Freeport: busy industrial port where Carnival dry docks there ships. Outside the gangway is a little market to sucker in the tourist with vendors selling the same bags and t-shirts that you see at every port. Theres also a Senior Frogs and Cariloha. To leave the port you have to take a 25 minute $5pp each way taxi (van) to Port Luyca. The taxi ride was a tight fit as they jam 14 people into what's basically a little bigger than a mini van. Our driver gave us information about the area, tidbits, facts and answered any questions we had. Once at Port Luyca you'll find even more of the same shops with bags, t-shirts jewelry stores and the usual bars. Across the street is the Raddison hotel and Casino. To get access to the beach without having to pay the hotel access fee requires you to walk down this long, narrow, dirt and puddle filled pathway.
The beach is small and under impressive but the blue water is memorizing as usual.
Nassau Bahamas: with the ships scheduled late arrival (11am) the island was already packed and bustling being that Royal Caribbean Oasis of the Seas and Carnivals Dream was already in port. The US Embassy sent out a safety advisory due to an increase in crime in Nassau against tourist. It was stressed to stay in tourist areas and not venture off alone or in small groups. I did notice a heighten police presence throughout. Since my last trip to Nassau a year ago they have significantly cleaned up and beautified the area with fountains and new common areas where you can sit and listen to a local preform. The checkpoint to get back on the ship was ridiculously long and slow being that both Oasis and Dream left at 3pm.