Essential guide to Snorkel Shore Excursions (Shorex) on a cruise to Nassau: overview, good to know, highlights, cruise line price comparison, how to book.
The crystal clear waters of The Bahamas, amazing coral reefs, colorful tropical fish and even shipwrecks are a paradise for both novice or experienced snorkelers cruising to Nassau.
Photo Courtesy of Snorkel Adventures Management
Naturally all cruise lines offer different snorkeling excursions which can be combined with other activities. Some of these combos include a Catamaran Sail, a Boat Ride, or are part of a Beach Break. It is advisable to check what each shore excursion includes before booking.
Snorkel Excursion Highlights
Carnival offers snorkel tours to the Clifton Heritage Park, Two Reef by Boat and a Stand Up Paddle Boarding & Snorkel. Celebrity and Royal Caribbean offer snorkel in the Rainbow Reef and also a combo with Seahorse Sailing. The latter is also offered by Norwegian (NCL). Amongst the third-party online services, Viator offers just snorkel and also combined with a sightseeing tour. Stuart Cove's also has different snorkeling trips that can be booked independently but not for cruise travelers on Carnival - more about online bookings below.
Scuba Diving Video
Watch the 8-minute video below to have a preview of what Snorkel Adventures experience may be looks like.
Good To Know
Activity Level: Moderate Activity
Must Take: Swimsuit, light clothing, sunscreen, sunglasses, hat, towel and camera (waterproof preferably) - cash for incidentals.
Duration: Between 2.5 and 4 hours depending on excursion and cruise line.
Restrictions: Minimum Age may be required depending on excursion and cruise line.
Cruise Line Price* Comparison
|Carnival:||Prices between: $59.99 and $69.99 (Adult)|
|Celebrity:||Prices between: $35.00 and $55.00 (Adult)|
|Disney:||Prices between: $42.95 and $51.00 (Adult)|
|Norwegian (NCL):||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)|
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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 and Online Bookings or On Your Own
Although you may process direct bookings on the Stuart Cove's website, this is not possible for cruise travelers on Carnival and you will have to do it onboard your cruise ship with the Shore Excursions Desk or online with the Cruise Line.
Online Shorex Services
Like most shore excursions, different snorkel tours and sites are offered by the many services that sell tours online. Prices vary and it is advisable to check what is offered on each shore excursion.
The following online services are well-established companies that guarantee the returning of cruise travelers 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 | Go Be
Before deciding which is the best scuba dive for you and your travel companions, whether it is better to book onboard or with an online service, it is advisable to have a look at one of the best snorkeling trips in Nassau - Check the Stuart Cove's Snorkel Trips. Be aware that Stuart Cove's does not allow direct bookings for guests cruising on Carnival.
Snorkel On Your Own - Getting There
If you decide to book directly, be aware that Stuart Cove's is located on the south coast of Providence Island, around 17 miles (27.4 km) from the cruise terminal - see map below.