Getting to the Bahamas by Package Vacation:

A number of tour operators provide air/hotel packages. Delta Vacations, American Airlines Vacations, Vacation Express, Travel Impressions, and Apple Vacations all offer packages to Nassau. American Airlines Vacations, Travel Impressions, Vacation Express and Apple also offer packages to Grand Bahama.

If you want to visit the Out Islands, namely the Abacos, Eleuthera, Long Island and the Exumas, your best option is American FlyAAWay Vacations.

A couple of Out Island hotels also offer vacation and dive packages – check in the appropriate chapter for details. One other option worth considering is Club Med. They have resorts on Paradise Island (Nassau), Eleuthera and San Salvador.

If you want to visit one of the more remote islands, you’ll need to enlist the services of a creative travel agent. It might take a little arranging, but it is possible, and the experience will be well worth the extra effort. You’ll find options listed throughout this book.
If you’re traveling to Nassau you should choose packages by American or Delta, and to Freeport, Princess Vacations. Especially where large airlines are concerned, all portions of the package are controlled by the package operator. This can make a difference, especially if something should go wrong – delayed or cancelled flights, for instance. Major air carriers are more inclined to look after their own customers before those of other suppliers.

Package vacations are usually arranged by a travel agent and will typically include airfare from a major US or European gateway, round-trip airport/hotel transfers, accommodations at a hotel chosen from the package operator’s inventory, and hotel taxes. Another option is an “all-inclusive” package. This will include, not only your round-trip airfare, airport/hotel transfers, and accommodations, but all of your meals and drinks (alcoholic and soft), gratuities, golf and watersports.

A Is an all-inclusive package worth the extra cost? In general, yes; especially when you consider the cost of beverages: even the non-alcoholic versions of the exotic drinks will cost $5 to $10, and soft drinks are $3 to $5.

Hotels in most packages range from Tourist Class to Superior Deluxe, and are supposed to be inspected by the tour operator on a regular basis; some do, indeed, carry out such inspections. Remember, however, that you are not dealing with the same standards as in the United States, Canada or England. I recommend that you NOT book a package with a hotel rated less than “Deluxe.”

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Getting There:

For visitors arriving by air, the Bahamas are served through Nassau by most US airlines and by international airlines from Canada and Europe, and to a slightly more limited degree through Freeport.

The Out Islands are served mainly by Bahamas Air via connections in Nassau and Freeport.

The Bahamas is also a major destination for the cruise ship industry

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