This past weekend was my third time cruising to the Bahamas. The first time was with my mom, the second was with my now fiancé and friends, but this time was a girls getaway. The reason was for my Bachelorette Party, as I am a month away from getting married! We had a blast and I have lots of recommendations for anyone wanting to do this for their party or just take a quick trip to the Bahamas.
Picking Your Cruise
We choose a 3 day Royal Caribbean Cruise out of Port Canaveral. For a bachelorette party 3 days was the perfect amount of time for a fun weekend trip and was very affordable as well. One of the main reasons I chose Royal Caribbean was because I preferred their private island to Norwegian’s, and the Carnival Cruise Lines did not stop at one. I have heard Disney’s Castaway Cay is amazing, but that is probably not the ideal cruise line for a bachelorette party.
Make sure to get on the boat early! You want to make the most of your short cruise. The earlier you get on, the more time you have to hang by the pool and explore the boat. You can also get lunch at the buffet. If you are checking your bags, remember to pack your bathing suit and anything else you might need throughout the day in your carry-on since you might not get your bags delivered to the room until after 5.
For the second day we went to Nassau Bahamas. They offer a lot of excursions like snorkeling or a sunset cruise or the most popular, a trip to Atlantis. If you are trying to keep it on the cheaper side like we were, you can still have plenty of fun! We walked to Junaknoo beach which was very easy to get to with lots of signs pointing the way. They had fun things to do at this beach like volleyball and water balloon tosses. We saw people of all ages joining in! They also sell drinks there and we opted for some Bahama Mamas in a coconut. They were not the best drinks, but it was a unique experience. If you are feeling like being a tourist, you can stop at the straw market for some shopping or Senor Frogs or Fat Tuesdays for some drinks on the way back to the boat.
Cruise ships offer so much entertainment on board and you definitely want to participate in some of it! Can’t miss experiences include watching the Love and Marriage Game Show and participating in The Quest scavenger hunt. Both of these are often hilarious and usually involve people doing or saying funny things. They also have a party Under the Stars with dancing and a some delicious food, so that was a great experience for a bachelorette party. If you are braver than us, you can try some karaoke. Dinner at the dining room is either at 5:30 or 8:30 and you have to pick one. I recommend 8:30 so you don’t miss out on anything in the day. It is kind of late though, so make sure to do plenty of snacking. They also have a formal night on every cruise so we enjoyed drsssing up for that dinner.
Day 3 – Cococay Bahamas
On the third day, the boat stopped at Cococay, Royal Caribbean’s private island. We had to force ourselves to wake up extra early because it was daylight savings that day. We were so glad we did though because we got plenty of time on the island. The beaches here were pristine with clear blue water. There are also plenty of chairs and other amenities that you would find on the boat. They provide a delicious lunch that has everything from typical barbecue, to jerk chicken to paella. It was one of the best meals of the trip. You can do excursions here as well but we were very satisfied with lounging in the sun and swimming.
I have to say, my sister and friends did an awesome job putting together my “Last Sail Before the Veil”. My sister found tons of cute things on Etsy that were perfect for a bachelorette cruise. We had matching shirts and totes that all said bride or brides mate. I also was given a sash and a captains hat with a veil to wear so everyone knew I was celebrating! It ended up being such a fun weekend away for some girl time. We enjoyed relaxing on the beach, nightlife on the boat, great food and there were even excursions for adrenaline junkies. If you are celebrating a bachelorette party, I really think a cruise is the way to go as there is something for everyone.
What is your ideal bachelorette party? I love hearing about everyone’s different experiences, so let me know!