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Bahamas Cruise Deals: A Guide to Scoring the Best Cruise for You

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Melinda Crow

Last updated
Apr 5, 2024

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7 min read

Uncovering a genuine Bahamas cruise deal means there might be some serious beach hammock time in your future. It’s hard to turn that down, especially when the price is right. Cruises to the Bahamas are already some of the best cruise deals in the world. If you snag one at a price that's lower than normal, you’ll be onboard and living your best cruise life sooner rather than later.

At Cruise Critic, we want you to have the best possible shot at those Bahamas cruise deals, so we've started the research for you. We checked the Black Friday and Cyber Monday cruise deals, the off-season deals and everything in between. We checked budget cruise lines as well as the not-so-budget lines. Here’s what we found for finding the best Bahamas cruise deals.

How to Spot Bahamas Cruise Deals

To help you figure out whether a Bahamas cruise deal is a real deal or not, we've crunched the numbers and found the baselines. For mainstream cruise lines like Carnival, Royal Caribbean, Norwegian and MSC, inside cabins on cruises to the Bahamas are sometimes as low as $45 per person per night. But the reality is that any inside stateroom near the $75 mark is a deal.

For oceanview rooms that have a window but no balcony, expect close to $100 per person per night for the price to be a deal.

Deals on balcony cabins on Bahamas cruises consist of any room going for $175 per night or less, but don’t be surprised to sometimes find a handful of Bahamas cruise deals closer to $150 per person per night.

When it comes to suites, if you can get a suite on any cruise line for $250 per person per night or less, consider it a deal.

Disney Bahamas cruise deals are in a class of their own. Consider any category stateroom below $200 per person per night a deal, because average fares are twice that. Virgin Voyages is another outlier in the Bahamas. Check out four and five-night cruises to Bimini, sometimes priced as low as $150 per "sailor" per night for a Bahamas cruise deal outside the normal routine.

The best Bahamas cruise deals have onboard credit added, free room upgrades, or discounts on third and fourth persons in the cabin. If you aren't locked into a specific cruise line, shop for not only the best fare, but the best add-on perks.

Where You Cruise From Affects Your Bahamas Cruise Deals

Don’t forget to factor in the transportation costs of getting to the port when you are shopping for a Bahamas cruise deal. Just because it’s cheap to cruise from the Florida ports of Miami, Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades), Tampa, Port Canaveral and Jacksonville doesn’t mean those are the best deals for you. You might find it’s a better deal to cruise from a little closer to home and save on transportation.

We found Bahamas cruise deals from Bayonne, New Jersey plus Galveston, Mobile, Baltimore and Charleston, South Carolina. These may also be longer cruises and include more ports of call.

Seasonal Bahamas Cruise Deals

The best times to shop for Bahamas cruise deals are the dates surrounding Black Friday. Following that are the January to March sales, also known as “wave season.” The easy way to remember these sales each year is to follow your instincts. When it turns cold outside, start shopping for a cruise to the Bahamas.

Hot Tip: Those who sign up to receive cruise line deals via email often get early access to Black Friday deals -- sometimes two weeks early.

Those same cold months when it's cheaper to book a Bahamas cruise are the same months when it's cheapest to take a Bahamas cruise. We found the lowest prices in January and February, followed by early December (generally the first two weeks only) and September.

Prices on cruises to the Bahamas rise any time kids are out of school. That especially applies to Spring Break along with June and July. By August, prices have begun to slide downward a bit and Bahamas cruise deals reappear.

And as tempting as it is to cruise to the Bahamas during the winter holidays, you can expect to pay considerably more than the off-season fares. But definitely look for deals before and after Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years.

Bahamas Cruise Deal Boosters: Private Islands, Package Deals and Onboard Attractions

Compared head-to-head, we found that Bahamas cruise deals are enhanced by several factors.

Many Bahamas cruises will include a private island stop. These tend to save you money because you have easy access to the ocean, the beach and free food for the entire time the ship is in port. Sure, you can spend money on these islands, but it’s not required to enjoy the day.

Boost your fun at Perfect Day at CocoCay (Royal Caribbean and Celebrity), Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve, Great Stirrup Cay (Norwegian), Half Moon Cay (Carnival and Holland America Line), Princess Cays (Princess) and Castaway Cay (Disney).

Beyond private island deals, packages for beverages and specialty restaurants are a definite win if you plan to drink and dine outside of the complimentary options, especially when purchased in advance, or using onboard credit.

The third thing that influences Bahamas cruise deals is booking a ship with onboard attractions that match your expectations and your activity plan. If you are looking for peace and quiet, a great spa and lots of kid-free space, book accordingly within the parameters of your budget to get the most bang for your buck.

If, however, your kids crave roller coasters and water parks onboard, your deal is not a deal unless the ship you choose has them.

How to Snag the Best Bahamas Cruise Deals: Tips for Beginners

Half Moon Cay (Photo:Holland America Line)
Half Moon Cay (Photo:Holland America Line)

The basics for making sure you get the best deal on a Bahamas cruise are simple, even if you've never been on a cruise before. Start by signing up for email deals from a few cruise lines. And don't forget to include the Cruise Critic deals list.

Always break the deal down into the cost per person per night so you can accurately compare the prices between dates and between the various cruise lines.

Choose your cruise line, cruise ship and length wisely. We found that three-night Bahamas cruises are Carnival’s deal center, while four-night sailings are where the Royal Caribbean deals hide. Carnival's, Royal Caribbean's and MSC’s best Bahamas cruise deals are from Miami, with Port Canaveral running a close second. Across all mainstream lines, older ships are more likely to be deal-worthy than newer ones.

Keep an eye on last-minute deals. Bahamas cruise deals are often available for those with flexible travel schedules. Then make sure every possible discount has been applied, including military, first responder, senior and state resident discounts.

Don’t overlook the port fees in your budget. These can range from $75 per person up to almost $200 on Bahamas cruises.

Where possible, sign up for cruise line loyalty programs. Some, like Carnival, even allow you to sign up before your first cruise, netting you bonus deals you wouldn’t find otherwise.

Check out what other people have to say about the ships you are shopping for. Cruise Critic's message board community is full of useful information shared by cruisers who have sailed on the ships you may be looking at.

Expert Advice and Insider Secrets for Scoring Bahamas Cruise Deals

When you're ready to up your deals game, here are the expert tips we have for Bahamas cruise deals. Cruise fares posted with language like "starting from" are inside cabin prices. If your primary goal is soaking up sunshine next to the pool as you island hop in the Bahamas, why not consider an inside cabin deal? The money you save might be enough to get you a second cruise in some instances.

The flip side of going as cheaply as possible is to do the Bahamas in luxurious style onboard Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection which offers a handful of seasonal cruises in the Bahamas. Any suite you can snag for under $900 per person per night is a deal, especially when you consider that when these ships sail in Europe, the going price is often closer to $2,000 per person per night.

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