Bahamas Cruise Photos

Ships in Nassau Cruise Port

Ships in the new Nassau Cruise Port

Sharing samples of my family's Bahamas Cruise photos with you is a sheer delight for me.

As a family, we have have been on several family Caribbean cruises and have made multiple stops in The Bahamas.

The Bahamas islands are immensely popular ports of call for Caribbean cruise vacations and all major cruise lines visit the islands.

The islands are simply beautiful - great beaches, amazing shore excursions and outstanding weather.

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Nassau Cruise Terminal Amphitheater

New Amphitheater at Nassau Cruise Port

Did you know that the Bahamas' weather is great all year round? Yes, the Bahamas islands maintain warm temperatures (very hot during summer) throughout the year.

We visited in February, April, July and September and each time we were able to visit the beach.


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Nassau Cruise Port

Nassau Cruise Terminal Holds Six Ships

New Nassau Cruise Port Holds Six Ships

As noted above, many Caribbean cruise lines visit the Bahamas.

Consequently, anytime you visit, your family will see two or more cruise liners sitting in Nassau Harbor.

The newly, redesigned Nassau Cruise Port can host six ships simultaneously.

Nassau Cruise Port New Marketplace

Newly Designed Nassau Cruise Port Marketplace/Plaza

Upon arriving in Nassau, you can get off the ship and onto the pier. From there, it is a good stretch of the legs to get through the newly designed marketplace. You will find vendors selling a variety of things and there are many food options.

Based on your plans, after passing through the Nassau Marketplace, you will head outside where the buses and taxis are parked.

If you have purchased a shore excursion, you will meet the leader before you get to the marketplace or somewhere outside.

If you have not purchased a Nassau shore excursion, you may book one outside the marketplace.  

My Family's Shore Excursion Preference

Bahamas Cruise Taxis

Taxis Outside the "old" Nassau Cruise Port

Whenever we arrive in Nassau, Bahamas, my family heads through the Nassau Marketplace and out to where the taxis are parked.

From there, we either book a bus to give us a tour of Nassau, or we take a taxi to Paradise Island.

The taxi ride from the Nassau Cruise Port to Paradise Island is still less than $10 per person each way. On Paradise Island, we usually visit the renowned Atlantis Resort and the beach.

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The Atlantis

Bahamas Cruise Atlantis

Old Photo taken at the Atlantis Resort

As noted above, we generally visit the Atlantis whenever our Caribbean cruise vacation takes us to Nassau.

We are always amazed at how beautiful the resort is!

I must state, however, that while we enjoy the free offerings of the Atlantis, we have never paid to see the entire aquarium.

As it pertains to access to the Atlantis, things have drastically changed. Access is a lot more limited now than when we first visited via a cruise to The Bahamas.

Bahamas Cruise Atlantis

Generally, we mill around upstairs (the full aquarium is underground) and admire the beautiful tropical marine life exhibited there.

We are never disappointed with the variety of tropical sea life that we see. As you can tell, we see stingrays too!

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Bahamas Cruise Fort Fincastle

Fort Fincastle - Popular Stop on Nassau Tour

Our line-up of sightseeing usually involves a tour of Nassau. The tour operator points out important places such as the Prime Minister's residence.

We are also taken to an old fort which was never really used against the enemy in colonial days. The fort is Fort Fincastle.

Bahamas Cruise Fort Fincastle

2010 Photo at Fort Fincastle Overlooking Nassau Port

Fort Fincastle is really a tiny fort compared to others and is said to have been used to keep prisoners.

While the fort houses a cannon, no balls were ever fired at enemy ships approaching Nassau during the colonial days of the well documented European rivalry.

However, you have a magnificent view of Nassau Harbor from Fort Fincastle. 

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Visiting the Beach

Bahamas Cruise Beach Stop

My Family Many Years Ago at a Beach on Paradise Island

Whenever my family visits Nassau, we make it our business to visit the beach.

I mentioned earlier that we use a taxi to get to Paradise Island, where we access the beach.

My family always visits the same beach on Paradise Island. It is a public area beach, somewhere close to the Bahamas Riu Palace Resort.

Bahamas Cruise Beach Stop

Visiting a beach in The Bahamas is a must for us. Your family will come away feeling quite refreshed.

I urge you to ensure that you put the beach on your list of things to do in The Bahamas.

For those of you whose cruise takes you to one of the cruise lines' private Bahamian islands - Coco Cay for Royal Caribbean cruise passengers; Great Stirrup Cay for Norwegian cruise passengers; Half Moon Cay for Carnival and Holland America cruise passengers; and Princess Cays for Princess Cruises passengers, you will visit the beach.

The private islands are largely beach stops with some shopping and an impressive taste of popular Caribbean barbecue food items.

The private islands now offer a lot more than the beach, shopping and food. There's a world of exploring to do and fun activities (besides the beach) to enjoy.

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Leaving Nassau

Bahamas Cruise Leaving Nassau

2010 Photo of My Family Returning to our Ship in Nassau

It is generally sad when it's time to say goodbye to Nassau in particular and The Bahamas in general. Your stop in this island paradise is usally the final port of call before returning to your U.S. cruise port.

As you head back to the ship in Nassau, you know that your inclusive Caribbean cruise is winding down and your family's amazing vacation is ending.

Anyway, as the saying goes - "All good things must come to an end."

What is true, is that you will enjoy your family Caribbean cruise vacation and you will remember your visit to the Bahamas.

As I used my family's experiences to give you an idea what to expect, I hope that you will plan your own inclusive Caribbean cruise vacation.

When you get back, remember to share with us, just as I have shared some of my family's Bahamas cruise photos with you.

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