1,405 Freeport Cruise Reviews

Unfortunately, we were not able to dock in Freeport because there was very windy weather and the water was choppy. This prevented the ship into anchoring safely in Freeport and we were subject to a "fun day" at sea. Although my ... Read More
Unfortunately, we were not able to dock in Freeport because there was very windy weather and the water was choppy. This prevented the ship into anchoring safely in Freeport and we were subject to a "fun day" at sea. Although my party and I were all disappointed that we missed out in Freeport the crew did the best they could in keeping us entertained. They hosted games, maybe not enough to contain the children that were hogging the jacuzzi, but they played music and we enjoyed the pool. In the end, we were reimbursed for the taxes that we had paid for Freeport, which turned out to be $11.00..basically two free drinks. Read Less
Sail Date April 2009
Castaway Cay (said Key) is Disney's private island in the Bahamas. Our ship was delayed getting in because of a nasty "flood current" but Captain John fought hard and got us in there. (You could tell it was slow and ... Read More
Castaway Cay (said Key) is Disney's private island in the Bahamas. Our ship was delayed getting in because of a nasty "flood current" but Captain John fought hard and got us in there. (You could tell it was slow and difficult.) A lot of people onboard were disappointed because we got in late and, thanks to the current, many of the shore excursions were cancelled. There was still plenty to do, though, and great music and food to be had. Crab races, snorkeling, playing in the water, biking and walking around the island, lounging in hammocks at the adults only Serenity Bay. We thoroughly enjoyed our brief time here. Read Less
Sail Date April 2009
We didn't take a shore excursion here and probably should have. You pull into an industrial ship yard, nothing around except a straw market and are only there for 4 hours. Only way to see anything is to take a $10 round trip taxi ride ... Read More
We didn't take a shore excursion here and probably should have. You pull into an industrial ship yard, nothing around except a straw market and are only there for 4 hours. Only way to see anything is to take a $10 round trip taxi ride to town, 20 minute ride they told us. Read Less
Sail Date April 2009
We did the snorkeling our on some boat with a slide, it was definitely fun but we lost about 1 hour of time because of them running late. This stop is really a waste of time because you are only there from 7-11:30 and unless you want to ... Read More
We did the snorkeling our on some boat with a slide, it was definitely fun but we lost about 1 hour of time because of them running late. This stop is really a waste of time because you are only there from 7-11:30 and unless you want to wake up at 6 am to catch a tour (swimming was cold this early) there is nothing in walking distance except a tiny little straw market. Read Less
Sail Date April 2009
This port was a true waste of time.  As all the tour books note, the Lucaya area is a 20-30 minute taxi ride from the port.   The market is mostly stores with typical touristy t-shirts and shot glasses with some diamond stores mixed in. ... Read More
This port was a true waste of time.  As all the tour books note, the Lucaya area is a 20-30 minute taxi ride from the port.   The market is mostly stores with typical touristy t-shirts and shot glasses with some diamond stores mixed in.   There are several places to book short boat cruises from the Lucaya market.  I would recommend making your own excursion out of this and booking something here or just skipping the port completely and staying on the ship.   Just walking around the marketplace isn't nearly entertaining enough to be worth the long commute from the port.  Better to just save your money for Nassau where you can walk from your ship to Bay Street and save the $25 one-way taxi fare.  Read Less
Sail Date May 2009
My cruise didnt have great weather.  In fact, after we sailed from Miami to Freeport, we ran into thunderstorms overnight.  Fun!  No, really, it was!  We docked in Freeport in light rain the next morning.  I got up early enough to ... Read More
My cruise didnt have great weather.  In fact, after we sailed from Miami to Freeport, we ran into thunderstorms overnight.  Fun!  No, really, it was!  We docked in Freeport in light rain the next morning.  I got up early enough to watch as the Sky backed into the dock from my port hole window.   Freeport is a working port with huge barges and ships.  The excursions are in Lucaya on the other side of Grand Bahama Island.  You will take a bus/shuttle there. We  booked the dolphin enounter online through NCL.  Some of the excursions were cancelled due to the rain.  We were told it had been over a month since they had rain there.  Some of us joked that we were glad to bring the rain with us to help with their drought.   Luckily my excursion wasn't cancelled since we were gonna get wet anyways.  The dolphin encounter and the dolphin swim go to the same place initially then part ways once you get to the dolphins.  I cannot say enough about how nice the people at the hotel (UNEXSO) in Lucaya are which is where your shuttle will take you.  A lady named "Martha" works there.  She made me want to fly back to Freeport and stay at that hotel!   You will take a boat...a slow boat...to the dolphins from the UNEXSO hotel.I cannot say enough about this excursion.  It was simply off - the - scale fantastic!!!  I highly suggest you go. Read Less
Sail Date May 2009
Freeport was the opposite. We rented a car for $70 cash. You have to drive on the left and the steering wheel is on the right, but there was so little traffic that it wasn't a problem. We went to Lucaya and had lunch. The shopping ... Read More
Freeport was the opposite. We rented a car for $70 cash. You have to drive on the left and the steering wheel is on the right, but there was so little traffic that it wasn't a problem. We went to Lucaya and had lunch. The shopping there was nothing to brag about. The international bazaar isn't worth the stop unless you like being harassed by locals desparate to sell their goods. Our best stop was at Lucayan National Park. We toured the bat caves and then went across the roads through the mangrove walkway to the most beautiful beach we've seen. Gold Rock Creek Park is powdered sand that feels great on bare feet. No aquashoes required. There were very few others there. It was delightful except for the water being a little too chilly for us Texans. Read Less
Sail Date May 2009
The only thing that has changed about the Bahamas since the last time we visted is that it was even worse.  The hurricane damage is still evident and a number of businesses have shut down.  The shopping is laughable.  We were not able ... Read More
The only thing that has changed about the Bahamas since the last time we visted is that it was even worse.  The hurricane damage is still evident and a number of businesses have shut down.  The shopping is laughable.  We were not able to get on the dolphin experience tour but did not hear any good feedback from those that went.  You are much better off taking one of the historical national park tours. Read Less
Sail Date May 2009
Freeport was our last stop. I wasn't really impressed with this one. It looks like Dundalk with palm trees at the dock. We all did the Wyndham resort, it was just ok. My brother really loved it because he's 18 and the bar was ... Read More
Freeport was our last stop. I wasn't really impressed with this one. It looks like Dundalk with palm trees at the dock. We all did the Wyndham resort, it was just ok. My brother really loved it because he's 18 and the bar was included. Plus he did archery and games all day. But I was a little bored and I got bit by a mosquito at the archery and left. (I hate mosquitoes) I ended up taking another scuba dive. Unfortunately they told me I would have plenty of time to get back and that was not the case. The bus left without me and my husband and brother. My mom had my bag with my money and sign and sail card. It is supposedly a policy that if you are on a Carnival excursion they won't leave without you, so I kept telling myself that so I wouldn't freak out. But it did cost us $50 for the cab fee and I had to sit and wait in the cab until my husband could find my mom and get my bag. Everything worked out, but it was a little scary at the time. Luckily, I had a spa treatment right when I got back. I was so relaxed at the end of it, I didn't complain or try to get reimbursed. And I booked another treatment for the next day. OMG, it was so nice. I got a wrap and massage both times. One was a muscle melting wrap and one was a milk wrap. Both were divine. Read Less
Sail Date May 2009
Nice beaches. Taxi drivers pack you in like sardines before they will take you were you are going. They have vans and insist on filling them even if you are waiting forever to go.
Nice beaches. Taxi drivers pack you in like sardines before they will take you were you are going. They have vans and insist on filling them even if you are waiting forever to go. Read Less
Sail Date May 2009
If you have been to Nassau, Bahamas - then Freeport, Bahamas is pretty much the same. A lot of the same stuff. We didn't book a shore excursion through the cruise ship because there wasn't really anything that interested me. So ... Read More
If you have been to Nassau, Bahamas - then Freeport, Bahamas is pretty much the same. A lot of the same stuff. We didn't book a shore excursion through the cruise ship because there wasn't really anything that interested me. So many people that I had talked to said that there wasn't a lot to see or do in Freeport so I didn't have high expectations. When we got off the ship, we shopped around in the straw market that is right next to the cruise ship pier. I think I am still hearing those ladies saying, "T-shirts are one for $4.00 or three for $10.00." Oh My God that got real annoing real fast. We got some souvenirs for family and friends at home. Once we did our shopping, we went to the taxi stand to see about taking an island tour. We met up a taxi driver, who would take us around the island on a tour for 2 hours. This was pretty much all we wanted to do because I wanted to get some pictures of the island and see some of the sights. We agreed on a price of $75.00 for the two of us for two hours plus the best part about it was that we were by ourselves. This is the only way to do an island tour - don't book these through the cruise ship. You can find a much better deal once you get off the cruise ship. You can buy a lot of souvenirs in Freeport for not a lot of money and the shop owners are willing to negotiate so don't be afraid to haggle with them. I got a t-shirt in Freeport that reads, "Same Shit....Different Island." This is so fitting. Read Less
Sail Date May 2009
Looks very industrial.  Wasn't interested in venturing very far from ship.  Decent shopping.
Looks very industrial.  Wasn't interested in venturing very far from ship.  Decent shopping. Read Less
Sail Date May 2009
Freeport is clean and less congested then other parts of the Bahamas. The shops are setup in a flea-market style where you are free to move from both to both to find the best deals. There is isn't a whole lot to chose from, but the ... Read More
Freeport is clean and less congested then other parts of the Bahamas. The shops are setup in a flea-market style where you are free to move from both to both to find the best deals. There is isn't a whole lot to chose from, but the locals tend to work with you on the price when you do find something you like. They tend to have a lot of hand crafted jewelry and purses. Read Less
Sail Date May 2009
Except for a few shops that all pretty much sell the same thing, there is nothing close to this port. I did not want to venture far out on my own with my two kids by myself as I was afraid of my 4yo DS having a melt down and then being ... Read More
Except for a few shops that all pretty much sell the same thing, there is nothing close to this port. I did not want to venture far out on my own with my two kids by myself as I was afraid of my 4yo DS having a melt down and then being very far from the ship. As it was we went out to the little shops and after just an hour he wanted to get back on the boat and became very antsy about it...he was afraid it would leave without us even though I reassured him it would not!!!! Read Less
Sail Date June 2009
The port itself was okay. We did not get approached by anyone trying to sell us anything, braid my daughters hair. I had booked a snorkeling trip not through Carnival. Our trip was by Sea Safari. Carnival cancelled there trip because of ... Read More
The port itself was okay. We did not get approached by anyone trying to sell us anything, braid my daughters hair. I had booked a snorkeling trip not through Carnival. Our trip was by Sea Safari. Carnival cancelled there trip because of rough waters. Needless to say Sea Safari did not. The waters were very rough and could not enjoy the snorkeling. Also, the cab driver tried to get $60.00 for our trip. It was only three of us and I was expecting to pay around $30.00 round trip. Make sure you don't make the mistake I made...ask before you go how much! Read Less
Sail Date June 2009
Freeport, Grand Bahama Island was ok. We went on a shore excursion with the Seaworld Explorer semi-submarine and that was very fun (recommended). Be sure to bring small bills as they do ask for tips. However, if you don't want to be ... Read More
Freeport, Grand Bahama Island was ok. We went on a shore excursion with the Seaworld Explorer semi-submarine and that was very fun (recommended). Be sure to bring small bills as they do ask for tips. However, if you don't want to be stuck in Port Lucaya for a while after the excursion, take a cab back to Freeport. Read Less
Sail Date June 2009
There is not a lot to do in Freeport. Either stay on board, take a ship's excursion or get a taxi to Port Lucaya to shop. Taxis are $5 per person each way. We chose to take a taxi to Port Lucaya to shop. We were both hoping to ... Read More
There is not a lot to do in Freeport. Either stay on board, take a ship's excursion or get a taxi to Port Lucaya to shop. Taxis are $5 per person each way. We chose to take a taxi to Port Lucaya to shop. We were both hoping to find some handmade souvenirs at the straw market for not a lot of money. I was also looking for a gold charm for my bracelet. I try to get one for my collection to add to the story of my life. We went to one of the ship recommended jewelry stores called Goldy's. This was the only jewelry store we shopped in Port Lucaya. I found a small seahorse to add to my bracelet which is really cute. My mom found several pieces of jewelry that had been made by a local. She got a black and white pearl necklace that is simply breathtaking and bought me a green jade and amethyst bracelet made by the same artist. I have had tons of compliments on my bracelet both on the ship and since I have been home. I told my mother it's a good thing that I am an only child so I don't have to bump off anyone in order to inherit the necklace. We found a lady in a small stall across the way with very reasonable costume jewelry ($4-$10 per item) that is handmade from coconut shells, conch shells and seashells. I was able to pick up several pieces for myself as well as a couple of friends for Christmas gifts. My mom found a beautiful handmade straw bag as well as some other handmade straw items at the straw market for gifts for her friends as well as herself ($40). We stopped and picked up a bottle of water and a coke at a local convience store and only spent $4. My mother couldn't get over the price difference between here and Atlantis. We took a taxi back to the ship where we dropped off our purchases and went to the dining room for lunch. After lunch we got back off and wandered through the market buildings at the port. Most of the goods sold in these buildings has been made in China. Behind these buildings were about a half a dozen women with their handmade goods displayed tables. Many of them were working on new items while they sat and sold others that were already made. We bought locally made bracelets and earrings as well as small painted pictures and note cards. We spent approximately $20 in all with these different women. We had a very fun and relaxed day in Freeport and were back on the ship well before sail away time. Read Less
Sail Date June 2009
Really it was Half Moon Cay, but that option wasnt available.  Beautiful private Island owned by Carnival.  Crystal Clear Water.  Nice relaxing beach day.  Food not the best, hamburgers and hot dogs.  Nothing really healthy except ... Read More
Really it was Half Moon Cay, but that option wasnt available.  Beautiful private Island owned by Carnival.  Crystal Clear Water.  Nice relaxing beach day.  Food not the best, hamburgers and hot dogs.  Nothing really healthy except some fruit. Read Less
Sail Date June 2009
I hate to give it a "1" - it did not rank that high. Be prepared for a 30 minute Taxi ride that you pay $10-$15 dollars for, round trip - to see anything worthwhile. People were polite, but Nassau is a much better experience.
I hate to give it a "1" - it did not rank that high. Be prepared for a 30 minute Taxi ride that you pay $10-$15 dollars for, round trip - to see anything worthwhile. People were polite, but Nassau is a much better experience. Read Less
Sail Date June 2009
I wasn't really looking forward to Freeport - thought it was going to be just like Nassau. I was very suprised - we went out for snorkeling with Sanddollar Snorkeling - Captain Tony. We had a great time - there was only 14 of us on ... Read More
I wasn't really looking forward to Freeport - thought it was going to be just like Nassau. I was very suprised - we went out for snorkeling with Sanddollar Snorkeling - Captain Tony. We had a great time - there was only 14 of us on the catamarane - would highly recommend Captain Tony. The snorkeling was fantastic - we never saw so many fish in all the years that we have snorkeled. After we snorkeled we went diving for sanddollars - found a lot of them and even saw a couple of beautiful star fish. After we snorkeled we went to the straw market - it was nice but on the small side. We headed back to the ship around 1pm. Read Less
Sail Date June 2009
When you first come into Freeport it is kind of a shocker. It is the industrial area/ship yard, not a pretty sight to see. We took one of the buses into town, $10 round trip. We went to the Port Lucaya shopping area. My recommendation if ... Read More
When you first come into Freeport it is kind of a shocker. It is the industrial area/ship yard, not a pretty sight to see. We took one of the buses into town, $10 round trip. We went to the Port Lucaya shopping area. My recommendation if it is a nice day, leave early, hit a few of the shops, same typical straw market style, and then walk directly across the street to the beach. You can cut through one of the hotels there. The beach is free. We did not take advantage of this because we had a stormy day, but the beach is nice, not like Half Moon Cay, but still beautiful water and big sandy beach. Read Less
Sail Date June 2009
Wasnt sure where to go or what to do.  Took a shuttle to the shopping district. Went too early there werent alot open.  Ended up in front of a Westin Hotel. Rode a banana boat for $10. Lots of other cruisers were hanging there too.  ... Read More
Wasnt sure where to go or what to do.  Took a shuttle to the shopping district. Went too early there werent alot open.  Ended up in front of a Westin Hotel. Rode a banana boat for $10. Lots of other cruisers were hanging there too.  Went back through the shops.  There were cute shops and little bars where you can sit outside.  Bought some souvenirs.  Cab ride was cheap, $5 each way if sharing with others.  Okay port, kind of deserted though!  Not many people at the hotel, heard they are shutting down the casino there. (We didnt go in) Read Less
Sail Date June 2009

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