The unmistakable sight of this pink fantasia comes into view long before you cross one of the Paradise Island bridges. The towering sunstruck visage is Royal Towers, the largest wing of the Atlantis resort. With luxury shops, a glitzy casino, and seemingly unlimited choices for dining and drinks (40 restaurants, bars, and lounges), Atlantis is as much a tourist attraction as a resort hotel. At Dolphin Cay you can interact with dolphins, sea lions, and stingrays. Aquaventure, a 63-acre waterscape, provides thrilling waterslides and high-intensity rapids as well as a lazy-river tube ride through the sprawling grounds. Celebrity sightings are frequent at both Nobu restaurant and Aura nightclub. The Atlantis Live concert series has featured the likes of Taylor Swift, Jerry Seinfeld, and Lady Gaga, and the on-site comedy club Joker's Wild brings top comedians to the stage. Many of the resort's facilities, including the restaurants and casino, are open to nonguests, but the leisure and sports
facilities are open only to resort guests and cruise passengers who book a ship-sponsored tour. Atlantis has the world's largest man-made marine habitat, consisting of 11 lagoons. To see it, cruise passengers can take the guided Discover Atlantis tour, which begins near the main lobby at an exhibition called "The Dig." This wonderful series of walk-through aquariums, themed around the lost continent and its re-created ruins, brings you face to face with sharks, manta rays, and innumerable forms of exotic sea life. The rest of the tour tempts you with a walk through the many waterslides and pools inaccessible to nonguests. If you're vacationing in Nassau and want to play at Atlantis, you now have to actually stay at one of the Atlantis hotel properties. The Discover Atlantis Tour, Aquaventure, and beach day passes are available exclusively to cruise-ship visitors or Atlantis-affiliated partners only.