I LOVE vacations, but, honestly, I think I LOVE LONG weekends even more! :D Day 2 of our Bahamas Cruise took us to Nassau and Atlantis! We both have never been to the Atlantis but have always wanted to go.
If you all ever go on a cruise to Nassau/Atlantis, do NOT do the excursion because you can save a ton of $MONEY$ by doing it yourself. It was $5 a person for the 10 minute taxi ride there and then you have a few options.
* Tour the hotel for FREE yourself.
* Buy a ticket to tour the DIG/Marine Habitat and all the underwater aquariums $39 (it’s awesome & totally recommended if it’s the ONLY thing you do!)
* Buy a ticket that lets you tour everything plus have access to the beach plus lunch ~ $60 (this is what we did ~ the excursion price was $106 and we followed our own schedule)
* Buy your water park/slide/pool ticket (I don’t know the price here but am pretty sure it’s cheaper than the excursion).
Just a side note in case you were thinking of it :D Now, onto our bazillion pictures. I totally wish I wore my pedometer because we spent ALL day just walking around checking everything out before collapsing for a nap on the beach 🙂
The interior was amazing ~ the decorating was so extravagant, yet, beautiful.
There are FOUR glass sculptures inside the casino, each one valued at over $1 million and built glass sculptor Dale Chihuly. Pictures really do not do them justice!
The Atlantis has several pools, here are a few.
It is so easy to get lost all over the resort. They have signs and pathways, but, it’s covered with tropical vegetation that all looks the same (even if it’s different :D)
Outside there is a sting ray pool – they swim right up to you.
Baby Sting Rays – so cute!
This rope bridge is so cool, but…..
You have to walk across it to get pictures of the hammer head sharks – freaky!
I thought it was cool you could walk on the inside of the waterfalls too.
You enter these caves as you go down into the underwater Marine World.
As you enter the cave, you can see all the hieroglyphics that tell a story about the Atlantis.
We took a ton of pictures and did not even capture everything we saw. This has to be the coolest and HUGEST under water Aquarium we have ever seen (and that includes all the ones we have been to in California!)
Lots of big and small fishes were surrounding you on all the wall to wall aquairiums.
This fish was HUGE ~ 8 feet long – I’d totally freak out if I saw this guy snorkeling 😉
Starfish that you can touch if you want to.
This is a CONCH! After watching this “thing” move all around as she talked about it, I was pretty convinced I never needed to try eating Conch 🙂
Dah, dunh…….dah, dunh…….
Sharks have friends too 🙂
They swam right up next to us!
I swear the sharks were watching us as much as we were watching them.
These are Sting Rays too – they had 4 types there. Black & Gray in this picture.
Jelly fish…the kind that you see most often in the ocean.
Another type of Jelly Fish that is deadly if you are bitten.
We spent about 3 hours walking around the resort and the aquariums. You can choose to tour the marine life by yourself, but, it’s so cool with the tour guides because they tell you what all the types of fish are as well as the history.
This is the Lunch menu you get with your pass.
Nothing fancy, but, if you ordered it all individually, it would be $20 – crazy.
My turkey & cheese wrap was basic, but, totally delicious after walking a million miles all day 😉
Our last trip recap of Great Stirup Cay and Food Highlights is coming up tomorrow, then, it’s back to normal bloggin’ about food 🙂
Here are our recaps so far…..