The Bahamas is ideal for divers, sailors and sun-worshippers alike. Although often thought to be part of the Caribbean, the Bahamas is actually an archipelago of 700 islands (of which around 30 are inhabited) with thousands of small cays strung out in the ocean starting 55 miles from Miami in the Atlantic Ocean. The geography of the Bahamas can be quite confusing as they are set in the Atlantic but do come into contact with the Caribbean in parts. Either way, they make for a fantastic cruising destination year round.
Why cruise the Bahamas?
Aside from the year round sunshine, the Bahamas are definitely an island getaway destination where you can truly unwind from the world and switch off from day to day life. There is however lots to keep even the most energetic person entertained during a cruise here from the hikes in the national parks to the golf to dancing the night away with the locals. The capital is Nassau and this is a popular stop off point for cruise lines along the Grand Bahama. The water sports as you can imagine are pretty spectacular with some of the best diving in the world as well as on the water activities such as parasailing and jet-skiing. If you are looking for something more relaxing, the white sandy beaches and turquoise waters are enough to make you forget any troubles you may have had before you boarded.
As you might imagine, most of the cruise lines offer very similar itineraries depending on the length of your cruise. Most cruises will depart from ports in Florida, however there are some that will depart from as far up the east coast as New York. Wherever you set off from, it’s a great chance to explore America before you set off on your cruise so we always recommend adding a couple of days each side of your cruise to enjoy the States. Cruise durations to the Bahamas typically vary from 3-7 days depending on where you leave from which is the perfect amount of time to relax and enjoy the stunning islands. Here are some of the starting destinations and ports on the itinerary:
• Miami • Orlando • New York • Charleston • Port Canaveral • Jacksonville • Fort Lauderdale • Nassau • Grand Bahama • Great Stirrup Cay • Freeport • Half Moon Cay • CocoCay
Who's sailing to the Bahamas?
When you think of a cruise to the Bahamas, think luxury. Think five star. And think of the biggest cruise lines as these are typically the cruise companies operating itineraries to the Bahamas. A cruise to the Bahamas is a fantastic mixture of time spent on board these beautiful cruise lines and time spent on the islands, enjoying the local hospitality and truly unwinding.
When is the best time of the year to go to the Bahamas?
When it comes to sunshine hours, there are not that many places that can beat the Bahamas so you can pretty much take your pick any time of the year. The Bahamas get 300+ days of sunshine a year and the temperature rarely shifts from the 80s each day so it really is the perfect getaway. There are a couple of things to be wary of – rainy season is May to October, however the little rain that falls tends to be fleeting and it would be rare to disrupt your entire trip. Hurricane season picks up in August and can last until November but again you would be unlucky to get hit but worth bearing in mind.
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To choose your Bahamas cruise simply click on the cruise lines above or alternatively us the search function on the left of the page to enter the dates and destination. If you are new to cruising or you have any questions, check out our FAQ section for more information. If you are looking for more personal advice do not hesitate to give our travel consultants a call and we will be more than happy to help to plan your dream cruise to the Bahamas. Happy cruising!