At The Pier and Terminal
in Nassau Cruise Port

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Photo of NAME in Nassau
Photo of NAME in Nassau

Harbor and Docking in Nassau Cruise Port
- Piers, Terminal, Getting to Town, Basic Services and Amenities.

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

The Piers and The Terminal

The harbor of Nassau is quite impressive and sailing in an interesting spectacle. Located on the shore of the island of New Providence, right by the capital, its piers extend north and ships will be docked very close to Paradise Island a few hundred meters away.

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Ships Docked in Nassau

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There are three long piers parallel to the shore line with docking spots for 4 to 8 cruise ships (depending on the size) and as you can see on the map below even the farthest docking spot is very close to downtown Nassau. However, if the cruise ship passenger has any sort of walking difficulties, the port provides shuttles that will take you to the Terminal Building - aka Festival Place. The distance between the docking spots at the piers and the terminal vary between 50 and 300 meters. Besides the shuttle buses you will not find any other services at the any of the piers. You will see a number of phone booths along the way but all of these have been out of service for sometime - last checked in September 2015. However you will find most services and amenities at the Terminal or just outside.

Be Aware: the cruise ship passenger is required to have both the ship card and one photo ID to re-enter the pier.


Pier Map Below - Click to See.


Cruise Ship Terminal

Officially named as Prince George Wharf, the cruise ship terminal of the Harbor in Nassau is really known as Festival Place and has been under renovation works for sometime; many of the services can be found just outside although some are still inside the terminal. In or just outside the Festival Place the cruise ship passenger will find a tourist information desk with good maps and guides, and very courteous staff willing to give all the necessary information about taxis, ferry boats or walking tours. You will also find a desk where you can rent scooters, sightseeing tours or rent a car. In a corner there is a post office and pay phones.

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Festival Place Terminal - Nassau

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Most of the gift shops are in the area under renovation but these works should be finished at any time and besides souvenirs there will be a food court as they had before. In the meantime, you will find most of these just outside the terminal. Once you approach the terminal and certainly as soon as you walk outside the building be prepared for taxi and tour offers jumping at you from all drivers standing next to the entrance/exit doors - good news is that once outside the gated area of the terminal no one will be pestering you any longer. Right in front of the terminal (on the city side) there is a large are where most taxis will be parked and there are two exiting gates on opposite sides.


Getting to Town

Downtown Nassau is just outside the gated area of the Terminal and regardless of the exit gate the cruise ship passenger will come into a busy street - Woodes Roger Walk - which many a first time cruise may think is the main street of Nassau. However, the main street is in fact parallel to this nice and attractive 'walk' along the harbor where you will find the Ferry Boats to Paradise Island.

The eastern gate is the Editor's favorite as it is quitter and leads straight into Rawson Square (and Parliament Square), with Via Café on a corner to enjoy a proper Italian espresso or cappuccino. The main street - Bay Street - will be the first one you will come across on your right, no more than 50 yards from the Terminal gate.Be Aware: the continuation of Bay Street to the left (East) of Parliament Square has a couple of shops (Gucci, Bacardi and farther along Elisabeth on Bay Marina) but not much more - don't be mislead in thinking that this is the heart of Nassau.

Nassau Port Basics

WHAT
WHERE
Piers Terminal Town
Shuttle Yes NO NO
Tourist Information NO Yes NO
Phones Yes* Yes NO
Post Office NO Yes Yes
Pharmacy NO NO Yes
Taxis NO Yes Yes
Rent-a-Car NO Yes NO
Banks and ATM Machines NO Yes Yes
Restrooms NO Yes Yes
Duty Free Shopping NO Yes Yes

* On September 2015, all Phones at the Piers were NOT working.
Distance from Piers to Terminal - between 50 and 200 meters.


Taxi Fares

From / To Paradise Beach Atlantis Cabbage Beach Junkanoo Beach Arawak Cay
Cruise Terminal US$10.00 US$10.00 US$10.00 US$5.00 US$8.00

Fares are per person, sharing a large taxi.


Photo of Festival Place Terminal in Nassau

Festival Place Terminal - Nassau

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At The Pier - Photos

Tourist Information Desk

Photo of the Tourist Information Desk at the Cruise Terminal in Nassau.

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Renting a Scooter

Photo of Scooter desk at the Cruise Terminal in Nassau.

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Food Court

Photo of the Food Court at the Cruise Terminal in Nassau.

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Music at the Terminal

Photo of Music Band at the Cruise Terminal in Nassau.

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Post Office

Photo of the Post Office at the Cruise Terminal in Nassau.

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Scooters for Rent

Photo of Scooters for Rent at the Cruise Terminal in Nassau.

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The Shops

Photo of Shops at the Cruise Terminal in Nassau.

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Taxi Dispatch

Photo of Taxi Dispatch at the Cruise Terminal in Nassau.

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Horse Carriage Tours

Photo of Horse Carriage Tours at the Cruise Terminal in Nassau.

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Outside the Terminal

Photo of walkway outside the Cruise Terminal in Nassau.

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ATM

Photo of ATM at the Cruise Terminal in Nassau.

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FAQ

How long is the walk from the cruise ship to dowtwon Nassau?
Depending on where the ship is docked, between 50 and 300 meters.

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Last Update: January 25, 2018

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