6 Bahamas Cruise Getaways for Memorial Day Weekend

Posted by Andrea M. Rotondo on April 05, 2013 at 11:25:44 AM EDT | Post a Comment
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Forget about fighting for that last package of hamburger rolls the night before your Memorial Day barbecue. (Admit it. It almost came to fisticuffs over a bag of chips last year.)

This May, convince your friends and/or family to head to the Bahamas instead. There are a variety of three-, four-, and seven-night itineraries that are still available—and they're priced to sell.

Memorial Day is a fantastic time to cruise the Bahamas. The weather is perfect for sunbathing without being overbearingly hot and the seas are calm. And, with that day off from work, you won't have to take much—if any—vacation time.

Cruise lines like Royal Caribbean, Norwegian Cruise Line, Carnival, and Disney Cruise Line are experts in this region and each has its own private island that you'll visit in addition to Nassau, the capital of the Bahamas on New Providence island.

You can spend your day in Nassau or nearby Paradise Island (the two are connected by bridges). Typical activities include beach bathing, boating, fishing, snorkeling, diving, shopping, or gambling at one of the local hotel casinos. Atlantis is the best known resort complex on Paradise Island and is a popular destination for cruise ship day-trippers.

Embarkation ports for Memorial Day weekend cruises include New York City, Baltimore, Miami, and Port Canaveral. Here are a few of the itineraries to consider...

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Norwegian Gem

Duration: Seven nights

Embarkation Port: New York City roundtrip

Embarkation Date: May 25, 2013

Itinerary: Three sea days, plus calls on Port Canaveral, Florida as well as Great Stirrup Cay and Nassau in the Bahamas

Fares start at: $719 per person

Royal Caribbean Grandeur of the Seas

Duration: Seven nights

Embarkation Port: Baltimore roundtrip

Embarkation Date: May 24, 2013

Itinerary: Three sea days, plus calls on Port Canaveral, Florida as well as CocoCay and Nassau in the Bahamas

Fares start at: $664 per person

Disney Dream

Duration: Four nights

Embarkation Port: Port Canaveral roundtrip

Embarkation Date: May 26, 2013

Itinerary: One sea day, plus Nassau and Castaway Cay in the Bahamas

Fares start at: $1,028 per person

Royal Caribbean Enchantment of the Seas

Duration: Three nights

Embarkation Port: Port Canaveral roundtrip

Embarkation Date: May 24, 2013

Itinerary: CocoCay and Nassau in the Bahamas

Fares start at: $449 per person

Norwegian Sky

Duration: Three nights

Embarkation Port: Miami roundtrip

Embarkation Date: May 24, 2013

Itinerary: Great Stirrup Cay and Nassau in the Bahamas

Fares start at: $369 per person

Carnival Imagination

Duration: Three nights

Embarkation Port: Miami roundtrip

Embarkation Date: May 24, 2013

Itinerary: Two days in Nassau, Bahamas

Fares start at: $309 per person

Andrea M. Rotondo is a freelance writer based in New York City. She covers cruise news and luxury travel trends for Fodors.com and writes for a variety of outlets, including her website Luxury Travel Mavens. Follow her on Twitter: @luxtravelmavens.

Photo credit: Photo courtesy of Norwegian Cruise Line

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