Close to the East Coast of the United States, the Bahamas are an excellent and a far more fun escape from the harsh winters of the north than, say, buying a new winter coat. The good time doesn’t stop at fine, sugar-white sand and sun, however. On a Bahamas cruise, you'll get to swim with dolphins and tropical fish in the turquoise waters, or soar above the sea in a parasail. Then explore the islands’ thrilling history as a pirate haven and one-time “Privateer’s Republic”—with Blackbeard himself as the magistrate. You don’t have to say “aaaaaargh,” we promise.