The casino was closed when we were in Nassau on the Fascination and on the Destiny. The only time it was open while we were in port was when we were on the Valor in 2005 and the ship was late leaving because they were waiting for a shore excursion group to return, the casino opened at 6 as it was scheduled but the ship didn't leave until after 7 PM.
Chief, I was just in Nassau aboard "Glory", and the casino was closed for the duration of the stay. Like you say,,,maybe you'll get lucky, 'cause I can guarantee you that the machines at "Atlantis" don't pay off worth a damn!
Did you all stay overnight or just during the day? I have never stayed in port overnight on a cruise (other than Navy ships ) so this is new to me. You would think that Carnival would want to see a profit (well more than normal) and if Nassau law allows it, keep the Casino open. Guess I'll just have to wait and see !
We just stayed in port during the day. There are a number of ways to get over to "Atlantis". You can actually see it from the ship, but it'd be a long, long hike to walk it. You can take a taxi from the pier, or even take a water taxi from the side of the pier as well. I don't know what the fare from the pier to the "Atlantis" is, but wouldn't think it'd be too much. I'd bet you can find any number of people who'll share a cab with you to keep the cost down, as "Atlantis" is one of the major attractions in Nassau.
The water taxi is $5 return and it is located very close to the pier. The service is good, and the view of the homes is fun too. From where they let you off to the entrance of Atlantis is a very short walk.