Day1: We drove to Baltimore from Canada on Saturday and checked into room 311 at The Biltmore Suites. They offered cruise parking for $3 a night but I will get to that in a second. We checked in and went up to our room and it was huge. It was definitely a suite and we only paid $79 for the night. Big room with a living area attached and separated by the bathroom. Mind you it is a very old mansion and is falling apart but the service was great. its in a safe neighborhood. The most important thing was that the bed was comfy and the bathroom all worked. It also had a double sized mini fridge, coffeemaker and microwave. They use the Maryland Hospital Parkade to allow people to stay parked while they go on a cruise. people who stay at the Biltmore get a discount. Since it is free on weekends and we arrived on a weekend and left on the weekend, we never had to pay for parking at all because the gates were up both times so we couldn't even get a parking ticket to get validated. After we checked into the hotel we went to the National Mall in Washington for a few hours. My only advice to you is make sure you know how to get back out of Washington. Worst driving experience ever. No signs telling you how to get back onto the highway.
we just went to the beach after stopping at ron jons and it is a huge store but it was nice to see even though i didnt buy anything. everything is really expensive. we went across the street and got cheap souvenirs and bathing suits.
Kennedy Space Center Rating:
First we Went to Kennedy Space Center. We booked our tickets off a website for half the price that the cruise was offering. Keep in mind that to get to the space center on your own the best way is to rent a car for $50. if not the taxi is $50 there and $50 back. We ended up getting a really great guy who took us to town to exchange canadian money first and then to the space center and never charged us to go into town. he dropped us off and we picked a time to get picked up and the he took us to cocoa beach for no extra charge either.
The Space center was great. if you want to do everything i would suggest spending the whole day there. we didnt watch the imax movies which are 2 x 40 mins. and all we did was the tour and atlantis experience which took about 3 1/2 to 4 hours.
Nassau is sooo nice. we just walked around atlantis and then went to the public beach at beach towers. we were offered a coconut for $20 with unlimited alcoholic refills. needless to say we didnt have to drink anymore that night.
everyone says bad things about freeport and i loved it. there really isnt much there except shopping in lucaya but we just stayed in the port and went to the straw market there and bought a few things and then went to senor frogs and hung out and then went back onto the ship and layed by the pool.