April 26, 2009|By Baltimore Sun staff

Baltimore's 2009 cruise season sets sail this week as Carnival Cruise Lines makes its debut with a six-day sailing to the Bahamas aboard the Carnival Pride. Carnival is one of four lines that will be sailing from Locust Point Terminal this year. The others are Royal Caribbean, Norwegian and Celebrity - altogether twice as many cruises from Baltimore as last year. Check out our online 2009 Cruise Guide at Here are five things that cruise-goers might want to do in the Bahamas.


Dive right in : Take a dip in the pristine waters around the islands. Snorkeling, scuba diving, kayaking, swimming and more are offered on Grand Bahama Island, New Providence Island and the Out Islands.


Gain market share : Shop in the Port Lucaya Marketplace in Freeport on Grand Bahama Island and at local markets throughout the islands for handmade crafts, including wood carvings, straw hats and bags.


See the birds: The Bahamas has more than 100 species of birds, many of which are not found in the United States. Keep your binoculars handy and you might spy the rare Bahamas parrot. Ardastra Gardens, a small zoo, has a daily flamingo show and beautiful tropical gardens.


Discover history : Visit Pompey Museum, or Vendue House as it was once known - vendue means "sold" in French. The site is a former slave market place in Nassau that has been turned into a museum.


Anchor at Atlantis : The popular resort offers swimming with dolphins at Dolphin Cay, one of the largest dolphin habitats in the world. Or get into the fun of Aquaventure, a 141-acre water park with rapids, waves, slides, river rides and more.

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