WON A VACATION AT THE ATLANTIS

Jan 14th, 2003, 01:12 PM
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WON A VACATION AT THE ATLANTIS

From what I have been reading, the Atlantis is not highly recommended. However, since we won the trip, would like some helpful suggestions.
Cost of cab fare from the airport to the hotel
Approximate cost of drinks - we are thinking of booking the meal plan
Any worthwhile excursions?
Thanks for any input.
 
Jan 14th, 2003, 01:16 PM
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Sue
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From what i heard it is crowded but nice -- enjoy it.
 
Jan 14th, 2003, 02:54 PM
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Vicki,

Congratulations on winning the trip to the Bahamas. You will enjoy your time at the Atlantis, it is one of the best destinations in the carribean, and yes I know I will get heat for saying that.

The food is a bit expensive, as are the drinks, but buy bottles and bring them back to your room for cocktails there.

There are many restaurants at the resort, but I would recommend not getting the meal plan, that way you can go out to some of the other restaurants in Nassau, like Cafe Matisse and the Poop Deck. Both are very good and nice atmosphere. Also for an AMAZING nite out go to Greycliff, which is the only 5 star restaurant in the carribean. Excellent food and service there as well as atmosphere. Lovely gardens you can stroll, and a cute piano bar to relax.

There are several trips off island, for snorkling or if you want a fun day you can take the ferry over to Spanish Wells or Harbour Island from the dock close to PI. If you go early in the am you can take the late ferry back at the end of the day or if you time it right you can stay overnight and then head back to Nassau and then home.

When you get to the hotel, check the consierge for info on booking trips and choose what looks most fun.

ENJOY!!
 
Jan 14th, 2003, 04:33 PM
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Hey Vicki, I'm a big Atlantis basher but primarily for two reasons: the place is overpriced for what you get, and it's tacky and cheesy.

Now if you are paying next to nothing, what's the downside? Nothing.
Go and enjoy yourself.

To travelbuff: I know people who think Olive Garden is about the best Italian food they've ever eaten, and that most Las Vegas hotels are classy.
If you think Atlantis is one of the Caribbean's best, then I expect you identify with those people.
For a very low price you can have fun and not feel ripped off.
Cheesy can still be fun (Las Vegas, Disney). I just don't think it belongs in the Caribbean.

But like I said, when it's free, it's a win-win situation. No downside.
 
Jan 14th, 2003, 05:40 PM
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For those who don't know, the Bahamas are not in the Caribbean. They are, always have been and most likely will remain firmly anchored in the Atlantic.
Thank you.
Now class, go to page three.
 
Jan 14th, 2003, 05:54 PM
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NOTHING IS FREE.THE ONE ARM BANDITS WILL GET IT ALL BACK FOR SUN CO.
 
Jan 14th, 2003, 08:11 PM
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dee
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Only morons gamble more than trivial amounts of money.
No one but the casino comes out ahead in the end, unless you gamble only once in your life for a short time are lucky enough to win and leave immediately after winning.

If I won Vicki's trip the casino wouldn't get a dime of my money.
 
Jan 15th, 2003, 06:44 AM
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Spent my honeymoon at Atlantis and LOVED IT! Things are alittle expensive but well worth the $. One more little tidbit I did gamble and on my first 75 cent bet, on that so called one arm bandit I walked away with $4000. Just luck but never looked back!
 
Jan 15th, 2003, 07:59 AM
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To Andrew,
There's no call to be rude. Vicki came to the board looking for some suggestions and your response bordered on ugly. Now go to your room!

To Vicki,
We've been to the Atlantis resort several times. I personally would not take the meal plan since there are some good restaurants within walking distance and a short cab ride from the resort. Drinks and food are expensive, but about the same as we've found on other islands. You'll find food/drink prices a little cheaper off the resort property and in Nassau. We enjoyed the Italian restaurant in the Sheraton next door to the Atlantis (on the Beach Tower side)and Anthony's Caribbean Grill across the street from the resort has a teriffic mahimahi.

For excursions, take the water taxi over to Nassau for some shopping and sightseeing. The horse-drawn buggy rides are fun. My favorite of all is swimming with the Dolphins at the Dolphin Encounter. Hope you have a wonderful time. And, by the way, since you were lucky enough to win the trip, I'd definitely try my luck in the casino. You may be on a winning streak!


 
Jan 15th, 2003, 10:59 AM
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When will this awful place fall into the sea.

Fact 1:
The Bahamas are in the Atlantic.

Fact 2:
It is over-priced, you could stay at the Ritz or a Four Seasons for those prices.

Fact 3:
Its filled with loud, annoying kids.

Fact 4:
The beach is small, the water is rough and there are people trying to sell you something everywhere.

Fact 5:
I have seen better rooms at a Holiday Inn.

Fact 6:
When the cruise ships come in the place is crawling with cruise passengers on tours of the hotel. This is bizarre.

Fact 7:
The only saving grace, a great casino.
 
Jan 15th, 2003, 04:18 PM
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Supporting the dolphin encounter program on the island off Paradise Island is equivalent to putting a koala bear in a cage and then squirting acid in his eyes over and over again when he can't get away or defend himself.

I'm no Greenpeace tree hugger.
But I personally rode over to the dolphin site on a rented SeaDoo and after leasrning what goes on, I was sickened.

If I were 20 years younger I'd have gone over at night and destroyed the cage system.
It's disgusting how they torture those poor animals.

"Mom" is evidently naive well beyond the normal human being.
 
Jan 15th, 2003, 05:52 PM
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Went to Atlantis in November w/our 2 kids against my better judgement and we were very pleasantly surprised. Yes the food and drink were high but no more so than at any other big resort. Food quality was good to very good. The place is NOT tacky and cheesy. We found the dig to be very interesting, the pools and slides lots of fun and the grounds gorgous! There are 2 beaches. Both go on for miles, they are not small. The downside to Atlantis is the people trying to sell you jet ski rides and hair braids on the beach---very annoying!! Go to the beach behind the pyramid slide---no one will bother you there and there is a beach bar & plenty of chaises. Secondly the rooms were just average. We stayed on the club level in the Royal Towers. The view was spectacular but furnishings and size were just so-so. The continental breakfast and snacks and drinks served on the club level paid off. If you want to splurge try dinner at the Ocean Club. We had our best meal at their courtyard restaurant (forgot the name) and had lunch overlooking the sea at Dune. Both excellent. We have been to all the top resorts in the Caribbean and Bahamas and I feel that Atlantis is definately worth a try!
 
Jan 16th, 2003, 05:47 AM
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Vicki,
Don't pay any attention to Jeff's remarks about the dolphin encounter. The dolphins are very well treated, live much longer in captivity than they would in the wild, and are provided with medical care etc. Jeff is either a tree-hugger or just doesn't want others to enjoy the dolphin experience (it is expensive, but worth every penny).
 
Jan 16th, 2003, 05:57 AM
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I would ask you to please reconsider the dolphin swim. They are incredibly cruel. I did it once and was sorry ever since. No matter how clean or nice it looks, more than half of the dolphins die within 60 to 90 days of capture.
In order to make an informed decision, please visit:

http://dolphinproject.org/

http://www.hsus.org/ace/11727

(The second site is the Humane Society of the United States' position on SWTD programs.)
 
Jan 16th, 2003, 08:15 AM
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Sarah you are a simpleton.
If you even bother to check out ANY worthwhile site detailing how these outfits run, you'll change your mind.
I'm not a tree hugger.
I'm not a liberal.
I don't eat organic food.
But I do love animals.
 
Jan 16th, 2003, 09:11 AM
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Sarah
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No, Jeff, sounds like you are the simpleton. You need to grow up. See, I can drop to your level and resort to namecalling also! I love animals just as much as the next person (including YOU), and that's why the dolphin swim was such a great experience for me personally. No one's asking you to go. No one's asking you to like it or even to be open minded. But it would be nice if, for once, people could get answers on this board and not have to listen to a bunch of cry babies.
 
Jan 16th, 2003, 09:28 AM
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Sarah,
Jeff took the time to look behind the scenes and see what ugly truths lurk under the slick advertsing and "education" of the SWTD programs.
I'm sure that you did have fun with your dolphin encounter, and I know many people have done it and enjoyed it because they were unaware of how cruel it is, and how many dolphins die every year during or shortly after being forcibly ripped from their families to be confined in small cages and forced to perform silly tricks in order to be fed.
I don't know when you went, but I'm willing to bet the dolphins you swam with are now dead...
 
Jan 16th, 2003, 09:39 AM
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Nancy
Believe what you want. We see the same dolphins year after year. And there are no cages. At least not at the ones I've been to. Maybe you and Jeff should do some more research. I think I'll sign up for TWO swims this year! And with that I am finally and forever finished with this board!

You people need to get a life.

 
Jan 16th, 2003, 09:49 AM
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Hi Vicki!

I really enjoyed Atlantis! It't not cheesy, it's like a big aquarium and a lot of fun for kids. naturally, if you go during breaks, or the summer, the resort will have a lot of kids (as with any resort that allows children).

When I was there (May 2001) the beach was not rought at all, and was quite beautiful and expansive. We had a lot of rain but what can you do!

Dinners were exepensive ($100 for the two of us. We always get a nice bottle of wine, and we don't scrimp so we expencted this) and even a sandwich for lunch could stl lrunn you $25 per couple. Keep this in mind when you look at the prices for the meal plan. I wish we did it.

We booked a reagular room and it was fine.

When are you thinking of going?

IslandGirl
 
Jan 16th, 2003, 09:50 AM
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Buh-bye Sarah.

Take a moment to peruse the websites I indicated above.

Just a suggestion, if you are going to try to defend the indefensible, you might appear less ignorant if you were to arm yourself with facts as opposed to inaccurate misguided impressions...
 

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