Re: Need a Bahamas Cruise Itinerary
Berrys are OK, its remote and depending on the wind/swell direction you may find limited usable anchorages.
I would suggest, 'racing' to Hope Town including night sailing down the wide channel to the Whale Passage, etc, weather permitting, and then slowly as allowed by weather 'work your way back' to either Great Sale, Mangrove Cay, or West End as a jump off spot to cross back across the Stream or to wait for a weather window. If you have SSB, youll be able to listen in to Chris Parker/CaribWx to determine the 'best' weather window to cross the 'stream'.
With only 9 days, you'll "be pushing it". Nothing will ruin a relaxing 'sailing trip' faster than a schedule and time restraints.
Bimini is nice but its quite limited for a 9 day trip, especially with 'guests aboard'. And if you've been there before you already know that there is limited 'safe' anchorage, even in AliceTowne ... so youre going to need a 'slip' if weather is 'squirrely'. The advantage of Bimini (or even West End) is the extended ability to wait for the proper 'weather window' because you wont be 'deep' into the Bahamas.