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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
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: June 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

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