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A free Nassau shore excursion - April 8, 2006

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A Walking Tour of Nassau...

 

Nassau was the only port on my recent Carnival Liberty cruise where I did not have a firm plan in advance of what I would do there.

 

Had thought about Pearl Island excursions, but thought it would be crowded with 6 ships in port and all reports indicated that it was. Two people from my dinner table did the treasure hunt and found no treasure - perhaps the earlier cruisers had looted it all. They are supposed to reseed, so who knows. They did end up with a couple of smelly conch shells for their trouble.

 

Considered Atlantis, but it just seems like a waste of a port and more of a destination in itself to be discovered another day.

 

So, decided to do a self-guided walking tour. Of cours I had forgotton my notes -liberated from here:

http://www.frommers.com/destinations/newprovidence/0251010008.html

 

and a map to go with:

http://www.frommers.com/images/destinations/maps/jpg/251_walkingtourhistoricnassau.jpg

 

From the ship you should be able to see a number of points of interest

1) Atlantis

2) Straw Market

3) Senior Frogs

4) British Colonial Hilton (was a Sheraton when I stayed there, me thinks).

 

 

 

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There is no shortage of maps and booklets available inside Festival Place which is hard to miss and in fact, I don't think you can. I picked up a couple of maps and a couple of booklets and off I went. One note - bring water with - going up hills and stairs can lead to much thirst.

 

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Post office - wasn't sure why on the tour, but I guess for stamp collectors...

 

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People items in, so I guess still in use

 

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Decided it was time from a break and some foooooooooooood and spotted here:

 

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Some conch fritters and a Planter's Punch, along with a couple glasses of water seemed in order.

 

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Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm. They were tasty. not lots of conch (maybe that is how they are supposed to be?), but tasty.

 

 

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With beverages

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Realized I had missed the Queen's Staircase - did I want to walk back or not. Oh well, we will continue and if there is time ?

 

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The famous bus 10

 

 

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zydecocruiser- Thanks for posting all of your photos! We are going to Nassau first time in 40 days! I was considering doing this walk before we got our Dolphin Encounter booked, and now don't know if we have time. How long did it take you to walk the tour, and how long do you think it would be to walk from the ship to the Straw Market only? Seems like that is a main tourist attraction and since this is our first time there, we are all about the touristy stuff. :D

 

Thanks!!

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