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Bekster87's Port Reviews of Nassau, Grand Turk, Half Moon Cay
Carnival Miracle cruise in September 2012
Member Name: Bekster87
Cruise Date: September 2012
Embarkation: New York (Manhattan)
Destination: Bahamas
Member Review: Bekster87's Carnival Miracle Review
Port Rating: 3.0 out of 5+
We found the port very convenient (the cruise pier was awesome) but busy.

Also since we wanted to "walk" the city we got away from the crowd, but did find the neighborhood heading up to Fort Fincastle a little rough. Wanted to snorkel when we returned after lunch. The Ferry rep in the terminal blatantly lied and said that snorkeling would be possible on Paradise Island. We ended up sitting on a very crowded boat (with NO life jackets) for over 45 mins while they hawked at the crowd in an attempt to fill the boat.

Once arrived at Paradise island we were misdirected to "Cabbage Beach" at every turn. We did eventually find it but no snorkeling there. Felt a little duped. Also the locals were selling everything from beads to water.

After we left a nice lady stopped us on the street and told us "everyone" gets a bracelet on the island (oh really, for a price they do). We gave her a few bucks to extricate ourselves from the situation.

Once back in Nassau we did walk around, do some shopping and had a good time. Still our trip was a bit disappointing due to all of the above "shenanigans".

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Grand Turk
Kayaking Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
A nice trip kayaking. Only one glitch, the crew forgot water. They quickly got an igloo jug with some cups and apologized profusely to us. Nice trip (a little slow moving but we are experienced kayakers). Good value as well.

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Half Moon Cay
Port Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
Tendering was a bit rough (but nothing compared to Nassau) as we were all squished into a boat and shuttled to the island. Rented a Catamaran and it was very enjoyable. Did a little snorkeling. Lunch was great!

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