Comprised of nearly 700 islands and cays, the Bahamas are situated only about 60 miles off the coast of Southeast Florida. Bahamas cruises typically depart Fort Lauderdale or Miami for short cruises to Nassau or Freeport, but a Bahamas cruise vacation may also visit the private islands operated by many cruise lines. Disney Cruise Line, Holland America Line, Royal Caribbean, Norwegian Cruise Line and others all operate private islands for the exclusive use of their cruise guests.
On a typical cruise to the Bahamas, ships often dock in Nassau’s busy harbor. Be sure to visit the Straw Market or for a beach escape, head over to Paradise Island and the Atlantis Resort. You’ll notice a British ambience mixed with Caribbean cool in the Bahamas, as the islands were formerly a British colony, until 1973 when the Bahamas became an independent nation in the Commonwealth.
Cruise the Bahamas year-round from Southern Florida. The short cruises, (three, four, and five nights) are a good introduction to cruising for the uninitiated. You’ll have the chance to experience the Bahamas exotic culture and try some of the local delicacies harvested from the clear blue waters. For a real treat, try one of the many variations of conch, such as conch chowder, conch fritters or scorched conch.
A Bahamas cruise literally takes cruise passengers to paradise on a short journey from bustling South Florida.