• Don't just stay in one place for your holiday - why not soak up the sun in glorious Miami before taking a cruise to the Bahamas?
  • With the right cruise, you could enjoy a private beach concert, delicious fresh food & relaxing spa packages while enjoying the beautiful surroundings of the Bahamas islands 
  • Mike from Vagabond Summer tells us all about how to relax in style

Mike from Vagabond summer takes us through his cruise experience to the Bahamas.

I always look forward to visiting Miami. I was there this past fall for a few days before a cruise and absolutely loved my stay in South Beach. The highly walkable local area is chalk full of great places, but the beach wins the day. I'm pretty sure the weather is perfect every day, even in late November! Aside from those obvious things, I'd also recommend South Beach for yourself if you enjoy the best shopping, eating and the very best people watching. It doesn't hurt to throw a cruise in on the end of it either!

The cruise was my first trip to the Bahamas and I was blessed with kind weather throughout my trip, which included a private beach day! It was a short one, 5 days and 4 nights, but ended up being the perfect amount of time to relax and unwind.

I was sceptical when I first booked the cruise and it simply listed a 'private beach day,' but once I saw it from the ship I knew it was going to be a good time. The cruise line was really on top of their game and they even put on a concert on the beach. They even managed to have service to your lounge chair on the beach... awesome.

Our cruise was more or less all inclusive when you factor in the available food and beverage packages. Most of the restaurants on board were free on the ship, but many had flat fees of $19, or $39 for a premium dining experience. I tried the steakhouse for $39 and had no idea what to expect, but I ended up being blown away. The $39 included as many drinks, appetizers and desserts as we wanted! Needless to say it was a huge (and delicious!) meal... I'd definitely do that again. 

They also have a great spa package that you can re-use the duration of the cruise if you opt to buy one. I highly recommend this as it ends up being a nice getaway from the buzz on the boat and they are open 24/7.

The ship itself comes with all sorts of things to do every day. Aside from the multiple pools and lounge areas, they also have a casino, a theatre, sports and fitness Centre, and of course plenty of music and dancing to go around.

Anyone looking for an all-inclusive type trip, I have hard time thinking of what could contend with a cruise! The great variety of activities on the boat could be enough for many, but the best part of the cruise are the different activities you can do each day while the boat is docked. Mix and match from the many available excursions in order to tailor your trip to you and yours.

Cruise cover is included as standard with an LV= annual travel insurance policy. If you choose the Defaqto 5 Star rated policy, you'll get enhanced cruise cover, which includes up to £1,000 cover per person if you miss a port departure. 

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