To start…. We drove from VA to SC and the drive was great and would recommend. When we cruise we usually fly to FL but my daughter chose the Bahamas as this years spring break trip. I had never been so I was up for it. We got the faster to the fun and this was great-highly recommended! This port seemed very organized and friendly. Once on the ship we went to the room and it was very nice. It had plenty of storage and a curtain that gave the illusion of a window:) Now the downside of the room!!! The beds headboard was backed up to the adjoining door to our neighbors. Seems their headboard was also next to ours. Without too many details out neighbors seems to have tried to break a record on how loud and long the “male could last” – get my drift??? The female was not exactly ladylike at all either! Seems when the club closed down this is when they would come crashing in the room at 1:45am-2:30 and boast about how drunk they were and proceed to doing “it.” Keep in mind I had a young child with me. This child came home with more information I cared to explain on out family fun trip! I did not plan on spending MY vacation giving sex education lessons! When I notified guest services they sent security down and he witnessed this and nothing was done nor was anything done for the next 3 nights!. I will be calling Carnival about this matter as I had NO sleep on this cruise!
We arrived in Freeport and this port was exactly that a port. Loading container ships and when you look out over the rail as you arrive you see a block of “shops” that looked like they have been dropped in the middle of a port work zone. We booked an excursion outside of Carnival –Pinetree Stables horseback riding (trip advisor-AWESOME!!). When we came back we did a little shopping and relaxed at Senor Frogs and waited to board the ship. Had open dining in the Celebration Room and this was very nice and healthier option – food was good, not over the top, but good. Better than the chicken fingers, hot dogs and hamburgers, Mongolian Grill (terrible) and pizza/deli / salad bar (lettuce taste like grass) on the Lido deck. Next was Nassau, this was an experience. We did the Balmoral Dolphin encounter and beach day (carnival excursion). This was VERY nice and great for all ages! Very organized and educational. However, they will not allow you to take pictures at all, nor are you allowed to take your camera where the dolphin encounter takes place (small beach) However, you can purchase the CD of photos they take of your for $75.00. After the encounter we then walked over to the beach where you can lay in the chairs provided and take in the sights. They had 2 times to return, one was 1:30 and the other was 3:30 if you wanted to stay later. Note if you do this excursion you need to know when you return you are about a 20 minute walk back to the ship. You will pass markets and restaurants on the walk back and this can take a bit longer to reach the ship. Our time to be back was 4:30. We left port at 5:00 and on our way back. We booked home and the ship was a bit rocky on the way as we had a storm during the night. Coming into the port of Charleston was fine and we arrived on time. As faster to the fun we are able to get off the ship at 7:00am and I was at my car at 7:22 and on the road back to VA.
Overall and this ranked the lowest on my cruise experience and this was not my first cruise by far. The excursions were the highlights! The wait staff was great and the steward was awesome. The Cruise Director – I don’t think I ever saw him besides on the TV in the room. The poolside games lacked in excitement and on imagination. The food was a disappointment on the Lido. The lines were a bit confusing (shore excursion) in Nassau and the smell of urine and trash was terrible in this port. Reminded me of the subway in NYC. I will not be back to the Bahamas. I will be cruising again in June (Eastern Caribbean) and I hope I will have a better experience and different neighbors!