Land ho! Our Disney Cruise is pulling into Nassau, Bahamas. After a few fancy docking maneuvres and a rope or two thrown to the deckhand we’re officially docked in our first port of call. The big question is what should we do in Nassau. Let’s get our DVC Duo Disney Cruise Nassau, Bahamas port of call underway. Watch out for those sea legs when stepping ashore!
Put away the spreadsheet, Nate! We’re not talking Walt Disney World level planning, with Fastpass selections and more. On a Disney Cruise, a little planning goes a long way. Prior to boarding the ship, we like to determine whether or not we plan to do a shore excursion or not in every port.
When our plan calls for a shore excursion, you’ll find us booking it as far in advance as possible. It’s one less thing to worry about on your embarkation day. However, once aboard you can always call an audible and add on an excursion at the Guest Services desk.
Cruise Insights: The big advantage of booking your excursions through the ship is the guarantee that you’ll be back in time for boarding.
Our plan for our Disney Cruise Nassau day was to explore. More often than you’ll find us strapping on a backpack and heading out to find the local spots. Disembarking the Disney Magic was a breeze, should we say tropical breeze? All you need is your key to world card and a photo I.D. for guests 18 and older.
Exiting the port you’ll head through the Bahamas port-security at Prince George Wharf, this will be the same port-security you’ll pass through on your way back. Right outside port is an array of shopping options, everything from jewelry to handbags and the oh so delicious rum cake. Additionally, you’ll see the famous bar Carlos and Charlie’s off to the far right.
Cruise Insights: When leaving the ship we like to bring a photocopy of our passport with us in case of an emergency.
Should we go right or left? Our first stop on our walking tour on our Disney Cruise Nassau port day is the Queen’s Staircase. Yes, we said a walking tour. A mighty walking tour it was. There are tons of cabs and tour options when stepping out of Prince George Wharf as well.
Tucked away on the outskirts of downtown Nassau is a 102 ft staircase that was carved out of limestone in 1793. Them some old stairs. The coolest part was the small waterfall adjacent to the staircase. Definitely watch your step heading up, as the stairs can get a little slick from the waterfall.
A top the staircase you’ll find Fort Fincastle. Built-in the same year at the staircase, the fort has historical relevance as it relates to the colony time period of the island. With grand views of the island, you can see Price George Wharf and Paradise Island (home to Atlantis).
Cruise Insights: Locals recommend walking up, but not down the staircase. We unknowingly did both. It’s safe to walk down if you take your time.
No, we’re not talking about the new Pixar movie. Next stop on our Disney Cruise Nassau day is Paradise Island and Atlantis. Let the walking tour continue. Looking back we would recommend taking a cab to Paradise Island. It is walkable, but a longer walk than you may expect.
Paradise Island is known for Atlantis. The larger than life resort is a combination of a casino, water park (think Blizzard Beach), and small shopping area. If you’re looking to spend time at the water park, we recommend purchasing tickets on the ship. On our walking tour, we explored the beach, shopping, and resort. In our book, it was a good to see once type of thing. We’ve previously experienced the water park and it’s definitely enjoyable.
Wrapping up our time on Paradise Island we stopped off at Margaritaville. We’ll just leave it at. Next time, we’ll just head back to the ship for a snack.
Passholder Insights: On Paradise Island, there is only one public beach at the far end. Be aware people will say you have to pay, but you do not. It’s public.
It’s good to see once type of location. Our Disney Cruise Nassau day was enjoyable, how can you not enjoy 80+ degrees and sun in December. The island has limited things to do beyond the excursions. If you enjoy snorkeling or fishing definitely check out the options here. For us, the next time we pull into Nassau we may stay on the ship or look at a beach-related excursion. Oh, our ship is pulling away time for us to sail!