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How do you get from Nassau to the Atlantis Resort?

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Lady Jag

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Looks like we'll be stopping at Nassau in July and I'd like to see Atlantis, but have no idea how to get there. I wish we could use the waterslides, but I've heard that you can't get into Atlantis anymore by booking a hotel room at that other hotel nearby. Is that true? Atlantis' prices start at $349 per night and that's a bit steep for a few hours of use. Any help is appreciated!! :thumb :wave
 
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Hucc

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you can book a ship's excursion... that's one way

another is to take the water taxi or a regular taxi over to it, and pay admission there

I would not recommend the water taxi because it gets very crowded, and the sun gets hot, and it does not drop you off that close to Atlantis
 
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PEB

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#3
A regular taxi was $4 from the pier when we were there in Sept. It was much cheaper to go on your own and pay the admission fee than it was to go through the cruise line.
 
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sail7seas

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You can see Atlantis (on Paradise Island) from where the ships dock at downtown Nassau. It is across the Paradise Island bridge and I would definitely not take the water taxi. Take a land taxi....readibly available at the docks.


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The water taxi drops you quite far from the entrance to Atlantis and those boats are very old. They don't look safe and they often make stops along the way from the where you would board at other properties along the way to pick up more passengers.
 
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connie seabee

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I'm curious too, how much is the admission fee, and does that include access to the aquarium?
 
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ljeanbrown

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For adults it is $25.00 per person for the digs tour. It is better to go on your own and take a taxi. As Hucc said the ferry and water taxi's are crowded and you have to walk a ways to get to Atlantis, while the taxi is $4.00 per person and all you do is go over the bridge and you are dropped off at the front door.
 
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Lady Jag

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Connie - Atlantis e-mailed me and said the $25 per person fee includes admission to: The Ruins Lagoon, The Dig, The Upper Ruins and The Predator Lagoon. It does NOT include using the beaches, pools or water slides. You can purchase tickets at The Temple of the Sun in the Casino or the NW corner of the employee parking lot and then you'll be issued wristbands. Hope that helps.

I have no idea what those places are and whether they are worth visiting. Anyone know? I just wish we could use the pools and slides, as I know that's what the kids would want to do more than anything.

:thumb Thanks so much everyone on the info. about avoiding the water taxis. We'll definitely take a taxi by ground. I appreciate the help! :thumb :thumb
 
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Donna - dsw

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I agree with the other posts. We took a land taxi. Very cheap. The hotel is beautiful and worth walking around even if you don't take the $25.00 additional fee to walk through the "Dig" area. You can view part of the aquarium from the open dinning area. We enjoyed our walk through the hotel and casino. We also walked out to the swimming area and pools. Just take off walking like you are a hotel guest until somone stops you! lol Enjoy and good luck.
 
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ljeanbrown

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LadyJag it is all part of the aqurium. At one part you go through a tunnel with sharks swimming all around you.
 
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JEM

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Lady:

If you are a walker, take a public bus for $1.00, east to the old bridge, it is a 10 minute walk over the bridge (great photo op) to Paradise Island. Once on the island you will walk another 10/15 minutes to the hotel.

Jim,
 
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silverfoxlady

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We did the Atlantis thing last year...

we took a cab...4.00 ....paid 25.00 per person for the wristband....there were guards at all entrances to the grounds when we were there... it was impossible to get in without a wrist band...seems the guests of the hotel even had wrist bands....a different colour though than the ones we paid 25.00 for...

It was well worth for us...we really enjoyed the aquarium...you can only see a little bit from the dining area....The grounds are magnificent ...we were not allowed the use of the pools...but we did enjoy their outside bars...

We spent a few hours wandering around...it was really neat....All in all for us it was a great day...Hubby won some money in the casino so that paid for our taxi...wristbands and even our drinks...All in all a nice FREE day....ya gotta love it when that happens...Ellie
 
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PeabodyNVL

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The Lagoons are just where you go to watch the sea life. The Dig as seen from the outside. It doesn't not include the beach, pools or slides.

I love Atlantis! When we went a year ago October and paid for a room, we got $155 for Run of House in the Beach Tower. That is about comparable to the Comfort Suites. It's the Royal Towers that cost so much.

If you like going to the Casino, make sure you get a player's card. They give great comps. We have been comped 3 times since last October for 3 free nights in the Royal Towers.

Normally, you will be stopped if your don't have a proper color wrist band, or do not have a card run key. Some people manage to make it by, but don't count on it.

If you have any other questions pertaining to Atlantis, email me!

Pea
 
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sail7seas

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I don't blame them for not allowing cruiseship pax to use their pools, water slides and beach.

The guests staying in the hotel are paying in the range of $400+ per night and would hate to be overrun by a mob of people off the ships. I know I would not expect a hotel we were staying in to allow that.

How would these people have any "quiet enjoyment" for their vacation seeing as ships are in daily and the mob would trudge on over everyday.
 
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Lady Jag

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Connie - No, the fee was only for those sites I listed above - absolutely no beach access, pool access or water slide access.

As much as I'd like to have access to those places, I respect Atlantis for not selling day passes. We stayed at a very nice hotel in San Juan last year and they sold day passes to the entire Puerto Rican population. What a mess it was! The pool & waterslides were so crowded, no one could swim. The locals used up the valet parking so those of us who were staying at the resort couldn't use it and had to park about a mile away. The lines were long & miserable for the slides and we felt like the locals owned the place and we were total outsiders.

Since we've never been to this part of the Bahamas, I guess we'll do the land taxi over to Atlantis and take a look around. I'll budget for the $25 pp fee (x4 people) and I guess we can decide on whether to buy the passes when we're there. Thanks so much for the help on this everyone!! I appreciate it! :thumb

It's going to be hard for this fish of a person (me) to stay out of the water. :worried