Bahamas Cruises from Jacksonville, Florida

Why travel all the way to Miami or Orlando to begin your Bahamas cruise? If you live in the South or along Florida’s Atlantic coast, there’s a convenient option closer to home.

Carnival operates multiple ships out of the Jacksonville cruise port, located in the state’s northeastern region. Ships leave this port to sail down Florida’s coast and make two or three stops in the Bahamas, with trips lasting four nights or longer.

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Carnival continues to be the only cruise line offering Bahamas cruises from Jacksonville. Trips depart during all months of the year, and depending upon the itinerary, the ships spend at least four night on the ocean and visit two or more ports in the Bahamas.


Carnival’s Bahamas itineraries encompass two or three of the following ports:

Half Moon Cay: Cruisers consider this port a must-visit for the outdoor scenery. Half Moon Cay stands out for its beautiful beaches and stunning lagoons, so, no matter where you go, prepare to have fun and explore by the water.

Freeport: The Bahamas’ northernmost city blends urban characteristics with stunning natural beauty. As with many Caribbean cruise ports, Freeport presents beaches, resorts, and nightlife attractions, but if you want to venture farther out, this port’s close to such breathtaking wonders as the Garden of the Groves and Lucayan National Park.

Nassau: There’s plenty to do in the Bahamas’ capital and largest city. The architecture – a blend of colonial and Caribbean influences – sets the tone for a culture blending European, African, and Caribbean aspects. Stay in the city to dine, gamble at the casinos, and shop in the many duty-free stores. Yet, like many ports in this country, Nassau’s not far from soft sandy beaches and nature, so make sure to pencil in time to visit Predator Lagoon and Blackbeard’s Cay.

For starting your next cruise closer to home, make Jacksonville a priority. To start planning, browse itineraries and make reservations through Direct Line Cruises.