What you need to know about visiting Nassau on a cruise ship
Nassau is the capital of the Bahamas and will be home to Adventure of the Seas in the summer of 2021.
With many people on the verge of visiting Nassau to enjoy one of these new runs, it’s even more important to learn what Nassau is known for and what it offers.
Whether you’re staying in the Bahamas before or after your cruise, or coming for a few hours, there is a lot to consider when you visit us.
While Nassau has the usual cruise port fare that most people skip, there are some really fascinating places to visit and lovely accommodations that might interest you.
If you’ve booked a cruise from Nassau, here’s what to learn about visiting the island and what to expect.
Arrival in Nassau
It’s a safe bet that you will have to fly to get to your cruise ship from Nassau.
You have the choice of booking the flight yourself or using additional seats on flights offered by Royal Caribbean through the Air2Sea program.
When Royal Caribbean announced cruises from Nassau, they knew that the demand for flights would be strong and possibly even exceed supply. That is why they have worked with selected airlines to not only secure seats, but also subsidize prices.
To book a flight to Nassau through Air2Sea, you can contact the Royal Caribbean call center at 844-278-9745 or book through your travel agent.
Interestingly, Royal Caribbean has moved the departure time for departures from Nassau to 9pm to give people more time to spend on their cruise.
Continue reading: Why you shouldn’t fly to your cruise the same day it starts
You should be aware of the health travel visa requirement for international travelers coming to the Bahamas and take care of those requirements as well.
Arrival in Nassau
Lynden Pindling International Airport is Nassau’s largest airport and the largest in the country.
It is approximately 10 to 12 miles from the airport to the cruise terminal, but it can take approximately half an hour in traffic.
There are plenty of taxis at the airport.
Where to stay in Nassau
There are many great hotels and resorts to book around New Providence Island and Paradise Island.
According to Royal Caribbean, guests can choose to stay before or after the cruise, but they are responsible for ensuring that all necessary health precautions for entering and leaving the Bahamas and boarding requirements for the start of the cruise are fully followed.
There’s a good mix of value, luxury, and price to suit most needs. There are many good options, depending on your needs. As with any travel destination, book early to secure a room, and be sure to check back often for price cuts or new offers.
Based on other recommendations from travelers, here are some good places to research:
What to do in Nassau
Nassau is known for its beaches, tourist attractions, and rich history. Aside from hanging out by your resort’s pool, you can find plenty of other things to do.
Like so much in the Bahamas, Nassau combines European influences with the Bahamian lifestyle.
If you are out in the summer, you will find very warm temperatures and high humidity, as well as a temporary thunderstorm. The weather can change during the day, but don’t let rain in the forecast keep you from getting out and trying something new.
White sand beaches
What is the best beach in Nassau? It’s controversial, but Cable Beach is almost always a top competitor.
A 10-minute cab ride from the airport, you’ll find powder-fine white sand, clear blue-green water, and plenty of space to put down a beach blanket.
Cable Beach is hardly a secret, but it remains one of the most scenic places to enjoy beach time.
Honorable Mention to Cabbage Beach if you prefer something a little further from the crowds (and all in Baha Mar).
John Watlings Distillery
How about a little history combined with a refreshing cocktail?
At John Watling, you want to try a Bahama Mama or an exquisite rum.
You can even take a free tour of the historic Buena Vista Estate, which includes antiques and exhibits dating back more than 300 years. You can also see where the rum is stored between the white oak barrels.
If you want to try local cuisine, a traditional fish roast is for you.
Locals call it The Fish Fry (or da Fish Fry), where you can find outdoor seating and an assortment of donuts, snapper, prawns, and coleslaw.
Arawak Cay is home to a variety of local restaurants including the King Restaurant and Bar. There are also Goldie’s and Twin Brothers, which are also good choices.
Nassau has a lot of history to visit and the best attraction is the Queen’s Staircase
It was a 65-step footpath carved from solid limestone by 600 slaves between 1793 and 1794. The aim was to create an escape route from nearby Fort Fincastle (which you can also visit).
It is as impressive a feat of engineering as a will for the slaves who built it.
Nature is hard to miss in Nassau, but the best place to understand the connection with the Bahamas is at the Ardastra Gardens & Wildlife Conservation Center.
The main attraction of these gardens are the free roaming birds, including flamingos, peacocks, and parrots (cages hold trumpeter hornbills and other more exotic creatures).
Atlantis water park
I would be very happy if I didn’t mention that there is a very popular water park that you can visit at Atlantis Resort.
Aquaventure is a 141-acre water park with over 20 million gallons of water, magnificent Atlantic-themed towers that house high-speed water slides, a mile-long river cruise with rolling rapids and tides, 20 swimming areas and a spectacular children’s water play fortress, and 11 refreshing swimming pools.
If you are currently in Atlantis, you can enter the park. Day passes used to be offered, but it appears they are not being sold during the global health crisis.