I'll be on an 8/17 NCL Spirit cruise that will be making a port call at Nassau, Bahamas. How much can I expect to pay for a taxi from the Nassau cruise port (is it usually the same port that all cruise ships dock at?) to Atlantis Paradise Island for 6 people? Do Bahamian taxis go by the mileage or do they count heads?
The government sets the taxi rates, and the cabs are metered (or should be). Metered rates are $3 (£1.60) for the first .3km (quarter-mile) and 40¢ each additional 1.6km (1 mile). Additional passengers over the age of 2 are $3 each. If there's no meter, agree on the price with the driver in advance.
You can call for a taxi, although most taxis wait at the major hotels or the cruise-ship dock to pick up passengers. One major taxi company is Freeport Taxi Company, Logwood Road (tel. 242/352-6666), open 24 hours. Another is Grand Bahama Taxi Union, at the Freeport International Airport, Old Airport Road (tel. 242/352-7101), also open 24 hours. Note:
Typical taxi rates are as follows. From the Cruise Ship Harbour to: Xanadu Beach Hotel, $17 (£9); Port Lucaya Marketplace, $24 (£13); Flamingo Beach Resort/The Ritz, $24 (£13); Viva Fortuna Beach, $29 (£15). From the airport to: anywhere in Port Lucaya or Our Lucaya, $19 (£10); Viva Fortuna, $20 (£11); Royal Oasis, $11 (£5.85); Xanadu $14 (£7.40).
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