219 Freeport Cruise Reviews

I have not been to Freeport since 1986 - the cruise port has changed! You can get off the ship and browse around some shops if you don't want to pay for an excursion. However, we did opt for an excursion - we chose the biking ... Read More
I have not been to Freeport since 1986 - the cruise port has changed! You can get off the ship and browse around some shops if you don't want to pay for an excursion. However, we did opt for an excursion - we chose the biking excursion and it was an excellent choice! Anyone who has cruised before knows that a cruise is what you make of it... since the weather cannot be controlled, you just have to be flexible. With that said, I will say that it was HOT that day, but we were each given cold bottles of water and had several stops in the shade and two stops to refill our bottles with more cold water. We were the oldest participants that day (55 and 57 years old) and we made it to the end with no problem and no soreness the next day. This particular excursion includes so much! 13 miles of easy to pedal views, a stop by the Dolphin area, a stop by the beach, lunch (included) at the Gardens, and then back to the beach for over an hour (we even found a geocache there!)Then shopping if you choose, although we opted to head back to the ship. Mario was our guide, a very entertaining and informative young man. If you choose this excursion you will not be disappointed! Read Less
Sail Date September 2011
We opted for Norwegian's Lukyan Kayak and Nature Hike and were not disappointed! Our tour guide Chadwin was very knowledgeable about the local plant and animal life and history of the island. The kayak tour was unlike anything we had ... Read More
We opted for Norwegian's Lukyan Kayak and Nature Hike and were not disappointed! Our tour guide Chadwin was very knowledgeable about the local plant and animal life and history of the island. The kayak tour was unlike anything we had experienced locally - very very cool. We also liked that we had an hour of beach time - the beach they took us to was beautiful and we only wish we had more time there. The lunch was just okay - turkey and ham sandwiches. I think next time we would grab something from the buffet the day before and bring it with us. Read Less
Sail Date October 2011
We have been to Freeport several times and are sure there are multiple reviews of Freeport but felt we should add this note... For the first time, while walking down the path beside the Treasure Bay Casino (ocean side of the Lucaya ... Read More
We have been to Freeport several times and are sure there are multiple reviews of Freeport but felt we should add this note... For the first time, while walking down the path beside the Treasure Bay Casino (ocean side of the Lucaya Marketplace) we were surprised to see it block with a control gate and signage indicating that only hotel guests may pass. Fortunately, I remembered seeing a Beach Access sign just one block to the West next to the Police Station. If you are facing the Casino, turn right and immediately after the police Station, there is a path to the Ocean with a small restaurant/bar ocean-side and and immense beach in front of you and to your right with free access! Read Less
Sail Date October 2011
Was not that great. Went to port lucaya. Small shopping area with beach access.
Was not that great. Went to port lucaya. Small shopping area with beach access. Read Less
Sail Date October 2011
We only got off the ship and saw the few vendors set up in the port. It is a shipping port as well as the cruise port. We did not do any excursions. Taxi drivers were present but I did not feel they were overly pushy.
We only got off the ship and saw the few vendors set up in the port. It is a shipping port as well as the cruise port. We did not do any excursions. Taxi drivers were present but I did not feel they were overly pushy. Read Less
Sail Date November 2011
Went on the bottom fishing excursion booked through Carnival. Beautiful blue water and weather to match. Had a couple "Kaliks" waiting for the bus and did a little shopping. Boarded a bus for a 20 min ride to the fishing boat. ... Read More
Went on the bottom fishing excursion booked through Carnival. Beautiful blue water and weather to match. Had a couple "Kaliks" waiting for the bus and did a little shopping. Boarded a bus for a 20 min ride to the fishing boat. Driver did a good job as a tour guide explaining things as we went along. Got to the boat and they had a spot to buy soda's chips or beer. I bought 3 Bahama brewed beer called "Sands". The boat was clean and not jam packed. We took a 15 to 20 min ride out to the spot where we started fishing. Almost everybody caught something except for a few (me included). Both fish I had on the line were too big and broke my line, but was exciting!!! My wife caught a really nice strawberry grouper. On the way back to the dock they set up 2 trolling lines and one guy caught a nice size barracuda. The crew of the "Hooked Up" did a great job finding fish for us and even let me smoke cigarettes in the crew station. I would definately do this again if I end up back in Freeport. Read Less
Sail Date November 2011
loved the shops!!!! The last port which was private island of norwegian Grand Stirrup Cay was absolutely beautiful evfen with construction I was in awe...The color of water.. The outside kitchen the service and the music were ... Read More
loved the shops!!!! The last port which was private island of norwegian Grand Stirrup Cay was absolutely beautiful evfen with construction I was in awe...The color of water.. The outside kitchen the service and the music were beautiful.....Was the best port..... Read Less
Sail Date November 2011
In Freeport, we took the Grand Bahamian Boat Tour and Shopping excursion. It was a small boat, free tropical drinks, and entertainment (limbo dancer). We also ate in a wonderful restuarant in Freeport called Agave. The market was a bit ... Read More
In Freeport, we took the Grand Bahamian Boat Tour and Shopping excursion. It was a small boat, free tropical drinks, and entertainment (limbo dancer). We also ate in a wonderful restuarant in Freeport called Agave. The market was a bit crowded, but the merchants were not pushy; they quietly worked on their handiwork as you passed by. A smaller town, traffic was almost nonexistant and it was safer to stroll down the streets. Read Less
Sail Date November 2011
We took a taxi to Port Lucaya which was 11 miles from where the ship docked. Taxi's were there and for $5 pp we were taken swiftly to our destination. They will try to sell you a round trip fare of $10 pp which we paid for. However, ... Read More
We took a taxi to Port Lucaya which was 11 miles from where the ship docked. Taxi's were there and for $5 pp we were taken swiftly to our destination. They will try to sell you a round trip fare of $10 pp which we paid for. However, when you are ready to go back to the ship you will have to go to the same taxi area you got off from if you want to use your round trip pass. Otherwise we could have gotten a cab from anywhere in Port Lucaya for $5 pp which is what we will do next time. There were several eateries in the shopping strip across from the hotel/casino which were very clean and staff were friendly. Read Less
Sail Date November 2011
Freeport- A lot of people do not like Freeport but I loved it. Most of the reviews I have read advise to stay on the boat but I'm so glad we didn't. We went to the free beach which a lot of people don't like do to the rocks. ... Read More
Freeport- A lot of people do not like Freeport but I loved it. Most of the reviews I have read advise to stay on the boat but I'm so glad we didn't. We went to the free beach which a lot of people don't like do to the rocks. However, the rocks is one of the reasons I loved this beach. The rocks gave my mother and I somewhere to sit and sunbath without our entire body being in the water. There's a small bar as you walk onto the beach. The prices are a little steep but the drinks are really strong. There is also a hair braiding station and a place to rent boats/ ride a banana boat. Though we we're asked if we wanted to buy things, I NEVER felt like I was obligated to buy anything. After simply saying "No Thank You" the locals would smile and go to the next people. No one ever come up to me and touched my hair or got into my personal space. The taxi service "Curry Express" was amazing. They give you and option to go to Junkanoo beach in Freeport which is a private, quiet beach without shopping; however, they are willing to come get you at anytime to take you to another place for a flat fee. We decided to go to Our Lucaya because we didn't have a way of calling the taxis service multiple times. The shopping at Lucaya was GREAT. The smaller shops are easy to "deal" with. My grandmother picked up a hoodie and the women told her it was 30 dollars. My grandmother put the hoodie back down and the local asked what she was willing to pay. When my grandmother told her 5 dollars the women let her have it for that price. A 5 DOLLAR HOODIE!! I got 3 bracelets for 10 dollars and a bunch of other great thing cheap. Read Less
Sail Date December 2011
Most people that we spoke with did not like Freeport. Once making it into the port, there are several small shops with wares for purchase, and the area where all the taxi's and tours are set up. My sister and I pulled a Cabby off to ... Read More
Most people that we spoke with did not like Freeport. Once making it into the port, there are several small shops with wares for purchase, and the area where all the taxi's and tours are set up. My sister and I pulled a Cabby off to the side and did some negotiating and ended up at a completely secluded beach away from the hustle and bustle of the tourist scene. There was a house on one far end of the beach and a small restaurant on the other. We were the ONLY two people out there, till a jogger and two locals walked by gathering shells. It was pristine and wonderful. We finally after several hours of sun bathing gathered our belongings and walked to the restaurant where we each got ourselves a beer and spent another few hours in the hammock in tranquility. Our cab driver Moses, came by early to check on us and was content sitting at the bar with a soda till we were ready to leave, he also boasted that the section of beach we were on happened to have been the place where two of the Pirates of the Caribbean movies were filmed, and I would believe it having been there. We had brought our mothers ashes along with us and found this place the perfect resting place for her, now she will always be in paradise. Read Less
Sail Date December 2011
We like to use Calabash Eco Adventures in Freeport and had a good time again with them going snorkeling and enjoying the beach at Paradise Cove.
We like to use Calabash Eco Adventures in Freeport and had a good time again with them going snorkeling and enjoying the beach at Paradise Cove. Read Less
Sail Date December 2011
Freeport, Bahamas: A+. Taking the advice of a post here on Cruise Critic (and since the "beach break" excursions through the ship did NOT include lunch) we just took a cab to Port Lucaya, bought a day pass to Our Lucaya resort ... Read More
Freeport, Bahamas: A+. Taking the advice of a post here on Cruise Critic (and since the "beach break" excursions through the ship did NOT include lunch) we just took a cab to Port Lucaya, bought a day pass to Our Lucaya resort and spent the day there -- a wonderful day overall! Port Lucaya has some fabulous shopping. Our Lucaya was marvelous -- beautiful grounds and very nice relaxing private beach. The pool area was lovely too; we lunched there. They had waiter service on the beach and at the pool. One thing about taking a taxi - unfortunately, our big plans to take our baby in his carseat were thwarted as tried as we could, no one seemed to have seatbelts. We had read some drivers would but we turned down a few vans until we realized that nobody had 'em (wasn't thrilled about that). Our Lucaya kindly let us keep the carseat in the hotel while we were at the beach. Read Less
Sail Date December 2011
Freeport has certainly changed over the years. There is a sweet shopping area right off the ship. Lots of things to look at, can catch lunch if you want and not be far from the ship or you can take the excursions to Lucaya which has up ... Read More
Freeport has certainly changed over the years. There is a sweet shopping area right off the ship. Lots of things to look at, can catch lunch if you want and not be far from the ship or you can take the excursions to Lucaya which has up scale shops, a casino and restaurants. You can also go to the international market and the casino there. This is not offered by the ships any longer. We opted to just stay at the ship shopping area and that was fine and Free! Read Less
Sail Date December 2011
We were only there a short time, so we took a snorkeling excursion. It was good. Over cast most of the day [c'mon, its the freaking Caribbean, I didn't think it ever got over-cast...]. Even with the over-cast skies there was ... Read More
We were only there a short time, so we took a snorkeling excursion. It was good. Over cast most of the day [c'mon, its the freaking Caribbean, I didn't think it ever got over-cast...]. Even with the over-cast skies there was plenty to see in the reefs. Not as many pretty colors, but a wide variety of fish and plant life. Keep in mind, this is a strenuous experience. Most folks were back on the boat within a half hour, I stayed in the water for the full hour and am still sore from over exerting myself. Bring a water proof camera, you will be glad you did. Read Less
Sail Date December 2011
Did the Kayak/Snorkel excursion with Calabash Eco Adventures. Great time. Wasn't mobbed by vendors as soon as we got off the ship. Beautiful island and beaches. Very little to do/see right off the ship but if you get to any ... Read More
Did the Kayak/Snorkel excursion with Calabash Eco Adventures. Great time. Wasn't mobbed by vendors as soon as we got off the ship. Beautiful island and beaches. Very little to do/see right off the ship but if you get to any beaches, it is worth it. Read Less
Sail Date December 2011
The Freeport port is the ugliest passenger port I have seen. You must leave the port. There are a few shopping stalls that you can see in about 15 minutes. We booked a snorkeling trip to Paradise Cove/ Deadman's Reef. For $35pp ... Read More
The Freeport port is the ugliest passenger port I have seen. You must leave the port. There are a few shopping stalls that you can see in about 15 minutes. We booked a snorkeling trip to Paradise Cove/ Deadman's Reef. For $35pp they provided round trip transportation and snorkeling or kayaking. This was the best snorkel site I have seen in 15 years of snorkeling. Highly recommended! Read Less
Sail Date January 2012
We did a private excursion over to Deadman's Reef in Paradise Cove where we snorkeled. LOVED IT. Got to see some amazing aquatic life and we are now hooked on it. The staff at Paradise Cove are friendly, professional and the prices ... Read More
We did a private excursion over to Deadman's Reef in Paradise Cove where we snorkeled. LOVED IT. Got to see some amazing aquatic life and we are now hooked on it. The staff at Paradise Cove are friendly, professional and the prices can't be beat in my opinion. Enjoyed the food (basic - but after you've been snorkeling it's all good) and some local beer (suggest something other than the Kalik - that's like Budweiser - the Sands is a little tastier). In the small straw market at the port itself there we saw the one actual authentic handcrafted thing - walking sticks. At only about $30 we should have gotten one. Had we known everything else for sale would be mass marketed we would have spent our money with the young man. His workbench was right there and he really had some nice offerings. I know a lot of people don't like this port because it's industrial but I found watching the shipping yard and all the freighters absolutely fascinating. What would I do differently? Rent a scooter, bring my own snorkel equipment (he had perfectly fine equipment but we want to do more of this so it will make sense to buy our own) and STILL go over to Deadman's Reef/Paradise Cove. I would also find a better sunblock - we fried and I found sitting for the rest of the trip was very painful! Read Less
Sail Date January 2012
Freeport- We rented a scooter from a place right in port ($55) plus gas and went to a beach (Taino Beach). My DH and I are both licensed motorcycle drivers so we got our fix for a while, it was pretty interesting driving on the wrong ... Read More
Freeport- We rented a scooter from a place right in port ($55) plus gas and went to a beach (Taino Beach). My DH and I are both licensed motorcycle drivers so we got our fix for a while, it was pretty interesting driving on the wrong side of the road. It was $5 per person and it included chairs, paddle boats, kayaks, bathrooms, and changing area. Jet skies were also offered for $70 per ½ hour. There were several people there offering hair braiding and jewelry. After you said no, they didn't bother you again. I did find a really nice bracelet, they were asking $7, I offered $5 and it was accepted. We tried some Kaliak and Sands Beer both were tasty ($4 each). We left and went back to port to return our scooter at Noon and while in port I had a Pina Colata in a coconut w/rum ($7). Then we got back on the ship and relaxed on our balcony for sail away. I did go up top to see the pilot get off the ship. Very interesting to see! Read Less
Sail Date January 2012
Freeport -- took the Garden at the Groves and shopping at Lucaya excursion. The garden was beautiful, tour guide knowledgeable and energetic. Lots of picture taking opportunities.
Freeport -- took the Garden at the Groves and shopping at Lucaya excursion. The garden was beautiful, tour guide knowledgeable and energetic. Lots of picture taking opportunities. Read Less
Sail Date January 2012
everyone seems to hate this port, but it is what you make of it. We took the guided "you drive" Jeep Wrangler Eco-tour. Very enjoyable with some fantastic sight seeing, offroading through one of a kind pine forests and ... Read More
everyone seems to hate this port, but it is what you make of it. We took the guided "you drive" Jeep Wrangler Eco-tour. Very enjoyable with some fantastic sight seeing, offroading through one of a kind pine forests and mangroves, history lessons about the island and Bahamas, lunch, and visits to the Garden of the Groves nature preserve and an hour stop at beautiful Taino Beach. Plus you get to drive on the "wrong" side of the road for us Americans! What a thrill! Read Less
Sail Date January 2012
Take the Heritage Tour with Chad and Dwayne (book through Carnival) and you will have a day you'll never forget. "We're family, are you with me!" is Chad's motto. They also take you snorkeling but you don't ... Read More
Take the Heritage Tour with Chad and Dwayne (book through Carnival) and you will have a day you'll never forget. "We're family, are you with me!" is Chad's motto. They also take you snorkeling but you don't have to if you don't want. Chad will set you up with a nice beach chair and there's a full bar and snacks. Lunch and soft drinks are included. We spent about 5+ hours with them, by the time we got back to the ship we were ready for a nap before dinner after such a full day. Bring your big blue beach towel with you, too. Read Less
Sail Date February 2012

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