Everything you must know about Atlantis shore excursions (Shorex) on a cruise to Nassau: overview, good to know, highlights, cruise line price comparison, how-to book and get to Atlantis on your own, and map
The Atlantis Resort on Paradise Island 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 iconic site of The Bahamas.
Discover Atlantis Tour - Overview
The most basic shore excursion to the resort is entitled 'Discover Atlantis Tour'. This can be combined with a longer day at the beach including lunch. For those looking into more active pursuits, other popular excursions invite the cruise traveler to also explore the Aquaventure Water Park.
This park is 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. For more information check the Atlantis Official Website.
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.
Besides different Dolphin encounters, Disney Cruises also offers a 6.5 to 7 Hour experience at the Ocean Club Golf Course for $599.00 including Green fees, clubs, golf cart and shoe rentals but not including beverages and meals.
Good To Know
Activity Level: Depends on the chosen Tour
Must Take: Swimsuit, sunscreen, sunglasses, hat, towel and camera (waterproof preferably) - cash for incidentals.
Optional: Different 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
Cruise line price comparison
|Carnival:||Half-Day (2.5 Hours) - Adult: $59.99|
|Celebrity:||Half-Day (2.5 Hours) - Adult: $49.99 | Child: $49.99|
|Disney:||Half-Day (4 to 6 Hours) - Discover Atlantis with Beach Day starting at $98.00 (adult) | Child under 3 (Free) | Child (age 3 to 9) $82.00|
|Norwegian (NCL):||Half-Day (Around 5 Hours) - Discover Atlantis with Beach Break starting at $89.00 (adult) | Child starting at $65.00|
|Princess:||Half-Day (2.5 Hours) - Adult: $74.99 | Children age 12 and younger up to 50% reduction|
|Royal Caribbean:||Half-Day (Around 2.5 ) - Adult: $49.00 | Child: $49.00|
Considering that the prices above may vary by sailing, it is advisable to check updates and specific cruises. Click on the following cruise lines links to check for updates: Carnival | Celebrity | Disney | Norwegian Cruise Line | Princess | Royal Caribbean .
Shorex, online or on your own
As most cruise passengers that have booked shore excursions onboard will tell you, the great advantage of doing so is the peace of mind guaranteed by the cruise line. You will not have to look for transportation to Atlantis, negotiate prices with taxi drivers, and when you will be taken back to the ship on time. But you may want to look into other ways of exploring Atlantis.
There is the possibility to book online with the many services that offer shore excursions to Atlantis. Prices vary and it is advisable to check what is offered on each tour.
The following online services are well-established companies that guarantee the returning of cruise passengers in good time prior to the departure of the ship. IQCruising does not endorse or get paid to mention any of these services.
IQCruising is just providing the information and you should be aware that you are solely responsible for booking excursions online with these third-party services. Viator | Shore Trips | Shore Excursions Group | Cruising Excursions | Shore Excursioneer | Tours By Locals
Before deciding which is the best excursion for you and your cruising companions, whether it is better to book onboard or with an online service, you may also want to check directly with Atlantis.
Cruise travelers that wish to book a day tour directly with Atlantis will find that the resort will request proof that your sailing on a specific cruise line. Prices may, in some cases, be slightly lower but do not include transportation to Atlantis, located in Paradise Island. Therefore, the savings (if any) may be minimal. But you will be in charge of your own time. Atlantis Day Booking Web Page
How to get to Atlantis
Paradise Island (where Atlantis is located) is connected to Nassau by two bridges but is a bit too far to walk from the cruise terminal. There are two ways of getting to Atlantis on your own. Either by taxi - sharing a large van will cost around $10,00 per person (each way) - or with a ferry boat.
Next to the cruise terminal, on the right side, on Woodes Roger Walk, you will find a Ferry Boat (costs around $8.00 USD return). The ferry will take you on a short cruise through the harbor ending at a dock under the main bridge on Paradise Island. From here you are within walking distance to Atlantis.
Atlantis - Map
If you decide to explore Atlantis on your own, and in particular if you go on the Ferry Boat you may like to walk around and check a few other places on Paradise Island. The Bahamcraft Center is great for local gifts and souvenirs. A couple of popular restaurants - the Green Parrot Bar and the super famous Margaritaville Bahamas - are ideal for a quick bite or lunch before returning to the cruise ship.