Cruise to Nassau

The beaches of Nassau, Bahamas

Top 5 things to do in Nassau

  1. Spend the day playing at Atlantis Paradise Resort.
  2. Swim with the dolphins on Paradise Island.
  3. Head to the Fish Fry for golden-crusted cracked conch.
  4. Dive the reefs to see sharks, tropical fish and sea turtles.
  5. Enjoy miles of powdery white sand at some of the most beautiful beaches in the world.
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Look we love an eco-friendly, guided tour through ancient-growth forest as much as the next cruiser. But sometimes you want to grab a cocktail, flop on a white sand beach and gaze at perfect, warm waters, knowing that if that gets boring (it doesn't), there's enough diamond and duty-free shops nearby to bankrupt a sheik and enough interesting markets to bankrupt the rest of us. Add casinos, world-class resort options and no shortage of attractions, and it's little wonder Nassau is a wildly popular port-of-call.

Nassau is a tourist town with a colonial heart. Bobbies — the police — direct traffic in white jackets and pith helmet. Stately buildings and residences stun in bright colors. There are museums. Do everything. Or do nothing. We won't tell.

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Nassau Highlights


  • Cabbage Beach – named one of the most beautiful beaches in the world
  • Junkanoo Beach – often crowded and rowdy but located downtown near the cruise port
  • Orange Hill Beach – beautiful stretch of baby-powder white sand that is especially quiet during the week


  • Make your own chocolate from cocoa beans at Graycliff Chocolatier.
  • Tour and taste delicious conch fritters from a conch shack in the Fish Fry.
  • Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival – multiple days of concerts, cultural shows and street parades celebrating the Bahamian culture and heritage.


  • Melt-in-your-mouth conch salad or the golden-crusted cracked conch at Oh, Andros.
  • Delicious vegetable Tikka Masala at Euro-Tandoor Restaurant near the cruise terminal.
  • Perfectly fried conch fritters at Twin Brothers in the Fish Fry.


  • Spend the day playing at Atlantis Paradise Island’s 141-acre waterpark.
  • Swim with a Bottlenose Dolphin in shallow water at Paradise Island.
  • Head to the five-acre Ardastra Gardens, Zoo & Conservation Centre to check out the 200 plus mammals.


  • If high-end goods are on the wish list, stroll to the stores lining Bay Street right downtown.
  • Jump right into the hustle and bustle of Bahamian shopping with a visit to the Straw Market.


  • Swim with the sharks on a two-tank dive with Bahama Divers.
  • Getting the courage to slide down the Leap of Faith, the 60-foot waterslide at Atlantis.
  • Watching the pink-plumaged flamingos prancing around at the Ardastra Gardens, Zoo & Conservation Centre.

Shore Excursions

  • Ride an underwater bike with your head in a helmet that’s filled with fresh air from a scuba tank.
  • Spend the day on the secluded Pink Sands Beach on the eastern side of the island.
  • Go snorkeling with Blue Hole Watersports and explore the nearby coral reefs teeming with tropical fish.
  • Head to Atlantis Paradise Island for the day and swim with the dolphins or drop down a 60-foot waterslide.
  • Swim with the dolphins in waist-deep water at Paradise Island.