It’s been a while since this trip has been discussed here, so I would like to start a thread to share info on this trip for 2019. A couple weeks ago my wife and I (both CET Diamonds) were just about ready to book this offer for the first time during our kids Spring Break in March, only to learn the offer is blacked out for most of March. We made alternate plans for Spring Break this year, but we will probably try for Atlantis again in June. We’d like to share some of the research we have done so far: Note that from the older reports and threads, we have seen extreme posts from "this offer is a total rip-off!" to "no planning required, just open up your wallet and take it as it goes!" I completely respect both of those extremes. This is in no way a free vacation, but appears to be a partially discounted one in a place people report as a nice vacation spot. I would like to really focus more on specific attractions / excursions / restaurants, etc. that can be done while on this trip. For example, current menus with current prices would be great if anyone can share them (the Atlantis hotel posts their restaurant menus without prices, what a pain) and any discounts people might find on attractions/excursions. The very first thing I want to share is the USA State Department Travel Advisory for The Bahamas at: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/traveladvisories/the-bahamas-travel-advisory.html Our State Department rates The Bahamas as "Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution", the same level as France, Germany, and Mexico. This is on a scale where Canada and England are "Level 1", while Syria and Iraq are "Level 4", so there is not much to Level 2. When I read the details, one thing that screams is what the f*** is the matter with their tourism department, as they advertise their country as a family friendly destination, but they don't regulate the water skiing operators who have committed sexual assaults against children! Well, the two important items from this advisory I found are (1) avoid the non-tourist areas of Nassau, and (2) avoid attractions/excursions that aren't regulated. The safest approach would be to let the hotel schedule transportation from and to the airport and then just stay at the hotel the whole trip. But there should be some safe attractions in the tourist areas outside the hotel. With the Travel Advisory aside, here are some of the other notes I took I thought worth sharing: - You won’t need a passport to go to The Bahamas, but you will certainly need one to return to the USA! - Peak months for this offer are Feb, Mar, April, July, August, November and December. Offers are slightly better for non-peak months. - Blackout dates for this offer in 2019: Mar 8-23, Apr 15-27, May 23-26, June 29-July 6, Nov 27-30, Dec 26-Jan 2 - With the Diamond offer, the hotel still charges a total of $264 per room for the 4 nights for mandatory resort fees, mandatory gratuities, and taxes. - If there are more than 2 people in a room on this offer, there will be an additional charge of $50 per additional person per night. - The Beach Tower rooms I am told will have a coffee maker and a fridge. (Not sure if that’s a thermo-cooler or a real mini-fridge) - Wi-Fi is free with the mandatory gratuity - Airport fees for returning to the USA are around $107.33 per person. While this is generally included in quoted airfare costs, it is generally extra for those using reward travel. - The hotel offers a bus from and to the airport at $35 per person round trip, and a town car at $211 round trip. I understand there are less expensive taxi companies that will give a stop at a grocery store on the way. - The cheapest hotel meal plan is $80/day/person, which comes to over $100/day/person after mandatory gratuities and tax. Reports are this is a bad value. - Most of the restaurants at the hotel are very expensive, but there are reports their pool restaurant is reasonable and popular. There are also reports that there are reasonably priced and popular restaurants walking distance from the hotel and in the tourist areas, including a very popular Dunkin Donuts just outside the hotel. - For 2019, they are devaluing the Diamond offer by removing the "Casino Experience Pass", which had a one person Dolphin Encounter, a round of Golf, and a couple free cocktails. And here is a list I put together of VMB threads and trip reports I found: (If I missed any, please respond with additional links) notfromconcentrate thread from July 2018 https://www.vegasmessageboard.com/forums/index.php?threads/what-to-know-about-comp-atlantis-stay-with-tr-platinum.153487/ TrueBrew report from Apr 2018 https://www.vegasmessageboard.com/forums/index.php?threads/atlantis-bahamas.148808/#post-1600196 Ulose report from Sep 2017 https://www.vegasmessageboard.com/forums/index.php?threads/atlantis-bahamas-and-visit-to-bahia-mar.145069/ makuk report from Aug 2017 https://www.vegasmessageboard.com/forums/index.php?threads/currently-at-atlantis-bahamas-on-a-7-star-trip.143951/ Iceicecool report from July 2016 https://www.vegasmessageboard.com/forums/index.php?threads/atlantis-7-stars-cet-july-18-22.133314/ rycelover report from June 2016 https://www.vegasmessageboard.com/forums/index.php?threads/rycelover-invades-the-atlantis.132027/ charliepeete report from March 2016 https://www.vegasmessageboard.com/forums/index.php?threads/atlantis.129839/ Ezzy711 report from March 2016: https://www.vegasmessageboard.com/forums/index.php?threads/atlantis-my-impression.129786/ And of course, link to the offer: https://www.caesars.com/total-rewards/tr-partners/atlantis-paradise-island (At the time of this posting showing the 2018 offer, but the 2019 offer is pretty close.) So given all that, if anyone has any additional tips, or advice for anything related to this offer, please share. And if anyone here is planning to head there June time frame, please message me!