With its cobblestone streets, horse-drawn carriages and pastel antebellum houses, there are plenty of temptations to stay put in the South Carolina port city of Charleston. But peer out to the wide open expanses of the Atlantic and you’ll get a sense of why so many people venture from land to sea here.
One of the most popular destinations for those embarking on a cruise from Charleston are the Bahamas, located some 550 miles south. Here, we’ve picked out some of the best cruises available for those keen to make this very trip.
FROM $65 PER NIGHT
For those seeking a Caribbean cruise but with limited time, this tour could be perfect. Departing from Charleston in the afternoon, you’ll spend your second day at sea before arriving in Nassau in the Bahamas on day three. Here you can enjoy all the city has to offer, including world class shopping, great beaches and amazing water sports. The following day you’ll return to the high seas when you can make use of your ship’s superb facilities, including a water park, a comedy club and several restaurants offering a variety of cuisines, before returning to Charleston the next morning.
FROM $128 PER NIGHT
It’s the extra touches that make a vacation truly special, and this Bahamas cruise certainly adds a special flourish by hosting a Carnival Live concert. Prior to the big event, you’ll visit Freeport on Grand Bahama Island before moving on to the Bahamas capital city of Nassau. Day four is when the concert takes place, giving guests the chance to kick back and enjoy a unique Caribbean carnival experience. The following day you’ll remain on Nassau where you can enjoy some relaxing shopping or taste some local cuisine, before one more day at sea to round off your trip, which ends back in Charleston.
FROM $70 PER NIGHT
For a slightly longer Bahamas cruise, this excellently-reviewed trip may well fit the bill. Starting in Charleston, you’ll enjoy your first night on-board before spending a full day at sea. The following morning you’ll wake nice and early to the delightful sights of Half Moon Cay, an exclusive private island where you can enjoy great food and an array of water sports. The following day it’s time to visit Nassau, the capital of the Bahamas and home to the world famous Atlantis resort, complete with casino, great shopping and a waterpark. Your final stop-off will be at Freeport on Grand Bahama Island, followed by one final day at sea before your return journey to Charleston.