We all have precious little time off work and school and so many responsibilities to take care of every day. For many, choosing where to go for a break may mean deciding where you spend your only vacation time of the year. Are you looking to go on a city break, or perhaps a visit to the shore? What about a cruise to The Bahamas?
The Bahamas is one of the top cruise destinations for United States travelers, and it's not surprising why. Norwegian offers a large selection of cruises to the Bahamas, with multiple ship classes available to choose from. Activity options range from mild to wild. The Bahamas is a perfect vacation choice whether you're looking for a romantic getaway, a family vacation, or a cruise that offers plenty of time for your family to relax and play on idyllic beaches. Here are some of the top reasons to cruise to the Bahamas.
Weekend Escapes to the Bahamas
While there is so much to do in the Bahamas, you may wonder if you have enough time to make a visit worth your while. The Bahamas are located only 50 miles off the coast of Florida, so you may find that a cruise to the Bahamas can be enjoyed in as little as a weekend. Norwegian Cruise Line offers many short weekend-escape cruises to the Bahamas from Miami and Orlando (Port Canaveral).
Cruisers can choose from several different three- and four-day Bahamas cruise itineraries that include a day on Great Stirrup Cay, Norwegian's private island paradise, as well as another day calling on ports such as Nassau, Grand Bahama Island, or Key West. If you have an extra day, a five-day Bahamas itinerary can include all of these ports, or perhaps an extra day on Great Stirrup Cay.
Idyllic Beach Vacation in the Bahamas
The Bahamas is renowned for its beautiful white- and pink-sand beaches and crystal-clear waters. The island nation in the western Atlantic is made up of over 700 islands, many of which are uninhabited, offering an almost unlimited number of beaches. With so many beaches, there is an ample selection of aquatic activities to choose from, as well.
The Bahamas is one of the best snorkeling and scuba diving destinations in the world, and people flock to the beaches of the Bahamas for an opportunity to spend time among the tropical fish that flourish there. Others choose instead to just sit on the beach and work on their tan. With an average of eight hours of sunshine every day, that should not be too difficult to achieve any day of the year.
In addition to the beaches, others are drawn to the Bahamas for its delicious Bahamian cuisine, with its fresh ingredients often drawn from the sea, such as conch, fish, lobster, and crab. For others, one of the top reasons for visiting the Bahamas is its abundance of tax-free shopping. There is no VAT on many products sold in the Bahamas, providing an opportunity for some significant savings on luxury products that fall in the duty-free category.
Family-Friendly Bahamas Adventures
One added benefit of a short cruise is that you can still add additional activities before or after your Norwegian cruise. Consider spending a couple of days in Miami or Orlando/Port Canaveral. Here, you can visit the other attractions these locations have to offer. For example, you can spend a day with your family at one of Orlando's theme parks or the Kennedy Space Center.
And your family will love their Bahamas cruise adventure, as well. Norwegian Cruise Line was voted Best Family Experience by Travel Weekly for its onboard activities for kids of all ages, including Guppies for ages 6 months through 3 years, Splash Academy for ages 3 years to 12 years, and Entourage for teens 13-17.
On land, there are also plenty of shore excursions for your family, as well. Families can snorkel together, including a trip to the underwater sculpture garden at Great Stirrup Cay and a visit to Atlantis Aquaventure in Nassau. There is even an option to swim with the pigs at Treasure Island near Great Stirrup Cay.
Cruise to the Bahamas on a Variety of Ship Classes
You may be worried that a cruise to the Bahamas means traveling on a giant party boat, but this is not necessarily the case. Norwegian Cruise Line has seven different ships sailing to the Bahamas in 2020, including Norwegian Encore, the newest and most exciting ship in the Norwegian Cruise Line fleet. Encore is jam-packed with technology and excitement, and it features the largest race track at sea. If you want to be one of the first to experience Encore's magic, choose from a seven day Bahamas cruise from New York or a four-day cruise out of Miami.
Cruise to the Bahamas on one of Norwegian's Breakaway or Breakaway Plus class ships, such as Norwegian Bliss, Norwegian Breakaway, Norwegian Encore, or Norwegian Getaway and take advantage of all of the thrills these ships have to offer. Alternatively, you can opt for a more intimate cruise experience on Norwegian Jewel, Norwegian Sky, or Norwegian Sun, and focus your energy on enjoying your time in port.