Nassau

Charming colonial-style buildings
The Bahamian Riviera
The largest open-air aquarium in the world

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Nassau

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During an MSC cruise through the Caribbean Sea, you will visit Nassau, which occupies the eastern portion of the island of New Providence and is linked by a charming bridge with the neighboring Paradise Island, where Atlantis Waterscape is located.

The largest open-air aquarium in the world, it has over 100 different species of colourful tropical fish. In Nassau, you can interact with dolphins and go on excursions to neighboring islands in motorboats. The historical centre of Nassau boasts charming colonial-style buildings and numerous pastel-coloured wooden shops that alternate with Georgian-style structures.

However, to get a taste of the local style of living, take a trip to Cable Beach. Located just 5 km west of the city, on it you will be able to admire the Bahamian Riviera and its fantastic colours: golden sand and lively nightlife. In addition to the casinos, which are very popular with gamblers, one of the most appealing characteristics of a holiday in Nassau is the possibility to do some low-cost shopping.

At the Straw Market, where the typical Bahamian souvenirs are sold, be prepared to bargain: here, bartering is a tradition that is almost a duty. A ride in a surrey, a horse-drawn carriage, is an excellent way to discover the old city while listening to stories told by the driver on the ride between monuments, numerous island fortifications and the intriguing Queens Staircase, a large, hand-made stone staircase from which you can enjoy a magnificent view of Nassau, Paradise Island and a good portion of the Bahamas.

To learn about the past and cultural traditions of the island, you can visit its two museums: the Pompey Museum, which houses man-made artefacts, documents and drawings; and the Junkanoo Museum, dedicated to the Junkanoo Carnival of street music, which is growing in popularity.

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  • ATHOL ISLAND SNORKEL

    ACTIVE & ADVENTURE

    NAS03

    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. Please note: Minimum age to participate is 8 years old. The boat anchors for snorkeling. Snorkeling equipment is included.
    • Possibility of swimming

    • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

      Difficulty Level
      Moderate

    • Duration
      2:30 h

    • Adults$39.00Price per person

    • Children$35.00Price per person

  • ATLANTIS AQUAVENTURE

    ACTIVE & ADVENTURE

    NAS14

    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). Please note: 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.
    • Possibility of swimming

    • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

      Difficulty Level
      Moderate

    • Duration
      4 h

    • Adults$149.00Price per person

    • Children$132.00Price per person

  • CATAMARAN REEF SNORKEL & SAIL

    ACTIVE & ADVENTURE

    NAS07

    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.
    • Drink included

    • Possibility of swimming

    • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

      Difficulty Level
      Moderate

    • Duration
      2:30 h

    • Adults$59.00Price per person

    • Children$55.00Price per person

  • NASSAU 360°

    ACTIVE & ADVENTURE

    NAS09

    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.
    • Possibility of swimming

    • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

      Difficulty Level
      Moderate

    • Duration
      3 h

    • Adults$55.00Price per person

    • Children$55.00Price per person

  • ATLANTIS DEEP WATER DOLPHIN SWIM

    NATURAL WONDERS

    NAS16

    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. 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. Please note: Guests must be at least 6 years of age to participate. Children ages 6 to 9 years must wear a support vest and be accompanied by a paying adult; children 10 and older can wear a vest should they need to, but not necessary if they can swim. 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.
    • Limited seats

    • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

      Difficulty Level
      Moderate

    • Duration
      4 h

    • Adults$265.00Price per person

    • Children$239.00Price per person

  • ATLANTIS DOLPHIN CAY SHALLOW WATER INTERACTION

    NATURAL WONDERS

    NAS15

    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. Please note: 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.
    • Possibility of swimming

    • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

      Difficulty Level
      Moderate

    • Duration
      4 h

    • Adults$169.00Price per person

    • Children$152.00Price per person

  • BALMORAL ISLAND BEACH DAY & STINGRAY ENCOUNTER

    NATURAL WONDERS

    NAS19

    Life rarely gets better than this: a privately owned tropical islet that caters to every creature comfort, a stunning beach and a chance to interact with stingrays in the shallows. To experience it for yourself, leave the ship for the short walk and 30-minute ferry crossing to Balmoral Island, where you’ll be welcomed by staff, given a briefing, asked to complete some paperwork and sign a waiver. That done, your 30-minute stingray meet and greet will commence in waist-high water under the expert supervision of the handler. Stroke, feed and even pose with “your” ray for a photo (available for purchase at extra cost after the encounter). Afterwards, snorkel gear can be hired should you wish to swim with these endearing sea dwellers in their natural environment. What comes next is entirely up to you. To complement the superb beach, the island also features beach chairs (free to use), a heated freshwater pool, patios, beach umbrellas (subject to availability) and four different bars, one even serving delicious frozen cocktails. And if hunger strikes, snacks, salads, wraps and freshly cut sandwiches can be purchased at the on-site market. You can even grab coffee to go with your food, since Balmoral Island boasts its very own Starbuck’s outlet, the only one on a private island. Please note: additional gear for non-motorised water activities such as snorkelling, kayaking and paddle boarding is available for hire at extra cost not covered by the price of the tour. Toilet facilities are located around the island as well as freshwater showers and footbaths. To ensure the welfare of the stingrays, other marine wildlife and the coral reef, loose items such as jewellery and cameras cannot be taken into the water; guests are further requested to use biodegradable sunscreen. The cost of any food and drinks purchased on the island is not included in the price of the tour; guests are advised that bringing food and/or alcoholic drinks onto the island is prohibited. Any food and/or alcoholic drinks found to have been brought onto the island will be confiscated and destroyed. Guests under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a paying adult while on Balmoral Island. There are no lifeguards on duty and all guests swim at their own risk. Personal photos cannot be taken in the marine encounter/habitat area. Guests not on a marine-encounter tour will not have access to the marine encounter/habitat area.
    • Possibility of swimming

    • Limited seats

    • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

      Difficulty Level
      Easy

    • Duration
      4:30 h

    • Adults$75.00Price per person

    • Children$69.00Price per person

  • PANORAMIC TOUR

    SCENIC ROUTE

    NAS01

    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.
      • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

        Difficulty Level
        Easy

      • Duration
        2:30 h

      • Adults$42.00Price per person

      • Children$39.00Price per person

    • SEE & SEA TOUR

      SCENIC ROUTE

      NAS21

      See the key sights of Nassau city and venture out into its nearshore underwater world on this entertaining tour, which duplicates the NAS20 Seaworld Explorer tour, but also adds an extra activity at the end. After first taking you on a look around the harbour and past Paradise Island for views of its splendid villas, Nassau’s only semi-submarine will submerge and cruise through the fascinating aquatic universe. Looking through your own window from the comfort of your seat, the fully air-conditioned and narrated ride will give you a unique opportunity to marvel at the reef and its many and varied inhabitants without having to take to the water yourself. On your return to dry land, you’ll board a coach for a drive-by roundup of city must-sees. The route will take you past such landmarks as Rawson’s Square and the parliament buildings and will also include a stop at Fort Fincastle, one of Nassau’s highest points and adjacent to the Queen’s Staircase. Your outing then wraps up with your return to the ship. Please note: guests must be capable of navigating 10 steps to board and disembark from the semi-submarine. The order in which the land-based portion of the tour is run may vary to suit traffic conditions.
      • Limited seats

      • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

        Difficulty Level
        Easy

      • Duration
        3 h

      • Adults$79.00Price per person

      • Children$72.00Price per person

    • ATLANTIS BEACH DAY & DISCOVER ATLANTIS

      SEA & SUN

      NAS13

      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. Please note: 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.
      • Possibility of swimming

      • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

        Difficulty Level
        Moderate

      • Duration
        5 h

      • Adults$75.00Price per person

      • Children$69.00Price per person

    • BALMORAL ISLAND BEACH DAY

      SEA & SUN

      NAS18

      Help yourself to a large portion of sun, sea and sand by stepping off the ship, walking the short distance from the pier and taking a 30-minute ferry to a tiny privately owned landmass sitting in the coastal waters of New Providence. Balmoral Island is your destination and the tropical oasis that will host your half-day stay. You’ll be welcomed by island staff on arrival, after which you’ll be free to do as you please. In perfect contrast to the hectic pace of Nassau, the islet is a delightfully tranquil spot with sand as pale as sugar, lounge chairs (use included in the price of the tour), azure water, a heated freshwater pool and a variety of bars, each with its own personal ambience. There’s even one serving frozen tropical cocktails like piña coladas, daiquiris, margaritas and more, ideal for adding a little extra enjoyment to the process of cooling off. If you’re feeling hungry, check out the on-site market for a mouth-watering array of options such as snacks, salads, wraps and freshly cut sandwiches. And if life fails to work without coffee, you’ll love the on-site Starbuck’s, the company’s only outlet on a private island. Shade can be found at the patios and bars, but also on the beach under an umbrella, which are available on a first come, first served basis. Please note: additional non-motorised water activities including snorkel gear, kayaks and paddle boards are available for hire. Toilet facilities are located around the island as well as freshwater showers and footbaths. The cost of any food and drinks purchased on the island is not included in the price of the tour; guests are advised that bringing food and/or alcoholic drinks onto the island is prohibited. Any food and/or alcoholic drinks found to have been brought onto the island will be confiscated and destroyed. Guests under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a paying adult while on Balmoral Island. There are no lifeguards and all guests swim at their own risk.
      • Possibility of swimming

      • Limited seats

      • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

        Difficulty Level
        Easy

      • Duration
        4:30 h

      • Adults$55.00Price per person

      • Children$52.00Price per person

    • DISCOVER ATLANTIS

      SEA & SUN

      NAS02

      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.
        • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

          Difficulty Level
          Moderate

        • Duration
          2 h

        • Adults$59.00Price per person

        • Children$59.00Price per person

      The excursions in the program above are intended to provide MSC Guests with an idea of the different tours that can be arranged in each port of call; this program is merely a guide and confirmation of each excursion and its description and prices will be made during your cruise.
      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. The guides are guaranteed in English. Only for South America cruises, the guides are guaranteed in Brazilian Portuguese. Narration in other languages depends on the availability of guides. Please note that the final language of the tour will be confirmed on board during the cruise.

      Bahamas

      Music and islands
      Music and islands

      As you arrive on your cruise to the Bahamas – seven hundred islands scattered over 3800 sq.km. of crystal clear tropical seas in the northern part of the Caribbean – you will discover beaches and interesting hikes in the hinterland, still partly to be explored, as well as lots of sports.

      For those who choose the beach and are travelling with children, Taino Beach, in the area of Lucaya, is the ideal location with its small playground. If you are looking for one of the most isolated beaches in the entire archipelago, an excursion you should not miss is to Blue Lagoon Island: beautiful, crystal clear, turquoise waters and a hidden lagoon.

      A vacation in the Bahamas isn’t a true vacation without an excursion to the historical forts and monuments of Nassau: Fort Montague, the oldest on the island of New Providence; Fort Charlotte, whose cannons have always only fired blanks; Fort Fincastle, which due to its shape resembles a steamship. Music is the other great passion of the inhabitants of the Bahamas: it is the sound track of the life on this Caribbean archipelago.

      Often played live, in restaurants, casinos and even in beach bars. From the most traditional steel drum bands, to rake ’n’ scrape, a music similar to reggae, played with an unusual instrument, a saw; and then calypso, soca and junkanoo.