Spanish Wells is one of The Bahamas' districts (consisting of Russell Island and St George's Cay) and a small town on St George's Cay. The island has length approx 2,9 km (1,8 mi) and width 610 m (2000 ft). St George's Cay/Spanish Wells is located just 500 m (1600 ft) to the west from Eleuthera island (The Bluff Settlement) and has population around 1,500. A bridge links St George's Cay (aka Spanish Wells Harbour Island) with Russell Island (to the southwest). Russell Island has length 5,8 km (3,6 mi) and is now part of the Spanish Wells community. As a tourism travel destination, Spanish Wells is best known for its beaches, tropical breezes, easygoing vacation experience, friendly people.
During the Middle Ages, Spanish Wells was the last stop for the Spanish galleons (before crossing the Atlantic to Europe) where they were provided with fresh water from the island's wells. The first permanent residents were British colonists (from Bermuda) who in 1647 shipwrecked on the Devil's Backbone reef (off Eleuthera).
Spanish Wells' current economy is largely based on commercial fishing (lobster) and tourism. In the 1970s-80s, the island was often used as a transshipment point for cocaine traffic from Colombia to the USA.
As cruise port, Spanish Wells Harbour Island was included for the first time 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 "LUXURY BAHAMAS ESCAPE" itinerary as call ports and times.
|Day / Time||Port|
|DAY1 19:00||Departing from Nassau, New Providence Island|
|DAY2 08:00 - 18:00||Bailey Town, North Bimini Island|
|DAY3 07:00 - 19:00||Spanish Wells Harbour Island|
|DAY4 07:00 - 19:00||George Town, Great Exuma Island|
|DAY5 07:00 - 19:00||Cockburn Town, San Salvador Island|
|DAY6 07:00 - 19:00||Clarence Town, Long Island|
|DAY8 06:00||Arriving in Nassau|
Prices started from USD 2000 (EUR 1680 / GBP 1445) Deluxe Stateroom per person with double occupancy.