Nassau Beach Break Excursion Reviews
I give Balmoral Beach break a zero as it was a ripoff. They drop you on this tiny man made beach and a coke is 5 bucks, a hotdog is 13, and 4 beers is 34 bucks. The other couple with us went to Atlantis and had a blast. Guess we picked wrong. Nassau is pretty crappy I would not go back as the people are rude and yelling at you non stop.
Balmoral Island beach break was worth it. nice beach/sand/lots of loungers. Food is spendy on the island but if you are in a pinch, just buy chips $2.50 or candy $2.50 with your sail and sign. Bring water, drinks are ridiculous. snorkeling is decent by the rocks in the middle. Stingrays are CAGED jut an FYI. Pictures of any encounters can be purchased for a lower price on the ship after.
I did this same excursion back in May and I was so impressed with the beach that I wanted to return there.In fact I am going back to the Bahamas next May and I will return for a 3rd time!The ferry ride over is informative.You get a little history of the islands,you pass several celebrety homes(Oprah,Tiger Woods,Beyonce,Michael Jordan),and they entertain you with island music and dance.Once on the island you can lie back in the sun on a lounger or even a hammock!The BBQ is good(hamburger,hot dogs,chicken).Your choice of 3 different times when to return to Nasseau.
We chose an excursion for Nassau to Atlantis, and I'm not sure I'd do this again. To be honest, we just didn't want to hassle with hiring a car/taxi, paying an admission fee to a beach (club), and lugging towels off and back to the ship. There was no charge for our son (3 years old), but it was about $130 for the remaining three of us, and it included transportation, towels, and admission to Atlantis' underwater tunnel and lagoon sights. Our kids enjoyed that as much as the beach, which was quite a walk from the resort, and was quite rough on our day there. The kids couldn't really enter the water as there was a strong undertow that knocked them over repeatedly. There's really no way to avoid the beach 'salespeople', but a kind 'No thank you' always does the trick.
One word of advice is to buy a water package (or two) on the ship and to take the water with you: I paid $8 for a 1.5 liter bottle of water at the resort (bought two, actually, so I shelled our $16 for 3 liters of water).
This was by far the worst organized excursion between a cruise line and their contracted transportation service I have ever seen. First, the cruise line has a guest carry the group number paddle board as the "leader" to get off the ship. However, in the chaos of disembarking, the group of about 90 people got split into at least two or more separate groups that got disconnected from each other and we all lost the "leader". When we got off the ship we had no idea where we were supposed to go. It took close to an hour sitting at the end of the pier to get reconnected with the rest of the excursion group. Our excursion was supposed to be from 2PM-7PM. However, we were told the last shuttle back would now be 5:30PM and due to the delay in the beginning, we did not get to Atlantis and on the beach until 3:15PM. Therefore, we basically only had 2 hours of beach time and a quick sprint through the "dig" before heading back to the shuttle to return to the ship. A complete waste of time and money for such a short amount of time. The beaches themselves in Atlantis are beautiful, we just had no where near enough time to justify the aggravation and cost.
We had a beautiful, restful day at the beach & the water was wonderful. Had drinks & lunch at the beach & met very friendly people. The DJ at the beach played great music. We looked at the Stingrays & also watched people swim with the Dolphins & of course took pictures. I highly recommend.