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wharfinger's Port Reviews of Port Canaveral, Nassau, Freeport
Carnival Miracle cruise in December 2012
Member Name: wharfinger
Cruise Date: December 2012
Embarkation: New York (Manhattan)
Destination: Bahamas
Member Review: wharfinger's Carnival Miracle Review
Port Canaveral
Port Rating: 2.0 out of 5+
Went only to cocoa village. Described as "enchanting experience." Nothing special, some upscale shops so if you want to shop. Did not go to NASA, Disneyworld or other available (not cheap) trip. Despite "tour guide" on the transfer busses, little or no information or enthusiasm. Like taking a bus.

Overall: Would have preferred that this port was skipped so as to provide more time at sea or in port in the bahamas. People who want to visit the theme parks and NASA should do a separate trip or a trip that gives them more time. A relatively expensive ($135./person) intense (time spent) trip to NASA ("NASA up close tour") was cancelled. Despite cost probably would have taken it if it had not been cancelled.

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Nassau
Port Rating: Not Rated
Minivan tour that drove past/through a lot of neighborhoods. At the stop at Fort Charlotte, lest anyone take too long to look, the guide said "come on let's get this over with. The "Queen's Stairway," was the only other stops. Guides (drivers of the minivans seemed bored (and resentful?). The tour description of a 50 cent elevator ride up the water tower for high view of Nassau wasn't offered. Tour was disappointing. A "real activity" (others were available) would have been a better choice.

Streets at the port where ships dock are crowded with typical tourist merchandise shops. "Crowded" is a good word to describe the area near the ship(s). Makes the experience less than pleasant.

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Freeport
Glass Bottom Boat Tour Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
1. Glass bottom boat trip was worth the price, but the time spent viewing the fish through the glass bottom and the sharks both under and (fed by the crew) alongside the boat was fairly short.

2. Compared with Nassau, the port area in Freeport was as day is to night.: disembarkation is to an open sunny area, shops/food stands easily accessible, live (good) music playing (Singer "Matisse" is one of the Island's best). Passengers were dancing to her singing). The shops were friendly.

3. Driver of bus ("Duane") was proud of his Island, conveyed happiness while giving info about both the passing sights and the governance, history, policies (e.g., no income tax) and culture of the Island.


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