Cruises to the Bahamas are usually short but sweet - with durations between two and four nights. It's definitely worth considering what else you'll do when you're over in the Caribbean or USA as it's easy to combine a cruise here with something else like snorkelling in the Florida Keys, living it up in Miami, or just relaxing on another beautiful beach somewhere.
Many of the cruises also come with an option to end up in the Bahamas and then stay there for anywhere from a couple of nights to a couple of weeks. Cruising to the Bahamas can be a great way to arrive, and you get to enjoy a couple of different spots before you settle down for a lazier time of it. Whichever option you choose, you can be sure that your time in the Bahamas will be about stunning beaches, wonderful marine life and delicious food!
Despite most cruises to the Bahamas only offering one or two ports of call, there is plenty of diversity in what you could see. Freeport and Nassau are the most popular ports.
The Bahamas is made up of hundreds of tiny islands, most of which are called cays, and some of these are regulars on the Bahamas cruise circuit. Great Stirrup Cay, Coco Cay and Castaway Cay are the most popular. You will find that the main attractions on these are beautiful sandy beaches and crystal clear waters with plenty of chances for snorkelling and scuba diving. Castaway Cay is exclusively for Disney cruises.
Freeport is the capital of Grand Bahama and one of the most visited places in the Bahamas. In addition to the amazing beaches, you can also find the International Bazaar and the Garden of the Groves - both great places to take a scenic stroll. Nassau is the capital of the Bahamas and you'll want to explore the Downtown area where you will find colonial landmarks, shops, restaurants and much more.
Since most Bahamas cruises aren't very long they won't bust the budget - However, expect your flight price to play a big part in the cost of your holiday. If you want to spend plenty of time over in the Caribbean or the USA it's worth booking the cruise separately and then you can find a nice hotel to stay in too.
Some cruises to the Bahamas may actually include extra nights in the Bahamas, which is a great way to save money on extending your holiday as the cruise companies often have discounted rates from hotels.
To save money whilst you're onboard, why not plan your own excursions in advance? Look for information online and you'll save compared to the cruise company's packages - plus you might beat the crowds to a great place to snorkel or scuba! But do think about purchasing a drinks package, especially if you fancy sipping some cocktails as the sun sets!
Updated 18th January 2017
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