Okay, we have decided to do the Atlantis dig, but the cruise ship tour is 45.00 per person including our two children, that's 180.00 for a family of four. I read the comments on the message board and many of you say you've paid 25.00-35.00 adults and 19.00-24.00 kids. I have talked to my husband about this but he's unsure about taking a cab and going off on our own, he feels more secure with the tour groups. Does anyone know how far the ferry is that you can take to Atlantis from where the cruise ship docks? Does anyone have any information on the cab fair? Do you decide the price before getting in? help. I need to convince this man that we are better off doing our own thing.
The ferries(if you can call them that) are located almost directly opposite the cruise ship dock. Most of them are old cabin cruisers with chairs screwed down to the deck. You are not going out to sea, just out and around the cruise ship dock and down the channel to Paradise Island (which is all of 200 yards across from the cruise dock).
This is a quaint way of travelling and costs about $2 or 3 dollars per person. The
"crew" usually offer a 5 minute tour or sing a local song or two for tips. A cab might cost
$8 or $10 at the very most. You might want to go by boat one way and cab the next.
Do understand, Paradise Island is all of 600 feet across a channel from the dock in Nassau. If you had to, you could even walk. It is about a five minute walk uphill from the ferry dock to Atlantis so maybe take a cab there and walk downhill to the ferry dock on your way back.
Check the prices of admission on the Atlantis website. Nassau is a safe island, even the buses are safe and easy to use. Where else in the world will you hear bus passengers ,when leaving the bus, say" thank you Mr. driver for the ride, and have a nice day"?
Thanks Papa Bill,
It just seems a bit much to me that the cruise ship charges 45.00 for what they call a "harbor cruise" on the ferry and admission to the site. Especially if you can go on your own and pay 25.00 for adults and less than that for kids. But, when you've never been to a place before you don't know what to expect, so that's why I love this message board!
You can also take the bus which will drop you off at the foot of the bridge, walk over this to Paradise island. Not a far walk but can be strenuous as the bridge is tall. I believe bus fair is 50 cent pp. Taxi was cheap. Trust me, it is perfectly safe to do this on your own. We now always go on our own and we haven't any problems. I do believe I told you that you can tour the digs for free at night. Save your money for souvenirs or do a beach tour during the day. The cabs are right outside the ship and Atlantis. It is absolutely nothing to tell them to take you to Atlantis and to catch a cab back. The tours are ok but I feel they are way overpriced and sometimes (most times) disappointing. The locals are easy to communicate with and willing to help with directions, tips etc; unless you are one to look down at them then you could have a problem. We have been many places and now refuse to do tours, we go out on our own and have a great time. Try it, you may surprise yourself how easy it actually is.
You can take the water taxi from the pier to the Atlantis for $3.00 per person each way. On the way you will get a small informative talk about some of the residences you pass along the way, such as Mick Jaggers house. It's a bit of a walk from the dock under the bridge to the Atlantis but not too far. Probably a quarter of a mile I'd say. You can tour all around the Atlantis and see the aquarium for no charge. To go into the digs is $25 per person during the day. You can walk up the road to the Sheraton and there is beach access there for free. To do the ships' tour on your own would be $25 for the digs and $6 round trip for the water taxi for a total of $31 per person. Otherwise you can just take the bus, water taxi, or cab and just tour the Atlantis and beach for $6 or less per person.
The prices must have gone up to tour through the ship, because Carnival quoted us 45.00 per person and the kids are the same. I have received some great advice so I think we are going to try it on our own and see how it goes. We are looking forward to Atlantis and I am willing to pay 25.00 to the hotel to see it, since that would be a guided tour, I assume. Thanks for the info. on the beaches too because that was our next plan after leaving Atlantis!
I usually stay with cruise ship tours, but not at Nassau. The van taxi which wait right out on the main street from the pier will be $4 per person each way including a toll. Inform the driver you do not want to wait until his van fills up or you will find someone else. They are all English speaking and the US dollar is the currency. Once at Atlantis, you can decide if you wish to do the tour of the Dig which was $25pp but may have gone up, or just walk around on your won. A limited view into the aquarium can be seen from the restaurant that is off of one of the huge lobbies. There are two lobbies. Access to the pool area, water slide and beach is restricted through Atlantis for the security of the guests. However, as mentioned, you could walk outside the old Lobby entrance and turn Left to walk to the Sheraton next door where beach access is allowed. We really enjoyed the guided tour of the dig, outside pools & grounds, hotel and casino. It was a great way to spend our day.