Nassau/Atlantis advice needed!

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#1
Powell, OH
122 Posts
Joined Dec 2004
Hello Everyone! My family is sailing on the Jewel of the Seas on November 19th, Thanksgiving week. There are six of us, my husband and I, and our four children, ages 16, 14, 11, and 7. Although we have cruised several times before, this is our first trip to Nassau.

We would like to visit Atlantis. I tried to get a room at the Comfort Inn (completely booked), and I can get rooms at Atlantis, but since it is Thanksgiving weekend, there is a two night minimum. And, with six of us, I would have to get TWO rooms for TWO nights (just over $1000!).

Does anyone have any suggestions? Should we go ahead and visit Atlantis anyway, knowing that we cannot use the pools/beach? Is it worth is just to visit the aquarium? What about the Dig? Do we purchase tickets for these at Atlantis? Is there a "cool" place to eat lunch at the resort? Any advice would be appreciated!

Thanks! Linda
#2
Ontario Canada
1,700 Posts
Joined Dec 2004
Hi there

when you looked into the rooms did you call the hotel directly ?

What about sites like expedia? Sometimes they have space... I was jsut there for a quick tour the Atlantis and did the casino and saw the aquarium...

I can't tell you about the dig, but I can say I would not pay the fees to get in.. I would keep looking into the room idea
good luck..
#3
11,986 Posts
Joined Jan 2004
There are still several ways to see and enjoy Atlantis without having access to the pools. You can go to the DIGs for $29 pp. $21 for kids. Purchase tickets in the Casino. This allows you access to the lagoons and aquariums. There's plenty to see and enjoy.
If you want to spend some time on the beach, you could walk along the Casino Drive to the Public walkway to Access the beach. This is open to the public and free. You can rent a chaise for $10. It's the same beach as Atlantis and RIU.
You can also walk thru the Marina Village and shop, have lunch, check out the entertainment, ice cream etc. The marina itself is a site to see.. with all the mega yachts along the pier.
Lunch at Marina Village or across the street at Anthony's would be a good bet.
#4
Powell, OH
122 Posts
Joined Dec 2004
Thanks, guys. I called Comfort Suites directly and was able to book two rooms! Of course, AFTER I booked, I realized we will only be in Nassau from noon til 6 p.m.! Now I need to decide if it's worth the $$ for just a few hours. I know the kids would be thrilled, but that's a lot of money. On the other hand, it's really not that much more than the ship excursions.
#5
FOXBORO MA
211 Posts
Joined Apr 2005
it actually comes out cheaper that a water park at Disney...............

$152.00 divided by 4 = $38.00

disney is in the $50's........................

dondonma
#6
Illinois
1,153 Posts
Joined Aug 2005
Originally posted by lktomkies
Thanks, guys. I called Comfort Suites directly and was able to book two rooms! Of course, AFTER I booked, I realized we will only be in Nassau from noon til 6 p.m.! Now I need to decide if it's worth the $$ for just a few hours. I know the kids would be thrilled, but that's a lot of money. On the other hand, it's really not that much more than the ship excursions.
I don't know about the waterpark, but we did the ships's tour of Atlantis and thought it was really neat. I think the tour took about 2 hours and went through the Digs and aquarium. If you are only there from noon until 6, I would eat lunch before you leave the ship and try to be in line to get off as soon as you can. That would still give you about 5 hours to spend there.
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#7
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Joined Nov 2004
lktomkies,
Please let me know how your Atlantis visit goes and if you think it was worth booking the room for six hours of fun?
We're planning on doing the same Dec. 18 off the Carnival Valor!
Thanks - have a blast!
#8
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Joined Jan 2004
Please keep in mind that the waterpark closes early in the winter months. The pool and slides shut down as dusk approaches. This can be as early as 4:40pm for mid December (shortest days of the year)
#9
NW Burbs, Chicago
306 Posts
Joined Feb 2004
I'm in the same boat you are. With a family of 6 and only in port 1-7 is it enough time? ALSO, We'll be there during spring break, are the lines for slides sooo long that we'll just end up irritated??????