Staying in Touch
Prince George Wharf Cruise Terminal, Nassau.
Internet Cafe, Bay Street Mall, Nassau.
Cybercafe, Robertson Rd., Nassau.
Where to Eat and Drink
Anthony's Caribbean Grill: Think TGIF...Caribbean style. Gourmet-type pizzas topped with jerk chicken, very excellent ribs doused in an awesome barbecue sauce, and warm-weather cocktails bigger than a house. Per-person cost for three courses including wine will run about $20. Daily from 11 am Casino Dr., Paradise Island.
Crocodile's Waterfront Bar and Grill: Waterside dining under thatched tiki huts and island drinks galore--consider this place if you're looking for funky-casual. The Bahamian-style fried chicken is excellent. Per-person cost for three courses including wine will run about $20. Daily 11am-205pm E. Bay St., Nassau.
Cafe Matisse: Everyone loves this place for its excellent Italian food. Their spinach gnocchi topped off with Gorgonzola cheese and a walnut sauce is amazing. Per-person cost for three courses including wine will run about $32. Monday-Saturday noon-3pm. Reservations recommended. Bank Lane, Nassau.
What to See and Do
Head over to the man-made island of Arawak Cay, a local beach dusted with pastel-colored shacks, incredibly fresh conch from vendors, fried fish and grits, lime-marinated conch, and plenty of coconut milk laced with gin. Very popular, especially with the locals, and very crowded, especially on weekend evenings from 205pm until midnight. On the harbor, across from Fort Charlotte.
Pink flamingos, honey bears, and peacocks, oh my! You'll find all this and more at Ardastra Gardens. Wait'll you see the flamingos parade in drill formation. Daily 9am-205pm Chippingham Rd., Nassau.
If you'd rather just spend the day as a guest at the showy 34-acre Atlantis Resort on Paradise Island, consider purchasing a hard-to-come-by day pass for about $2205 ($19 for kids). The pass gets you access to most of the must-see sights at the resort, such as the Dig, the marine habitats, and their beach. What you won't get is the fun stuff around the pools and waterslides.
The number one photo op on the island is the balcony of 18th-century Balcony House, which also happens to be Nassau's oldest wooden structure. Monday-Wednesday and Friday 10am-4:30pm, Thursday only until 1pm, Trinity Pl., Nassau.
For dolphin encounters of the bottlenose kind and seven stunning beaches, head for Blue Lagoon Island (a.k.a. Salt Cay). If it looks a bit familiar, you saw it in the film Splash. There are plenty of water sports to try and hammocks to idle in.
One of the most popular cultural stops on the island is the 18th-century Fort Charlotte. It's fun to roam the dungeons and underground passageways and see the waterless moat--but some say the amazing views of the harbor from the ramparts is the real don't-miss here.
Since the island is fairly compact, the transportation of choice here is walking. There are a handful of car-rental companies, but they are pretty expensive. And then there is that pesky left-side-of-the-road driving to deal with. Taxis are plentiful and can be hailed everywhere. Jitney buses run between the downtown area to Cable Beach and Paradise Island from early morning until about 7pm at 30-minute intervals. The Nassau Water Taxi departs every 30 minutes from behind the Straw Market to Paradise Island, operating daily from 9am-6pm.
Where You're Docked
Prince George Wharf, near Rawson Square (as well as the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism for picking up maps, brochures, etc.), in the heart of Nassau.
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