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in Nassau Cruise Port

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Top Active Pursuits Cruise Travelers to Nassau
- Adastra Gardens, British Colonial Hotel, Graycliff Hotel, Diving and Snorkel ...

By: Editor-in-Chief   |  Date - December 20, 2017

Overview

Nassau is a cruise port where besides the excursions and tours offered onboard, the cruise passenger would always find something fun, exciting or just plainly relaxing to do. For those looking to spend a relaxing day at the beach the British Colonial Hotel, the Junakanoo Beach with its bars, the Atlantis Resort or the Fat Tuesday Beach Club are places to go.

If looking for something more active, Diving, Snorkeling, Fishing Trips, Catamaran Sails, Dolphin and Sea Lion Encounters are on offer. Golf is excellent and challenging at the Ocean Club; and for sightseeing the cruise passenger can enjoy a ride on a Horse Drawn Carriage, go on a Segway tour or even a self-driving boat ride in the harbor.


Activities - A to Z

Adastra Gardens
Zoo and Conservation Centre

Editor Points: If the cruise passenger has great expectations of finding something comparable to the best zoos in the World, the Ardastra is not on that league, but you will see birds (Peacocks, Parrots and Flamingos), mammals (mainly domestic ones) and reptiles (Iguanas, Tortoises and Bahamian boa constrictors).

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Adastra Gardens - Nassau

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WHERE 1.5 mile west of downtown
What Tropical Gardens and Zoo
Admission $18.00 (Adults); $9.00 (Children 4 - 12); FREE (Children 3 and under)
Open: Every day between 9:00am and 5:00pm (last entrance at 4:00pm)
Closed December 25 and 26; January 1
Address: West Bay Street - behind Fort Charlotte
Website: www.ardastra.com

NOTES: Although the Editor has walked there, it is quite a long and not particularly interesting walk from downtown - a taxi is advisable.

British Colonial Hotel
Beach

Editor Points: This famous hotel is many times listed and reviewd both as a hotel and a landmark of Nassau. But the British Colonial Hotel is also one of the best places to enjoy a relaxing day on a private beach, as it offers day-passes to cruise ship passengers. For $60 you will have access to the hotel's pool and private beach with $40 food and beverage credit. Most savvy cruisers know about this and therefore you should either take your chances and get there as early as possible or book online before getting to Nassau.

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British Colonial Hotel - Nassau

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WHERE Downtown - 10 minute walk from Cruise Terminal
What Resort - Private Beach and Pool
Must Know Book ONLINE
Prices $60 per person with $40 food and beverage credit
When: Everyday - morning and afternoon
Website: www.hilton.com
Online Bookings: www.resortforaday.com
Phone: 1-242-322-3301

Fat Tuesday
Beach Club

Editor Points: Fat Tuesday is a bar-grill on the waterfront (with access to the water) and not a beach bar like many may expect. It is a great place to have nibbles for lunch like Conch Salad and Panini, taste exotic drinks, whilst dipping in the ocean. And you can also go for a boat excursion on a self drive adventure in the harbor - see Mini Boats review on this page.

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Fat Tuesday - Nassau

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WHERE Right after the British Colonial Hotel - 10 minute walk from Terminal
What Bar-Grill and Boat Tours
Prices Conch Salad $12.00, Club Panini $12.00
When: Everyday - morning and afternoon
Address: West Bay Street
Website: fattuesdaybahamas.com

Graycliff Hotel
Chocolates and Cigars

Editor Points: A classic institution in Nassau, the Graycliff Hotel is a place to go on a discovery tour of its Cigar and Chocolate factories. Disney and Royal Caribbean offer tours of the Graycliff but the hotel is at walking distance from the terminal and will be easy to do it on your own. The hotel also offers day-passes if you wish to enjoy a day by the pool. A wine luncheon or cheese and wine tastings are also available.

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Graycliff Hotel - Nassau

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WHERE Downtown - 10 minute walk from cruise terminal
What Cigar and Chocolate Factories; Wine and Cheese Tastings, Wine Luncheon
Must Know Wine cellar with over 250,000 bottles from over 400 vintners in 15 countries.
Prices CONTENT
When: Everyday - morning and afternoon
Address: 8 thru 12 West Hill Street (Downtown)
Website: www.graycliff.com
Phone: 1 (800) 476-0446

Self-Drive Boats
at Fat Tuesday

Editor Points: The Self drive boat adventure offered by Fat Tuesday is one of the great ways of cruising the harbor in Nassau, going as far as Paradise Island, exploring historical sites and enjoy a secluded beach. The cruise ship passenger doesn't need to have any experience just a valid drivers license and attend a Mandatory Safety Briefing.

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Mini Boats - Nassau

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WHERE Right after the British Colonial Hotel - 10 minute walk from the Terminal/
What Water sport adventure
Must Know Mandatory Safety Briefing is 45 Minutes prior to tour leaving. Snorkel gear and Life Jacket provided
When: Two Tours - 9:30am and 1:30pm (arrive 45 minutes prior).
Duration: 3.5 to 4 hours
Website: www.selfdriveboat.com

NOTES: Some cruise lines offer this tour as part of their shore excusrions packages or you can book online.

Segway
Sightseeing

Editor Points: After a short and easy orientation/training session the Segway tours will take the cruise ship passenger along a scenic roll to Junkanoo Beach and then to the Arawak Cay - aka The Fish Fry - for a short break. The tour ends with some 'free riding'on the green slopes of the Fort Charlotte.

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Segway - Nassau

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NOTES: Free transportation for cruise ship passengers is provided

WHERE Tour starts behind the Cricket Club on Bay Street (just across from “The Fish Fry”) about a mile west of downtown Nassau.
What Adventure Tour
Prices $75 per person + 7.5% VAT
When: Everyday - morning and afternoon
Duration: 1.5 hours
Website: www.segwaynassau.com
Phone: 242-376-6809

NOTES: Some cruise lines offer the Segway adventure as part of their shorex excursions (Carnival: $89.99 - Person). You will only be able to book online if your cruise ship does NOT offer the tour onboard.

Surrey Tours
Horse Drawn Carriage

Editor Points: A 20 to 30-minute tour on a horse-drawn carriage trough the historical streets of Nassau is one the most affordable and comfortable ways of sightseeing in the capital of The Bahamas if you don't wish to walk or just like to experience old-fashioned ways.

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Horse Drawn Carriage - Nassau

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WHERE Inside the gated area of the Cruise Terminal, close to the east gate.
What Sightseeing
Must Know Max passengers: two adults and one child.
Prices $20.00 for up to two adults. $10.00 for children
When: Everyday - morning afternoon. Horses rest between 1:00pm and 3:00pm
Address: Woodes Rogers Walk
Website: Facebook Page
Phone: 1 242-322-7500

Explore Nassau

More Activities

Highlights

Atlantis Activities

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Besides the excursions offered onboard your cruise ship - see Tour Page - you can book a day pass or specific adventures at the Atlantis Resort with a number of online providers starting at $135.00 per person.
Where: Paradise Island
Website: www.atlantisbahamas.com

Diving and Snorkel

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The turquoise crystal clear waters of The Bahamas are ideal for underwater explorations be it on a scuba or a snorkel adventure. Besides the tours offered onboard your cruise ship - see Tour Page - there are a few independent operators with which you can book online.
Bahamas Divers: bahamasdivers.com
Stuart Cove: www.stuartcove.com
Viator: www.viator.com

Dolphin and Sea Lion Encounters

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Besides enjoying a relaxing day on the beach, the Blue Lagoon Island also offers unique experiences like Dolphin and Sea Lion Encounters. The cruise ship passenger can book these adventurers onboard or directly online.
Where: Blue Lagoon
Website: dolphinencounters.com

Must Do

Jyah Beach Bar

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Jyah on Junkanoo Beach is one the best bars offering all sorts of cold drinks, but also rentals of chairs, umbrellas, kayaks, lockers and even a towel if you forgot yours.
Where: 15-minute walk from the cruise terminal.

Tiki Bikini Hut Beach Bar

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The Tiki Bikini Hut on Jankanoo Beach is another great spot for those that enjoy a day in the sun with beers, tropical drinks and shots in between ocean dips. And free WIFI on lounge chairs and umbrellas
Where: Junkanoo Beach.

Crystal Palace Casino

Although you may find many online guides (like TripAdvisor) with reviews of the famous Crystal Palace Casino, the cruise ship traveler should be aware that this casino has been CLOSED since February 2015.

Fishing Trips

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Considering that The Bahamas has one of the best waters for sport fishing in the Caribbean, the cruise ship passenger should consider a fishing expedition. There are a number of charters available that you can book online. Below you find 3 of the best.
Chubasco Fishing Charters: www.chubascocharters.com
Born Free Charters: www.bornfreefishing.com
Hunter Charters: www.huntercharters.com

Flying Cloud

The Flying Cloud is a 57' catamaran that offers a high-speed glide to a secluded beach where the cruise ship passengers can enjoy swimming, snorkeling and tropical drinks. The half-day cruise (3.5 hours costs $80 per person).
Website: www.flyingcloud.com

Ocean Club Golf

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If the spectacular views of the Ocean Club where not enough to entice the cruise passenger looking for a day at the links, the crosswinds will be a challenge not to be missed. The 18-hole, par-72 course designed by Tom Weiskopf stretches over 7,100 yards on Paradise Island.
Rates: between $205 and $260.
Website: www.oceanclub.com

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Last Update: January 25, 2018

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