We made a huge mistake last year during our first family cruise on the Disney Dream.
After extensively researching activities to do with a 4 and 1 year old in Nassau, we decided to stay on the ship as suggested by many forum members.
While there were many things we took advantage of due to smaller crowds on the boat, by the time late afternoon rolled around we were all getting a bit stir crazy.
Sure the kids got to swim in an almost empty pool, we rode the Aquaduck several times (less than 2 minute wait time compared to 20+ minutes the day before!), were first in line to meet our favourite Disney characters and didn’t have to search very long for an empty table at Cabanas.
But being on a 4-night cruise with two scheduled ports (Nassau, Bahamas and Castaway Cay – Disney’s private island) we should have attempted to get off at each stop just for a change of scenery.
And probably some window shopping since all the shops on board were closed while the ship sat in port.
If anything, we should have walked to the Welcome Center for the free Wi-Fi instead of paying $0.75/minute on the ship. Because sometimes it’s difficult to completely disconnect on vacation – am I right?
There’s apparently a McDonalds with free Wi-Fi near the port and a few cafés within walking distance from Festival Place (Welcome Center) as well where many cruisers and crew members go to catch up on email.
Atlantis, Conch Fritters and Free Wi-Fi – we’re coming for you!