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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.

Best of Nassau

Activity mediumRefreshments included

Duration: 4 hours

See the sights of Nassau and Paradise Island from the comfort of an air-conditioned bus and sample local food and drink along the way!

Sit back, relax and let your dynamic tour guide take you on an adventure through some of Nassau’s most exciting new and historic attractions with lots of fun and laughs along the way!

You’ll have plenty of time for pictures as we see the Parliament Buildings in historic Rawson Square, Nassau Rum Cake Factory and taste rum cake samples!, Atlantis Royal Towers, Potters Cay ( local fish market) and make a stop at the Queen’s Staircase and Fort Fincastle.

Continue with a drive by the world famous Graycliff Restaurant and the National Art Gallery on your way to John Watlings Rum Distillery where you are welcomed with a taste of pina colada samples and you’ll tour the historic local rum factory.

Your next stop is a local foodie favourite Fish Fry where you are treated to a conch salad presentation, followed by a taste of conch salad and a sample of the local drink - Bahama Mama. You’ll have plenty of time to order food and delicious daiquiris from the world famous Twin Brothers restaurant before heading to the Straw Market where you can browse for Bahamian souvenirs’.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. This tour involves approximately and hour of walking and there are steps to negotiate at the rum distillery. The island may become busy on a multi-ship day.

Best of Nassau

Blue Lagoon Island Getaway

Activity lowMeal included

Duration: 4¾ hours

Experience the Blue Lagoon Island, with its beautiful coastline, swaying coconut palm trees and white sandy beaches.

Board your boat, cruise through Nassau’s historic harbour and after a short sailing you’ll find yourself on the shores of the Blue Lagoon private island.

Stroll along the floury white sand, take a dip in the crystal-clear turquoise water of the lagoon, soak up the sun on a comfy beach lounger or enjoy a snooze in a palm-shaded double hammock.

You can do as much or as little as you like but be sure to visit the island’s family-run animal sanctuary. Here you can observe native dolphins, sea lions and stingrays in their spectacular natural ocean habitat.

A delicious lunch of grilled local dishes is included, and you’ll have time to shop for souvenirs and buy a refreshing drink from the bar. There’s also the chance to rent a kayak, water bike or paddleboat to explore the calm lagoon.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by boat and on foot. Lunch and a soft drink is included. Beach loungers and hammocks are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Dolphin Encounters is located on the island and entrance is not included in the tour. You must be able to negotiate the gangway on to and off the boat. US Dollars are accepted for purchases. Please wear swimwear, take a towel and sunscreen. The boat may not be exclusive to P&O Cruises. There may be independent suppliers on the beach that offer watersports, these are provided by parties unconnected to P&O Cruises.

Blue Lagoon Island Getaway

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.

Charm and Beauty of Nassau

Activity mediumRefreshments included

Duration: 2½ hours

From paradise to pirates, this relaxing guided coach tour visits many of Nassau’s most intriguing sights.

As you travel in comfort towards Paradise Island, your guide will point out various landmarks and colourful colonial buildings. Look out for Parliament Square and Rawson Square, home to the Supreme Court.

Admire the views as you cross the Sir Sidney Poitier Bridge over Nassau Harbour to Paradise Island. Formerly known as Hog Island, the current name feels more accurate. It’s a stunning spot and the Atlantis resort is fittingly spectacular. Stop to photograph the iconic Royal Towers before heading back to Nassau over the Eastern Bridge.

Taking in more historic sites such as the Queen’s Steps, AKA ‘The 66 Steps’ (don’t worry – you won’t have to climb them!), your next stop is the Buena Vista Estate. Founded in 1789, it’s the home of the John Watlings Distillery. Enjoy a self-guided tour and rum tasting, observing the production of Bahamian crafted rums and spirits.

After a photo stop at Fort Charlotte, take a wander at the Arawak Cay ‘Fish Fry’. Browse the eateries and watch the popular local dish of conch salad being made, and perhaps buy yourself a snack or drink.

Your tour ends on colourful Bay Street, where you’ll be dropped off at the entrance to the Pirates Museum. From here you can either purchase a ticket to explore the exhibits inside, do some shopping in the chic Bay Street boutiques, or stroll past the famed Nassau Straw Market on the way back to your ship.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. There is approximately 1 hour of walking on this tour. Flat, comfortable shoes are recommended.

Charm and Beauty of Nassau
 

A selection of cruises to Nassau

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