Spotlight on the Bahamas
Known for its spectacular scenery and world-class resorts, The Bahamas is an archipelago made up of over 700 islands. This exotic destination appeals to cruisers of all ages and preferences thanks to a wide range of activities on offer where they can adventure, relax or just have fun. Keen to discover more? Read on to find out why The Bahamas should be your next cruise destination!
What should I see and do?
Nassau, the capital, is located on New Providence Island. This is the 11th largest island in The Bahamas and boasts cultural attractions such as the Ardastra Gardens and Zoo, and Pompey Museum, as well as many historical sites like Fort Montagu and The Caves. Just north lies the aptly-named Paradise Island, where resorts, restaurants, shops, and other attractions abound. Tourists can travel between the islands easily via bridge or ferry.
Of course, it’s just a short journey from your ship or resort to one of the many spectacular beaches and coves where you can sink your feet into the famous powdery-white sand (as seen on the big screen in blockbusters such as Pirates of The Caribbean). Once the sun goes down, you can then feel like an extra in a James Bond movie at one of the casinos and have a roll of the dice while enjoying the amazing coastal views. A number of 007 movies have actually been filmed on New Providence Island, with the most recent being Casino Royale, which featured the beautiful Coral Harbour.
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Other popular destinations in The Bahamas include the Grand Bahama Island, which has the world’s largest system of underwater caves and three amazing national parks, providing the perfect outlet for active adventurers. Or Big Major Cay, also known as "Pig Beach" is an uninhabited island where you can enjoy a unique and special experience of swimming with the pigs! But for those just wanting to go slow, Harbour Island delivers the goods with its pink sandy beaches and colonial cottages, while Andros Island boasts the third largest barrier reef in the world and a host of incredible sea creatures, making it perfect for a snorkel excursion. While your ship will undoubtedly serve up fantastic meals, it’s worth checking out local markets and shops for fresh seafood while on shore.
What line should I cruise with?
As one of the world’s favourite cruise destinations, there are many cruise lines that offer itineraries throughout the beautiful islands of the Bahamas. Many companies also own their own private islands in The Bahamas that can be enjoyed exclusively by their passengers. Disney Cruise Line’s Castaway Cay cruise is a hit with the families with its themed buildings and activities, while guests on the Norwegian Cruise Line can enjoy Great Stirrup Cay. Royal Caribbean, Princess Cruises, and Holland America are some of the other companies that provide tropical havens for cruisers to enjoy on their Bahamian voyage.
When should I go?
Travellers can enjoy visiting the Bahamas year-round with over 300 sunny days each year and consistently warm temperatures. Most cruises will depart from the Atlantic coast of the United States, leaving from various ports in Florida.
To turn your holiday dream into a reality, contact one of our friendly cruise experts on 1300 954 661 to discover more about all that The Bahamas have to offer. With so many cruising options and onshore activities, you’re sure to have an amazing holiday in this tropical paradise – just don’t forget the sunscreen!
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