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“Paradise” is more than the name of our ship — it’s a state of mind. Because at Margaritaville at Sea, we trade detailed itineraries for relaxed spontaneity. When you step aboard our cruise ship, you can explore a vacation agenda that’s entirely your own. Reunite with friends over pickleball, rejoice in captivating tropical performances, and revel in the sand between your toes. Whether onboard or off, you’ll find a shipload of ways to rediscover paradise at Margaritaville at Sea.

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Margaritaville at Sea Islander offers a completely new way to cruise into an Island State of Mind. Decked out in creative and familiar bars and restaurants, our newest flagship offers new ways to discover fun opportunities for dining and drinking. With innovations like the world’s only three-story poolside Landshark Bar and the Caribbean Amphibian Splash Pool and Water Slide, embarking on an Islander adventure is every bit about the journey as it is the destination.

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The best part of my experience was being able to do everything with my whole family of Mom, Dad, and 4 teenage girls. The show was amazing! It was very entertaining and the performers are extremely talented. We had a great time and will be back. I would definitely recommend the cruise and stay. 

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From the delicious food to the entertainment what’s not to love about this cruise! They have truly given it an amazing upgrade! Everything was wonderful! Dominick loved the kids club, he kept wanting to go back!!

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Introducing a new way to sail.

Margaritaville at Sea is an exciting new cruise line currently featuring two ships, the Islander and the Paradise. The Paradise is currently sailing and the Islander is scheduled to make its inaugural voyage in June 2024. 

The Margaritaville at Sea Islander is the newest flagship resort-at-sea perfectly designed to transport cruisers on a fun-soaked escape to an island state of mind. Sailing June 2024 from Port of Tampa Bay, Florida to Key West and Mexico on 4- and 5-night cruise itineraries. 

The Margaritaville at Sea Paradise is your easy escape for a Bahamas getaway where there’s always a party in the makin’. Kick back in comfort with live entertainment and performances, drinks by the pool, games of chance at the casino, and delicious food – always ready when you are. Sailing from the Port of Palm Beach, Florida to Freeport, Grand Bahama Island on 2- and 3-night itineraries. 

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The Margaritaville at Sea Islander is filled with entirely new ways to play the day away, plus your favorite Margaritaville dining and entertainment experiences among 12 newly designed passenger decks. With 12 dining venues, 13 bars and lounges, St. Somewhere Spa, Fins Up! Fitness Center, an all-new Margaritaville Casino, live music enclaves, all ages lounge and arcade, four distinct outdoor pool zones, and more, exploring the Islander will become an adventure all its own.

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The Margaritaville at Sea Paradise is your easy-breezy resort at sea, with visual accents that inspire adventure. The ship’s inviting atmosphere is filled with music, lights, island-inspired sculptures, artwork, and more. Lovers of non-stop entertainment can enjoy the Margaritaville Casino, Stars on the Water Theater, and various nightclubs while wellness-enthusiasts can stop by the St. Somewhere Spa & Salon or Fins Up! Fitness Center. With pools, a retail store, and so much more, there’s something for everyone.

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Margaritaville at Sea - Cruise To Grand Bahama Island

The Bahamas 2-Night Cruise Aboard Margaritaville at Sea | Port of Palm Beach To Grand Bahama Island | Departs Every Other Day

The all new Margaritaville at Sea is now booking! A quick and affordable getaway. This is the only 2-night cruise sailing from the Port of Palm Beach to Grand Bahama Island, every other day. 

Traditional Cruise

The Margaritaville at Sea offers a traditional 2-night cruise to Grand Bahama Island, departing every other day from the easily accessible Port of Palm Beach. This spectacular ship has a maximum capacity of 1,800 passengers and includes all of the excitement, on-board amenities and fabulous entertainment options you would expect from a long duration cruise without the high price.

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Sailing to Grand Bahama island

  • Cruise departs West Palm Beach at 5:30 pm
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  • Cruise arrives in the Bahamas at 8:00 am (next day)
  • Spend the day on Grand Bahama Island
  • Cruise departs the Bahamas at 5:00 pm
  • Cruise arrives West Palm Beach at 7:00 am (next day)
  • Disembark by 10:30 am

While aboard ship you'll enjoy:

  • Spacious cabins with your choice of interior, ocean view or suite
  • All meals, snacks and standard beverages
  • Lots of entertainment options
  • Port taxes & departure fees are included in your final price
  • Gratuities aboard ship are not included & will be collected upon boarding

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Posted by The Bishop Family on Jun 7th 2022

We just returned from the Margaritaville cruise. It was so much fun! It had the same laid back and relaxing vibe of the Margaritaville Resort that we visited last year. The price is great so we will be back!

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The Grand Celebration is quite-a-step up from the old Celebration cruise. It's much larger and much newer. We like this little cruise and have also taken the cruise & stay package, combining 2 nights at the Viva resort in the Bahamas...great deal!

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Parrotheads and margarita lovers rejoice! Margaritaville, Jimmy Buffett's well-known brand (rest in peace, Jimmy!), is out to sea! Hop onboard a Margaritaville cruise for a quick yet rejuvenating trip to the Bahamas.

The new cruise line is helping answer the question, “Can a song about a lost shaker of salt impact an entire sea-filled ocean?” You bet it can because it's always 5 o'clock onboard Margaritaville at Sea Paradise, their new cruise ship.

Jimmy Buffett plays guitar onboard Margaritaville at Sea Paradise during its inaugural sailing.

We're sharing what other great things you can expect on board.

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Carefree Island Vibe Aboard Margaritaville at Sea Paradise

Likened to the Margaritaville brand, the vibe of a Margaritaville cruise will be carefree, breezy, and tropical. Interior common spaces are decorated with bright colors and natural elements, like tropical foliage and nautical rope.

Staterooms are adorned in tan, white, and blue hues. Everywhere has a “leave your worries behind” atmosphere.

The ship's exterior has a famous Jimmy Buffett quote, “Changes in latitudes, changes in attitudes…” painted on its side and states this ship is, “Where it's always 5 o'clock.” Now that's something we can toast to!

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Margaritaville at Sea Paradise sets sail with short getaways from Palm Beach to Grand Bahama Island

Head to Florida's Port of Palm Beach to board the 10-deck ship Margaritaville at Sea Paradise. This 2-night, 3-day cruise sails between Palm Beach and Freeport, on Grand Bahama Island.

The Port of Palm Beach is only 20-minutes from the West Palm Beach airport (code PBI) and about an hour from Fort Lauderdale Airport (code FLL). Grand Bahama Island is the northernmost island in the Bahamas and is directly east of Palm Beach, Florida.

Three Day Itinerary for Margaritaville at Sea

Escape from land to the ocean, and Grand Bahama Island with the following schedule for a short but revitalizing cruise:

  • Check-in for your cruise at the Port of Palm Beach, Florida, beginning at 11:00am
  • Board starting at 12:00pm
  • All aboard time of 4:00pm
  • Depart from the Port of Palm Beach at 5:30pm
  • Arrive at Grand Bahama Island by 9:00am
  • Spend the day snorkeling , shopping, enjoying the beach, and more on guided excursions or on your own
  • All aboard at 4:30pm
  • Depart at 5:00pm
  • Arrive back at the Port of Palm Beach at 7:00am
  • Disembark between 8:00am and 10:30am

Rebrand for Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line to Margaritaville at Sea

Margaritaville at Sea is taking over the former Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line, which has completely rebranded. Their ship, Grand Classica , has been transformed into Margaritaville at Sea Paradise .

Millions of dollars were invested in the exciting refurbishment. Colors, patterns, and textures from the sand, sea, and sky influenced the interior design, which emulates the Margaritaville brand. You'll find parrot motifs, beach scenes, and palm trees not just at your cruise destination but also in the interior choices of common areas and staterooms on the ship.

Ship Upgrades (including Sustainability)

Though the ships may be a few years old and going through a complete renovation, something guests won’t ever see are the fuel tanks onboard. They were scrubbed (literally by hand) so the most low-sulfur emitting fuel could be put into the ships to make them as sustainability-conscious as possible right now.

Margaritaville at Sea Paradise Dining and Entertainment

Myriad dining, bar, and entertainment options are on board for you to enjoy during your short but significant cruise. There are plenty of places to throw back a few drinks, whether coffee or cocktails, and be entertained.

The names of the common spaces onboard are playful and befitting of a Margaritaville cruise. Gourmet options include:

  • JWB Prime Steak & Seafood (that's James William Buffett for the non-parrotheads out there)
  • Frank and Lola’s Pizzeria (Frank and Lola are the subjects of one of Jimmy Buffett's songs, of the same name)
  • Port of Indecision Buffet
  • LandShark Sports Bar (Landshark is Jimmy Buffett's brand beer, so this is of course appropriately named)
  • Margaritaville Coffee & Pastry Shop 
  • Euphoria Lounge
  • 5 o’Clock Somewhere Bar 

We can only hope to find ourselves on board, sipping an ice-cold drink as we listen to a band play Jimmy Buffett's well-known hits, complete with the tropical sounds of steel drums and guitar strings.

Amenities include several restaurants and dining areas, pools, entertainment programming, retail stores, a St. Somewhere Spa, and Fins Up! Fitness Center.

Tales of Margaritaville, onboard Entertainment Show

Jimmy Buffett and famous producer, Frank Marshall, teamed up to write a brand new show for the ship, called Tales of Margaritaville. Of course, it features hits from his well-known catalog of songs!

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Price Point for Margaritaville at Sea

Starting pricing for a Margaritaville at Sea cruise is $169 to $189, per person, depending on the sailing date.

The affordable pricing is partially due to the cruise's short itinerary length (2-nights, 3-days). It's a great option for anyone who wants a quick getaway that disembarks and returns to an easy-to-get-to port.

Variety of Cruise Category Options

There are 658 cabins onboard, with a variety of cabin categories within the ship's 10 decks.

This includes Outside View staterooms with portholes, Interior cabins , and a limited number of Grand Terrace Suites with balconies. (The majority of the ship is either Outside View or Interior cabins.)

Square Footage of All Cabins

The 658 staterooms are broken down as follows, including how large the square footage is of each category:

  • 10 Terrace Suites (505.9 sq. ft.)
  • 2 Junior Suites (333.5 sq. ft.)
  • 430 Ocean View (152 sq. ft.)
  • 216 Inside (148 sq. ft.)

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Margaritaville at Sea's current concierge offering, and the potential for a ship-within-a-ship cruise class

This Margaritaville cruise offers a concierge option, which includes:

  • Express check-in at the port
  • Express disembarkation at the port
  • Special stateroom welcome
  • Free internet
  • Booking assistance for shore excursions
  • Priority luggage delivery (pre-paid only)
  • Reserved seating in the theater
  • Elevated dining experiences, as concierge guests can enjoy special seating arrangements for two
  • Dinner for two in the specialty restaurant
  • Sparkling wine breakfast for two each morning
  • Wine tasting for two
  • Two individual massages at the spa
  • Steam bath for two

Though details have not been announced, we have confirmed that there is potential for a ship-within-a-ship class onboard Margaritaville at Sea Paradise.

Margaritaville at Sea is fun for all ages

Margaritaville is a very family-friendly brand. Infants 6 months or older, children, and adults will enjoy this cruise. If your family wants to escape with a Margaritaville at Sea vacation, consider booking a group package for your multi-generational traveling experience to paradise.

If you listen to Jimmy Buffett's music, you know if his songs are playing on board they are kid-friendly. The melodies are upbeat, fun, and relaxing. His lyrics are absent of curse words and he even imparts humor in some of his songs that children and adults alike enjoy.

Children’s Programming on Board

A children’s program is being developed. It will likely be based on one of Jimmy Buffet’s children's books .

“Cruise and Stay” (Land/Cruise) opportunities pair Margaritaville at Sea with Resorts

If you find that a 2-night/3-day cruise isn't enough time to relax and soak up the sun, you can extend your stay with Margaritaville at Sea's option to stay a few nights at a resort on Grand Bahama Island.

Extend your Bahamas adventure for four or six nights at one of their participating beachfront properties: Grand Lucayan Bahamas or Viva Wyndham Fortuna Resort.

While the program continues to evolve and grow, it will likely take advantage of a golden opportunity that's presented itself with Margaritaville at Sea: the chance to capitalize on Margaritaville's reputable resort properties.

 For the moment, you can only book Cruise and Stay packages by calling this number: 855-656-2451

Unique Incentives for Margaritaville at Sea and Ways to Experience Margaritaville at Home

The possibilities for Margaritaveill’s land-based products to be coupled with this new venture to the sea are endless. There has been talk of a beach club, and also rolling out a perks program in conjunction with the resorts. 

And don’t forget about the Margaritaville products that you can buy online and in stores. They may eventually be incorporated into this new cruise line at sea!

How extending your vacation on Grand Bahama Island with the Cruise & Stay option works

You will board your Margaritaville at Sea cruise from the Port of Palm Beach on Day 1. Then on Day 2, when it arrives at Grand Bahama Island, you disembark with your luggage. After your stay at the resort on the island, you get back on the ship to sail back to the Port of Palm Beach .

For instance, if you sail on a May 2nd cruise, you would get off the ship in Freeport on May 3rd and you'd be transferred to your hotel in Grand Bahama Island. Then you stay there for 4 nights at one of the two properties.

To return to Florida, you then board the ship again at the port on Grand Bahama Island on May 7th and disembark when it docks back in Florida on May 8th. 

Margaritaville at Sea Paradise sailnig to the Bahamas during its inaugural sailing.

Pre-Cruise COVID Testing is Not Required

As of July 23, 2022, Margaritaville at Sea removed its pre-cruise COVID testing requirement for vaccinated guests.

Unvaccinated guests are still required to provide proof of a negative antigen COVID-19 test taken no more than one day before the sailing.

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What is the square footage of each room size?

Hi Robert! It is as follows:

658 Staterooms:

10 Terrace Suites (505.9 sq ft.) 2 Junior Suites (333.5 sq ft.) 430 Ocean View (152 sq ft.) 216 Inside (148 sq ft.)

We have added it to the post as well. Cheers!

Do you have pictures of the junior suite?

We do not, Sharon. Sorry about that!

Can you start the cruise from Freeport

Hi Les! You cannot start the cruise in Freeport right now. The only way to get on the ship in Freeport is if you did the land package and stayed there as “part” of the cruise, then get back on the ship to complete the cruise to get back to the Port of Palm Beach. Let me know if that makes sense and answers your question!

When the ship docks in Grand Bahama, is it the island of Freeport. Grand Bahama? Also. Where can you book the cruise?

Hi Linda – You can book the cruise online (margaritavilleatsea.com) and Grand Bahama is the island. Freeport is the city on Grand Bahama Island where the ship is in port.

Where can we book the Margaritaville cruise along with an island stay? Would love to do to celebrate our first wedding anniversary in November of this year!

That sounds like an awesome first wedding anniversary idea and trip, Mallory! For the moment, you can only book the Cruise and Stay packages by calling them at: 855-656-2451. Hope that helps!

What are your Covid policies? Do you need to be vaccinated?

Hi Kelly! We’re cruise writers who write about cruise lines and cruise news. For the most up-to-date COVID policies for any cruise line, we recommend going directly to the cruise’s website. There’s usually a Health & Safety tab option on their menu or a tab with info to prepare for sailing. Here it is for Margaritaville at Sea: https://margaritavilleatsea.com/prepare-to-sail/ Hope that helps!

I’m a Travel Agent trying to get dates of sailing how do I obtain that ?

Hi Regina – you’ll have to contact Margaritaville at Sea directly or check their website.

Does the cruise package include transportation to the marketplace and back? If so what time is it available to guest?

Hi Christina! We aren’t the direct cruise line – please reach out to them directly for precise information regarding transportation for your cruise!

Do we need visa to go to Bahamas if we are not Americans and do children require Covid 19 PCR tests?

We recommend searching for information from the government about where you are traveling to/from for up-to-date information. We cannot advise on such things.

Will my Florida drivers license be ok for ID?

Hi Pamela – It will not. You need a passport because it crosses into other countries.

Good Day, I am interested in your Bahama 3-day cruise. I’m looking at December 31 – Jan 2. My 67th birthday is on January 1st. Please let me know if you can accommodate this time frame.

Hi Zandra – we are writers and not travel agents! It’s best to reach out to the cruise line, directly, or a travel agent for your birthday cruise. Happy birthday in a few months! We hope you enjoy whatever way you celebrate, especially if it’s on a cruise!

What type of clothing is suggested to pack? Formal wear?

The cruise is very casual and informal. Pack for warm weather. Packing one pair of pants and a pair of closed-toed shoes is always safe too.

I am interested in your cruise and stay package with extended dates (a month). How can I book?

Hi Chelsea – we are cruise writers. Please reach out to the cruise line directly to book, linked in our post. Thank you!

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Introduction

Welcome to the sunny paradise of the Bahamas, where crystal clear waters, pristine beaches, and vibrant culture come together to create a tropical escape like no other. And what better way to explore this idyllic destination than aboard the Margaritaville Cruise Ship?

The Margaritaville Cruise Ship is not just any ordinary cruise vessel. It is a floating oasis of relaxation, entertainment, and endless fun, designed to transport you to the carefree state of mind that Jimmy Buffett’s famous song, “Margaritaville,” embodies. Whether you’re a Parrothead or simply someone looking for an unforgettable vacation experience, this cruise ship will immerse you in the laid-back lifestyle and tropical vibes that Margaritaville is known for.

As you embark on your Margaritaville adventure, one question that may come to mind is: Where does the Margaritaville Cruise Ship dock in the Bahamas? With so many beautiful islands and ports to choose from, it’s essential to know the docking locations to plan your excursions and make the most of your time in this Caribbean paradise.

In this article, we will explore the various docking locations in the Bahamas where the Margaritaville Cruise Ship makes its port of call. From the bustling capital of Nassau to the serene private islands of Half Moon Cay and Great Stirrup Cay, let’s dive into the details and discover the highlights of each destination.

The Margaritaville Cruise Ship

The Margaritaville Cruise Ship is an extraordinary vessel that combines luxury, entertainment, and relaxation to create an unforgettable vacation experience. This floating paradise features all the amenities one would expect from a top-tier cruise line, with the added twist of Margaritaville’s signature laid-back atmosphere.

As soon as you step aboard, you’ll be greeted by a vibrant and colorful ambiance that instantly puts you in vacation mode. The ship’s design is inspired by the tropical landscapes and beachy vibes of the Caribbean, immersing you in the Margaritaville lifestyle from the moment you set foot on deck.

With a range of stateroom options to suit every budget and preference, the Margaritaville Cruise Ship offers comfortable and stylish accommodation for all guests. From cozy interior cabins to spacious suites with private balconies, you can choose the option that best suits your needs and desires.

When it comes to dining, prepare your taste buds for a culinary adventure. The Margaritaville Cruise Ship boasts a variety of dining options, ranging from laid-back beachside grills to elegant specialty restaurants. Indulge in fresh seafood, savor mouthwatering Caribbean-inspired dishes, and don’t forget to try the signature Margaritaville cocktails that are sure to transport you to a state of pure relaxation.

Entertainment is another highlight of the Margaritaville Cruise Ship. Enjoy live music performances by talented musicians, dance the night away at themed parties, or relax by the poolside while taking in breathtaking ocean views. The ship also offers a range of activities and amenities such as a spa, fitness center, and water park, ensuring that there’s something for everyone.

One of the highlights of the Margaritaville Cruise Ship is the immersive Parrothead experience. Fans of Jimmy Buffett will be delighted to find themselves surrounded by the iconic trop-rock music and Margaritaville-themed decor throughout the ship. So let your worries float away as you enjoy the live performances, Caribbean-inspired cocktails, and the laid-back vibes that Margaritaville is known for.

Now that you have a taste of what the Margaritaville Cruise Ship offers, let’s set sail to the beautiful islands of the Bahamas and discover the docking locations where this floating paradise will anchor.

Port of Call: The Bahamas

The Bahamas, an archipelago of over 700 islands and cays, is renowned for its stunning natural beauty, vibrant culture, and warm hospitality. As a popular cruise destination, it offers a wide array of activities and attractions to suit every traveler’s interests.

When the Margaritaville Cruise Ship docks in the Bahamas, you’ll have the opportunity to explore some of the most famous and picturesque locations in this tropical paradise. From bustling cities to secluded islands, each stop on the itinerary provides a unique experience.

One of the primary ports of call in the Bahamas is Nassau, the capital and largest city. Located on New Providence Island, Nassau offers a mix of historical charm and modern amenities. You can explore the vibrant streets lined with colorful colonial buildings, visit bustling markets, or immerse yourself in the local culture by trying Bahamian cuisine and traditional crafts.

Another popular destination is Freeport, situated on Grand Bahama Island. Freeport is known for its stunning beaches, vibrant nightlife, and world-class resorts. Take a stroll along the famous Port Lucaya Marketplace, go snorkeling in clear turquoise waters, or try your luck at the Grand Lucayan Casino.

For a more secluded and intimate experience, the Margaritaville Cruise Ship often calls at private islands such as Great Stirrup Cay and Half Moon Cay. These secluded paradises offer pristine beaches, crystal-clear waters, and exclusive amenities for cruise ship guests. Relax on the beach, go snorkeling, enjoy water sports, or indulge in a delicious beachside barbecue.

No matter which port of call you visit in the Bahamas, you’re sure to be captivated by the breathtaking natural beauty, welcoming locals, and vibrant culture that make this archipelago a dream destination.

Now, let’s delve into the specific docking locations in the Bahamas where the Margaritaville Cruise Ship drops anchor, starting with the bustling city of Nassau.

Docking Locations in the Bahamas

When the Margaritaville Cruise Ship sets sail for the Bahamas, it offers its passengers the opportunity to explore some of the most stunning and diverse islands in the Caribbean. Here are the primary docking locations in the Bahamas where you can disembark and embark on exciting adventures:

Nassau, the vibrant capital of the Bahamas, is a popular docking location for the Margaritaville Cruise Ship. Located on New Providence Island, Nassau is known for its colonial architecture, lively markets, and beautiful beaches. While docked in Nassau, you can explore the famous Straw Market, visit historical sites like Fort Charlotte and Parliament Square, or take a short boat ride to the stunning Blue Lagoon Island for a day of relaxation and water activities.

Freeport, situated on Grand Bahama Island, is another docking location for the Margaritaville Cruise Ship. This city offers a unique blend of natural beauty and modern amenities. While here, you can spend your time shopping and dining at the Port Lucaya Marketplace, explore the Lucayan National Park with its intricate cave system, or enjoy water sports like snorkeling and scuba diving in the clear turquoise waters.

Great Stirrup Cay

Great Stirrup Cay is a private island owned by the Margaritaville Cruise Line. When the Margaritaville Cruise Ship docks here, you can enjoy an exclusive and luxurious beach experience. Relax on pristine white sandy beaches, swim in the crystal-clear waters, or try exciting water sports such as paddleboarding and snorkeling. The island also features a variety of beachside bars and restaurants serving delicious Caribbean cuisine.

Half Moon Cay

Located in the southern part of the Bahamas, Half Moon Cay is another private island owned by the Margaritaville Cruise Line. When the Margaritaville Cruise Ship makes a stop here, you’ll be greeted by breathtaking natural beauty. Explore the island’s nature trails, unwind on the world-renowned beach, or take a horseback riding adventure along the shore. Don’t forget to indulge in a beachside barbecue and sip on a refreshing cocktail from one of the island’s bars.

These docking locations in the Bahamas offer a diverse range of experiences, from exploring vibrant cities to enjoying the serenity of private islands. Whether you seek adventure, relaxation, or a mix of both, the Margaritaville Cruise Ship provides the perfect gateway to discover the beauty of the Bahamas.

Nassau, the bustling capital of the Bahamas, is one of the key docking locations for the Margaritaville Cruise Ship. Located on New Providence Island, Nassau offers a blend of historical charm, vibrant culture, and stunning natural beauty. From historical landmarks to beautiful beaches, there is something for everyone to enjoy in Nassau.

One of the main attractions in Nassau is the famous Straw Market. Here, you can immerse yourself in Bahamian culture as you browse through stalls filled with handmade crafts, souvenirs, clothing, and straw goods. The market is a perfect place to find unique items to take home as a reminder of your Caribbean adventure.

For history enthusiasts, a visit to Fort Charlotte is a must. This well-preserved fort, built in the late 18th century, offers panoramic views of the city and the harbor. Explore the underground passages, dungeons, and the waterless moat surrounding the fort as you learn about the island’s colonial history.

Parliament Square is another top attraction in Nassau, located in the heart of the city. This historic area is home to the pink-hued Parliament Buildings, the Supreme Court, and the iconic statue of Queen Victoria. Take a leisurely stroll around the square and admire the impressive architecture while learning about the Bahamas’ political history.

Nassau is also known for its beautiful beaches. Just a short boat ride away from the city, you’ll find Blue Lagoon Island, a pristine paradise filled with crystal-clear turquoise waters and white sandy shores. Spend the day relaxing on the beach, swimming in the calm waters, or participating in water sports such as snorkeling, kayaking, or paddleboarding.

Food lovers will delight in Nassau’s culinary scene. Try delicious Bahamian dishes such as conch salad, cracked conch, or traditional Bahamian-style fried fish. Local restaurants and food stalls offer a variety of flavors, showcasing the fresh seafood and unique flavors of the islands.

Whether exploring historical landmarks, relaxing on the beach, or sampling local cuisine, Nassau offers a vibrant and diverse experience for visitors. As the Margaritaville Cruise Ship docks in Nassau, make the most of your time in this capital city and immerse yourself in the rich culture and natural beauty that the Bahamas has to offer.

Freeport, located on Grand Bahama Island, is another exciting docking location for the Margaritaville Cruise Ship. Known for its stunning beaches, vibrant nightlife, and abundant outdoor activities, Freeport offers a perfect balance of relaxation and adventure for cruise ship passengers.

One of the highlights of Freeport is the Port Lucaya Marketplace. As the Margaritaville Cruise Ship docks, you’ll find yourself in the heart of this bustling shopping and dining hub. Explore a variety of shops and boutiques offering local crafts, souvenirs, fashion, and jewelry. Indulge in delicious Bahamian cuisine at the waterfront restaurants or savor international flavors from around the world. The marketplace also hosts live music performances and entertainment, providing a lively atmosphere for visitors to enjoy.

For nature lovers, a visit to the Lucayan National Park is a must-do in Freeport. This expansive park spans over 40 acres and features a network of underwater caves, known as the Lucayan Caverns. Take a guided tour to explore these captivating limestone caves and marvel at the naturally formed stalactites and stalagmites. The park also offers beautiful nature trails where you can spot native wildlife and enjoy the lush tropical vegetation.

Beach enthusiasts will be delighted with Freeport’s pristine shores. The popular Lucaya Beach, located near the marketplace, boasts powdery white sand and calm turquoise waters ideal for swimming and sunbathing. If you’re looking for a more tranquil beach experience, head to Gold Rock Beach. This secluded stretch of shoreline, located within the Lucayan National Park, offers a pristine setting with crystal-clear waters and soft sand. Take a leisurely stroll along the beach, soak up the sun, or explore the nearby mangroves and natural vegetation.

For those seeking thrills and adventure, Freeport offers a range of water sports and outdoor activities. Try your hand at snorkeling or scuba diving to discover the vibrant underwater world of coral reefs and tropical marine life. You can also go fishing, kayaking, or take a thrilling jet ski ride to explore the beautiful coastline from a different perspective.

In the evening, Freeport comes alive with a vibrant nightlife scene. Dance the night away at one of the many beachside clubs, enjoy live music performances, or try your luck at the Grand Lucayan Casino, where you can test your skills and have a chance to win big.

Freeport’s combination of stunning beaches, thrilling activities, and vibrant nightlife make it an irresistible destination for Margaritaville Cruise Ship passengers. Soak up the sun, embrace the island vibes, and create unforgettable memories in this tropical haven.

Great Stirrup Cay, a private island owned by the Margaritaville Cruise Line, is a tropical paradise and a sought-after docking location for the Margaritaville Cruise Ship. This exclusive island getaway offers a pristine beach experience and a range of activities for cruise ship passengers to enjoy.

As you step off the cruise ship onto Great Stirrup Cay, you’ll be greeted by powdery white sands and crystal-clear turquoise waters. The island’s beachfront is the perfect place to unwind, soak up the sun, and relax in a hammock under the swaying palm trees. Take a refreshing dip in the inviting ocean or snorkel along the vibrant coral reefs to discover the colorful marine life that calls this area home.

For those seeking a little adventure, Great Stirrup Cay offers various water sports and activities. Rent a kayak or paddleboard and explore the clear waters at your own pace, or hop on a wave runner for an exhilarating ride. The island also features a thrilling water park with slides, water trampolines, and floating obstacles for both children and adults to enjoy.

Food and drinks are never far away on Great Stirrup Cay. Indulge in a delicious beachside barbecue, featuring grilled specialties, fresh salads, and tropical fruits. Sip on a refreshing cocktail from one of the island’s bars as you relax and take in the stunning views of the surrounding ocean.

If you’re in the mood for a bit of retail therapy, the island has a shopping village where you can find a selection of gifts, souvenirs, and beach essentials. From locally crafted jewelry to tropical clothing, there’s something to suit every taste.

Great Stirrup Cay provides a serene and secluded escape from the everyday hustle and bustle. With its pristine beaches, array of activities, and stunning natural beauty, it offers a perfect day of relaxation and fun for Margaritaville Cruise Ship passengers.

Soak up the sun, enjoy the beachside amenities, and create unforgettable memories on this exclusive private island in the Bahamas.

Half Moon Cay, another private island owned by the Margaritaville Cruise Line, is a hidden gem in the Bahamas and a coveted docking location for the Margaritaville Cruise Ship. This tropical oasis offers untouched natural beauty, pristine beaches, and a range of activities for cruise ship passengers to experience.

As you arrive at Half Moon Cay, you’ll be captivated by the picturesque shoreline and the crystal-clear turquoise waters stretching out before you. The island’s main attraction is its stunning beach, boasting powdery white sand and swaying palm trees. Relax under the shade of an umbrella, take a leisurely walk along the shore, or simply bask in the sun’s warm rays.

For those seeking adventure, Half Moon Cay offers an array of water sports and activities. Dive into the clear waters to explore the vibrant underwater world on a snorkeling or scuba diving excursion. Glide through the sea on a kayak or paddleboard, or take a thrilling jet ski ride around the island. You can also embark on a horseback riding adventure along the beach or join a guided nature walk to discover the island’s flora and fauna.

Half Moon Cay features a variety of amenities to ensure a comfortable and enjoyable stay. Relax in a beachside cabana, complete with lounge chairs, a freshwater shower, and a personal concierge. Cool off in the inviting swimming area, equipped with floating platforms and water toys for the little ones. Indulge in a delicious beachside barbecue, featuring a mouthwatering variety of grilled specialties, fresh salads, and tropical fruits.

If you prefer a more tranquil experience, venture inland to explore the island’s nature trails. Immerse yourself in the lush tropical landscape, spot native wildlife, and enjoy the peaceful serenity of this untouched paradise. For bird enthusiasts, Half Moon Cay is a haven for birdwatching, boasting an abundance of native and migratory species.

Half Moon Cay offers a day of relaxation, adventure, and natural beauty for Margaritaville Cruise Ship passengers. Whether you’re seeking a romantic escape, a family-friendly vacation, or an opportunity to reconnect with nature, this private island delivers an unforgettable experience.

Indulge in the idyllic island vibes, make memories that will last a lifetime, and discover why Half Moon Cay is considered one of the Bahamas’ hidden treasures.

Exploring the Bahamas aboard the Margaritaville Cruise Ship is a truly unforgettable experience. From the lively streets of Nassau to the serene beaches of Great Stirrup Cay and Half Moon Cay, each docking location offers its own unique charm and beauty.

Nassau, the capital city of the Bahamas, enchants visitors with its vibrant culture, historical landmarks, and beautiful beaches. Immerse yourself in the local markets, delve into the island’s history at Fort Charlotte, and enjoy the pristine shores of Blue Lagoon Island.

Freeport on Grand Bahama Island entices travelers with its energetic atmosphere, stunning beaches, and thrilling water sports. Stroll through the Port Lucaya Marketplace, explore the Lucayan National Park, and unwind on the beautiful sandy shores.

The private islands of Great Stirrup Cay and Half Moon Cay provide an exclusive and luxurious beach experience. Relax on the pristine white sands, dive into the crystal-clear waters, and partake in a variety of water sports and beachside activities.

Whether you’re seeking a laid-back beach getaway, exciting water sports, vibrant nightlife, or a combination of all these experiences, the Margaritaville Cruise Ship and its docking locations in the Bahamas have something for everyone.

As you embark on your Margaritaville adventure, remember to savor every moment, let your worries float away, and embrace the carefree and tropical vibes that have made Margaritaville famous. Let the Margaritaville Cruise Ship take you on a journey through the stunning islands of the Bahamas, where the sun is shining, the drinks are flowing, and the spirit of adventure awaits.

So pack your bags, put on your flip-flops, and get ready to set sail to the paradise of the Bahamas with the Margaritaville Cruise Ship. Your tropical escape and unforgettable memories are just a cruise away!

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Freeport cruise port

Region Bahamas - Caribbean - Bermuda

Local Time 2024-04-17 07:49

Port Freeport cruise ship schedule shows timetable calendars of all arrival and departure dates by month. The port's schedule lists all ships (in links) with cruises going to or leaving from Freeport, Bahamas, Grand Bahama Island. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.

Freeport cruise port (Port Lucaya) is located on Grand Bahama Island (Bahamas), approx 50 mi (80 km) from USA Florida's coast (direction East). The nearest US seaport is PortMiami FL . Freeport is the second biggest Bahamian cruise port - after country's capital city Nassau (New Providence Island) .

The city has population around 270,000. It is served by Grand Bahama International Airport and also by domestic ferries with regularly scheduled itineraries to other Bahamian islands. Regular fast ferries connect to USA ( Fort Lauderdale FL ) operated by the Spanish shipping company  Balearia Eurolinias Marítimas SA .

Tourism is The Bahamas' largest industry and main source of income, with around 1 million international visitors annually. Several medium- and large-sized cruise liners call at Freeport weekly. Most hotels on Grand Bahama Island are along the southern coast. The primary tourist shopping area is the International Bazaar located near downtown Freeport. The other major shopping area is Port Lucaya Market Place.

Freeport is a major seaport since the early-1960s. It is also a free trade zone featuring numerous hotels, casinos, restaurants, Port Lucaya‘s beaches, numerous shopping and shore excursion possibilities.

Port Freeport Bahamas

Port Freeport Bahamas is operated via joint venture between Hutchison Ports FHC (Chinese privately owned company) and The Port Group (Grand Bahama's Port Authority).

FHC is one of the world's largest artificial harbours, and also the Caribbean's deepest harbour waterway. Port's entrance channel and turning basin (swinging basin) were dredged to allow vessel draft of 16 m (52 ft).

Businesses at the FHS harbor include daily scheduled ferry and cruise ship visits, roll-on/roll-off (Ro-Ro ship) facilities (handling containerized and LTL / "less than truckload shipping" cargos), also facilities serving car transhipment, wetdocking (two 900-ft / 274-m berths) and ship repairs.

Port's facilities can accommodate simultaneously 3 cruise vessels and 5 Ro-Ro ships (cargo-passenger ferries). Vessels with max draft 9 m (30 ft) are berthed alongside. Tugboat support and pilot services are also available.

Grand Port is a Carnival Corporation -sponsored cruise terminal in Freeport. The new (exclusive) Carnival Cruise Port project was officially started in May 2022 (origanly the start was planed for 2019) and generated ~1000 construction jobs for building a modern building and a large (2-ship) berth. Labor agreement had ratio 80-20 / Bahamian-foreign workers.

Via joint ventures, Hutchison Port Holdings Ltd/aka Hutchison Ports (a Hong Kong China-based multinational) owns Freeport Container Port (51%) and Grand Bahama Airport (51%), together with Grand Bahama Port Authority.

(Royal Caribbean) Grand Lucayan Resort Bahamas

In March 2019, the joint venture company Holistica Ltd ( RCG-Royal Caribbean Group  and ITM Group / Mumbai India ) signed a letter of intent with The Bahamas government for the purchase of Grand Lucayan Resort (an all-inclusive resort complex) and redevelopment of the cruise port Freeport Harbor. The 2-year, USD 195 million project includes Grand Lucayan Resort's purchase (USD 65 million) plus USD 135 million for development works. The new (RCL-exclusive) cruise port is expected to bring to annually an additional 2 million cruisers to Grand Bahama island. The project includes the construction of a theme park and a new 5-star hotel. Grand Lucayan Resort suffered significant damages during Hurricane Matthew (October 2016) and was forced to close 2/3 of its property.

On June 24, 2019, RCCL and ITM Group established the Miami -headquartered joint venture company "Holistica" specializing in cruise port development projects worldwide. Holistica's first project was the USD 275 million Grand Lucayan Resort in Freeport Bahamas. Developments by Holistica were also planned for Costa Maya (Mexico), Roatan Island (Honduras) and Kumamoto (Kyushu Island, Japan).

On March 2, 2020, Holistica Destinations officially announced the USD 300 million private cruise resort project "Lucaya Property". The investment includes redeveloping and expanding Freeport Cruise Terminal (to be renamed to "Harbour Village") and building a leisure complex with a large hotel (526 rooms), wellness facilities, shopping village, convention center (sized 40,000 ft2 / 3720 m2), theme park (with water slides, outdoor playgrounds, zip-lines).

In late-December 2021, RCG announced that the sale agreement for the resort is canceled but plans to participate in a new bidding process. The Bahamian government is still planning to sell the property but its development is to be independent of the cruise port.

Lucaya Property is approx 9 mi (15 km) west of Harbour Village (Freeport Cruise Terminal). At Harbour Village for tourists will be introduced new shopping and dining venues (bars, restaurants), live entertainment and nightlife programming, beach zones, new shore excursions, new transport infrastructure (serving ferries, buses, passenger vehicles). The Lucaya Property project is planned for completion in 2022-Q4.

Currently, Grand Lucayan is split into two resorts (Grand Lucayan, Lighthouse Pointe), of which only Lighthouse Pointe (as of 2021) is open. The all-inclusive day pass costs US$75 (adults) and US$65 (children) and includes food and beverages (at all restaurants), house wines (served by the glass), local draft beers, bottled beers, some liquors, chairs and umbrellas. To the expenses, tourists must add taxis (US$35 one way) between the cruise port and the resort.

Grand Lucayan's two most popular features are its large infinity pool, the beach, smaller lap pool, Jacuzzi, pool bar (complimentary beverages and food / burgers, wings, seafood, salads, desserts).

(new cruise port) Carnival Grand Bahama

On May 12, 2022, was held the groundbreaking ceremony for Carnival Corporation 's new cruise port destination on Grand Bahama Island. The special event was attended by Christine Duffy (CCL's President), Arnold Donald (Carnival Corporation's CEO), Philip Davis (Bahamas Prime Minister), Chester Cooper (Bahamas Deputy Prime Minister and Tourism Minister), Ginger Moxey (Grand Bahama's Minister), Sarah St. George (Grand Bahama Port Authority's Acting Chairman).

The new "Carnival Grand Bahama" cruise port (planned for opening in 2024-Q4) is being developed on the island's southern coast (121+ hectares / 300+ acres of land at Sharp Rock).

The development project includes the construction of a dedicated Cruise Pier (with capacity to berth two large EXEL-class ships simultaneously), a large white-sand beach, an Excursions Dock (embarkation point for land tours and excursions via buses), a Nature Reserve area, a leisure complex with an interior swimming pool, Bahamian-operated food and beverage venues, retail shops.

Dredging works (for deepening the waterway) were scheduled to start in 2022 (September-October) and to be completed in January 2023.

Grand Bahama Shipyard (Port Lucaya, Freeport)

Freeport Bahamas is also famous with its ship-repair yard often used by Bahamas- flagged cruise vessels for regularly scheduled repairs, maintenance and drydock refurbishment  works. 

Among the shipyard's regular customers are the cruise companies CCL-Carnival , RCI-Royal Caribbean , Princess , NCL-Norwegian , Walt Disney ,   MSC , Oceania , RSSC-Regent .

The drydock facility is owned by the GBSL company (Grand Bahama Shipyard Ltd). Since 2017, Royal Caribbean has joint ownership of Freeport Shipyard (40%) together with Carnival Corporation (60%). The shipyard has three floating dry docks, as well as mechanical and steel workshops (updated in 2016 with new equipment).

  • Drydock 1 has LOA length 268 m (880 ft), width 33,5 m (115 ft), max vessel draft 8 m (26 ft), lifting capacity 27,000 tons. Floating dock 1 is served by 2 cranes.
  • Drydock 2 has LOA length 300 m (985 ft), width 58,5 m (192 ft), max vessel draft 9 m (30 ft), lifting capacity 82,500 tons. Floating dock 2 is served by 4 cranes.
  • Drydock 3 has LOA length 310 m (1017 ft), width 54,5 m (179 ft), max vessel draft 8,5 m (27 ft), lifting capacity 50,000 tons. Floating dock 3 is served by 3 cranes.
  • Finger Pier has LOA length 300 m (985 ft), max vessel draft 14 m (42 ft), max water depth 16 m (48 ft) and is served by 1 crane.
  • North Beach Wharf has LOA length 300 m (985 ft), max vessel draft 14 m (42 ft), max water depth 20 m (60 ft) and is served by 3 mobile cranes.
  • The on-site workshops provide the following services - steel and pipe fabrication, mechanical services (machinery and equipment overhauls), woodworking, electrical services, Clean Rooms (pumps-, valves- and thruster overhauls), separate (dedicated) repair area for cruise ship's lifeboats and tender boats.

In March 207, RCCL-Royal Caribbean signed an agreement with The Bahamas Government to increase its employment of Bahamian citizens. By this agreement, Royal Caribbean also has joint ownership of the Freeport shipyard where major drydock refurbishments and ship maintenance works on many RCCL ships take place.

For 2018, the shipyard reported a record year with a total of 29 cruise vessels scheduled for drydocks (over 2017's 23 ships). Generally, refit works include propulsion system (thrusters, azipods, stabilizers) and technical overhauls, hull treatments and repainting (hull blasting, silicone coatings), staterooms and public areas upgrades. More complex refit projects include adding new onboard facilities (like waterparks, cabin balconies), steel replacement (in areas below waterline), pipe replacements, adding new diesel generator sets, installing cyclo-converters.

The Bahamas' 2021-2022 budget included ~USD 350 million (~EUR 295M) planned investments into Grand Bahama Shipyard. The project included replacing the two damaged drydocks with larger facilities that can handle the world's largest passenger ships. After its completion, Grand Bahama will become the world's largest cruiseship-repair yard.

In October 2023 was announced a USD 600 million expansion project aiming to make the facility the world's largest cruise ship repair yard. The project includes two new floating drydocks which will enable servicing both operational and under-construction cruisers as well as other types of marine vessels. The project includes investments from the world's largest cruise shipowners - Carnival Corporation, and Royal Caribbean Group/RCG. Both China-made floating docks are currently under construction by Qingdao Beihai Shipbuilding Heavy Industry Co Ltd/BSIC (a subsidiary of CSSC/China State Shipbuilding Corporation) and are scheduled for deliveries in 2025 and 2026.

In December 2023, it was rumored that RCG was negotiating to purchase the Xanadu Beach Hotel (in Freeport Harbour) with land area of 40-50 acres (16-20  hectares/0,16-0,2 km2). The Xanadu Beach Hotel (1968-built, capacity 215 rooms) in 1972 was purchased by Howard Robard Hughes Jr (1905-1976) and also includes an 80-berth yacht marina.

Freeport cruise terminal

Freeport Bahamas cruise terminal is in Lucaya Harbour - approx 10-min drive distance from downtonw. Port's tourist centre (Port Lucaya Marketplace) is at approx 25-min walking distance from the terminal.

Port Lucaya passenger terminal as facilities offers sheltered waiting areas (for passenger pick-up / drop-off), retail shops, craft market (including locally made merchandise), redesigned / optimized landscaping. The taxi rate to Freeport City from the terminal is around USD 15. Rates for group vans to Port Lucaya’s Bazaar is USD 5 per person.

The official language in The Bahamas is British English. Be aware to look to your left as the driving is on the road left side due to country's British heritage. The currency is Bahamian dollar, but US dollars are also accepted. ATMs can be found at all banks. Currently, around the cruise terminal, there are only a few bungalows and a gazebo where you can listen live music performances by local bands.

(NEW-2022) Royal Caribbean Lucaya Resort

In March 2019, the joint venture company Holistica Ltd ( RCCL-Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd  and ITM Group /  Mumbai India ) signed a letter of intent with The Bahamas government for the purchase of Grand Lucayan Resort (an all-inclusive resort complex) and redevelopment of the cruise port Freeport Harbor. The 2-year, USD 195 million project includes Grand Lucayan Resort's purchase (USD 65 million) plus USD 135 million for development works.

The new (RCCL-exclusive) cruise port is expected to bring an additional 2 million cruisers to Grand Bahama island annually. The project includes the construction of a theme park and a new 5-star hotel. Grand Lucayan Resort suffered significant damages during Hurricane Matthew (October 2016) and was forced to close 2/3 of its property.

On June 24, 2019, RCCL and ITM Group established the  Miami -headquartered joint venture company "Holistica" that specializes in cruise port development projects worldwide. Holistica's first project was the USD 275 million Grand Lucayan Resort in Freeport Bahamas. Developments by Holistica were also planned for Costa Maya (Mexico), Roatan Island (Honduras) and Kumamoto (Kyushu Island, Japan).

On March 2, 2020, Holistica Destinations officially announced the USD 300 million private cruise resort project "Lucaya Property". The investment includes redeveloping and expanding Freeport Cruise Terminal (to be renamed to "Harbour Village") and building a leisure complex with a large hotel (526 rooms), wellness facilities, shopping village, convention centre (sized 40,000 ft2 / 3720 m2), theme park (with water slides, outdoor playgrounds, zip-lines).

Port Lucaya: the top attraction is the Port Lucaya Marketplace. It is a m”must-see” for all shopaholics. Another popular place to visit is the Count Basie’s Square. There you can enjoy live music while drinking local cocktail or party with the locals.

Rand Nature Center: it is located on the East Settler’s Way in Freeport. The nature center is impressive and here is the headquarter of the Bahamas National Trust. The area spreads over 100 acres and it is a pineland sanctuary. The site is crisscrossed with nature trails and houses native flora and many tropical birds. You can visit the Rand Nature Centre /educational centre/. You can join guided tour on Tuesday or Thursday at half past ten. It takes around an hour to see the major centre sights.

Garden of the Groves: located on Midshipman Road in Freeport. The amazing botanical garden spreads over 12 acres. You can see stunning waterfalls, beautiful fountains and a lot of (over ten tousands) native plants species. There is a petting zoo, cafe and arts village. You can walk alone or join one of the guided garden walks.

Snorkeling and scuba diving: Port Lucaya offers great possibilities for snorkeling and scuba diving. The excursions take not more than three hours and visit famous sites for diving including Theo’s Wreck, the East End Paradise coral gardens, the Caves, Treasure Reef and the Wall.

Boat trips: join one of the glass-bottom boat tours and spend amazing ninety minutes discovering the beauty of the reefs.

Fishing and deep-sea fishing: the best place is the North-West Providence Channel, which is extremely deep. There are a lot of snappers and barracudas.

Next are listed the most popular Carnival Cruise Lines tours in Freeport, with USD prices per adult:

  • catamaran and snorkeling ($60)
  • kayaking ($60)
  • jeep tour ($60)
  • parasailing ($90)
  • historical tours ($45)
  • scuba diving tour ($130)

Freeport tours, shore excursions, hotels

City tours and shore excursions.

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The 9 best Bahamas cruises for every type of traveler

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The best Bahamas cru ises take you away from the daily grind, transporting you to theme park-like private islands and beach-lined paradises. Cruise choices include new and jazzed-up ships sailing an array of short and weeklong Bahamas itineraries. Cruising to the Bahamas is so easy you may even be able to go without a passport .

Family-friendly lines, such as Royal Caribbean, Disney Cruise Line and Carnival Cruise Line, offer cruises focused on the Bahamas all year. So do newcomers Virgin Voyages, with its adults-only sailings, and Margaritaville at Sea, offering short two-night hops and longer cruise-and-stay packages. The winter and early spring seasons bring a handful of itineraries on premium lines like Celebrity Cruises and Holland America.

The only cruise lines that don’t regularly offer Bahamas cruises are the luxury lines. But don’t worry, luxe lovers: Many of the ships we included on our list of the best Bahamas cruises offer suites that come with concierge services, private enclaves or special spa privileges. If a luxury cruise to the Bahamas is your goal, look at the top suite options on a mainstream or premium line.

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Whether you’re looking for a quick and cheap getaway or a week at the beach, here are the best Bahamas cruise itineraries to start your search, in order from shortest to longest.

2-night cruises on Margaritaville at Sea Paradise from Palm Beach, Florida

Though cruising is relatively new to the Margaritaville travel and hospitality franchise, cruise line Margaritaville at Sea is essentially a rebranding of the old Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line. Its refurbished ship, Paradise, originally debuted in the 1990s for Costa Cruises.

One Jimmy Buffett-themed makeover later, the ship is a perfect fit for the laid-back vibe of the Bahamas. Grab a drink or a bite to eat from the 5 o’Clock Somewhere Bar & Grill, try your luck at the Par-A-Dice Casino and enjoy plenty of entertainment, including the musical production, “Tales from Margaritaville: Jimmy’s Ship Show.” There’s a kids club, a teen club, a spa and two pools stocked with beach balls and inflatable parrots.

The two-night cruise itinerary includes one day in Freeport, where you can shop, hit the casino, enjoy water sports or chill on the beach. The ship offers shore excursions, or you can explore independently. Margaritaville at Sea also offers cruise-and-stay itineraries of either four or six nights (including the two nights onboard the ship). These packages let you choose between two partner hotels in Freeport, where you’ll stay two or four nights on land, then hop back on the ship for your return night at sea.

Margaritaville at Sea Paradise carries around 1,300 passengers in an assortment of inside and ocean-view cabins, all around 176 square feet, which is larger than the average for those categories on most mainstream ships. Ten suites with balconies are also available, with 524 square feet of space.

Who should go? Obviously, Parrotheads are gonna want to try this ship, with all its Jimmy Buffett-inspired themes and decor, but it’s also a good trial run for anyone on the fence about cruising. Pricing makes this a great cruise to enjoy an escape without spending a fortune. We found weekday sailings that begin at $99 per person based on double occupancy for an inside cabin.

Related: Best Bahamas cruise tips for first-timers and repeat visitors alike

3- or 4-night cruises on Royal Caribbean’s Freedom of the Seas from Miami

This itinerary may be the best overall short Bahamas cruise. Both the three- and four-night cruises have stops at Nassau and Royal Caribbean ‘s massive private island — Perfect Day at CocoCay . Those two stops combined give cruisers the opportunity to enjoy water sports, spend some time at the beach and experience a bit of Bahamian culture.

Freedom of the Seas has plenty of onboard fun to occupy travelers of all ages on sea days. It’s loaded with top-deck slides and water features, specialty restaurant choices and more entertainment options than you can take in on a short cruise. Carrying around 4,000 cruise guests, Freedom of the Seas is big enough to impress without being overwhelming.

Plus, logistics for cruising out of Miami are simple enough for even first-time cruisers. From flight choices to pre- or post-cruise hotels, it’s a city that caters to tourists, especially the cruising ones.

Who should go? From first-timers to veteran cruisers, anyone looking for a short but fun-filled hop to the Bahamas should give Freedom of the Seas a look. Families looking for a quick escape will find entertainment and activities for toddlers to teens. The ship is also ideal for family reunions, bachelorette parties and birthday cruises. Couples will love the adults-only Solarium with its extra-large hot tubs looking out over the sea.

Related: Bahamas cruise packing list: What to pack for the islands

3- or 4-night cruises on Royal Caribbean’s Utopia of the Seas from Port Canaveral, Florida

When Royal Caribbean’ s giant Utopia of the Seas debuts in July 2024, it will offer a bevy of short sailings, including three- and four-night sailings from Port Canaveral, Florida. The 236,860-ton, 5,669-passenger vessel will be the second-largest cruise ship in the world and offer more exciting amenities than any other cruise ship sailing short itineraries in North America.

Why? The newest, biggest ships in the world typically sail longer cruises. Offering short cruises on its humongous Oasis Class ships is new for Royal Caribbean; sister ship Allure of the Seas will test out the concept before Utopia launches.

Families with kids will definitely go bananas over the choices on board the new ship. The top deck alone will feature three separate pool areas, a surfing simulator, a kiddie splash zone, a basketball court, two rock walls, a miniature golf course and even a zip line.

The ship will also boast an extensive selection of restaurants, bars, lounges and shops. Additionally, there will be an indoor skating rink, a spa and a showroom with Broadway-style shows.

Utopia of the Seas’ inaugural voyage is set for July 22, 2024, and will be a four-night cruise to Nassau and the line’s private island, Perfect Day at CocoCay. The second sailing will be a three-night cruise to the Bahamas that departs on July 26, 2024.

Who should go?  Short sailings on this new ship will appeal to all sorts of cruisers. Historically, new ships are reserved for longer itineraries, so this is a fantastic opportunity to enjoy a snack-size sampling of a brand-new ship without spending the money on a longer sailing.

Families craving a quick getaway where the entire brood is satisfied will not be disappointed. In addition to seemingly endless kid-friendly amenities and top-notch children’s programming, Utopia of the Seas will feature a casino and adults-only spaces.

Related: These 2 cruise lines are building new private destinations in the Bahamas

3- or 4-night cruises on Disney Wish from Port Canaveral, Florida

Disney waited a decade to build its next new ship, but Disney dreamers had their wish granted in 2022. Even better, the new Disney Wish cruises to the Bahamas. Designed to be the perfect complement to a visit to Orlando’s Disney theme parks, these short cruises visit Nassau and Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay. The four-night itinerary adds a sea day to enjoy the ship.

Disney Wish is designed to immerse cruisers in the various Disney worlds through technology. An onboard augmented reality game turns the Disney Cruise Line Navigator smartphone app into a virtual spyglass that lets cruisers participate in a fantasy adventure with Disney and Pixar characters. The AquaMouse waterslide combines a splashy tube ride in a two-seater raft with a pre-adventure tale told through screens at the beginning of the ride. Diners at the Worlds of Marvel restaurant take part in an interactive Avengers-themed experience through videos and special effects.

Wish carries 4,000 passengers in cabins and suites designed to simplify cruising with kids. But never fear, adult Disney fans; you’ll also find your spot on board. From the “Star Wars”-themed Hyperspace Lounge to the Quiet Cove adults-only sun deck, Disney manages to cater to grownups as well as kids.

Who should go ? This is obviously the best Bahamas cruise for lovers of all things Disney, including “Star Wars” and Marvel fans.

Related: Best shore excursions for Bahamas cruises

3- or 4-night cruises on Celebrity Reflection from Fort Lauderdale

Beginning in April 2024, Celebrity Cruises will sail three- and four-night voyages round-trip from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, year-round.

The 3,046-passenger Celebrity Reflection will offer a consistent rotation of three-night weekend cruises (departing each Friday and returning each Monday morning) and four-night weekday sailings (departing each Monday and returning each Friday morning).

Itineraries will include stops at Key West in Florida and Nassau and Bimini in the Bahamas.

Celebrity appeals mostly to the 40-plus set sans small children. It’s light on the kid-centric attractions (such as waterslides, go-karts and laser tag) that other big-ship lines include. The line offers instead lots of quiet and relaxing pool and lounge areas. (If you do have kids in tow, you can take advantage of the extensive children’s program, Camp at Sea. It provides supervised activities daily for children ages 3-12 in dedicated spaces.)

Celebrity Reflection is the line’s last and largest Solstice Class cruise ship. The Solstice C lass ships feature some of the most stylish outdoor pool decks at sea, with indoor, adults-only pool areas that, notably, are topped with glass panels embedded with solar panels that contribute to the ship’s power grid. You’ll also find large spas, casinos, showrooms and a nice selection of restaurants on board.

This ship also boasts one of the most spectacular suites in the cruising world — the 1,646-square-foot Reflection Suite. It was the first two-bedroom suite on a Celebrity Cruises vessel.

Who should go? This an ideal cruise for older travelers who are new to cruising and want to sample one or frequent cruisers who might prefer a shorter time at sea. Although Celebrity doesn’t draw many families with young children, the shorter Bahamas itineraries are also perfect for multigenerational family groups seeking an affordable cruise that appeals to all ages.

4-night cruises on Virgin Voyages’ Scarlet Lady from Miami

Virgin Voyages aimed to be a disrupter in the cruise market from the beginning — creating a product designed to please even those who claim they would never set foot on a cruise ship. Yet the itinerary for this four-night Bahamas cruise on Scarlet Lady is fairly ordinary. Ports of call include Key West and a private beach club on the Bahamian island of Bimini.

It’s the ship itself that sets this cruise apart from the pack. You’ll find unique cabins (with balcony hammocks), brash red livery and one-of-a-kind onboard activities, such as tattoo parlors, drag shows and ‘80s-themed fitness classes, to keep its 2,700 sailors (as Virgin calls its passengers) entertained.

Who should go ? This is the best Bahamas cruise for the non-cruiser who is either young at heart or young and eager to party aboard this glitzy ship. If you’re easily offended by loud music, round-the-clock partying or sexual innuendo, this is not your Bahamas cruise.

4-day cruises on Norwegian Jade from Miami

Norwegian Cruise Line offers four-day sailings from Miami aboard Norwegian Jade. Ports of call include Key West and Great Stirrup Cay, the line’s private island.

Port diversions consist of touring the Key West Shipwreck Treasures Museum and the Key West Aquarium, shopping along Nassau’s Bay Street and exploring the white-sand beaches and pristine waters on Great Stirrup Cay.

The 2,402-passenger vessel is part of the line’s Jewel class of ships. Though the ship launched in 2006, it received a substantial refurbishment in 2017 that included a cabin remodel, new and expanded dining and a design overhaul.

Norwegian Jewel might not have the extensive top-deck attractions of newer ships, like Norwegian Prima, or as many restaurants and bars. However, passengers will find plenty to occupy their time onboard with scheduled activities, a casino, spa and pool areas.

Who should go? Families, couples and friend groups will appreciate the unstructured nature of a Norwegian cruise. The line’s “freestyle cruising” mantra — cruising without rigid dining schedules, dress codes and formal nights — is perfectly suited for short sailings. With a wide range of eateries and no assigned seating times, passengers have lots of flexibility for their limited time at sea.

Related: Best time to cruise to the Bahamas

5-night cruises on Carnival Sunshine from South Carolina

I am a huge lover of five-night sailings. They are long enough to scratch the cruise itch and short enough to account for travel time to and from the port without adding any extra vacation days. Plus, the slightly longer itineraries are less popular with hard partiers who can be disruptive on shorter Bahamas cruises.

Carnival Cruise Line offers 10 different five-night sailings from Charleston, South Carolina, aboard the 3,002-passenger Carnival Sunshine. It’s currently Carnival’s oldest ship (it debuted in 1996 under the name Carnival Destiny). However, in 2013, the line gave it a $200 million bow-to-stern glow-up and renamed it Carnival Sunshine. The overhaul produced a new top-deck WaterWorks water park, a comedy club and several bars, lounges and restaurants.

Depending on which itinerary you choose, you can chill out on the beaches of Bimini, shop Nassau’s iconic straw market or go horseback riding by the shore of Carnival’s private island, Half Moon Cay. Consider a pre- or post-cruise stay in Charleston to take in the city’s historic landmarks, epic dining and charming cobblestone streets.

Who should go? These cruises are the best Bahamas sailings for those who prefer the intimacy of an older ship and don’t care about flashy amenities and onboard attractions on newer vessels. Plus, they’re ideal for travelers who live north of Florida and are looking for a more convenient drive-to departure port.

8-night cruises on Carnival Venezia from New York City

The 4,090-passenger Carnival Venezia is a bit of an outlier in Carnival Cruise Line’s fleet. Originally built for Italy-based Costa Cruises and launched in 2019, it joined the Carnival family in May 2023. (Carnival Corporation is the parent company of both Costa and Carnival.)

The ship was renovated to add many of Carnival’s signature venues. However, many of its Costa-aligned, Italian-themed designs remain, including a real gondola “sailing” down the middle of its main dining room and a pool deck built to look like a Venetian boulevard.

Guests might feel like they’ve been whisked away to Italy thanks to regional touches like the handmade Italian gelato at JavaBlue Cafe and the Italian liqueur-infused concoctions found at many bars.

Two eight-night voyages out of New York City include stops at Freeport, Nassau and Half Moon Cay.

Who should go? This Bahamas cruise is ideal for anyone looking for a different Carnival experience during a weeklong cruise. It’s almost like traveling to Italy and the Bahamas in one trip.

Bottom line

The best Bahamas cruises offer something cruisers can’t quite get enough of — whether it’s beach time or party time. While short sailings are still the most popular Bahamas itineraries, you can find options for almost every cruising style. The key is identifying the cruise that fits your style, preferred activities and vacation budget.

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Key Cruise Ship Drydocks in April

  • April 15, 2024

Key April Drydocks

As cruise lines get ready for their summer seasons, Cruise Industry News looks at some of the key cruise ship drydocks taking place in April 2024.

For a complete overview of the entire market, see the 2024 Drydock and Refurb Market Report by Cruise Industry News.

Grandeur of the Seas Cruise Line: Royal Caribbean International Capacity: 1,950 guests Tonnage: 74,140 Year built: 1996 Drydock Period: March 24 to April 24 Shipyard: Grand Bahama (Freeport, Bahamas)

Royal Caribbean International’s Grandeur of the Seas is undergoing routine drydock at the Grand Bahama Shipyard in Freeport, the Bahamas.

The month-long project is expected to include scheduled maintenance, in addition to technical upgrades, hotel upkeep and class inspections. The ship is scheduled to resume service on April 24, kicking off a summer program out of Tampa.

Spectrum of the Seas Cruise Line: Royal Caribbean International Capacity: 4,200 guests Tonnage: 168,666 Year built: 2019 Drydock Period: March 28 to April 18 Shipyard: Seatrium Limited (Singapore)

The Spectrum of the Seas is undergoing a drydock in Singapore. Part of Royal Caribbean International’s Quantum Class, the vessel entered service in 2019 and is now going through its first complete inspection .

Set to mark Royal Caribbean International’s return to China later this month, the Spectrum is scheduled to resume service on April 18.

Carnival Freedom Cruise Line: Carnival Cruise Line Capacity: 2,974 guests Tonnage: 110,000 Year built: 2007 Drydock Period: March 26 to April 4 Shipyard: Grand Bahama (Freeport, Bahamas)

The Carnival Freedom underwent repairs in Freeport, Bahamas, following a fire in its funnel . After arriving in late March, the Carnival Cruise Line vessel spent over a week at a wet dock in the Grand Bahama Shipyard.

In addition to undergoing technical and safety inspections, the 2007-built vessel saw its whale tail funnel cut short and stabilized before resuming service on April 4.

MSC Musica Cruise Line: MSC Cruises Capacity: 2,550 guests Tonnage: 92,400 Year built: 2006 Drydock Period: April 21 to May 13 Shipyard: Palumbo Malta (Valletta, Malta)

The MSC Musica is scheduled to enter drydock at the Palumbo Shipyard in Malta later this month. After completing its winter program in South America , the 2006-built vessel is scheduled to undergo routine work, including scheduled maintenance, class inspections, and technical overhauls.

Scheduled to spend the summer in the Western Mediterranean, the MSC Musica is expected to resume service on May 13.

Margaritaville at Sea Islander Cruise Line: Margaritaville at Sea Capacity: 2,100 guests Tonnage: 86,000 Year built: 1999 Drydock Period: March 12 to TBD Shipyard: Harland & Wolff (Belfast, Northern Ireland)

The former Costa Atlantica is undergoing a major conversion project at the Harland & Wolff Shipyard in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

Acquired by Margaritaville at Sea in late 2023 , the 1999-built ship is set to emerge as the Margaritaville at Sea Islander with new public areas and dining venues, refreshed cabins and an upgraded livery. With its first cruise scheduled for June, the vessel is set to offer cruises to the Caribbean from Tampa.

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