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Re: Bahamas Cruise [Re: charlieh]
      #1634442 - 02/25/15 06:09 PM (

Have been to Nassau and Grand Bahama. Nassau is nice, we stayed on Crane Beach. The vendors were persistant, unfortunately. Paradise Island might be nice, but didn't go there. Saw Gladys Knight's handprints in concrete and the Princess Casino. Drove on the left side of the road. Missed a weekend cricket game.
Grand Bahama was nothing like I expected and was disappointed. Two straight days of rain didn't help matters. Did see the old hotel that Howard Hughes used to hang out at, the Xanadu??

Paradise is an island in the Caribbean!

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Re: Bahamas Cruise [Re: Cincinnati_Kid]
      #1654207 - 06/27/15 02:14 PM (

Well our first cruise will be our last cruise. I don't ever see us wasting time and money on a cruise again.

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Re: Bahamas Cruise [Re: charlieh]
      #1654214 - 06/27/15 03:41 PM (

charlie--as I replied a while ago, cruises to the Bahamas are not an exciting destination, period. Too bad you picked a Bahamas cruise, as they are too short and not really indicative of what cruises are..

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Re: Bahamas Cruise [Re: charlieh]
      #1654343 - 06/29/15 08:01 AM (

I'm with you. We are by no means "pro" cruisers but we just don't find them enjoyable anymore - regardless of the ports of call. So many people, pricey excursions, viruses, did I mention all the people?

We *would* like to see Alaska and a cruise seems to be a good way to do it but it's going to take a lot of self-convincing for us to pull the trigger on it.

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Re: Bahamas Cruise [Re: charlieh]
      #1654353 - 06/29/15 10:34 AM (

Sorry that you did not enjoy the cruise more. I agree with Carol that a Bahamas cruise is very low on a list of favored destinations, but I am not sure how much difference it would have made if you had taken a western or eastern itinerary of at least 5 nights - it might have made a difference. I think that you would find the experience of an Alaskan cruise of at least 7 nights very different than the Bahamas cruise you took . It is hard for me to imagine what it would be like for a first time cruiser now because I doubt it would be as enjoyable generally as our first cruises in the mid to late eighties because of the changes in the "mass market" cruising industry. We will be taking our 46th cruise at the end of August, so obviously we enjoy cruising and know how to make best use of it for us. Our cruise vacations are extremely different from our SXM vacations (especially cost) and I can see why some people would not enjoy both as much as we do.

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