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Nassau Balmoral Island & Sting Ray Experience Excursion Reviews

Relax on the white sand beaches of Balmoral Island or, for the more adventurous, get the experience of a lifetime with the docile stingrays not far off the shore.
We booked the Balmoral beach day with NCL.
We booked the Balmoral beach day with NCL. Once again crew of the boat taking us to the island where phenomenal in providing assistance to our disabled friend. Island had accessible paths for wheelchair bound guests and we were able to ... Read More
We booked the Balmoral beach day with NCL. Once again crew of the boat taking us to the island where phenomenal in providing assistance to our disabled friend. Island had accessible paths for wheelchair bound guests and we were able to wheel her from the path to a lounge chair that was right off the path. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
The stingrays were awesome but the beach was ok.
The stingrays were awesome but the beach was ok. $30 bucks for chicken tenders and fries was outrageous, $7 for a water bottle was insane. I know we’re on vacation and you expect to pay some money but that is insane. You go broke or ... Read More
The stingrays were awesome but the beach was ok. $30 bucks for chicken tenders and fries was outrageous, $7 for a water bottle was insane. I know we’re on vacation and you expect to pay some money but that is insane. You go broke or starve no winning there and don’t let me get started on drink prices. Talk about inflation, also that fake Starbucks in there is illegal I’m pretty sure because you have to buy a franchise not just paint a pic of Starbucks and charge 20 bucks for coffee. Stingray side workers were superb, the people over on the beach side were not very friendly Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Carnival Cruise Line
Swimming with the dolphins was great.
Swimming with the dolphins was great. Do yourself a favor and book the swim and not the experience. It’s worth the extra money. Also save a lot of money by booking direct.
Swimming with the dolphins was great. Do yourself a favor and book the swim and not the experience. It’s worth the extra money. Also save a lot of money by booking direct. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Beautiful Island and experience.
Beautiful Island and experience.
Beautiful Island and experience. Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Probably the least organised of our excursions.
Probably the least organised of our excursions. We were meant to be met at 0930 for a 10 am prompt departure to the island to check in, a lady turned up at 0945 and with so many people to check in, the boat didn't leave until 10.35, ... Read More
Probably the least organised of our excursions. We were meant to be met at 0930 for a 10 am prompt departure to the island to check in, a lady turned up at 0945 and with so many people to check in, the boat didn't leave until 10.35, With a 30 min journey to the island and a back on ship time of 3.15, we found the whole day just too rushed. We done the dolphins which were amazing but yr not allowed to take your own photos and they want $117 to buy their ones. Food is €20 for a burger and fries and drinks $10 small beer. So take your own. Too rushed for my liking and wouldn't do this again. Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: MSC Cruises
We did the Balmoral Island & Dolphin experience.
We did the Balmoral Island & Dolphin experience. The dolphins were fun but I felt like we were kidnapped and held hostage in a tourist trap. There are no food and drinks other than what they sell, and this stuff is insanely priced. ... Read More
We did the Balmoral Island & Dolphin experience. The dolphins were fun but I felt like we were kidnapped and held hostage in a tourist trap. There are no food and drinks other than what they sell, and this stuff is insanely priced. I do not recommend this excursion. Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: MSC Cruises
Small area to swim, beach had a big slope, food was outrageously priced and not worth a 1/4 of what ...
Small area to swim, beach had a big slope, food was outrageously priced and not worth a 1/4 of what they were charging. Pictures were a rip off as you had to buy all or none for $137. The flash drive did not work when we tried to view at ... Read More
Small area to swim, beach had a big slope, food was outrageously priced and not worth a 1/4 of what they were charging. Pictures were a rip off as you had to buy all or none for $137. The flash drive did not work when we tried to view at home. Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Expensive island food.
Expensive island food. 10 minutes to touch a sting Ray 117 USD if you want pictures to prove it.
Expensive island food. 10 minutes to touch a sting Ray 117 USD if you want pictures to prove it. Read Less
Sail Date May 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: MSC Cruises
Easy to sum up, like factory work: sit here , hold Sting-Ray here and here smile, (click) NEXT!
Easy to sum up, like factory work: sit here , hold Sting-Ray here and here smile, (click) NEXT! , if you want a fantastic experience with stingrays go to Grand Cayman on a Carnival ship it was out of this world
Easy to sum up, like factory work: sit here , hold Sting-Ray here and here smile, (click) NEXT! , if you want a fantastic experience with stingrays go to Grand Cayman on a Carnival ship it was out of this world Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
While I have said that I would never get off the ship in Nassau, the opportunity to go to somewhere ...
While I have said that I would never get off the ship in Nassau, the opportunity to go to somewhere private was wonderful. This was a 15 min ride from port and there were chairs and umbrellas in abundance. Food is very expensive (25.00 ... Read More
While I have said that I would never get off the ship in Nassau, the opportunity to go to somewhere private was wonderful. This was a 15 min ride from port and there were chairs and umbrellas in abundance. Food is very expensive (25.00 for chicken nuggets) so I would either eat well before you go or be prepared.... Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
We were among the first to arrive which was nice as it fills up fast.
We were among the first to arrive which was nice as it fills up fast. Did the dolphin encounter, not the dolphin swim. Despite the limitations (very brief, slightly assembly-line in feel), these mammals are just a joy to interact with. ... Read More
We were among the first to arrive which was nice as it fills up fast. Did the dolphin encounter, not the dolphin swim. Despite the limitations (very brief, slightly assembly-line in feel), these mammals are just a joy to interact with. It was exciting and moving. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Beautiful beach, expensive food and drinks and surly staff.
Beautiful beach, expensive food and drinks and surly staff.
Beautiful beach, expensive food and drinks and surly staff. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
It was a fun time until my daughter had to order lunch and she made sure the hotdog at the stand ...
It was a fun time until my daughter had to order lunch and she made sure the hotdog at the stand didn't have pork in it, but didn't realize the French Fries were cooked in the same oil as the fried seafood. Broke out in hive 5 ... Read More
It was a fun time until my daughter had to order lunch and she made sure the hotdog at the stand didn't have pork in it, but didn't realize the French Fries were cooked in the same oil as the fried seafood. Broke out in hive 5 minutes after eating them and the beach people were were not going to allow her to go back to the ship early until her face swelled up, she had hives all over her body and having a hard time breathing. Royal was real good about getting her to the infirmary once she made it back to the ship where she was treated, but getting her there was a job. She had just changed jobs and didn't have an epi pen with her. The pirate ship was fun. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
We loved it.
We loved it. The instructors were friendly and knowledgable. Only downside was the overexpensive photos.
We loved it. The instructors were friendly and knowledgable. Only downside was the overexpensive photos. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Carnival Cruise Line
Just went to Balmoral Island, didn't do the Sting Ray Experience.
Just went to Balmoral Island, didn't do the Sting Ray Experience. Beautiful Island and lots to do
Just went to Balmoral Island, didn't do the Sting Ray Experience. Beautiful Island and lots to do Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Carnival Cruise Line
just a fabulous day at the beach; efficient ferries to and from island and plenty of ...
just a fabulous day at the beach; efficient ferries to and from island and plenty of lounges/umbrellas. very nice and clean!
just a fabulous day at the beach; efficient ferries to and from island and plenty of lounges/umbrellas. very nice and clean! Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: MSC Cruises
Loved every minute of playing with stingrays and learned a great deal.
Loved every minute of playing with stingrays and learned a great deal. We did not get to snorkel with them though as expected. We had plenty of time for lunch (not so tasty) and swim on the beautiful beach with lots of lounge chairs. ... Read More
Loved every minute of playing with stingrays and learned a great deal. We did not get to snorkel with them though as expected. We had plenty of time for lunch (not so tasty) and swim on the beautiful beach with lots of lounge chairs. Lot of local beers and very small Starbucks. High recommend this tour. You will have time afterwards to shop in Nassau on your way back to the ship. Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Short and sweet experiences with the sting rays, beautiful beach day with lounge chairs available ...
Short and sweet experiences with the sting rays, beautiful beach day with lounge chairs available (incl)
Short and sweet experiences with the sting rays, beautiful beach day with lounge chairs available (incl) Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Includes water taxi to Island and beach access with chairs.
Includes water taxi to Island and beach access with chairs. Water and beach were great as expected. Bring water and snacks! Drinks and food are way over priced due to it being an island so supply and demand kicks in.
Includes water taxi to Island and beach access with chairs. Water and beach were great as expected. Bring water and snacks! Drinks and food are way over priced due to it being an island so supply and demand kicks in. Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: MSC Cruises
We booked the Blue Lagoon Island Stingray Encounter and Beach day.
We booked the Blue Lagoon Island Stingray Encounter and Beach day. We ended up skipping the stingray encounter because the male operator was making sexual references and touching the stingray in a sexual manner. It was disturbing. The ... Read More
We booked the Blue Lagoon Island Stingray Encounter and Beach day. We ended up skipping the stingray encounter because the male operator was making sexual references and touching the stingray in a sexual manner. It was disturbing. The beach was fine but we will not return to Blue Lagoon. Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Very nice trip with kayak.
Very nice trip with kayak.
Very nice trip with kayak. Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
We did the Balmoral Beach Day.
We did the Balmoral Beach Day. Loved it. Clean, warm water. So beautiful. Would definitely do it again.
We did the Balmoral Beach Day. Loved it. Clean, warm water. So beautiful. Would definitely do it again. Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
OK- so the excursion itself was great.
OK- so the excursion itself was great. You take a ferry boat to a private island (where Sandals All-inclusive is located), and for the first hour or so, we just swam at the beautiful beach and enjoyed the sun. Then we had our stingray ... Read More
OK- so the excursion itself was great. You take a ferry boat to a private island (where Sandals All-inclusive is located), and for the first hour or so, we just swam at the beautiful beach and enjoyed the sun. Then we had our stingray encounter, which was awesome. 26 stingrays (some small, some very VERY large) swim around you while you learn about them and feed them fish. Then their photographer (balmoral's-- not carnival's) takes pictures. LOTS of pictures. Pictures that you will want to buy, because stingrays are fun and the poses are cute. But-- they will only sell the pictures as part of a package of ALL the pictures. So if your son, for example, has five pictures where he is moving or being silly and one super great picture, you will have to buy a flash drive of ALL of the pictures. We just wanted ONE picture of all of us with the sting ray. Instead, we would have to buy ALL of the pictures (over 25) that they took of us together and individually. The pictures are $117 and are downloaded to a flash drive, not printed pictures. You will have to print them yourself when you get home. My suggestion: If you want a stingray experience with pictures, do the one on HMC. The ship's photographers take pics on that one and you can get the prints you want from the Pixels gallery individually. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Carnival Cruise Line
We just did the Balmoral Beach Break, not the stingray attraction.
We just did the Balmoral Beach Break, not the stingray attraction. For whatever reason, there were not that many people there. Beautiful place (island is shared with Sandals Resort) and definitely somewhere that I'll most likely
We just did the Balmoral Beach Break, not the stingray attraction. For whatever reason, there were not that many people there. Beautiful place (island is shared with Sandals Resort) and definitely somewhere that I'll most likely return. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Balmoral Island is just beautiful.
Balmoral Island is just beautiful. Lots to do - swim with sting rays or dolphins, kayak, pool, snorkel... Restaurant/bar is expensive so be prepared - beers were $9 each for the local brew and mixed drinks were $12-15 each! Ouch!
Balmoral Island is just beautiful. Lots to do - swim with sting rays or dolphins, kayak, pool, snorkel... Restaurant/bar is expensive so be prepared - beers were $9 each for the local brew and mixed drinks were $12-15 each! Ouch! Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: MSC Cruises