On my quest to seek out adventure in the Bahamas I stumbled upon an excursion that looked and sounded awesome. Seahorse Sailing Adventures advertised their Sunset Dinner Cruise as the “only Dinner Cruise on Nassau, Paradise Island, Bahamas and a truly unique experience”. Perfect! Dinner and a boat ride at sunset – I was sold. I was looking for something unique outside the resort and boy, did this deliver! I was not sure what to expect but got lucky that space was available so I booked my daughter and I on the Wednesday night cruise. I was happy with the affordable price – $70 per adult and $30 per child.
The dinner cruise is offered ONLY on Wednesdays and Saturdays 5 pm to 7 pm (standard time) and 6 pm to 8 pm (daylight savings time). The cruise leaves from the Paradise Island Ferry Terminal (across the street from the Atlantis). At 5:30 pm we walked over to the dock, checked in and boarded the gorgeous catamaran boat. As I always find in the Bahamas, the majority of Islanders are truly kind and appreciate tourism. The crew was enthusiastic and helpful as we boarded the boat. I saw some small children but the majority of guests were couples and adults. My 15 year old daughter was completely comfortable with the crowd and we were ready to go! Bar is open! One Bahama Mama (or fruit juice) and a traditional Bahamian dinner buffet was included with our ticket. We settled in with our drinks on the huge bow of the boat and cruised along the beautiful Nassau Harbor. One crew member was narrating the tour and he was personable and interactive. It was interesting to hear about the history of the Island and see the celebrity mansions that line the shore. I love the casual “Island time” of the Bahamas and we enjoyed every second of this relaxing boat ride. After a short cruise along, dinner was announced and a small casual buffet on paper plates was ready in the galley. The BBQ ribs, chicken and traditional Bahamian style rice were our favorites. After dinner the sun starts to go down, sails go up and we cruised along at a fun clip to the middle of the ocean with breathtaking views of the entire Atlantis resort and the endless white sand beaches.
You can tell these families were sharing a special moment and I was happy for them and I felt the love (yes, I know it sound corny)! Something about the ocean, sunset and the smiling families got to me and I wanted to make sure I shared this experience with others. The moment had come, the sun was setting and it was prettier than I had imagined! I didn’t want this excursion to end! Lovely boat ride back through the harbor and just as we realize the tour is coming to an end shortly – Surprise! – music is turned up and here comes a little bit of a party time! Dancing, music – we were loving it and I embarrassed my daughter by swaying along to the beat (fun pop music that my daughter said were her favorite songs on her playlist). I would have gotten up and danced along with the crew but I knew that my teenager would not talk to me the rest of the vacation if I did that so I held back! What an amazing night! This beautiful boat pulls effortlessly back on the dock, we exit like rock stars and the night was over. We walked across the street back to the Atlantis and both vowed to do it again next year!
Bring a little cash to purchase drinks. Full bar, bottled water and soft drinks available but they are not included in your ticket. One Bahama mama or fruit juice is included but if you want more bring cash.
The epicenter of the Atlantis resort is Marina Village. It is the place to walk around for shopping, dining and free nightly entertainment. The Marina Village is located at the Atlantis (everything is located right there and I keep mentioning this because this is what makes Atlantis such an easy and relaxing vacation – you never have to leave the resort)!
While walking through the Marina you are looking at all the huge yachts – which is just beautiful. There are 20 cute shops in the Marina to peruse as well as a Ben and Jerry’s, Starbucks, adorable candy store and several casual restaurants (Carmine’s, Johnny Rockets, Quiznos, Bimini Road). We also love the Daiquiri stand that offers both Virgin and regular frozen Daiquiris. Fun to grab one after dinner and walk around the Marina Village. Our favorite restaurant in the Marina is Bimini Road. It is a cool indoor restaurant with an outdoor bar. The lobster is amazing! The best part is the live music they have playing on the outside deck at night. We loved the Bahamian group singing Journey “Don’t stop believin’” and other 80’s hits. The singers are interactive and lively– more free entertainment to take advantage of at the Atlantis. There are also steel drum bands, a stilt walker and more throughout the Marina Village.
Get to Bimini Road early for dinner. They don’t take reservations and it is a very popular place!