Sail and Snorkel Cruise
Sail & Snorkel Cruise Port Tour
There's something special about the serenity of a Sail and Snorkel Cruise across the blue waters of the Bahamas. With the whisper of the waves on the hull and the gentle warm ocean breezes across the bow, you will soon feel your cares slipping away on this Nassau excursion.
Board your waiting catamaran and set out for one of the most beautiful reefs near Nassau. The boat features spacious deck area, shaded as well as open to the warm Bahamian sun, so there is a place for everyone attending this Nassau excursion. The boat also has two bathrooms on board. As you sail to the reef, your crew will pass out the included snorkeling gear and give instruction on snorkeling.
Depending on the sea and weather conditions that day, your captain will set a course to a location where you will have the best snorkeling experience. Upon arrival at the snorkeling spot, your crew will join you in the water to answer any questions or concerns you might have about snorkeling before you explore the wonderful underwater world of coral and marine life. Snorkeling is from the boat in water that will be over your head. Flotation vests are required while in the water and come in large and small sizes. You'll need to provide your own vests for small children and infants. Time at the reef is approximately 60 minutes. As water temperature is usually 75-80 degrees in the winter and warmer in the summer months, wetsuits are not required or provided.
After your time in the water, climb back on board via the snorkeler friendly "Stairway to the Sea," and feel the wind in your hair as your catamaran makes the approximate one-hour sail towards home. You will be treated to a complimentary rum punch, fruit punch or water. There is a cash bar on board for guests wishing additional drinks or snacks. The boat will make a stop near the cruise pier area on the way back into port for those guests wishing to go back to their ship. Or you can stay on as the boat returns to Paradise Island where you can disembark near the Atlantis Resort. Guests disembarking on Paradise Island are responsible for their own transportation back to the cruise pier at their own expense.
Note: It is the captain's intention to use the sails as often as possible. If for any reason the captain feels the use of sails is not safe or conducive to a prompt return to the cruise pier, whether it is related to weather, mechanical, or any other unforeseen situation, they will use the motor. Additionally, prescription masks are not offered.
Had a great time. As first time snorkelers, I was a little nervous. But the water was crystal clear and saw several different kinds of fish. The crew was great and the music on the boat was fun. Snack was a back of chips (fine with us). Free rum punch. Traveling to the snorkel location the crew pointed out some celebrity houses and interesting facts. We would do it again.
Reviewer: Jaque Peterson
My only complaint was that it was difficult to understand what the "instructor" was telling us, on account of his accent. And we were told just before going into the water that those with mustaches and beards might want to smear Vaseline on to seal the water out. Sure would've been nice to know that when we signed up for the excursion so we could be prepared.
Reviewer: Megan Wittmann
We were hesitant to try this with our 6 and 9 year old girls because they are not excellent swimmers. The team supplied blow-up life jackets that fit them pretty well and made me more comfortable about the girls being in the water. Unfortunately it was mid- December so my youngest daughter was in and out of the water very quickly due to the cold water. Overall, a good time was had by all! I did not provide 5 stars because when we arrived at the designated meeting site at the stated time no one from the tour company was there.
We used shore excursion group to book excursions on all 3 stops. Everyone excursion was 5* on time, easy to follow instructions and great providers. I am now booking tours for the family on our next cruise. The amount of options and prices is 100% greater than the option offered by the cruise lines.
Reviewer: Matthew LeBlanc
Well worth the time and cost.