Nassau is one of the most popular destinations in the Bahamas, and very popular among first-time cruisers. This fabulous port city is famous for its miles of white-sand beaches, resorts (such as the Atlantis on Paradise Island), duty-free shopping, watersports, rum distilleries, and much, much more! In fact, some of the most popular things to do in Nassau include diving with the sharks, shopping for handicrafts, dolphin encounters, jeep tours, food tours, and more! Plus, you will discover a few historic sites, some interesting museums, restaurants, hotels, and more. With so many incredible things to do and see, you might consider spending a few extra days in Nassau before embarking on your cruise.
Windstar Cruises is the only cruise line that currently features cruises from Nassau. Their traditional sailing yacht, Wind Star, features a few 18+ night Repositioning cruises from Nassau to the Mediterranean (Athens, Barcelona, or Lisbon, depending on your itinerary). These voyages feature a large number of days at sea, as well as a few stops in the Mediterranean along the way. A great time to visit Nassau is any time of the year, as their temperatures tend to be beautiful year-round! However, it is important to note that this area is susceptible to hurricanes, so you might consider avoiding travel between June and November, which is the Atlantic’s hurricane season.
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The following cruise destinations can be visited on a cruise that includes Nassau. Select a destination to view the upcoming cruises that are available:
The following cruise lines offer cruises sailing to Nassau. Select a cruise line to view the upcoming cruises that visit Nassau:
These cruise lines fit (quality and, usually, price-wise) somewhere in between Premium and Luxury cruise lines.
A country club casual atmosphere can be expected on these lines, as can be elegant accommodations and gourmet cuisine. These cruise lines are a great option for adults looking for a upscale, yet laid back, vacation.
Unique itineraries are often available on these cruise lines, as their small-to-mid-sized ships can visit ports of call that large ones can't get to.
The pricing on Azamara Club Cruises includes select beverages and pre-paid gratuities, while the pricing of Viking Ocean Cruises includes shore excursions and select beverages.
Value is a key feature of these popular cruise lines, as they offer lots of activities, entertainment and dining options, along with a variety of stateroom types. Some of the cruise lines in this category have ships with unique innovations like water slides, rock-climbing walls, ice-skating rinks, surfing simulators, bowling alleys, and boardwalks.
Their ships are usually anywhere from mid-sized to very large "mega" ships, accommodating thousands of guests. These ships give the feel of being in a large resort.
Mainstream cruise lines are a great option for just about everyone (including multi-generation families, and first-time cruisers), and typically have great youth programs.
During the cruise, entertainment may include Broadway productions, Vegas-style shows, comedians, and music. Some of these lines have select formal nights during the cruise. Specialty restaurants are becoming more and more common (some which have a cover charge for this type enhanced dining experience). Buffets are usually available throughout the day, besides room service, and the main dining room(s).
These cruise lines enhance what mainstream cruise lines typically offer, by providing their guests with higher quality service and cuisine, along with more spacious public spaces and accommodations.
Depending on the cruise line, the ships in this class range in size from small to very large.
These cruise lines appeal to a more discerning traveler, and are typically more expensive than mainstream cruise lines, but more affordable than the luxury lines.
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On a luxury cruise line, guests experience highly personalized service, a more intimate (and usually formal) onboard experience, gourmet cuisine, well-appointed accommodations, and fantastic amenities. Many of these brands have smaller ships, allowing them to reach ports of call that the larger ships can't, which results in unique itineraries.
All of these brands feature a version of all-inclusive pricing, and some of them have ships with all-suite accommodations. Although these cruise lines are usually more expensive than the rest, they also provide their guests with so much more, resulting in a fantastic value when considering all that's included.
These cruise lines offer a truly unique vacation experience, with a wide range of possible amenities and itineraries. Some are expedition cruise lines, others have sailing yachts or are coastal ships.
On these types of cruise lines, there's usually a focus on a specific destination or theme. Itineraries are usually very destination intensive, aided by the fact that they're able to reach many ports of call that larger ships can't.
Expedition cruise lines are a great fit for adventure-seeking travelers, featuring exciting destinations like the Galapagos Islands, Antarctica, and the Norwegian coast. During the cruise, there will usually be plenty of interesting lectures given by experts on the destination being visited. Often, shore excursions are included in the cost of the cruise. In fact, some of these cruise lines have all-inclusive pricing. There's a definite focus on the ship's surrounding scenery, as well as opportunities to view wildlife in their natural habitat. Small, but comfortable, ships are commonplace here, with anywhere from basic to very luxurious public spaces, cuisine, and accommodations (depending on the cruise line and ship).
Sailing Yachts, sail-assisted motor ships, offer a really unique vacation experience. Accommodations and cuisine on these intimate vessels can be anywhere from good to fantastic, depending on the cruise line. Destinations offered by these cruise lines may include the Caribbean, Europe, Panama Canal, Tahiti, and Costa Rica.
Becoming more and more popular, a river cruise is an immerse and destination-focused vacation experience, on a small and luxurious vessel.
River cruises sail through the inland waterways of some of the world's most interesting vacation destinations (i.e. Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and North America), and provide their guests with a greater opportunity to spend time visiting more unique ports of call than a traditional cruise typically would.
Because the destination is the star of a river cruise, (typically guided) shore excursions are included at no additional charge by many River cruise lines. There are usually many interesting lectures given during the cruise, by experts on the history and culture of the region being visited.
Among the famous rivers that one may take a river cruise on are the Rhine, Mississippi, Seine, Danube, Mekong, Nile, Yangtze, Amazon and Douro.
These are just a few of the more popular tourist attractions in Nassau, along with a brief description:
Being a tropical vacation destination, it’s no surprise that Nassau is filled with tons of beautiful beaches! Cabbage Beach is among one of the island’s most popular spots and is located in close proximity to Paradise Island and Atlantis Resort. Cable Beach is another popular choice, with many hotels nearby (convenient for those who wish to stay). For a little bit of everything, consider Clifton Heritage Park, which features nature trails and historic ruins in addition to the coastline. Balmoral Island and Love Beach are good for snorkeling, though you can partake in a variety of watersports at just about any Nassau beach!
♦ Nassau Straw Market
If you’re looking for some of the best souvenirs to bring home, consider stopping by the Nassau Straw Market. Among the many items you can find for sale here include artisan crafts, hand-made straw products (such as hats, bags, jewelry and more), wood carvings, and more. In fact, you’ll discover over thousands of original items for sale! This is a great opportunity to practice your negotiating skills to see if you can score a deal (and it also makes for some great local interactions).
♦ Pirates of Nassau
Have you ever been to a pirate-themed museum before? This unique experience is perfect for travelers of all ages and interests! This fun museum is filled with fascinating information about the history and lifestyle of pirates, tying in the city’s role as a base for pirates in the 18th century. The main highlight of Pirates of Nassau is the replica pirate ship, which you are free to walk through. This is a great alternative to the beach if you grow tired of swimming and sunning. It’s also a great idea for a rainy day!
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