The largest city on New Providence Island, Nassau has become the undisputed resort Mecca of the Bahamas. The capital city conjures images of white sand beaches, turquoise water, outdoor straw markets and quaint historic sights. Nassau, which blends old world charm with modern sophistication, features amazing resorts, a thriving nightlife and a tropical year-round climate that attracts countless vacationers each year.
Nassau is easy to get around, no matter where you go. You can rent a car if you like, but why bother? Most of Nassau’s best attractions are in walking distance–or a quick taxi ride–from the MSC Divina.
Start your day in Nassau’s Straw Market. It’s in the middle of town, and it’s very popular with visitors. Bahamian women started selling local crafts here when the native sponge business slumped. Today, this is a boisterous and varied market that always offers something new.
If you’re looking for bargains on designer clothing and other luxury items, you’ll be delighted with the duty-free prices in Nassau’s prime shopping district. Dance your way from store to store, with music from the steel drums at the nearby Straw Market. Don’t miss the bargain prices on classics such as Waterford and Wedgwood, as well as Gucci and Fendi items.
One mile west of downtown Nassau, you’ll find one of the area’s most enduring tourist attractions, Ardastra Gardens. The Gardens are small–just a little over 5 acres–but they’re home for over 300 animals representing a wide variety of the Bahamas’ natural inhabitants.
While you’re at Ardastra Gardens, visit nearby Fort Charlotte, the largest and most interesting of Nassau’s three colonial forts. It features a waterless moat, a drawbridge, underground passages and even a dungeon. Be sure to look for graffiti etched in the walls by soldiers who were stationed here.
While you’re touring the town, be sure to climb the Queen’s Staircase. With one step for each year of Queen Victoria’s life, the top of this limestone staircase offers one of the best views of the area. Considered one of the world’s top ten outdoor staircases, it’s also a short walk from the top to Fort Fincastle, built in 1793. This is another spectacular lookout to capture Nassau’s magnificent landscapes in photos
Snorkeling is one of the many ways to enjoy the crystal clear waters that are just outside your door in Nassau. Whether you’re a beginner or a pro, you can rent snorkeling and diving equipment, take lessons, go on a guided underwater tour, or set out on your own.
If you’re not a swimmer, you can still see the underwater landscapes that make Nassau so famous. Glass-bottom boats and a floating underwater observatory are just a few ways for you to see the many exotic fish and fabulous coral reefs in Nassau’s tranquil turquoise waters.
For the ultimate adventure, hop a boat and sail to a deserted island for lunch, snorkeling, and exploring. Several companies offer exciting planned adventures for adults as well as families, with different destinations and themes. Whether you’re interested in a leisurely cruise or a high-speed ride on a world-class powerboat, you’ll find a wide range of water adventures waiting for you in Nassau.
Cross the bridge or take a water taxi to Paradise Island for an unforgettable adventure. This island was originally the private home of Huntington Hartford, and he helped to transform it into a kind of “fantasy island.” Also, don’t miss the legendary Atlantis Resort, which boasts 11 exhibit lagoons featuring more than 50,000 sea animals. This is the largest marine habitat in the world, outside of Nature itself. From piranhas to sea turtles and predators, you can spend a full day enjoying the marine displays.
However, one of the great attractions of the Atlantis is The Dig, a maze of tunnels, rooms, and displays exploring the 11,000-year-old history of the fabled lost island of Atlantis. As you wander through The Dig, you’ll see fabulous art and evidence of legends. The high point is the final room in the attraction, where a spectacular Navigation Guide shows a representation of the city of Atlantis, while a terraced bronze map overhead shows the stars that Atlanteans might visit.
The Bahama Islands are magnificent, and Nassau is their crown jewel. Whether you go there for the many attractions or simply to relax on a beach overlooking perfect turquoise waters, Nassau is an ideal place to make your Monsters of Rock Cruise vacation an experience to remember.
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Panoramic Tour (2.5 hrs)
Enjoy a drive through Nassau to reach Fort Fincastle, set atop the highest point of the island, where you will enjoy a beautiful view of the harbor. Once at the top, you will have time to explore the fort and the Queen Victoria Staircase, do some light shopping and take pictures. As you continue your drive, you will notice the panoramic view around the island of New Providence, make a short stop at Atlantis Paradise Island and finally, through the colorful residential area before returning to the port.
Discover Atlantis (2 – 4 hrs)
With tour destinations like Paradise Island and Atlantis Lagoon, you can be sure of one thing: a fabulous time. You will board your coach at the pier on New Providene Island in Nassau and head north to cross over to Paradise Island and the Atlantis Resort. The resort features a faux archaeological site simply named The Dig, which 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 from the deep that live there. As you make your way through the maze of underground passageways, you will enjoy discovering the archaeological artifacts and hieroglyphics, all the while being 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 provide fascinating information on the habitat and behavior of the marine wildlife.
Please note: Access to the pools, slides and beaches are 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.
Athol Island Snorkel (2.5 hrs)
Come and experience the marvelous underwater kingdom and all the incredible animals that reside among that world. Modern snorkel boats will give you a narrated harbor cruise on the way to the snorkeling site. As you glide along the waves of 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 not above the waves, but rather, below. You will snorkel in some of the most crystal clear waters ever seen. The staff will be there to guide you along the reef, point out the fish and other animals as well as answer any questions you may have.
Notes: Minimum age to participate is 8 years old. The boat anchors for snorkeling. Snorkeling equipment is included.
Glass bottom Boat (1.5 hrs)
Start your tour with a narrative tour of Nassau’s harbor. Here your tour guide will point out to you historical sites, homes of the rich and famous as well as 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 tour guide will give you an informative description of all that can be seen through the glass. Afterwards, enjoy a slow cruise back through the harbor to the Port as you sip a complimentary rum or fruit punch and listen to the music of the Islands.
Discover Nassau & Beach By Jeep (3 hrs)
CTIVE & ADVENTURE
It is time to have some pure unadulterated fun on this self-drive tour around the city of Nassau and New Providence Island, with a beach oasis to look forward to at the end of your journey. As you leave the ship, you will take a quick walk to your orientation site where you will receive instructions and instructions for driving a 4×4. Once you have been issued a vehicle, you and your friends can board the 4-seater and decide whether to take turns driving or let just one person take to the wheel. Drivers must be in possession of a valid driving license, which will 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. Incredible views will captivate you on the way to the beach portion of the trip. Once you arrive at the beach, you can relax on the sand and go for a revitalizing swim before you 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 that wish to drive must be at least 25 years of age and be in possession of and present a valid driving license. Vehicles must remain with the group at all times and 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.
Catamaran Reef Snorkel & Sail (3 hrs)
This tour offers you a great combination of both cruising and snorkeling…the best of both worlds! The tour begins as you board a spacious catamaran and set sail for a popular snorkeling site. Instructions and snorkeling gear will be provided during the cruise, so you’ll be all set to slip into the water once the boat drops anchor. On your short snorkeling excursion, an experienced guide will accompany you. The waters around New Providence Island are known for their abundance of aquatic wildlife, so keep your eyes out for different varieties of fish and other sea creatures. Once the snorkeling 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. A paying adult must accompany guests under 18 years of age. Snorkeling 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 snorkeling 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.
Nassau 360° (3 hrs)
This 360° sightseeing tour will complete your time in the Bahamas with a trip around the country’s picturesque capital, Nassau. A short walk from the pier takes you to your coach, which will take you on an exploration of the city and the surrounding areas. As you leave the city, you will head out to the nearby countryside, passing authentic villages that are rich in history and heritage on the way. The mansions, cathedrals and 18th-century fortresses have been beautifully preserved; so make sure to bring your camera for some snapshots of your tour. You will also stop at a local beach for a quick dip before returning 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 items unattended. Children must be under the supervision of a parent/guardian at all times during the tour.
Atlantis Beach Day & Discover Atlantis (Full day)
Relax and soak up the warm Caribbean sun at the world famous Atlantis Resort beach. This excursion allows you all day access to the exclusive beaches of Atlantis. Lounge chairs and towels will be provided (quantities limited) as well as access to amenities including the casino, shopping and dining. Plus, you will have 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 excursion.
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 their 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.
Atlantis Aquaventure (Full day)
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. Guests will have 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 are available at extra cost. No cash, only credit cards can be used at outdoor facilities. Return to the ship is on a shuttle basis. Shuttle bus timetable will be communicated before arriving at Atlantis.
Atlantis Dolphin Cay Shallow Water Interaction (Full day)
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 friends. 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 their 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.
Atlantis Deep Water Dolphin Swim (Full day)
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 their 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.
**Shore Excursion 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.