Princess substitutes its own "private island," Princess Cays, for what could be a stop in Nassau. Frankly, I found the Bahamas to be filthy and expensive, with merchants as aggressive (if not more so) than in Jamaica. I'd much rather spend some time at Princess Cays, winding down from a fabulous journey. I plan to book the '05 @ddicts cruise aboard the Mariner of the Seas, which will stop at Nassau. It will be another day at sea for us, as we won't leave the ship.
They substituted Nassau and Freeport when Cartagena was not used on several Panama Canal cruises. I have to agree with the above, Freeport and Nassau are not desirable ports in my mind. I also love the private beach -- Princess Cays.
Wow, I didn't realize Nassau was so unpopular especially since we loved it.
Personally, I find Princess Cays nice, but to me, it's just another beach - I could find a nice beach anywhere in the carribean. To me, a port day in Princess Cays is just "filler" - a cheap way to keep passengers entertained for half a day. Next time i'm there, I think I'll spend the day enjoying the ship.
But I respect others' opinions - we all go for something different.
Paradise Island in Nassau is awesome, with the hotel and the aquarium. And mainland, we loved the restaurant "Conch Fritters" cuz they had awesome drinks and those everso tasty conch fritters and the world's greatest rum cake is there (Bacardi rum cake) -which completely destroy's the overrated Tortuga rum cake by a longshot and is worth the $15 US even if it's pricey. And the shopping there was pretty good.
But it seems people actually DO find value in Princess Cays, so I guess that sort of answers my question.
Am I alone here, or does anyone else here feel Nassau has more to offer than Princess Cays?
Cheap??? Princess spends a bundle on maintaining the Cays. The line does not own the island, but pays the Bahamian government a tidy sum for exclusive use of the property, and foots the bill for its upkeep. Your post is the only negative one I've seen about the facility. For many, Princess Cays is the highlight of the cruise, especially for those of us who have been in the eastern Caribbean dozens of times. If you believe that shopping in Nassau is comparable to St. Maarten and St. Thomas, you need to read a few threads on this site. I'm a veteran of 20 cruises, and know the Caribbean well. I wouldn't spend a dime in Nassau, knowing what I do about StT and StM. But you're right: to each his own ... and yes, thus far you're alone here.
Princess spends millions a year on Princess Cays and for me, it is the highlight of my many cruises on Princess. It is a very clean and safe beach and the bbq is great.
Nassau is one of the dirtiest ports I have stopped at. Atlantis is nice to visit once but the tour is over rated and too expensive and you can't swim in their pools. When you walk in town in Nassau, you are bugged beyond belief. I didn't feel safe. A lot of the ships that do stop here are 3 and 4 night cruises that are cheap.
Please tell me why anyone with any island experience would want to stop in Nassau? We have cruised 90% of the Caribbean and think Nassua is the worst or close to it anyway. Yes, Paradise Island is nice, but all in all give me a ships private island anyday.