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Nassau, Bahamas

Nassau, Bahamas

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3- and 4-Night Itineraries - First Port of Call

One-third of all Disney cruisers visit Nassau on New Providence Island in the Bahamas, one of the cruising world’s most fabled ports. If you’ve heard the song Sloop John B (“Around Nassau town we did roam, drinkin’ all night, got into a fight”), you might think twice about stepping ashore, but you can have an enjoyable day in this busy capital city if you do your homework.

A statue of Columbus greets visitors
to Government House in Nassau

AMBIENCE

Many cruisers feel uncomfortable walking around Nassau’s wharf area, where they’re likely to encounter aggressive, enterprising locals intent on their piece of the tourist pie. Hair wrappers, cab drivers, street vendors, and tour hawkers swarm the seedy wharf area—hardly the squeaky-clean welcome Disney crowds prefer. But this large, attractive island boasts a long, British colonial heritage. Historic buildings, large casinos, and attractive beaches await travelers willing to take an excursion or strike out on their own.

HISTORY

Bahamian history starts with the first voyage of Chris Columbus. He called the area “baja mar”—low (shallow) sea—and the name stuck. The Spaniards left in search of gold and the native inhabitants were decimated by disease before the British arrived in the 1600s. Nassau, which was originally called Sayle Island, was a favorite port for fabled pirates like Blackbeard and Anne Bonney, until the islands became a Crown Colony in 1718. Governor Woodes Rogers, a former buccaneer himself, cleaned house and created a town plan that—more or less—remains in effect to this day. The islands became a haven for British loyalists fleeing the American Revolution, and for Southerners during the U.S. Civil War. Trade revived during the Prohibition era, when rum running became a major stock in trade. The islanders voted for and received independence on July 10, 1973, making the Bahamas a member of the British Commonwealth.

FACTS

Size: 21 mi. long (34 km.) x 7 mi. wide (11 km.)
Climate: Subtropical Temperatures: 70°F (21°C)–90°F (32°C)
Population: 211,000 Busy Season: Mid-February to April
Language: English Money: Bahamian Dollar (equal to U.S. $)
Time Zone: Eastern (DST observed) Transportation: Walking, taxis, and ferries
Phones: Dial 1- from U.S., dial 919 for emergencies, dial 916 for information
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Top Photo Slice: View of Nassau from the ship (℗ 7322) Photo contributed by © modisney



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