Nassau Cruise Terminal In Bahamas & Nassau Cruise Port
Nassau’s impressive harbor offers interesting nautical wonders. Located on the north coast of New Providence Island in the Bahamas, near the capital, the dock extends northward and ships dock very close to Paradise Island.
Three long piers run parallel to the shore and can accommodate up to 8 cruise ships (depending on size). Even the farthest stops are close to downtown Nassau, as the map below shows. However, if cruise passengers have any difficulty walking, the port offers a shuttle service to take them to the terminal, also known as Festival Place.
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About Nassau Bahamas Cruise Terminal
Nassau is the largest seaport in the Bahamas and the country’s capital. It is located east of Florida in the United States. It is located in the Bahamas’ capital of Nassau. The city has a population of around 275,000 and an area of around 80 mi2 (207 km2).
Nassau is home to the majority of the cruise ships registered in The Bahamas, this is because The Bahamas is the preferred country for cruise companies that want to register vessels.
Just off the coast (opposite Port Nassau) is the famous Atlantis Paradise Island (a privately-owned resort and residential property). Approximately 40 miles (65 km) to the northwest of Nassau is Berry Islands’ largest island – Great Harbour Cay, and the nearby-located cruise line private islands Coco Cay (RCI-Royal Caribbean, formerly known as Little Stirrup Cay) and Great Stirrup Cay (NCL-Norwegian). Approximately 5 miles (8 km) to the east is Rose Island.
Frequently Asked Questions About The Port Of Nassau
Where do cruise ships port in Nassau Bahamas?
Located in the center of Nassau is one of the most popular cruise ship destinations in the world, many of the world’s cruise ships call at Prince George Dock. This harbor was dredged between 1966 and 1969 and again in 2009. Before 1966, large ships would anchor outside the harbor’s entrance and transport their passengers to the dock. In December of 2009, it hosted the largest vessel in the world. A remarkable sight and photo opportunity from the Woodes Rogers Walk as the ships approach the Prince George Dock.
How many cruise ports are in Nassau?
Currently operating 6 cruise ports in nassau bahamas
What port does Carnival use in Nassau Bahamas?
all ports present in nassau host carnival cruise ships
The port is responsible for hosting 4 million cruise visitors annually. The Bahamas is the third wealthiest country in the Americas by GDP (USD 9792 billion / USD 26,000 per capita in 2018) its primary industry is tourism. The Bahamas is a British Commonwealth territory that is ruled by the Queen as its head of state. Nassau City is named after William III of England (aka William of Orange, 1650-1702), from the House of Orange-Nassau (European aristocratic dynasty).
Following a two-year hiatus in cruise ship travel, in 2022 Nassau is expected to host over 1100 ships. For 2023, the cruise port had reserved 1260 berths for ships.
The city is composed of modern resorts and colonial heritage, there are numerous historical sites and beautiful beaches, the most popular of which are Junkanoo Beach, Cabbage Beach, and Cable Beach. Nearby are also Saunders Beach, Love Beach, and Jaws Beach.
The most popular boat tours from Nassau to Pearl Island (~8 mi / 13 km), Blue Lagoon Island (7 mi / 11 km) and Balmoral Island (6 mi / 10 km) are day excursions that include transportation, lunch, a segway/walking tour, watersport activities (30-min guided snorkeling tour, seakayaks, paddleboards, trampolines, hammocks, beach chairs, umbrellas, water mats, showers, restrooms), and a boat ride.
Near the cruise terminal are several hotels and resorts , the largest of which are Margaritaville Beach Resort & Waterpark , Warwick Paradise Island Nassau , Breezes Resort & Spa (on Cable Beach, 3 pools), RIU Palace Paradise Island , and Baha Mar Resort & Waterpark.
The largest celebration is Junkanoo – a colorful parade of people dressed in festive costumes that dance to the beat of drums, whistles and cowbells. The holiday is celebrated on January 1st, July 10th and December 26th, beginning early in the morning (1 AM) and ending around 10 AM.
Ferry passengers have regular transportation to and from Nassau, primarily to Paradise Island. Nassau’s primary port is Prince George Wharf, this also serves cruise ships. The Family Islands’ transportation and shipping is primarily by mailboats that are homeported at Potters Cay. The Arawak Port Department is responsible for cargo shipping. A direct ferry to Exuma, Harbour Island and Spanish Wells is available every day.