Tours and Shorex
in Nassau Cruise Port

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Top 10 Excursions for Cruise Travelers to Nassau
- Atlantis, Blue Lagoon, Scuba, Seaworld Explorer, Glass Bottom Boat and more ...

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

Overview

Nassau and New Providence Island have a good number of attractions, landmarks and sites to explore, which all cruise lines offer in different packages and all sorts of combinations. The super famous Atlantis Resort is one of the sites that has more tours on offer but if the cruise passenger just wants to relax on the beach or enjoy active pursuits like Scuba diving there are many tours to choose from.

Most of the excursions can only be booked onboard but some can be booked with Viator or as savvy cruises like to say 'independently'. If you just want to relax on the beach there are a couple of beaches at walking distance from the cruise port but if you want something more exclusive you should go on a tour to the Blue Lagoon, the Balmoral Island or the pool of the Graycliff hotel. On this page you will find the Editor's Choice of excursions organized by Cruise Lines and available onboard.


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Discover Atlantis
(and more)

Editor Points: Atlantis is a world in itself with such an array of attractions - beaches, shops, water park, golf course and casino - that all cruise lines offer at least half a dozen different tours to fully enjoy this site. The most basic is the Discover Atlantis Tour, which can be combined with a day at the beach. For those looking into more active pursuits, the most popular tours invites the cruise traveler to explore the Aquaventure Water Park - the Atlantis resort massive 141-acre waterscape with pools, water coasters, body slides, rivers and more than 50,000 sea creatures where you will have a one-of-a-kind exciting day. The Aquaventure tour is also offered in combination with two one-of-a-kind dolphin experiences - the shallow water interaction and the swimming with dolphins in a deep cay. You can choose to just enjoy any of the Dolphin Interactions or have this combined with the rest of the day at the beach. Celebrity, Norwegian and Royal Caribbean also offer a Sea Lion Interaction.

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Notes: Disney offers a 6.5 to 7 Hour experience at the Ocean Club Golf Course for $525.00 including Green fees, clubs, golf cart and shoe rentals but not beverages and meals.

Discover Atlantis Tour

Must Know: Moderate Activity
Must Take Swimsuit, sunscreen, sunglasses, hat, towel and camera (waterproof preferably) - cash for incidentals.
Optional Diferent possible combinations of the basic Discovery Tour with Day at Beach, Dolphin Interactions, Aquaventure Park.
Duration: Between 2.5 and 5 hours depending on combinations and cruise line.
Restrictions: No Minimum Age

Shore Excursion Prices
Cruise Line Comparison

Carnival: Half-Day (2.5 Hours) - Adult: $64.99 | Child: $49.99
Disney: Half-Day (2 to 4 Hours) - Adult: $61.50 | Child: $40.75 (age 3 to 9) - Discover Atlantis with Beach Day: starting at $99.25 (adult).
Norwegian: Half-Day (2.5 Hours) - Adult: $67.00 | Child: $46.00 - Discover Atlantis with Beach Day: starting at $79.00 (adult).
Princess: Discover Tour and Dolphin Interactionand (5 hours): starting at $199.95 (adult)
Royal Caribbean: Half-Day (2.5 to 3 hours) - Adult: $66.00 | Child: $56.00

Blue Lagoon Island
(Dolphins and Sea Lions)

Editor Points: The Blue Lagoon Island is another of the main attractions in The Bahamas and just 40-minute scenic boat ride away. Celebrity, Disney, Norwegian and Royal Caribbean offer a basic tour in which you can enjoy swiming in a pristine beach with crystal clear waters, relax on a double hammock, participate in activities like volleyball, beach soccer, aqua bikes, paddle boats, kayaks or guided snorkeling. Don't miss the Island Bar to enjoy umberala drinks - grilled picnic lunch is included. The basic tour can be combined with other activities like Dolphin Interaction or Swim and Sea Lion Encounter.

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Must Know: Easy Activity
Must Take Swimsuit, sunscreen, sunglasses, hat, towel and a camera (waterproof preferably) - cash for incidentals. Change of clothes is advisable.
Optional Cruise travelers can combine a beach day with dolphin and sea lion interactions.
Duration: Between 4 and 5 hours depending on cruise line
Restrictions: No Minimum Age

Shore Excursion Prices
Cruise Line Comparison

Celebrity: Full day (4 hours) - Adult: $76.00 | Child: $56.00 - with Dolphin Encounter: $149.00; with Dolphin Swim: $259.00
Disney: Half-Day (4 hours) - Adult: $72.00 | Child: $75.00 (age 3 to 9) - with Dolphin Encounter: $140.75; with Dolphin Swim: $219.00
Norwegian: Half-Day (5 hours) - Adult: $62.00 | Child: $41.00 - with Dolphin Encounter: $$167.00; with Dolphin Swim: $251.00.00
Royal Caribbean: Half-Day (4 hours) - Adult: $76.00 | Child: $56.00 - with Dolphin Encounter: $149.00; with Dolphin Swim: $259.00

Charm and Beauty of Nassau
(and Paradise Island)

Editor Points: For the cruise traveler looking for a full sightseeing tour of Nassau and the higlights of Paradise Island, all cruise lines offer an excursion that will take you to the main landmarks and attractions. In this tour will be passing by sites such as the Central Bank of the Bahamas, the Government House, the Graycliff Restaurant, Fort Charlotte (with a brief stop),the Queens staircase, the offices and official residences of the Prime Minister, Deputy Prime Minister and Governor General, Bob Marley Resort, the Film Site of the famous James Bond movie Thunderball, the Fish Fry at Arawak Cay (with a stop). It also includes a stop, self-guided tour and rum tasting at the John Watlings Distillery and also a stop at the Atlantis Resort. You will also see the Straw Market, the Pompey Museum, and the Rawson and Parliament Squares. The tour ends near the Pirates of Nassau Museum.

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Must Know: Easy Activity
Must Take Hat and sunglasses; Walking shoes; Sun protection; Cash/credit cards for incidentals
Be aware Entrance fees to Ft Charlotte and Pirates Museum are not included.
Duration: 3 hours
Restrictions: No Minimum Age

Shore Excursion Prices
Cruise Line Comparison

Carnival: Half-Day ( 3 hours) - Adult: $49.99 | Child: $45.99
Celebrity: Half-Day ( 3 hours) - Adult: $49.00 | Child: $39.00
Norwegian: Half-Day (3 hours) - Adult: $44.00 | Child: $20.00
Princess: Half-Day (3 hours) - Adult: $39.95
Royal Caribbean: Half-Day ( 3 hours) - Adult: $49.00 | Child: $39.00
Viator: Two options: short tour (2 hours) Adult: $33.25 and long tour with more stops and sites for $170.00

Scuba Diving

Editor Points: If the cruise ship traveler is a certified diver, scuba diving in Nassau is a must do experience that all cruise lines offer. This adventure will take you to two sites with two tanks and is suitable for both new and advanced divers as you will be lead to 40-feet and 80-feet dives. You will explore walls, reefs, and wrecks like a 100 foot freighter, the famous James Bond wreck in 40 feet of water or the Cessna used in the filming of JAWS. The experience includes all equipment (BCD, Regulator, Mask/Snorkel/Fins, Tanks, Weights, Weightbelts) - a wetsuit rental is optional.

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Notes: Participants must provide photo ID, valid certification and that have completed at least one dive in the past 24 months.

Must Know: Strenous Activity - Guests must be a certified diver.
Must Take Valid "C" card. Swimsuit under cover-up or light clothing, shoes with no-slip soles or water shoes, hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, towel, camera (waterproof preferably) - cash for incidentals.
Optional If you have your own gear, tour is offered with a small discount.
Duration: Between 2.5 and 5 hours depending on cruise line
Restrictions: Minimum age is 12 years old. Pregnant women and guests with back or neck problems should not participate. Maximum Weight: 300 pounds.

Shore Excursion Prices
Cruise Line Comparison

Carnival: Full day (5 hours) - Adult: $169.99 - Wet Suit Optional $12.00
Celebrity: Full day (5 hours) - Adult: $185.00
Disney: Full day (5 hours) - Adult: $150.50
Norwegian: Full day (5 hours) - Adult: $172.00
Royal Caribbean: Full day (5 hours) - Adult: 185.00
VIATOR: Full day (5 hours) - Adult: $134.99

Sea and See Tour
(on the Seaworld Explorer)

Editor Points: The SeaWorld Explorer explorer is a unique semi-submarine with a 5 feet under-water hull that is, in fact, an air conditioned observatory with personal viewing windows. All cruise lines offer a tour on this semi-submarine that explores the marine park at Athol Island with Sea Gardens populated with a plethora of colorful tropical fish. The basic tour offered by Carnival, Disney and Norwegian will take the cruise passenger on a narrated tour aboard a catamaram to the Seaworld Explorer in the Athol Island and will return to the harbor of Nassau - it takes around 2 hours. Interestingly, this excursion can be combined with a sightseeing tour of the major historical landmarks of Nassau taking up to 4 hours.

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Must Know: Easy Activity
Must Take Swimsuit, sunscreen, sunglasses, a hat, a towel and a camera (waterproof preferably) - cash for incidentals.
Duration: Between 2 and 4 hours depending on the tour option.
Restrictions: No Minimum Age

Shore Excursion Prices
Cruise Line Comparison

Carnival: SeaWorld Explorer (2 hours) - Adult: $49.99 | Child: $37.99 - With Nassau Sightseeing (3 hours) - $69.99 (Adult)
Celebrity: With Nassau Sightseeing ONLY (to 3 hours) - Adult: $69.00
Disney: SeaWorld Explorer (2 hours) - Adult: $49.00 | Child: $29.00 - With Nassau Sightseeing (4 hours) - $59.00 (adult).
Norwegian: SeaWorld Explorer (1.5 hours) - Adult: $62.00 | Child: $41.00 - With Nassau Sightseeing (2.5 hours) - $72.00 (adult)
Princess: With Nassau Sightseeing ONLY (to 3 hours) - Adult: $59.95
Royal Caribbean: With Nassau Sightseeing ONLY (to 3 hours) - Adult: $69.00

Glass Bottom Boat

Editor Points: For those that do not want to get wet but want to explore the underwater world a glass-bottom boat tour is perfect. On this excursion, the cruise traveler will enjoy a short narrated cruise in Nassau's habor on the way to a spectacular reef. Once at the "Sea Gardens' you will go down a few steps to the viewing deck and contemplate fantastic living coral with amazingly colorful tropical fish. On the way back to the port, just seat back to enjoy the views and complimentary rum or fruit punch.

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Must Know: Easy Activity
Must Take Light clothing, walking shoes, sunscreen, sunglasses, hat, a towel and a camera (waterproof preferably) - cash for incidentals.
Duration: Between 1 and 1.5 hours depending on cruise line
Restrictions: No Minimum Age

Shore Excursion Prices
Cruise Line Comparison

Celebrity: Half-Day (1.5 hours) - Adult: $34.00 | Child: $24.00
Disney: Half-Day (1 to 1.5 hours) - Adult: $36.95 | Child: $23.95
Norwegian: Half-Day (1.5 hours) - Adult: $34.00 | Child: $19.00
Royal Caribbean: Half-Day (1.5 hours) - Adult: $34.0 | Child: $24.00

SUB Underwater Adventure

Editor Points: This once-in-a-life-time adventure doesn't require previous Scuba experience as you will enjoy a ride on an underwater motorbike. The head will be covered with a big bubble filled with a constant flow of air as you will be guided trough a beautiful shallow reef in shits of 30 to 45 minutes. In between shifts you will be able to enjoy snorkeling.

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Must Know: Moderate Activity
Must Take Light clothing, swimsuit, sunscreen, sunglasses, hat, towel and camera (waterproof preferably) - cash for incidentals.
Duration: Around 5 hours
Restrictions: Minimum Age - 12 Years. Pregnant women should not participate.

Shore Excursion Prices
Cruise Line Comparison

Carnival: Half-Day (5 hours) - Adult: $129.99 | Child: $129.99
Norwegian: Half-Day (5 hours) - Adult: $167.00 | Child: $114.00
Viator: Half-Day (5 hours) - Adult: $138.99 | Child: $138.990

Note: Participants must NOT be flying on the same day. Participants must complete and pass a medical questionnaire/waiver.

Balmoral Island
(Dolphins, Stingray and Beach Break)

Editor Points: Only offered by Royal Caribbean and Princess an excursion to the pristine Balmoral Island (a private atoll) is an excellent way to spend the day in Nassau. There are a number of different tours that offer dolphin and stingray swimming and encounters but the basic 'Beach Day Tour' is a carefree invitation to relax by a calm lagoon on sugar white sand, enjoying a double hammock, tropical drinks and a grilled picnic lunch.

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Must Know: Easy Activity
Must Take Swimsuit, light clothing and/or change of clothes; sandals, sunscreen, sunglasses, hat, towel and camera (waterproof preferably) - cash for incidentals.
Duration: Between 4 and 5 hours depending on activity.
Optional: Dolphin Swim and Encounter; Stingray Encounter.
Restrictions: No Minimum Age

Shore Excursion Prices
Cruise Line Comparison

Princess: Half-Day (4.5 hours) - Adult: $69.95 | Child: $69.95
Royal Caribbean: Half-Day (4 hours) - Adult: $75.00 | Child: $56.00

Note: Dolhpin Swim will cost $179.95 with Princess and $199.00 with Royal Caribbean.

Graycliff Hotel
(Chocolatte, Gigars or Lunch)

Editor Points: The Graycliff Hotel is considered to be one of best in The Bahamas renowned for its wine cellar with over 250,000 bottles from over 400 vintners in 15 countries. But the Graycliff also has equaly praised Cigar and Chocolat factories that are a delight to tour. Disney and Royal Caribbean offer visits to the Graycliff where in an interactive chocolate tour you can enjoy learn techniques like dipping, glazing and using molds to create your own truffles, bonbons and bars. At the Graycliff Cigar Company the cruise passenger will learn all about tobacco, its history and how to sort, clean, store, and roll uyour own cigar. Disney Cruises also offers a Wine Luncheon and day at the hotel (with two pools) including a 3-course meal.

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Must Know: Easy Activity
Must Take Light clothing, walking shoes, sunscreen, sunglasses, hat, a towel and a camera (waterproof preferably) - cash for incidentals.
Duration: Between 1.5 and 5.5 hours depending on tour
Restrictions: Minimum Age Requiered depending on tour

Shore Excursion Prices
Cruise Line Comparison

Disney: Chocolate Tour (1.5 to 2 hours) - Adult: $$61.75 | Wine Luncheon (2.5 to 3 Hours) - Adults ONLY (over 21 years): $197.00 | Pool and Lunch (5 to 5.5 hours) - Adults (ages 10 and up): $134.75
Royal Caribbean: Chocolate Tour (1 to 1.5 hours) - $59.00 per person (Minimum Age: 4 years) | Cigar Rolling (1 to 1.5 hours) - Adults (over 18 years): $99.00

Snorkel Adventures
(and more)

Editor Points: The crystal clear waters of The Bahamas, amazing coral reefs, colorful tropical fish and even shipwrecks are a paradise for both the novice or experienced snorkelers. Naturally all cruise lines offer different excursions combining this with other activities. Carnival offers snorkel tours to the Clifton Heritage Park, Two Reef by Boat and a Stand Up Paddle Boarding & Snorkel. Celebrity and Royal Caibbean offer snorkel in the Rainbow Reef and also a combo with Seahorse Sailing. The latter is also offered by Norwegian. Viator offers just snorkel and also combined with a sightseeing tour.

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Must Know: Moderate Activity
Must Take Swimmsuit, light clothing, sunscreen, sunglasses, hat, towel and camera (waterproof preferably) - cash for incidentals.
Duration: Between 2.5 and 4 hours depending on tour and cruise line.
Restrictions: Minimum Age depending on tour.

Shore Excursion Prices
Cruise Line Comparison

Carnival: Prices between: $54.99 and $69.99 (Adult)
Celebrity: Prices between: $35.00 and $55.00 (Adult)
Disney: Prices between: $42.95 and $51.00 (Adult)
Norwegian: Prices between: $41.00 (Adult) and $62.00 (Child)
Princess: Prices starting at: $39.95 (Adult)
Royal Caribbean: Prices between: $35.00 and $55.00 (Adult)
Viator: Prices between: $80.99 and $108.50 (Adult)

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Last Update: January 25, 2018

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