A cruise to the Bahamas can be an amazing way to spend a weekend or a week—no matter whether you’re looking for a romantic getaway with your sweetheart or some sun and fun with the family—and after taking a Norwegian Bahamas cruise, it’s easy to see why they’re considered to be the best short cruises around. The best part is that they’re not only incredibly affordable, but they set sail every weekend of the year, making the time always right for cruise.
How Does a Private Island Sound?
The thing that really sets Norwegian’s Bahamas cruises apart is the pristine paradise of Great Stirrup Cay, NCL’s own private island, where you’ll be able to spend the day relaxing on the white sand beaches, playing the warm tropical waters, snorkeling, jet-skiing, parasailing and more. Although many cruise lines have their own islands, NCL was the first to acquire one back in the 1970s.
The fact that Norwegian owns the island means you’ll only have to share the island with your fellow passengers, meaning no long lines, no crowded beaches and plenty of opportunities to enjoy the sun, sand and surf on this beautiful tropical paradise.
Cruising from Miami to the Bahamas
If you’re sailing from Miami to the Bahamas, you’ll most likely be aboard the Norwegian Sky, although the Pearl also occasionally makes the trip as well. If you happen to be on the Sky, you’ll be happy to know that it’s the youngest ship currently cruising to the Bahamas. Considering many other lines (namely Carnival and RCI) sail older ships around the Bahamas – largely because the itineraries are shorter – this is another big advantage of NCL.
The Sky mostly makes four day cruises, departing from Miami and then stopping at Great Stirrup Cay, Nassau and Grand Bahama Island before returning to Miami, although occasionally this is only a three day cruise which skips Grand Bahama Island. Whilst Nassau isn’t the most exciting town in the world, it’s a fairly handsome former colonial town, with the amenities you’d expect : great if you need an internet cafe! Grand Bahama also has a national park which is good if you have time on your hands and don’t want to go to the beach. But if you do want to, there is also the opportunity to swim with dolphins
Great for shopping, Nassau is always a fun stop on a Bahamas cruise. You can explore the culture of this uniquely Bahamian port, seek out seahorses while snorkeling, or visit one of the biggest and wildest waterparks in the world.
See New York, Orlando and the Bahamas All in One
Norwegian’s other Bahamas cruises depart from spectacular New York City, giving you the chance to see the Big Apple in addition to the sun-soaked islands of the Bahamas. Not only that, but these 7 or 8 day cruises also stop in Port Canaveral, Florida, where you can explore the Kennedy Space Station, beautiful beaches, or any of the nearby amusement parks in Orlando. After that, it’s on to Great Stirrup Cay and Nassau before returning along the coast back to New York. An ideal option for European visitors who want a multi-centre holiday.
The pick of all of Norwegian’s Bahamas cruises might just have to be sailing aboard the brand new, super stylish and fully loaded Norwegian Breakaway. After exploring this massive ship and dining in some of its 29 different restaurants, you’ll surely see why it was recently named best new cruise ship. Even though you’ll quickly be leaving New York behind, you’ll still be able to catch a piece of it on your voyage, as the Breakaway features nightly Broadway performances like Rock of Ages.
Nonetheless, the Breakaway only sails from New York to the Bahamas from February to April and October through December, so if you want to take this trip during the other months, you’ll be cruising aboard the Norwegian Gem. While this slightly smaller ship is no slouch, it still doesn’t quite live up to the Breakaway in terms of dining and entertainment options.
No matter what you choose, these Bahamas cruises definitely have all it takes to ensure a truly memorable vacation, all at your own pace and for whatever taste, thanks to Norwegian’s freestyle cruising concept.