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#1
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First, it says alcohol 18+ once the cruise leaves US waters and ok in GBI....anyone can confirm?

Second, where in GBI does the ship dock? Freeport?

What tips/secrets can you give me about this cruise? Is the drink coupons a better deal?
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#2
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When we sailed the ship did not go to Freeport but while on other voyages I saw the ship at the near industrial-shipyard along with Carnival ships.

If you drink, the drink coupons are a good idea if you plan to drink ten drinks. The ship did offer happy hour on the sail away on the second day.

I am a little removed from 18 so I did not pay attention to the drinking age.

Have fun- this is a good short trip.
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#3
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I saw this ship in port. It is an industrial area with nothing near it. I have seen in the past that there were shops but when I was in port October 2015, there were some vendors selling $5 t-shirts. You will need to take a taxi to town, shopping or the beach.
#4
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Yes, once in international waters, 18+ can drink. And definitely in the Bahamas.
Yes it docks in Freeport. There is now a small "port" area that includes a Senor Frog's, a straw market, and some "real" shops (meaning, cement walls with electricity - LOL!) Decent enough if you're just looking to get off the ship and get a lunch and souvenirs.

Drink coupons are $70 for 10. They are good if you are a drinky-drink drinker. If you are strictly a beer drinker, no. There will be "bucket specials" for beer. Truth be told, there were many times I walked around carrying my bucket and they will add ice as you go if you don't happen to drink them all before the ice melts.

I am going this weekend, so if you have any other specific questions, ask away and I'll try and get answers this weekend
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Originally posted by tch912
Bibble, please post your experience on this ship. I am going next month.
Sure thing!

I was on it this past Thanksgiving, so I can tell you we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.
Honestly, the service is great! I never felt like I wasn't on one of the "big name" cruises.
Our dinner bar waiter was fantastic, even recognized us the next day at the pool area, remembered our names, joked with us, etc.
The cabins are small, but honestly if you've ever been on the Fantasy class Carnival, they aren't much smaller

But I will definitely share this weekend's Mother's Day Adventure


Do you have anything specific you're looking to know?
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#7
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Bibble I am trying to decide what beach excursion to go on. I saw the Lucayan Beach Resort day pass but can you recommend any other resorts. I only want to be there for about 3-4 hours and then I will be going to the bar-b-que on the ship.
#8
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Bibble I just saw the beach getaway which sounds like more fun. The resort isn't named but they take you on a ferry and you are bought back to the market. Are you familiar with this resort?
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Originally posted by tch912
Bibble I just saw the beach getaway which sounds like more fun. The resort isn't named but they take you on a ferry and you are bought back to the market. Are you familiar with this resort?
I'm not. The only times we've gone to the beach, we went to the free beach down from the resorts. We sit in the sun for a bit, then get fresh conch salad at a little shack on the beach.
I've walked through Grand Lucayan, and it's very pretty, but I don't know much about the day pass.

I will pay attention on Sunday and chat up any folks who do either one, and report back
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So I didn't manage to find anyone who did the beach getaway.
But we did take the taxi to the marketplace and ended up dropping folks off at Taino Beach on our way. The driver said it's one of the best beaches, in the sense that you pay a day fee, and you get their resources. I did see a wooden tiki-type bar, and they have restrooms and a shower, etc. That's more than the free beach, for sure.

The only thing I know about lucaya is that it's a nice hotel, and you're also right across the street from the marketplace.

So I guess it would depend on cost, etc.

I would venture that you'd be okay waiting to get on the ship to book your excursion right at the desk, and see pictures and get full explanations of what you get at the beach getaway and such.

Sorry I couldn't help more!!
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