Does anyone know how I can gain access to the Atlantis Resort and use their facilities? We are going on Navigator of the seas in may and this is a new port instead of labadee. I have been to nassau before and that is the only thing we want to see. I remember reading some time ago about nearby hotels that let you gain access to Atlantis when you book their rooms? Any info would be appreciated.
I went in January, 2004 and we were very fortunate on our cruise to encouter a very friendly security officer who permitted our group to roam and tour the facilities (without using the facilites-pool, slide) without paying. There is a $25 charge just to get a tour f the place!!!!! They do not let any visitors in unless you have a room key. The security guards are really strict in asking for room keys now, although I guess you could show great dissappointment.
I had friends just come back on 3 different cruises and they said that they were very strict about these rules.
So Atlantis is amazingingly breathtaking, but it looks like it will be tough t o get in without paying.
When you go into port take a land taxi to the casino. If you take a water taxi there is still a long walk. There is only $1 or $2 difference per person. There is a Comfort Inn and a Sheraton next to the casino. From what I saw when I was there, there were parts that you couldnt go towards because that was for guests only. There was a person standing "guard" at these areas. People told me that you can book a room at one of the off sites hotels and gain access to the grounds at Atlantis. The rooms at the casino were around $150, but they could change with the season. When we went it was real windy and cold so we didnt go down to the beach but we were told that there is a nice quiet beach behind the Sheraton. I really cant help with prices but I'm sure if you go to thier web sites you might be able to get a decent deal. I hope this helps and happy cruising!
We stayed there for our anniversary a few years ago. I remember people trying to get in to the pools and were turned away. Every few days they gave out new wristbands and you must have one to enter the pool areas. If you're on tour, I believe you have to stay with the group. The place is awesome and we are planning to go back again for our 5 yr in June. You can get rooms for well under $400. We stayed in one of the cheaper towers (there are 3 buildings if I recall). The big towers are the expensive ones. The only disadvantage of staying in the cheap tower is that you had to walk to the casino and shops, but then again you have to walk everywhere if you want to see and do it all! Each building has its own pool, slides, and attractions. All are different. You can use any other them if youre a guest. Also each building has dining facilities. The spa looked nice too. The casino was way too smokey for me. The marine life on display is pretty incredible too (and Im a diver). We never left the resort grounds during our stay. We had been in town on a cruise years before and had no desire to venture back there. Bottom line, if you want to see and do Atlantis, your best bet is to stay there.
i went there a couple of years ago! it is awesome! love the waterslides. we had to stay at the place to get use of the slides and pools. how stupid is that. go to the beach part of the hotel! its cheaper
We went in December. Booked a room at the Comfort Suites and had full access. Make sure you tell the taxi driver you want to go to CS. Then you can just walk over to Atlantis and get your braclets to wear that identify you. Get those at the pool. I think we paid about 140.00..that covered my family of four.
Now our friends went in Feb. and they just paid the 25.00 pp and got FULL access. So don't know what to tell you. But the place was beautiful! The slides are pretty cool as well. Even thought I chickened out and went on a small one, and that was fine with me.
Ok dont get angry but think about this.........what if you paid a lot of money to stay at Atlantis (which is usually the case). You want to enjoy the facilities at the resort. Here come a bunch of cruise ships and the passengers head to Atlantis to use the facilities for free or even a small fee. Now you, the resort guest who has dished out the big bucks, have to wait in extra long lines for the water slides, have a hard time finding a lounge chair, etc. Doesnt seem fair to me. I have no problem with small groups (not mobs all at once) touring the place and think that $25 is a complete rip off to walk around there. Youd think the hotel would like the idea-get people to come and check out the place, and hopefully they will want to return for a stay and spend their money.
Alison...I really don't see it as a problem. If you are staying at the Comfort Suites...you are still dishing out some bucks...just not as much as you would at the Atlantis...if the Atlantis has no problems with it...and people go and give rave reviews about their stay at the Atlantis...then I don't see where there should be any concern. Many hotels allow for use of their facilities with a day pass. If there was a problem with overcrowding and complaints...I'm sure the Atlantis would put an end to day visitors...and cancel their agreement with Comfort Suites. JMHO.
Sorry-I wasnt complaining about the other resort guests being allowed in, I meant people coming off the ships by the hoards. Based on the crowds that I see at popular beaches I could just imagine what Atlantis would turn into if it were allowed. There are some great slides and the lines for hotel guests were long enough. Now add a bunch of cruisers and youve got a long wait and very crowded pools!
Oh my apologies...I didn't understand your post...I know what you are saying...but again...they must not get any complaints...because I'm assuming they would put an end to it...I've given thought to why they allow it...first they make a few bucks...but also...it allows them to show their facilities in hopes that people will want to come back and stay at their resort. I stayed at the Ramada Plaza beach resort in Fort Lauderdale a few years back...and I did find in annoying when people from the Condo next door were coming and using the pool...they would walk in right from the beach....because it was already pretty crowded...so I can understand your point. In the case at Ramada...I don't think it was allowed...as there were signs posted saying that the pool area was for guests only...but they had no way of monitoring it...they need to do wristbands or something...many locals would come and use the tiki bar also. Again...I understand now what you are saying. Happy Cruising!
When we cruised we stopped there and paid for the tour to see the big dig. The kids loved it but it wasn't worth the price. The water slides etc are off limits. The food prices were outrages and the prices at the gift shops too. All in all it is better to cruise!
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Yes Atlantis is expensive. Service isnt the greatest either based on my experience. We had a major hassle with check in, got the wrong room that I paid for, then they sent us hauling all our stuff to another building to compensate, (and updgrade we were told)and we wound up with a view of the roof and parking lot (I had paid for oceanview). so dh treked back to the front desk in the other building, returned to get me and all our stuff, and then back to the original building in a room that was what I had paid for in the first place. The food was so so (even in the Italian restaurant), but very expensive. We ate a lot of the time at the outdoor grill since it was a bit cheaper. The staff wasnt very friendly or helpful either. In my opinion, it seemed that all they cared about was getting a paycheck and not doing much more than the basics. It was almost like we were below some of them. But, I went for the facilities (slides, beach, pools, marine life on display), not the staff (and there were a few helpful, friendly souls out there). Id go back, but Im almost liking the idea of staying at another hotel. How was the service there?
Elmer, you've beat me to the question! The resort looks awesome, and I wholeheartedly agree that their other recreational facilities should be restricted to guests, but I'd love to see their casino and the exterior architecture. That's what so neat about Las Vegas, after all. But I certainly don't want to pay to gain entrance to a casion where I'll likely leave my "donation" anyway! Hope somebody will clear this up for us.
You can enter the casino, lobbies, shops, etc... for no fee. You just can't wander around the outdoor areas by the pools and slides and you can't walk through the aquariums unless you purchase the tour or are a paying guest at either Atlantis or Comfort Suites (owned by the same parent company). If you get there before 9 in the morning or arrive after Dinnertime you can usually wander wherever you want for free.