Nassau, The Bahamas
Nassau is your first stop on your 3, 4, or 5 day Disney cruise. This is the capital city of the Bahamas and is located on New Providence Island which neighbors Paradise Island. There are beautiful beaches where you can relax and soak up the sun. If you have a more adventurous vacation style, you can parasail, waterski or rent watercraft.
The British influence is strong. You'll note that drivers are on the left side of the road. There's a changing of the guard ceremony at the Government House reminiscent of Buckingham Palace. Nassau is rich in history with charming homes, churches and imposing fortresses to tour.
It's easy to get around the harbor area. The city center is within walking distance with plenty of shops to explore. If you want to visit outlying areas and Paradise Island, there's no shortage of taxi services waiting at the dock.
The Atlantis Resort (pictured above) is one of the more popular destinations but they do restrict access to their facilities to guests of the resorts. Your best bet is to book an Atlantis excursion with the features you're looking for.When the ships arrive, the harbor area is bustling. Ladies will get plenty of offers to braid their hair and you'll find a fleet of taxis eager to take you to where you want to go. The nearby Straw Market is a famous landmark. Here you'll find row after row of booths with merchandise for sale. It's expected that you bargain for the best deal. If that's not your style, there's a small shopping/welcome center right at the dock with a nice selection of native crafts. You can browse around without being approached by anyone.
The best part about Nassau is that it's not overly large. You can accomplish a lot in the time that the ship is docked here.There is a wide array of shore excursions available that will help you to maximize your time.
Discover the lush, tropical gardens of Ardastra, where you can see the world famous marching flamingos strut their stuff, feed beautiful lory parrots by hand, and view the largest collection of Bahamian land animals in the world. Then depart on a narrated city tour with visits to many of Nassau's historical points of interest, such as Fort Fincastle, Water Tower, the Queen's Staircase and many more.
Price: Adult $42 (10 & up) Child: $29 (ages 3-9) Ages 3 and under free
Atlantis Beach Day (2-7 hours)
There's something for everyone on this full-day adventure that begins with a 35-minute historical harbor cruise to the Paradise Island Ferry Terminal across from Atlantis. Upon arrival, we'll provide you with a beach chair and towel and escort you to a reserved location on the beach to bask in the sun and surf. Enjoy lunch at the Dive In snack bar (coupon provided), and the day is yours to spend as you like. Enjoy gaming at the casino, shopping at a variety of unique stores or visiting Discover Atlantis, a unique marine habitat that's home to more than 120,000 fish representing 150 species. Return ferry transportation is included and available until 5:30 p.m. After this time, you will need to take a taxi (additional cost) back to the ship by 1:30 a.m. NOTE: This excursion involves extensive walking. Please wear comfortable shoes. Use of the pools and water slides is not included.
Price: Adult $82 (10 & up) Child: $55 (ages 3-9)
Atlantis Dolphin Cay and Aquaventure (6 1/2 hours)
This takes place at the Atlantis Resort and its new 141-acre water park, Aquaventure. You will have an encounter with dolphins. After your encounter you can use the water park. -A light lunch is included - Water Slides have a 48" height requirement -Towels and lifejackets provided. Locker rentals are available -Swim diapers required for babies/toddlers -Wheelchairs must be collapsible and are not allowed in the area of the waterslides. No ECV's are permitted and no beach wheelchairs are available - This is not a swim with the dolphins excursion. -Requires a 15-20 minute walk to the pick up point. Last bus transportation from the resort to the ship is at 4:30.
Price: Adult $295 (10 & up)Child: $245 (ages 3-9)
Blackbeard's Cay Stingray and Beach Adventure (4.5 - 5 hours)
Your adventure begins with a 20 minute boat tour of the scenic Nassau harbor. Upon reaching the private island of Blackbeard's Cay, you'll enter the realm of the stingrays. During your unforgettable experience, you'll hand-feed these gentle sea creatures.
Price: Adult $49 (10 & up) Child: $39 (ages 3 - 9)
Blue Lagoon Island Beach Day( 4-7 hours)
Take a high-speed, double-decker catamaran for approximately 40-minutes through scenic Nassau Harbour to famous Blue Lagoon Island. There is a choice of 2 return times. You can spend 3 /12 hours or 6 1/2 hours on this beautiful island. Return by catamaran for a 40-minute ride at the end of your excursion. -Wheelchairs must be standard size and collapsible. No electric are scooters permitted. Guests must be able to transfer onto the boat. -Parents must purchase a child's ticket for infants under 3 years of age. -Lunch is included (burger, fruit, chips and two non-alcoholic beverages per person). . .beverages (fruit punch, water, soda) -Additional food and beverage may be purchased at an additional cost. -Non-motorized water sports are included. The snorkeling tour and eco-hike are at an additional cost. -Guests are encouraged to bring cash or credit card to purchase optional extras such as souvenirs. Price: Adult $69 (10 & up) Child: $55 (ages 3-9)
Blue Lagoon Island Dolphin Encounter ( 4-5hours)
You will take a high-speed, double-decker catamaran to Dolphin Encounters on Blue Lagoon Island. This is about a 40 minute ride. When you arrive you will meet and greet the dolphin trainers and take in an informative introduction to dolphins, including a discussion on their anatomy, physiology, natural history and amazing underwater communication system. This is an "hands-on" dolphin interaction. You will practice and learn some of the techniques that the trainers use with the dolphins. You will also spend time with the onsite sea lions.
Price: Adult $125 (10 & up) Child: $110 (ages 3-9)
Blue Lagoon Island Dolphin Observer ( 4-5hours)
You will take a high-speed, double-decker catamaran to Dolphin Encounters on Blue Lagoon Island. This is about a 40 minute ride. When you arrive you will meet and greet the dolphin trainers and take in an informative introduction to dolphins, including a discussion on their anatomy, physiology, natural history and amazing underwater communication system. This is an dry experience. You will not be in the water. -Guests participating on the 2:30pm tour will return to the ship at approximately 6:45pm. Guests with a 5:45pm dinner seating may choose to dine at Beach Blanket Casual Dining on this night of the cruise. This tour is available to All Ages; since it involves a boat/vessel, infants under 3 years of age must have a child's ticket. -Please note that the return time for the 12:45 pm departure time is approximately 5:00 pm, which may affect the 1st seating dinner. -This excursion should only be booked in conjunction with the Blue Lagoon Island dolphin Encounter. -Food is available for purchase at an additional cost. -Wheelchairs need to be standard size and collapsible; no electric wheelchairs permitted. In addition, guests must be able to board the boat. -This excursion is stroller accessible. However, some portions of the tour may require Guests to fold accompanying strollers. In addition, lightweight strollers are recommended. -Guests do not enter the water at any time. -This excursion includes a 15-minute walk to and from the pick-up point. Because of this, Guests are encouraged to wear comfortable walking shoes. -This excursion includes an approximate 30-minute boat transfer from the ship to the dolphin encounter and back again. There is one return trip back from the island. -Complimentary lockers for personal belongings are available. -Guests are allowed to take pictures using their own cameras, at their own risk. -Guests are encouraged to bring sunscreen, sunglasses, additional clothing, hats, cameras and/or backpacks. Guests should bring towels from the ship Guests are encouraged to bring cash or credit cards to purchase optional extras, such as pictures, videos and souvenirs. -Due to limited availability, Guests are encouraged to book early.
Price: Adult $45 (10 & up) Child: $45 (ages 3-9)
Caribbean Queen Snorkel Tour (2-3 hours)
Begin your experience with a narrated tour of Nassau's historic points of interest as you boat to a reef at Athol Island. Once there, you'll don your snorkeling equipment while receiving instruction before entering the water for approximately 1 hour of open-water snorkeling. Witness the amazing variety of aquatic flora and fauna in this beautiful world under the sea as you snorkel the reef. NOTE: The vessel is equipped with freshwater showers and modern dive ladders. Children must be at least 6 years of age and be accompanied by a parent or guardian to participate.
Price: Adult $37 (10 & up) Child: $27 (ages 6-9) No one under age 6.
Catamaran Sail & Reef Snorkeling (3.5 - 4 hours)
This tour offers the ideal combination of the best sailing and snorkeling in Nassau. After a short stroll you'll board your catamaran featuring a shaded lounge and spacious deck area, for a cruise through historic Nassau Harbor. You will sail to a lush, tropical reef for some amazing snorkeling. During your cruise, you will receive your snorkel gear and instructions by the knowledgeable crew who will also accompany you into the water to ensure your safety and enjoyment.
Price: Adult $49 (10 & up) Child: $34 (ages 5-9) No one under age 5.
Climbers Rush And Aquaventure (5 1/2 - 6 hours)
You will take an approximate 25-minute, air-conditioned motor coach drive through historic Nassau as you make your way to the world-renowned Atlantis Resort in Paradise Island. Your ticket also includes admission to explore the underwater archaeological aquarium known as The Dig during an eye-opening walking tour — and behold a astounding array of manta rays, sharks, jellyfish and other wonders of the sea. Make your way to Climbers Rush and be among the first to discover the new world of rock-climbing. guests will enjoy a One Time Climb where they will be able to choose from the wall of their choice and attempt to reach the summit. You will also be able to use the waterpark. -Lunch (pizza, burgers, sandwiches and salads) and a beverage (sparkling sodas and bottled water) are included. Guests will be given a lunch and beverage coupon which can be exchanged at one of the designated kiosks. -Guests must be at least 48" tall to ride all water slides. -Wheelchairs (collapsible or electric) are not permitted. -Guests should note that only credit cards are accepted at outdoor kiosks and restaurants. -Last bus transportation from the Resort to the ship is 4:30 p.m. -This excursion includes a 15-minute walk to and from the pick-up point. -Complimentary towels are provided. Lockers are available for rent. Please note, however, that only credits cards - and not cash - are required for locker rentals. -Water rentals require an additional fee. -Admission to the aquarium is a self-guided visit and can be done at the Guest's leisure. Guests are also invited to visit the casino or shop at the many stores located at the resort. -Guests are encouraged to bring credit cards (for food and souvenirs) as some vendors do not accept cash. -Guests are encouraged to bring sunscreen, sunglasses, additional clothing, hats, cameras and backpacks. Due to limited availability, Guests are encouraged to book early. Price: Adult $180 (10 & up) Child: $130 (ages 3-9)
Discover Atlantis (2-5 hours)
Immerse yourself in the legend of Atlantis during this exciting excursion. After a 35-minute historical harbor cruise to Paradise Island Ferry Terminal across from Atlantis, you'll be escorted to the resort to begin a guided journey through the attraction, Discover Atlantis. Home to more than 120,000 fish representing 150 species, this attraction re-creates the lost city of Atlantis while providing a fascinating look at life in the ocean's depths. Return ferry transportation is included and available until 5:30pm. After this time, you will need to take a taxi (additional cost) back to the ship before departure. NOTE: This excursion involves extensive walking. Please wear comfortable shoes.
Price: Adult $52 (10 & up) Child: $35 (ages 3-9)
Dolphin Trainer for a Day (5 1/2 - 6 hours)
Your day begins with the 15-minute bus ride to the Atlantis Resort, where your guide escorts you on the 10-minute walk to Dolphin Cay. You will then take the Behind the Scenes Tour and learn about food preparation as well as visiting the Vet hospital and lab. After lunch you will meet the sea lions and learn how they are trained. Finally you will have an up close encounter with the dolphins. -Excursion includes a customized dolphin interaction exclusively for Trainer for a Day Guests, a Deep Water Interaction, a hands-on sea lion training session and a behind the scenes tour. -Guests will spend the duration of their excursion at the dolphin facility; Guests do not have access to the pools and slides. -A light lunch and beverages are included in this excursion. -This excursion includes a 15-20 minute walk to and from the pick-up point. -Complimentary towels and lifejackets are provided. -Complimentary lockers are provided. -Wheelchairs (electric or collapsible) are not permitted. -Guests should be in good physical condition to participate. -Guests are encouraged to bring credit cards (for photos and souvenirs). Cash is not accepted. -Guests are encouraged to bring sunscreen, sunglasses, additional clothing, hats, cameras and backpacks. -Due to limited availability, Guests are encouraged to book early. Price: Adult $420(10 & up)
Graycliff Cigar and Rum Experience (2 hours)
Learn from the masters how to sort, clean and roll a cigar. Discover the history and secrets of where the best tobacco leaves come from and what blends of select leaves make the award- winning Graycliff Cigars. Paired with the art of world class cigar making is the appreciation of some of the Caribbean's finest rums including Mount Gay, Barbacourt, Bacardi and many more. All participants will receive a cigar and cigar cutter and are able to keep the cigar they've rolled. At the conclusion of your experience, you may choose to return directly to the pier, or stay to enjoy a meal at the restaurant at an additional cost. Price: Adult $189(21 & up)
Graycliff Escape Nassau (5 - 5 1/2 hours)
Just a short distance from the pier, is Graycliff Hotel and Restaurant. The chef will prepare a delicious three course meal for you, delivered to you poolside or in the dining room. You can take advantage of several option upgrades like a massage, glass of port and a cigar, or some chocolate covered strawberries. After 4 1/2 hours your driver will be there to drive you back to the pier. -A full lunch and two beverages are included. Additional beverages may be purchased. -Additional upgrades such as a day room, massage, cigars and cognac must be requested in advance. -Wheelchairs need to be standard sized and collapsible. -This excursion is stroller accessible. However, some portions of the tour may require Guests to fold accompanying strollers. In addition, lightweight strollers are recommended.
Price: Adult $129.00(10 & up) Child: $89.00(ages 3-9)
Graycliff Wine and Cheese Pairing (1 1/2 hours)
Graycliff's Wine & Cheese Pairings will take participants through eight wine tastings — four red and four white — each paired with cheeses from around the world, along with a tour of the famed wine cellar, topped off with a wine themed souvenir for each participant. At the conclusion of your experience, you may choose to return directly to the pier, or stay to enjoy a meal at the restaurant at an additional cost. - A minimum of eight wine and cheese pairings are included. -Wheelchairs need to be standard size and collapsible; no electric wheelchairs permitted. -Guests will travel by air-conditioned van or mini-bus. Transportation time is approximately 10 minutes each way. -This excursion includes a 15 minute walk to and from the pick-up point. -Guests who choose to stay at the Graycliff Restaurant will be responsible for their own taxi transport back to the pier. Guests are encouraged to bring credit cards (for food and souvenirs) as some vendors do not accept cash.
Price: Adult $189.00(21 & up)
Nassau Forts and Junkanoo Discovery(3 - 3 1/2 hours
Take a tour of historical landmarks including the Queen's Staircase, Fort Fincastle and Fort Charlotte before immersing yourself in the local culture at the Junkanoo exhibit. -Wheelchairs need to be standard size and collapsible; no electric wheelchairs permitted. -This excursion is stroller accessible. However, some portions of the tour may require Guests to fold accompanying strollers. In addition, lightweight strollers are recommended. -This excursion includes a 15 minute walk to and from the pick-up point. Because of this, Guests are encouraged to wear comfortable walking shoes.
Price: Adult $41.00(10 & up) Child: $31.00(ages 3-9)
Nassau Harbor Cruise(1.5 hours)
Want to get an up-close look at the beauty of a coral reef without getting wet? Then come aboard this glass-bottom boat, which will ply the waters of Nassau Harbor as the host points out sights around this historic port city. See the homes of the rich and famous. Also visit Blue Lagoon.
Price: Adult $25.00 (10 & up) Child: $15.00 (ages 3-9)
Scuba Dive Adventure at Stuart Cove (5 - 5 1/2 hours)
During this exciting aquatic adventure, certified divers can take an in-depth look at the natural reefs and tropical fish found in the crystal-clear waters of the Bahamas. Dive right in--the water's fine, and the view is even better! NOTE: All participants must present a dive certification card and have completed at least one dive in the past two years. Guests ages 12 to 17 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian to participate. Price includes tanks and weight belt only. All additional scuba gear can be rented at additional cost.
Price: Adult $145.00 (does not include equipment) Ages 12 and up only.
NOTE: This excursion is for certified divers only. Guests must provide a valid certification and photo ID onboard and have completed at least one dive in the past 24 months. - A beverage (iced water) is included. Additionally, food and beverages are available for purchase at a local restaurant. -Wheelchairs (collapsible or electric) are not permitted. -This excursion includes a 15-minute walk to and from the pick-up point. -This excursion includes a 45-minute transfer from the ship to the dive shop. -Guests under medication or with any medical conditions are not permitted to dive. -Price includes BCD, regulator, tank, weight belt, mask, snorkel and fins. Wetsuits will be provided at an additional cost. -Guests should note that scuba diving sites are determined based on weather conditions on day of excursion. -Please note that dive knives are strictly prohibited on this excursion due to current weapons laws. -Guests must be physically fit to participate. For safety reasons, expectant mothers, Guests with heart and respiratory conditions and/or those with back/neck injuries cannot participate.
Sea Lion Encounter (not specified)
Take a high-speed, double-decker catamaran through Nassau's historic harbor to the world-famous Dolphin Encounters on nearby Blue Lagoon Island. You will have a hands on experience with the sea lions. You will receive a "special" kiss and handshake from the sea lions. -Guests participating on the 2:30pm tour will return to the ship at approximately 6:45pm. Guests with a 5:45pm dinner seating may choose to dine at Beach Blanket Casual Dining on this night of the cruise. -Wheelchairs (collapsible or electric) are not permitted. -Guests spend approximately 30 minutes in the water with the Sea Lions. This excursion is conducted on a submerged platform approximately three feet deep. -The maximum Guest-to-Sea Lion ratio is 10:1. -For Guests, ages 8-12: An adult 18 years or older must be booked on the same Sea Lion Encounter. -For Guests, ages 13-17: An adult 18 years or older must be booked on the same Sea Lion Encounter or the corresponding Nassau Dolphin Observer excursion. -This excursion includes a 15-minute walk to and from the pick-up point. This excursion includes an approximate 30-minute boat transfer from the ship to Blue Lagoon Island and back again. There is one return trip back from the island. -Guests should note that jewelry is not allowed in the pool areas. -Complimentary lockers for personal belongings and changing rooms are available. Wet suits are available, free of charge, during winter months. -Guests should bring towels from the ship. -Food is available for purchase at an additional cost. -Guests are encouraged to bring cash or credit cards to purchase optional extras, such as pictures, videos and souvenirs. -Guests 8 years and older and 48 inches tall may participate in the Sea Lion Encounter. -Pregnant women are not allowed in this program. -Guests must have the ability to go up and down steps and ramps to access the platform. Price: Adult $99.00(10 & up) Child: $99.00(ages 8-9.
Seaworld Explorer Semi Submarine (1 - 1/2 hours)
Experience the fascinating wonders of life below the surface of the sea aboard this narrated tour, which features unique coral formations, two spectacular shipwrecks and colorful tropical fish. Price: Adult $43.00(10 & up) Child: $29.00 (ages 3-9.
See and Sea Island Tour (2 1/2 - 3 hours )
After a 10-minute walk from the ship, a transfer boat shuttles you to the marine park at Athol Island. Along the way, enjoy a scenic ride through the picturesque Nassau Harbor, past Paradise Island. Upon arrival, board the Seaworld Explorer, a unique vessel that remains above sea level at all times while its hull, the underwater observatory, is five feet below the surface. After this tour you are returned to the pier where you will board a bus for a tour of Nassau. This tour may run in reverse order.
Price: Adult $55.00(10 & up) Child: $39.00 (ages 3-9.
Segway Off Road Back to Nature (2 hours )
You are taken on a short 15 minute van ride. You arrive at one of Nassau's last natural areas, Earth Village. You are taken on paths that run along the antiquated aqueducts which once provided Nassau with fresh water, your knowledgeable guide will provide interesting information about the plants, fruits and trees in the area. The tour takes a break in a shady area then resumes with a tour through canopy covered spaces. -A maximum weight limit of 250 pounds applies. -Guests must be able to stand on their feet for the duration of the tour. -Helmets, knee and elbow guards are provided. -A beverage (soda or bottled water) is included. -Additional beverages are available for available for purchase. -Wheelchairs (electric or collapsible) are not permitted. Price: Adult $75.00(14 & up)
Sunshine Glass Bottom Boat Tour (1 1/2 hours )
You will board a 70-foot, double-decker glass bottom boat for a 30 minute boat ride to the Nassau Sea Gardens. Brimming with tropical fish and wondrous coral formations, the Nassau Sea Gardens is a vast underwater preserve offering the observer an eye-opening glimpse of what life is really like just below the surface of the sea. -This tour is available to All Ages; since it involves a boat/vessel, infants under 3 years of age must have a child's ticket. -A beverage (rum punch or fruit punch) is included. In addition, drinks and snacks are available for purchase onboard. -Wheelchairs need to be standard size and collapsible; no electric wheelchairs permitted. -Guests must be able to traverse a narrow gangway on the boat unassisted and walk up/down approximately 10-12 steps to the viewing deck. -Exact locations and reef visibility are subject to weather conditions on day of excursion and may vary. Price: Adult $26.00 (10 & up) Child: $17.00 (ages 3-9.
Please note: except where noted, shore excursions are operated by independent contractors. All excursions are subject to cancellation due to weather, itinerary changes and attendance. Excursions are booked on a first come, first served basis and are subject to availability. All prices are subject to change without notice. Children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
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