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Fezzek 11-24-2008 10:18 AM

Taking a small crew (myself, 5 other experienced cruisers and 6 1st timers)to Nassau and Cococay on Monarch in two weeks and have a few questions for the forum. (yes, I have found bits and pieces of each answer in the posts but was looking for more.)

1.I enjoy but have not been to Nassau in years and have heard stories of it pretty much shutting down after the 6pm and becomes not too safe to wander around- any truth? If so, what do you recommend for a bunch of 20-40 somethings to do besides head back on board in the evening? We are a fun loving group and have a morning snorkeling excursion and an afternoon of geocaching planned all over the island (www.geocaching.com because I know some of you are going to ask what it is!)Any recommendations of out-of-the-norm spots we should check out? We have until midnight in port.

2. This is my 1st time using shoretrips for an excursion; we are taking everyone on the 3 stop dedicated snorkel and was wondering: how everyone found the service level and snorkeling experience on this one to be? (sharks man, I gotta see some sharks!) and how about early Dec;water temp in Nassau?

Thanks everyone!
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penny3333 11-24-2008 11:32 AM

Hi Fezzek, welcome to Cruise-Chat. The water temperatures will be in the mid 80s. I have no intentions of seeing sharks, but there are plenty in the Bahamian chain, so you shouldn't be disappointed. In fact, I think they feed the stupid things. What an inane concept, let's feed those that can eat us. This way they'll lose their fear of humans. (Sorry, just think it\'s a really dumb idea http://cruise-chat.com/groupee_commo...s/icon_eek.gif). Have not booked a tour through the company you are using, so cannot comment on their performance. The island does not close down at 6 pm. You can always go across to Paradise Island. There is a Margaritaville near the port. The straw market and shops will be closed, however. There are some shops in the hotels/casinos on Paradise Island. I usually wear a wet suit, but I freeze when it's below 90, so I'm not a good indicator of temperatures. Most people are fine without them. Best wishes for a fantastic cruise, and once again, welcome aboard!

Fezzek 11-24-2008 02:01 PM

Thanks for the info about the evening time on the island penny3333. I will share it with the group.

I have snorkeled in many parts of the Eastern and Western Caribbean and have a great respect for what is "out there" and our environment. I wasn't aware of the feeding portion of the snorkel until after it was booked and paid for by our company and can't say I agree 100% either however it should prove to be an interesting experience none the less.

Thank you for your input.

penny3333 11-25-2008 05:37 AM

You have to check in when y'all come back, just to let me know how the snorkel trip goes. That way I'll know you weren't used for chum http://cruise-chat.com/groupee_commo.../icon_wink.gif (I am kidding-totally). It'll be fantastic and I know you'll have a great time!

RichC 11-25-2008 12:29 PM

I don't know about the water temp in Nassau but here in SW Florida the gulf water temps have dropped significantly in the last 2 weeks or so. It down to 68 degrees right now. I suppose Nassau must be warmer. It's to cold for my liking.

penny3333 11-25-2008 12:58 PM

RichC, I can remember as a teenager going down to the beach in Ft. Lauderdale and watching all the northerners in the water. I'd be bundled up and freezing. They thought it was great. The water would be 70 something degrees and I wouldn't put my big toe in. http://cruise-chat.com/groupee_commo...s/icon_eek.gif You can tell I'm a native Floridian.

RichC 11-25-2008 01:43 PM

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Originally posted by penny3333:
RichC, I can remember as a teenager going down to the beach in Ft. Lauderdale and watching all the northerners in the water. I'd be bundled up and freezing. They thought it was great. The water would be 70 something degrees and I wouldn't put my big toe in. http://cruise-chat.com/groupee_commo...s/icon_eek.gif You can tell I'm a native Floridian.
I can tell you for sure thing that I won't be putting my foot in my pool (68) until next spring. Nassau must be a little warmer. I don't think the cold front hit them as bad.
we're expecting another blast of cold air for Thanksgiving. http://cruise-chat.com/groupee_commo...s/icon_eek.gif I might even have to turn on the heat. http://cruise-chat.com/groupee_commo...n_rolleyes.gif

penny3333 11-26-2008 05:54 AM

It was 22 when I left for work this morning http://cruise-chat.com/groupee_commo...icon_frown.gif

spoheat 11-26-2008 08:52 AM

If it is Shoretrips.com you are using we have done dozens of tours with them and been satisfied with all--a few have exceeded our expectations by so far I can't say enough good. The vendors they use have all been good. They claim in 8 years of business that they have never had anyone miss their ship. They are US based, have insurance. There is an English speaking person to call if you are not satisfied--they have adjusted tour times for us when we have been delayed getting into port just as a vendor hired by the cruise line would do. I have not done much snorkeling in the bahamas but have had great trips out with Shoretrips.com elsewhere--some with only my family and some in groups, but always a much smaller, better organized group than the ship's tour. Face it--they give a good product considering they have thousands of people to entertain at each port--but Shoretrips.com just does it better and smaller for my money.


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