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Old 05-25-2007, 11:54 AM
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Hi brits4, welcome to cruise-chat. Congratulations on your first cruise. Not sure what your ports are, probably Nassau and Freeport(?). In Nassau, take a cab to the Atlantis on Paradise Island (across the bridge from where you dock). There is a public beach right next to the Atlantis, and the Atlantis is a really unique hotel/casino/water park. There is also the Queen's staircase and the straw market, both of which you can do on your own. My normal rule of thumb is sticking with a ship excursion in a port that I'm new to, but Nassau is easily done on your own. If you're going to Freeport as well, stick with an excursion either through the ship or one you found on-line. From the posts I've read lately, this is better. Freeport used to be one of my favorite spots, but everyone has said it's gone downhill. We bought a water proof pouch that we wear around our necks for keeping our credit card, ship card, driver's license, and cash dry while we snorkel or swim. We got ours through American Express, but they have them in any dive shop and on board. The better cabin selection will be mid-ship, both from top to bottom and front to back. If you can afford it, go with a balcony. It is awesome to be on your own balcony for sunrise, sunset, entering and leaving a port. Best wishes and hope you enjoy your cruise! Be warned, cruising is addictive