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Sail Date: September 2014
I had never ridden a horse before. They started us out well, giving us a chance to get used to riding our horses around a pen before setting off up a hill. It wasn't scary, and the guides were good about telling me to keep my heels ... Read More
I had never ridden a horse before. They started us out well, giving us a chance to get used to riding our horses around a pen before setting off up a hill. It wasn't scary, and the guides were good about telling me to keep my heels pointed down and how to hold the reigns. The scary part came when we changed into our swimsuits and went out into the ocean. My boyfriend said he went on this excursion years ago and they walked through the water and back out to the "ranch" area again. Not this time. I don't know whether the guides were trying to spice things up or just were stupid, but they started driving the herd of horses we were riding back into each other by yelling. I was caught in the middle and so was my boyfriend and an older black lady who had never ridden before. The horses on either side of me banged into my legs and my horse, and I gripped my "saddle" (it's a water saddle with little to hold onto.) I held on for dear life, thinking if I slip down in between these 2,000 lb beasts and get trampled I'll get seriously hurt. It was terrifying! The lady and my boyfriend also did not like it. They turned the horses like this TWICE and I was caught in the middle clinging onto the horse TWICE! I was shaking when I was finally out of the water. I may go horseback riding again one day--but NEVER in the ocean! For first time riders it was a poor decision by the guides. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2014
We took a taxi to Port Lucaya marketplace, which is where all the main shops are. There is a taxi cab booth across the street once you debark the ship. We were charged $10 per person (roundtrip) for a 20 minute ride to Port Lucaya. Port ... Read More
We took a taxi to Port Lucaya marketplace, which is where all the main shops are. There is a taxi cab booth across the street once you debark the ship. We were charged $10 per person (roundtrip) for a 20 minute ride to Port Lucaya. Port Lucaya itself was very clean with lots of shopping booths. They had both local and commercial style shops. The locals were still fairly aggressive with sales techniques but much less so than Nassau. I noticed people were much friendlier and laid back in Freeport than in Nassau. The beach was a pretty big let down as it is very commercialized and difficult to find a place to sit down without being bothered by someone trying to sell something or without renting a chair, although walking further down we were able to find a somewhat quiet location where we were left alone for the most part. They have lots of water sports available on the beach so if you are looking for an adventure, you can find it here. I wouldn't book them through Carnival either as there are many vendors waiting for you on the beach and you can save a lot by doing it independently. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2014
We stayed at the Grand Lucayan in Freeport while on vacation for Spring Break with our kids. We all had a fabulous time. The port was great, everyone working there checking us in was very polite and efficient, the staff at the Grand ... Read More
We stayed at the Grand Lucayan in Freeport while on vacation for Spring Break with our kids. We all had a fabulous time. The port was great, everyone working there checking us in was very polite and efficient, the staff at the Grand Lucayan were very sweet and helpful. The rooms were just right for us, the pool area was beautiful as was the amazing ocean. It was perfect. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2013
This is a commercial port and there is nothing within walking distance, you need to purchase and excursion or rent a taxi to do anything... but there is a small amount of shopping right here as well as Senor Frogs. I took my Nephew to the ... Read More
This is a commercial port and there is nothing within walking distance, you need to purchase and excursion or rent a taxi to do anything... but there is a small amount of shopping right here as well as Senor Frogs. I took my Nephew to the Sea Explorer which is a semi submersible boat... a 15 minute bus ride to Port Lucaya then a good hour on the boat.. it was great.. we seen all kinds of fish including a shark. After our excursion we had at least 2 hours of shopping which was nice and relaxing.. there is also a casino in this area. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2013
We typically choose to stay on the ship when we port at Freeport. There isn't anything there we haven't seen or experienced before and we find the vendors are too many and too pushy. I always enjoy the quiet of the ship when most ... Read More
We typically choose to stay on the ship when we port at Freeport. There isn't anything there we haven't seen or experienced before and we find the vendors are too many and too pushy. I always enjoy the quiet of the ship when most everyone is ashore. Makes for a nice relaxing time by the pool. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2013
We took the taxi ride to Port Lucaya at a rate of $5 per person each way. Nice little shopping area with a few bars, restaurants, and a plaza with entertainment. I'd visit it again.
We took the taxi ride to Port Lucaya at a rate of $5 per person each way. Nice little shopping area with a few bars, restaurants, and a plaza with entertainment. I'd visit it again. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2013
We took a cab to Port Lucaya. It was a holiday there. Black Monday so many shops were closed. Hit the beach a little, did some shopping and played in the casino.
We took a cab to Port Lucaya. It was a holiday there. Black Monday so many shops were closed. Hit the beach a little, did some shopping and played in the casino. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2013
Went to Port Lucaya - Spent $5 on a taxi-bus to get there. It was windy & rainy, so we weren't there very long. Spent soem time @ the straw mart & then went back to the ship early. Town is in shambles.
Went to Port Lucaya - Spent $5 on a taxi-bus to get there. It was windy & rainy, so we weren't there very long. Spent soem time @ the straw mart & then went back to the ship early. Town is in shambles. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2013
If you don't take an excursion, you'll be led into a touristy shopping zone. Nothing much to see or do other than buy trinkets and drink at one of the bars.
If you don't take an excursion, you'll be led into a touristy shopping zone. Nothing much to see or do other than buy trinkets and drink at one of the bars. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2013
Some stuff to do right by the ship (Senor Frogs, a bunch of market stalls) but no beach in walking distance. You spend so little time in this port that it didn't matter.
Some stuff to do right by the ship (Senor Frogs, a bunch of market stalls) but no beach in walking distance. You spend so little time in this port that it didn't matter. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2013
We took a taxi to Port Lucaya marketplace and did our shopping in the straw market ($10 round trip; taxis are easily available once you step off the ship). The straw market workers were very friendly and more than willing to work out a ... Read More
We took a taxi to Port Lucaya marketplace and did our shopping in the straw market ($10 round trip; taxis are easily available once you step off the ship). The straw market workers were very friendly and more than willing to work out a deal. Much to our surprise, however, we learned that there were better deals on the cruiseship; you could get shotglasses for 88 cents on the boat, compared to $2.50 in the straw markets. However, no straw market worker was willing to sell a shot glass for less than $1. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2013
Took mini-bus/taxi over to Lucaya. 15 minute ride. $10 each round trip. Very nice air-conditioned casino. Billy Joe's on Lucaya Beach!!! Conch Salad: $11/pint!! MADE RIGHT IN FRONT OF YOU! Delicious! Rum punch: $8/16oz. Straw ... Read More
Took mini-bus/taxi over to Lucaya. 15 minute ride. $10 each round trip. Very nice air-conditioned casino. Billy Joe's on Lucaya Beach!!! Conch Salad: $11/pint!! MADE RIGHT IN FRONT OF YOU! Delicious! Rum punch: $8/16oz. Straw market - heavy peddling!! Haggle with them. Most have the same stuff. Check out the nicer shops next door, too. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2013
This was a very pleasant experience. It was rather windy and chilly that day so we had to sit inside. The crew was a lot of fun and made the best of the inclement weather. I would like to try this again on a better weather day. At ... Read More
This was a very pleasant experience. It was rather windy and chilly that day so we had to sit inside. The crew was a lot of fun and made the best of the inclement weather. I would like to try this again on a better weather day. At least we did get to go out on the excursion. Most of the water excursions were cancelled the day we were in Freeport because of the wind and high waves. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2013
AMAZING!!!!!!! 35 dollars for a ride from the ship, to a private beach all your equipment was included, and then your ride back. The beach was amazing and so quiet. We did not have a crowd to deal with, only 9 people in our van. The sites, ... Read More
AMAZING!!!!!!! 35 dollars for a ride from the ship, to a private beach all your equipment was included, and then your ride back. The beach was amazing and so quiet. We did not have a crowd to deal with, only 9 people in our van. The sites, the fish, and corals were such a site! WELL WORTH THE TIME and Money! Read Less
Sail Date: December 2012
We spent twenty minutes negotiating cab fate to an all inclusive resort which sold us a day pass. This was great. There are two ports now so be aware of which one you will be in. Jamaica great place but on the seedy side...has lots of ... Read More
We spent twenty minutes negotiating cab fate to an all inclusive resort which sold us a day pass. This was great. There are two ports now so be aware of which one you will be in. Jamaica great place but on the seedy side...has lots of potential to be as nice as Bermuda. Just plan ahead and be safe Read Less
Sail Date: December 2012
We traveled from the port to Lucaya on an air conditioned bus. We were dropped off at the resort and given clear instructions on how to get back to the ship. We spent two hours on the beautiful beach, had lunch at the Resort, then ... Read More
We traveled from the port to Lucaya on an air conditioned bus. We were dropped off at the resort and given clear instructions on how to get back to the ship. We spent two hours on the beautiful beach, had lunch at the Resort, then shopped for another two hours. This was plenty of time. We were getting tired and wanted to get back. Buses ran every 45 minutes, so there was no long wait. The lunch at Lucaya was very ordinary and nondescript. Nothing was Bahaman or Caribbean dishes. Baked macaroni, fried chicken, salad, etc. The tables in the dining room were dirty. The staff made no effort to keep things clean. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2012
We stayed on the ship as we were docked in a commercial port - cost of a taxi for 3 to the beach was going to be over $40. We later found out that there was a cost of $10 per person to access the beach. Glad I stayed at the ship.
We stayed on the ship as we were docked in a commercial port - cost of a taxi for 3 to the beach was going to be over $40. We later found out that there was a cost of $10 per person to access the beach. Glad I stayed at the ship. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2012
This was the highlight of our trip. Drove across the island to a secluded private beach, went sea kayaking, snorkeling, and had an awesome lunch, before stopping at the National park to see the caves. This was a cool trip. The guide was ... Read More
This was the highlight of our trip. Drove across the island to a secluded private beach, went sea kayaking, snorkeling, and had an awesome lunch, before stopping at the National park to see the caves. This was a cool trip. The guide was simply excellent, and the price reasonable. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2012
Booked with cruise line. ATV ride, Garden of the Groves, and beach trip. The ATV ride was wonderful. We went through the forest and onto a beach. The Garden of the Groves was pretty, but we spent too much time there - there is not enough ... Read More
Booked with cruise line. ATV ride, Garden of the Groves, and beach trip. The ATV ride was wonderful. We went through the forest and onto a beach. The Garden of the Groves was pretty, but we spent too much time there - there is not enough to see to spend 1 1/2 hours there! The beach they brought us to (Junkanoo) was dirty and didn't have enough loungers for all the guests. the restaurant there also purposely overcharged us. Read Less

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