Fre port has a few cruise shops near the ship. Then you need to take a tour or taxi to see what is available. We chose a taxi. He was a native and very informative. BUT.... there is nothing to see. Much much poverty. Storm damage from hurricanes that were many years ago. Millionaire row that is mutely advertised is a gate community and no one drives thru there. They drive next to a canal that is across from the houses. You see a castle of a millionaire but you have to park at the end of the driveway and stare at a house which is in the extreme distance. Beaches are close or private. Once famous hotels vacant and in foreclosure. Due to weather problems this is a port that Carnival substituted. Sooooo disappointing. Beach excursions.... water is cold and wind takes away much of the sunshine.
The cruise ship itself is so cold. I am not talking about the weather. Rooms for entertainment and such were so cold, people wore sweaters and sweatshirts to dinner and entertainment. Entertainment is almost lacking.... PG comedy is far better than late night. And comedy acts only last 30 minutes total. . Couple trivia but you are basically on your own to entertain yourself on days at sea and sometimes in the evenings.
Very pleased with our balance. It gave us a little bit that others didn't have. Last day we had no network TV on CNN and Sponge Bob .... Water in bathroom rusty the last couple days. Staff said they would send plumber but water color never changed. Cable staff was exception. Pleasant and competent.