Nassau Snorkeling Excursion Reviews
nice snorkeling, not to far away from ship, good equipment, staff helpful but not too pushy. perfect length, fun to do but you won't use a whole day. highly recommended
Sad to see the famous straw market turn into a bunch of stalls pushing mass produced crap. I was first there 35 years ago when it was full of authentic weavers making beautiful hats, fans, art, etc. . a damn shame.
Disembarkation/embarkation in ports was easy as long as everyone had their Sea Pass Card out.
Nassau we did the ships Rainbow Reef Snorkeling Excursions for late morning. It was great. Easy on and off the ship. The boat operator picks you up at the end of the dock in Nassau but drops you off at the end of town (several blocks away) upon return. My guess is that the Port of Nassau wants you to walk past their stores and Straw Market to return to the ship. The excursion was great, boat was clean, staff was friendly and we saw some colorful fish. The only negative about this is the way we exited the boat…you climbed out onto the ledge of the sea wall that's about a foot wide….not very safe. It was fine for us, we just stepped over the sea wall. But I could imagine it may more difficult for some others.
Nassau is a favorite port of mine! We decided to snorkel while we were there and took the Seahorse Sail and Snorkel excursion. We docked in Nassau about 1:00pm and got off the boat and our excursion started at 2pm. We got on a very nice sail boat and it was about a 45 minute ride out to where they took us to snorkel. It was SO clear and we could see everything as soon as we jumped in the water without going underneath. We got to snorkel freely for one hour and then got back on the boat and they gave away free rum punch as we sailed back to the ship. Very good experience and would definitely do it again.
Once back at port, we walked to some shops before they closed. As they closed at 6:00, which was a little disappointing considering our ship was there until 11:45pm! However, we had a great time in Nassau!
Great views of coral reef and tour of famous dwellings on way back. Ran out of Rum. How does that happen?
We went on the "Seahorse Sail and Snorkel" excursion. It was the only one we went on all cruise. I wasn't sure about excursions, so I wanted to try just one on my first cruise. For $50, they took us on a 30 minute catamaran ride out to a coral reef, where we snorkeled. They provided the gear. Then they turned on club music on the way back and served unlimited rum punch. I think we were only couple that tried to push our limit on the unlimited part ;) I wanted to get my money's worth.
After that we went to the beach, which was amazing. Caught a cab there and back. The same cab driver told me he would be back and he came back. Its a good thing he did, because he had my wallet! I left it in his car by mistake. But he was honest and didn't take anything.
As we were unprepared to visit Nassau we felt uneasy about scheduling an excursion that we hadn't had a chance to research. We spent countless hours planning all of excursions before we cruised. royal offered very few options since this was a last minute change in the itinerary. We chose the Seahorse Sail and Snorkel Adventure. This excursion was a joke. The locals weren't prepared for the amount of cruisers that had booked this. This excursion was very disorganized. After waiting on the pier for a long time, we walked a short way to where the boat was docked. Once on board, we found out There wasn't enough equipment for everyone, so they took us to another operator to get enough equipment. This took over 30 minutes! No explanation, we just sat at some dock waiting until they could gather enough equipment. The catamaran was in poor condition. Definitely in need of repairs. The boat wasn't clean. The ride out to the reef was long and relaxing. When we arrived at the reef, no instructions were given. In fact, the crew rarely communicated anything with the passengers. They gave adult life vests to the children. After complaining, they went down below and brought up several kids vests. Seriously? Risking children's safety? As for sailing? The crew attempted to put the sails up on the way back but left the motor on the whole way. Overall, this snorkeling trip was disappointing and I would not recommend this excursion.