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Hi everyone,

We will be visiting the Eastern Caribbean in Sept on Carnival Dream.

This will be our first time visiting this port.

What are the must sees and must do's?

Are there any local tour companies that you can recommend as opposed to booking the excursion on the ship?

We also like doing the island tours but don't want to end up on one of those that just hit the tourist spots where they have the contracts to stop at.

We ran into this when we were in St. Maarten. The tour was boring b/c the tour operator just seemed like he was going through the motions.

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Hi everyone,

We will be visiting the Eastern Caribbean in Sept on Carnival Dream.

This will be our first time visiting this port.

What are the must sees and must do's?

Are there any local tour companies that you can recommend as opposed to booking the excursion on the ship?

We also like doing the island tours but don't want to end up on one of those that just hit the tourist spots where they have the contracts to stop at.

We ran into this when we were in St. Maarten. The tour was boring b/c the tour operator just seemed like he was going through the motions.

 

how old is your party, is it a couple or family, what are you guys interested in?

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how old is your party, is it a couple or family, what are you guys interested in?

 

We are in our early 40's and it is just the two of us.

We like doing the island tours to learn about the culture.

But we want to avoid the same disappointment we had in St. Maarten with that island tour.

That is why we are wondering if there is a local tour company on the island that is good a reputable to deal with.

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Some of what you are interested in overlaps with my itinerary, so I will just copy/paste some options:

 

Junkanoo beach (http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showpost.php?p=36391347&postcount=4) - nice public beach we can lay on and relax.

 

Price: Free; umbrellas cost $5

 

Queen's Staircase - recommended view

 

Price: Free

 

Walking Tours (http://www.frommers.com/destinations/newprovidence/0251010008.html) - really get to see the history of Bahamas (minus the rape and robbing).

 

Price: Free

 

Senor Frogs - drink

Fish Fry (Oh Andros, Frankie Goes bananas. Anchorage, and Goldies) - All fried fish/lobster/conch. Heard it's fun to try.

Cafe Matisse (http://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g147416-d780053-Reviews-Cafe_Matisse-Nassau_New_Providence_Island_Bahamas.html) - rated #1 and could be an option to eat at while doing walking tour

 

Pirate Museum (http://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g147416-d148523-Reviews-Pirates_of_Nassau_Museum-Nassau_New_Providence_Island_Bahamas.html) - I don't care what anyone does, I'm going to this. I want to see this. (left on George street where the jitney's line up. You'll see it on the right. )

 

Price: $12

 

Straw Market on Bay Street (http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=straw+market+nassau+bahamas&id=EB67DDC60D8B0C9C2EC5409750647F9B56E4C70C&FORM=IQFRBA#a) - they sell a variety of straw type things, braid your hair etc. Do not buy ANYTHING on their first offer, they try to hustle you. Try to counter offer them at 3/5, and don't budge in price. It's fun to negotiate. You can walk away, and they will acquiese usually.

 

Price: Very cheap

 

Rum cakes - there are apparently 3 times of Rum cakes, Bahamian, Bacardi, and another one (the third one is very good but not local). I want to buy one.

 

 

John Watling's Disillery (http://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g147416-d4176835-Reviews-John_Watling_s_Distillery-Nassau_New_Providence_Island_Bahamas.html) - 1-2 hour distillery tour that allows you to see how they make local rum.

 

Price: Free

 

 

If you want to see more stuff, I'd recommend checking tripadvisor for tours and such.

 

Best of luck.

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We did the three hour Tru Bahamian Food Tour and loved it. You learn about the culture and history of the island plus the food was fantastic. The highlight of our trip. My husband and I are in our 50's and we traveled with our sons 20 and 16. They really liked it too. Alana was a fantastic tour guide and so accommodating. I was able to use my reward points from Bank of America to book two of our tickets.

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We are in our early 40's and it is just the two of us.

We like doing the island tours to learn about the culture.

But we want to avoid the same disappointment we had in St. Maarten with that island tour.

That is why we are wondering if there is a local tour company on the island that is good a reputable to deal with.

 

Which island tour did you do in St. Maarten? We did Bernard's tours and had a great time:)

 

November will be our 9th time in Nassau - and we have never done a tour before - but this year we are booked with Jermaine's tours .... we thought after 9 visits it is time to see a little bit more of the island.

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Which island tour did you do in St. Maarten? We did Bernard's tours and had a great time:)

 

November will be our 9th time in Nassau - and we have never done a tour before - but this year we are booked with Jermaine's tours .... we thought after 9 visits it is time to see a little bit more of the island.

 

I can't remember the name of the tour as it has been at least 3 years.

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We did the three hour Tru Bahamian Food Tour and loved it. You learn about the culture and history of the island plus the food was fantastic. The highlight of our trip. My husband and I are in our 50's and we traveled with our sons 20 and 16. They really liked it too. Alana was a fantastic tour guide and so accommodating. I was able to use my reward points from Bank of America to book two of our tickets.

 

Do you recall how much the tour cost?

There will be just two of us.

Did you book this on the ship or from the company directly?

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Do you recall how much the tour cost?

There will be just two of us.

Did you book this on the ship or from the company directly?

 

So I took a look at the company site and unfortunately they do not offer a tour on Sunday Sept 22/13.

 

We will have to look for other options now

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Some of what you are interested in overlaps with my itinerary, so I will just copy/paste some options:

 

Junkanoo beach (http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showpost.php?p=36391347&postcount=4) - nice public beach we can lay on and relax.

 

Price: Free; umbrellas cost $5

 

Queen's Staircase - recommended view

 

Price: Free

 

Walking Tours (http://www.frommers.com/destinations/newprovidence/0251010008.html) - really get to see the history of Bahamas (minus the rape and robbing).

 

Price: Free

 

Senor Frogs - drink

Fish Fry (Oh Andros, Frankie Goes bananas. Anchorage, and Goldies) - All fried fish/lobster/conch. Heard it's fun to try.

Cafe Matisse (http://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g147416-d780053-Reviews-Cafe_Matisse-Nassau_New_Providence_Island_Bahamas.html) - rated #1 and could be an option to eat at while doing walking tour

 

Pirate Museum (http://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g147416-d148523-Reviews-Pirates_of_Nassau_Museum-Nassau_New_Providence_Island_Bahamas.html) - I don't care what anyone does, I'm going to this. I want to see this. (left on George street where the jitney's line up. You'll see it on the right. )

 

Price: $12

 

Straw Market on Bay Street (http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=straw+market+nassau+bahamas&id=EB67DDC60D8B0C9C2EC5409750647F9B56E4C70C&FORM=IQFRBA#a) - they sell a variety of straw type things, braid your hair etc. Do not buy ANYTHING on their first offer, they try to hustle you. Try to counter offer them at 3/5, and don't budge in price. It's fun to negotiate. You can walk away, and they will acquiese usually.

 

Price: Very cheap

 

Rum cakes - there are apparently 3 times of Rum cakes, Bahamian, Bacardi, and another one (the third one is very good but not local). I want to buy one.

 

 

John Watling's Disillery (http://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g147416-d4176835-Reviews-John_Watling_s_Distillery-Nassau_New_Providence_Island_Bahamas.html) - 1-2 hour distillery tour that allows you to see how they make local rum.

 

Price: Free

 

 

If you want to see more stuff, I'd recommend checking tripadvisor for tours and such.

 

Best of luck.

 

Bump for these good suggestions

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Sorry I missed your post but for others, I booked directly online with Tru Bahamian food Tours. I believe it was $69 per person but I only paid for two as I used my reward points for the other two tickets. We also booked a snorkeling excursion directly thru Bluehole Watersports and that was fantastic as well.

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Junkanoo beach and the distillery tour look like fun for the time that we are in the port.

We will be there from 8:30-2pm.

Is the beach within walking distance from the port?

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Can anyone recommend a good restaurant to try conch fritters or flying fish?

I was told these are a must try.

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We were in Nassau last Saturday. I highly recommend John Watling's Rum Distillery. An interesting tour and a rum tasting afterward. The grounds are beautiful. It is within walking distance of the port. It is an up hill walk. The good news is that on the way down hill is the new Fat Tuesday's on the water.

 

The Fish Fry is about another 10 minute walk from Fat Tuesday's. I have eaten at a couple of different restaurants at the Fish Fry. My personal preference is for Twin Brothers.

 

Since you are there on a Sunday, you may want to check in advance what time they open.

 

I was also impressed with the improvements that have been made to Bay Street and some of the other adjacent streets. Many of the side walks have been replaced; making the area much more pedestrian friendly.

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Which island tour did you do in St. Maarten? We did Bernard's tours and had a great time:)

 

We used Bernard's also and had a wonderful time with John Landel as our tour guide. He was excellent and had the very best rum punch I have ever had.

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Junkanoo beach and the distillery tour look like fun for the time that we are in the port.

We will be there from 8:30-2pm.

Is the beach within walking distance from the port?

 

The beach is easy walking distance from the ship. Use Google Earth and you will be able to find all of these places beforehand and have a general idea of where you are going.

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We have been to Nassau several times. [stayed on Paradise Island for a week]

 

We like to take a water taxi [or regular taxi] to Paradise island. Walk up the hill to Atlantis and walk through the public areas of the resort. The marina is one of the first areas you get to. The boats that are moored there are out of this world. We love to look at these.

 

Across the street from the Atlantis entrance [nearest the marina and shopping area] is a small shopping center with gifts shops, liquor store, restaurants and a Scotia Bank [with ATM] We found prices in this shopping center pretty good. Also, there is a smaller straw market near this. It it much less crowded and a no pressure market.

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Junkanoo beach and the distillery tour look like fun for the time that we are in the port.

We will be there from 8:30-2pm.

Is the beach within walking distance from the port?

 

Junkanoo beach is in walking distance from the port. (west bay street and nassau st, I think it's a 5 min walk from port).

 

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Some really nice pics of the beach can be found here as well: http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1753489

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Anyone know if any buses or taxis go to the John Watling's Rum Distillery? I have a back problem that makes it hard for me to walk long distances. :(

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We thought Junkanoo beach was a sketchy, trash infested dump. We walked all the way over there from the ship, turned around and walked back. No way was I staying there. Ended up taking a $10pp taxi to paradise beach and enjoyed the day. Im told theres a water taxi to paradise beach too, but I dont know where it leaves from.

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Anyone know if any buses or taxis go to the John Watling's Rum Distillery? I have a back problem that makes it hard for me to walk long distances. :(

 

No jitneys, but a cab will take you there. About $11 for 2 ppl.

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How far is the starw market from where the ship docks? Walking is limited for me and I don't want to be "walked out" before I get there

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Props to you for giving us direct links! I enjoyed looking at all the pics at the straw market....Question maybe someone can answer: We will be in port 8a-5p. Will that be enough time to do a tour of Atlantis as well as the distillery and straw market? This is the port we are most excited about and the port that we have more than 1 thing planned. Im getting kinda scared we are planning too much :(

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John Watlings distillery. It's a must do for anyone under 40. Lots of free alcohol. Fun times. Got to talk to locals and learn about the culture too. Tour is non existent though.

 

Under 40?! This 42 year old takes offense to that!;):D

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Props to you for giving us direct links! I enjoyed looking at all the pics at the straw market....Question maybe someone can answer: We will be in port 8a-5p. Will that be enough time to do a tour of Atlantis as well as the distillery and straw market? This is the port we are most excited about and the port that we have more than 1 thing planned. Im getting kinda scared we are planning too much :(

 

I assume you mean a ship's tour, since you can't just tour Atlantis.

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Under 40?! This 42 year old takes offense to that!;):D

 

 

 

We are going too...41,42

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Can kids go through the distillery? Ours are 12, 14 & 15.

BTW, thanks for the great list. This will be our first cruise, but I'm not big on doing excursions and would rather do stuff on our own.

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You can take the jitney to the group of conch restaurants to the right of the portage. It is a good walk but doable also. See map above for location of jitneys. The restaurants don't open until noon but check online for Sundays. We enjoyed the flamingo walk at the zoo-ish place but the rest of the place was subpar. It is near the conch restaurants.

 

When we were there we took the water taxi back to the ship. The boat drive allowed some local to orate on what to see in Nassau and he was loud and unexperienced. He expected a tip. He had some misinfo also. I also thought the water taxis were overcrowded and low to the water. Hopefully they have been replaced. This was a few yrs ago.

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Under 40?! This 42 year old takes offense to that!;):D

 

I'm sorry :(

 

I didn't mean that as offense, although it came off that way.

 

John Watlings is highly recommended for anyone who enjoys a nice free drink :)

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Under 40?! This 42 year old takes offense to that!;):D

 

Yeah, what's up with that?? Maybe they meant anyone over 18??

 

We were there last month and had a great afternoon.

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How far is the starw market from where the ship docks? Walking is limited for me and I don't want to be "walked out" before I get there

 

 

 

There is alittle bus that runs from the Ships to the building-Festival Place

that everyone goes thru before going into town.........

The little Bus is free,,,,,I always tip the driver afew dollars...

The Bus runs back & forth going to the Ships

pick up people takes everyone to the building...

Then from the building back to the Ship........

If you can't get the bus,there is places along the way you can sit...

Inside the building there is benches to sit........

 

The Straw Market is not far from the dock.........

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Can kids go through the distillery? Ours are 12, 14 & 15.

BTW, thanks for the great list. This will be our first cruise, but I'm not big on doing excursions and would rather do stuff on our own.

 

 

While I don't think there is a minimum age requirement for the tour, I'm old school and don't think that kids should participate at any function that is primarily designed to drink.. and this is.. the tour is quick.. and the main event is the sampling.. then the bar for a cocktail or 2.

 

Happy hour on Friday's is certainly an adult function although I've seen parents bring along their kids.

 

No need to stone me... as I said.. i'm old school.

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While I don't think there is a minimum age requirement for the tour, I'm old school and don't think that kids should participate at any function that is primarily designed to drink.. and this is.. the tour is quick.. and the main event is the sampling.. then the bar for a cocktail or 2.

 

Happy hour on Friday's is certainly an adult function although I've seen parents bring along their kids.

 

No need to stone me... as I said.. i'm old school.

 

No problem, I am just trying to find things that my dh will enjoy and my kids don't really mind this kind of stuff. We homeschool, so they are used to all kinds of things. If it means history on alcohol, so be it. They know dh has on occasional beer and we're trying not to raise them as if alcohol is a bad things, it's just something one does in moderation.

 

I actually sent them a message through FB and this is what they said:

John Watling's Distillery, Ltd.Hi Kristine -- Yes, they are able to do the tour and can also have a virgin drink at our tavern. The place is very family friendly. By then our kitchen should be open and you can get lunch too. Regards,

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No problem, I am just trying to find things that my dh will enjoy and my kids don't really mind this kind of stuff. We homeschool, so they are used to all kinds of things. If it means history on alcohol, so be it. They know dh has on occasional beer and we're trying not to raise them as if alcohol is a bad things, it's just something one does in moderation.

 

I actually sent them a message through FB and this is what they said:

John Watling's Distillery, Ltd.Hi Kristine -- Yes, they are able to do the tour and can also have a virgin drink at our tavern. The place is very family friendly. By then our kitchen should be open and you can get lunch too. Regards,

 

I'm not surprised. Kids are allowed almost anywhere in the bahamas.. and if you're old enough to ask for a drink.. someone will serve you. Its all about the $

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When we went, there was no one in the distillery. You tour it yourself. after that you head into the main building if you want to by or sample the rums.

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