ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Bahamas Cruise Port Review: Nassau, Freeport, Half Moon Cay

Updated on December 7, 2014

Nassau, Bahamas

Nassau is the most densely populated island in the Bahamas. According to Wikipedia, "Nassau /ˈnæsɔː/ is the capital, largest city, and commercial centre of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas. The city has a population of 248,948 (2010 census), 70 percent of the entire population of the Bahamas (353,658)". http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nassau,_Bahamas It is also one of the world's most visited cruise ship ports.

It was the first Bahamas island we had ever visited. My first impression was that it was very dingy. We selected an excursion that took part on a motorboat first and halfway through, you change vessels in the middle of the water by stepping onto a boat that has a porthole viewing area below. It is like a submarine hybrid. During the first portion of the excursion, we rode the motor boat at a decently fast speed and were given a tour of the highlights off to both sides of us. We saw the famous Atlantis Resort, but did not visit it this time around. However, I would love to return to Nassau if nothing else but to visit Atlantis. It looks and sounds awesome.

On the second portion of our excursion, after we steeped onto the other vessel, we went below desk where it was very warm, to say the least. There was a guide to provide details about the various marine life and other sights. We moved spots a few times, but the underwater viewing was somewhat uneventful. If was neat, but lacked that "wow" factor and I was almost too warm to really enjoy it. I would recommend a motorboat ride or tour, but not the mini submarine/hybrid. I would probably have enjoyed the Atlantis excursion more.

We did visit the straw market and it offers most trinkets a tourist would desire, in addition to handmade straw baskets, purses and other items. Very cool, but I did not like the way vendors harass tourists while they are trying to look at another booth.


Freeport, Bahamas

Freeport, Bahamas

"Freeport is a city, district and free trade zone on the island of Grand Bahama of the northwest Bahamas. In 1955, Wallace Groves, a Virginian financier with lumber interests in Grand Bahama, was granted 50,000 acres (or 202 km2) of pineyard with substantial areas of swamp and scrubland by the Bahamian government with a mandate to economically develop the area. Freeport has grown to become the second most populous city in the Bahamas." http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Freeport,_Bahamas

When we arrived in port, I was immediately surprised at how non-populated Freeport appeared compared to Nassua. It looked industrialized because I could see what looked like cranes and cargo ships in the vicinity of the port.

We got off of the ship and exited the gangway to locate our excursion meeting place. The excursion chosen was a resort and beach day. We essentially paid to for the ability to use the resort's pools and beach. We boarded a bus and were driven what seemed like about 15-20 minutes through a bunch of undeveloped land. There were lots of trees and other vegetation. We stopped at the Port Lucaya Marketplace and Village where there is a bus stop or passenger loading area. I noticed there were several nice resort hotels that looked as if they has either closed and were being re-modeled or were actually going to be new resorts. We walked past the Marketplace and to a resort located across from it called Our Lucaya Reef Village. On the beach we were given instructions and wristbands to show we were allowed on resort property and beachfront. We just had to be back to the ship by a certain time and had to board a bus when we were ready to go back to the ship.

The ocean was beautiful and you could see right to the bottom. I feel so much safer swimming in the ocean when you can see what's in it! The pools and lounge area at Our Lucaya Reef Village were especially nice. I imagine this resort would be the equivalent of a five star resort in the US. We lounged and swam for 3 hours or so and it did not feel really hot because of the breeze. We did use ample sunscreen and still ended up sun-burned. My advise would be to re-apply even more quickly than you typically do. We ventured into a few shop and boutiques before heading back to our ship. You can find most anything a tourist would want, in addition to many straw-made items not highly available in the states.

I loved Freeport. It was very clean compared to Nassua, but that's what happens when you have a less dense population. We REALLY enjoyed this excursion and want to go back and specifically stay at Our Lucaya Reef Village for a week sometime.

Our Lucaya Reef Village, Freeport, Bahamas

Source

Half Moon Cay, Bahamas

According to Wikipedia, "Little San Salvador Island, also known as Half Moon Cay, is one of about 700 islands that make up thearchipelago of The Bahamas. It is located roughly halfway between Eleuthera and Cat Island. It is aprivate island, owned by Carnival Cruise Lines, which uses it as a port of call for the cruise ships it operates in the region". http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Little_San_Salvador_Island

There are several excursion options available for for purchase including snorkeling, horseback riding, stingray adventure and much more, but a beach day is free. We selected the free beach day. There is no dock at Half Moon Cay and I am not sure as to whether this is due to preventing damage to reefs, as is the case in Grand Cayman, or because of the expense involved in having to dredge and build. Cruisers are taken over on smaller ferry boats and this was the ONLY downfall for this destination. The line was long and it took a while to get over because of everyone trying to get to the island at once.

When we finally got there, it was awesome! There were plenty of lounge chairs, white. clean sand for my daughter to play in (compared to our the beaches located less than a mile from me in coastal North Caroline), beautiful clear blue water, and the list goes on. They ever had a barrier net to prevent large fish from getting in the swimming area. They had cookout-type food for lunch so we did not have to go back to the ship for lunch. I definitely will return there. If you have never visited Half Moon Cay, I would highly recommend it, but it is a private island of Carnival, so I am assuming you can only visit by taking a Carnival cruise.

Half Moon Cay, Bahamas

The various islands of the Bahamas visited by my family and I varied significantly and each stood out and allows the cruiser to distinctly remember their visit. While each may have had its own respective negative aspect, for me, all visits were worthwhile and I would revisit each destination and opt for the same excursion with the exception of Nassau. When I return to Nassau, I will definitely explore some alternative experiences.

Bahamas Poll

Have you been to the bahamas?

See results

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)