The Insider’s Guide to

Cruising the Bahamas

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Why Cruise the Bahamas

The Bahamas are just a hop, skip and jump from Florida, making it a popular destination for a weekend getaway. With some of the bluest waters in the world, cruising to the Bahamas is a great option for those looking for a quick escape.

Most Bahamas cruises are only 3–5 nights and are usually very affordable. This is why they're especially popular with first-time cruisers, weekend party-goers and vacationers who want to combine a land-based Florida vacation with a short cruise. Although these itineraries are often on older ships with fewer amenities, it won't even matter as you'll be spending most of your time ashore.

Our Bahamas Cruise Tips

Just 50 miles from Florida's east coast, the Bahamas is one of the most visited cruise destinations. In addition to popular port cities like Nassau and Freeport, the Bahamas is where many cruise lines own a private island for the exclusive use of their guests.

Royal Caribbean

Symphony of the Seas from Royal Caribbean is among the largest cruise ships in the in the world, bringing heart-pounding fun to the Bahamas for its 6,680 passengers. Search this Cruise Line.

Holland America

Travelers consistently rank Half Moon Cay as one of the best private islands. Its crescent-shaped beach is two miles long and boasts crystal clear, turquoise water. Carnival and Princess share access as well. Search this Cruise Line.


With not just one private island in The Bahamas, but two, Carnival knows how to chill in the island sun. Choose an itinerary with either Half Moon Cay or Princess Cays as a destination, and partake of everything from snorkeling the reefs to kayaking—or lounging on a chaise and savoring pure relaxation. Search this Cruise Line.

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When to Go

Prime Time

With mild winter temperatures, blue skies and tropical breezes, many cruisers elect to “escape the cold” and visit the Bahamas from December through April. Families and college students flock here when school's out in March and April, as well as during the summer months.

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The Off-Season

In May, summer travel hasn’t revved up yet, so it's a great time to enjoy the islands with fewer crowds, for less money. Similarly, Bahamas cruises in September and October often have lower price points. If you do travel in the summer, take extra precautions to stay hydrated and regularly apply sunscreen.

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Factor This In

While many cruises have departure dates all year long, not all ships sail the Bahamas in the summer. The dry season in the Bahamas lasts from December to April, and there is a higher chance of rain from May through November. Temperatures can range from the 60s in winter to the 90s in summer (Fahrenheit).

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