Nassau Island Tour Excursion Reviews
The bus tour we had was nice and professional and allowed us to see a lot of the island...but therein lies the problem. There wasn't that much TO the island. There's not much to see. The Queen's Staircase was beautiful. Atlantis was dated looking and I couldn't explore the grounds without paying for it. Overall I wasn't impressed with Nassau at all. Their main street is all boarded up, no pretty beaches near port. I guess I was expecting tropical paradise and instead got a bit of america on a tiny island.
All for $30 pp. 3 hour sightseeing tour which covers 40% of the island, Atlantis, the queens staircase, John Watlins distillery, shopping, conch fritters. Wonderful tour, great to see the locals side of the island and to enjoy a fresh made piña colada and see rum made and bottled the old fashioned wa. Fabulous for the money!
Enjoyed the ride and was shown many areas of the Island.
We did the Rum Runners walking tour through Islandz Tours which we found through Trip Advisor. Started with a rum tasting at the pirate bar adjacent to the Pirate museum. Tasted white, gold and spiced rum and then had the bar's signature rum cocktail while learning about the role that piracy and rum running has had in the development of the Bahamas. Then we visited a local artist's gallery and enjoyed conch fritters in the garden. We learned more about the history of the island and various sites along the way to Graycliff Hotel where we walked through their grounds and then stopped at their chocolate shop for rum balls (excellent!). The chocolatier there was on Top Chef- Just Desserts show. Then we walked up to the John Watling Rum Distillery. We tasted their rums, had their signature rum cocktail, and had guava duff (a traditional dessert). Our host was great and very accommodating.
We went to a Carnival seminar on how to get the best from your shopping in the Bahamas and how to get all the deals with Brandon. After we returned from our shore shopping in Nassau, we realized it was a sales pitch to sell us a book for 20.00 which supposedly had all these wonderful deals and free coupons. The book was a total scam. We received dollar store trinkets from on shore vendors, rather than these precious gemstones that Brandon toted. Shame on you Carnival! Wake up.. this was one of the biggest turn offs we had on the ship. I was a first time cruiser, but I will not be taken again… guaranteed! The other adults in our party, along with other cruisers we overheard talking all felt the same way, "scammed by the cruise line". We went on an island excursion to see the island, which was the best part of our Nassau stop. The driver was friendly, and we got to see a little bit of what life was like on the island with a few stops along the way. He narrated the trip so there was a good understanding of what you were seeing.