If you’re planning to take a travel cruise to the Bahamas, you have literally dozens of cruises to choose from. Whether you wish to visit for one day or several, travel on the cheap or splurge, there’s bound to be a cruise that meets your needs. Here is just a sampling of cruises that sail to the Bahamas. Please refer to the cruise line websites for departure dates and more information about the ships and itineraries.
Paradise Island, Bahamas
Bahamas Cruises Departing from Florida
The majority of cruises sailing to the Bahamas depart from Florida cities, including Miami, Port Canaveral, Fort Lauderdale and Jacksonville. You might choose a cruise that travels directly to the Bahamas and back, such as Carnival’s cruise from Jacksonville on the ship named Carnival Fascination or Royal Caribbean’s cruise from Miami on the Majesty of the Seas. On the other hand, you might prefer a cruise that includes the Bahamas as one of a long list of ports on the itinerary, such as the 14 night round trip cruise leaving from Miami aboard Norwegian Cruise Line’s ship the Norwegian Epic, with stops in Saint Thomas, Mexico, Sint Maarten, Honduras and the Bahamas.
Cruise Ships Docked in the Bahamas
Bahamas Cruises Departing from Southern Ports
While the bulk of cruises to the Bahamas leave from Florida, there are also other departure ports in the south. Carnival features a cruise that leaves from Charleston, South Carolina aboard the Carnival Conquest, from New Orleans on the Carnival Triumph and one that sails from Galveston, Texas on the Carnival Fantasy.
Bahamas Cruises Departing from Northern Ports
There are a number of travel cruises to the Bahamas that sail from northern cities. Spend a few hectic days seeing the sights in New York City, then board a cruise ship that will take you to the warm shores of the laid back Bahamas. Norwegian Cruise Lines offers a trip on their ship the Norwegian Jewel that sails from New York to the Bahamas and back. Celebrity Cruises, Carnival and Royal Caribbean offer cruises from Baltimore, and Royal Caribbean sails out of Cape Liberty, New Jersey.
Some ships spend the winter cruising the Caribbean and the summer sailing to European ports. In fall or spring you can book a transatlantic cruise as the ship travels from its summer home to its winter digs or vice versa. Royal Caribbean offers a 14 night cruise traveling from Barcelona to Galveston with a stop in the Bahamas, and Azamara sails from Citavechhia (Rome) to Miami in 14 nights.
Bahamas Day Cruise
There are several outfits that offer day cruises to the Bahamas, where you board in Florida, spend the morning on the ship, eating a buffet breakfast or swimming in the pool, spend the afternoon in the Bahamas, then climb back on board ship and enjoy a buffet dinner, dancing, music and gambling. Meals are included in the ticket price. Many feel this involves too much time on the boat and too little time in the Bahamas, but you can opt to stay in a hotel in the Bahamas for a few nights before taking the return trip on the boat.