Our first stop on the Disney Dream cruise was to Nassau, the capital of the Bahamas. I totally forgot to mention that the doors (except for on the concierge level) are magnetized and a bunch of people decorate their doors. We got some magnets at the parks specifically for that reason but people go all out with their doors.
My aunt and I were the only ones going to visit Nassau as Georgette still wasn’t feeling great so they rested and explored the ship while we explored Nassau. But first, breakfast. We went back down to The Enchanted Garden as they had a breakfast buffet as well and it was closer to the exit of the ship.
Onto our first visit to the Bahamas.
There were three ships docked and ours was easily the largest.
We were so excited as neither of us has visited the Bahamas before.
We were a little overwhelmed because we had no excursions or anything planned but we thought we’d walk around near the ship look at a couple of shops and head back before lunch. We were quickly bombarded with a lot of people offering tours of the island and we just kept saying no thank you.
We got to a square past all of the bustle and were about two seconds away from calling it quits and there was one guy nearby that had 6 people ready to go on a 2 hour tour and he just felt genuine to us so we decided to give it a go and it was the best decision we made that day.
He told us all about the history of the Bahamas, specifically Nassau Island and how the slaves had to carve roads between the limestone that inhabited the island.
Our first stop was at the bottom of the Queen’s Staircase.
He dropped us off at the foot of the stairs and drove to the top to pick us up.
It was absolutely breathtaking. It almost looked like something you’d see in a jungle with all of the greenery.
That’s a lot of stairs… But we decided to give it a go. We just took our time and stopped at each landing.
The Queen’s Staircase is named after Queen Victoria. The staircase was hand carved by slaves to get stones up the hill to build Fort Fincastle.
At the top of the stairs are a few shopping options and a café.
The Water Tower is also located just next to Fort Fincastle. It is the highest point on the island. You can go to the top of the water tower but that wasn’t on the agenda for the tour.
The shops had a bunch or touristy things but I ended up getting a fan for my mom and a little grass weaved bag for my sister-in-law.
Fort Fincastle overlooked Nassau and Paradise Island. It was originally used as a lighthouse on the island then became a signal station.
Our next stop was hopping over to Paradise Island to explore the Atlantis Resort.
The arch between these two towers is a suite all itself and our tour guide told us Michael Jackson stayed there at one point. I thought he said it was around $25,000 per night and looking the suite up online I wouldn’t be surprised.
We decided to try our hand on the slots for a minute.
After that, it was time to get back on for the remainder of the tour.
I am going to stop there and will continue with the rest of the tour of the Bahamas in the next blog post. I hope you’re enjoying my VERY old trip report and am trying hard to get it all caught up because before I know it I’ll be on my next trip to Disneyland in one month!