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Bahamas Cruises

Relax and recharge on the caribbean’s most iconic beaches.

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Float through crystal-clear waters and sunbathe on palm tree-lined beaches during a Bahamas cruise with Princess®. This vibrant destination is home to Princess Cays, our private island resort that is truly relaxation defined. Spend the day relaxing beachside or snorkeling just off the shore. Find cruises to the Bahamas that fit just about any schedule with options of a short getaway or a week long Caribbean vacation with the family.

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Surf, sand and sun await on a Bahamas cruise. Indulge in rest and relaxation while lounging on unspoiled beaches that offer breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean. Take a dip in the water, and ride in a paddle wheeler with your loved ones. Or revel in the laid-back atmosphere of island time while floating along the shoreline. Experience the best of the Bahamas and the Caribbean with Princess.

Princess Cays, relaxation defined

On a Bahamas cruise, visit the dazzling port of Princess Cays, Princess’ Private Island Resort. Relax in a beachside sanctuary bungalow, ride on a banana boat or paddle through the turquoise waters on a kayak with friends and family. Experience this quintessential Bahamas port on most of our Caribbean cruise itineraries, and indulge in the best of both worlds as you sail on to explore other nearby destinations.

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Caribbean Getaways

Relaxation and ocean exploration

Caribbean Getaways offer short cruises to the Bahamas for a dose of relaxation on a quick weekend trip or a mid-week recharge. From kayaks and paddleboards to noodles and floats, frolic through the water and refuel with a complimentary beach barbecue. Then embark on a leisurely glass-bottom boat ride around the island, or unwind in a private bungalow and enjoy access to Princess MedallionNet® right from your beach chair.

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Caribbean Sun and aquatic fun

Take a week-long vacation on a Bahamas cruise with more to love, calling on additional Caribbean ports. Visit Princess Cays for a day in the sun, sand and surf. Then have more time to explore Trunk Bay – one of the “Cruise Wonders of the World” – during a late-night stay in St. Thomas on Eastern Caribbean itineraries. From relaxation to adventure, experience cruises to the Bahamas that have more range with Princess.

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Where Traditions Abound

Get a taste of traditional Caribbean culture as you sail to ports like Bonaire and Aruba. Relive Curacao's colorful past, and discover Bonaire's pristine coral reefs. Or explore Aruba’s underwater "Antilla" shipwreck, home to a variety of exotic sea life. Whether sailing to a specific region or embarking on a comprehensive cruise, cruise to the Bahamas and unwind at Princess Cays before heading to your next destination.

Cruises to the Bahamas by Season

Cruise to Princess Cays and onward to exciting Caribbean ports any time of the year.

Fall Bahamas cruises

Get a taste of the Caribbean while savoring tropical delights on each of the islands. Enjoy jerk chicken in Jamaica, coconut bread pudding in St. Kitts, or a beach barbecue in Princess Cays. Or indulge in conch — the national food of The Bahamas. Cruises to the Bahamas also come complete with island-inspired cocktails and cuisine on board.

Spring Bahamas cruises

On Bahamas cruises, embark on diverse adventures no matter the destination. Explore the Mayan Ruins in the Western Caribbean, snorkel past coral reefs in the Southern Caribbean, and sail on a catamaran in the Eastern Caribbean. Find activities for the family during a spring break vacation that feels like summer.

Summer Bahamas cruises

Nothing says summer quite like the Caribbean, especially when you spend the day playing in the Caribbean Sea. On cruises to the Bahamas, snorkel alongside tropical fish, and paddle through the waters in a tandem kayak with family or friends. Or float in the clear blue Caribbean Sea in an inner tube.

Winter Bahamas cruises

Spice up your holiday season on a Bahamas cruise and immerse yourself in the best of each destination with our exclusive Local Connections Program. Sample Blue Curacao on a distillery tour, snorkel alongside friendly stingrays in Antigua or discover St. Lucia’s Creole traditions from a master craftsman.

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Remove the hassle from air travel and give yourself the gift of flexibility, time and a thicker wallet with Princess EZair flights. We negotiate lower rates with the airlines, allow you to modify your flight up to 45 days prior with no penalty and protect you if your flight is late or canceled.

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Extend your cruise vacation, and simplify your travel plans with a hotel stay at the beginning or end of your cruise. With a Cruise Plus Hotel Package, a Princess representative meets you at the airport and pier, transporting you to and from your hotel. The package includes the cost of your hotel stay, transportation, luggage handling and the services of the representative.

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On a Bahamas cruise from Miami, the crystal-clear waters, powder-white sands, and relaxed atmosphere of this island paradise guarantee the ideal vacation experience. A cruise is the perfect way to downshift from the buzz of South Florida’s largest city to the laid-back culture of New Providence and the surrounding islands.

There’s so much to do and see here. From Nassau, head for Paradise Island to discover the playground of Atlantis and marvel at the sharks circling Predator Lagoon. Take the ferry to Blue Lagoon island and relax under a palm tree, listening to the waves. From Bimini, swim among reef sharks or learn how conch is harvested. In quirky Key West, visit Ernest Hemingway’s former home, enjoy the buzz of Mallory Square, and remember to sample the iconic Key lime pie.

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When you arrive in the capital of Nassau on your Bahamas cruise, you’ll have the entire day to explore the city and the surrounding islands. Walk along the legendary Cable Beach, and shop for local crafts at the Nassau Straw Market. Or cruise to neighboring Pearl Island, Blue Lagoon Island, or Balmoral Island for eco-adventures, luxurious experiences, and Bahamian barbeque.

Relax on the powdery white sand of Bimini’s gorgeous Paradise Beach, or get closer to the marine life in the warm, turquoise waters around the islands. Snorkel with reef sharks or hand-feed stingrays at Honeymoon Harbor. Join a snorkeling adventure to admire the vibrant corals and schools of fish that have colonized a ship wreck before relaxing with an ice-cold rum punch. Feeling creative? Then join a painting class and try to capture the astonishing shades of the Caribbean.

In Key West, you’ll ease into vacation mode as you stroll down Duval Street, sipping piña coladas in no-frills beach bars and sampling fresh seafood as you go. Get your fill of water-based fun by trying your hand at stand-up paddleboarding. Parasail 300 feet above the warm Atlantic Ocean, or marvel at the underwater world from the comfort of a glass-bottom boat.

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On a cruise from Miami to The Bahamas, you can observe bottlenose dolphins in the wild during a port stop in Key West. Board a luxurious catamaran and sail to the dolphins’ usual habitat. You’ll also have the chance to snorkel over spectacular coral gardens among shoals of brilliantly colored tropical fish.

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Some vacations call for pampering and pleasure. Sail from Nassau on a private boat to your exclusive escape on a VIP beach at the serene Blue Lagoon Island, where you can snooze in a hammock under coconut palms and swim in the warm Caribbean Sea. Delicious Bahama Mamas and a typical Bahamian lunch are all part of this luxurious experience.

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Feel the warm sea breeze on your face as you embark on a luxurious catamaran cruise from Bimini. Get into the party spirit with an ice-cold rum punch and, if the mood takes you, dance on deck to the sounds of live music as you sail the island’s beautiful coastline.

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We've built a lot of ships over the years, but for a truly unique experience at sea, you've gotta see Carnival Vista. Carnival Vista has a whole new relationship to the sea, and you get to experience this as you explore the Caribbean with all-new views. It's only natural that you'll want to start outdoors… so let's. Wait, are those flying bicycles? Pretty much! SkyRide ® at SportSquare ™ is a twin-track suspended bike course — strap in and race around for the win or just cruise for great views. At Havana Bar ™ & Pool you'll find an island retreat that evokes classic Cuban-style lounging with an emphasis on style... and on views, and on traditional cocktails! Carnival WaterWorks ™ is packed to the gills with wet ways to get-a-splashin', including Kaleid-O-Slide ™ , which adds funky light and color effects to the 'speed-n-splash' story. If you can't get enough Guy Fieri, we invite you to try at Guy's Burger Joint ™ and Guy's Pig & Anchor Smokehouse ™ . Rounding out this ship's sunlight highlights is Serenity Adult-Only Retreat ™ , the low-key grown-up spot that's more ‘lounging and hot tubs’ than ‘action and adventure.’ (But Serenity's complimentary chopped salad station gets our inner grown-up excited!) Indoors, things are every bit as cool. Take RedFrog Pub & Brewery ® for example — our Caribbean-cool pub has an onboard brewery producing exclusive craft beers you can enjoy just feet from the brewing kettle. We love to toast to what matters, so Heroes Tribute Bar was made for honoring service members. If you do seafood, you'll want to try Bonsai Sushi ™ or the seaside Seafood Shack ™ , while JiJi Asian Kitchen ® and Cucina del Capitano ® satisfy cuisine-specific cravings. Of course Carnival Vista features a Dr. Seuss Bookville ™ and youth activities for all kinds of kids (the smallers, the tallers and the in-betweeners). On the stateroom side, Carnival Vista adds new types of rooms to the mix: Family Harbor is a special area reserved for families and features a private lounge. All Havana staterooms and suites are located just off the Havana Bar & Pool and feature a unique tropical décor, while Havana Cabanas add a patio with hammock chair! One last thing you should know: on Carnival Vista more onboard places than ever before span the indoors and outdoors — so whether you set the thermostat to 'cool-and-crisp' or 'sea-breezy perfection' you'll enjoy your kind of Caribbean comfort on Carnival Vista.

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There's a beach with your name on it once you plan a Bahamas cruise holiday. Slip away for a 3-, 4- or 5-day cruise from Miami or Tampa, or cruise from Orlando (Port Canaveral) if you're in need of a quick getaway. Visit Great Stirrup Cay , where you can swim with stingrays, kayak, or enjoy island cocktails in your own private cabana. Whether you're looking for a tropical adventure, a little romance, or just a great time with the kids, we've got plenty of Bahamas cruises to choose from. Add in Freestyle Cruising with our award-winning dining, entertainment, and accommodations and you have the perfect Bahamas holiday. Do it all or nothing at all – that’s the beauty of a Bahamas cruise with Norwegian.

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If you are looking for a worry-free vacation and don’t have many days to spare, a weekend cruise is the perfect option. Our recently renovated ship, Norwegian Sun offers the ultimate onboard experience as it whisks you away to the always sunny Bahamas. And with the added perks of Free at Sea, all you have to do is pack your bags and show up for a good time.

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Set sail for the Bahamas and get ready for some fun in the sun! All of our Bahamas cruises feature a whole day visit to Great Stirrup Cay, an idyllic island paradise reserved only for our guests. Swim with dolphins, snorkel with exotic fish, or just stroll the white sand beaches. This eco-fun paradise offers something for everyone!

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Atlantis Aquaventure

Aquaventure, Atlantis Paradise Island’s Water Park, is a one-of-a-kind 141 acre waterscape. ...

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Wave Runner Tour - Single (Driver Only)

Take a 45-minute guided adventure through the Berry Islands, neighboring Great Stirrup Cay. After a safety briefing and orientation, you’ll board your Wave Runner for an informativ...

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Kennedy Space Center

Located just minutes from Port Canaveral on Florida's Space Coast, the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex offers a rare, behind-the-scenes look at one of mankind's most fascinati...

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Enjoy a spectacular day at the beachfront Pirate’s Cove doing most anything you please. With no schedule to follow, you can genuinely relax in style at your own pace. Feel free to ...

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Experience luxurious, modern accommodations at Renaissance Orlando Airport Hotel, boasting first-class guest rooms with all the deluxe amenities you desire. Conveniently located minutes from Orlando International Airport and Lake Nona Medical City, our full-service hotel's features include 24hr complimentary airport transportation and easy access to all of Orlando's major expressways. Discover your runway haven by our large outdoor pool with extra-large cabanas and a spacious whirlpool. The delicious cuisine at our vibrant on-site restaurant, Fresco, distinguishes us from other hotels near Orlando International Airport.

Experience luxurious, modern accommodations at Renaissance Orlando Airport Hotel, boasting first-class guest rooms with all the deluxe amenities you desire. Conveniently located minutes from Orlando International Airport and Lake Nona Medical City, our full-service hotel's features include 24hr complimentary airport transportation and easy access to all of Orlando's major expressways. Discover your runway haven by our large outdoor pool with extra-large cabanas and a spacious whirlpool. The delicious cuisine at our vibrant on-site restaurant, Fresco, distinguishes us from other hotels near Orlando International Airport. Unwind with cocktails in the sophisticated ambiance of Malabar, the perfect place to socialise. Our amenities also include close proximity to premier attractions, complimentary Wi-Fi access in the lobby, an extensive fitness centre, an on-site Navigator and Concierge service. Discover the benefits of staying at the unforgettable Renaissance Orlando Airport Hotel.

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Shuttle transportation to the hotel: Please collect your bags from Baggage Claim first, then call 407.240.1000, go to A side transportation and wait at pick up number A42 or B side transportation and wait at pick up B39 for the Shuttle. Estimated wait time 15 - 20 minutes after your call.

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Miami Airport Marriot

This upscale, airport hotel is 2 miles from Miami International Airport, 1 mile from Grapeland Water Park, and 3 miles from the shops and eateries on Miracle Mile.

The sleek, modern rooms have Wi-Fi access, flat-screen TVs and living areas, plus soundproof windows, coffeemakers and desks. Suites feature separate living areas. Upgraded rooms and suites add access to a club lounge with free continental breakfast and evening appetizers.

There's a complimentary airport shuttle. Other amenities include a stylish American restaurant, a sports bar and a coffee shop. There's also a heated outdoor pool, a hot tub and a gym, plus 16 meeting rooms and a business centre.

Phone: (305) 649-5000

Distance/Airport: 1.8 miles Distance/Pier: 7 mile

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New York Marriot Marquis

There is no city quite like New York City, and no hotel quite like New York Marriott Marquis. Set in the heart of Times Square on West 46th Street and Broadway, our iconic hotel lets you experience all the magic of New York from the moment you arrive. Feel the energy all around you, both within the hotel and as soon as you step outside. Inside our towering hotel, you'll find some of New York City's largest hotel rooms and suites, multiple restaurants - including the only revolving restaurant in the city and our new outdoor lounge -100,000 square feet of meeting and event space and a knowledgeable staff to help you navigate this expansive and ever-changing city.

There is no city quite like New York City, and no hotel quite like New York Marriott Marquis. Set in the heart of Times Square on West 46th Street and Broadway, our iconic hotel lets you experience all the magic of New York from the moment you arrive. Feel the energy all around you, both within the hotel and as soon as you step outside. Inside our towering hotel, you'll find some of New York City's largest hotel rooms and suites, multiple restaurants - including the only revolving restaurant in the city and our new outdoor lounge -100,000 square feet of meeting and event space and a knowledgeable staff to help you navigate this expansive and ever-changing city. Whether visiting for a family holiday, romantic getaway or attending a conference, the New York Marriott Marquis is truly the perfect hotel for your stay in New York City.

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The Bahamas is a collection of islands in the Atlantic, and home to the famous Atlantis Resort on Paradise Island. If you take a cruise from Miami, chances are good you'll end up spending some time here.

The Bahamas is a great option for travelers short on time; three- and four-night sailings are offered by multiple cruise lines for anyone looking for a quick getaway.

Another neat feature of The Bahamas are the private islands scattered throughout; many cruise lines own and operate these slices of paradise as additional stops on a Bahamas cruise.

What are Popular Activities in the Bahamas?

Visitors to The Bahamas can spend a day getting in the water, taking a tour by ATV or doing a little duty-free shopping.

Interacting with the abundant marine life is a popular activity for families in The Bahamas; the Blue Lagoon Dolphin Encounter in Nassau is one of the few dolphin experiences certified by the Humane Society for animal welfare standards. For a more offbeat animal encounter, look into a swimming with pigs (yes, resident pigs) excursion, mainly accessible from private islands Great Stirrup Cay and CocoCay.

Pirates left their mark on The Bahamas, and guided tours and museums go into the history of the golden age of piracy, including notable local legends like Blackbeard and Calico Jack.

For as much as there is to do, many guests also spend the day at a resort or on the beach.

When is a Good Time to Cruise to the Bahamas?

June through October is hurricane season, which means the best time to visit the Bahamas is actually in the winter, though weather is warm year-round. Travel during hurricane season is totally possible, but stay flexible and consider insurance in case stormy conditions arise.

What are Popular Ports in the Bahamas?

Nassau and Freeport are the two main cruise ports in The Bahamas. Nassau is the capital, located on New Providence Island, while Freeport is on Grand Bahama Island.

A number of cruise lines own private islands in the Bahamas, including Disney Cruise Line (Castaway Cay), Royal Caribbean (Perfect Day at CocoCay), Holland America (Half Moon Cay), Princess Cruises (Princess Cays) and Norwegian Cruise Line (Great Stirrup Cay). Here, guests can rent cabanas, careen down waterslides or drink rum punch by the pitcher with nothing more than their cruise card.

Where do Bahamas cruises depart from?

Due to Florida's close proximity to The Bahamas (just 50 miles off the coast), Miami, Fort Lauderdale and Port Canaveral near Orlando are common departure points for a Bahamas cruise -- sometimes Jacksonville.

Baltimore, New York and Norfolk are examples of other East Coast ports that also offer the occasional Bahamas sailing.

What are Tips to Find Cruise deals to Bahamas?

Here are our best tips for finding a cheap cruise or cruise deal to Bahamas. If you book a “guaranteed cabin” (they select for you), a cabin on a lower deck or sail on an older ship from a brand you like, then you can get the best price for a specific cruise to Bahamas. Last minute cruises deals to Bahamas appear as you get closer to the sail date, usually 1-2 weeks in advance. Taking a cruise to Bahamas in the shoulder season (before or after the peak season) can also be a great way to find a cruise deal.

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The 6 Best Cruises for Exploring the Bahamas

Only 110 miles off the florida coast, the bahamas is one of the easiest caribbean destinations to reach on a cruise. these are our top picks for sailings among this island paradise..

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Aerial view of a beach and the sea in the Bahamas

With hundreds of islands to visit, Bahamas cruises are filled with beautiful scenery, mesmerizing marine life, and relaxing beach escapes.

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Cruises to the Bahamas are filled with sun, soft sands, and the opportunity to dip your toes in a warm and seductive crystal blue sea. The 700-island archipelago is the kind of oasis you dream of when, in my case at least, you’re indoors on a cold and dark day in Cleveland. Exploring the islands is tricky by air, but much easier via ship. Bahamas cruises to take right now include quick jaunts from easy-to-get-to Florida ports as well as one-week and longer cruises that explore more deeply. You can sail there in less than a day from Florida (cruises tend to embark in the early evening and hang out at sea until the next morning ashore), which makes it both an easy escape for a quick getaway or somewhere to linger for even more rest and relaxation.

What to expect on a Bahamas cruise

The main places cruise ships visit in the Bahamas are Nassau, the capital city, and some of the islands and beaches that are affiliated with cruise lines, such as Disney’s private family wonderland Castaway Cay, off Great Abaco Island. There are small ships that explore further, including to the southern reaches of the archipelago.

Cruise passengers will find opportunities to hike in national parks, enjoy nearly deserted beaches, and explore many small churches—the Bahamas boasts more churches per capita than anywhere else in the world.

In the Bahamian capital of Nassau on New Providence Island, visitors can get a better understanding of the nation’s British colonial and West African slave history as well as of the Junkanoo culture and festivals at wonderful museums. Most day visitors, though, are typically focused on water attractions: heading off on diving or snorkeling excursions, boarding party boats with free-flowing rum punch, experiencing the beaches, swimming pools, and waterslides at the Atlantis Bahamas resort on Paradise Island, or trying to catch the big one on fishing charters.

On small ship itineraries, you may stop at San Salvador Island, where Christopher Columbus may or may not have made his first landing in the New World. (Historians quibble on the exact landing spot.) A white cross memorializes the supposed landing spot. Long Island, which stretches some 80 miles, has both rugged and sandy coasts and the natural attraction of Dean’s Blue Hole, one of the deepest sinkholes in the world at 663 feet, a place where divers and snorkelers can mingle with turtles and tarpons. The small island of Bimini is known for its clean beaches and rich marine life—hanging out at beach clubs, seeking quiet escapes in the land, and watching for dolphins and other sea creatures are prime activities.

Other cruise destinations include Eleuthera, with its inviting pink sands and protected park areas. In addition to beaches, the 365-island chain known as the Exumas are famous for swimming pigs (though they also live elsewhere in the Bahamas).

A standard stateroom on the "Celebrity Summit" cruise ship, with a bed, balcony, small desk, and arm chair

Even a standard stateroom on the Celebrity Summit won’t disappoint thanks to chic interior design details.

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Celebrity Cruises’ “Nassau & Bimini” itinerary

  • Best for: Upscale big ship experience
  • To book: 4-nights round-trip from Miami , from $473 per person for a veranda stateroom; from $801 per person for AquaClass; and from $2,245 per person for the Retreat
  • Islands: Nassau (New Providence), Bimini, plus Key West

Celebrity Cruises sails to Nassau and Bimini in style, and if time or money is tight, you don’t have to invest too much in your Bahamas getaway. You can book, for instance, an easy, breezy four-night trip on the 2,158-passenger Celebrity Summit from under $500 per person. That said, if you splurge on a suite in the Retreat, you’ll have your own sundeck with hot tub, enjoy private lounge access, and dine at the exclusive restaurant Luminae, where signature dishes by Celebrity’s culinary ambassador, Daniel Boulud, are featured on the rotating menu—such as creamy carrot and ginger velouté and Moroccan chicken tagine with saffron couscous. Spa lovers might want to book the AquaClass staterooms, with complimentary access to a Persian Garden with infrared sauna and sensory showers and exclusive dining at health focused Blu, where the wine list features sustainable and biodynamic wines. While in Bimini, you might try your hand at sport-fishing, a year-round pastime from the island.

A pelican-themed waterslide in the foreground on Castaway Cay, with a Disney Cruise Line ship in the background

If you’re traveling with younger cruisers, Disney has you covered.

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Disney Cruise Line’s Bahamian Cruise from Fort Lauderdale

  • Best for: Families and Disney fans of all ages
  • To book: 5-night Bahamas cruise from Fort Lauderdale on the 2,700-passenger Disney Magic , from $6,299 for four guests
  • Islands: Castaway Cay, Nassau (New Providence), Eleuthera

Disney Cruise Line has ships in the Bahamas year-round, starting with quick three- and four-night sailings from Florida ports. Ever since it first opened 1998, the highlight of any Disney cruise in the Bahamas has been Castaway Cay, a picture-perfect white-sand island paradise, complete with pirate attractions and Disney character appearances. What has Disney fans all atwitter is the opening in summer 2024 of a second exclusive for Disney Bahamas destination, Lighthouse Point, on the island of Eleuthera. There, Disney promises a celebration of Bahamian culture, including Junkanoo parades, characters from Bahamas folklore, and performances by local artists. An accompanying commitment to conservation at Lighthouse Point includes a solar installation that will provide at least 90 percent of the destination’s required electricity (Castaway Cay also has a solar installation). Family-friendly attractions abound but grown-ups can also drop the kids off in a supervised activity program and head to the adults-only beach to sip cocktails while lounging in private cabanas.

Aerial view of two pools on "Evrima," with no people

For a luxurious yacht-style cruise in the Bahamas, book a suite on the Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection’s recently launched Evrima .

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Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection’s round-trip sailing from Fort Lauderdale

  • Best for: Top-of-the-line luxury experience
  • To book: 7-night cruise from Fort Lauderdale on the 298-passenger Evrima , from $6,100 per person
  • Islands: Nassau (New Providence), Bimini, San Salvador, Long Island, plus Key West

On the Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection’s 298-passenger Evrima , you can head to the secluded dipping pool and pretend you are on your own private yacht, luxuriate in your resort-like suite, or join an intimate dance party on the Marina Terrace, located just above the sea. A seven-night itinerary in December 2023 gets you from Fort Lauderdale to Nassau, Bimini, San Salvador, and Long Island, Bahamas, with the bonus of some additional time built in to enjoy the Hemingway House & Museum and other attractions in Key West, Florida. Optional small group shore excursions in the Bahamas include an “Eco-Marine Safari” on Long Island, that combines small boat exploration of a mangrove channel and sandbars with a visit to see swimming pigs in a quiet cay. With both the cruise line and the Royal at Atlantis on Paradise Island affiliated with Marriott International , there’s also a hotel tie-in—you can book a daybed at the resort’s chic adults-only pool area, the Cove .

Aerial view of the island of Exuma  with a long stretch of empty beach, turquoise waters, patches of greenery and a few houses with pools

Explora the island of Exuma on a Scenic cruise in the Bahamas.

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Scenic’s “Island Odyssey: Bahamas to the Grenadines” cruise

  • Best for: Underwater and air exploration
  • To book: 12-night sailing in fall 2024 from $9,963 per person
  • Islands: Compass Cay, Great Exuma Island, San Salvador Island, Long Island, Great Inagua Island in the Bahamas. Also, Virgin Gorda, St. Bart’s, Monserrat, Iles des Saintes (Guadeloupe), Tobago Cays (St. Vincent and the Grenadines)

The luxurious 228-passenger Scenic Eclipse features some of the best exploration toys in the industry. An expedition team runs excursions including with two helicopters and a submarine, which will enhance your Bahamas views from both over and under the sea. Or borrow paddleboards and kayaks from the ship’s marina for your own solo exploration. A 12-night sailing from Nassau to Bridgetown, Barbados, starts with six days in the Bahamas, before following the yachting crowd south. Stops include Compass Cay in the Exuma Cays, where in the clear water you might see nurse sharks even from the ship. Bird lovers will enjoy a rare visit to the southernmost island in the Bahamas, Great Inagua Island, with its resident population of some 80,000 flamingos. Whiskey lovers will want to check out the ship’s collection of more than 110 varieties.

Two hot tubs on the top deck of a SeaDream Yacht Club ship surrounded by lounge chairs and umbrellas

SeaDream Yacht Club’s forthcoming 2025 Bahamas cruise will be worth the wait for this viewpoint from the whirlpools.

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SeaDream Yacht Club’s “Bountiful Bahamas” cruise

  • Best for: Low-key luxury
  • To book: 7-night cruise in April 2025 , from $4,399 per person
  • Islands: Nassau (New Providence), Staniel Cay, Great Exuma, San Salvador, Salt Cay

You’ll have to wait until 2025, but small-ship line SeaDream has an intriguing pair of upcoming round-trip cruises to the Bahamas from tony Palm Beach, Florida, on the 112-passenger SeaDream II . The “Bountiful Bahamas” itinerary lingers in the Exumas and around Long Island, with the opportunity to explore pristine beaches, hang out at beach shack bars, and snorkel in the clear sea. There’s also an unusual visit to the uninhabited Bahamas island Salt Cay (also known as Cay Sal), only accessible by boat and some 50 miles from Marathon, Florida. In between kayaking quiet bays, try the yacht’s newest attraction, an inflatable slide running from the pool deck into the water. SeaDream prides itself on cuisine and was the first cruise line with a full vegan raw food menu in addition to such indulgences as a signature l’oeuf poule au caviar (egg with caviar), grilled lobster, and filet mignon.

Woman in hanging wicker chair sitting poolside with glass of champagne at Virgin Voyages Bimini Beach Club

It wouldn’t be a Virgin Voyages Bahamas cruise without some time spent chilling at the Bimini Beach Club.

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Virgin Voyages’ “Fire & Sunset Soirées” cruise

  • Best for: Fun-seeking adults
  • To book: 4-night “Fire & Sunset Soirées” on the 2,770-passenger Scarlet Lady or Valiant Lady from $1,920 for two in a Sea Terrace cabin
  • Islands: Bimini, plus Key West

For pure adult fun you can’t beat Virgin Voyages , which is limited to those age 18 and up. During a beach day at the Virgin Voyages Beach Club at Bimini, private to Virgin guests when their ships visit, enjoy cocktails at the pool or a beach bonfire. Or book an activity such as a watercolor painting class, a “Views-n-Blues Mid-Afternoon Cruise” on a pontoon, an open-air tram tour of the island, or scuba dive with hammerheads. On the ship, partake in dance parties, take advantage of complimentary yoga, meditation sessions, and intense cardio HIIT classes, peruse vinyl selections on sale at the record shop, and get a tattoo or piercing when not indulging in treats at the “Lick Me Till  . . .  Ice Cream” shop. There are also six restaurants onboard, including a highly creative “Test Kitchen” where dishes smoke and sizzle, and a super-fun Korean barbecue experience, Gunbae, complete with drinking games.

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Embark from Florida: A Gateway to Caribbean Wonders & Beyond

Cruises to the Bahamas from Florida

If you’re thinking about taking a cruise from Florida with a stop in the Bahamas, you have four ports to choose from: Jacksonville , Miami , Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades) , Tampa , and Port Canaveral (Orlando) . Whichever departure port you choose on your journey from Florida to the Bahamas, with multiple stops in all kinds of different ports, you’ll be greeted by sandy white beaches, tropical weather, lush green landscapes, and colorful cultures. So, if you want a vacation that is both exciting and restful, with a layover in the Bahamas, choose one of the cruises that depart out of Florida.

Florida, known as “The Sunshine State,” is also a top-ranked holiday destination in its own right. With so much to do in Florida, it’s worth spending a few days there before or after your cruise. As a sun, sea, and sand location, Florida attracts all kinds of travelers, from partygoers to retirees, nature lovers, thrill seekers, and even foodies, not to mention beachgoers and water sports enthusiasts. Explore some of Florida’s busy, modern cities, quiet beach towns, and beautiful natural areas.

The Bahamas, with its magnificent blue waters and kind people, is the ideal tropical getaway for relieving the pains and worries of everyday life. The best way to do this is by planning a cruise from one of the many Florida ports.

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Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas

Take a cruise from Florida to the fast-paced lifestyle of Paradise Island and Nassau , the Bahamas’ capital and largest city, steeped in local culture and history, or sail to Freeport , the principal city on Grand Bahama, which boasts one of the world’s largest underwater cave systems. Cruise to some of the most exquisite ports of call and pure private-destination paradises, including Castaway Cay , CocoCay , Half Moon Cay , Great Stirrup Cay , Ocean Cay , and Princess Cays . Then there’s Bimini , a new portion of the Bahamas’ gorgeous islands now open to cruise ships.

With over 700 islands, there are so many cruise itineraries to select from, as well as a wide range of cruise lines and ships offering picturesque cruises from Florida. Carnival Cruise Line , Celebrity Cruises , Disney Cruise Line , Holland America Line , MSC Cruises , Norwegian Cruise Line , Princess Cruises , Royal Caribbean and Virgin Voyages are just some of the cruise lines that can take you to the Bahamas.

On a Bahamas cruise, you may go sailing, snorkeling, wandering along pearly pink sand beaches, and swimming in crystalline blue seas. There is an island in the Bahamas to fit every taste and style, as well as limitless activities for the entire family.

Bimini, Bahamas

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CocoCay, Bahamas

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Freeport, Bahamas

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Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas

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Half Moon Cay, Bahamas

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Nassau, Bahamas

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Ocean Cay, Bahamas

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Princess Cays, Bahamas

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Experience the total relaxation of a Bahamas cruise in the stretch of 700 idyllic islands famed for their stunning, powdery beaches and translucent seas.

With fun-filled onboard entertainment and short, beautiful journeys between the islands, a cruise is without a doubt, the best way to explore the Bahamas. Choose from an all-inclusive luxury cruise to a family-friendly vessel packed with fun-thrilled activities.

There is lots to do off the boat too. Learn about buccaneers in the Pirates of Nassau interactive museum, visit the impressive Atlantis Paradise Island or delve into the caves of Hatchet Bay.

For the most exclusive experience, find a cruise line with its own private island in this archipelago:

  • Royal Caribbean features Perfect Day at CocoCay island with the largest freshwater pool in the Bahamas, a helium balloon and the tallest waterslide in North America.
  • Norwegian Cruise Line has an attractive offer with Great Stirrup Cay and its expansive white-sand beaches.
  • Princess Cay and Half Moon Cay, both beautiful and peaceful private islands, are used exclusively by the guests of Princess Cruises , Carnival and Holland America .
  • MSC Cruises has redesigned their private island and introduced Ocean Cay, an exclusive eco-friendly destination.

Most cruises to the Bahamas sail from different cities of Florida such as Miami , Fort Lauderdale , Tampa and Orlando . These cruises typically last between 3 to 7 days and the best time to visit is from mid-December to mid-April.

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2 women on cruise out of Florida reported being drugged, raped in Bahamas. What we know

A couple of weeks after the U.S. Department of State issued a travel warning for the Bahamas , two Kentucky women reported being drugged and sexually assaulted .

The two women were on a Carnival cruise that left Jacksonville and said they were unaware of the travel warning and "not aware of any warnings given by Carnival," according to their Miami-based attorney, Nicholas Gerson.

Carnival offers cruises out of four Florida ports, and the Bahamas is one of several destinations offered.

Two women reported being drugged, raped on Bahamas beach. What happened?

The women, two mothers from Kentucky, told  News Nation 's Chris Cuomo they were "relaxing on a Grand Bahama beach" when a resort employee allegedly gave them drinks spiked with a cocktail of drugs, including benzodiazepines.

"They were given drinks — a coconut and pineapple drink — spiked with a series of drug and narcotics," Gerson told the USA TODAY. "They became inebriated and were both taken away and raped."

One of the women told Cuomo she and her friend went to look for seashells for their children with "a male resort employee" and the next thing she remembered she "was waking up while she was being assaulted by a uniformed male resort staffer."

Toxicology results found little if no alcohol in women but they tested positive for benzos and other drugs, including cocaine, according to Gerson.

What are benzodiazepines or benzos?

Benzodiazepines , also known as benzos, are depressants that slow down activity in your brain and nervous system, according to Cleveland Clinic .

They can cause extreme drowsiness, confusion , impaired coordination, decreased reflexes, respiratory depression, coma, and possible death.

The most common benzodiazepines are the prescription drugs Valium, Xanax, Halcion, Ativan, and Klonopin, according to the DEA .

Where did the recent attacks take place in the Bahamas?

According to a preliminary report from the   Royal Bahamas Police Force , the attacks took place shortly after noon Feb. 4 while the two women visited a beach in Central Grand Bahama.

Gerson said on the day of the alleged assaults, his clients went on an excursion called "Pirate's Cove Beach Getaway" and were taken to the island by a shuttle arranged by Carnival.

Was anyone arrested in the Bahamas attack on 2 women?

Police in the Bahamas have arrested two people on sexual assault charges.

"Quick response," by officers in  Grand Bahama , the northernmost island of the Bahamas in the Atlantic Ocean, resulted in the arrest of a 54-year-old man of Eight Mile Rock and a 40-year-old man of South Bahamia, after they allegedly sexually assaulted two women on Sunday, the  Royal Bahamas Police Force  said.

What did Carnival have to say about the attacks?

Carnival released the following statement to USA TODAY:

"While ashore in Freeport, Bahamas on an independent shore excursion, two guests on Carnival Elation reported to Bahamian police that they were sexually assaulted at a local beach. Our onboard Care Team provided support for the two guests as they sailed back to Jacksonville. Bahamian police are investigating the matter and Carnival is providing our full cooperation."

How did Pirates Cove Zipline and Water Park respond to reports of an attack?

"At Pirates Cove, the safety of our guests and team members is always paramount," a spokesperson for Pirates Cove Zipline and Water Park said in an email.

"We regret that our guests experienced this incident, and we remain steadfast in our commitment to aid police in the collection of evidence in response to these allegations, including providing police access to video from the 16 cameras around the beach facility where the assault of the two guests allegedly occurred.

"We take great pride in ensuring our guests have a safe and enjoyable experience when visiting Pirates Cove. In addition to having safety personnel and CCTV surveillance throughout the park, employees and vendors of Pirates Cove must follow strict guidelines when interacting with guests. We have a zero-tolerance policy for fraternizing with guests or behaving in a manner that is unsafe.

"While there is an active police investigation into these serious allegations, we have terminated the employment of the two accused, as the behavior seen on tape by management indicates that at a minimum, they violated our zero-tolerance policy."

What is the travel warning for the Bahamas?

The  United States Department of State  issued a  Level 2 travel advisory  for travelers heading to the Bahamas in January.

The  advisory warns travelers  to "exercise increased caution" due to crime, specifically on the islands of New Providence, which includes Nassau, and Grand Bahama, which includes Freeport.

"Violent crime —  such as burglaries, armed robberies, and sexual assaults —  occur in both tourist and non-tourist areas. Be vigilant when staying at short-term vacation rental properties where private security companies do not have a presence, " the State Department said.  

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Carnival sails out of four Florida ports

Carnival offers tours out of four Florida locations : Jacksonville, Port Canaveral, Miami and Tampa.

Carnival Elation sails out of Jacksonville, offering tours to the Bahamas and Caribbean.

Five ships — Mardi Gras,Vista, Freedom, Glory, Liberty — sail out of Cape Canaveral . Destinations depend on the ship and range from the Bahamas and Caribbean to transatlantic cruises and the Panama Canal.

Six ships — Celebration, Spirit, Horizon, Sunrise, Magic, and Conquest — sail out of Miami . Destinations depend on the ship and range from the Bahamas and Caribbean to Alaska, transatlantic cruises and the Panama Canal.

Five ships — Spirit, Miracle, Legend, Paradise and Price — sail out of Tampa . Destinations depend on the ship and range from the Bahamas and Caribbean to Alaska, Seattle, Greenland, Canada, Mexico, transatlantic cruises and the Panama Canal.

Top Carnival destinations from Florida ports

The top destinations for a Carnival cruise out of Florida are:

  • Caribbean and Mexico: Ports of call include Celebration Key; Cozumel; Grand Cayman; Nassau; Freeport; Belize; Mahogany Bay; St. Thomas; Bimini; Progreso, Yucatan; San Juan; Key West; Half Moon Cay; St. Maarten; St. Kitts; Montego Bay; Ocho Rios; St. Lucia; Grand Turk; Barbados; Curacao; Costa Maya; La Romana; Princess Cays; Falmouth; Antigua; Bonaire; Bermuda; Grenada; Amber Cove; Dominca; Santa Marta; Miami; Galveston; Port Canaveral; New Orleans; Tampa; Charleston, South Carolina; Baltimore, Maryland; New York City; Mobile.
  • Bahamas: Ports of call include Celebration Key; Nassau; Bimini; Freeport; Baltimore; Charleston; Half Moon Cay; Jacksonville; Miami; Norfolk; Port Canaveral; Princess Cays.
  • Panama Canal: Destinations include Panama Canal transit; Panama Canal partial transit; Cartagena; Limon; Celebration Key; Cozumel; Ocho Rios; Grand Turk; Half Moon Cay; Amber Cove; Aruba; Bonaire; Montego Bay; Puntarenas; Colon; Santa Marta; Curacao; Huatulco; Grand Cayman; Puerto Quetzal; Cabo San Lucas; Seattle; Baltimore; Tampa; Miami; Galveston; New Orleans.
  • Transatlantic: Ports of call include Funchal, Madeira; Celebration Key; Grand Turk; La Coruna; Las Palmas; Praia Da Vitoria, Azore; Malaga; Tenerife; Valencia; Lisbon; Vigo; Gibraltar; Bermuda; Halifax, Nova Scotia; Ponta Delgada; Alicante; Barcelona; Southhampton, London; Tampa; Miami.

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US Embassy, State Department offer these tips if you go to the Bahamas

  • Exercise extreme caution in the eastern part of New Providence Island (Nassau).
  • Use caution when walking or driving at night.
  • Keep a low profile.
  • Be aware of your surroundings.
  • Do not physically resist any robbery attempt.
  • Review your personal security plans.
  • If you decide to travel to The Bahamas,  do not answer your door at your hotel/residence unless you know who it is.  

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2024 travel tips: Cruises from Florida for spring, summer already selling out. What we know

Cruising is back − and in a big way. So say industry reports from Reuters , Cruise Industry News and Auto club group AAA.

After three years of bouncing back to pre-pandemic levels of sales, cruise companies are gearing up for what is expected to be a record-breaking year.

Last year, the demand for new cruise experiences was met with a horde of themed cruises: The Margaritaville cruise , a Taylor Swift cruise scheduled to set sail in October 2024 , a global 9-month-long cruise and even a Hallmark Christmas cruise scheduled for later this year all hit the market.

According to a recent press release from AAA, cruise lines finally reached pre-pandemic levels of sales in 2023 and are already selling out of suites and cabins with balconies for popular spring and summer cruises in 2024.

Here’s when AAA says the best time to book a cruise is, what kinds of cruises are predicted to be most popular in 2024 and a quick roundup of some popular cruises leaving from Florida ports.

What is the cheapest month to book a cruise?

“Travel demand is off to a strong start, which means availability will continue to shrink in the next couple of months,” Debbie Haas, AAA vice president of travel, said in the press release. “So, if you want a specific itinerary, ship, or cabin type, act fast or you’ll have to start planning for next year instead.”

According to AAA’s press release, the first three months of the year are the best to book a cruise. January through March is called “wave season” among travel agents, since this is when many book their spring and summer vacations.

From now through March, cruise lines offer many discounts that can vary from 30% to 60% discounted prices, cabin upgrades, buy-one-get-one deals, on-board credits, pre-paid tipping and drink packages.

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What cruise is the most popular?

AAA’s 2024 trend report shows a spike in interest for Caribbean, Alaskan, European and weekend cruises.

When is the best time to cruise?

Here are AAA’s trend forecasts for the best times to cruise in 2024, according to the kind of cruise you choose:

  • The Caribbean is popular year-round, but spring and summer are the most popular sailing times. 
  • Alaska cruise season runs from May to September. Because this is an abbreviated period, there’s more competition for availability.  
  • Weekend cruises have gained popularity in recent years. Weekend warriors have realized the value an all-inclusive cruise compared to a weekend getaway in a big city resort. Cruise lines have recognized this growing trend and are making weekend cruises more of a priority in 2024, by mobilizing some of their newest ships to accessible ports for weekend excursions. 
  • European river cruising is now operational year-round. Because European travel is most popular during the summer, travelers can avoid the crowds and find lower priced cruises and airfares in the early and later parts of the year.

Can I take a cruise from Florida to Alaska?

Most Alaskan cruises depart from Seattle, Washington, but you can cruise to Alaska from Florida! Although you technically can cruise to Alaska from Florida, it takes around 14 days, has to be booked far in advance and can get really pricey.

Cruising to the Caribbean is a much shorter and easier voyage from Florida. Four-night cruises to Haiti and Mexico start at around $215 to $250 per person on Expedia as of February 13, 2024. There are currently travel advisories for Caribbean islands like the Bahamas and Jamaica , so make sure to be aware of that when booking a Caribbean cruise.

As far as weekend cruises go, there are plenty leaving from Florida ports in 2024. There are more options if you decide to make it a long weekend, with cruise lines like Margaritaville offering a variety of three and four-night cruises throughout the year.

How safe are cruise stops? Travel advisories are only one marker for destinations

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After two Carnival Cruise Line passengers were allegedly sexually assaulted in the Bahamas amid travel warnings, some travelers may be wondering whether they should visit ports with active advisories.

The guests, two women from Kentucky, said they were drugged and raped while ashore on the island of Grand Bahama. Bahamas police arrested two men last week on sexual assault charges.

The U.S. Embassy in the Bahamas issued a security alert in late January warning of recent murders in Nassau, and the State Department has had a Level 2 advisory in place for the popular island nation since 2018, urging travelers to “exercise increased caution” due to crime. But those kinds of warnings don’t necessarily mean it’s unsafe to visit.

“It all comes down to personal risk assessment,” said Jared Feldman, owner of travel agency Jafeldma Travel. “It's not intended for you to abandon your travel altogether, either. It's just what it is: It's an advisory. Be aware.”

Is it safe to go on cruises to places with travel advisories?

Cruise operators monitor for potential safety issues well before departure. “Security is top of mind for cruise lines, and they're constantly looking at areas of concern,” whether due to terrorism or other threats, Feldman said.

Feldman said cruise lines also generally distribute warnings about safety matters to guests through onboard announcements, for example, or in notes in the daily planners they distribute to passenger cabins.

Nicholas Gerson, an attorney for the Carnival guests Amber Shearer and Dongayla Dobson, told USA TODAY last week that his clients did not know about the Bahamas warning at the time and were "not aware of any warnings given by Carnival."

Carnival spokesperson Matt Lupoli said in an email on Tuesday that the line’s “shipboard team routinely shares guidance with guests on keeping safe while ashore,” though he did not comment specifically on Gerson’s statement.

That’s not just a voluntary move, according to John H. (Jack) Hickey, a maritime trial attorney in Miami. Cruise lines are legally obligated to warn guests of dangers “about which the cruise line knew or should have known.

“They have a duty to their passengers under the maritime common law to advise the passengers of these risks,” he said. That includes any hazards during port stops, which Hickey said are “part and parcel” of a cruise.

However, travel advisories are “fluid.” They may change depending on geopolitical developments, the environment and other factors, according to Carrie Pasquarello, CEO and co-founder of Global Secure Resources Inc., a company focused on risk mitigation and threat assessment planning. They may also be more nuanced than a single number can show.

Mexico, for example, has varied warning levels for different states. “There's a lot of different risks in Mexico, and yet, so many people are traveling to Mexico and having excellent, successful excursions and vacations,” Pasquarello said.

The Bahamas, for its part, has also pushed back on the crime alert shared by the U.S. Embassy, with the Office of the Prime Minister noting that its Level 2 rating did not change. The Bahamas has been listed at Level 2 since the start of the travel advisory system in 2018 (it was temporarily raised to Level 3 in 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic).

The office said in a statement that the incidents described in the crime alert – warning of nearly murders in Nassau since the beginning of the year – “do not reflect general safety in the Bahamas, a country of 16 tourism destinations, and many more islands.”

“Our law enforcement agencies are taking rigorous steps to maintain our well-earned reputation, including an enhanced police presence and additional police resources (including facial recognition CCTV surveillance technology) and training,” the statement continued.

Do cruise lines cancel stops because of travel advisories?

Feldman said cruise lines “try not to disrupt the passenger experience as much as possible” and are unlikely to alter course because of advisories like those currently in place for the Bahamas and Jamaica .

“They will only change the itinerary if there's a real significant, sincere threat to passenger safety, or it's just not safe for the guests to disembark from the ship, or it's not safe to sail in certain waters,” he said. Many cruise lines have recently canceled or rerouted sailings away from the Red Sea amid continued attacks on commercial and naval vessels.

“The safety of our guests and crew is our priority and as part of our regular security procedures, we routinely monitor the local destinations our ships visit and keep in close communication with government and law enforcement officials,” Lupoli, the Carnival spokesperson, said. If changes are needed, he added, the line “will react quickly.”

The contracts passengers agree to when they book a cruise allow operators to change ports as necessary without owing them compensation (though they may offer it as a goodwill gesture).

Tips for staying safe in port on cruises

There are ways cruise passengers can help protect themselves during their trip.

Pasquarello recommended researching destinations before booking. “We want to make sure that our travelers are being proactive, prepared, looking at those risk indicators along with those level advisories,” she said.

Pasquarello also likes to review advisories from other countries, such as Canada or Australia, for a given destination to get greater context. “Each of these countries have their own risk rating levels and look at things differently, and so I want to see the full view of the location that I'm going to,” she added.

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Travelers can also sign up for the State Department’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program , which can give them safety information about their destination, help the U.S. Embassy reach them in case of emergency and more.

Many health insurance plans don’t cover travelers while they are abroad. Pasquarello urged travelers to call their provider to check and look into travel insurance if their coverage is lacking.

When going ashore, Feldman recommended booking an organized shore excursion. “Try to travel with other people, and not necessarily be on your own,” he said, and recommended following other general safety practices, like exploring during the day when possible and being mindful of your surroundings. Cruise passengers also always have the option of staying on board during a stop.

Pasquarello noted that there are risks and crime in the U.S. and on board cruise ships as well, and travelers should make their assessments about their well-being. “We have to be our best safety advocate,” she said.

Nathan Diller is a consumer travel reporter for USA TODAY based in Nashville. You can reach him at [email protected].

Only Carnival's cruise guests will be able to vacation at this $500 million private resort — take a sneak peek

  • Carnival Cruise Line's new private destination, Celebration Key, is set to open in July 2025.
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One of Carnival Cruise Line’s upcoming $500 million projects has the potential to become a massive money tree for the popular operator.

And no, it’s not a cruise ship. It’s a mile-long slice of beachfront land on Grand Bahama island . Carnival is turning the land into its own private destination.

The cruise line says this slice of the Bahamas — dubbed Celebration Key — is set to flex resort-like amenities, including cabanas by the ocean and an infinity pool at the adults-only club.

But would-be visitors will have to be patient: It's not scheduled to begin welcoming cruisers until July 2025.

Carnival has kept many of Celebration Key’s details under wraps

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But we do know the designated family area is expected to have a massive freshwater lagoon, a children's water play area, two waterslides, and sports courts.

Adults who need a break from rowdy kids can also expect their own section of Celebration Key

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The adult-friendly retreat, separate from the previously noted club, is expected to have another lagoon outfitted with a swim-up bar and a DJ.

Both the family and adult areas are expected to have rentable cabanas . (Or guests could save that money and spend it at Celebration Key's shopping center instead.)

We're still a year from its planned debut, but the destination is already listed in more than 500 upcoming itineraries on 18 of Carnival’s 26 ships

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Cruises set to visit the destination currently start at $220 per person for a roundtrip Miami three-day sailing on the Carnival Conquest in October 2025.

The vacation-at-sea operator says the island is expected to be capable of accommodating 2 million guests annually. In the future, it plans to expand Celebration Key with zip lines and waterparks, Carnival said.

But it's not the affordable cruise line’s only land-based venture

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Carnival also owns the smaller Half Moon Cay, a resort-like private island in the Bahamas, that has activities like horseback riding and swimming with stingrays.

The island is now being updated with an additional berth to accommodate the cruise line's biggest ships.

There’s a good reason the cruise giant is going all-in on its land-based portfolio: Private islands can be cash cows for operators like Carnival and Royal Caribbean.

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Guests can splurge on these exclusive destinations' paid excursions, boosting the cruise line's profits.

And in the case of Half Moon Cay and Celebration Key, these stops are near Florida's major cruise ports, decreasing visiting ships' travel times and fuel costs.

For some operators, these exclusive ports could also become a necessity.

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An increasing number of cities worldwide have been restricting cruise ship access. In other cases, several of the industry's new mega-ships have outgrown some ports.

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It was a bucket-list cruise to Antarctica. Then plans changed.

Passengers on the norwegian star are demanding answers after their cruise was rerouted.

Before she set out on a 14-day cruise to Antarctica and South America, Helen Midler dreamed of seeing an iceberg dotted with penguins as she sailed by the world’s southernmost continent.

“This trip was definitely bucket list,” Midler, 61, of Melbourne, Australia, wrote in an email from the Norwegian Star, which is owned by Norwegian Cruise Line. She and her husband traveled from Melbourne to Santiago, Chile, to Buenos Aires to get on board.

But when the itinerary changed during the trip to no longer include cruising along the mainland of Antarctica — and the overall amount of time in Antarctic waters was cut — Midler said the voyage was no longer what she and thousands of others aboard had paid for. An update to the cruise line’s app even changed the name to remove Antarctica from the title, she said, and the operator provided only vague explanations.

Under the new schedule, the ship would no longer visit Paradise Bay off the coast of the Antarctic mainland, but instead sail by Admiralty Bay, part of the South Shetland Islands. While technically part of Antarctica, the substitution is located more than 200 miles north of the original location.

With the help of her daughter on land, Midler uploaded her ire to TikTok under the name @ruinedvacation . Her first video shows a crowd of passengers gathered to demand answers — with a security officer urging people to calm down. The videos have gone viral, with the first one getting 3.4 million views.

“It has been absolutely ruined because the main part of this trip as far as we were all concerned was taken away from us after we boarded,” she said in her email. She said “hundreds” were very upset, and many have been talking about whether they could get any compensation through insurance, the cruise line or a class-action lawsuit. While staff said an email went out and printed notices were supposed to have been displayed, Midler said neither she nor many fellow passengers received those.

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Her experience is the latest reminder that cruise lines can — and often do — change course before or during a sailing. Several operators have canceled voyages in the Red Sea recently due to Houthi militant attacks on ships. Weather frequently upends itineraries; in an extreme example , a cruise meant to visit the Bahamas from New York ended up going to New England and Canada in December.

Norwegian Cruise Line said in a statement that while the operator tries “to maintain original itineraries as much as possible, at times modifications are made to optimize the itinerary or to accommodate certain circumstances.”

The company pointed to two reasons for the change during the Feb. 4 cruise: Norwegian said the revision was made “to enhance the guest experience” and that passengers would be able to spend more time in the Falkland Islands.

“In addition, due to a recent regulatory requirement in the area, the ship is operating at a reduced speed, also impacting its original itinerary,” the company said.

Norwegian did not clarify which regulatory requirement it was referring to, but a new speed reduction was introduced this season, which runs from November until March. The agreement to go slow in certain areas was reached in 2021 by the International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators , but members only agreed last year to include the South Shetland Islands in the speed-restricted area. The company did not respond to a question about whether the official description of the trip was changed to remove Antarctica from the title.

“We’ve paid too much money, we’re too smart and we’re too angry to just order another cocktail and sit down and accept the fact that our money has vanished into Norwegian Cruise Line’s pockets,” Midler said in her video. She said she and her husband spent roughly $13,000 to go on the trip after saving up for “a very long time.”

Travelers on the ship’s Feb. 18 voyage complained on social media and to The Washington Post that they have also received word via email that their trip’s schedule is changing. Instead of the previously planned two days in Antarctic waters, including Paradise Bay, the ship will spend one day sailing along Admiralty Bay and Elephant Island. Norwegian did not respond to questions about the upcoming sailing. Passengers do not get off the ship in Antarctica.

“They halved our time cruising Antarctica,” Caren Biberman, of Mays Landing, N.J., said in an email about her sailing that leaves from Buenos Aires on Sunday. She said the message she got from the cruise line said the updates were made to “optimize the itinerary or to accommodate certain circumstances,” and that the changes would “enhance the guest experience.”

“Well, it won’t optimize the itinerary for me nor will it enhance my experience. Quite the opposite,” she wrote. “I no longer consider it an Antarctica cruising experience.”

What are passengers’ rights?

While passengers have argued they are not getting what they paid for, travel and legal experts say they don’t have much of a chance to get money back.

“The key with NCL, like all the cruise lines, is if you read the ticket contract, it basically gives them a near absolute right to make itinerary changes,” said Michael Winkleman, an attorney who sues cruise lines. Weather and regional conflict are typical reasons for changes.

“Does that mean that the cruise passenger has zero rights? According to the contract, pretty much,” he said, though he noted that there could “hypothetically” be a case if some kind of mechanical error were to blame for a switched-up itinerary.

“Practically speaking, it doesn’t mean you can’t plead your case with guest relations,” he said.

Stephen Pratt , a professor at the Rosen College of Hospitality Management at the University of Central Florida in Orlando, said cruise ships will often alter an itinerary mid-voyage to avoid inclement weather.

He said NCL’s explanation for the change was uncommon, however. He described the company’s claim that passengers still experienced Antarctica as “duplicitous.”

“They technically went to somewhere in Antarctica, but not where they originally meant to go,” he said. “It certainly didn’t match the customers’ experience and expectations.”

He said the company does not legally owe passengers compensation. But as a goodwill gesture, the cruise line should offer them a credit for a future cruise, a gesture that will benefit all parties.

Steven Benna, a spokesperson for travel insurance comparison site Squaremouth , said travel insurance policies designed specifically for cruisers may include an itinerary change benefit. The plans cover prepaid tours or shore excursions affected by a cruise line’s decision to reroute a ship. Reimbursement can range from $200 to $500.

He said the policies would not cover missed stops or legs of a voyage. Nor would they protect cruisers who decide to cancel a future trip because of an itinerary change.

“It’s not something that’s going to be considered a covered reason under a standard trip cancellation plan. Reason being there, even if it happens a little bit before [departure time], it’s not something that’s preventing you from taking the trip. It would be more of a loss of enjoyment situation and that isn’t a covered reason to cancel.”

A ‘once in a lifetime’ cruise

Bridgett Quinn Webber, a cruise travel agent who has visited Antarctica twice, said the trip is among the most expensive and unpredictable places people can visit, though she said the destination is “spectacular.” Voyages need to last at least at least 10 days, she said, “just because it takes a while to get down there.”

“It’s usually also a once-in-a-lifetime for most people, so they want to see as much as they can in one trip,” she said.

Because the destination is often subject to last-minute changes, the best practice is for operators to be general about where their ships are going, said Kevin Moore, who has worked in Antarctica and is now a travel adviser who sells small-ship expedition cruises to the continent.

“No ship can promise a specific location to be visited, because this is way too dependent on good condition, proper ice conditions, wildlife movement, and the location of other ships,” he said in an email. “So promising a specific location simply sets everyone up for disappointment.”

Many of the cruises he sells — on ships with 200 passengers or less, not the 2,300-plus the Norwegian Star can carry — spend between four and seven days in the waters between the South Shetland Islands, the mainland of Antarctica and other islands in between. The South Shetland Islands are part of the British Antarctic Territory.

Moore said both Paradise Bay and Admiralty Bay were “stunning locations” replete with glaciers, wildlife and the potential for icebergs, but he acknowledged the disappointment in missing the Antarctic continent and only venturing as close as the South Shetland Islands.

Despite her frustration about the itinerary, Midler said she enjoyed a stop in Port Stanley, in the Falkland Islands, on Wednesday. On a “magnificent sunny day,” she said she saw dolphins and sea lions and penguins, had beer at a local pub and fish and chips at a cafe.

“We’ve really worked hard to try and have a good time and we know that we look back on it with some interesting memories,” she wrote. “We certainly do feel very let down and disappointed and angry.”

More cruise news

Living at sea: Travelers on a 9-month world cruise are going viral on social media. For some travelers, not even nine months was enough time on a ship; they sold cars, moved out of their homes and prepared to set sail for three years . That plan fell apart, but a 3.5-year version is waiting in the wings.

Passengers beware: It’s not all buffets and dance contests. Crime data reported by cruise lines show that the number of sex crimes has increased compared to previous years. And though man-overboard cases are rare, they are usually deadly .

The more you know: If you’re cruise-curious, here are six tips from a newcomer. Remember that in most cases, extra fees and add-ons will increase the seemingly cheap price of a sailing. And if you happen to get sick , know what to expect on board.

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