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Ok.... I just need a little encouragement from the fellow cruisers.... my family and I are going on the symphony of the seas Bahamas cruise in may. We have been so excited and have been in great  anticipation.  After having a conversation with a friend that cruises often they said to me that we are wasting our money going on a cruise to the Bahamas and that Bahamas is only 50 miles from Florida and it is not worth the 12 hour drive to get to the port and cruise to a place that only takes a hr to get to by plane. Honestly I felt a little discouraged and they made me feel sorta stupid and a little embarrassed that I've been so excited  because I never thought of how close the Bahamas was. We are definitely still going but it kinda hurt my feelings that someone would say we are basically throwing our money away.... just curious does anyone else think Bahamas cruises are a waste of money?

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Bahamas cruises are our least favorite cruises, but it is still a cruise with all the things a ship provides and most the ports are worth seeing once.  Many will do your cruise for the ship.

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You are doing more than going to the Bahamas, you are spending 7 days on a cruise ship that has amenities coming out the ying yang.  Anybody can get on a plane and fly to the Bahamas but you're going to do it in great style enjoying all that that great ship has to offer.  Don't let your friends negative attitude affect you.  You'll have a blast.  Post lots of pics to instagram and make your friend jealous that you are cruising and they are not.

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IMHO any cruise is a great cruise. I tell anyone who will listen, a cruise is what you make of it

 If your family is excited, you will have a good time. It doesn't matter how close the Bahamas is, when my family moved to the Philadelphia area we swore we would visit NY reguarly becuase it was so close.... Regularly never happened, it was more like barely. Enjoy your cruise on the largest cruise ship in the world. 

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Sad that you feel this person who responded so negatively to you is a “friend”. ANY day on a cruise to anywhere is a better day than working. I’ve been to the Bahamas. Nothing wrong with this. You have 6 more days on this cruise. Go, enjoy and don’t consider this person’s remarks. 

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Just looked at the itineraries and there is indeed a 3 and 4 day Bahamas cruise.

 

Symphony  is a great ship.  Ignore your friends...they are just jealous that you are going away and they are not.

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I've done the same literary/ship 6 times. People must think I'm crazy but I enjoy it.  You only go round once, try it all in life. You might just fall in love! 

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You are going on the Symphony which is the largest cruise ship out there. Your ship is the destination this time, not the Bahamas

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No matter what vacation I’m going on there’s always someone in my life that poo poos on it. Usually people who haven’t been there themselves and know nothing about. Don’t let haters ruin your excitement. Haters gotta hate. Debbie downers have to bring people down. 

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Sandy beaches, crystal blue water, rum punches, time with your family,  a ship that is a floating resort...what's not to like?  You will have a blast while your friends are sitting at work wishing they could be in the Bahamas!

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7 hours ago, Tntt said:

Ok.... I just need a little encouragement from the fellow cruisers.... my family and I are going on the symphony of the seas Bahamas cruise in may. We have been so excited and have been in great  anticipation.  After having a conversation with a friend that cruises often they said to me that we are wasting our money going on a cruise to the Bahamas and that Bahamas is only 50 miles from Florida and it is not worth the 12 hour drive to get to the port and cruise to a place that only takes a hr to get to by plane. Honestly I felt a little discouraged and they made me feel sorta stupid and a little embarrassed that I've been so excited  because I never thought of how close the Bahamas was. We are definitely still going but it kinda hurt my feelings that someone would say we are basically throwing our money away.... just curious does anyone else think Bahamas cruises are a waste of money?

Your friend cruises often and thus is jaded. There is plenty to see and do in the Bahamas for a first time cruiser. Our first cruise was to the Bahamas and while most cruisers consider it to be "pedestrian" it was exotic enough for us (and our drive was around 23 hours😀).

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Go with a positive, curious attitude and you will have a great time.  Read up on aspects of your destination that interest you - maybe Bahamian culture, native species, food, books, art, etc.  

 

Be friendly and open to others and you might make some new friends.  Consider joining the roll call for your cruise so that you can communicate with others on your sailing before you even get on the ship.

 

I have been to many places and I like the Bahamas.  Travel, relaxation, and experiencing and being open to new things are not at all stupid.

 

Edited by Bookish Angel

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I live on long island ny. We got alot of beaches. When i go on cruises i look foward to beach days. I like beaches!!

I would never not do something cause some one said they don't like it. 

 Doesnt sound like a  "friend" to me

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We choose our cruises based on the following order of priorities:

     1. Ship

     2. Date

     3. Port of departure

     4. Ports of call

Don't worry about it.  Oasis-class ships are gorgeous and filled with more activities than you can fit into your itinerary.

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Enjoy your cruise and ignore your friends! Maybe they're just jealous. 😉 

 

I've been on Harmony and the ship itself was amazing, so needless to say you will have the best time on Symphony alone. How many ports are you doing in the Bahamas? If Nassau is one of them, then yeah not the best port but it's more of what you make it. When we're in Nassau I make it a ship day and enjoy the ship while it's a little quieter. 

 

In my opinion, I would be excited. I think you'll have a wonderful time and best of all you're on vacation!! 

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What an unkind thing for your "friend" to say!  

 

Have a wonderful time and enjoy every new experience!  The time will fly by so fast.  

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Many cruises go to Nassau so many frequent cruisers have been there so many times that they stay on the ship. If you have never been to Nassau just know that there are many things to do, beautiful beaches etc.  You could check out the Bahamas forum for some suggestions of things to do.  After the cold winter you have had you deserve a cruise on a big beautiful ship to some warm islands. Enjoy your cruise!

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I have been to Nassau several times on cruises and still always look forward to returning. Enjoy the anticipation of your upcoming cruise and don't worry about the negativity if others.

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Yes, the ship is the destination! Research your Bahamas port(s), and you will find plenty to do that you will enjoy. Frequent cruisers become jaded about any port they have been to frequently. We stay on the ship now in Nassau because we have been there many times. But on previous stops in Nassau, we have enjoyed a beautiful beach with waves, shopping, and tours of historic sites.

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If you are doing a 3-4 day cruise to the Bahamas, decide if you want to get off the ship. We've done numerous weekenders to the Bahamas. This is on older ships. You are going on one of the newest cruise ships sailing the world. Decide if you want to get off or not (we don't anymore as there is little to interest us) and have a blast. 3-4 days is nowhere near enough time to explore an Oasis class ship. You will have a great cruise! Ignore your friend. I will say the carriage ride was great for us as we had a great driver telling us about island and its history. Our cruise mates , both older females, had a driver more interested in female bottoms. Sure made for interesting dinner conversation.

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There will be so many things to do on the ship you would not need to go into a port to have a good time.  We took a 12 nt transatlantic on the Harmony.  There were only 3 ports.  so, we had lots of time to do things on the ship.  Although we wanted to try the flo-rider we never made it.  there was just so much to do on the ship.  

 

Nassau is not my favorite port. But, we always get off the ship and walk through the straw market. [beside the port] . . . and sometimes we take a water taxi or land taxi to Paradise Island and walk around the public areas of the Atlantis resort. We are always awed by the yachts in the marina and the casino is worth checking out. 

 

Have a great cruise.  I bet you have a really good time. 🙂

 

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We’ve sailed to Nassau 5 times and always had a great day there. The trick is to research, check out trip advisor and the Bahamas forum on CC. Ther3 are still new things we want to do. Don’t just get off the ship and walk around.

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