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  • Shipwreck & Movie Site Snorkel ($154.99)
  • Breezes Resort Day Pass ($132.99)
  • SNUBA Diving & Snorkel ($209.99)
  • Glass Bottom ($99.99)
  • Food Tasting, Walking, & Sightseeing ($91.99)
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Nassau Reef, Shipwreck and Movie Site Snorkel Excursion by Boat

  • Round-trip transportation from your Nassau, Bahamas cruise ship terminal!
  • Air-conditioned, fully licensed, and insured transportation!
  • English-speaking and licensed shore excursion guides!
  • Boat ride to snorkeling sites!
  • Complimentary bottled water!
  • Incredible snorkel locations!
  • The snorkel set includes varied-sized fins, sanitized snorkel, a silicone mask, and a vest!
  • World famous dive shop and staff!
  • Bubble Watch package!

Nassau Breezes Bahamas Resort All Inclusive Day Pass

  • This Nassau Breezes Resort Day Pass is valid from 10:00 AM to 06:00 PM!
  • Access to the beautiful beach on the Cable Beach Strip!
  • Unlimited buffet lunch and snacks at the Pool Grille!
  • Unlimited drinks during your day pass hours!
  • Sun chairs and towel service!
  • Bathroom and changing facilities!
  • Land activities, recreation area with pool tables, ping-pong, 2 Pickleball Courts, and TV!
  • Gift shop and Spa Services on site!
  • Free Wi-Fi in common areas!

Nassau SNUBA Diving & Reef Snorkel Excursion

  • Round-trip transportation from your Nassau Bahamas cruise ship terminal!
  • English-speaking certified PADI shore excursion dive master!
  • Complimentary cold bottled water!
  • World-famous PADI dive shop!
  • Snorkeling is included afterward!
  • The snorkel set includes varied-sized fins, a sanitized snorkel, a silicone mask, and a vest!

Nassau Hydrofoil Glass Bottom Boat Excursion

  • Professional, friendly English-speaking excursion guide!
  • Complimentary bottled water and a light snack!
  • Learn about the rich history of The Bahamas, Nassau Harbour & Paradise Island!
  • Visit Athol Reef and Coral Reef!
  • Visit two shipwrecks - Nassau Lighthouse and The Mahoney!

Nassau Food Tasting and Cultural Walking Sightseeing Excursion

  • Unique culinary experience, taste many local dishes at 6 stops!
  • Receive an authentic Bahamian recipe collection and in-house coupons for additional savings at your stops!
  • Enhlish-speaking Nassau shore excursion guides!
  • Walking, local food tasting, and sightseeing shore excursion combination - Bites of Nassau!
  • Small excursion groups only!

Nassau Discover SCUBA Learn to Dive Excursion

  • English-speaking PADI-certified dive masters!
  • All safety instructions and necessary equipment are provided!
  • Snorkeling gear is available to use afterward!

Nassau 2 Tank Reef SCUBA Diving Excursion by Boat

  • English-speaking certified shore excursion guides, divemasters, and instructors!
  • Boat ride to dive sites!
  • 2-tank dive to see some of the incredible underwater sights!
  • Dive with the best in Nassau!
  • For certified SCUBA divers only!

Nassau Pearl Island VIP Ocean View Cabana for 2 with Lunch Excursion

  • Fully licensed and insured round-trip boat ride to the private Pearl Island
  • Private ocean-view cabana and lounge beds
  • Personal server staff for the VIP area
  • Bahamas-style lunch served at your cabana
  • Guided snorkel adventure from shore (bring your own gear)
  • Access to water mats and trampoline
  • Use of Kayaks and SUP Paddleboards
  • Access to the island's lighthouse with amazing views
  • Water Stations on the island
  • Shaded decks and beach chairs
  • Use of all the facilities - restrooms, showers, locker rental, and bar (both at extra cost, credit card only)
  • Complimentary towels
  • All-inclusive drink package including water beer wine soft drinks and cocktails (Shots, mixed drinks, and imported beer are not included)

Nassau Exclusive Pearl Island Snorkel and Beach Day Pass Excursion

  • Fully licensed and insured round-trip boat ride to the private Pearl Island!
  • Bahamas-style lunch served!
  • Guided snorkel adventure from shore (bring your own gear)!
  • Access to water mats and trampoline!
  • Use of Kayaks and SUP Paddleboards!
  • Access to the island's lighthouse with amazing views!
  • Water Stations on the island!
  • Shaded decks and beach chairs!
  • Use of all the facilities - restrooms, showers, locker rental, and bar (both at extra cost, credit card only)!

Nassau Sandy Toes Private Beach Break Day Pass Excursion

  • Fully licensed and insured round-trip boat ride to Rose Island!
  • Complimentary welcome drink upon arrival at Rose Island!
  • Bahamas-style lunch!
  • Open Domestic Bar!
  • Guided snorkel tour on the bay!
  • Snorkel set including Varied sized fins, sanitized snorkel, silicone mask, and vest!
  • Beach games and activities!
  • Private beach break day pass, escape the crowds!
  • Meet, interact, and even swim with the pigs of Rose Island!

Nassau Hilton British Colonial Day Pass Excursion

  • This Hilton British Colonial Resort Day Pass is valid from 09:00 AM to 05:00 PM!
  • Walking distance from your Nassau cruise ship terminal!
  • Access to a private powder-sand beach!
  • $40.00 USD food and beverage credit for each adult!
  • $15.00 USD food and beverage credit for each child (infants not included)!
  • Use of the resort pool and towel service!
  • Access to Bullion Bar and Lounge, the Conch'd Out Bar & Seafood Grill!
  • Showers and changing facilities!
  • Non-motorized watersports available - paddleboards and kayaks!
  • Located in the heart of the city, near duty-free shopping and downtown attractions!

Nassau Powerboat Sightseeing, Snorkel, Turtles and Beach Break Excursion

  • Round trip powerboat transportation from your Nassau cruise ship terminal!
  • English speaking certified crew and guide!
  • Snorkeling instructions, and guided snorkel!
  • All snorkel equipment including mask, sterilized snorkel tube/mouthpiece, fins and flotation vest!
  • Turtle swim and see at Green Cay!
  • Beach break at a beautiful private island!
  • Complimentary bottled water, soft drinks, and Bahama Mama drinks!
  • Traditional Bahamian Lunch!
  • Small groups only, maximum of 20 participants!

Nassau 4-Hour Buggy 6 Seater Rental

  • Pick up location close to your Nassau cruise ship terminal!
  • Fully licensed and insured buggy!
  • Automatic Six Seater buggy - you tell us how many in your buggy!
  • GPS included!

Nassau Food Tasting and Sightseeing Bus Excursion

  • Round-trip transportation from your Nassau cruise ship terminal!
  • Air-conditioned, fully licensed, and insured Nassau shore excursion transportation!
  • Food and drink tastings of traditional Bahamas are offered!
  • Fresh ingredients and prepared-in-the-moment recipes!
  • Sightseeing at major highlights like the Charlotte and Montagu Forts!
  • Guided and narrated by professional, English-speaking, local shore excursion guides!
  • Small groups, a little walking, perfect for guests with mobility issues!

Nassau Blackbeard Escape Room Adventure Excursion

  • Convenient meeting point close to your Nassau cruise terminal!
  • Educational and entertaining experience!
  • English speaking and certified Nassau Cruise Excursion guides!
  • Entrance fee to Blackberard's Escape Room!
  • Small groups only - max 8 participants!

Nassau Half Day Sailing to Rose Island Excursion

  • Round trip transportation from your Nassau cruise ship terminal!
  • Air-conditioned, fully licensed and insured transportation!
  • English speaking and licensed shore excursion guides!
  • Complimentary snack and soft drinks served on board!
  • Sail to beautiful Rose Island!
  • Guided snorkel!
  • Complimentary rum punch served after snorkeling!
  • The 12% VAT Bahama Government Tax!

Nassau Full Day All Inclusive Sailing, Snorkel and Beach Excursion

  • Rated as the No.1 Sail and Snorkel Cruise Excursion in Nassau - Bahamas!
  • Guided snorkeling!
  • Complimentary grilled BBQ lunch and soft drinks!
  • Also available as a private charter cruise excursion!

Nassau Half Day Sail and Snorkeling Excursion

  • Complimentary snacks and soft drinks are served on board!
  • Complimentary rum punch is served after snorkeling!
  • Sail and snorkel fun half day!

Nassau SUB Mini Submarine and Snorkeling Excursion

  • Round-trip transportation from your cruise ship terminal in Nassau, Bahamas!
  • English-speaking certified guides!
  • Fun and safe, supervision throughout the activity!
  • Explore underwater on a personal Mini Submarine SUB, James Bond style!

Nassau Buggy Island Sightseeing, Beach Escape and Lunch Excursion

  • Convenient meeting location close to your Nassau Cruise Terminals!
  • Round trip transport from your Nassau Cruise terminal!
  • Enjoy Nassau in these fun to drive Buggies!
  • English speaking certified buggy guides!
  • Sightseeing - Queen's Staircase, Fort Fincastle, Government House, Gregory Arch, Arawak Cay and more!
  • Beach Escape at Saunder Beach!
  • Bahamian lunch included and one beverage!

Nassau Buggy Island Highlights Excursion with Lunch

  • English speaking certified shore excursion guide!
  • Automatic Six Seater buggy (shared)!
  • Guided visit to Queen's Staircase, Fort Fincastle, Government House, Fort Charlotte and Arawak Cay!

Nassau ATV Guided Sightseeing Excursion with Lunch

  • Fully licensed and insured ATV!
  • Automatic Polaris or Kawasaki ATV!
  • Single or double rider option!
  • All equipment needed including helmets!
  • Guided sightseeing to Queen's Staircase, Fort Fincastle, Water Tower, Fort Charlotte and Local Fish Market!

Nassau Sail, Snorkel and Beach Excursion

  • Complimentary snacks and soft drinks!
  • Great combo excursion of actual sailing, exciting snorkeling, and a beach break!

Nassau Sunset Champagne Sailing Excursion

  • English-speaking certified shore excursion guides and staff!
  • Champagne and light snacks are served during the cruise!
  • Also available as a Private Sunset Cruise Charter Excursion (see shopping cart)!
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Find Your Bliss on Bahamas Shore Excursions

When cruising to the Bahamas, think “bliss” and book Bahamas shore excursions curated to engender that very state of mind. Whether you’re looking to stretch out on a chaise planted on a white-sand beach, snorkel through schools of colorful tropical fish, swim with playful dolphins, have a Lost City of Atlantis adventure, or stroll through the town markets, it’s a sure bet that you can book it and you’ll thoroughly enjoy it.

Bahama shore excursions to Atlantis Resort, Paradise Island, located just over the Sidney Poitier Bridge from Nassau , are universally popular and offer something for everyone: Thrilling water slides; gorgeous fresh water pools of varied shapes and sizes; a marine habitat that’s home to over 250 species; a chance to swim and play with dolphins; and seemingly endless powdery sand beaches on which you can relax, sip a tropical drink, and catch some sun.

Sail-and-snorkel adventures offered on Bahamas cruise excursions are a sure way to get in touch with nature at its most colorful – turquoise waters, pink and orange coral, green sea turtles, and rainbow-hued tropical fish. View the island from the water side, as you glide across clear, calm waters, enjoying the warm sun and a cool drink.

Discover a new passion: Book Bahamas shore excursions to learn SNUBA diving or scuba diving with professional instructors. Explore the fascinating undersea world of coral reefs and tropical fish in a shallow dive with the perfect equipment and expert instruction.

Surrender to beach bliss on day excursions to secluded Bahama islands, where you can enjoy doing nothing more strenuous than swinging in a beach hammock and watching palm trees sway. And whether you choose to swim with bottlenose dolphins at one beach or swim with those cute pigs you’ve heard so much about on another beach, you’ll find the clear blue water of the Caribbean to be oh so soothing.

If your idea of bliss is being actively engaged, book an exclusive CocoCay parasailing adventure that has you soaring above turquoise water, pristine beaches, tropical wilderness, and an island lighthouse. Need to get in nine holes? Enjoy a half round of golf on a Jack Nicklaus-designed course at Baha Mar with luxury round trip transportation. Try your hand at deep-sea fishing on a Nassau charter with an experienced, attentive crew. You may just land a spectacular catch – blue marlin or black-fin tuna –or maybe just catch some rays as you relax and admire the spectacular view.

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Bahamas cruise guide: Best itineraries, planning tips and things to do

Ashley Kosciolek

If you've cruised or are planning to cruise to someplace warm, it's likely the Bahamas will pop up on your itinerary -- and for good reason. Found on Bahamas-exclusive sailings and Caribbean voyages, Bahamian ports offer plenty of sun and sand, as well as opportunities for shopping, gambling and more.

The islands appeal to both new and seasoned cruisers. Their proximity to Florida makes them quick, easy and affordable to reach by ship, whether for a quick overnight trip or a call as part of a longer voyage.

Read on for all you need to know when planning a sailing that includes the Bahamas -- one of the cruise industry's most popular destinations.

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Why cruise to the Bahamas?

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In the Bahamas, the people are as warm as the weather, offering greetings and friendly smiles at every turn. The main draws, however, are the beaches and bright blue waters, which offer plenty of places to snorkel and scuba dive or to work on your tan while sipping a cocktail or two.

One of the best reasons to visit is that the islands are close to Florida -- the cruise capital of the world. The Bahamas are frequented by most major cruise lines and show up on a large number of itineraries, from two-nighters to longer voyages.

The takeaway: Passengers are spoiled for choice. If you want to travel to the Bahamas by cruise ship, you can easily find a cruise line, length and price point to meet your needs.

The Bahamas is a great place to visit, as long as you set your expectations. Nassau, which is the largest port and the country's capital city, is often crowded with cruise ships. Locals will approach you with offers for everything from taxi rides to hair braiding. It can be overwhelming, so be prepared to politely decline if you're not interested.

When do cruises go to the Bahamas?

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Cruise ships call on the Bahamas all year. However, midwinter is generally the best time to go. Prices are cheaper, there are fewer passengers because children are in school, and the weather isn't as sweltering as it is in the summer. Plus, wave season -- when cruise lines offer some of the best deals you'll see all year -- runs from January through March, so you could snag a last-minute bargain.

Weather in the Bahamas is generally mild, with temperatures ranging from the high 70s to low 90s Fahrenheit. As expected, the hottest months are found during the summer, with lower temperatures during the winter.

Related: Best time to cruise to Bahamas

Best Bahamas itineraries

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Islands in the Bahamas are found on lots of itineraries, ranging from short, Bahamas-specific sailings to longer Eastern and Western Caribbean voyages.

Bahamas-only cruises tend to be anywhere from two to five nights, and they visit a port or two in the Bahamas, as well as a private island (see below).

Eastern and Western Caribbean sailings usually start at five nights and can run up to two weeks in length, but most usually last about a week.

On those voyages, you're likely to see a mix ports. In the Eastern Caribbean, expect to visit a combination of Puerto Rico, St. Maarten, the U.S. Virgin Islands (St. Thomas, St. John and St. Croix) and the French West Indies (Martinique, St. Barts, Guadeloupe and St. Martin). If you go the western route, Belize, Honduras and Jamaica are common stops.

Additionally, cruisers can find Bahamas stops on sailings that depart from non-Florida ports on the U.S. East Coast, such as New York and Baltimore. They are often seven or eight days in length and include calls on Florida and the Bahamas. Some also feature southern ports like Charleston.

Best Bahamas cruise lines

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Due to the Bahamas' popularity, proximity to the U.S. East Coast and the number of ships it can accommodate at one time, most major cruise lines visit the islands there.

You'll mainly find sailings with the "big eight" brands -- Carnival Cruise Line, Celebrity Cruises, Disney Cruise Line, Holland America, MSC Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Line, Princess Cruises and Royal Caribbean.

One unique outlier is Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line, which exclusively operates two-night voyages back and forth between Palm Beach, Florida, and Freeport, Bahamas. The cruise line also partners with a land-based resort, allowing passengers to extend their vacations on land in the Bahamas before returning on the ship several days later.

Additionally, BPCL has joined forces with Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville to offer Margaritaville at Sea cruises , rebranding and renaming its sole ship -- Grand Classica -- to Paradise.

Because of how crowded and frenetic the main Bahamian ports can be, luxury lines tend to stay away. There are a few exceptions, though, such as Lindblad Expeditions. The line operates sailings to some of the Bahamas' Out Islands, which are too tiny for larger, more mainstream vessels to reach.

Things to do in the Bahamas

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As you would expect from a warm-weather destination, outdoor pursuits are the most popular. Cruise passengers can walk to the nearest beach to sunbathe, swim, snorkel or scuba dive, or book a banana boat, parasailing or party boat excursion.

For fun, affordable souvenirs, shopping abounds at local shops and in Nassau's massive straw market, found on Bay Street. Just make sure you don't buy from the first vendor you see, as many stalls offer the same wares. You might find a cheaper price if you wait or if you bargain for a better deal.

If you're more the gambling type, head to Paradise Island, a quick taxi ride from Nassau, which boasts the famous Atlantis resort. Venture indoors to play table games or try your luck at the slot machines in the resort's casino, or purchase a day pass to use its outdoor pools and water slides.

For fabulous food, ask a local to point you in the direction of their favorite restaurant, and head off the beaten path to try some conch fritters (fried conch meat) and peas with rice. For dessert, don't miss the semi-sweet bread-style Johnny cakes.

Related: Best shore excursions for Bahamas cruises

Best Bahamas cruise ports

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The Bahamas has two main cruise ports: Nassau on New Providence Island and Freeport on Grand Bahama Island. Nassau offers plenty to see and do within a short walking distance from the port. However, Freeport requires passengers to book a shore excursion or take a taxi to most attractions.

Other Bahamas stops include Bimini, which is less frequented, and cruise line private islands, which can only be accessed via cruise ship.

Historic Nassau , the capital of the Bahamas, is the cruise industry's most trafficked cruise port. It's bustling and busy, and it can feel overwhelming to travelers visiting for the first time, especially when there are several ships docked at the same time.

But, brightly colored buildings, expansive beaches and ample opportunities for shopping and dining quickly make up for the chaos.

Nassau is also a port teeming with culture. Formerly a haven for pirates, the city is now a history buff's dream, offering easy access to monuments and buildings that were once the stomping grounds of swashbuckling scallywags.

Freeport has a more relaxed vibe than Nassau. The slower pace of Grand Bahama Island, where Freeport is located, lends itself to lazy beach days and casual strolls through town for passengers in search of the perfect souvenir.

Water sports abound, and the clear, bright blue water is exactly what you'd expect from an island paradise.

Unfortunately, Freeport has been hit by several tropical storms and major hurricanes over the years. Although it's a lovely port to visit, you can expect to see reminders, even years later, as construction projects are abandoned and the island struggles to rebuild.

The island chain of Bimini, which is part of the Bahamas, is also home to a cruise port. Fewer ships call there than call at Nassau or Freeport. Apart from beaches and resort-style experiences, there isn't much to do.

The port was thrust into the spotlight when Virgin Voyages developed its Beach Club at Bimini on part of a property operated by Resorts World. When Virgin ships are in port, the only people who have access to the Beach Club are Virgin passengers. Cruisers who call on Bimini with other lines can purchase day passes as long as a Virgin ship is not docked that day.

Private islands

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Six of the cruise industry's seven private islands are located in the Bahamas. These carefully curated swaths of land can only be visited if you're sailing on a ship that has access.

When you're ashore, you can expect clean facilities, pristine beaches, shopping opportunities, free buffet lunches (usually barbecue) and a variety of carefully controlled water-sports-centric shore excursions. Some of the larger, more developed private islands also boast water parks, horseback riding, zip lines and pools.

Private cabanas, villas and bungalows are also offered, but they come at a premium and usually book up quickly. Some are even reserved for cruisers booked in suite accommodations on their ships.

When to book a Bahamas cruise

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Since the Bahamas is a year-round destination and lots of ships call there, supply is plentiful. That means prices tend to be more affordable, particularly for shorter Bahamas-only voyages.

For additional savings, consider booking your sailing in the first quarter of each year during " wave season ," when cruise lines offer fare discounts and other added-value perks like free Wi-Fi and beverage packages, discounted airfare or onboard credit for things like spa treatments, shore excursions or dining in extra-fee restaurants. Also keep an eye out for Black Friday deals toward the end of each year.

You might also be able to take advantage of resident rates (if you live in Florida), military discounts or kids sail free promotions.

What to bring on a Bahamas cruise

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Wondering what to pack ? For any cruise, you can't go wrong with resort-casual clothing and something for formal night if you'd like to participate. You'll also need underwear, toiletries, pajamas and footwear, as well as any travel documents required to board and clear immigration and customs.

For the Bahamas specifically, you'll want to prepare for warm, sunny weather by bringing a bathing suit and cover-up; flip-flops or sandals; and sunglasses, a hat and sunscreen to protect yourself during time outdoors. For those not heading to the beach, sundresses or shorts with T-shirts or tank tops are suitable attire.

If you plan to shop while ashore, most places do accept credit cards, but you might want to bring cash. U.S. dollars are accepted in the Bahamas, so there's no need to exchange currency.

Related: Bahamas cruise packing list: What to pack for the islands

Bottom line

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If you cruise, it's almost certain you'll visit the Bahamas at some point in your travels. Although it can be crowded, the experience is an enjoyable one.

If you're looking for a fun warm-weather destination that offers plenty of beach time, active diversions, history and culture, shopping, gambling and excellent food, you won't be disappointed with a call on this popular cruise region.

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Nassau, Bahamas

For a taste of Europe with Caribbean flavor, look no farther than Nassau. The main city on New Providence Island in the Bahamas, Nassau offers everything from British-influenced cricket games and bewigged judges to Riviera-style casinos. And its banking system, with its strict secrecy laws, rivals that of Switzerland. Situated less than 75 miles from the coast of Florida, the islands of the Bahamas lure visitors with their tropical landscapes and clear waters. More than 700 islands, covering some 100,000 square miles, make up this popular archipelago, although only 20 or so are inhabited. Most of the island nation's 330,000 inhabitants live on New Providence Island, centered around bustling Nassau with its colorful waterfront area and open-air markets.

Points of Interest

  • Atlantis Resort
  • Paradise Island
  • Fort Charlotte
  • Ardastra Gardens & Zoo
  • Queen's Staircase/Fort Fincastle
  • Seaworld Explorer

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Envision an Atlantis-inspired resort rising from the sea in a swirl of fanciful architecture with everything from an art-filled casino to a nightclub, spa, dolphin habitat and Mayan Temple Waterslide.

This is the place to see and be seen - from the famed Vegas-style Atlantis resort to the Hog Island Lighthouse, a 14th-century French monastery and one casino, golf link or tennis court after another.

See the moat, draw-bridge, and dungeons and walk the ramparts overlooking beautiful Nassau Harbor. This impressive structure, built in 1789, bears the name of King George III's beloved queen.

Iguanas, monkeys, and jaguars - oh my! Encounter as many as 300 species, hand-feed endangered parrots and applaud the legendary marching flamingos while supporting Ardastra Garden's conservation program.

These famous hand-carved limestone steps are the handiwork of 18th-century slaves. The 102-foot, 65-step staircase provides a challenging shortcut to the bulwarks of Fort Fincastle atop Bennet's Hill.

Explore underwater without getting wet! You'll be mesmerized by the ever-changing scenery of the coral reef as your semi-submarine plies pristine waters brimming with a rainbow of tropical fish.

Take the plunge at a shallow reef like Nari Nari or Goulding Cay where the conditions are ideal for an afternoon of spectacular snorkeling. Look for fan coral, shipwrecks, angelfish, and stingrays.

The Bahamas are famous for their aquamarine waters, sugary beaches and dazzling seaside resorts. Enjoy a private beach day on Balmoral Island which offers activities like dolphin or stingray encounters.


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Spend a pleasant half-day getting acquainted with both Nassau and Paradise Island from the comfort of an air-conditioned motorcoach. See the top sights and sample free local rum and other treats along the way. Your knowledgeable tour guide offers informative and fun tidbits about the island along the way.

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Easy Nassau Island Tour

See Nassau from a local's viewpoint with an easy tour that showcases some of the city's famous attractions: Potter's Cay, famed for its lively fruit markets; Fort Fincastle, built to protect historic Nassau; and the Queen's Staircase, hand-carved out of solid limestone. And indulge in shopping at the Straw Market.

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Charm & Beauty Of Nassau & Paradise Island

Get to know the endearing charms and beauty of Nassau on a leisurely tour that travels past celebrated sites such as The Queen's Staircase, Government House, Straw Market and Pompey Museum and more followed by a stop at the John Watlings Rum Distillery for a tour and a sampling.

Adults Only Beach Day at Blue Lagoon Island

A relaxed, adult-only escape on Blue Lagoon Island awaits. Cruise through Nassau's harbor and to this spectacular island haven. You'll be escorted to the VIP adult-only private beach. Relax in a comfortable beach chair, stroll along the lagoon, visit the marine animal habitats or rent a variety of watersports (additional charge).

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Experience the best of land and sea. Visit historic Fort Fincastle that boasts spectacular 360-degree views and enjoy a city drive to see government buildings, squares, markets. Then, climb aboard the Seaworld Explorer semi-submarine and see a breathtaking ballet of undersea life as you cruise to a marine reserve.

Sea Lion Encounter & Beach at Blue Lagoon Island

Prepare for a life-changing encounter with a sea lion at Blue Lagoon Island. Cruise through Nassau's harbor on an open-air ferry to this private oasis, where you'll enter the refreshing waters to interact with these playful sea creatures. Then, enjoy time on the pristine beach for a swim and sun-drenched relaxation.

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VIP Family Beach & Dolphin Connection

Shake "fins" and interact with a playful bottlenose dolphin on a VIP Blue Lagoon Island adventure that includes family-friendly marine activities and a beach experience. Cruise through Nassau's harbor on an open-air ferry to this private oasis. Build sand castles, take a dip, and admire gorgeous scenery. Bahamian lunch is served.

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Posted: November 18, 2023 | Last updated: November 18, 2023

Cruises to the Bahamas are filled with sun, soft sands, and the opportunity to dip your toes in a warm and seductive crystal blue sea. The 700-island archipelago is the kind of oasis you dream of when, in my case at least, you're indoors on a cold and dark day in Cleveland. Exploring the islands is tricky by air, but much easier via ship. Bahamas cruises to take right now include quick jaunts from easy-to-get-to Florida ports as well as one-week and longer cruises that explore more deeply. You can sail there in less than a day from Florida (cruises tend to embark in the early evening and hang out at sea until the next morning ashore), which makes it both an easy escape for a quick getaway or somewhere to linger for even more rest and relaxation.

What to expect on a Bahamas cruise

The main places cruise ships visit in the Bahamas are Nassau, the capital city, and some of the islands and beaches that are affiliated with cruise lines, such as Disney's private family wonderland Castaway Cay, off Great Abaco Island. There are small ships that explore further, including to the southern reaches of the archipelago.

Cruise passengers will find opportunities to hike in national parks, enjoy nearly deserted beaches, and explore many small churches-the Bahamas boasts more churches per capita than anywhere else in the world.

In the Bahamian capital of Nassau on New Providence Island, visitors can get a better understanding of the nation's British colonial and West African slave history as well as of the Junkanoo culture and festivals at wonderful museums. Most day visitors, though, are typically focused on water attractions: heading off on diving or snorkeling excursions, boarding party boats with free-flowing rum punch, experiencing the beaches, swimming pools, and waterslides at the Atlantis Bahamas resort on Paradise Island, or trying to catch the big one on fishing charters.

On small ship itineraries, you may stop at San Salvador Island, where Christopher Columbus may or may not have made his first landing in the New World. (Historians quibble on the exact landing spot.) A white cross memorializes the supposed landing spot. Long Island, which stretches some 80 miles, has both rugged and sandy coasts and the natural attraction of Dean's Blue Hole, one of the deepest sinkholes in the world at 663 feet, a place where divers and snorkelers can mingle with turtles and tarpons. The small island of Bimini is known for its clean beaches and rich marine life-hanging out at beach clubs, seeking quiet escapes in the land, and watching for dolphins and other sea creatures are prime activities.

Other cruise destinations include Eleuthera, with its inviting pink sands and protected park areas. In addition to beaches, the 365-island chain known as the Exumas are famous for swimming pigs (though they also live elsewhere in the Bahamas).

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Celebrity cruises' "nassau & bimini" itinerary.

  • Best for: Upscale big ship experience
  • To book: 4-nights round-trip from Miami , from $473 per person for a veranda stateroom; from $801 per person for AquaClass; and from $2,245 per person for the Retreat
  • Islands: Nassau (New Providence), Bimini, plus Key West

Celebrity Cruises sails to Nassau and Bimini in style, and if time or money is tight, you don't have to invest too much in your Bahamas getaway. You can book, for instance, an easy, breezy four-night trip on the 2,158-passenger Celebrity Summit from under $500 per person. That said, if you splurge on a suite in the Retreat, you'll have your own sundeck with hot tub, enjoy private lounge access, and dine at the exclusive restaurant Luminae, where signature dishes by Celebrity's culinary ambassador, Daniel Boulud, are featured on the rotating menu-such as creamy carrot and ginger velouté and Moroccan chicken tagine with saffron couscous. Spa lovers might want to book the AquaClass staterooms, with complimentary access to a Persian Garden with infrared sauna and sensory showers and exclusive dining at health focused Blu, where the wine list features sustainable and biodynamic wines. While in Bimini, you might try your hand at sport-fishing, a year-round pastime from the island.

Disney Cruise Line's Bahamian Cruise from Fort Lauderdale

  • Best for: Families and Disney fans of all ages
  • To book: 5-night Bahamas cruise from Fort Lauderdale on the 2,700-passenger Disney Magic , from $6,299 for four guests
  • Islands: Castaway Cay, Nassau (New Providence), Eleuthera

Disney Cruise Line has ships in the Bahamas year-round, starting with quick three- and four-night sailings from Florida ports. Ever since it first opened 1998, the highlight of any Disney cruise in the Bahamas has been Castaway Cay, a picture-perfect white-sand island paradise, complete with pirate attractions and Disney character appearances. What has Disney fans all atwitter is the opening in summer 2024 of a second exclusive for Disney Bahamas destination, Lighthouse Point, on the island of Eleuthera. There, Disney promises a celebration of Bahamian culture, including Junkanoo parades, characters from Bahamas folklore, and performances by local artists. An accompanying commitment to conservation at Lighthouse Point includes a solar installation that will provide at least 90 percent of the destination's required electricity (Castaway Cay also has a solar installation). Family-friendly attractions abound but grown-ups can also drop the kids off in a supervised activity program and head to the adults-only beach to sip cocktails while lounging in private cabanas.

Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection's round-trip sailing from Fort Lauderdale

  • Best for: Top-of-the-line luxury experience
  • To book: 7-night cruise from Fort Lauderdale on the 298-passenger Evrima , from $6,100 per person
  • Islands: Nassau (New Providence), Bimini, San Salvador, Long Island, plus Key West

On the Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection's 298-passenger Evrima , you can head to the secluded dipping pool and pretend you are on your own private yacht, luxuriate in your resort-like suite, or join an intimate dance party on the Marina Terrace, located just above the sea. A seven-night itinerary in December 2023 gets you from Fort Lauderdale to Nassau, Bimini, San Salvador, and Long Island, Bahamas, with the bonus of some additional time built in to enjoy the Hemingway House & Museum and other attractions in Key West, Florida. Optional small group shore excursions in the Bahamas include an "Eco-Marine Safari" on Long Island, that combines small boat exploration of a mangrove channel and sandbars with a visit to see swimming pigs in a quiet cay. With both the cruise line and the Royal at Atlantis on Paradise Island affiliated with Marriott International , there's also a hotel tie-in-you can book a daybed at the resort's chic adults-only pool area, the Cove .

Scenic's "Island Odyssey: Bahamas to the Grenadines" cruise

  • Best for: Underwater and air exploration
  • To book: 12-night sailing in fall 2024 from $9,963 per person
  • Islands: Compass Cay, Great Exuma Island, San Salvador Island, Long Island, Great Inagua Island in the Bahamas. Also, Virgin Gorda, St. Bart's, Monserrat, Iles des Saintes (Guadeloupe), Tobago Cays (St. Vincent and the Grenadines)

The luxurious 228-passenger Scenic Eclipse features some of the best exploration toys in the industry. An expedition team runs excursions including with two helicopters and a submarine, which will enhance your Bahamas views from both over and under the sea. Or borrow paddleboards and kayaks from the ship's marina for your own solo exploration. A 12-night sailing from Nassau to Bridgetown, Barbados, starts with six days in the Bahamas, before following the yachting crowd south. Stops include Compass Cay in the Exuma Cays, where in the clear water you might see nurse sharks even from the ship. Bird lovers will enjoy a rare visit to the southernmost island in the Bahamas, Great Inagua Island, with its resident population of some 80,000 flamingos. Whiskey lovers will want to check out the ship's collection of more than 110 varieties.

SeaDream Yacht Club's "Bountiful Bahamas" cruise

Best for: Low-key luxury

To book: 7-night cruise in April 2025 , from $4,399 per person

Islands: Nassau (New Providence), Staniel Cay, Great Exuma, San Salvador, Salt Cay

You'll have to wait until 2025, but small-ship line SeaDream has an intriguing pair of upcoming round-trip cruises to the Bahamas from tony Palm Beach, Florida, on the 112-passenger SeaDream II . The "Bountiful Bahamas" itinerary lingers in the Exumas and around Long Island, with the opportunity to explore pristine beaches, hang out at beach shack bars, and snorkel in the clear sea. There's also an unusual visit to the uninhabited Bahamas island Salt Cay (also known as Cay Sal), only accessible by boat and some 50 miles from Marathon, Florida. In between kayaking quiet bays, try the yacht's newest attraction, an inflatable slide running from the pool deck into the water. SeaDream prides itself on cuisine and was the first cruise line with a full vegan raw food menu in addition to such indulgences as a signature l'oeuf poule au caviar (egg with caviar), grilled lobster, and filet mignon.

Virgin Voyages' "Fire & Sunset Soirées" cruise

  • Best for: Fun-seeking adults
  • To book: 4-night "Fire & Sunset Soirées" on the 2,770-passenger Scarlet Lady or Valiant Lady from $1,920 for two in a Sea Terrace cabin
  • Islands: Bimini, plus Key West

For pure adult fun you can't beat Virgin Voyages , which is limited to those age 18 and up. During a beach day at the Virgin Voyages Beach Club at Bimini, private to Virgin guests when their ships visit, enjoy cocktails at the pool or a beach bonfire. Or book an activity such as a watercolor painting class, a "Views-n-Blues Mid-Afternoon Cruise" on a pontoon, an open-air tram tour of the island, or scuba dive with hammerheads. On the ship, partake in dance parties, take advantage of complimentary yoga, meditation sessions, and intense cardio HIIT classes, peruse vinyl selections on sale at the record shop, and get a tattoo or piercing when not indulging in treats at the "Lick Me Till  . . .  Ice Cream" shop. There are also six restaurants onboard, including a highly creative "Test Kitchen" where dishes smoke and sizzle, and a super-fun Korean baarbecue experience, Gunbae, complete with drinking games.

<a>With hundreds of islands to visit, Bahamas cruises are filled with beautiful scenery, mesmerizing marine life, and relaxing beach escapes.</a>

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Looking for a cruise out of Vancouver over the winter months?

Unfortunately, you won't find any passenger vessels sailing through Canada Place from November to early March. But there are several ultra-low-cost options for travellers looking to cruise during the winter - as long as they are willing to take a flight to get to them.

Cruise and flight packages offer some of the best value for local travellers - even when cruises are available from Vancouver. 

While there are some affordable options from Canada Place, Alaskan cruises that sail from the port regularly start at prices upwards of $2,000 per person. There are some cheaper Pacific Coastal cruises in the early spring and at the start of fall, but these options are limited and generally require a flight to or from California, too.

You'll also have to wait to sail locally: the first cruise that departs out of Canada Place is a five-night Pacific Coastal sailing on the Disney Wonder  that departs on March 11; the next cruise doesn't depart until March 31.

Travellers looking to sail during the winter can pair low-cost flights with cruises in ports across the United States, including hot spots such as Los Angeles, Miami, and Fort Lauderdale.

Have a look at some cheap options for flights that depart from Vancouver International Airport (YVR) that will connect you to cruises.

Los Angeles to Mexico 

Carnival Cruise Line , known for its laid-back, joyful onboard experience, has several short cruises that sail out of Los Angeles over the winter and visit cities along the California coast and Mexico. 

A Carnival cruise departing Los Angeles on Sunday, Feb. 26, visiting Catalina Island and Ensenada, Mexico before spending one day at sea, returns to Los Angeles on March 1. The ship is the Carnival Radiance . 

The Baja, Mexico cruise is the cheapest option departing from the City of Angels this winter, totalling US$755.30 for an interior stateroom (no window), which works out to approximately C$1,021.48 based on the current exchange rate. This price works out to a per-person rate of C$510.74.

Not only does that cost include your transportation on a beautiful ship, but it also includes meals, entertainment, snacks, and lodging. The only thing it doesn’t factor in is alcohol, but you may opt to purchase a drink package that can reduce the cost of your spending.

Prices for ocean view and balcony staterooms don't cost much more and may provide a more comfortable or pleasurable experience. 


Travellers may want to spend a night in Los Angeles before the cruise so they don't miss the sailing. The cruise departs at 5 p.m. sharp and won't wait for stragglers. Plus, cruise lines typically advise that they arrive four hours before that time to check in and get settled in their stateroom, as well as to hear the safety instructions. 

If you choose to fly in on the day of the cruise, ensure that you book the earliest option. However, keep in mind that a flight delay could mean that you run the risk of missing your cruise.

Luckily, flights from YVR to LAX are among the cheapest trips available bound for south of the border. A flight that departs Vancouver on Sunday, Feb. 25 (the day before the cruise departs), and returns from Los Angeles later in the evening on Friday, March 1 (the day the cruise disembarks), costs $212 including all taxes and fees. 

To score this low-cost deal, book one-way tickets separately with Flair Airlines and Air Canada. 


The total cost of the cruise package from YVR is C$722.74 ($510.74 plus $212). If you fly the night before, you will want to add the cost of one night in a hotel, which starts from just over $100 to $200 per night.

Miami cruise to the Bahamas 

While flights are more expensive from YVR, Florida offers a wide range of cruises to suit every taste and budget. There are some cheap flight deals but they are less frequent than ones flying into California. 

MSC Cruises , a Swiss cruise line, offers a low-cost option out of Miami onboard the MSC Magnifica , which departs from Miami on March 15. The cruise includes stops in Key West, Florida and Ocean Cay Marine Reserve in the Bahamas, before disembarking in Miami on March 18.

The United States/Bahamas cruise is the cheapest option departing from Miami (except for a Norwegian Cruise Line option that involves a pricey flight back from the Dominican Republic) this winter, totalling C$681 for an interior stateroom (no window). This works out to a per-person rate of C$340.50.


A flight that departs Vancouver on Thursday, March 14 (the day before the cruise departs) makes one stop in Los Angeles before arriving in Fort Lauderdale (an hour away from Miami) on the day the cruise is slated to leave. It returns from Fort Lauderdale on Friday, March 1 (the day after the cruise disembarks) at 12:35 p.m. and costs $644 including all taxes and fees. Since the return time is tight, it is better to spend a night in a hotel at the end of the journey (since you won't pay for one at the beginning of it).


The total cost of the cruise package from YVR is C$984.50 ($340.50 plus $644). You will want to add the cost of one night in a hotel, which starts from just over $100 to $200 per night.

Fort Lauderdale cruise to the Bahamas 

Travelllers who prefer to sail on a family-friendly, entertainment-centred cruise line should look into a Royal Caribbean Line  (RCL) sailing from Fort Lauderdale in March. 

In October 2023, RCL released tickets for its newest ship, the massive  Icon of the Seas . It is now the largest cruise ship at sea , with room for 7,600 passengers spread across 28 different types of accommodation. 

Boasting the largest waterpark at sea, the towering vessel also has six "record-breaking" slides including the "Pressure Drop": the first open free fall waterslide on a cruise ship. Thrill seekers can also enjoy the 46-foot-tall Frightening Bolt, which is the tallest drop slide at sea, or the Storm Surge and Hurricane Hunter, the first family raft slides at sea with four riders per raft.

Budget-conscious travellers can sail on a smaller -- though no less entertaining ship -- RCL's Liberty of the Seas , out of Fort Lauderdale on Friday, March 1. It makes stops in the Bahamas before returning to the Floridian city on March 4.

The three-night Bahamas and Perfect Day cruise costs US$958.90 for an interior stateroom (no window) for two people, which works out to approximately C$1,290.12 based on the current exchange rate. This works out to a per-person rate of C$645.06.


A flight that departs Vancouver on Thursday, Feb. 29 (the day before the cruise departs) makes one stop in Seattle before arriving in Fort Lauderdale. It returns from Fort Lauderdale on Tuesday, March 5 at 11:58 a.m. and costs $514 including all taxes and fees. 


The total cost of the cruise package from YVR is C$1,159.06 ($514 plus $645.06). You will want to add the cost of one night in a hotel, which starts from just over $100 to $200 per night.

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  • Choice of Nassau Beach Pigs, Private Snorkeling, Secluded Beaches at Rose Island, Turtle Swim, Sight Seeing and fishing
  • Snorkeling Gear, snorkeling vests
  • Ice, bottled water, sodas and chips included

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Nassau Discover Scuba Diving – $181us

  • Instruction and Assistance with all aspects of SCUBA gear and safety
  • All SCUBA required equipment
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Freeport Peterson Cay Kayak Snorkeling Tours – $69us

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  • Round trip transfers from the Cruise Ship Terminal or Resort/Hotel

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Freeport Private Boat Charters

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5 Best Cruises From New York

Where will your ship sail to as you head off into the sunset .

By Donna Heiderstadt | Published on January 24, 2024

New York City is famous for many things, including skyscrapers, Broadway shows and some of the world's top restaurants. It's also a great jumping-off point for cruises to the Caribbean, The Bahamas, Bermuda, Canada, New England and even transatlantic crossings to Europe.

Some of the top cruises out of New York are available with Royal Caribbean, which sails from Cape Liberty, New Jersey. The cruise terminal is located on the southwestern side of New York Harbor and is easily reached by car. Long-term parking is available, so you can head out on your cruise after making the drive.

If you plan to fly in before your cruise, Newark Liberty International Airport is just nine miles away. You can arrange to be met by a Royal Caribbean representative there and whisked off to your ship. Or you can arrive a day or two early to enjoy the sights and activities of New York City. Catch a Broadway show, see the Statue of Liberty or explore The Metropolitan Museum of Art before setting sail. When it's time to board, book a car service or taxi to Cape Liberty, about 20 minutes away from the Holland Tunnel (without traffic), and get ready for your getaway.

One of my favorite memories of sailing from Cape Liberty aboard Anthem of the Seas ® was the 360-degree view of New York Harbor with the Statue of Liberty set against the lower Manhattan skyline. Stay on deck until your ship passes beneath the Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge, and as you enter the Atlantic Ocean, look left to catch a glimpse of the circa-1927 Cyclone roller coaster on Coney Island.

Where will your ship sail to as you head off into the sunset? There are a variety of incredible options, so read on for the five best cruises from New Jersey sailing out of Cape Liberty.

1. Best For A Caribbean Vacation

Is the Caribbean calling, but you'd rather sail there than fly? If you live within driving distance of the New York metro area, island-hopping is as easy as boarding Royal Caribbean's Anthem of the Seas ® or Odyssey of the Seas ℠ in Cape Liberty for a sun-seekers cruise from New Jersey.

These 4,180-guest Quantum Class ships offer 11- or 12-night Southern Caribbean cruise itineraries in January of 2024 — easily some of the most exciting cruises out of New York. Depending on the sailing, you can visit four to six islands after unpacking just once onboard the ship. Both ships also offer thrilling onboard amenities and world-class entertainment for couples and families. Some of my favorite spaces are Two70® for multimedia performances and the SeaPlex® for court sports and bumper car rides.

Ports visited vary, but itineraries include San Juan, Puerto Rico, where historic sites meet eco-adventure; Phillipsburg, St. Maarten, for incredible beaches and duty-free shopping; Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, for scenic tours and snorkeling adventures; Castries, St. Lucia, for breathtaking landscapes and Creole cuisine; and Bridgetown, Barbados , for food tours and rum tasting. No matter the itinerary, you'll get the full Caribbean experience on these sailings.

Historic Fort San Felipe Del Morro., San Juan, Puerto Rico

2. Best For Fall Leaf-Peeping

Forest Piton Peaks, Castries St. Lucia

Some of the best cruises out of New York are timed around fall foliage season. Royal Caribbean's nine-night Canada and New England sailings on Liberty of the Seas ® visit some of the region's top ports in September and October of 2024 and offer access to vivid landscapes and seasonal activities.

Liberty of the Seas ® , a 3,798-guest Freedom Class ship, is a great option for both couples and families, with 10 dining venues and onboard attractions that include the Tidal Wave℠ water slide and an ice-skating rink.

You'll visit Boston , a beacon for history lovers, followed by Portland, Maine for fresh seafood, microbreweries and lighthouses. Canada's autumnal display can be enjoyed during calls on Sydney and Halifax in Nova Scotia, where coastal hamlets such as Peggy's Cove are postcard-perfect against a patchwork of orange, red and gold. Nature is equally magnificent in St. John, New Brunswick, where tides in the Bay of Fundy recede to reveal stunning rock formations.

The Louisbourg Lighthouse during a Beautiful Day, Sydney, Nova Scotia

3. Best For A Playful Island Escape

If your family cruise goals include a breezy island escape with lots of playtime, Royal Caribbean's seven-night Bahamas & Perfect Day Cruise from Cape Liberty on Anthem of the Seas®  is a fantastic option. It's available on nine dates from February to April in 2024

You'll call on Port Canaveral (Orlando, Florida), where you can soak up the sunshine on a nearby beach, visit the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex or head to an Orlando theme park. Next up: Perfect Day at CocoCay, Royal Caribbean's incredible private Bahamian island experience. It offers something for every member of the family, from pristine beaches that are perfect for a swim to Thrill Waterpark® with its spiraling slides and wave pool.

If you're cruising as a couple, join the party at  Oasis Lagoon® , the Caribbean's largest pool, or relax in a private overwater bungalow at  Coco Beach Club® . The final port is lively Nassau in The Bahamas, where local hospitality can be enjoyed on snorkeling excursions, dolphin encounters and visits to the Aquaventure waterpark at Atlantis.

With three sea days, playtime continues onboard  Anthem of the Seas ® — including a ride in the North Star® sightseeing capsule for a birds-eye view of the glittering Bahamian islands.

Kennedy Space Center, Cape Canaveral, Florida

4. Best For An Easy Couple's Getaway

What's better than two days in beautiful Bermuda? Two more fun-filled days aboard Liberty of the Seas ®. Royal Caribbean's five-night Bermuda cruise from Cape Liberty is offered on 15 dates from May to October in 2024 and these cruises from New York make an ideal couple's getaway. The itinerary mixes Bermuda's history, stunning landscapes and legendary dark rums with the onboard spa treatments and romantic specialty dining that Royal Caribbean guests love.

Liberty of the Seas ® spends two days at the Royal Naval Dockyard, which offers access to nearby shopping and museums as well as shore excursions to historic St. George's, scenic Horseshoe Bay and the island's capital, Hamilton.

Hamilton, Bermuda Horseshoe Bay

5. Best For Your First Transatlantic Crossing

It's hard to imagine anything better than enjoying your first transatlantic cruise onboard the spectacular Anthem of the Seas ®. There's the luxury of time and space as you cross the sea, plus stops in four European countries.

Your experience during the crossing is just as important as your days spent in Europe. While the sun is out, head for the Solarium pool, an indoor, adults-only oasis, or the Vitality℠ Spa for a rejuvenating facial or tension-taming massage. At night, enjoy shows at the Royal Theater, rock cover bands in Music Hall and explore your favorite global cuisines in the main dining room or one of the ship's seven specialty restaurants.

After crossing the Atlantic, the ship's April 2024 cruise calls on Funchal, Madeira, a Portuguese island known for its spectacular scenery and Madeira wine-tasting rooms. Then you'll visit La Coruna, Spain for a day spent exploring the city's ancient Roman heritage and seafood-centric culinary scene. With 12 hours in Le Havre, France, you can take a quick day trip to Paris to see the Eiffel Tower, and after departing in Southampton, England, it's easy to end your dream journey with a few nights in London.

Ready to set sail on a cruise from New York City? To book a cruise to any of these great destinations, check out sailings from Cape Liberty  and discover how cruises from NYC offer it all: ease, excitement and endless possibilities.

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