Freeport cruise port is located 50 miles from Florida coast, direction East. It is on the island of the Bahamas (nortwest) nearest to Miami cruise port. The island was discovered by Columbus in 1492. Freeport cruise port is a major Bahamian port since the early 1960s. Freeport is a free trade zone with many hotels, casinos, restaurants and its great Port Lucaya‘s beaches, attractions and shore excursion possibilities.
Freeport cruise port is the second biggest Bahamian city. It is served by Grand Bahama International Airport. The motto of the city is “Love is everything.” Freeport cruise port is one of the top choices for vacation among the Americans.
Freeport Bahamas is also famous with its shipyard often used by Bahamas-flagged cruise ships for regularly scheduled repairs, maintenance and drydock refurbishment works. The drydock facility is owned by the GBSL company (Grand Bahama Shipyard Ltd). The shipyard has three floating dry docks, as well as mechanical and steel workshops updated in 2016 with new equipment. Among the shipyard's regular customers are the cruise companies Carnival, Princess, NCL Norwegian, Disney, MSC.
Freeport cruise terminal
Freeport cruise port terminal is at Lucaya Harbour. The distance to the city of Freeport is 10 minutes by car. Port Lucaya is 25 minutes from Freeport cruise port terminal.
The taxi rate to Freeport will be around 15 US dollars. There are group vans to the Port Lucaya’s International Bazaar with rate of 5 US dollars per person.
The official language at Freeport cruise port is British English. Also, be aware to look to your left. The driving is on the road left side due to the heritage of Freeport.
The currency at Freeport cruise port is the Bahamian dollar, but US dollars also can be accepted. The ATMs can be found at the banks.
Around Freeport cruise port terminal there are only a few bungalows in pastel colors and a gazebo where you can listen to a local band performance.
Freeport tours, shore excursions, hotels
City Tours and Shore Excursions
- Port Lucaya: the top attraction is the Port Lucaya Marketplace. It is a m”must-see” for all shopaholics. Another popular place to visit is the Count Basie’s Square. There you can enjoy live music while drinking local cocktail or party with the locals.
- Rand Nature Center: it is located on the East Settler’s Way in Freeport. The nature center is impressive and here is the headquarter of the Bahamas National Trust. The area spreads over 100 acres and it is a pineland sanctuary. The site is crisscrossed with nature trails and houses native flora and many tropical birds. You can visit the Rand Nature Centre /educational centre/. You can join guided tour on Tuesday or Thursday at half past ten. It takes around an hour to see the major centre sights.
- Garden of the Groves: located on Midshipman Road in Freeport. The amazing botanical garden spreads over 12 acres. You can see stunning waterfalls, beautiful fountains and a lot of (over ten tousands) native plants species. There is a petting zoo, cafe and arts village. You can walk alone or join one of the guided garden walks.
- Snorkeling and scuba diving: Port Lucaya offers great possibilities for snorkeling and scuba diving. The excursions take not more than three hours and visit famous sites for diving including Theo’s Wreck, the East End Paradise coral gardens, the Caves, Treasure Reef and the Wall.
- Boat trips: join one of the glass-bottom boat tours and spend amazing ninety minutes discovering the beauty of the reefs.
- Fishing and deep-sea fishing: the best place is the North-West Providence Channel, which is extremely deep. There are a lot of snappers and barracudas.
The Freeport cruise port map is interactive. It shows the port's exact location, along with the real-time cruise ship traffic (if any) in its vicinity - today, and right now. By zooming-out you can see other cruise ship ports located near Freeport, Grand Bahama Island.
If you lose the Freeport location on the map, simply reload the page (also with F5 button). This feature is integrated with the CruiseMapper's cruise ship tracker tracking the vessels' current positions at sea and in ports.
Port Freeport cruise ship schedule shows timetable calendars of all arrival and departure dates by month. The port's schedule lists all ships (in links) with cruises going to or leaving from Freeport, Grand Bahama Island. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.
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