Beat the Winter Blues with a Weekend Cruise
There are a multitude of 3, 4 and 5-day cruising options that will take you to the Bahamas where you can wash away those winter blues. And the best part is these cruises leave from ports that are a short drive from the Carolinas!
The Port of Charleston is easily reachable from practically everywhere in North and South Carolina. It’s less than a 2-hour drive from Columbia and only a little over four hours from Greensboro. Carnival Cruise Lines operates 4 and 5-day Bahamian cruises out of Charleston. Itineraries including stops at Nassau and/or Freeport. Select itineraries stop at Carnival’s private island, Half Moon Cay. Most sailings are on the Carnival Ecstasy, with select dates on the Carnival Sunshine.
The Jacksonville, Florida port is also a managable drive from the Carolinas. Most drive times from major cities in the Carolinas are between 5 and 6 hours. Carnival also cruises out of Jacksonville with 3, 4, and 5-day sailings on the Carnival Elation to the Bahamas.
The drive may be a bit longer (about a day) but options abound when you cruise out of Port Canaveral, Florida. Carnival, Disney Cruise Line, and Royal Caribbean are the major lines sailing from this location. The Carnival Liberty sails to the Bahamas for 3 and 4-days and the Carnival Sunshine has 5-day itineraries to the Bahamas. Disney Cruise Line homeports here and the Disney Dream sails 3 and 4 night itineraries to the Bahamas, including a stop at their private island, Castaway Cay. On select dates, the Dream sails a 5-night Bahamas itinerary that includes 2 stops at Castaway Cay. Royal Caribbean is a relative newcomer to Port Canaveral. It’s Majesty of the Seas does 3, 4, and 5-night sailings to the Bahamas. Of course, Nassau is included in most itineraries, along with a stop at Royal’s private island, CocoCay. Select dates feature a port call at Grand Bahama Island where Freeport is located.
If you’re ready to chase away your winter blues, just give AAA Travel a call at 800-444-8691. Our Agents can help you decide on the best ship and itinerary for you.