Unless you live within driving distance of the port, these three-day runs to Nassau and back just aren’t worth it. That said, and the price point on these voyages is so low that these ships rarely sail anything other than jam-packed, and most — if not all — guests treat it as an alcohol-fueled endurance test. It’s hard on the crew, it’s hard on the ship, and it’s probably going to be hard on you, too. Most have only a single port of call – usually Nassau, Bahamas – coupled with a visit to the cruise line’s private island. It’s okay if that’s all you’re looking for in a vacation, but there are far better sailings out there.
The Alternative: Instead of spending three nights sailing to Nassau, try looking for longer four, five and even six-night cruises that visit other parts of the Eastern and Western Caribbean. These are typically cheaper than your average weeklong run to the Caribbean, and thanks to their longer duration, they can visit more ports of call. Carnival, Norwegian Cruise Line, and Royal Caribbean all offer plenty of shorter Caribbean runs that will be more fulfilling than a quick cruise to Nassau on an older, packed ship.