How far is Paradise Island Ferry from main cruise port in Nassau?

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#1
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We're visiting Nassau, Bahamas on the Carnival Freedom and need to get to the Paradise Island Ferry in order to catch an excursion (not through the ship) Anyone know how far this is from where we'll get off the ship and/or how long it might take us to get from ship to ferry? We have never been there, so I don't know!

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If it's the same as the last time we were there, the Ferry is right at the port where your ship will be--it should take you about 3 minutes!
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FYI, you will be better off taking a cab. The guy on board the water taxi who sings and serenades will expect a tip; another guy on board who acts as a guide and identifies all the homes of the rich and famous along the way will also expect a tip; then add to that the water taxi fee. The cab will be quicker and perhaps cheaper. Your choice.
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Originally posted by Cruzman
FYI, you will be better off taking a cab. The guy on board the water taxi who sings and serenades will expect a tip; another guy on board who acts as a guide and identifies all the homes of the rich and famous along the way will also expect a tip; then add to that the water taxi fee. The cab will be quicker and perhaps cheaper. Your choice.

That wasn't my experience. Ya, there was a guy that did some entertaining, but we gave him $1 and the fare was a total of $3, so it only cost $4 total. Taxi was about $8 each way, plus the bridge toll.

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Unless things have improved greatly since we were there last, the "ferry" boats were old, rickety, smokey and I didn't feel safe on them at all.
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Originally posted by Ethel5
Unless things have improved greatly since we were there last, the "ferry" boats were old, rickety, smokey and I didn't feel safe on them at all.
Is there more than one ferry that goes to Paradise Island? I gotta get there somehow! lol
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Originally posted by Darkwolfe
That wasn't my experience. Ya, there was a guy that did some entertaining, but we gave him $1 and the fare was a total of $3, so it only cost $4 total. Taxi was about $8 each way, plus the bridge toll.

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I am disabled and rely on a scooter to get around. Will I be able to ride on this ferry to Paradise Island with my scooter?
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The real question is where do you want to be when you get to Paradise Island. If you want to meet your guide at the Atlantis you would get there faster in a cab.
A cab or van would also be more appropriate for your scooter.
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Originally posted by alcpa1
The real question is where do you want to be when you get to Paradise Island. If you want to meet your guide at the Atlantis you would get there faster in a cab.
A cab or van would also be more appropriate for your scooter.

Hello,

I agree with the above, that you should take a van or taxi to Paradise Island if you are disabled, have trouble walking, or are afraid of the water.

For others though the Paradise Island Ferry is fun, that , it is a travel experience. It is an especially nice ride in terms of the scenery, and it is very cheap even though you should give a couple of dollars to the "crew". And make sure that you note where the ferry drops you off on Paradise Island and the time your ship wants you back on board. There is public beach access on Paradise Island but ask in the Atlantis hotel or another hotel and they will direct you.

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These are all very helpful tips. We are taking a shore excursion to Blue Lagoon. The tour operator says all we have to do is get to Paradise Island then THEY will take us over to Blue Lagoon on their private ferry. So, naturally, my main concern was knowing where we needed to go right off the ship in order to get to the Paradise Island ferry so that we were in time for the tour's transportation. Sounds like we will be okay. And the ending time of the tour is 2 1/2 hours before we need to be back on board the ship, so we should be okay there, as well. Thanks again for all your help!
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Another FYI, Blue Lagoon is also known as Salt Cay or Gilligan's Island. And yes, many scenes for the series were filmed right there.
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It's faster and easier to take a taxi over to Paradise Island! That water ferry doesn't leave until it's packed to the gills. It's hot and, IMO, unsafe. It lets you off under the bridge and then you walk quit a way to the hotel.
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Originally posted by WeBeGone
It's faster and easier to take a taxi over to Paradise Island! That water ferry doesn't leave until it's packed to the gills. It's hot and, IMO, unsafe. It lets you off under the bridge and then you walk quit a way to the hotel.
and it's uphill too!
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Originally posted by scrappinannie
We're visiting Nassau, Bahamas on the Carnival Freedom and need to get to the Paradise Island Ferry in order to catch an excursion (not through the ship) Anyone know how far this is from where we'll get off the ship and/or how long it might take us to get from ship to ferry? We have never been there, so I don't know!

Thank you!
The Paradise Island Ferry Terminal is on Paradise Island .. grab a cab ($4pp) it should only take 15 - 20 minutes to get there.
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Originally posted by Cruzman
Another FYI, Blue Lagoon is also known as Salt Cay or Gilligan's Island. And yes, many scenes for the series were filmed right there.

Gilliagans Island is actually Sandy Cay.. just a little past Blue Lagoon.. north of Rose Island.. you can see it in the distance from Blue Lagoon..
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Originally posted by Cruzman
Another FYI, Blue Lagoon is also known as Salt Cay or Gilligan's Island. And yes, many scenes for the series were filmed right there.

Gilliagans Island is actually Sandy Cay.. just a little past Blue Lagoon.. north of Rose Island.. you can see it in the distance from Blue Lagoon..
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My cruise ship doesn't offer Blue Lagoon as an excursion. Is there a site where I can pre-book it online or is it one of those things where they have tour operators' kiosks right when you get off your ship at the harbor?
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Originally posted by Cruzman
FYI, you will be better off taking a cab. The guy on board the water taxi who sings and serenades will expect a tip; another guy on board who acts as a guide and identifies all the homes of the rich and famous along the way will also expect a tip; then add to that the water taxi fee. The cab will be quicker and perhaps cheaper. Your choice.
Yes the above is true...expects, but up to you..$3 one way for water taxi

taxi is around $10-12
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Originally posted by cruzndiz
My cruise ship doesn't offer Blue Lagoon as an excursion. Is there a site where I can pre-book it online or is it one of those things where they have tour operators' kiosks right when you get off your ship at the harbor?
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