Nassau Cruise

Charming colonial-style buildings
The Bahamian Riviera
The largest open-air aquarium in the world

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Nassau

In history and nature

During an MSC Bahamas cruise, you will visit Nassau, which occupies the eastern portion of the island of New Providence and is linked by a charming bridge with the neighboring Paradise Island, where Atlantis Waterscape is located.

The largest open-air aquarium in the world has over 100 different species of colorful tropical fish. In Nassau, you can interact with dolphins and go on excursions to neighboring islands in motorboats. The historical center of Nassau boasts charming colonial-style buildings and numerous pastel-colored wooden shops that alternate with Georgian-style structures.

However, to get a taste of the local style of living, take a trip to Cable Beach. Located just 3 miles west of the city, you will be able to admire the Bahamian Riviera and its fantastic colors: golden sand and lively nightlife. In addition to the casinos, which are very popular with gamblers, one of the most appealing characteristics of a vacation in Nassau is the possibility to do some low-cost shopping.

At the Straw Market, where the typical Bahamian souvenirs are sold, be prepared to bargain: here, bartering is a tradition that is almost a duty. A ride in a surrey or a horse-drawn carriage is an excellent way to discover the old city while listening to stories told by the driver on the ride between monuments, numerous island fortifications and the intriguing Queens Staircase, a large, hand-made stone staircase from which you can enjoy a magnificent view of Nassau, Paradise Island and a good portion of the Bahamas.

To learn about the past and cultural traditions of the island, you can visit its two museums: the Pompey Museum, which houses man-made artefacts, documents and drawings; and the Junkanoo Museum, dedicated to the Junkanoo Carnival of street music, which is growing in popularity.

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Bahamas cruise

Music and islands
Music and islands

As you arrive on your cruise to the Bahamas – seven hundred islands scattered over 1,400 sq.mi. of crystal clear tropical seas in the northern part of the Caribbean – you will discover beaches and interesting hikes in the hinterland, still partly to be explored, as well as lots of sports. For those who choose the beach and are travelling with children, Taino Beach, in the area of Lucaya, is the ideal location with its small playground. If you are looking for one of the most isolated beaches in the entire archipelago, an excursion you should not miss is to Blue Lagoon Island: beautiful, crystal clear, turquoise waters and a hidden lagoon.

A cruise to the Bahamas isn’t a true vacation without an excursion to the historical forts and monuments of Nassau: Fort Montague, the oldest on the island of New Providence; Fort Charlotte, whose cannons have always only fired blanks; Fort Fincastle, which due to its shape resembles a steamship. Music is the other great passion of the inhabitants of the Bahamas: it is the sound track of the life on this Caribbean archipelago.

Often played live, in restaurants, casinos and even in beach bars. From the most traditional steel drum bands, to rake ’n’ scrape, a music similar to reggae, played with an unusual instrument, a saw; and then calypso, soca and junkanoo.