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Nassau excursions ... Atlantis Casino?

Discussion in 'Non-Vegas Hotels & Casinos' started by chitownjohn, May 26, 2013.

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  1. chitownjohn

    chitownjohn High-Roller

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    I have a Disney cruise in June and I’m looking for an excursion in Nassau. One potential option is the Atlantis Casino. Anyone been there? How did you get there, was it via cab or pre-arranged cruise transportation? What can I expect for table minimums?

    I’m open to other excursion options so please let me know if you have other Nassau excursion recommendations.

    Thanks!
     
  2. oghuman

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    It's been about 7 years since I've been there by ship but I've stayed there in 2008 and 2009. Just take a cab there it's not there far from the dock. I don't recall table minimums, but I'd guess $15 - $25. Once you're there you can pay entry to various things at Atlantis. Below is a link for info.

    http://traveltips.usatoday.com/atlantis-resort-cruise-port-39012.html
     
  3. Ezzy711

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    You can grab a van to Atlantis very easy and cheap. They will be standing in the cruise terminal holding signs and you hop in with a bunch of other people for just a few bucks. Unless the excursion includes some other activity you want to do, I would just take a cab.

    It's a pretty casino. Depending on the time, they may have higher limit tables, but you can usually find dimes and quarters. There may be other casinos in Nassau with lower limits, but you should at least see Atlantis. The aquarium is pretty cool. I'm not a water park person but I hear it's fun.

    It is also fairly easy to pick up a taxi or van back to the port as there are so many ships that dock there.

    I would imagine after a Disney cruise a good casino will be a welcome change. Enjoy!
     
  4. engicedave

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    When you arrive at port, you'll walk to end of dock and you'll see taxis OR if you swing a hard right, back towards the water, you'll see water taxis...take the water taxis. Faster and easier. It is a little walk from the water taxi landing to Atlantis, but you can do it in 5 mins or so, plus you walk through a shopping district.

    I have found the slots a little on the tight side, but maybe that's just an unlucky day.

    A tour of "The Dig" is a cool walk through the whole marine creature park and you see everything, it is unguided.

    Now, here is the big secret.....
    The cost of the water park at Atlantis is EXPENSIVE.....BUT, if you book a room at the "Comfort Suites Paradise Island" which is across the street from Atlantis, you get FREE WATER PARK ACCESS!
    You rent the room, use as a day base, and leave to go back to ship before it sails. Sure, you're not going to sleep in it, but it is still cheaper than buying the water park passes.

    When you get to Port Canaveral (Cocoa Beach), depending if you're doing the whole Disney vacation thing where they're shuttling you around, there is a casino boat in Port Canaveral called "Victory Casino Cruise" and while not a monster cruise ship, is the largest casino boat in the US. Play is good, food is fair and drinks are free.

    Make sure, as a cruiser, you check in at the place to know everything about your upcoming cruise, the cruise critic . com forum. There is even a "roll call" where you can begin meeting your fellow passengers online and make plans to meet up after the kids run off. Also all the secrets of your posts of call are discussed as well. You're doing Nassau and Castaway Cay, I presume? By the way, it's not pronounced "kay" it's pronounced "key"...Castaway "key"....so many just say "kay" people give up on proper pronunciation.

    Have fun and don't go crazy
     
  5. chitownjohn

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    @oghuman - Thanks for the link on transportation, very helpful.

    @Ezzy711 - Yes, a casino break will be welcome during the cruise. For the record, Disney is not my thing, but my MIL is paying for the trip so I decided to
    go after learning there are plenty of adult only areas on the ship and I can bring plenty booze on board with me.:drunk:

    @engicedave - Thanks for all the tips, especially the Comfort Suites arrangement. My kids are adult age so most likely they will go with me to to casino but my BIL has teenage kids so that might be something he can take advantage of.
     
  6. mdee

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    It's been several years but we booked a Shore Excursion to Atlantis through Carnival. I remember getting on a small boat that carried maybe 20 of us.
    We were told to meet at a certain time to go back to the ship but they left like 30 minutes earlier than we were told. Some locals wanted to take us
    by boat back to the Port but there was no way I was going to do that! We took a taxi from Atlantis over the bridge back to the Ship. It was a fun
    place to visit and I'd like to go again maybe sometime. We only had time to play the Slots but mostly did sightseeing. The Aquariums were really cool!
     

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    My general cruise advice is to not book shore excursions but to figure out what you want to do and try to prearrange it. For example, on a recent Caribbean cruise, we found a private beach at Cozumel that was about US$45 for access, a snorkeling lesson (which turned out to just be the three of us who were traveling together), lunch, and a fancy welcome cocktail, and unlimited regular cocktails. A comparable package without the open bar was over $100 through the cruise.

    As far as Atlantis, I'd again advise against booking a package, because they'll overcharge you. Just take a taxi to Paradise Island (which, bear in mind, is separate from Nassau, although any driver will know where it is) when you disembark, and make sure you confirm the fare before you get going. If you like casinos, and I'm assuming you do because you're here, it's fun visit, minimums will be high but not unreasonable, and there's a sportsbook.
     
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    I would suggest taking the taxi to and from Paradise Island. It is around $4 or $5 per person. It is a shared ride with others in a van. Make sure you give yourself enough time to get back to the ship as the narrow roads can sometimes be congested and slow.

    Personally I avoid the water taxi. I have seen it overloaded with people too many times and you also have to sit and wait until it is full before they will head over to Paradise Island. Once there you will still have a nice walk to get you to the hotel.

    It is pricey to eat at the Atlantis. If you do go to the water park, be prepared to bring your credit card as they do not take cash.

    Have Fun!
     
  9. JosieCat

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    Wow, what a great idea. Me and my sister are going to be taking my M Life cruise in July and will be in Atlantis from 12:30 p.m. to midnight. The room isn't cheap at $314 - but that's comparable to the cost of 2 excursions - plus this way you have access to everything on Atlantis - not just the waterpark. That way we would have a room to go back to as I plan on spending the day at the waterpark and the night at the casino. I wouldn't even have to go back to the ship in between then.

    Thanks for the tip.
     
  10. Team Slacker

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    We did the room trick a few years ago. We checked in and checked out at the same time. They gave us our bands and we were on our way. It was a couple of hundred dollars cheaper than getting passed through Disney or Atlantis.
     
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