Many people have told me, that we do not need to book an excursion for our trip. What is there to do for free on Nassau or Freeport islands?
Free, at Nassau and Freeport?
In Freeport, the ship docks in an industrial area. You will need to book an excursion or take a cab to find shopping, food, beach. In Nassau, there is a straw market as you get off the ship as well as a free beach within walking distance. There are maps available for self-guided walking tours (Google it). Personally we aren't comfortable going outside the gates alone. We usually book an excursion here, but this time we will have the young grands and are just going to stay on the ship and enjoy the pool and water slides, maybe getting off long enough to browse the straw market a bit. Enjoy your cruise!!
In Nassau, we walk to the Pirate's Museum which is about 3/4mile from where the ship docks. There are several things within walking distance, but as GrandmaJo indicated, you should be in group and preferably not just ladies. That may sound sexist but it is a safety issue in some Caribbean Islands. The reason people say you don't need a shore tour is that things are relatively close....but we often take a shore tour for our first visit to any of the Islands. It helps for the next visit.
In Nassau we did a walking tour on our own, to the Queens Staircase (I think that's the name), by the Fort, down to the straw market and then to then to the beach. It was ok, but our least favourite port. We felt perfectly safe walking on empty streets and streets where we were clearly the only visitors.
We've never visited Freeport.
Thank you all!
There is shopping and a bar at the Freeport port. There's also a nearby restaurant.
Stay on the ship, that's free. Nassau yuck
Nassau is a port I visited once, no need to return. The island is very poor and has high crime rate. If you get off the ship I agree with most above, large group or an excursion, safety in numbers. We did a top 10 excursion that was a nice overview of the island. We all agreed after the tour to go back to the ship. None of us wanted to wander the streets to do any shopping on that island.
We walked to the beach in NASSAU. In Freeport there is limited shopping right by the dock but it is limited to handicraft items and tee shirt-like items.