Which is the best way to do Atlantis on Paridise Island, on your own or ship's tour? Which is best way to get there, taxi or water taxi? Just want to see the hotel and aquarium, not interested in the beach. The ship's tour appears to be much less than total cost of going alone and that NEVER happens. Advice sought and gratefully accepted.
dont know what ship you are on but we are on the maasdam may 19. the brochure says we will be in port from 7am to noon. allowing time for not being the first one off and getting back on at 11:59am lol..... i decided that there was not enough time to see atlantis and still have some time for shopping etc. so we took atlantis off our schedule. also read that the hotel restricts people like us from access to areas other then we can spend money at. casino, gift shoppes etc. i did read that they do have a tour of one specific attraction (sorry the name escapes me but i think its the digs) after weighing all the options we decided that we can spend our casino money on the ship just as easy
We will be there until midnight. The ship's tour lasts five hours with the caveat that if you miss the last ferry, you are on your own to get back to the ship. Would like to hear from someone who wandered over by themselves or took the complete tour. Can't imagine docking at 7 and leaving at noon. Hardly time to do the straw market. Thanks.
We did a harbor tour which included a tour of Atlantis and I think the excersion was $25, really not bad and it was worth it to see the Aquarium and the dig. For the return back to the boat, they gave us a ferry ticket to take the water taxi back, was no problem. We too were only there until 2 on Explorer so we did have time to do the tour and a little shopping back in town.
In Maasdam's itinerary it really says Noon as departure from Nassau. I don't know what they were thinking, the next day is at sea anyway, so I can't imagine that there would be a schedule problem to get to the next port...
Well, maybe, they have to make room for another ship in Nassau...
Anyway, enjoy the Massdam, very classy ship and very good service. I cruised the Mediterranean on her in summer 2000.
If you want to know more about the ship, just contact me, I'm happy to help!
I am so confused about Atlantis. Some sources say the aquarium and Dig are open to non-guests. Others say only guests can see the aquarium. The resort's website is vague. It only says that you can pay 25 dollars for a tour and that the waterslides/pool are for guests only.
By the way, I've also read that there are lots of land taxis available which are quicker and more reliable than the water taxi for making it back to the ship on time.
I'm on the Veendam and we too only have a few hours in Nassau. Which is actually okay since I'd rather spend more time in the other ports. ((an uneducated opinion since I have yet to go to ANY of them!! Don't want to insult Nassau and its people, especially before I even visit there))
I finally called the Atlantis property. Who ever I spoke to seemed to know what she was talking about. Quickest way to the hotel is by taxi. She said the standard excursion sold to all the cruise ships include a water tour of Nassau, then an excorted tour of the hotel, the bulk of which is the aquarium and the "digs", an interpretation of what would be found if the city of Atlantis was excavated. Access to the beach is extra. She seemed to think you got the most for your money with the ship's tour. Never heard that before. Said it costs $25 to get into the aquarium/digs on your own, then most people tag along with a tour to hear the spiel. As for Nassau, the ship (all of them) docks smack in the middle of town. A leisurely hour walk will cover most of it. Same shops as the other Caribbean ports, some photo opportunities, same flea market, and of course, 90% tourists. Do get your picture taken with a policeman. Colorful and he will love it. More than you ever wanted to know.
She gave me the impression that you can show up at the hotel, pay to tour the aquarium and the digs, or pay more to enjoy the beach. It seemed the more interested you acted in booking a future hotel reservation, the more interested they will be in you.
Well, we went to Atlantis last Dec on Carnival Fantasy, We loved Atlantis, got lucky and wondered around the digs and aquarium, and even walked on the beach. But, then noticed alot of hotel checking for tour tickets. They were nice to us, but told us what spots were off limits to people who were not staying at the hotel. We had no trouble getting to Atlantis or back-Plenty of taxis. I would highly recommend you book a tour with the cruiselines. Atlantis is wonderful, but not enough to pay to stay there for a week! Four hours was about it for us. We were going to book a weeks stay there, but decided to wait until after our family reunion cruise so we could check Atlantis out first, we do not want to spend that type of money, but it is definately something to see if you are going to the Bahamas. Enjoy!