Baha mar, nassau - trip report - may 2017

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BAHA MAR – TRIP REPORT – MAY 26,2017





Our last stop on the cruisewas Nassau on Friday the 26th. We had been following the news concerningBaha Mar for three years through their bankruptcy and all the politicalissues. Well, they finally got thingsworked out and the complex is now partially completed. They are still working on completing thefinal 3 hotels but the first, the Grand Hyatt is currently operational with 200plus rooms available plus the casino opened in late April. I think the hotelwill eventually have 1000 plus rooms.



We took a cab around 11 am to Baha Mar. You can also take a bus for $1.25 fromdowntown Nassau near the straw market. The appearance of the complexis spectacular with luscious landscaping, ponds, pools and fountains. As atourist you have free access to their pools and beach, which I foundfascinating. I’m sure this won’t lastforever.



Right off the main entrancelobby is the casino. I will attempt to download pictures sometime later thisweek. The casino is approximately100,000 square feet which I think is the largest in the whole Caribbean. It was bright, bright, brightwith outside glass letting natural light in right in the center of the casino.The shape of the casino was rectangular so there was no getting lost orconfused. Slot machines were everywherealthough they were not piled on top of one another.



There were 6 table gamepits, one of which was called Salon Prive, High roller pit. Most of these pitshad craps tables. I counted 7 on themain floor but I didn’t check the Salon Prive. All of the craps tables were 12 feet long with a bright green microfiber layout. The bet minimum at crapswas $10. All of the other games had a $5 minimum bet. They had all theproposition bets on the craps layout.

I gave craps a try notexpecting anything great to happen since I haven’t played in 3 months. I found the table to be somewhat bouncy butplayable. I think the bounce willdecrease somewhat over time. I was onthe table by myself and tried 4 hands the longest of which was 8 throws. Needless to say I lost $55. I was somewhat surprised that every 7 out waswith a 5-2. If I stayed longer I wouldhave tried different dice sets, but my main purpose was scouting out thecasino.



My wife played Pai Gow Pokerwith a $10 minimum which is great. Sheplayed for over an hour with a $100 buy in and just missed a royal flush. She then went on to the Ultimate Texas holdem table again with a $5 minimum and played again for almost an hour andmanaged to be up $30. There were no continuous shufflers at blackjack.



Most of my time there Iwandered around killing time trying penny slots here and there just putting $5or $10 into the different machines. WellI hit big on 3 different machines and was up $200 from my slot play.



All of the dealers and pitbosses were outstandingly friendly with smiles on their faces no matter whereyou went. When we first arrived therewere very few players in the casino but it increased quite a bit by 2 pm when we were leaving. They are still in what they are calling asoft opening and have not really starting their advertising campaign yet. Thegrand opening will be this fall.



We were extremely delightedwith this casino particularly when compared to Atlantis. Anytime we stop in Nassau on any future cruises, this will definitely be onour to do list.



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I've also been following the ups and downs of Baha Mar for the past few years.

With each port arrival in Nassau hoping for a visit. Will definitely be stopping by next February on our Anthem cruise.

Look forward to seeing your pictures. Pretty sure Baha Mar will give Atlantis a run for its money.

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HHHHHEEEEELLLLLLLLLLOOOOO Dicenator: Sounds like you had a good time at that Casino. When playing on a bouncy table, one must play a little different than on a non bouncy table. Sounds like you had a good time visiting that Baha Mar Casino. If we go to Nassau will check it out.
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Originally posted by Dicenator


BAHA MAR – TRIP REPORT – MAY 26,2017


We took a cab around 11 am to Baha Mar. You can also take a bus for $1.25 fromdowntown Nassau near the straw market. The appearance of the complexis spectacular with luscious landscaping, ponds, pools and fountains. As atourist you have free access to their pools and beach, which I foundfascinating. I’m sure this won’t lastforever.

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Hi!
We are in Nassau next month and were thinking about trying the new Baha Mar. Hubby loves Atlantis VP area, but I thought it would be nice to finally be able to try Baha Mar! Do you by chance remember about what the taxi from the port cost for 2 & how long it took to/from? I don't like surprises and was hoping you might remember!
I assume no issues getting a taxi back?

Thanks in advance,
Karen
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N J
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The taxi cost around $20 for the trip each way. It took about 20 minutes mostly due to congestion getting out of and into Nassau proper. When we left the taxi's were there in front of the lobby waiting for customers. Good luck and let us know how you did in the casino.

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Thanks for the report. My dad is looking forward to Atlantis on our trip in September. It's been on his bucket list for awhile. Is it possible to do both? We are in port from 12-7?
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Thanks so much for the quick reply!
I think $20 is about what they charged us to go to Atlantis...and we had to wait for a full van.
Hubby still says he's gonna go to Atlantis to see if his "lucky machine" is still lucky!
I'm hoping we have time for both! I love new casinos...especially if they are a bit lose to draw good reviews! :
Thanks again! Karen
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I've made a few attempts to upload my pictures. All I get is a message concerning security tokens. I tried to contact the administrator for help to no avail.

If anybody knows how to handle this security token issue, I would really appreciate your help.


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Thanks for your review. I went to Baha Mar last week (on the Grandeur of the Seas) and while it was beautiful and I did pretty well on the slots, I found the dealers and supervisors to be woefully undertrained.

I'm still planning on returning in September (on the Enchantment of the Seas) and see if my lucky machine is still paying.




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Thanks for the review, I did not know the BarMar was open. If the option to walk about the grounds is still available in December, I might give it a go over Atlantis. Does the casino offer comped drinks also?
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I was there twice last week (Enchantment back-2-back) and I can say yes to the comped drinks (and they're strong!). Mixed answers now on the free admission to the pool and beach. Kids (16 years old) traveling with my friends were able to use the pool and beach for free, but I heard that sometimes there is a security guard and they make you pay $40 for a day pass (I guess you could gamble and try it?). I also heard that you can get a room for about $200 where you can use the facilities and enjoy a shower, etc. - a good option if you have a group of four or more and your ship is docked late?

I'm planning on flying down there to stay for a long weekend or a week sometime early this winter!


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I e-mailed the Casino there last month and asked if non gamblers could use the pools and beach while I was in the casino. I was there on a cruise, they said no so, I didn't go over there. It was a loss for them because I as willing to play a good amount in the slots.
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I guess sometimes it's better not to ask?

Did they tell you how much it would cost for the non-gamblers to use the pools and beach?


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Originally posted by nancydow
I guess sometimes it's better not to ask?

Did they tell you how much it would cost for the non-gamblers to use the pools and beach?


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They didn't give that as an option.
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Originally posted by rascaldog
They didn't give that as an option.


Because they were selling day passes for $40 the last two times I was there.


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