With only 179 miles between Miami and the Bahamas, it’s no wonder so many East Coast American travelers choose the idyllic Caribbean island for weekend getaways and long breaks.
The Bahamas has some of the most stunning emerald waters in the world and life revolves around the ocean, making it an inevitable mecca for cruise lines. Here, we present our top three Miami to Bahamas cruises, taking into account value for money, convenience and customer reviews.
Fit for a Queen (4 nights)
From $323 per person
The Berry Islands, consisting of 30 coral reefs, are popular for their popularity as fishing destinations and are often referred to as the “Bahamas’ fishbowl.” You’ll find yourself on the third day of this popular Queen of the Seas cruise, which begins in Florida, passes through Key West and then travels on a short but spectacular cruise to the Bahamas, where you’ll stop in Nassau, Grand Bahama and Grand Stirrup. Grand Stirrup is the jewel in the crown of the Berry Islands, and visitors have the opportunity to immerse themselves in a range of water sports, including swimming, snorkeling, kayaking, parasailing and scuba diving. But if there’s ever a time you want to get back on board, it’s Saturday night, when the ship’s Boleros Latin Lounge features live music and entertainment.
Fantasy Comes True (3 nights)
From $269 per person
Your cruise begins with a leisurely 8-hour journey from Miami to Nassau and Great Stirrup. Nassau is located on New Providence Island, the capital of the Bahamas, and offers everything from sports facilities and shopping to casinos and entertainment. It’s also home to the famous Atlantis Resort & Spa’s giant water park, but if you’re looking for some exciting water activities in the comfort of your cruise ship, the Carnival Fantasy also has its own water park called WaterWorks.Other onboard amenities include an adults-only lounge called Serenity and a state-of-the-art spa. Your final day will be spent at sea, so enjoy the jaw-dropping beauty of the area before heading back to Miami.
Sky’s the Limit (3 nights)
From $369 per person
If both of these cruises are appealing, but you can’t choose between them, this may be the one for you. It combines visits to Nassau and Cocoa Cay in the Berry Islands to present visitors with two perspectives of the Bahamas. Nassau is the country’s administrative centre and home to international shopping and a vibrant nightlife, while Great Stirrup is the best outer island, full of stunning natural beauty and wildlife. The first day of your cruise on Norwegian Sky – with 10 bars and lounges, 13 dining options, a spa and a casino – begins with an overnight trip from Miami to Nassau, where you’ll arrive in the morning for a full day of exploration. That evening, the cruise will head to Great Stirrup Cay for another day’s activities. The next morning, you’ll return to Miami for the trip of a lifetime.