Bahamas cruises from Orlando are pretty much available all year.
However, these cruises really sail out of Port Canaveral, which is actually east of the Orlando area.
The popularity of a cruise from anywhere in Florida to the Bahamian islands comes as no surprise, since the islands are so close to the Sunshine State.
To top that off, the weather in the Bahamas is quite inviting to tourists every month of the year.
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At the time of writing this webpage, there are four major cruise lines which offer cruises to the Bahamas from the Orlando area.
You will know these names, after I list them, because they are among the top Caribbean cruise lines.
In alphabetical order, the four cruise companies sailing to the Bahamas are Carnival Cruise Line, Disney Cruise Line, Norwegian Cruise Line and Royal Caribbean International.
How many days would you like to spend in the Bahamas?
A cruise to the Bahamas will generally get you to one or more islands. Currently, you will be able to book a 2-night, 3-night, 4-night, or 5-night Bahamas cruise.
There are some longer cruise itineraries from Port Canaveral, which include stops in Nassau and/or a cruise line's private Bahamian island.
As it pertains to each cruise line:
1. Carnival offers 2-night, 3-night, 4-night and 5-night cruises to the Bahamas;
2. Disney offers 3-night and 4-night cruises;
3. Norwegian offers 6-night, 7-night and even longer cruises to the Caribbean and these include one or more stops at a Bahamas port of call; and,
4. Royal Caribbean offers 3-night and 4-night cruises to the Bahamas, and longer cruise itineraries with Bahamian ports of call.
Nassau, Bahamas is quite the tourist-pull for people all over the world. Consequently, any cruise to the Bahamian islands will almost always call at Nassau.
In addition to this popular port of call, there is also Freeport, Bahamas.
Finally, depending on the length of the cruise, your cruise will make a call at a private Bahamaian island - a cruise resort owned by the respective cruise line.
Carnival cruises will most likely call at Half Moon Cay; Disney's at Castaway Cay; Norwegian's at Great Stirrup Cay; and Royal Caribbean and Coco Cay.
While you will find some variations in port calls, 3-night cruises generally make one or two stops while 4-night and 5-night cruises can make as many as three stops.
Note that your Bahamas cruise itinerary may include a call at Key West, Florida.
It is a fact that shorter cruises cost less than longer ones. Also, cruises only to the Bahamas tend to be less expensive than those to the Eastern or Western Caribbean.
As it pertains to cheap Bahamas cruises, your best chance at great vacation prices will be aboard a Carnival cruise.
Dollar for dollar, Carnival tends to offer the best cruise rates and your family will enjoy your cruise getaway aboard their "Fun Ships."
Something else to consider for your family is any discount offer from a cruise line.
Your travel consultant is the best person to check with for current offers, which may save your family a good penny.
Getting to your ship in Port Canaveral can be painful. The port is not as close to an airport as in Ft. Lauderdale or Miami.
Consequently, you must plan well or spend quite a bit getting to your ship.
You may fly into three (3) airports to get to Port Canaveral: Orlando International, Melbourne Airport and Orlando Sanford International Airport.
The nearest airport to the cruise terminals is Melbourne.
Tip 1: Fly into Melbourne Airport and catch a taxi or shared transportation.
Tip 2: Ask your travel consultant to help you plan for the airport/cruise port transfer.
Tip 3: Consider using the cruise line's transfer service.
Tip 4: Fly into Melbourne or Orlando the day before your cruise and stay overnight. There are some hotels in and around Cocoa Beach which offer park and sail packages.
That is, you stay one night with them and get a discount on the cruise port parking. Some hotels may allow you to leave your car with them for the duration of the cruise - either free or at lower per-day parking rate than what is at the cruise terminal.
Get help from your travel agent.
Below is a cool toolbox which you may use to find flights into Orlando or Melbourne (preferred). You may also check for hotel rates.
Now that you have the information, it is time to book your Bahamas cruise from Orlando.
Get with your travel consultant or send us a cruise quote request and we will help you.
Furthermore, you may visit our booking site, PetesTravel.com, to book your own cruise.
I know that you will enjoy your cruise to the Bahamas.