Short or long, deluxe or standard: Every Bahamas cruise is a good cruise. For those who haven't yet narrowed down their choices, we've compiled a handful of Bahamas cruises from Fort Lauderdale in various lengths and styles, some of which make bonus stops to tiny tropical islands and other sun-drenched nations in the Caribbean.
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3-Night Cruise to Nassau on the Celebrity Millennium
Short and sweet and coming in right around the $349 per person mark is this three-night sailing to Nassau, colorful capital of the Bahamas and home to the famed Atlantis resort, beautiful Cable Beach and offshore coral reefs teeming with marine life.
You'll sail on the Celebrity Millennium, which features several specialty restaurants like Blu and the Metropolitan Restaurant, and also boasts a martini bar. The Rendezvous Lounge hosts live music and is the perfect place to put your legs up and grab a cocktail before dinner.
4-Night Cruise to Half Moon Cay and Key West on Rotterdam
With this quick escape from Holland America Line, you'll get to spend a day exploring Half Moon Cay in addition to stopping in Nassau. If you've never been, you're in for a treat — this island is used exclusively for tourism and offers activities like swimming, snorkeling, kayaking, parasailing, and scuba diving.
Once you depart from Half Moon Cay, you'll head to Key West, where white-sand beaches, golf, dining and shopping await. Make sure to leave time to enjoy Higgs Beach, where you can grab a bite at the beach's onsite restaurant, Salute! On the Beach, a full-service spot for Italian and Mediterranean fare that hosts great happy hour drink specials.
3-Night Nassau and Perfect Day on Liberty of the Seas
Like most of the Bahamas cruises from Fort Lauderdale listed here, this cruise from Celebrity first hits up Nassau, allowing passengers to spend the day onshore as they please. Sign up for the Atlantis day pass to experience the mega-resort's 141-acre Aquaventure water park and Dolphin Cay, its marine life exhibit. You can also snorkel the Ruins Lagoon, home to more than 20,000 fish.
But before heading to Nassau, you'll call at Perfect Day, a tiny, privately owned island with its very own Thrill Water Park, plus other activities like ziplining and practically any water sport you can imagine.
5-Night Nassau and Half Moon Cay on MS Nieuw Amsterdam
This two-island Bahamas cruise from Fort Lauderdale stops in both Nassau and Half Moon Cay, with the added bonus of a day in Key West to get the trip started. It sails on the MS Nieuw Amsterdam, the second largest ship in Holland America's fleet, equipped to carry more than 2,000 passengers.
Onboard you'll find a blues bar, a spa with hydrotherapy pools and a culinary arts center where passengers can learn to cook with the help of trained chefs. Go for a wine tasting at the Explorer's Lounge Bar and then do a little window shopping at the ship's luxury jewelry boutique.