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Old 08-24-2008, 09:51 PM   #61
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Now I tried online and did get it for 1 night. I hope I don't have problems when I get there cost $135.00
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Old 08-28-2008, 04:08 PM   #62
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Old 08-28-2008, 04:09 PM   #63
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Old 04-02-2011, 09:01 PM   #65
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Has anyone done this lately? I just can't get over the amount of 'taxes' they charge for 1 room that you don't even enter.

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Sub Total $183.60

*Estimated Tax $58.95

Estimated Total: $242.55
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Hotel Alerts: Must have one adult 21 years or older in each room. Energy surcharge: 12.95 per person per night. Housekeeping gratuities: 5.00 per person per night These are additional charges not included in nightly estimated total and must be paid directly at the hotel. Persons 16 and older are charged as adults. 3rd/4th person charged 40.00 per night + tax and service charges.

So for our family of 4 we'd pay an additional $51.80 for "energy surcharge" plus $20 "housekeeping gratuities" plus 3rd & 4th person charges would be another $80 + tax.

By the time you add all this up, it's almost $400!

Plus if it's pouring rain or you never get to dock at Nassau for some reason, you'd be charged even if you don't show. Cancellation deadline is 5 days prior.
Is this place really worth it?
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Old 04-10-2011, 09:28 AM   #66
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Has anyone done this lately? I just can't get over the amount of 'taxes' they charge for 1 room that you don't even enter.

Search results for the day we need:

Sub Total $183.60

*Estimated Tax $58.95

Estimated Total: $242.55
(US Dollar)

Hotel Alerts: Must have one adult 21 years or older in each room. Energy surcharge: 12.95 per person per night. Housekeeping gratuities: 5.00 per person per night These are additional charges not included in nightly estimated total and must be paid directly at the hotel. Persons 16 and older are charged as adults. 3rd/4th person charged 40.00 per night + tax and service charges.

So for our family of 4 we'd pay an additional $51.80 for "energy surcharge" plus $20 "housekeeping gratuities" plus 3rd & 4th person charges would be another $80 + tax.

By the time you add all this up, it's almost $400!

Plus if it's pouring rain or you never get to dock at Nassau for some reason, you'd be charged even if you don't show. Cancellation deadline is 5 days prior.
Is this place really worth it?
Are your 3rd & 4th people adults?
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Are your 3rd & 4th people adults?
No, 14 & 11.
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Old 04-10-2011, 10:32 AM   #68
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The extra charge per night for 3rd and 4th persons is for over 16. That won't apply to you. We'll be there next Monday. Got a $200 rate for the 3 of us. I'll post exactly how much extra we paid in taxes/surcharges when we get back. I'm pretty sure if the surcharges were that high, not many would be going and recommending CS as the way to go. We're really looking forward to spending our day there.
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Old 04-10-2011, 10:51 AM   #69
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After reading the DISBoards for months and PMing some DISers, I finally got the courage to give this a try on our 2nd trip to Nassau.

Here's our story:
We were on the June 1, 2008 Wonder.
I booked 2 Comfort Suites rooms with a AAA rate of $152 each for my family and a cousin's family - both families of 4. I reserved the room for the night beginning the date of our arrival in port - even though we would not be staying the night. As we left the ship around 10am, we ran into another family of 4, also headed to Comfort Suites. The night before, I went to the Shore Excursions desk and got a map of Atlantis. DCL's shore excursions personnel suggested we take a cab instead of the water taxi due to distance from the Comfort Suites.

As you enter Nassau, there will literally be 100s of people standing around offering to take you to Paradise Island, Atlantis, etc. We chose a man that had a sign saying "$4 cab ride to Atlantis". We told him we had 12 in our party, and he took us around to an older model toyota van that seated 12 and even had A/C. (even though the sign had a price, be sure to agree on a price before you ever step foot in the cab!) Be prepared to pay $1 for a token for the toll bridge over to Paradise Island. Our ride cost us $4 per person, and we exited at the door to the Comfort Suites.

We arrived at the Comfort Suites at 10:30am, told the desk clerk that we wanted to check in and out at the same time, and we were ready to go in about 5 minutes. Our $152 rate, ended up at a total of $194. (When you book there is notation for extra $8/pp additional resort fee, plus tax, so I knew it would be close to $200.)

I asked the clerk how many reservations she handled with a check-in and out the same day, and she said there were 60 arrivals like ours just on that day. So, do not be afraid to book this way - they are VERY familiar with the cruise ship visitors.

The clerk gave us a card for each adult with a "paid" stamp. This gets you an armband for the Atlantis activities. With our cards in hand, we headed directly across the street to Atlantis. As you enter the resort, you are on the Beach Towers side. You will head through the lobby and down some stairs to enter the outdoors area of the property. At the Coral Towers Beach hut, (we had to ask directions a couple of times) you will pick up your beach towels and wrist bands.

Even though Atlantis is "across the street" from the Comfort Suites - it is still a 15 minute walk within the resort to get to the Aquaventure, Dig, and Casino areas. The walk is pleasant - with fish exhibits, pool areas, a beach and beautiful landscaping - so it isn't too bad. It was 11:15 when we arrived at the aquaventure area and we headed straight to the popular water slides. They were great! But, the line gets much longer after noon. The kids and the adults loved the slides (ages 14,13,12,10,8) and the youngest, age 6, was only able to ride a small kiddie slide. You must be 48in to ride, and they do measure and enforce this rule.

The pools are beautiful and 2 of the largest are in the waterpark area. Everyone's favorite, though, was the lazy river - a mile ride around the resort - which isn't really all that "lazy". There are some fun rapids, too, but no big drops.

We brought our own bottled water in a small six-pack sized cooler. We shared snack food - $6 nachos, $7 chicken fingers, $4 fries, $4 soda(free refills) and each family spent about $25. They DO NOT TAKE CASH at the food area, so be sure to bring a credit card!

We changed into street clothes and left the resort about 3:20pm. Walked the opposite way of our arrival, to the main Royal Towers resort lobby (much closer) to catch a cab back. Prices are posted and concierge is standing out front and will direct you to a cab - much less intimidating than the ride over!!

Traffic was VERY HEAVY - and we arrived back at the dock area about 3:55pm. Customs agents check your ID and KTTW card - they were quick and pleasant. Once back on board, we headed to Goofy's Galley and the Pizzaria for a real lunch. (perfect timing for us, because we had 8:15 dinner).

We had a great time, made some nice new friends - we actually all stayed together for the entire day - and will definitely do it again!!

Comparison:
Atlantis -on your own
$194 for 2 adults/2 children ages 10 & 14 + $40 2 cabs rides with tip + $25 snacks = $259.

VS

DCL Aquaventure
$165 per person x 4 = $660!

a total savings of $400!!


Just a side note: I would not recommend keeping the room to go back and shower, etc because it is such a long walk. Even if you reserved a room at the Atlantis beach towers (least expensive) the walk will be equally far. Also, the line to check in at the Atlantis Beach towers was EXTREMELY long - there had to be at least 30 people in line. We were the only ones checking in at the Comfort Suites.

Also, next time, we will bring some bagged chips and snacks along . Your bags are not checked at Atlantis.

We did not bring our cameras along - I didn't want to worry about them getting wet and/or stolen. So, we dont' have any photos - sorry!
you can get a "bagged lunch" from the cruise ship with prior notice and you wouldn't of even had to bother with the fries or chicken!!!!
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Old 04-10-2011, 11:13 AM   #70
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The extra charge per night for 3rd and 4th persons is for over 16. That won't apply to you. We'll be there next Monday. Got a $200 rate for the 3 of us. I'll post exactly how much extra we paid in taxes/surcharges when we get back. I'm pretty sure if the surcharges were that high, not many would be going and recommending CS as the way to go. We're really looking forward to spending our day there.

I would really appreciate that!
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Old 10-01-2011, 06:56 PM   #72
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Comfort Suites Atlantis - anyone done this lately?

Has anyone done this for their port day in Nassau recently?

There are four of us (two adults and a 6 and 9-year-old) and I'm curious if anyone has done this recently, and what the total cost was? Doing my best to interpret what they say on their website, it looks like the room cost + $12.95/person energy charge + housekeeping gratuity $5/person + 3rd/4th person $40/each. So, $370ish for the four of us.

Also, does this allow access to all water park and pool features, as well as the aquarium?

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Old 01-02-2012, 07:54 PM   #73
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We are looking at the "Advanced Purchase Rate" at $223 + $76 tax = $299 for 2 adults. This seems pretty high. Any thoughts?
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I have friends who just did Carnival during Christmas. They booked Aquaventure on their own at the Atlantis. They told me the cost was $139 per adult. Not sure of the child cost as thier daughter is under three and was free.
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Old 01-02-2012, 08:14 PM   #75
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We are looking at the "Advanced Purchase Rate" at $223 + $76 tax = $299 for 2 adults. This seems pretty high. Any thoughts?
Besides the high price, you're stuck with it once you buy. So even if the ship can't dock due to rough seas or bad weather, there's no getting your $ back. I think you're better off waiting til you get off the ship and just take a taxi to Atlantis & pay at the door. jmho.
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