Being our first port of call and the shortest port of call we decided not to book any excursions here. Once docked in Nassau, we exited to boat and headed in towards the city just to look around a bit and buy a few souveniers. Going through security on the way back to the boat was long, not much organization to it as there were lines leading in from a couple of different areas. Once through everything was smooth though, I'm sure they were just being thorough as to not let anyone through that shouldn't.
My favourite port of call! We booked the "Shipwreck Cove Beach and Shopping" excursion, which included a catamaran ride with snorkeling and then onto the beach and shopping time. We took a catamaran ride to Pirate's Cove where we anchored to do some snorkeling. I myself am not a swimmer and hadn't planned to go in the water, my hubby was going to do the snorkeling. Once there I ended up getting into the water (in my shorts) with snorkel gear and swimming around a bit before getting back on the catamaran. My hubby enjoyed the snorkeling. I would never have gotten into the water only the tour guides were so friendly and helpful and made me feel so comfortable. I know I would have regretted not doing it and so thankful I did! The catamaran guides provided us a small lunch and some rum punch!! Once back to the beach area, we done some souvenier shopping before walking along the beach. Lots of shopping here for souveniers, lots to look at and lots of pics taken. I thought this was the best port for shopping, however the beach sand had a lot of shells, making it harder to walk barefoot on, but still beautiful.
The only bad thing I can comment on about this port of call was that when we arrived in the morning there happened to be a sudden strike of the pilot boat drivers, because of this we were an hour late getting in to port and our excursion ended up being rushed at the end. This had nothing to do with Carnival, it was the island workers. Carnival were actually very quick to rectify the situation and sent in a small boat from the ship to pick up a worker to guide in the Dream. We had booked the "Ultimate Island Experience" for this port of call. This included a few stops throughout the island where we were able to take some very nice pictures overlooking both the harbour and Magen's Bay. We were then taken to Magen's Bay Beach where we were dropped off for 2 hours to enjoy the beach and surroundings before being picked up again. I can certainly see why Magen's Bay Beach is ranked as being one of the top beaches in the world. It's absolutely beautiful. Once we were picked up here, we were then brought to our final destination, Blackbeard's Castle. We were greeted here and given a small tour which included a tour of the "Rum Factory". Samples of the different rums were available to us as well. Once we finished at Blackbeard's Castle we could head down towards the city and shopping district. Unfortunately because of the delay getting into port, we ended up rushing through the Castle as we wanted to get some souvenier shopping done before having to proceed to the ship. Definately the best beach of the ports of call.