we have been on cruises to Freeport, Bahamas several times. actually we did not plan to get off at this port at all, but since the internet fees on the ship were so expensive, we went ashore to find an internet cafe. the first time we were to Freeport we had an okay time. but we really didn't have any reason to want to return, so on subsequent cruises we didn't even get off the ship.
we didn't find all that much we were interested in doing while we were there.
this time we got off to find an internet cafe, which we were told would let us use an internet connection for free or for the cost of a drink or some such.
we left the ship, went through the covered market area close to the ship looking for the cafe that several people told us about. we asked a few concession owners if they knew about such a cafe and we pointed in the direction.
we got to a cafe, but they only had use of their own computers and directed us across the street to a restaurant/bar that they claimed had WiFi and it could be used for a small purchase.
we ordered ice tea at this bar and then i asked about the WiFi use. i was informed that the cost of the WiFi use was $25 and this amount could be made up in food or drink purchase. by this time we had hat it and i went ahead and ordered an appetizer that covered the cost. i only wanted to download an app and attempted to do so. it didn't work.
it not only cost me $25 for about 20 minute use of the WiFi, but the bartender added his own considerable tip to the bill.
on the way back to the ship, walking through the market area again i noticed a seating area and upon a closer look, realized that there were many people seated, standing and leaning on the walls and each and every one was working on an electronic device, computer, smart phone, etc. i guess the bottom line was that anyone of the people i spoke to on the way through this market could have told me that there was free WiFi right there, and they did not. instead, i spent about $30 for an appetizer and 20 minutes of WiFi.
i will probably take more cruises to Freeport but i won't be getting off the ship.
i had never been to Bermuda before and was looking forward to stopping there. we decided not to take an excursion and to just look around on our own. there was a reasonably priced shuttle bus to the town close to the ship and we took that.
Bermuda is a beautiful, beautiful island. we spent the entire time allotted to us walking around and shopping. since we are jewelry makers/sellers we were primarily on this cruise to get to Europe to buy beads for our business and hoped to get some beads and ideas here in Bermuda. we talked to many concession people who were also jewelry makers, got loads, and loads of new ideas even though beads were not so readily available at a price we could pay.
the people were lovely, the place beautiful and the pink sand beach great. we can't wait to go back there again.
this was one port we felt we didn't have enough time at, and plan to go back for a vacation and stay for at least a week.