If you have planned a vacation on one of the many cruise lines available and one of your stops might happen to be the Bahamas, you'll quickly find out that the Bahamas is not the least expensive stop on your cruise. However; you can learn how to enjoy visiting there even if you are on a budget. Word of warning though, if you happen to decide to do this trip on your own, make sure that you get back to your ship in time for it's departure. They will only wait for you if you took their shore excursion that is through the cruise line.
You want to be able to see as much as you can in the time that will be allowed. So you should plan to get up very early and leave the ship as soon as you can. This is going to allow you to have some time to enjoy yourself.
If you are in Nassau a good place to go and that is very inexpensive is to the water taxi that is in the Marketplace. This is a taxi that will take you over to what is called Paradise island for just $6 round trip. Here you can visit the Atlantis resort. The beauty here will stick with you forever.
While you are visiting Atlantis you visit the casino as long as you don't have any children with you. If you do have children take them into the lobby whee they can enjoy their giant aquariums. You can also buy what is called “the Dig” which is a ticket that lets go to the underground aquariums that they have. But remember, if you are on a budget , this might not be for you because this is an expensive attraction to pay for.
Take time visiting Atlantis because it has some extremely beautiful land that it is on and it's absolutely free to enjoy the beauty the grounds have to offer. The only thing that would cost you money would be wanting to go swimming in their pools, these are free to those staying there but not to those who are just visiting.
Before you leave Atlantis, take some time out to browse the different shops and even grab a little something to eat or something to drink on your way back to your taxi. When you get back on the taxi take the opportunity to just enjoy the beauty around you and relax.
Once you get back to Nassau, you should still have time to leisurely stroll around and take in the sites and smells of the area. Take your time, enjoy yourself and enjoy all the colorful people you will find a long the way. If you didn't eat anything before leaving Paradise Island, it's probably a good idea to wait till you get back to the ship to do that.
One other way you can enjoy this part of the Bahamas is to go to Marketplace and instead of renting a water taxi you can also join a tour that will cost you $25 each and they will give you a tour of the entire island and they will also include an hour stop at Atlantis as well. This, if in your budget is really the way to go.