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One Day in Nassau
Things To Do On A Cruise

Since cruise ships normally arrive at Nassau fairly early, there is quite a bit you can do in a single day. It all depends on whether you want to be active and go out on your own, arrange a tour or indulge in a day at the Atlantis mega-resort on Paradise Island. (See Nassau Things To Do)

Let's start with option that so many people seem most interested:

Day (Pass) at Atlantis
Speaking in Orlando terms (near where I live), the activities at this huge resort are a combination of SeaWorld's Aquatica and Wet 'n Wild. Plus so much more. But a lot of it is not available to day trippers, only hotel guests.

Guided Tours

If you are interested in guided tours, consider this option--and compare these with your cruise ship prices. Everyone--hotels and cruise ships--normally use the same land operators. Cruise ships usually add a 10%-20% fee.

If you want your own private car and driver (also your guide), to me the best is Majestic Tours.

Half-Day Self-Guided Nassau Walking Tour

Thanks to its convenient location, Nassau's cruise port is within a half-day walk of many major attractions. Personally, I would rather walk around a town as opposed to seeing it through a glass window while be driven around. By walking, you can spend as much time as you wish.

Leaving Festival Place, take East Street to Prison Lane and walk up Bennet's Hill to Queen's Staircase, Water Tower and Fort Fincastle. Start with the fort, then retrace.
Nassau walking map

Afterwards, retrace your steps along East Street. (See map options)

If you turn left at East Hill Street, you can visit Government House and Graycliff, Nassau's best restaurant, and its cigar factory.

From the intersection of East Hill and Cumberland Streets, return to the heart of downtown Nassau, passing The Pirate's Museum to reach Bay Street, the heart of Nassau's shopping district. Visit the new Straw Market on Bay Street. It's one of world's biggest straw markets.

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