Getting to the Bahamas by Cruise Ship

Four major cruise lines offer three- and four-night, regularly scheduled cruises to the Bahamas. Royal Caribbean International operates the Sovereign of the Seas out of Miami. The ship does its three-night itinerary leaving port on Fridays for Nassau and their private island of Coco Cay. The four-night cruise leaves port on Mondays, and it too visits Nassau and Coco Cay. Rates start at around $350 per person, depending upon the season. Phone 800-453-4022. www.royalcaribbean.com.

Premier Cruise Lines is the only line that includes visits to both Freeport, on Grand Bahama, and Nassau. They too offer three- and four-night itineraries on the Oceanic. The Oceanic is a themed ship – Looney Toons – and, with extensive children’s programs, it’s ideal for families. Ships leave Port Canaveral on Friday and Monday. Rates start at around $275 per person for the three-night cruise, and $330 for the four-night option – children cruise for substantially less. Phone 800-990-7770. www.premierecruises.com.

Carnival Cruise Lines operates ships out of Miami and Port Canaveral on three- and four-night itineraries. The Ecstasy leaves Miami on Fridays for the three-night cruise. The Fantasy leaves Port Canaveral for three nights on Thursdays, and on Sundays for four nights. Rates start at around $350 per person, depending on the season. Phone 888-CARNIVAL. www.carnival.com.

The latest addition to the ships cruising the Bahamas is Disney’s Magic. It sails out of Port Canaveral on three- and four-night itineraries, and is the most expensive option. The three- and four-night cruise itineraries, usually combined with a three- or four-day visit to Walt Disney World, include a stop in Nassau and a visit to Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay. Rates start at $450 per person for the three-night cruise and $530 for the four-night option; these rates are for the cruise only and do not include the Disney World option. Phone 800-511-1333. www.disneycruise.com.

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Getting There:

For visitors arriving by air, the Bahamas are served through Nassau by most US airlines and by international airlines from Canada and Europe, and to a slightly more limited degree through Freeport.

The Out Islands are served mainly by Bahamas Air via connections in Nassau and Freeport.

The Bahamas is also a major destination for the cruise ship industry

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