5 Epic Bahamas Cruises from Fort Lauderdale

Make your way to this island chain with these unforgettable Bahamas cruises

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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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2-Night Cruise to Nassau on the Celebrity Summit

Short and sweet and coming in right around the $200 per person mark is this two-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 Summit, which features several specialty restaurants like Qsine and the Tuscan Grille, and also boasts a martini bar and the Canyon Ranch SpaClub. Late at night, the ship's solarium transforms into Liquid, a nightclub complete with DJs, dancing and drinks.

3-Night Cruise to Nassau and Key West on Serenade of the Seas

With this quick escape from Royal Caribbean, you'll get to spend a day exploring Key West in addition to stopping in Nassau. If you've never been, you're in for a treat — this town is renowned among snorkelers, divers, boaters, key lime pie connoisseurs and anyone who appreciates a good sunset.

Once you depart the Keys, you'll head to Nassau, where white-sand beaches, golf, dining and shopping await. Make sure to leave time to enjoy Cabbage Beach on the north side of Paradise Island.

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4-Night Nassau and Half Moon Cay on Carnival Splendor

Like most of the Bahamas cruises from Fort Lauderdale listed here, this cruise from Carnival 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.

After departing Nassau, you'll call at Half Moon Cay, a tiny, privately owned island with thatched-roof bars, crystalline water and a free BBQ lunch for all cruisers.

4-Night Nassau and Half Moon Cay on MS Nieuw Amsterdam

This two-island Bahamas cruise from Fort Lauderdale offers the exact same itinerary as the one above — a stop in both Nassau and Half Moon Cay — but don't be fooled: No two cruises are alike. This one 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.

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7-Night Nassau, Key West, Turks & Caicos and Dominican Republic on Costa Deliziosa

This amazing weeklong beach adventure adds three more island adventures to the mix – after a stop in Nassau, the ship makes its way to Grand Turk and Amber Cove before ending up in Key West, the last stop before guests disembark.

The Costa Deliziosa, your island-hopping home away from home, will be the ideal place to rest after days spent at the beach. It has four restaurants and eleven bars, plus a two-level spa with a sauna, a Turkish bath and a thalassotherapy pool.

For warmer days at sea there are three swimming pools and four Jacuzzis. This ship doesn't skimp on entertainment — you'll find a 4D theater, a casino, a library and a nightclub onboard.

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