You can cruise the Bahamas for two to eight nights at any time of year. Most days see temperatures in the 80s, with refreshing breezes and lots of sun. Any rainclouds usually pass over quickly. While the Bahamas can be affected by hurricanes, cruise ship captains are very good at monitoring conditions and avoiding rough weather.
The low, flat islands are full of unique plant and bird life. Whales and dolphins play in the turquoise water, while smaller and more colorful fish flutter around the world’s third-largest barrier reef. The Bahamas are also a great beach destination, with long stretches of powdery white or pink sand.
Common ports of call include:
Nassau, New Providence Island, home to about 70% of the nearly 400,000 residents of the Bahamas. A visit to the Straw Market is a tradition here. Many visitors purchase day passes to the Atlantis Resort, which has a fabulous waterpark, marine habitats and much more. Or, visit Fort Charlotte to tour the dungeons and underground passageways and see the beautiful views of the harbor from the ramparts.
Freeport, Grand Bahama Island, was hit by a pair of hurricanes in 2004, but has fully recovered with the development of its next-door neighbor, Lucaya. Shoppers love Port Lucaya Marketplace, with 70+ boutiques. Golfers can try the Lucayan Course or the Reef Course, a challenging 7,000 yards long. Grand Bahama has some of the best diving and snorkeling in the islands, and, Lucayan National Park is just 40 acres in size but includes five ecological zones.
Several cruise lines maintain private islands in the Bahamas, which are a treat. It’s be just you and your fellow passengers on a pristine beach, with lounge chairs and hammocks for all. The crew sets up a lunch buffet, and you can work off your lunch by beachcombing, swimming or playing volleyball.
Anita, Your Cruise Holidays personal cruise expert, can help you select a Bahamas cruise that includes a stop at a private island, and perhaps islands like Abaco and Bimini, too.
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