Since the Bahamas is comprised of many islands and cays with a tropical climate, many vacationers visit the Bahamas throughout the year. If you are considering a visit to the Bahamas, perhaps a cruise would be the perfect way to travel.
There are many things to do and see in the Bahamas and here are a few things you should know before you go.
What You May Need
The wonderful idea behind a cruise is that you will not need to bring as much as if you were staying at a hotel. For the most part, a cruise includes all your basic necessities such as toiletries and does not have the same restrictions as air flight. Airlines have placed restrictions on goods that are more than a few ounces in weight. Check with your local cruise facility to see what, if any, restrictions may apply.
Be sure to dress properly for warmer climate. Sunscreen and a sunhat may be items you wish to bring along for your protection. Most cruise ships also have fewer restrictions on how much luggage you can bring aboard. Check with your cruise facility to see what their rules may be.
Your passport is essential for your travel to the Bahamas. Make sure that you have a safe place to keep it and remember where that place is. Many times we pack something away for safekeeping and have done such a good job securing it that we forget exactly where we have put it.
Be aware of fees associated with non-cash purchases. If you are purchasing a beverage plan with your cruise, you want to make sure that you have enough cash on hand for things such as excursions and island shopping. Often times, you will have a better negotiating handle when you are using cash.
You may also want to look into a calling plan that incorporates international usage. Check with your cell phone carrier to inquire what they offer and for what duration. Unfortunately, for some travelers, some business just will not wait. Check your carrier to see if they offer internet service in the cabin.
The Bahamas typically have a temperate climate all year round. Most of the activities center on the water in the Bahamas. Snorkeling, scuba diving, swimming, and sunbathing are just among the few activities on the water.
Spring through fall have typically fine weather to enjoy the Bahamas, with winter being a bit more chilly. Some golf enthusiasts enjoy golfing in the winter in the Bahamas, as the weather is a bit cooler.
Hurricane season is most prevalent from early spring throughout the end of November in the Bahamas. The peak for hurricanes is typically August and September. If you are not afraid of traveling and possibly having a change of plans, you will find rates much cheaper during this time of year.
Whether you have taken a cruise to the Bahamas before or not, being prepared as on any other vacation will ensure smoother sailing as you go along.