Bahamas Cruise Package

picture of a cruise shipYou’ve got your mind made up. You want to take a cruise. But there are so many choices! Don’t panic, don’t freak out. You ‘can’ get an affordable deal, and if you know where to look, you can usually find great discounts – groups, location-based savings, discounted air fare, you name it. Virtually every cruise line worth its weight will offer some sort of package incentive to lure back previous customers and entice new ones.

Whether you want a month-long cruise to wile away the hours, or a weekend’s brief respite to recoup from work, whether you’re just you, or you’ve brought the whole family, there’s something for everyone in a Bahamas cruise package.

Regent Seven Seas, one of the trendiest and certainly more expensive kids on the block is currently offering 2-for-1 fares, free air fare to and from the port of depature, and unlimited free shore excursions. Of their currently listed cruises, only one ventures to the Bahamas: their Eastern Caribbean cruise makes its first stop in Princess Cays Bahamas before heading on to Puerto Rico, St. Maarten, St. Barts, the British Virgin Islands, the Domincan Republic and Turks & Caicos. One of their rivals, Seabourn, is presently offering a cruise to the Caribbean whose first stop is Nassau. You couldn’t ask for a better first port of call than that. Nassau is the most exciting place for your average tourist to visit. Fantastic food, ecstatic and exuberant night life, shopping to beat the band – it’s all here.

For those lines whose destination ‘is’ the Bahamas, you might think of Royal Caribbean International or Carnival – not without good reason, as these two lines make up a bulk of the industry’s business. Really, Bahamas cruise packages and the lines that offer them can be grouped into a few categories. First, you’ve got the contemporary or ‘value’ lines that offer solid service, but also at lower cost. They do not offer certain amenities that the more posh lines readily do.

Next you’ve got the premium or luxury cruises. These are physically a cut above their lower-cost brethren. By and large, you get what you pay for, though there are always exceptions. Staterooms are bigger, the entertainment is better, the food is better, and the staff to passenger ratio is higher so that one’s every need may be seen to. Now, don’t take this as the absolute truth or to mean that value cruises are less than enjoyable or that you’re somehow missing out if you can’t afford to take a cruise on a gilded line. This article is highly subjective. You won’t know until you try what’s truly what in the world of cruises.

After the pricier lines, you’ve got those that offer specialty or themed cruises. These are rather a niche market, catering to smaller groups such as seniors, the LGBT community or families with kids. They tend to venture to out of the way or strange destinations that a more mainstream line might not do, though they can and do venture to some of the more well known spots.

Really, it all boils down to what you want to pay, when you want to go, and how soon before your trip you’re willing to fork over the dough. You can save a bundle by booking early, and be sure to ask about special incentives and group rates. These will save you even more on your Bahamas cruise package.

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