Very easy departure from Charleston. Lots and Lots of kids, mostly elementary through teenagers. Clean, and fun. Enjoyed the service and food in the dining room.
Comedy shows were great. The early times of the comedy shows are family rated. I appreciated that. Shows are very elaborate, lots of costume changes, etc.
There is miniature golf at the top of the ship which is nice. Wide variety of food and entertainment available.
My family, especially the tween girls loved Angela at the piano bar. She plays an amazing repertoire and everyone sits around singing along (she has books of the words).
The rooms were clean and the stateroom attendents very nice.
I took twin 12 1/2 year olds and a 15 YO on this cruise. Of the twins (girls) one loved circle C and spent a lot of time there. The other liked it depending on what they were doing. I.e. she liked certain things they did like the dance party but did not like "just More
standing around in the club". So she opted to spend more time on deck with us during the day or watching the shows with us at night.
The 15 year old was so shy he refused to walk in and try it. I wish we had been able to make him try it. Less
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Port and Shore Excursions
Freeport is an industrial port. There are some shopping booths right on the dock and I would advise you not to go any further unless you've booked a shore excursion.
A ride to Port Lucaya the nearest "town" is $5/person and they overfill the taxi vans to take you. For our family of 5 this meant $25/one way. We did get lucky with Winnie a super nice driver who did a little tour speech on the way in. Many places are abandoned and there is much hurricane damage. Once in the shopping area, just more booths. We walked to the public beach which is crowded, and not very attractive.
Blue Lagoon Dolphin Swim
We booked online from home. Took a short taxi ride ($4/person) to Paradise Island Ferry terminal. Myself and the two girls checked in. After a brief wait we boarded their ferry. We rode past the mansions and yachts on Paradise Island to Blue Lagoon.
Once there the beach day folks were to walk off the doce and turn left the dolphin people to turn right. We listened to a 20 minute talk about the dolphins and how to touch them. Then my girls and the others in the dolphin experience walked out onto the a floating dock in a square arangement. They sat down with their feet in the water. I watched from the back deck of a building overlooking the water as a observer ($25 versus $100). Group of 30 took turns on a submerged platform doing things with the dolphin and having their photos made by the Blue Lagoon people.
When they were done we walked around the docks looking at other dolphins and then over to the beach part. Beautiful beach with a large shallow lagoon. They had hammocks in the trees right by the water. You could see colorful fish in the water.
We purchased a meal ticket ($15 adult, about $8 for a child) and went through a cafeteria like line where they gave you 1 hamburger, hot dog, chicken breast sandwich or veggie burger, and fries. Then you could add toppings and fresh fruit as much as you wanted. You got one glass of tea or kool aid.
Beach was wonderful, and my girls enjoyed it as much as the dolphins. The back of the island had rocks and tidal pools with lots of fish you could watch.