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Nassau, Bahamas
Cruise Port Information

Nassau is perhaps the busiest port in the Caribbean, thanks to its proximity to many cruise ship ports located on Florida’s east coast. Up to 7 cruise ships can dock at a time at Nassau’s Prince George Wharf, here on either a short jaunt from Florida or as part of week-long cruises to the Eastern or Western Caribbean. The Nassau port is conveniently located only a few steps from downtown Nassau.

Carnival Imagination docked Port of Nassau Bahamas

When Prince George Wharf is at capacity, between  15,000 to 20,000 passengers will be exploring Nassau and nearby Paradise Island.  Overall, the port receives more than 3 million passengers annually disembarking from more than 100,000 cruise ships.

Disembarking, you'll walk the cruise ship dock leading to the Festival Place Welcome Center, a mandatory first stop before you can walk outside the port gates and start exploring Bay Street and the rest of downtown Nassau.

Festival Place at the Port of Nassau Bahamas

Port Facilities

Visually, the Festival Place Welcome Center has the perfect look.  Designed by an award-winning Bahamian architect, the building mirrors the architectural style of a Bahamian village with the typical bright island colors.

Festival Place, which is located indoors, is a cleverly disguised strip mall of small shops that appear to be part of a traditional Bahamian village. Local artists and artisans offer crafts and souvenirs.

When you first enter Festival Place, it’s easy to get a negative impression, that this is nothing but a huge souvenir gift store and you may feel like rushing through it to get outside.

Festival Place interior at Port of Nassau Bahamas

But there are some services you definitely may need. Such as cheap internet service.  The handful of internet terminals rent for $5 per hour. WIFI, on the other hand, is just $5 for the day.Both are a steal compared to cruise ship prices.

The tour desk is a quick one-stop for information about Nassau and Paradise Island as well as local  attractions and land and water-based tours. If you didn't book a touon board ship, you’ll find plenty of eager Bahamian tour operators and taxi drivers happy to take you where you want to go.

Additional facilities include a post office, pay phones and fax service. On Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, locals play live music in the indoor square.

Outside, the water fountain on the left is where tour buses and vans pick up passengers.

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