Port Overview


Nassau is located on New Providence Island and is the capital and largest city in the Bahamas.  70% of the Bahamian population live in Nassau.  Nassau is one of the most popular cruise ports in the Bahamas and the Caribbean due to its proximity to Florida.  Nassau is known for pristine beaches with warm water, snorkeling/diving, shopping, historic landmarks and Atlantis Resort on Paradise Island.  There are many free beach options including Cable Beach and Junkanoo Beach.  The best shopping options are on Bay Street and in the newly rebuilt Straw Market.  The primary historical landmarks are Fort Fincastle, Fort Charlotte, Balcony House, Government House and the Queen's Staircase.  There are many other sites, attractions and excursions available in Nassau.  The links above have more detailed information about what is available ashore in Nassau.

General Information

Time zone

Nassau is in the Eastern time zone on the same time reference as the east coast of the US. 

  • Eastern Standard Time: GMT - 5 hours

  • Eastern Daylight Time: GMT - 4 hours


English is the language of the Bahamas.


The Bahamian dollar is the official currency of the Bahamas however the US dollar is usually accepted.  The value of the Bahamian dollar is directly matched to the US dollar.