Nassau Resort Day Pass Excursion Reviews
Our day in Nassau was fantastic! On our last cruise, we did the Atlantis excursion which was awesome but this time around did not make financial sense. I did some research and found a great place called Melia Nassau Beach resort. The day pass for using their property, which is absolutely breathtaking is $30 per person, cheaper for children. We took a taxi for $10 round trip to the resort which is about a 15 minute drive. The drivers are very nice and ask you what time you would like to be picked up. Our driver was right on time picking us up. Right when you enter the resort lobby, it is very upscale. We paid for our day passes and were nicely given directions to the beach. The beach is private and very quiet. We did not see any other people from our ship there. The water was crystal clear and the sand extra soft. We did not have an issue finding lounge chairs. I went swimming in the ocean and was also able to use their snorkel gear for free. If you want to use their paddleboards or kayaks, they charge $30 for rental. Drinks and food there are also very expensive. We just decided to eat on the ship afterwards. They also have a basketball court here and a swim up bar at one of their pools. They have a kiddie pool with a waterfall for the kiddos. My son loved playing in here. The staff at the resort are very friendly. Our day was cut short by rain, so we didnt get to walk around and shop, but the tourist side of Nassau is very nice. I would highly recommend the day pass at Melia if you want to avoid crowds and overpaying for an excursion. Very peaceful, enjoyable, and easy on the pocketbooks.
We aren't shoppers and weren't impressed with Nassau. Maybe we saw the wrong parts. What we did do and I would recommend is buying a day pass at the British Colonial Hilton. $200 for the 4 of us, but it came with $160 food/drink credit. Easy 4-5 block walk from the ship and was delightful. Nice outside bar, lovely pool, private beach. Google it. It was good even in the rain and the bartender Phillip was excellent. My rating is an average of 2 Stars for Nassau and 4 stars for the British Colonial Hilton.
We walked over to the British Colonial Hilton to spend the day at the beach and the pool. It was nice, and. included in the reasonable price, was a nice credit to be used at the onsite restaurant/bar. We enjoyed a nice lunch by the pool, a couple of soda's and bahama mama's for me. The credit more than covered our bill. Nassau is another place we have been numerous times and have already done all of the usual tourist excursions on previous cruises. This resort day pass was a real treat for us for the day.
I had been to Nassau once before on a Carnival cruise, but that was about 6 years ago, and all I remembered was that it rained while we were there. I did a lot of research on excursions not through Carnival because I think they're far too overpriced. We decided on the Hilton Day Pass which i purchased through http://bahamascruiseexcursions.com/nassauhiltonresortpass.htm. This was my first cruise without my parents, and I was hesitant to choose anything that required a cab or taxi. I picked this excursion because of the price, and it was within walking distance of the port (about 15-20 minutes). It was $60.00 each, but you each get a $40.00 credit for food at their patio bar and grille. They have burgers, wraps, sandwiches, and salads. The Hilton was beautiful, I wouldn't mind staying there for a week on a land vacation! They have a really nice pool area with lounge chairs, beds, and hammocks. After you pass the pool and bar area you can head down to the beach which is where we spent the day. The beach itself is rather small, but it is gorgeous! We found two lounge chairs and practically didn't leave them all day. It's a really quiet, low key beach, if that's what you're looking for. Might not be great for kids, but they did have boogie boards and kayaks that guests could use. Overall, this was a GREAT buy and I would highly recommend it to anyone looking for a lazy day on the beach. We ate lunch at the bar, and got two drinks each and even with 15% gratuity included, only spent $75 of our $80 credit.
Hotel was within walking distance and since we had such a short time in port, that was nice and maximized our time at the beach. It was a nice property but the food and beverage service at the BCHilton lacked a lot! The workers acted irritated we were there and they never came to the beach. We had to go up to the restaurant to get whatever we needed. When I ordered a regular margarita, I saw the bar tender take a glass, wet it down with water and pour table salt around the rim. He then poured frozen margarita into the glass taking the salt with it. It was awful. There were non motorized beach things (kayaks, snorkel equipment) that we were able to use as part of our pass. Our ship stayed in port until midnight; however, we were back on board by 7 pm. I really felt that this was a very short day since we arrived at 1 pm and we had limited time in sun and on the beach.
Went to the British Colonial Hilton, walkable from Pier and pass all the shops and restaurants. $60 for day pass which includes $40 Bar and food credit...well worth it.
We decided to book a resort day pass, because we had heard so many wonderful things about Sheraton in Nassau. We had such an amazing time. The beach was clean and quite, the staff was amazing, and the pool area was wonderful. I know my husband, and I would do it again in a heartbeat! You can purchase the resort day pass upon arrival, or through an independent company online.
A few tips: Take a Jitney (#10B) to the resort. The Jitney’s can be found near George Street, just off of the Straw Market. We paid $1.25/pp. A taxi will be about $15-20.
We spent the day in Nassau enjoying the sun and beach at the Sheraton Cable Beach Resort. We paid $20 for a cab to take us from the port to the hotel and paid $60 for 2 adult day passes which included the use of the beach, pool, and non-motorized beach activities. The front desk staff was very nice and decided not to charge us for our 4 year old. The beach was beautiful and the hotel was pristine. I would definitely consider staying here if I ever took a land vacation to Nassau. There was also a lifeguard on duty at the beach, which we really appreciated. There are people that roam around the beach to take your drink and food orders or you can just walk up to the bar. The offerings are pricey. We paid $9 and $12 for our mixed alcoholic drinks, $3 for a can of soda, and $8.75 for a small personal-sized pizza. The beach was not crowded and we enjoyed a nice relaxing day. I also learned the secret to enjoying Nassau – venture outside of the port area. There were cabs waiting in front of the hotel which made getting back to the port very simple.
We choose to do Atlantis. We bought the full pass. This was not restricted. Some passes lock you out of certain areas. We watched our time closely. We did the beach first. It was very nice a bit over crowded with chairs not much space in between. Went to all the pools. Did the lazy river, it was not lazy at all. Rapids along the ride. It was great. We did the aquarium, casino, took tons of pictures and they aloud us to clean up in a spa area. It was expensive but I think we got our monies worth.
Hopped the #10 Jitney bus over to the Sheraton on Providence Island (Nassau). $20 bucks for a day pass to sit on beach, access to restrooms and restaurants. Even an umbrella. Drinks were pricey like on the boat, the facilities, pool etc. were super but the beach still had hawkers and we were warned to watch our stuff.
Next time we will return to Junkanoo beach which is walking distance to the boat and spend about half on two chairs and an umbrella and cheaper drinks. Public restrooms are a bit dirty there. Carry a sandwich, kick back but keep an eye on your stuff. We still had time to stroll the shops on the way back to the boat. Just a note, on a previous cruise we booked a Catamaran/Snorkeling with Carnival and it was awesome!