Nassau, Bahamas and at sea.
Atlantis Resort, Bahamas
Our first stop, the next morning was Nassau, Bahamas. Stroll the cobblestone streets, swim, dive and snorkel, and shop for Bahamian treasures.
Check out the rich history of Nassau and the rich history of British Colonial rule. The beaches here were nice and our first glimpse at the turquoise blue Caribbean waters.
We all headed out on our own shore excursions, which included bus tours, dolphin encounters, snorkeling etc.
Some of us went on a tour of the Atlantis Resort
on Paradise Island, which is well worth the visit. It is a large resort with several aquariums and marine life habitats throughout the resort.
The resort (for registered guests) has awesome waterslides, lagoons, a beautiful beach etc. There is also a casino for the adults.
Paradise Island, Bahamas
There are several resort hotels on the islands. There are also public beaches nearby if you want to enjoy the water, actually most of the north coast of Paradise Islands has beaches.
The heart of the shopping district is Bay Street, where you can shop at the straw market. Of course the weather was great.
Blue Lagoon Dolphin Encounter
The Dolphin Encounter includes a scenic round trip boat ride to Blue Lagoon Island?just 40 minutes by catamaran from Nassau. In the Dolphin Encounter program, each participant has the opportunity to interact with these wonderful animals. Your program begins with a fun orientation, briefly covering the natural history of dolphins, animal training techniques, ocean conservation and Watchable Wildlif...
Blue Lagoon Sea Lion Encounter
A 40-minute high-speed, double-decker ferryboat ride takes you through historic Nassau Harbour to private Blue Lagoon Island. After a short orientation upon arrival, you will kiss, hug, feed and play with the sea lions—surprisingly affectionate and humorous marine mammals. See the sea lions’ habitat too. Your sea lion interaction will take place from specially designed, water platforms...
Departing from Prince George Dock, you'll set out towards Paradise Island on a narrated boat journey past Arawak Cay, the Historic Nassau Harbour and Fort Montague. Along the way, your guide will share Nassau's colorful history and point out the area’s famous resorts an. Celebrity homes dot the coastline of the world-famous Paradise Island—some name-dropping by your guide is quite like...
See everything a diver or snorkeler sees without getting wet. You will start off with a narrated harbor cruise as your captain points out historical sites and the stunning homes of the rich and famous. Even more impressive is the wealth of marine life visible through the floor of the boat—a multitude of colorful fish dancing through the water. You will have the opportunity to view and feed t...
Harbor Cruise & Snorkel by Boat
Experience Nassau’s marvelous underwater kingdom and all its incredible inhabitants. Climb aboard one of three modern snorkel boats (catamarans or a mono-hull dive boat). Sit back and enjoy a narrated harbor cruise on your way to the snorkel site. Learn about the historical points of interest as well as the homes of the rich and famous while cruising. Arriving at your snorkel site, you’...
Nassau Highlights & Ardastra Gardens
See the main points of interest in the capital city of the Bahamas, including Fort Fincastle (1793) renowned for its splendid views. Another highlight of this tour is a one-hour stop at Ardastra Gardens to see the national bird—the pink flamingo. After stopping at the Queen's Staircase, named for Queen Victoria and composed of 64 stone steps, the tour returns to the ship via historic Bay Str...
Holland America Shore Excursions
Our second full day was at sea, so we got to explore the ship in more detail. We had five children along (not a lot of children on the ship as it was the beginning of December) so they checked out the children’s camps, which included activities like games, crafts, movies, pajama parties, and more. Kids can come and go to the activities they want, and there are several different age categories so children are with their own age group.
There were lots of activities on the ship for the days at sea and lots of night time activities too like music, dancing, shows, and a casino. Of course there are also some shops on board.
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