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1mermaid66's Port Reviews of Miami,
Carnival Imagination cruise in March 2012
Member Name: 1mermaid66
Cruise Date: March 2012
Embarkation: Miami
Destination: Bahamas
Member Review: 1mermaid66's Carnival Imagination Review
Port Rating: 3.0 out of 5+
We didn't experience any of the ship or port excursions. We had been to Atlantis twice. You must exit through the "tourist trap" of the port building - loaded with "buy me" stuff and then make your way through a small horde of outside excursion vendors - mostly respectful of "no thank yous - but you have to avert eye contact, say it with authority and don't even slow down or they pounce! We overheard several couples/family complaining to pre-paid excursion vendors that it wasn't what they expected or they weren't informed previously that something else wasn't included. Buyer beware! We also overheard better deals on excursions than offered on ship (naturally) but also cheaper than they had pre-paid online. So waiting to buy excursions onsite could benefit in a lower rate. We opted for walking to the closest beach Junkaroo - which is a small public beach about a 30-minute walk from the ship. Nothing fancy. Uncrowded if you skip settling in at the initial entrance (loaded with "buy-Me" vendors" and walk just a little further down. We had entire beach to ourselves and brought our own towels. Water was very cold (end of March) but clear and we took a celebratory dip. Only approached by one vendor who respected a polite "no thank you" Walking back through town is where it got packed! A ton of jewelry stores and people crowding sidewalks. We didn't buy anything and shifted to the side streets which were much less crowded. Originally we were going to hop the bus ($1.25) and go over to Cable Beach for the day. We had been told that the bus was the way to do it (taxi=$18) We spent about 2-3 hours in port and then headed back which was really nice with most people off-ship. There were other passengers, but we really felt like we had alot of things literally to our selves - pool, dining room, hot tubs - it was NICE! Total Dock time was almost 24 hours so there would've been plenty of time to come and go a few times.

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