We booked a day room to get the passes. Awful check in lines, just to have to cross to Atlantis and stand in another long line for bracelets. Wasted too much time on an already short day. But, once we got our bracelets and got into the park it was great. We mostly did the "not so" lazy river, a few of the slides and briefly checked out the beach. All too soon it was time to leave. Wish it was a longer port day.
As I mentioned in my main review, the transfer from ship to the resort and back was very poorly managed, but I don't know that this is RC's fault. Once in the resort:
Skip the overrated body slides if you don't like tearing off your eyelids and go straight for the tub rides. Once you are on a tube, you rarely are required to get off: Three water coasters and two rapid rivers are open to you with a rare need to climb stares or even leave your tube! All rides and rivers are within the same system, so essentially, once you have parked your rear in a tube, you are good to go- and we were good for five hours! Lines were short in March, but the weather was perfect anyway. I should mentioned that after five hours of balancing on the inner tube, every muscle in my body was sore the next day. Not complaining though. P.S. Estimate how much waterproof sunscreen you think you will need, and then DOUBLE that estimate when you pack.
Second time we've done this excursion and we'd do it again. It is a spendy day (about $500 for 3 people), but we have enjoyed it. Bus service to Atlantis is efficient. The guide who brings you into the park does a nice job. We were let in early enough to get good a spot / good chair location and some early runs on the big slides as soon as they opened. On our day the weather didn't cooperate (a little cool, overcast and windy), but that was not the excursion's fault. Our day pass came with a meal (burger, fries and a drink). Food was good too. Another fun day at Atlantis!
Waterpark was great - lunch was fine (from snack-bar type venues, but it was a fine amount of food) - kids had a good time.
The organization on the pier to get to the buses took WAY too long and was unorganized, but everything else was fine!
Took a taxi over to Atlantis; spent the entire day at Atlantis. Great water slides, lazy river ride was great (did a few time with the kids); private beach; you can snorkel 10 feet from the shore, very clean water
Expensive, but fun! We really enjoyed the water slides! Keep in mind that you'll arrive at the resort before the waterpark opens, and you'll only have a few hours to explore, so manage your time wisely! I would recommend doing Leap of Faith, and the Serpent Slide first, and then head on over to the lazy river, which will connect you with the "Tower of Power" and many of the other inner tube slides.
For those of us that have been to Atlantis before it is not what it once was and it shows. when we first got there all the bathrooms were closed at the water park & none of the staff was aware of it. later some of the restrooms opened but again the staff was the last to know when & where. While we were there 1/2 of the rides were closed for what ever reason. My son who used to always love to go there said to me he wouldn't want to go there any more because of it's condition. Save your money & lets go elsewhere dad.
Water park is awesome but because it's so big, you'll have difficulty keeping track of small children or children who need adult supervision. So, it will turn into a work day for many parents. Takes 20 minutes to walk from front door of hotel to water park area!
The lack of organization around getting guests the waivers signed & wristbands then finally to the bus is always frustrating. Disney does this piece way better than RC, so expect an hour wait between arriving at the meeting spot and walking to the bus that takes you to Atlantis. Bring hats, sunscreen, snacks, and water for while you wait for this painful process. Once they finally walk the group to a bus, you are home free, and it's a fantastic excursion. Great way to spend the day and worth the steep price overall. You can skip the "tour" of Atlantis, more of a sales pitch, so once you get there just grab a towel and head right for the waterpark/pools. Plenty of things to do for all age groups, even the little ones. Food & drink is easy to get. Lazy River/Rapids are super fun for anyone 5 and over. Daredevils can zig where others zag and catch the huge fast water slides, but the rest of us bypass that and lazy river on....
I don't recommend it if you have small children, the only thing they have is a water park, the one on the cruise is better. They need to be 42 inches to ride the water slides, so we lost our time and it was very very crowded.... To expensive for what it is!
We don't typically take an excursions in Nassau, as we've been so many times, but we decided to enjoy the waterpark this time. It was nice and we had a great time. One thing, as we were leaving to head back to the ship, a taxi driver pretended like she was with the cruise line and started to gather a group of people. When we questioned her taxi vs the bus we had come to the resort on, she said "Oh, you want the bus, that's down there," pointing to our drop off location. The other people she had gathered were also with the tour and wasn't looking to pay the taxi. I guess it's a lesson learned to be aware and ask questions
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