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tuffy0317's Port Reviews of Grand Turk,, Freeport, Baltimore
Carnival Pride cruise in August 2009
Member Name: tuffy0317
Cruise Date: August 2009
Embarkation: Baltimore
Destination: Eastern Caribbean
Member Review: tuffy0317's Carnival Pride Review
Grand Turk
Port Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
We did not book a shore excursion for Grand Turk, hoping just to enjoy the beach on our own. The cruise terminal, which is all newly built after much of the island was devastated by Hurricane Ike, is all shiny and new and has several stores, a Ron Jon Surf Shop and a Margaritaville.

We poked around the stores and then walked to the beautiful beach which was right off the ship. It was great to have the beach that close! The sand was soft and there were a lot of chairs available, even some in the shade. We walked down a bit to get away from the crowd and were able to find a relaxing, more kid-free area. The water was beautiful and absolutely crystal clear; however, the "floor" when you were in the water was rock, not sand like you might be expecting. But they were smooth rocks and it was still a great beach. You had a great view of the ship when you were on the beach or in the water.

After spending a few hours at the beach, we walked over to Margaritaville to watch the Flowrider and listen to the DJ.

We got back on board the ship around 1pm, and were able to enjoy the view of the beach from our balcony.

Overall, a great port and great beach. We were expecting more ports to be like Grand Turk, with easily accessible beach, so make sure to take advantage of it while you have it!



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Freeport
Port Rating: 1.0 out of 5+
We did not even get off the ship at Freeport, since we didn't have a shore excursion booked. We docked and looked out our balcony at an industrial area, with the nearest beach and shopping 11 miles away. There were a few shops immediately off the ship, but we decided to take advantage of the less crowds by the pool and hit up the water slide.



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Baltimore
Port Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
As a coming and going port, I absolutely can't complain. And if you're not from the area, Baltimore is a great city to visit.



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