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Old 03-25-2013, 04:18 PM   #1
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Atlantis Aquaventure vs comfort suites booking

So, how does the whole book a room at the comfort suites and get access to Atlantis thing work? Is it worth doing it that way or should I just book the Aquaventure? I love a good deal, so if it isn't complicated, I'm happy to try the comfort suites way if it saves enough money. Has anyone done this? How did it work?
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Old 03-25-2013, 08:25 PM   #2
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I looked into it. I think it might work out if you have 4 people. No matter what, Aquaadventure is an expensive proposition.

In addition to the room charge which you will see if you book comfort suites through the web site, there is an additional $100 "cleaning" fee (cleaning out your wallet) that does not show up in the total, but will be due upon "check in", and the fine print says that there may be more fees added.

We chose to do it through DCL. It was expensive, and we had fun but for $60 / person per day (or whatever they are charging now) the Disney water parks are a much better value.
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Old 03-26-2013, 01:31 PM   #3
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here's a thread that was posted a few weeks ago that discusses. should be a good place to start. if you have any specific questions after i'll try to rack the brain

http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=3075221
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Old 03-26-2013, 11:51 PM   #4
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We just did this last week. We booked the "military rate" of $175. with added fees of $70. for a grand total of $245. We took a taxi ($4 per person each way) from the port to Comfort Suites and "checked in" They gave us our resort IDs and voucher for our wrist bands. We walked over to Atlantis and to the booth inside (they tell you exactly where just follow the signs) You have to show the IDs to get to the booth area as it is in the private part of the resort. You get your wrist bands then can do what you want. We toured the aquarium area on our own, then went to the water park area and found seats and got towels. Had a blast. You can use your "room" after 3 pm if you want to but we never went back to CS. Lunch is on your own and not cheap. It is also "cashless" so need to have credit card or debit card with you. We still saved over $200 over Disney's price and we didn't have to listen to the canned speech of the tour guides in the aquarium areas. Had a great time and would definitely do this again.
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Old 03-27-2013, 06:20 AM   #5
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We just did this last week. We booked the "military rate" of $175. with added fees of $70. for a grand total of $245. We took a taxi ($4 per person each way) from the port to Comfort Suites and "checked in" They gave us our resort IDs and voucher for our wrist bands. We walked over to Atlantis and to the booth inside (they tell you exactly where just follow the signs) You have to show the IDs to get to the booth area as it is in the private part of the resort. You get your wrist bands then can do what you want. We toured the aquarium area on our own, then went to the water park area and found seats and got towels. Had a blast. You can use your "room" after 3 pm if you want to but we never went back to CS. Lunch is on your own and not cheap. It is also "cashless" so need to have credit card or debit card with you. We still saved over $200 over Disney's price and we didn't have to listen to the canned speech of the tour guides in the aquarium areas. Had a great time and would definitely do this again.
No one has to. Our friends that we cruised with had been there before and knew exactly where to go. We left the group and headed for the water park.
On their previous visit they were cruising on RCCL and this time loved how DCL dropped us off right at the door. They said with RCCL, the bus dropped them off much further away, forcing guests to walk a few extra blocks away, past many stores.
I had debated on a previous cruise (just the 4 of us) whether to go through CS or DCL and we ended up doing neither. I was worried if weather was really bad we would still be stuck paying for our CS room. Once I got there & saw how everything is huge & spread out, I can't imagine CS is so close. For me it didn't seem like such a huge savings to risk paying during a downpour. With DCL, we were given lunch vouchers also. If people don't mind a good bit of walking, it's worth trying.
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Old 03-27-2013, 12:18 PM   #6
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We did this and loved it and saved a lot of money. When we got to CS, I just told them at the desk that I was checking in and out at the same time and wasn't using the room. I was not charged the energy or the house keeping fees. The price that was on my reservation was the price I paid. Nothing additional. Maybe that was because I didn't use the room.
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Old 03-27-2013, 07:24 PM   #7
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I seriously love this board - it's saved me so much money! We will be in Nassau on my birthday and I wasn't going to book one of the excursions because of the price and the fact that we will be doing discovery cove and aquatica before the cruise but I just looked up the cost for a room on our day and its $159! (Nov 18) so I booked it! We have 2 adults and 2 kids (although one is 10 so adult price for excursion) so we just saved a ton of money

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There are 6 of us going on our cruise. 2 are doing the water adventure and 4 us are doing the beach only excursion. If we book a room with CS, will be allowed to use the beach and the water slide both? What about 6 people?? Will be required to book to rooms at CS?? Sorry to hijack.
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Old 03-27-2013, 07:48 PM   #9
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I have done it twice and I take my daughters without daddy on DCL... so if I can do it, anyone can. Pricewise it was much cheaper and I really like it better as you pick the time you want to go and when you want to come home, no hoarding everyone into the theater or wherever and waiting before you leave. I did find another family to ride over with on taxi, just to help me feel a bit safer, but both times, I took a taxi alone back. We also did the checkin/check out same time. Very, very easy!! and we loved it. Girls can't wait to go back.
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There are 6 of us going on our cruise. 2 are doing the water adventure and 4 us are doing the beach only excursion. If we book a room with CS, will be allowed to use the beach and the water slide both? What about 6 people?? Will be required to book to rooms at CS?? Sorry to hijack.
You would need to book two rooms, you have full access to beach, pools and slides at Atlantis. Taxi is $4 per person each way.
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We've done it multiple times using the military rate. It's very easy and the cost savings is significant. We ordered lunch from the bar near the pool and it really wasn't that horribly expensive. I think the value meals were under $10.
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We have done this twice, and paid no "extra" fees, as we checked in and out at the same time. I thought the options for lunch were varied from the most upscale buffet at over $50 pp for lunch, to the NY Deli (not great..), to the best option, which was the hut near the small toddler "mini water park." The "value meals" were all under $10, the service was great, and the drinks were yummy. We also had no trouble asking for additional comfy loungers to be brought to this area. The only disappointment was my husband's, as I had not told him about the casino, and we only brought limited cash!!! We loved everything. Check AAA rate...
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No one has to. Our friends that we cruised with had been there before and knew exactly where to go. We left the group and headed for the water park.
On their previous visit they were cruising on RCCL and this time loved how DCL dropped us off right at the door. They said with RCCL, the bus dropped them off much further away, forcing guests to walk a few extra blocks away, past many stores.
I had debated on a previous cruise (just the 4 of us) whether to go through CS or DCL and we ended up doing neither. I was worried if weather was really bad we would still be stuck paying for our CS room. Once I got there & saw how everything is huge & spread out, I can't imagine CS is so close. For me it didn't seem like such a huge savings to risk paying during a downpour. With DCL, we were given lunch vouchers also. If people don't mind a good bit of walking, it's worth trying.

Actually CS is very close. I was very surprised. We walked through the hotel and across the street to the front door of the Atlantis Hotel. It was a walk through the Atlantis to get to the part where we got our wrist bands but not too far overall, and we got to see the hotel. We could have cancelled our reservation with a small penalty if we had been rained out as well. I have read that others have cancelled with no penalty by calling CS that morning. Not sure if true or not but I felt the savings of booking through CS was worth the chance.
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Old 03-29-2013, 09:01 AM   #14
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So, how hard/"scary" is it to get a cab to the CS? My DH isn't a huge fan of haggling in the islands. If the cab ride isn't too intimidating, we might just go for it!
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So, how hard/"scary" is it to get a cab to the CS? My DH isn't a huge fan of haggling in the islands. If the cab ride isn't too intimidating, we might just go for it!
We walked right off of the ship and saw taxi drivers waiting. There was no haggling (I believe it was $4/person) and there were several other families that rode with us in a van. We waited about 5 minutes to get enough people to fill the van, but we still beat the Disney people there. Coming back, we went right out front at the Atlantis and there were cabs waiting to to take us to the ship. We rode back on our own in a limo that had seen better days, but we made it just fine. We got a good laugh as the interior of the limo was upholstered in zebra!
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