A cruise is an excellent way to visit the Bahamas and its capital city of Nassau since it makes the journey there nice and relaxing. Instead of battling airport lines, customs, finding transportation to your hotel, and navigating your way around the island, you’ll simply arrive to your embarkation port, which is often in Florida for Bahamas cruises. Then you'll board your luxurious cruise ship to take you to the Bahamas in comfort and style, and where you'll find many fun and exciting things to do in Nassau.
Celebrity Cruises runs shorter 3- to 5-night Bahamas itineraries, but you'll also see Nassau pop up as a port of call on longer Caribbean itineraries. Due to its location close to Florida, Nassau may be part of Western, Eastern, or Southern Caribbean itineraries.
Getting to Nassau, Bahamas on a Cruise
Celebrity Cruises’ Caribbean cruise embarkation ports in Florida are Miami and Fort Lauderdale. From there, it’s a simple overnight sailing between either Florida port and Nassau, which is why it’s usually the first or last stop on a multi-port cruise.
If your cruise itinerary's first port of call is in Nassau, you’ll have time to settle into your cruise and sumptuous stateroom or suite the night before and even enjoy a relaxing massage, gourmet dinner in a specialty restaurant, or fun show before arriving in Nassau in the morning.
If Nassau is the last stop of your cruise, it is an excellent way to end your vacation as there are so many fun things to do in port that will have you ending your Caribbean journey on a high note.
Things to Do in Nassau
Once you’re in port in Nassau, you have many options for how to spend your day. Here are some popular activities.
Water Park Fun in Nassau
Atlantis is a landmark resort in Nassau. It has two coral-colored towers that jut up into the Caribbean sky and it is famous for its water park. This water park isn’t just for resort guests. Cruisers can take a shore excursion there and get a day pass to this popular Nassau water park. Have fun splashing around in the lazy river or wave pool, or walk around the aquarium and see the different marine animals on the premises. The tube waterslide that takes you through that aquarium – home to sharks – is also a can’t-miss experience.
Bahamas Snorkeling and Scuba Adventures While in Nassau
The Bahamas are home to reefs brimming with sea life and experiencing it firsthand is one of the most popular things to do in Nassau. A scuba dive excursion is a preferred way to experience that underwater world if you’re scuba certified. If you’re not, don’t worry – there are still plenty of ways to see what’s under the surface of the Caribbean Sea while in Nassau.
If you’re curious about scuba diving and to find out if it’s worth it for you to get certified later on, you can take the Nassau Discover Scuba Diving shore excursion, which teaches you the basics of scuba diving, like how to use a regulator, and then your experienced dive instructor will lead you on a shallow dive to practice using the equipment and see some sea life.
On the Rainbow Reef Snorkel Tour, you will sail out to a local reef on a boat and enjoy the peaceful rocking of the sea while you gaze at tropical views. Once you’re at the reef you will don some flippers and a sea mask and hop in the refreshing, clear water for some snorkeling fun.
You can also try your hand at Snuba in Nassau, a cool underwater adventure that combines snorkeling and scuba diving.
Bahamas Beach Time
Nassau is your gateway to a number of gorgeous beaches in the Bahamas and a popular one is Pearl Island. On the Pearl Island Beach Day with lunch excursion, you get to take a Nassau Harbour cruise to Pearl Island, with a tour guide who will provide narration of what you’re seeing as you make your way there. Then relax on the sand, frolic in the sea, and rent kayaks or stand up paddleboards. When you’re ready for lunch, take a break from the beach fun to feast on your included lunch of Bahamian cuisine before returning to the surf and the sand.
Shopping in Nassau
Nassau’s downtown area is nice simply to walk around and browse through the many shops that line its streets. While ambling through town, you can admire Nassau’s quaint architecture with candy-colored buildings that are pleasing to the eye. Inside those cute buildings you’ll find an array of shopping from souvenir trinkets to boutiques to fine jewelry. Nassau is known for its straw markets as well.
Or, if you want to explore more of Nassau, and learn about its history, take the Essential Nassau shore excursion and see some of Nassau’s top sites from the comfort of an air-conditioned bus.
Celebrity Edge Preview Cruises to the Bahamas
A fun and exciting way to enjoy the Bahamas, even if you’re short on time, is coming up later this year. Celebrity Cruises’ newest ship, Celebrity Edge, is doing four preview sailings in November and December of 2018.
These preview sailings are 3-night cruises that leave from Fort Lauderdale. Guests aboard these sailings will have the exhilarating experience of being one of the first people to cruise on the highly touted Celebrity Edge.
Celebrity Edge features many innovative cruise firsts, such as the Magic Carpet, a one-of-a-kind lounge that is cantilevered over the edge of the ship. Guests will also marvel over the opulent suites and Infinite Veranda Staterooms. In addition, passengers will be wowed by the immersive and unique dining experience that is Eden as well as other new and innovative restaurants and dining spaces on board.
More about Celebrity Edge:
Celebrity Edge is the first ship in Celebrity Cruises’ new Edge-class. Celebrity Edge will offer two different itineraries from Fort Lauderdale when it begins sailing its regular schedule in December of 2018. One will be an Eastern Caribbean cruise that visits San Juan, Puerto Rico; Tortola, British Virgin Islands; and Philipsburg, St. Maarten. The other itinerary option sails around the Western Caribbean and stops in Key West, Florida; Costa Maya, Mexico; Cozumel, Mexico; and George Town, Grand Cayman. You can visit all ports of call and make your vacation a 14-night one by booking back-to-back sailings. Celebrity Edge will also sail Mediterranean itineraries later in 2019 before returning to the Caribbean.
Plus, stay tuned for more Edge-class news in the coming years – three sister ships to the Celebrity Edge will be debuting in 2020, 2021, and 2022.
Ready to Sail Away to Nassau?
Celebrity Cruises makes booking a cruise with a port of call in Nassau, Bahamas easy with the ability to arrange your cruise accommodations, airfare, and cruise activities all in the same place. To book your cruise to the Bahamas (or a different itinerary on Celebrity Edge) visit www.CelebrityCruises.com, or speak with your travel agent.