There's nothing quite like sailing to the Bahamas from the Big Apple. Depart from America's biggest, most bustling city and before you know it, you'll be waking up every day to aquamarine water, swaying palm trees and calming ocean breezes. Eager to make your escape? Here are five great choices for Bahamas cruises from NYC.
1. NCL 7-Night Cruise to Cocoa Beach, Nassau and Great Stirrup Cay
This weeklong beach getaway sails on the Norwegian Gem, refurbished in 2015 and home to a spa offering more than 50 treatments, plus an upscale nightclub and a 24-hour restaurant. You'll depart from New York City and sail first to Port Canaveral, where you can check out quirky Cocoa Beach, whose famous historic pier features restaurants, bars and gift shops.
Then you'll be on your way to Great Stirrup Cay, a relaxing private cruiseline island, and finally, to Nassau, capital of the Bahamas. By the time you arrive back to the big city, you'll be fully decompressed and rejuvenated.
2. Royal Caribbean's 7-Night Bahamas Cruise on Anthem of the Seas
You couldn't ask for a better host for your island-hopping cruise than the Anthem of the Seas — it's got a skydiving simulator, an elevated capsule allowing 360-degree views and a flexible recreational space for basketball, roller-skating and bumper cars.
At the futuristic Bionic Bar, you're served expertly crafted cocktails by two robotic arms. Plus, the vessel has a whopping 15 dining options, including a Japanese eatery and a steakhouse. The wide range of options for activities will surely come in handy on those long days at sea before calling at ports in Port Canaveral, Nassau and the private island retreat of CocoCay.
Note that this cruise departs from Cape Liberty in Bayonne, New Jersey, just south of Manhattan.
3. Weeklong Bahamas Cruise from NYC on Norwegian Breakaway
Great Stirrup Cay, one of three stops on this 7-night Norwegian cruise, is not as vast as its name might suggest. This private island is less than two miles long, and is reserved only for cruiseline guests. After spending a day at busy Cocoa Beach in Florida, a quick stop at this serene white-sand Bahamian paradise will be just what the doctor ordered.
The next day, you'll sail to Nassau to enjoy shopping, dining or the many amenities at the massive Atlantis resort, accessible with a day pass.
Onboard the Norwegian Breakaway, you'll find Broadway shows, multi-story waterslides, a nine-hole miniature golf course and a quarter-mile oceanfront promenade.
4. 7-Night Cruise to Port Canaveral, CocoCay and Nassau on Adventure of the Seas
This Royal Caribbean cruise boasts the same itinerary as the Anthem of the Seas sailing mentioned above, but guests will coast aboard the Adventure of the Seas. The vessel's name should clue you in to the type of heart-pounding experience you'll have: there's a set of dual racer waterslides, a two-story golf course, a rock-climbing wall, a Vegas-style casino, six whirlpools and a fitness center offering yoga and tai chi classes.
You'll depart for this weeklong retreat from Bayonne, a short distance from New York City, and you'll have several days at sea on either end of the trip.
5. Disney Cruise Line Bahamas Cruises from NYC
One look at Disney Cruise Line's lineup of Bahamas cruises and you might find yourself with a case of sticker shock — these 7- and 8-night sailings don't come cheap. But they do include theme park tickets for those who want to venture to Disney World, not far from Port Canaveral near Orlando.
In addition to Nassau and Port Canaveral, these vessels visit Disney-exclusive Castaway Cay, which features lagoon beaches, a barbecue lunch, water sports and walking trails.