Thinking about Porting in Nassau. What to do, what to see and where to go with Disney Cruise Line
Ok – so today we are gonna talk about Nassau (which is in the Bahamas). This is a very common or popular ports of call for ALL Cruise Lines to dock at. YES, I said DOCK – no tender here 🙂 I have personally been to Nassau a few times as well as other Cruise Port locations (I am a vast wealth of knowledge, lol). At first, our plan was to skip Nassau and stay aboard the ship (doing awesome ADULT-ONLY fun), but we decided what the heck, lets explore for an hour or so…so we did.
IMPORTANT: Getting off the Ship
When you first get off the ship (WITH YOUR ID/PASSPORT and DCL CARD) you enter a “holding area” for lack of a better word. Its a gated area, contained at the port…but its FILLED with local vendors calling out your name – “pretty lady, pretty lady – you need hair braids?” They have drinks, snacks, Bahamas Merch (tees, bags, trinkets, etc) and the Hair Braiding ladies (PS – you can also get your Hair Braided on the Ship). Walk fast or shop – totally your call. And YES, you can barter here.
The Nassau Experience:
Then you can step outside of the gate and enter Nassau – this is where you can catch a cab/taxi or enter the city marketplace area. SAFETY TIP – I wouldn’t venture too far into Nassau – either BOOK a Port Excursion with Disney, take a Cab to a beach or walk 1-2 blocks…that’s it. On a Previous trip, I booked a DAY at the local Sandals Resort (another story). Immediately entering this area, a friend got into a conversation with a local regarding “knock off” bags. AS many people might say, “no thanks” – she was very interested. So we found ourselves following this local lady into a few shops. Shops that were dark, closed and could have easily been a human trafficking den…but it was early and they just hadn’t opened yet (but still, never keep your guard down).
Bags, upon bags, upon bags galore EVERYWHERE. Knocks-offs from all brands and celebs. Purses, wallets, hats, shoes, sunglasses, etc. If this is your thing – I got their card 😉 ALSO it turns out this lady…she is like a shopper for the various shops (I think earning commission from the store fronts for bring you into store and purchasing). She was very nice, friendly and a smooth talker…hard to say no (so again be firm if not interested). After we left (yes people did purchase) we found others doing the same thing (other “shopper” ladies with signs showing pictures of purses).
Visiting the Local Marketplace:
AS other members of our group left to do other things, we stayed course and walked our few blocks, shopping in the market place before heading back to the ship…as we had pre-purchased the SPA day (the Rainforest Room). Lots of shops, many were US brand locations too like Starbucks, Subway, Hard Rock, etc. But we were interested in souvenirs for the kids we left at home. See pictures BELOW:
After we scored a few deals, we left…heading back to the ship – but NOT before we got our passports stamped. Yep – FREE souvenir…get your passport stamped at Nassau!
**NOTE – Nassau is one of those ports that many have been too SO MANY times that they might decide to stay on-board the ship. I was curious to see HOW many people actually were left of on the ship. More on this subject later, but I was pleasantly surprised at the “openness” of the pool/spa areas – perhaps more people explored Nassau as we did.
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