CocoCay...I was sorely disappointed in the whole event. We were corralled into a huge line to board the smaller boat to tender us in, then forced to wait 30 minutes for every seat to fill to leave. A poor elderly woman in a wheelchair was literally strapped to the front of the deck of the boat to ride all the way there. I was rather concerned about this. Once docked, we looked around the island. For those of you who remember having fun sailing around the area on a Catameran, this is a thing of the past. They do not allow sailing and do not bring out the boats any more. The water was dirty and murky- I lay out on prettier beaches with clearer water every Saturday. And OF COURSE, bare 13-15 year old butts were chanting everywhere. We got about 1/2 an hour of sun before the rain hit. We were one of the first ones back on the boat, because we saw what was coming. Apparently few others did. We were forced to sit on the boat for 45 minutes in the rain while they waited for EVERY single person who had a change of heart to make it back. And poor Grandma in the wheelchair was strapped to the deck in the rain and forced to wait there, cold and shivering, while 150 15 year olds climbed back on. It was awful.
The buffet was subpar on the island, we didnt even eat it. It is the same food the windjammer was serving, we watched them take it over on the same tender we were on.
Vendors are high priced and waiting to take you in... buy your goods in Nassau. Cash only.
As we disembarked from the ship, the line going into Nassau was not too bad. It only took a few minutes to get off. Unfortunately, we were immediately mobbed by cab drivers, tour guides, and people trying to sell us a timeshare in Cocoa Beeach when we arrive back home (my DH actually got sucked into trying this and we did go check it out- side note, they DO give you your money back and the bonuses they promise you for going to check it out, it isnt a scam, just a sales pitch). Now, my husband and I do NOT book excursions thru the cruiselines, as they are outrageous. The previous issues are the downfall of doing it this way. We often cab it to Cable Beach or Atlantis. However, it was very dreary this day, so we went to the Straw Market... which is quite an experience. Men and Women of all ages beg you to buy their merchandise, the same merchandise that every person in the building is selling. We did bargain for alot of cool trinkets to bring home. And I did find the "black market row" of Gucci, Louis, Coach, etc. They are pretty convincing counterfeits! Just be warned, if you go this way, hang on to your possessions, and do not stop for every "sad" case you see. Overall, Nassau is just rather dirty, and the people will walk right up on you and try to hussle you, the tourist with the money.