We went to the public beach located near Atlantis. The tide was so powerful it was dangerous to get in the water. We walked into the Atlantis hotel and I really wasn't impressed. It smelled of mildew and the interior hotel fragrance could not conceal that.
Took the tour to Pearl Island. It was excellent. Although the seas were a bit choppy for snorkeling that day, we enjoyed sunning ourselves and splashing in the beautiful water. Lunch was provided and it was delicious.
Nassau – booked a Private Island Beach excursion, which was nice but quieter. The beach is lovely but the provided lunch is sparse. Shops near the ship are commercial but the ship’s shopping director gives you a shopping map at both ports to help you find recommended stores. Bought Tortuga rum cakes at a shop in port that specializes in this product for a reasonable price, then found that the ship sold them onboard in one of the stores for much cheaper! Prices are good onboard, don’t miss the opportunity.
It took a long time to get to the island but it was very nice once we were there. Directions were not very clear when you got off the boat about where to go. Again I think they overcharge for excursions.
We did the Balmoral Island beach break and lunch. It was also a nice stopover, but the weather didn't allow for us to enjoy it to the fullest. Staff here was also very nice and helpful. They transported us back to Nassau early since it was drizzling, so we went shopping in Nassau. It was very nice to walk around and shop.
Short walk from the port. Clean and modern. Nice private beach with a large pool and plenty of seating. There was a cafe and bar available by the pool and the resort credits covered the lunch and drinks for all of us. A relaxed day over all. The only suggestion would be to open to cafe/bar earlier than 11.
We paid to go to a private resort for a day which included all the amenities of that resort, which was about a 15-20 minute cab ride ($35 for 4 of us to get there, $21 on the way back...hmmm) It included a lunch buffet, all you could drink pool bar, beach, pool, hot tub, towels, beach chairs. Lovely.
-We paid $50 for the excursion to the "private beach day" with no lunch which was a wise choice judging by some of the food others received. It is actually a nice beach shared with Sandals. The transport there was slow (30 minutes) and the transport back was about the same but instead without warning they dropped us off at the end of the pier (not where they picked us up) and we had to wade through vehicle traffic as well as vendors. That was annoying but expected. Unless you want to go to Atlantis, Nassau isn't worth it in my opinion.
Island Time Tours! Cannot say enough about this trip! Eugene, Brent and PJ are wonderful! Boat trip for 15 of us to private island. We snorkeled, swam, paddle boarded and even spear fished. LOVED them! Brent is incredibly knowledgeable about the area. I learned a lot. Scenery was GORGEOUS! Eugene pointed out several areas of interest while on the ride out. BEST PART OF THE ENTIRE TRIP!!
Booked the Private Island Beach Break excursion. This involved a fun 30 minute boat ride from the pier to Balmoral Island. We enjoyed a lovely day at the beach. Water was nice, however very rocky on the bottom, wished I had water shoes. Plenty of chairs and umbrellas, was not crowded at all. Restaurant, bars and gift shops available. Also available for purchase were dolphin and stingray encounters.
This was a last-minute stop and we didn't have much time to choose an excursion. DON'T do the beach break. Save your money! I put the reasons in my review but dirty beach, bad drinks and food, overcrowded.
On Balmoral island Beach day without the stingray and dolphin encounters once you get to the private island you can not leave until your designated time. We Left the ship at 8:30, took a 45 minute water taxi to the island. We were ready to leave around noon and we were told we couldn't leave till 1:45-2:00pm. I do not being stranded somewhere when I want to explore more of Nassau. My husband watched over me while I took a nap in a chair, the sun was beating down and there was a storm coming and still couldnt leave. When we were finally able to leave on the 45 minute ride back to the port the water taxi captain and mate gave us information about the island which was really neat. Once to the dock my husband and i made our way back to the ship because i was so sun kissed and tired, we didnt explore the rest of the town.
For $35 adult and $25 child you get access to the best beach(Cable) outside of Paradise island which costs you twice this price. They also have multiple pools if you need a break from the salt water one of which has a waterfall. Note- you no longer have free access to kayaking and paddleboarding. They are $33 pp. now! Also snorkeling is limited to 1 hour pp. Drinks are more expensive than on the cruise ship ($12 each) and for 10oz. only.
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