The stunning islands of the Bahamas are your quintessential Caribbean paradise, popular for pristine sandy beaches with amazing snorkelling and scuba diving opportunities at the vibrant reefs. In the capital of Nassau you’ll find Fort Fincastle and Fort Charlotte harking back to the island’s colonial era as well as streets full of places to eat and local markets. In addition, several private islands exclusively accessible to cruise ships’ guests come under Bahamian jurisdiction with Cocaocay by Royal Caribbean and Virgin Voyages’ Bimini Beach Club ideal for the perfect day getaway.
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During your Bahamas cruise you'll be met by warm weather, beating sun and the relaxed vibes of island life. The perfect destination for families, couples and solo travellers, the fun here is endless. What's more, you can make your time in the Bahamas last even longer thanks to cruise and stay deals meaning you can add a hotel stay to the beginning or end of your cruise.
Thanks to its pleasant climate, the Bahamas is a great cruise destination all year round, making it perfect for a winter sun escape. If you're looking for the warmest weather, the summer months are the time to go, especially August. However, during these times destinations can be crowded, so if you'd like to escape the hordes of cruisers, choose to go in spring or autumn when fares are also lower.
From gorgeous beaches and Nassau, the capital of the Bahamas where you can explore the local hotspots and try the cuisine, the Bahamas boast a great number of private islands owned by cruise lines. Here, you can splash in water parks complete with giant slides, whizz down zip wires, enjoy a beach barbeque and try water sports and snorkelling in the crystal clear waters. For more information, check out our guide on the 10 must-visit cruise line private islands.
With so many cruise lines heading on a Bahamas cruise, you're bound to find your perfect ship and itinerary. Taking you to ports of call which allow you to explore the Bahamian way of life, as well as private islands depending on the cruise line you choose, get ready for the ultimate in sun, sea and relaxation.
The only city in the Bahamas, Nassau offers both vibrant city life and plenty of opportunity to relax in the sun. Whether you spend your time here wandering the streets picking up local handicrafts and sampling delicious cuisine or you'd rather head to the beach and try your hand at a new watersport in the sun, your time at this port will be something special.
As Disney cruise lines very own private Bahamian paradise, guests can expect the magic of Disney in the middle of the ocean. Jam packed with everything from tasty restaurants to watersports and a water park, Castaway Cay is the perfect stop off during your cruise. Whether you're travelling with kids or on a romantic getaway, the range of dedicated beaches provide an unbeatable setting for some rest and relaxation.
Holland America Line's very own private island, Half Moon Cay, is a slice of paradise in the Bahamas. Forming part of the Bahamian National Trust, the unspoilt landscape makes this the ideal resort for nature lovers. Kick off your time here by diving in the enticing waters and exploring the magical marine life before drying off and seeing what else is on offer. From horseback riding to waterpark fun and a variety of restaurants, everything you need is right there.
Bought by Norwegian Cruise Line in 1977, Great Stirrup Cay offers fun for all the family. Located in the Berry Islands in the Bahamas, guests here can expect a variety of activities including snorkelling and jet skiing. Before you leave, don't forget to check out the beach bars and restaurants with their mix of authentic Bahamian cuisine and international favourites.
Princess Cruises' Princess Cay is another beautiful island in the Bahamas with sun-drenched beaches and plenty of fun activities. From wandering the market with local crafts to water sports or climbing the Observation Tower to be treated to spectacular panoramic views, your time here can be as relaxed or fast paced as you like.
CocoCay may be Royal Caribbean's smaller island, yet there is still no shortage of ways to have fun during your time here. If you like to stay active then the waterpark, jet-skis, pedalos and snorkelling equipment are ideal, although for those looking for a more relaxed time, there's plenty of opportunity to sunbathe on the sparkling sands and cool off in the stunning blue water.
For those looking to immerse themselves in the natural beauty of the Bahamas, Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve has everything you could ask for. Whether you'd like to explore the marine life, wander the beaches or hike through wildlife, your time here will be truly memorable. What's more, with lots of bars and restaurants to choose from, you won't even have to worry about going hungry or thirsty.
What better way to complete your Virgin Voyages Caribbean cruise than with a stop off at The Beach Club, their very own private resort. Catering just for adults, you can divide your time here between relaxing yoga and meditation sessions, and wild pool parties complete with live DJs.