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About Nassau

Superb beaches, straw markets, rum punch-serving bars and cafés, the Bahamian capital Nassau has all the classic Caribbean attractions plus something extra - its own piece of Paradise. That is Paradise Island - a wonderfully over-the-top resort with flashy casinos and hotels, one even with its own shark pool. It is a boat ride away across Nassau Harbour while other boats will take you to Coral World Marine Park or to Blue Lagoon where you can swim with the dolphins.

Nassaus British heritage is all around you in the colonial-style architecture but, for a flavour of its piratical past, try the new Pirates of Nassau museum on a replica pirate ship with interactive tricks to make this bloodthirsty time come thrillingly to life.

 

Shore excursions in Nassau

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

Balmoral Island Getaway

Activity low

Duration: 4½ hours

Escape to Balmoral Island, a tropical oasis with crystal-clear waters and a powder white sandy beach.

Balmoral Island is the perfect place for relaxing on the beach. You’ll join your boat at the pier for a 45 minute transfer ride across to the island, where you’ll have around 3 hours to spend at your own leisure.

Upon arrival, you can head to the beach and relax on a sunchair in true Bahamian style, or perhaps take a refreshing dip in the nearby fresh water pool. Whilst lunch and refreshments are not included on this tour, you’ll have the option to purchase these during your stay. There is plenty to choose from, with a several bars each offering a different mood and an indoor food venue offering a variety of outlets.

At the end of your stay, you’ll meet at the designated time and place for the return boat transfer.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by boat. There is a walk of around 15 minutes along the pier to join the boat and a degree of agility is required to board. Please take US Dollars for purchases, swimwear, a towel and sunscreen. Sunchairs are included; however umbrellas are on a first-come, first-served basis and cannot be guaranteed. The island may become busy on a multi-ship day. Please note the meeting time and place for the return transfer as the boat cannot be held for latecomers. There are Dolphin and Stingray activities on the island which are not included. Limited poolside cabana’s and non-motorised water toys are available for hire, subject to availability, and payable locally.

Catamaran and Snorkel

Activity lowRefreshments included

Duration: 3 hours

Enjoy a leisurely cruise from Nassau Harbour and snorkel the crystal-clear waters of the Bahamas.

Step aboard your catamaran at the pier and sit back and relax as you set off along the lovely coastline. Admire the surrounding scenery and views as you glide through the clear Bahamian waters.

You’ll soon arrive at a snorkelling spot and your captain will drop anchor ready for you to don your snorkel gear and take to the water. The waters of the Bahamas are home to a variety of fish and marine life, so keep a look out as you explore the underwater world. For those who prefer, perhaps just cool off with a refreshing dip or simply relax on board and soak up the sun.

Back on board, it’s time to relax once more as you head back to Nassau Harbour.

During your tour you’ll be offered soft drink refreshments, and rum punch will also be available on the return cruise.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by catamaran. There is a 10-15 minute walk along the pier to reach the catamaran. Children under 7 may not participate. Snorkel equipment is included. Passengers will be required to enter the water directly via a ladder and participants must be competent swimmers. Please remember your swimwear, sunscreen and a towel. Marine life sightings are dependent on local conditions on the day and cannot be guaranteed.

Nassau Scenic Drive and Balmoral Island

Activity low

Duration: 4 hours

Discover Nassau, the capital of the Bahamas, combined with a visit to Balmoral Island to enjoy the beach.

Embark on a panoramic drive of Nassau and the surrounding area, capturing its beauty, history and heritage. Your drive will take you through the countryside, passing by small local villages and preserved architecture that encapsulates the Bahamian history.

After your scenic drive, you’ll head back to the pier to take a 45 minute boat transfer across to Balmoral Island, the perfect place for relaxing on the beach. Upon arrival, the time is yours to spend at leisure. Relax on a sunchair on the beach in true Bahamian style, or take a refreshing dip in the nearby fresh water pool. There are several bars each offering a different mood and an indoor food venue offering a variety of outlets where you can purchase a snack or a drink.

At the end of your stay, you’ll meet at the designated time and place for the return boat transfer.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by minibus and on foot. This tour involves limited walking, however depending on the ship’s berth there may be a 15 minute walk, each way, to the minibus departure point. There is a walk of around 15 minutes along the pier to join the boat and a degree of agility is required to board. Please take US Dollars for purchases, swimwear, a towel and sunscreen. Sunchairs are included; however umbrellas are on a first-come, first-served basis and cannot be guaranteed. The island may become busy on a multi-ship day. Please note the meeting time and place for the return transfer as the boat cannot be held for latecomers. There are Dolphin and Stingray activities on the island which are not included. Limited poolside cabana’s and non-motorised water toys are available for hire, subject to availability, and payable locally.

 

A selection of cruises to Nassau

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