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Life's a beach on Carnival Sunshine Freeport excursion

Heading Off to the Excursion
Heading Off to the Excursion
Barb Nefer

The Carnival Sunshine does a variety of itineraries and cruise lengths, with a five night minimum. My media sampler cruise was only two nights, but I did get to visit Freeport, which was a totally new destination for me. I've been to Nassau more times than I can count, but Freeport's an island I've always passed on my way to somewhere else.

When you go to a new destination on a cruise ship, the best way to experience it is by booking a shore excursion. You can set up something on your own if you know the port very well. Otherwise, I recommend leaving it to the cruise line because that gives you several advantages.

First, the cruise lines vet the vendors they use for their shore excursions. They don't want their guests to be unhappy, so they won't send you off for a bad experience.

Second, if a ship-sponsored excursion is late getting back to the ship, it will wait for you. If you do an activity on your own, you'd better be back in time for sail away. Otherwise, you'll be standing on the dock watching the ship pull away.

Carnival kindly allowed me to try out their new Freeport beach excursion. The photos will give you some idea of what it's all about.

To read about the on board food, jump to this article. For fun activities, go here.

Heading Off to the Excursion
Heading Off to the Excursion Barb Nefer

Heading Off to the Excursion

When you book a shore excursion through Carnival, you have a designated meeting place on the ship You disembark with the group and head off to your pre-arranged transportation.

Beach Time
Beach Time Barb Nefer

Beach Time

The beach has shops set up in the front where you can buy various Bahamian souvenirs. It's nice to shop at the end of the excursion, just before you head back to the bus.

Beach Chairs
Beach Chairs Barb Nefer

Beach Chairs

These cushy beach chairs recline for the ultimate in relaxation. The only thing I'd like to see added would be umbrellas. The Bahamian sun is brutal, so shade would be a welcome addition.

Floating Island
Floating Island Barb Nefer

Floating Island

There's lots of beach area for wading and swimming, as well as a floating island that the kids will love. Even some of the adults were clamoring aboard.

Bar
Bar Barb Nefer

Bar

You can buy drinks at the beach ala carte or book an all inclusive excursion that includes your alcoholic beverages. They go down smooth on a hot, sunny day.

Food
Food Barb Nefer

Food

You can buy fresh conch salad or get a buffet lunch. The food can be purchased ala carte or as part of an all inclusive ticket for this excursion.

Restrooms
Restrooms Barb Nefer

Restrooms

There are nice, clean restroom facilities near the beach. I'm not a fan of Porta-Potties, but these are trailers with real toilets and sinks.

Playground
Playground Barb Nefer

Playground

The Freeport beach excursion is perfect for families with kids of all ages. There's a cute little playground for the younger set if they get tired of swimming and building sand castles.

Rentals
Rentals Barb Nefer

Rentals

You can rent kayaks and snorkel equipment, and there are also banana boat rides and jet ski rentals nearby if you want to enhance your experience with a little speed.

Relaxing Beach Time
Relaxing Beach Time Barb Nefer

Relaxing Beach Time

Ahhhh, this is the life! There's nothing like a tranquil beach to top off your Bahamian vacation. The clear blue water and powdery white sand is a little slice of paradise.