Nassau, the Capital of the Bahamas, has something to offer for everyone. Since there are usually 4 or 5 cruise ships in Nassau everyday, the port area always has a lot going on. There are many local shops, stores, and a straw market all within walking distance of your ship.
The Queens Staircase, Fort Charlotte, and Fort Montagu are some of the historical sites to see while in Nassau. Junkanoo Beach is a public beach that is a 10 minute walk from the pier. A favorite among many is Senior Frogs as well as the pirate museum.
For an experience you will never forget, head over to Paradise Island and the Atlantis Resort. The Atlantis offers tours, “The Dig (aquarium), a day pass to their waterpark, and swimming with dolphins. A waterpark unlike anything ever made, it offers a waterside with a tube that goes through the center of a shark tank. The resort is located on a beautiful stretch of sand called Cabbage Beach. The back of the resort is for guests only or those who have paid for a waterpark pass. An aquarium pass will also let you walk around, however you may not enter any of the pools or waterslides.
To save up to 30% on shore excursions, I highly recommend Shore Excursion Group. They offer excursions such as swimming with dolphins, tours of Nassau, snorkeling and diving excursions, beach days, glass bottom boat tours, and much more for a better price than the cruise lines offer.
Other great activities that are available in Nassau are parasailing, catamaran snorkeling trips, diving, glass bottom boat tours and the SUB adventure. The SUB adventure is an undersea experience in your own personal sub that lets you explore to depths of 15 feet without getting your hair wet.
There are two different places where you can swim with the dolphins in Nassau. The most popular and expensive is at the Atlantis Resort. The second option is the Blue Lagoon Dolphin Encounter that has the option of swimming with the dolphins or just interacting with them in the water.
The Sandals Royal Bahamian Resort offers day passes at this adults only luxury resort. The pass includes food and drinks as well as the opportunity to kayak and snorkel. Day passes usually run around $150 a person.
The following ships stop at Nassau: Norwegian Epic, Norwegian Jewel, Norwegian Sky, Norwegian Gem, Norwegian Sun, Norwegian Pearl, Disney Magic, Disney Dream, Majesty of the Seas, Monarch of the Seas, Enchantment of the Seas, Explorer of the Seas, Oasis of the Seas, Allure of the Seas, Carnival Esctasy, Carnival Sensation, Carnival Fascination, Carnival Imaginaton, Carnival Fantasy, Carnival Pride, Carnival Conquest, Carnival Magic, Carnival Triumph, Carnival Glory, Carnival Miracle.