We are sailing on the Mariner of the Seas Nov. 23rd. One of our stops is Nassau.
We would like to go over to Paradise Island to the beach, but want to know if
Atlantis allows cruise passengers access to there facilities. What do people
usually do?? Even for a fee, I think we would go. Anyone ever do this????
Leslie, yes you can use the beach (only) at Atlantis for a fee. I think its kind of on the expensive side. You might want to consider taking a tour of the aquarium & dig at Atlantis.(around $25) Atlantis is a great place to just wander around. There are usually huge yachts docked at the hotel. The casino is beautiful, the property is beautiful.
If you just want to go to the beach on Paradise Island just take a land taxi to the entrance of the public beach which is near the Sheraton. From the beach you can access the Sheraton for some refreshments . Bring beach towels from the ship.
A taxi to Atlantis is $4pp each way including toll. Now we were not allowed beyond the inside doors in this huge resort facility, as security is posted at each doorway for the safety of their guests who wear wristbands. We walked throughout the entire inside property including the massive casino. I highly recommend a tour of the Dig @ $25 pp $19 children. This will take you out side and the various areas will be explained in detail including the reproduced artifacts and of course the thousands of tropical species. We did manage to wander around out to the water slide pyrimid but had been turned back by several guards previously.
It is a great way to spend your time on Paradise Island. It may be too cool when you go for the beach also.
We just returned from a cruise that included Nassau. We took a taxi to Paradise island. It was $4 per person. We had a fabulous time at the Atlantis resort, sitting by their pools (there are 7 pools, many are huge freeform pools!!) enjoying tropical drinks and going down their waterslides that look like Mayan temples. The only way to have access to use of these facilities is to either book a room at the Atlantis or a room at the Comfort Suites across the street....this latter choice is cheaper. It is about $200 per room. We booked the room in advance, checked in that morning, then took the yellow key card over to the towel cabana near the Atlantis pool and told them we needed wristbands for 5. No questions were asked and we got the wristbands. It was a highlight of our trip!!! I highly recommend this.
We just did the same thing. Comfort suites with AAA $200. Full access to Atlantis including the dig. Awesome resort It was one of our highlights as well.
We were tempted to do the dolphin swim. We did this in Mexico last year and the costs was significantly more in for Nassau's Blue Lagoon. So we tried something different and went to Atlantis.
If money is not a concern and you have never done the Dolphin swim I would recommend it. I have not tried Nassau's Blue Island dolphin swim but at Mexico (Xcarat) it was the best thing we ever did on a cruise.
The hotel is a real treat to visit, but Atlantis will not allow you to use the facilities unless you are a guest of the hotel. They have employees at the entrance who will ask for your room key. If you are not a guest and cannot produce a key, you will not be permitted access.
We just booked a room at the comfort suites for this weekend for a rate of $106.25 plus 12% tax plus 7.50 fee per person. We will be there on RCL Majesty of the Seas. For that rate we get full access to Atlantis. Called Atlantis and confirmed we could use the spa as well. There are 4 of us and we are only telling confort suites there are 2. Otherwise there is $30 per person extra fee for adults after 2. It will cost $37.50 each for the four of us to use the facilities at Atlantis. That amount includes the $4 each taxi. Much cheaper than any excursion to Atlantis and we can use all the facilities. Plus we have a room to go back to in case of rain or need a break from the sun.
We've tried the sneaking around to get in before and once in we were paranoid someone was going to say something, so this is a nice alternative. Can relax and enjoy the full day in Nassau.
Nancy, how did you get 5 wristbands? I'm doing the same thing (5 people/1 room) and I'm getting nervous that they won't give me a wristband for my 4 year old! They told me that only 4 are suppossed to be in a room ,etc.. (But I'm certainly not going to pay for 2 rooms for only 6 hours!) Thanks for any info!!!