The Bahamas: Easy Family Cruise Destination
The Bahamas, located less than 60 miles off the east coast of Florida, are a popular cruise choice for novice cruisers. Proximity to the U.S. mainland means you can fit a Bahamas island cruise into a long weekend or a Monday-through-Friday vacation (though longer itineraries are available). The islands are gorgeous, with palm-lined beaches of soft sand and mesmerizing turquoise waters. And, you can easily divide your time between enjoying the amenities of the ship and taking in sights and excursions at each port of call.
Nassau, located on New Providence Island, is known for beautiful white sand beaches and for great shopping. Right next to the cruise ship dock, you can browse Festival Place for handmade crafts, conch shell jewelry and straw hats. For more straw goods, visit the Straw Market on West Bay Street. Nassau also has charming and elegant boutiques brimming with leather goods, jewelry, perfume and watches. If history interests you more than shopping, don’t miss Fort Charlotte, where the ramparts and dungeons date from the 18th century. A port call in Nassau also presents lots of opportunities to swim, snorkel, and get acquainted with sea life.
Several cruise lines own private islands in The Bahamas, where you can enjoy a day of sun and fun. Disney Cruise Line’s famous Castaway Cay is one of the best private islands around. Every age will enjoy their day at Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay, where they will enjoy sun and fun alongside some of their favorite Disney characters. There’s usually a variety of beach activities to choose from, and perhaps some hiking or other active pursuits. But, no one will mind if you just want to lie in a hammock and enjoy the breeze. Most cruise lines provide an island buffet for lunch, with everything tasting delicious in the fresh air and tropical surroundings.
Cruising in the Bahamas is an excellent choice for families. For more ideas about things to see and do on your cruise to The Bahamas, feel free to ask Cruise Buzz Traveling Mom any questions.
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