The ferry ride to the Island is 30 - 35 minutes over and the same time back. On the way back, they get on the loudspeaker and point out the different homes on Paridise Island that belong to the stars (Tiger Woods, Oprah, etc), which was a lot of fun for the kids. We opted for the 10:30 AM trip over, but since our ship the Fantasy docked at 7 AM, we could have easily made the 8:30 trip and had 2 more hours of fun on the Island. The departing boats leave at 2 PM and 4 PM. We left on the 4 PM boat, which left 15 minutes late but took us directly to the cruise ship docks. Got there a little before 5. It was then we realized that on Nassau, they have this big terminal building that everyone has to pass thru and show your sail and sign card and your ID just to get access to the dock area where the ship is located. There was a long line, since there were 3 other ships in port that day too, but we still got thru it and on the ship by 5:30. The ship sailed at 6. If you are the nervous type, just come back at 2 and do a little shopping at the straw market. Hope this helps.