Atlantis-Day 1

Well, I can't believe we made it here.  A huge snow storm hit St. Louis.  It started at 7 am and caused all the schools to close and grounded the planes.  Our flight was scheduled to leave at 6 am.  It was freezing rain, and I was very nervous about our flight being canceled.  I couldn't relax until we got out on the runway.  Then, the pilot informed us we needed to head back to the gate for mechanical issues.   Of all the luck!  Thankfully, we did actually get into the air right at 7.  We caught our connection in Miami and landed in Nassau at Noon.  

We booked our flight about a month ago.  Most flights were sold out, and coach seats were costing about $1150.  Next time you are in a similar situation, check first class.  First class was available on the flights we wanted and cost $775!  that is almost $400 cheaper than coach.  Never assume first class won't work for you.  

I have never been to Atlantis and was worried about the crowds and water park atmosphere.  My fears were justified. The water park is crazy crowded!  We were all exhausted by noon and went back to our room at The Reef-which brings me to my next bit of advice. If you take your family to Atlantis, stay at The Reef.  Don't even look at the other towers. We have a great pool that can't be accessed by the cruise ship crowds.  It has nicer chairs, better service and a great private beach.  You can escape Atlantis madness when you need to.  We have a full kitchen which is a great way to save money.  Our driver stopped at the grocery store on our way to The Reef, and we bought lots of bottled water and kid friendly food.  

The staff at The Reef has been so friendly.  Due to my relationship with Virtuoso, we were upgraded to a beautiful room on the top floor.  We have a gorgeous view of the ocean.  We are off to take the kids to the kids adventure club, so we can relax a bit and check out some of the fun for adults.