Long Island (Bahamas) is an island and a Bahamian district with capital Clarence Town (south-central location). The island has length approx 80 mi (130 km), max-width 4 mi (6 km), land area approx 230 mi2 (600 km2) and total population around 3,000. Clarence Town's permanent residents are under 100. The island is located approx 165 mi (265 km) southeast of the country's capital city Nassau (New Providence Island).
The island's scenery is marked by steep rocky headlands (on the northeastern coast) and wide, soft-sand beaches (on the southwestern coast). To the west of Clarence Town is located Dean's Blue Hole - world's second-deepest underwater sinkhole (after South China Sea's hole / 300 m) with depth ~660 ft (~200 m). The coastal scenery is highlighted by small bays, scenic inlets and offshore cays (small islands). One main road runs north-south - from Cape Santa Maria Beach Resort (Galliot Cay) to Gordon's Settlement (Gordon's Beach). On-island transportation is limited to taxis.
As cruise port, Long Island was for the first time included in the 2022's schedule of the superyacht SeaDream 2. Next table shows the 7-day itinerary from Puerto Rico to Florida.
|Date / Time||Port|
|09 Jan||Departing from San Juan, Puerto Rico|
|10 Jan||Samana, Dominican Republic|
|11 Jan||Grand Turk Island, Cockburn Town|
|12 Jan||Providenciales Island, Turks and Caicos|
|13 Jan||Long Island, Bahamas|
|14 Jan||Staniel Cay, Bahamas, Exumas Islands|
|15 Jan||Great Harbour Cay, Bahamas, Berry Islands|
|16 Jan||Arriving in West Palm Beach, Florida|
Long Island's economy is based on tourism, commercial fishing and export-oriented cattle farming (pigs, chickens, goats, sheep). Tourism-related activities include sail boating, deep-sea fishing, scuba diving, snorkelling, freediving (at Dean's Blue Hole). Cape Santa Maria Beach is ranked as one of the world's most beautiful.
Most tourists arrive via small plane charters or via commercial flights from Exuma Airport (Great Exuma Island, northwest of George Town) or directly from Nassau. On Long Island are located two airports serving domestic flights only - Deadman's Cay Airport (Bahamasair) and Stella Maris Airport (Pineapple Air, Southern Air Charter).
As cruise port, Long Island was also included in the 2021 schedule of the Crystal Cruises' ship Crystal Serenity. The ship's summer 2021 program (July 3 through November 7) included a total of 38x voyages with roundtrip departures from both Nassau and North Bimini Island (Bailey Town).
Next table shows the 7-night/8-day Nassau roundtrip itinerary (named "LUXURY BAHAMAS ESCAPE") as call ports and times.
|Day / Time||Port|
|DAY1 19:00||Departing from Nassau, Bahamas|
|DAY2 08:00 - 18:00||North Bimini Island, Bailey Town|
|DAY3 13:00 - 19:00||Cat Island Bahamas, New Bight|
|DAY4 07:00 - 19:00||Great Exuma Island, George Town|
|DAY5 07:00 - 19:00||San Salvador Island, Cockburn Town|
|DAY6 07:00 - 17:00||Long Island, Clarence Town|
|DAY8 06:00||Arriving in Nassau|
Prices started from USD 2000 per person (EUR 1680 / GBP 1445 pp) with double occupancy.
Port Long Island Bahamas cruise ship schedule shows timetable calendars of all arrival and departure dates by month. The port's schedule lists all ships (in links) with cruises going to or leaving from Long Island Bahamas, Clarence Town. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.
|8 July, 2021|
|15 July, 2021|
|22 July, 2021|
|29 July, 2021|
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