Nassau, Bahamas

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New Providence may not be the largest island in the Bahamas, but it draws the lion’s share of visitors on Bahama cruises from around the world—and with good reason. For starters, it’s home to Nassau, the nation’s capital: a bustling harborfront hub whose stately colonial buildings house lively restaurants, bars, galleries and shops. Beyond the downtown area, however, you’ll find that plenty of other pleasures beckon. Just across the harbor bridge, for instance, is Paradise Island—and its dazzling Atlantis casino resort and water park (which you can access with a day pass). More aquatic adventures can be had while on a cruise to the Bahamas with snorkeling and glass-bottomed-boat excursions to nearby coral reefs. Interested in Bahamian art and culture? Check out the island’s National Art Gallery, Pirates of Nassau Museum and 18th-century colonial forts and monuments on your Bahama cruise. And if you’d rather just relax amid beautiful Caribbean scenery, try wandering through the lush botanicals at Ardastra Gardens or sunbathing on sugary Cable Beach. Whatever you choose to do while on your cruise to the Bahamas, though, make sure to sample some of the local culinary specialties like conch fritters or cracked conch. You’ll almost certainly find that—like the rest of the island—they’re vibrant and just a little exotic, and leave you wanting more.

Top 3: Things to See in Nassau, Bahamas

1 Fort Fincastle Climb the historic stairs to this 1793 hilltop fortress with the best view of the island.
2 Cable Beach Spend the day on a beautiful stretch of powdery white sand beach. Enjoy the calm waters perfect for swimming.
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Atlantis Paradise Island Resort and Aquaventure Water Park Spend a day at this vast sea-themed casino resort, enjoying the aquarium, water park and marine habitat.

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