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Cruising to Freeport

Freeport Bahamas. What do I say about you? It’s hard to have a negative view on any island in the Caribbean. Freeport was not quite what I expected.
The port itself was extremely industrialized. I can’t complain too much. I live off of industry and I live with industry around me. But when I vacay I tend to try and escape that. Out on my balcony, I watched a ship be unloaded of all of it’s shipping containers. Carnival and Royal Caribbean both currently have ships on the dry docks here. Off in the distance I see large oil containers poking up against the horizon. Disembarking was simple and finding our tour was relatively easy. The drive from the port to our excursion was pleasant enough.
Palm trees and cute little residential areas. We had chosen to try the My Bahamian House excursion. Once again booked through Carnival. I don’t always recommend booking through the cruise line you travel on. But for my own personal comfort the first time that I visit a new place I choose to do so. The house we were taken to was a cute little place on the canal, with a beach directly across the street. We were escorted in through the home and out into the back yard to sit upon the canal. The people working here were extremely kind, they laughed and joked with us. But I cannot with good faith recommend this excursion.
The canal had diesel fuel floating in it. This is something that I know the employees cannot control. But all the same, I could smell it wafting up into the backyard. We had been told there would be paddle boarding and they did indeed produce a paddle board. But not one person was ever put onto it. I got a drink. Which was great and waited for help onto said paddle board for over half an hour. Unfortunately that never happened. I finally got tired of that and walked over to the beach. This was beautiful. The water crystal clear and the sand was lovely. I spent an hour floating around in the waters.
Lunch was served back at the house and it was delicious. I followed it up with another drink and a few minutes later we were loaded up and taken back to the port. For $99 USD per person I was rather disappointed in this excursion.
Back at the port I found the shopping to be extremely dissapointing. I spotted a tortuga store and power walked my way over praying for tortuga vanilla rum. No such luck this store sold tortuga rum cakes and some souvenirs but none of the alcohol.
I do feel that Freeport needs more exploration If I am to give a true opinion of it. The disappointing excursion and the industrial port tainted my view of it. I know plenty of people who have enjoyed their visits there.
As per my usual opinion I suggest taking a visit to this place. I would still take a cruise if it stopped here and I wouldn’t tell anyone not to go. But so far this port has been my least favourite stop.

Keep travelling and keep exploring my fellow travellers.

Posted by Wanderlustcanuk 22:37 Tagged cruise carnival bahamas freeport

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