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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.

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.

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.

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.

Glass-Bottom Boat

Activity mediumFamily

Duration: 1½ hours

Take a tour of Nassau’s historic harbour and see tropical marine life in the crystal-clear waters – all without getting wet.

Relax on your boat’s deck as you sail through Nassau’s historic open harbour. Your knowledgeable guide will point out numerous landmarks including one of the iconic shooting locations from the James Bond film ‘Thunderball’ and Potter’s Cay Dock with its bustling food stalls and mail boats.

As you pass by Montagu Beach, you’ll also be able to admire the homes of the rich and famous from around the world, including the likes of Tiger Woods, Tom Cruise, Bill Gates and Oprah Winfrey.

The sightseeing continues when you reach the Sea Garden, although this time you’ll be looking straight down. Through the glass bottom of your boat, you’ll have a fantastic view into the crystal-clear waters.

This zone is protected from fishing, so you’ll have a better chance of seeing the native rare tropical fish here than in most other spots. Marvel at the colourful coral and marine life, soak up the sun and enjoy the trip on the ocean before sailing back to the harbour to return to your ship.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. There is a 15 minute walk to the boat from the pier. Marine life sightings cannot be guaranteed.

Sea and Sea

Activity medium

Duration: 3 hours

See Nassau’s beautiful sights on land, sea, and even underwater on this all-encompassing island tour and semi-submarine excursion.

Enjoy a relaxing, narrated tour of Nassau Harbour aboard your comfortable power catamaran and sail past Paradise Island, Blue Lagoon Island and the homes of the rich and famous.

On arriving at the underwater marine park, you’ll board the Seaworld Explorer semi-submarine. In the comfort of the air-conditioned vessel, sitting five feet below the water’s surface, observe the various tropical fish, colourful coral reef and – if you’re lucky – even sharks. Through the clear glass windows, your guide will point out the different species of marine life and the Captain will be sure to bring the fish close.

Back on land, enjoy a narrated coach tour of Nassau taking in the colourful colonial buildings of Bay Street, the Parliament buildings, the Supreme Court, and the famous Queen’s Staircase (AKA the ‘66 Steps’). In Rawson Square, look out for the bust of Sir Milo Butler, the first governor-general of the independent nation. Stop to visit Fort Fincastle, built in the shape of a ship’s bow and sitting atop one of the highest points on Nassau. And, time permitting, you may also visit Fort Charlotte. Finally, drive past the Governor’s mansion before returning to the ship.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach, catamaran and semi submarine. It’s necessary to descend/climb a 10-step stairway to get into and out of the semi-submarine.

 

A selection of cruises to Nassau

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