Whether you are thinking of a vacation for the family, a good time as a single man or woman, or a special getaway with your significant other, a cruise to the Bahamas may be just the thing. All travelers must have what is called a Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI) compliant document. These documents include passports or passport cards. United States citizens are not required to get visas to enter the Bahamas. In addition, all children, even newborns must have a passport.
Location - The Bahamas are one of the most popular cruise areas of all, and this is in part due to their location. The Bahamas are a large set of islands, some inhabited, some not, located southeast of Florida. They are composed of 700 islands, most very small, creating an archipelago only 55 miles south-southeast of Florida. These islands are among the world's most beautiful, and offer a breathtaking view of the ocean, beaches, locals, nightlife and wildlife while aboard a cruise.
Cost - Cruising the Bahamas is not as expensive as you would imagine. With the proper timing and bargain hunting, it is possible to find a cruise for only $250 to $550 per person for a three- to four-day cruise. Other cruises go upward, costing anywhere from $800 to $1000 a person for the same length of time. In addition, some cruises, especially family-friendly ones, may come with a discount for children younger than a certain age.
Considerations - It is important to consider some key points when thinking of booking a cruise to the Bahamas. First is the time of year. If it is tourist and vacation season, your costs will be considerably higher. Also, considering the amount of activities, the length of your stay onboard, travel to and from the cruise, the condition of the rooms, and whether the cruise is more family, couple, or singles friendly are all important things to consider when planning a cruise to the Bahamas.
Events - The events on a cruise to the Bahamas can vary widely depending on the company organizing it and the group of people the cruise is geared toward. For example, you probably will not find as many bars and dance floors on a cruise by Disney, a family-friendly company. Family-friendly activities include scuba diving, game nights, pools, shore stops, shopping, jet skiing, golfing. Singles or couple friendly cruises may include different ones, such as bars, dance halls, casinos, spas and other nightlife-related activities.
Tips - A few tips will help you plan and buy a Bahamas cruise to the maximum efficiency for your wallet. Try shopping for airfare and cruise packages on sites like priceline.com, travelocity.com or costhelper.com. These sites can find discounted packages with more activities packed in for a more enjoyable time. Also, bargain hunt. Look for last-minute cruise discounts--sometimes up to 50 percent off--or off-season cruises to avoid overpricing or cramped ships.