We are taking a cruise to freeport and nassau. We are wondering about the ports. First we decided to snorkel at Paradise Cove in Freeport. The Nassau port we are not sure what to do. We have figured out booking excursions with Carnival is marked up like 200%. When we went to Cozumel, the excursion for a beach/park with Carnival was 80 a person. We caught a cab, and paid 5 bucks for the cab ride and 20 bucks a person for the same thing Carnival had to offer. Any suggestions for Nassau like this? We are not afraid to get in a cab or bus and go somewhere fun.
Freeport and Nassau
Nassau was not my favorite port. We did not have much time so we just walked around because Atlantis was not worth it. We are glad we didn't because it was not the best port. There is a senor frogs if that is your thing, but you may want to stay on the boat...my two cents
Nassau has it bad sides so you do not want to wander around on your own too far. Many do not leave the ship when there. We opted to go to Atlantis as we had not been there before and we had my 13 year old daughter with us. Yep it is pricey but no more so than any of the theme parks in Orlando. Atlantis has a lot of nice features and I really enjoyed it.
Sadly, Nassau doesn't get a lot of "good marks" here. I've been there 3 or 4 times. There's is something in the air there.....I felt a sense of fakeness. A sense of people making the motions but not really feeling like they wanted us there. I felt that way before I joined this family. Just watch your back. I don't know, we did the beach on our own thing in Nassau the first time we went there. I had 2 teen girls with me and a pre teen boy. The taxi was a van with a lot of duck tape and sparse seatbelts. The driver was speeding, slamming on the breaks and yelling out the window. I was responsible for my kids and another persons child. I thought to myself, what have I done? We made it to the beach....we had to walk down and sandy road lined with trees...there were locals standing around--again I thought to myself, ok if someone approaches us and becomes a problem, I'm really gonna have to defend these kids. I cant even remember the beaches name. Thank GOD nothing happen but never again will I put my children or myself in a defense type mode like that.
External affairs Canada has some concerns about both locations. I tend to listen to them.
We went to Nassau a couple times and usually hit Junkanoo Beach and Senor Frogs. Otherwise we didn't do too much. Personally not my favorite port but we made the best of it and had a good time!
A lot of people seem to feel the same about Nassau. There are some beautiful beaches there that are outside of Atlantis. My recommendation is to book with the ship and stay safe. I have heard of others that have gone on their own and have been fine, but my philosophy is why risk it?
Nassau is not the safest port. (I believe it is one of the unsafest ports) When I was there the ship (Carnival Victory) even made an announcement not to wander off the main streets and to stay in a group or couple, do not wander alone. I did a tour of the city, it was nice to get off the ship a bit but it was a not a great tour. If I cruise there again I think I'd stay on the ship.
For safety reasons I'd suggest a ship excursion if you go ashore, it cost a bit more but you know the vendor has been vetted by the cruise line and you will be in a group. I'd also suggest leaving jewelry
on the ship, this is a dress down port.
So let me ask this question then, because this is boggling my mind. Why do Cruise ships continue to dock there if it is so unsafe?
I think because of the resorts like Atlantis. We really don't want to spend 200 dollars a person for a pool. Based on what everyone said we are hitting the straw market right off port and getting back on the ship.
Not a fan of the Bahamas. The reasons mentioned by previous posters are valid for us as well.