion is late returning the ship will wate for you. If your out on your own and do not return on time the ship can leave without you and it is your problem to get back to FL at your expence. Just look up "peir runners" on YouTube. Most all exursions on the islands are water sport excursions unless you do a island or city tour and most of those are in a bus with A/C (A/C is a good thing on the humid islands).

The nice thing of a cruise is it is taking seperate vacations together. You know you will all meet up for dinner every night so days and nights are free to do your own things. Great for family vacations.

If you have Ship Mate app on your smart phone you can read post by other travelers about what is good to do and where to eat in ports you will visit.

Half Moon Cay is the cruiseline private island. You don't need to spend another dime, but if you can snag one of the villas, they are very nice. We had one for our family cruise a couple of years ago, and it was awesome!! Be aware if you purchase the all inclusive beverage package through Carnival, you will not be able to use the package on Half Moon Cay. There are beverages available for purchase, and the ship will provide a buffet lunch on the island.

IMO, the Atlantis excursions in Nassau are a waste of time and money--to me, it's basically an overpriced water park.

There is an area known as the Fish Fry which has an assortment of restaurants, at least one of which has been featured on the Travel Channel. Also, you can stop at the visitor center and get a map for a self-guided walking tour.

Half Moon Cay is an absolutely gorgeous beach--it's the highlight of our cruise every time it's on our itinerary.

Enjoy your cruise--with all you guys have to celebrate, it should be an awesome trip :)


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