Experience the best of Nassau on this interesting and exciting tour of the island, highlighted by a visit to world-famous Atlantis Resort.
Your Nassau port tour begins when you meet your driver/guide at the pier and get into your air-conditioned vehicle. You will make a stop at the historic Fort Fincastle, a small fort shaped like a paddle-wheel steamer. The fort was built to protect Nassau from invaders, but it never saw warfare. At this location you will have time to explore the fort and the Queen Victoria Staircase, do some light shopping on your own, and take all the photos you want.
You will then travel along Bay Street, the heart of Nassau's shopping district, and home to the native Straw Market. Other highlights include views of the Government House (official residence of the Governor General of the Bahamas since 1801), the Governor's Mansion, and Gregory's Arch. This stone arch was named after Governor John Gregory, who served around 1850. When you pass through the arch on Market Street, you cross the line that divides downtown Nassau from the rest of the country.
Next you will travel to Paradise Island, an island connected to New Providence by two bridges that cross Nassau Harbour. Hog Island Lighthouse, constructed in 1817, is at the western tip of the island and can be seen from the cruise port.
The highlight of Paradise Island is world-famous Atlantis, a magnificent resort with over 3,000 hotel rooms, 20 restaurants, a wide variety of stores, a 123-acre water park, beautiful beaches and the largest casino in the Bahamas. The total cost to construct Atlantis was over $2 billion. Your tour will make a short stop at Atlantis, where you'll have free time to explore the amazing lobby, casino, or the shops. After your free time you will be driven back to your ship.
For those customers who wish to see more of Atlantis, a variety of options are available for purchase at the resort. The "Discover Atlantis Beach Pass" (adults $69 US, children $40 US) provides access to the aquarium, the beach, restaurants where you can purchase food and drink, and the Dig, a maze of interconnected tunnels and chambers with ruins and underwater inhabitants depicting the Lost City of Atlantis. The "Aquaventure Pass" (adults $130 US, children $80 US) provides access to the aquarium, beach, pools, water slides, the Dig, and restaurants where you can purchase food and drink. Those customers choosing to purchase either of these packages or spend more time exploring Atlantis, will want to stay at the resort longer than the tour stop.
Guests wishing to end their tour at Atlantis, will need to arrange a taxi back to the ship pier at their own expense. There are many taxis available at Atlantis and the approximate cost of the ride to the ship pier is $5 US/person. It is up to the guest to make sure they are back to their ship before sailing time. The "Discover Atlantis Beach" and "Aquaventure" Passes are subject to availability and prices are approximate.
Reviewer: Garth Dorcas
The tour we received of Nassau was excellent. The tour guide was very informative. We enjoyed what we took in while on this tour and left with some interesting knowledge of Nassau. The tour guide is very good at what he does.
Reviewer: Shiraz Ismail
This was a semi-escorted tour in that the part about the island tour was narrated by the bus operator and the other half of the tour of Atlantis was self discovery. We enjoyed the funny guide and his jokes but the tour of Atlantis, although very scenic and beautiful was marred by smoke inside the casino. Also, most sections outside of Atlantis were not open to the tourists, only guests at the hotel, which was a disappointment as the beaches and cabana were there. Overall, a satisfying experience
Reviewer: Larry P
The driver and helper were on time and ready to help us have a great sight-seeing adventure. The driver was knowledgeable and gave us a good trip around Nassau
Reviewer: Julie Bender
I enjoyed seeing the town of Nassau and hearing about some of the history and people who lived there. Our guide was informative and entertaining. I was disappointed with the stop at Atlantis, though. I really wanted to see the Lobby area but was stopped by security before I could get to it. It was pretty cool to see the Chihuly glass exhibits that were in the Casino. Amazing!! And we got to look out at the water park from a side door of the casino.
Reviewer: Anita Friedman
We were in a nice air conditioned bus. Our guide gave a lot of info about the area, which I appreciated. Some of his jokes were a bit cheesy, but not offensive. We saw a lot of area. The part of the tour I did not like was the drop off at Atlantis. I didn't know that the hotel area had only a small portion that was open to lookers (the casino and super high end shopping). So I was done in 15 minutes and had to sit around and wait for the bus.