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Old August 5th, 2009, 04:36 PM
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Hi again, its me back again,

We are just doing a four day cruise to test the waters and see if the family take to cruising. If we love it as much as most on here do we will book longer ones in the future. Anyway, out two visits are Freeport and Nassau. I have promised the children a visit to Atlantis so I intend to take the family there. My question is - how is it best to arrange this? I have looked at the excursions available and they do seem expensive but as its a once in a lifetime thing I dont mind paying. I dont want to do the dolphin thing as we have done that before. All we really want is the water rides/beach thing.
I am tempted to take the excursion without lunch. I have read I can get it cheaper by buying tickets at a hotel but I would then have the hassle of transport etc. Is it much more expensive going with the ship? We are in Nassau over night so after the Atlantis thing will we have time to hit the shops? In Freeport all we want to do is the beach thing again (we will have had 8 days doing the parks of Orlando so need the rest) so again is it better to book through the ship to make sure it is organised for us or can we save lots my doing it ourselves? Cheers, G&B.
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Hi again, its me back again,

I have promised the children a visit to Atlantis so I intend to take the family there. My question is - how is it best to arrange this? I have looked at the excursions available and they do seem expensive but as its a once in a lifetime thing I dont mind paying. I dont want to do the dolphin thing as we have done that before. All we really want is the water rides/beach thing..
Depending on the season when you arrive (how busy Atlantis is) you can catch a cab straight to Atlantis and get a daypass straight from them and save a few $$$$ over the Carnival Excursion.
Just look through the Carnival excursions, I know I saw one in there for unlimited access to all slides and pools, that did not involve dolphins at all.
If you decide you would rather just do the excursion through the ship.
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I am tempted to take the excursion without lunch. I have read I can get it cheaper by buying tickets at a hotel but I would then have the hassle of transport etc. Is it much more expensive going with the ship? .
I have no idea what you are talking about with tickets at a hotel...
I will warn you that Atlantis is INFAMOUS for its ridiculously overpriced food. (the one and only time we bothered going over to Atlantis 3 years ago, a tiny bowl of Mac and Cheese was $13. (the size of one of those microwave bowls)
For as much as you are going to wind up paying for your excursions to Atlantis, I don't know how much time you want to waste leaving the grounds to find a cheaper lunch.
You may just want to budget alot of cash for an expensive hot dog/hamburger lunch at Atlantis to enjoy as much time there.
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We are in Nassau over night so after the Atlantis thing will we have time to hit the shops? .
Remember this is the Caribbean, NOT NYC, so they work on their own time.
I believe the shops close at about 5PM or so.......
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In Freeport all we want to do is the beach thing again (we will have had 8 days doing the parks of Orlando so need the rest) so again is it better to book through the ship to make sure it is organised for us or can we save lots my doing it ourselves? Cheers, G&B.
In Freeport, just get off the ship and catch the first cab to Our Lucaya.
It is about a 20-30 minute drive from the industrail area the ship docks.
Beautiful sand and some chairs to rent. (I don't think the hotels there offer daypasses like in Nassau. Not positive though)
There is a market across the street from the beach where you will catch your cab back to the ship.

Hope that helps a bit.

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just remember the ship leaves early in the morning, so you should not stay over night at the hotel. I don't know why it diesn't stay till noon, if it's staying overnight. We sailed Sensation in 2007 and I thought it was stupid to stay overnight and leave so early. I think that is just to accompodate people partying or gambling on shore, late into the night.
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We did that and completely independently but then again we were a party of five, both my parents, husband and I and our six month boy! So we didn't focus on the acqua park for instance. It's too expensive in all honestly, but if you want the whole experience see if booking into the hotel (which I believe gives you tickets) works out cheaper. It was not for us but then again we were limited with a baby...
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I've done Atlantis...I did not book thru the ship

Got off the Carnival ship, took a cab for $4-5/pp to Atlantis, it was myabe a 10 min ride, entered the lobby at Atlantis, passed through the lobby and fountain and came across the caverns you can explore and was told I could purchase a pass to tour them. Close to the caverns is a small desk/reception area where the hotel is selling passes for the day. They had different passes you could buy..we bought the $55 pass. This included unlimited touring of the caverns (aquatic life and ruins-really cool), unlimited use of the pools, private beach, lagoon, and unlimited touring of the grounds. It doesn't include food and it doesn't include use of the watersports equipment.

i would not book through the ship, better to do Atlantis at your own pace IMO. It's so big and so beautiful, you will want to take it in w/o anyone rushing you.
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Close to the caverns is a small desk/reception area where the hotel is selling passes for the day. They had different passes you could buy..we bought the $55 pass. This included unlimited touring of the caverns (aquatic life and ruins-really cool), unlimited use of the pools, private beach, lagoon, and unlimited touring of the grounds.
How long ago was this? The pass you are referring to is now about $110 pp thru the hotel. This is capacity controlled so if going on a busy day - not necessarily a holiday (could be 4 ships in port) - you may be out of luck. Many people get a room at the Comfort Suites on Paradise Island (not the one downtown) which has privileges at Atlantis.
http://www.comfortsuitespi.com/
You rent a room and can get up to 4 passes to Atlantis with charging privileges. Many never actually check into the room, they just go to CS, "check in", get their passes and "check out" never going back. If you are in port overnight you might want to keep the room and change clothes, take a shower, nap, relax, etc. Don't spend the night though.

In Freeport every day there is more to do at the port/pier. If you just want a nice day try wandering around the shops at the pier and then walk over to the restaurant on the beach near the port. DO NOT go swimming as the eatery "feeds" the sharks leftovers. This will cost nothing and you can have a "empty" ship to have fun on.
Having said that the $5pp trip to Our Lucaya is worth it if you are in port for more than 3-4 hours. The beach is wonderful, plenty of shops, food, bars, casino.
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I like the sound of checking into the CS Paradise Island but I have checked their web site and check in is at 3.00pm which is a bit late to do the rides etc. I wonder if the hotel will allow us to check in early but not use the room until after 3.00pm ?
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I did the Atlantis tour thru the hotel (Atlantis) in Aug 2007. There were several other varities and combination passes in the $100 range, but there was also a cheap variety which was the $55 I paid. I cannot imagine the "cheap" pass is now $110 but maybe...
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I like the sound of checking into the CS Paradise Island but I have checked their web site and check in is at 3.00pm which is a bit late to do the rides etc. I wonder if the hotel will allow us to check in early but not use the room until after 3.00pm ?
The rides/slides do not open before 9am ish... and yes you can check in early. If you are going to use the room after going to Atlantis you may not get the actual room til you come back if no clean rooms are available BUT you will get your passes to Atlantis. REMEMBER when checking cost for CS that you read the fine print... extra fees for housekeeping/extra people over 2/resort "fee"/etc. Just read it carefully and make sure you include the extra costs in your final cost for the room.
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I did the Atlantis tour thru the hotel (Atlantis) in Aug 2007. There were several other varities and combination passes in the $100 range, but there was also a cheap variety which was the $55 I paid. I cannot imagine the "cheap" pass is now $110 but maybe...
Just checked again... $105 for adults/$80 under 12 for pass for pools/beach/slides/etc. There is a pass for $35 to see the "digs" but no pool/beach/slides. I think you used to be able to get a beach ONLY (no slides) for around $55 but am not sure if it is still available. Guards do check - frequently - what kind of pass/wristband you have. They are very strict about the slides/pool area now and if you have some other pass will not let you near the pools/slides.
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