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THE BAHAMAS

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DATES (2020): February 27 | March 12, 26
(2021):  February 26 | March 12, 26

DURATION: 12 DAYS / 11 NIGHTS

EMBARK: NASSAU, BAHAMAS

DISEMBARK: NASSAU, BAHAMAS

SHIP: GRANDE MARINER

All about the THE BAHAMAS.

THE BAHAMAS

With a unique blend of European and West African culture and a long history as one of the main commercial hubs of the Caribbean for merchants and pirates alike, Nassau combines the conveniences of modernity with pristine sandy beaches, sparkling turquoise waters and diverse and vibrant flora and fauna. You will explore the more remote, pristine islands and beaches of the Bahamas.

Ports Visited

  • Nassau
  • Spanish Wells
  • Harbour Island
  • Compass Cay
  • Galliot Cay
  • White Point
  • Warderick Wells
  • Hawksbill Cay
  • Shroud Cay

 

 

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.

Cruise as described with accommodations and meals aboard.

Wine and beer served with meals.

Whats not included in this tour.Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.
  • Airfare
  • Travel insurance
  • Optional tours
  • Pre- and Post-Cruise arrangements
  • Items of personal nature
  • BYOB – bring your own liquor

 

  1. Day 1 Nassau, Bahamas

    Arrive today in Nassau, a vibrant center of commerce and culture that still retains a laidback island vibe. With a unique blend of European and West African culture and a long history as one of the main commercial hubs of the Caribbean for merchants and pirates alike, Nassau combines the conveniences of modernity with pristine sandy beaches, sparkling turquoise waters and diverse and vibrant flora and fauna.

    Consider arriving a day early – Enjoy an extra night of exploration and leisure in Nassau, the capital of the Bahamas. The “Early Arrival” option affords guests the opportunity to board the ship one day early, settle into their private cabin, and explore Nassau and adjacent Paradise Island at their leisure. For just $150 per person, passengers may board the vessel at 5 pm and enjoy a dinner prepared by the chef, as well as a hot breakfast the following morning.

  2. Day 2 Spanish Wells

    Depart from Nassau and ride the slack tide into Sleepy Spanish Wells, one of the hidden gems of the Bahamas. Located on St. Georges Cay, off the northern tip of Eleuthera island, Spanish Wells is so named because it was once the last stop for Spanish naval ships to refill their water supplies before crossing the Atlantic. Dock alongside sailing yachts and local lobster boats, and keep an eye out for massive eight foot Tarpon swimming in the crystal clear water. Walk across town to discover a gorgeous white sand beach with warm, protected shallows that are perfect for swimming, snorkeling, kayaking or just relaxing with your favorite book.

  3. Day 3 Spanish Wells

    Spend a full day exploring Spanish Wells and neighboring Russell Island, connected to Spanish Wells by a small bridge. Take a short ferry ride for an optional tour of neighboring Harbour Island, long famed for its pink and beaches and pineapple fields that some say produce the sweetest pineapples in the world. Alternatively, rent a golf cart to explore St. Georges Cay at your own leisure, or walk to Buddha’s, a unique bohemian bar that serves as the local watering hole and social gathering place. Since Spanish Wells remains relatively undiscovered, you may well have the entire beach to yourself if you choose to spend the day relaxing and sightseeing along the pristine coastline on the northern and western shores of the island.

  4. Day 4 Hawksbill Cay

    Depart from Spanish Wells early in the morning, taking advantage of the favorable tide to sail through narrow conch cut towards the Exumas. No description could accurately convey the dreamscape that is the Exumas archipelago, renowned the world over for water that is so blue you can see it from space and so clear that you can discern every fish and rock at depths of more than forty feet. Make anchorage at Hawksbill Cay, an uninhabited island featuring trails, beaches and snorkeling areas, and take a kayak ride in the Bahamian sunset before dinner.

  5. Day 5 Galliot Cay & White Point Anchorage

    Embark early in the morning and make a brief stop at beautiful Galliot Cay before continuing on to White Point Anchorage. All of these destinations are within the Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park, the first park of its kind in the world. Due to the fact that fishing is completely prohibited within the bounds of the park, it is one of the premier snorkeling destinations in the entire world. Kayak and snorkel through water so clear it looks like liquid glass and marvel at the teeming marine life supported by thriving coral heads throughout the park. On land, keep an eye out for iguanas and hutia as you wander the trails and uninhabited beaches.

  6. Day 6 Compass Cay

    Depart from White Point Anchorage early in the morning, and be sure to get out on deck for the approach to Compass Cay. One of the most unique yacht destinations in the Bahamas, Compass Cay is known far and wide for its protected harbor and natural “aquarium.” Join the legions of adventurers and celebrities that have fed the marina’s “pet” nurse sharks (they don’t harm humans) and snorkel amongst the docks with a stunning variety of tropical fish. After dinner, enjoy a local beer at the marina or a short stroll across the island to a beautiful beach that stretches down a large swathe of the Island’s eastern coast.

  7. Day 7 Compass Cay

    Spend the day at Compass Cay. This is the best destination on the trip to take an optional ride on the glass bottom boat, with the opportunity to see fish, sharks, rays and an incredible array of living coral. Alternatively, kayak or snorkel around the harbor and adjacent inlets, or walk some of the myriad trails. Walk to Rachel’s Bubble Bath, a beautiful lagoon on the northern end of the island where the Atlantic bubbles in and out of the limestone cliffs, or climb the 92 feet of elevation to Compass Peak to take in a spectacular view of the entire Exumas Land and Sea Park.

  8. Day 8 Warderick Wells

    Sail out of Compass Cay in the morning and cruise to Warderick Wells, the center of the Exumas Land and Sea Park. Anchor alongside sailboats and small power yachts for the night, and take in the sunset with only the sounds and sights of the ocean around you, far from the bustle of modern civilization.

  9. Day 9 Warderick Wells

    Get ferried ashore to explore the trails and beaches of Warderick Wells Cay, and stop by the park headquarters to learn a little bit more about the history and current ecological initiatives of the park, which has been overseen by the Bahamas Land Trust since its founding in 1959. Before you start exploring, examine the whale skeleton that has been preserved on the beach next to the park headquarters. The protected shallows around the Cay also offer phenomenal opportunities for kayaking and snorkeling.

  10. Day 10 Hawksbill Cay

    Take a short cruise from Warderick Wells back to Hawksbill Cay, where the Blount Ships’ uniquely designed bow ramp will allow you to make a direct bow landing onto this completely uninhabited island. Walk off of the ship and directly into a Caribbean dream and spend your time exploring, snorkeling, or simply relaxing on your own private island for a day.

  11. Day 11 Shroud Cay

    Between Hawksbill Cay and Nassau, make a brief stop at Shroud Cay, just one island north of Hawksbill and one island south of infamous Norman’s Cay. Depart from Shroud Cay and set sail back to the port of Nassau for your final night in paradise. Check out Nassau’s famous straw market, or take a short cab ride to try your luck and mingle with the international crowd at the Atlantis Resort Casino. Tonight, enjoy a special farewell dinner to celebrate the adventure you shared with your fellow passengers and crew.

  12. Day 12 Nassau, Bahamas

    This morning you will disembark the vessel in Nassau, with complimentary transfers to the airport. Say goodbye to new friends and your BSSA crew after spending 12 days in paradise.

Grande Mariner

Blount Small Ship experience is truly about creating an unscripted journey to places others can’t reach. We wrap new friendships with a value unsurpassed in small ship cruising. Being a family run business for more than 50 years, we welcome all of our passengers as members of our own extended travel family. This means our onboard and onshore activities are always entertaining – full of humor, learning, and designed to create the bond of memories only achievable through one-of-a-kind shared experiences.

The size of our ships affords numerous and tangible benefits. As we carry a maximum of 88 passengers, you will never stand in lines, never be lost in the crowds, and best of all, you step directly off our ships and right into the destination. We pride ourselves on creating insider experiences by educating our passengers through lectures and talks from noted experts and with spirited tales from our knowledgeable and friendly crew.

Due to the intimate nature of the Grande Caribe and Grande Mariner, your experience will be an exclusive and personal one. You’re never a number, you are our cherished guest, experiencing our unique form of hospitality and sailing amongst friends. One of the highlights of any adventure is gathering in the lounge or for a meal with friends both new and old and sharing the day’s adventures. Life onboard is extremely social as you are among like-minded adventurers who appreciate taking the road less traveled. A special bond soon develops through shared experiences and tales, one that stays with you in cherished memories long after your Blount adventure ends.

The unique size and design of our ships, with their bow ramps, retractable pilot houses, and shallow draft, allows them to take you to places other ships cannot. Imagine cruising up the Rio Dulce, off-limits to larger vessels, venturing deep into the lush jungles and rain forests past thundering waterfalls and through imposing, cavernous gorges. Marvel as your skilled Captain gently brings you right onto the beach in the Bahamian Out Islands where you easily and safely step right off the ship via our ingenious bow ramp. You’ll watch with amazement as the pilot house retracts to the deck level, affording our ships the enviable distinction of being the only cruise ships to traverse the historic Erie Canal which is a monument to ingenious American engineering.

WHAT SETS BLOUNT SMALL SHIP ADVENTURES APART?

• Exclusive Signature Series Adventures Provide Once-In-A-Lifetime Experiences
• Charming And Friendly All-American Crew
• Open-Seating Dining
• Beer And Wine Included At Lunch And Dinner
• “BYOB” Bar Policy
• Unique Ship Design – Bow Ramp, Retractable Pilot House And Shallow Draft
• Stair Lifts Provide Ease Of Access Onboard
• Glass Bottom Boat – Provides A Diver’s-Eye View Without Getting Wet!
• Insightful Guest Lecturers And Destination Experts
• Photography Workshops
• Bike And Kayak Rental
• Spectacular Fall Foliage
• Snorkeling Adventures in the tropics