Cruises to Nassau

At MSC Cruises we pride ourselves on compiling the best possible deals on cruise holiday packages and we know that your dream cruise vacation to the Caribbean would not be complete without a stop-over at ‘funky’ Nassau, the vibrant port that soul singer Ray Munnings sang about in his groovy 1969 hit. Find the perfect cruise to Nassau, Bahamas with MSC Cruises

Nassau: A beautifully preserved city, with Victorian mansions, cathedrals and 18th-century fortresses

At MSCCruises we pride ourselves on compiling the best possible deals on cruise holiday packages and we know that your dream cruise vacation to the Caribbean would not be complete without a stop-over at ‘funky’ Nassau, the vibrant port that soul singer Ray Munnings sang about in his groovy 1969 hit.

This flat island is located in the north-eastern part of the island of New Providence in the Bahamas and covered by pine-tree woods, lakes and swamps.

In the North there are wonderful beaches, tourist ports, golf courses and many other venues for leisure and free time.

Your luxury MSC cruise liner will dock in Nassau’s sheltered harbour, the perfect stop to start visiting this beautifully preserved city, with its Victorian mansions, cathedrals, 18th-century fortresses and Queen's Staircase (the 66 steps lead to a breathtaking panoramic view).

Once off the ship, you will discover Nassau’s weather-beaten, ancient forts and fine local and international crafts and goods from handmade lengths of batik to Rolex watches.

An abundance of smart casinos, cabaret shows, and cruise ship docks make Nassau a vibrant centre for entertainment as well as commerce, and a memorable stop during your vacation.

If you’re fond of titbits for your next dinner on board, you’ll be interested to know that Nassau has featured prominently in cultural history, often being used as the setting for many Bond films, as well as for Flipper and Into the Blue.

 After leaving your luxury MSC cruise ship, join us on an excursion package to get to know Nassau

Cruises to Nassau - Bahamas - Caribbean

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 NAS01 - Panoramic Tour (2.5 hrs) - 2013/2014
Difficulty level: easy - May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing  Limited seat  Drive through Nassau to reach Fort Fincastle, set atop the highest point of the island, from where you will enjoy a beautiful view of the harbour. At this location you will have time to explore the fort and the Queen Victoria Staircase, do some light shopping on your own and take pictures. Continue with a panoramic view around the island of New Providence. Then it’s off to Atlantis Paradise Island for a short stop. The drive continues from Paradise Island through the colourful residential area before returning to the port.

Price per person $39.00 Adults $35.00 Children

   


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 NAS02 - Discover Atlantis (2 - 4 hrs) - 2013/2014
Difficulty level: easy - May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing  When tour destinations are as evocatively named as Paradise Island and Atlantis Lagoon, you can be sure of one thing: a fabulous time. Once you have boarded your coach at the pier in Nassau on New Providence Island, you will first head north to cross over to Paradise Island and the Atlantis Resort. Since the Bahamas are a favourite contender for the place where the legendary city of Atlantis was once said to have stood, the resort features a faux archaeological site – simply named “The Dig” – that recreates what the ruins of ancient Atlantis might look like. Apart from taking you through the many fascinating exhibits of The Dig, your guided tour also includes a visit to Predator Lagoon, fittingly named for the sharks, barracudas and many other creatures form the deep that live there. As you make your way through the maze of underground passageways, have fun discovering archaeological artefacts and hieroglyphics while surrounded by a stunning civilization of sea animals. Expert guides will lead you through the ancient streets and help you to decode the legend of Atlantis as well as providing fascinating information on the habitat and behaviour of the marine wildlife. Please note: Access to the pools, slides and beaches is not included in the tour. A shuttle bus will return you to the ship; information on the bus timetable will be provided before arriving at Atlantis.

Price per person $59.00 Adults $53.00 Children

   


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 NAS03 - Athol Island Snorkel (2.5 hrs) - 2013/2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Possibility of swimming  Come and experience the marvelous underwater kingdom and all its inhabitants. Modern snorkel boats will give you a narrated harbor cruise on the way to the snorkeling site. While cruising in one of the most beautiful harbors in the world, you will be briefed on historical points of interest as well as the homes of the rich and famous. Once at the snorkel site you will discover that the real beauty of the Bahamas is all wet! You will snorkel in some of the clearest waters ever seen. The staff will guide you along the reef and highlight the fish that you see and are also there to answer any questions that you might have. Notes: Minimum age to participate is 8 years old. The boat anchors for snorkeling. Snorkeling equipment is included.

Price per person $39.00 Adults $35.00 Children

   


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 NAS04 - Glass bottom Boat (1.5  hrs) - 2013/2014
Difficulty level: easy - May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing  Possibility of swimming  Drink included  Start your tour with a narrative tour of Nassau’s harbor. Here your tour narrator will point out to you historical sites, homes of the rich and famous and also general information of Nassau and the Bahamas. Once the vessel is positioned over the reef, you will be guided down to the viewing deck. Here your glass reporter will give you an informative briefing of all that you see through the glass. Afterwards you will enjoy a slow cruise back through the harbor to the Port while listening to music. A complimentary rum or fruit punch will be served.

Price per person $35.00 Adults $32.00 Children

   


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 NAS06 - Discover Nassau & Beach By Jeep (3 hrs) - 2013/2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Possibility of swimming  Have yourself some pure unadulterated fun on this self-drive tour around the city of Nassau and New Providence Island, with a beach break to look forward to at the end. On leaving the ship, a quick walk from the pier will first be followed by an orientational drive through Nassau en route to the staging area for an initial briefing on driving a 4x4. Once you have been issued a vehicle, you can then choose whether to share the driving or let just one person take to the wheel when you board the 4-seater with your friends. Drivers have to be in possession of a valid driving licence, which will naturally be checked beforehand. To ensure every guest can listen to the instructions and information provided by the guide leading your convoy, each vehicle is equipped with a walkie-talkie. The touring route then takes you out of Nassau and into the island’s lovely interior. Enjoyable views will entertain you on the way to the beach portion of the trip. This is where you can have a break, relax on the sand and go for a revitalising swim before you reform a convoy to head back to your starting point, with more wonderful views of the countryside to see on the way. Once back in Nassau, the tour ends and leaves you to take a stroll back to the ship at your own pace. Please note: as this is a self-drive tour, guests wishing to drive must be at least 25 years of age and be in possession of and present a valid driving licence. Vehicles must remain with the group at all times; any itinerary changes will be made only by the driver/guide in the lead vehicle. Traffic and delays must be expected. You are recommended to bring a towel, swimwear and sunscreen. In the interest of safety, a children’s car seat (please reserve in advance) must be used for children under 8 years of age. Jeeps are fitted with an automatic gearbox.

Price per person $71.00 Adults $64.00 Children

   


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 NAS07 - Catamaran Reef Snorkel & Sail (3 hrs) - 2013/2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Possibility of swimming  Snack included  Drink included  Offering a great combination of cruising and snorkelling, the tour will first see you board a spacious catamaran and set sail for a popular snorkelling site. Instructions and snorkelling gear will be provided during the cruise, so you’ll be all set to slip into the water once the boat drops anchor. Your short snorkelling excursion will be accompanied by an experienced guide. The waters around New Providence Island are known for their abundance of aquatic wildlife, so there is every chance you will encounter many varieties of fish and other sea creatures. Once the snorkelling portion has come to an end, you can enjoy some fruit punch or water on the boat as you make your scenic way back to the pier and your ship. Please note: guests must be at least 7 years of age to snorkel; proof of the child’s age will have to be provided. Guests under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a paying adult. Snorkelling gear is provided. You are recommended wear swimwear and bring a towel, sunhat and sunscreen. Depending upon wind and weather conditions, the vessel may start the engine. The catamaran features a ladder leading directly into the water. As the snorkelling activity will take place in the open sea, guests must be physically fit. Guests must be capable of getting on and off the catamaran as well as into and out of the water unassisted. For safety reasons, the tour is not suitable for pregnant women.

Price per person $56.00 Adults $50.00 Children

   


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 NAS09 - Nassau 360° (3 hrs) - 2013/2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Possibility of swimming  Round out your time in the Bahamas with a trip around the country’s picturesque capital, Nassau, on this 360° sightseeing tour. A short walk from the pier first takes you to your coach, after which you will begin your exploration of the city and the surrounding area. In the early 18th century, the thinly populated Bahamas were taken over by pirates and declared a “pirate republic”, which then attracted other shady characters such as the infamous pirate, Edward “Blackbeard” Teach. On leaving the city, you will then head out to the nearby countryside, passing by authentic villages that are rich in history and heritage on the way. The mansions, cathedrals and 18th-century fortresses have been beautifully preserved, so do bring your camera for some snapshots of your tour. A stop will also be made at a local beach for a quick dip before you begin your return drive to the port and your ship. Please note: guests are recommended to bring a towel, sunscreen and sunglasses. There are no lifeguards at the public beaches and swimming is at your own risk. Please do not leave personal effects unattended. Children must be under the supervision of a parent/guardian at all times during the tour.

Price per person $55.00 Adults $50.00 Children

   


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 NAS13 - Atlantis Beach Day & Discover Atlantis (Full day) - 2013/2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Possibility of swimming  Relax and soak up the warm Caribbean sun at the world famous Atlantis Resort beach. This all day access to the exclusive beaches of Atlantis. Lounge chairs and towels will be provided (quantities limited). Access to amenities including the casino, shopping and dining. Plus access to the marine habitats such as “The Dig” a unique marine habitat that is home to more than 50,000 sea animals representing over 200 species. Access to the pools and slides of Atlantis are not included with this program. Notes: There is a considerable amount of walking on this tour and guests must be at least 48 inches tall to ride the water slides. Lounge chairs, towels and life jackets are provided. Non-motorized water sports are available for rent. Guests should bring a credit card for additional purchases. Guests are free to explore the resort at leisure with some limitations to some activities. Return to the ship is on a shuttle basis. Shuttle bus timetable will be communicated before arriving at Atlantis.

Price per person $75.00 Adults $68.00 Children

   


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 NAS14 - Atlantis Aquaventure (Full day) - 2013/2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Possibility of swimming  Be among the first to discover a new world. Ride swells of rapids in a tropical waterscape and fly down 7-story slides. Atlantis offers unparalleled fun and excitement on this full-day of adventure. The new Atlantis is home to an exhilarating new waterscape of pools, water coasters, body slides and rivers that introduce the next generation of water experiences. At 141 acres, Atlantis has become the largest water themed attraction in the Caribbean. Full access to water park, pools & beaches (towels included for day use). Notes: There is a considerable amount of walking on this tour and guests must be at least 48 inches tall to ride the water slides. Lounge chairs, towels and life jackets are provided. Non-motorized water sports are available for rent. Lockers available at extra cost. No cash, only credit card at outdoor facilities. Return to the ship is on a shuttle basis. Shuttle bus timetable will be communicated before arriving at Atlantis.

Price per person $159.00 Adults $143.00 Children

   


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 NAS15 - Atlantis Dolphin Cay Shallow Water Interaction (Full day) - 2013/2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Possibility of swimming  Limited seat  In the Shallow Water Interaction at Dolphin Cay, you’ll wade in waist-high waters to watch these playful animals show off some of their favorite skills. Then come nose to bottlenose for an unforgettable, up-close encounter as you touch, hug and even kiss your new dolphin friend. Limited to just 10 guests, this intimate interaction begins with an orientation and includes 30 minutes in the water. Wetsuits, personal lockers, beach towels, and non-alcoholic refreshments are provided, along with all-day access to Dolphin Cay’s private beach. You will also have the opportunity to discover the ruins of ancient Atlantis in “The Dig”, a replica of an archaeological excavation site, and Predator Lagoon, where you will view sharks, barracudas and many other creatures from the deep. Notes: There is a considerable amount of walking on this tour. Lounge chairs, towels and life jackets are provided. Guests should bring a credit card for additional purchases. Guests are free to explore the resort at leisure with some limitations to some activities. Return to the ship is on a shuttle basis. Shuttle bus timetable will be communicated before arriving at Atlantis.

Price per person $179.00 Adults $161.00 Children

   


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 NAS16 - Atlantis Deep Water Dolphin Swim (Full day) - 2013/2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Limited seat  In the depths at Dolphin Cay, a one-of-a-kind dolphin experience awaits. Limited to just six guests, this wide-open dolphin playground is yours to explore. Snorkel and glide alongside a dolphin with a hand-held water scooter. Then get ready for the highlight of your encounter, our signature “foot push,” where you're propelled across the lagoon by a dolphin for a rush unlike any you’ve experienced. Participants must be at least 10 years of age and be able to swim in deep water without support vests or assistance. You will also have the opportunity to discover the ruins of ancient Atlantis in “The Dig”, a replica of an archaeological excavation site, and Predator Lagoon, where you will view sharks, barracudas and many other creatures from the deep. Notes: Guests must be at least 10 years of age to participate. Guests should also be able to swim in at least 8 feet of water. There is a considerable amount of walking on this tour. Lounge chairs, towels and life jackets are provided. Guests should bring a credit card for additional purchases. Guests are free to explore the resort at leisure with some limitations to some activities. Return to the ship is on a shuttle basis. Shuttle bus timetable will be communicated before arriving at Atlantis.

Price per person $239.00 Adults $215.00 Children

   


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Shore Excursions programs and Itineraries may vary depending on local conditions and/or any unforeseen events in relation to the timing on the day of the tour. Some excursions are very popular and therefore availability cannot always be guaranteed, It is advisable to book in advance to avoid disappointment.