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Sail Date: July 2011
Freeport dock area is nice - a few cute shops and local food vendors. We did hte glass bottom boat tour. The glass bottom boat ride was a joke. The boat did not have a glass bottom, but 2x3 foot glass windows on a V-hulled boat that were 8 ... Read More
Freeport dock area is nice - a few cute shops and local food vendors. We did hte glass bottom boat tour. The glass bottom boat ride was a joke. The boat did not have a glass bottom, but 2x3 foot glass windows on a V-hulled boat that were 8 feet below where you sat. It was difficult to see out of the bottom of the boat even while docked. The tour was canceled once we got on the boat after it started raining heavily. Many of us on the boat were talking about getting off even before the rain started as we were not happy with the boat's set-up. There were seats for only about 20 people around the glass windows. We did get a refund from carnival. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2011
The dolphin excursion was fun and interesting. The only downside is the ship is in Freeport from 7AM to 2PM -- our excursion was at 8AM. our bus driver told us to meet him at the bus at 12:30 -- this way we would have 1/2 to 45 minutes to ... Read More
The dolphin excursion was fun and interesting. The only downside is the ship is in Freeport from 7AM to 2PM -- our excursion was at 8AM. our bus driver told us to meet him at the bus at 12:30 -- this way we would have 1/2 to 45 minutes to shop in Freeport at the port. Unfortunately the bus never arrived, leaving many of us (50 or so) to stand in the heat waiting. At about 1:15PM a bus showed up -- the driver was not the least bit concerned. We got back to the ship but the whistle blowed so there was no time to shop-- this was very discouraging. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2011
This is the shortest and final stop. By now you may not need another beach day so shopping is what you want to do here. Plan your day and get up early.
This is the shortest and final stop. By now you may not need another beach day so shopping is what you want to do here. Plan your day and get up early. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2011
-Industrial -Tourist trap -Cost $5 per person to get a cab to get to the beach or shops -The shops right off the ship were better than the ones you have to take a cab to.
-Industrial -Tourist trap -Cost $5 per person to get a cab to get to the beach or shops -The shops right off the ship were better than the ones you have to take a cab to. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2011
You're only there until 2pm and the beach is a half hour cab ride away. We went to Lucaya Beach, which the Shore Excursion desk recommended, but it was very small and somewhat dirty with no chairs, umbrellas or facilities. It was also ... Read More
You're only there until 2pm and the beach is a half hour cab ride away. We went to Lucaya Beach, which the Shore Excursion desk recommended, but it was very small and somewhat dirty with no chairs, umbrellas or facilities. It was also a long walk down a gravel path through the police station, and next to an abandoned resort hotel. Not worth the time to get there and back in my opinion. However if you do find yourself at Billy Joe's cafe on the beach, make sure to try the grilled conch. There's nothing to do where the ship docks except maybe a gift shop. I would recommend just staying on the ship. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2011
Please do your research (internet) before visiting ports! Freeport is such a beautiful island and most the cruisers we were with didn't even get off the boat because they didn't do their research and just saw what an ugly ... Read More
Please do your research (internet) before visiting ports! Freeport is such a beautiful island and most the cruisers we were with didn't even get off the boat because they didn't do their research and just saw what an ugly industrial port Freeport is with nothing seemingly nearby. Yes, it is a 15 minute ride ($5-7) anywhere but it is WELL worth it-but you need to know where you are going. We went to Lucaya Beach area. We got a day pass at The Radisson (Our Lucaya)= It was the best part of our whole cruise! The grounds are amazing-never ending pools overlooking the ocean with swim up bars and negative edges. Steel drums play.....the drinks are very reasonable for island resort at a pool bar...I think they were $6.00 a piece and were relatively strong with just enough ice. There were abundant lounge chairs in all areas of sun and shade. The beach was wonderful and there were chairs there also.....the vendors were very nice and not aggressive or pushy like in some parts. There were a few hair braiders and besides that just the banana boat people and a dolphin trip tour guide. Billy Joes is just a quick walk down the beach and supposedly serves up wonderful Bahamian dishes. We just relaxed with cocktails in the pool and swam on the beach and then walked across the street to Port Lucaya marketplace for lunch. If you are on a cruise and want to do this it is $30/pp for a day pass. Yes-that's kind of high to use a hotel resort for a day AND have to pay for drinks, whatever on top, but it was a real steal compared to the the $79-$100+ the ship excursions cost for beach excursions. When you get off the ship and go to the taxi area the best bet is to ask to go to OUR LUCAYA marketplace. We made the mistake of telling them the resort we wanted and the first bus driver lied and said it was shut down and she had a better place to take us to and the next bus driver really wanted to sell us "his own better beach tour"....You have to just really stand your ground. It will be $5.00/pp each way. It's okay if they want to charge you $10.00 up front and give you a voucher for return......it's okay/safe and they come back. We went with "Curry" Bus service. They WILL pack the bus full as it gets before they leave though-as will all others. The ride from port takes about 15-25 minutes. Once you get out you basically want to cross the street from the market and head towards the casino area the "our Lucaya". Walk like you are going to the beach and there will be a little white hut where the friendly people will sell you arm bands for a day. You can use the entire resort/towels, etc. for this price and can come and go. I've heard other people saying they just snuck in.....several people tried to do this from several different entry points when we were there and there was security at each one turning them away. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2011
We did the Dolpin Encounter excursion here. The actual excursion was amazing and my daughter as well as my wife and I had a blast. The kicker is the transportation part of it. In all, we did the encounter for about 45 mins... the entire ... Read More
We did the Dolpin Encounter excursion here. The actual excursion was amazing and my daughter as well as my wife and I had a blast. The kicker is the transportation part of it. In all, we did the encounter for about 45 mins... the entire excursion lasted just over 4 hours. You take a bus to the dock and then a boat to the encounter. A little bit of waiting for each of these, but not a huge deal. The kicker is the trip back. The encounter was over, and we waited almost an hour for a boat to come back and pick us up. The encounter is remote and they try to entertain you by having some parrots and cockatoos you can handle... but doesnt take up an hour. When we finally get back, it is very unclear where to meet the bus and actually told the wrong place by the dolphin encounter folks. They said to go back to where we were dropped off, which makes sense... but not correct... there is a bus hub in downtown Freeport, and that is where we needed to be. Just a heads up on this excursion... the encounter is awesome... A+, but the transportation and coordination of getting you there is a F... just wanted to make people aware of it going in. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2011
The port where the ship docks is an industrial area. It is not picturesc or anything. The small shops around the dock are full of cheap t-shirts and shot glasses, not worth even walking in most of them. We did the day long Jeep tour ... Read More
The port where the ship docks is an industrial area. It is not picturesc or anything. The small shops around the dock are full of cheap t-shirts and shot glasses, not worth even walking in most of them. We did the day long Jeep tour offered by the ship and it was fun. I am glad we booked an excursion because this island is horrible. It is like a ghost town. Dozens of closed down hotels and restaurants. Apparently after the hurricane in 2004-2005 the government did not help fix the island because there is NOTHING to do or see. The beaches are not clean, the water is not clear, and there is a lot of seaweed. If your ship stops here, I would recommend making it a spa day and not even getting off. SOOOO not even worth it. It's a shame because while I would like to support their economy for the people to get back on their feet, it is an ugly island with literally nothing to see or do. Read Less

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