Sightseeing, swimming and soaking up the island flavor — it's all yours for the taking on a Carnival cruise to Nassau, Bahamas. Boasting balmy breezes and jumping to a bouncy calypso beat, Nassau promises sizzling fun in the sun. The historic and cultural heart of The Bahamas is one of the world’s most popular cruise destinations — one million travelers board cruises to Nassau every year. Carnival guests come for fine beaches, shopping, water sports, and fun-filled attractions at the Atlantis Resort, connected to Nassau by a bridge to Paradise Island. Throw in a chance to swim with dolphins, or do a little slipping and sliding at a water park, and it's clear what makes Nassau a top spot for cruisers of all ages.
The sleepy, sandy pace of the Bahamas beaches recede in Nassau, the island nation’s only city. Travelers will find a bustling Caribbean port—once a haven for pirates searching for treasures, it's now a center for shopping and business. City tours offer insights into the historical and cultural highlights of this city on the sea, including stops at Fort Charlotte, Fort Fincastle, Ardastra Gardens, and the Government House. Climb down the famous Queen's staircase and stop by the perennially popular Straw Market and Arawak Cay to purchase locally made straw goods and other souvenirs to take home. Since Nassau is a deep-water port, it’s a popular cruise ship destination. Passengers disembark onto Bay Street, where you can select a tour to explore the island, or head straight to Junkanoo or Cabbage beach to enjoy the island’s aqua waters by snorkeling and swimming or revving up with parasailing, jet skiing, or underwater SUB adventures (which let you view the marine life without getting your hair wet). Explore the mostly flat island by bicycle or scooter, or simply eat your way around town: conch fritters, island-sourced spices, and barbecue are favorites. Nassau is also a top jumping-off point for deep-sea fishing charters and day trips to smaller Bahamian islands such as Pearl Island, Rose Island, or Exuma, all known for their pristine sands.
Join us at our exclusive port of call, Princess Cays, where you'll enjoy a private beach party on the island of Eleuthera in the Bahamas. One hundred miles long and only two miles wide, Eleuthera offers unspoiled beaches. Our private resort at Princess Cays is situated on more than 40 acres and features over a half-mile of white-sand shoreline, all at the southern tip of the island. The resort boasts outstanding amenities while carefully preserving this natural paradise. Take in the views from the observation tower. Enjoy a complimentary beach barbecue. Sip a cool drink or browse the shops and the local craft market. All of Princess Cays' facilities are linked by walkways. Recreational activities abound. Enjoy volleyball and a full range of water sports, or simply relax on the beach.
Relax in a beachside sanctuary bungalow, ride on a banana boat or paddle through the turquoise waters on a kayak with friends and family. Experience this quintessential Bahamas port on most of our Caribbean cruise itineraries, and indulge in the best of both worlds as you sail on to explore other nearby destinations.
Freeport, the only urban settlement on the island paradise of The Grand Bahamas, is located just 80 miles (130 kilometers) off the coast of Florida’s Palm Beach. The small metropolis, which was transformed from swamp to city in 1965, combines a thumping nightlife with modern comforts and food packed with Caribbean soul. The main attraction is undoubtedly Freeport’s nature, which comprises white-sand beaches and palm-fringed coastlines lapped by turquoise water. Shore excursions and day trips allow travelers to kayak, snorkel, or scuba dive in Deadman’s Reef (Paradise Cove), Peterson Cay National Park, or Lucayan National Park. Thrill seekers can spend the day trying out different water sports along The Bahama’s shoreline, with Jet Skis and banana boats proving a popular choice. Opportunities to scuba dive with sharks, snorkel with stingrays, or admire tropical marine life and dolphins on a glass-bottom boat ride entice nature lovers, who can also observe a myriad of native birds on a half-day tour of Gold Rock Beach. Plus, if you’re looking for a break from the beach, sightseeing tours of Freeport reveal landmarks such as Cooper’s Castle, Garden of the Groves, and the International Bazaar. When night falls, Freeport’s vibrant island spirit emerges. Dine on Bahamian classics at a local home, whet your whistle during a Bahamian brewery tour, or soak up the stars during a bonfire on the beach experience.