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Freeport (Bahamas, Grand Bahama Island)

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Region
Bahamas - Caribbean - Bermuda

Local Time
2020-04-08 08:09

Address
PO Box F-41322, Freeport, Grand Bahama Island, Bahamas

min: 75 °F (23 °C) / max: 80 °F (27 °C) 76°F
24.7°C
Wind: 198°/ 5.1 m/s  Gust: 5.4 m/sWind: 198°/ 5.1 m/s  Gust: 5.4 m/sGentle breeze
5.1 m/s
Min / Max Temperature80 °F / 27 °C
75 °F / 24 °C

Freeport cruise port (Port Lucaya) is located on Grand Bahama Island (Bahamas), approx 50 mi (80 km) from USA Florida's coast (direction East). The nearest US seaport is PortMiami FL. Freeport is the second biggest Bahamian cruise port - after country's capital city Nassau (New Providence Island).

Freeport (Bahamas) cruise port

The city has population around 270,000. It is served by Grand Bahama International Airport and also by domestic ferries with regularly scheduled itineraries to other Bahamian islands. Regular fast ferries connect to USA (Fort Lauderdale FL) operated by the Spanish shipping company Balearia Eurolinias Marítimas SA.

Tourism is The Bahamas' largest industry and main source of income, with around 1 million international visitors annually. Several medium- and large-sized cruise liners call at Freeport weekly. Most hotels on Grand Bahama Island are along the southern coast. The primary tourist shopping area is the International Bazaar located near downtown Freeport. The other major shopping area is Port Lucaya Market Place.

Freeport is a major seaport since the early-1960s. It is also a free trade zone featuring numerous hotels, casinos, restaurants, Port Lucaya‘s beaches, numerous shopping and shore excursion possibilities.

Port Freeport Bahamas

Port Freeport Bahamas is operated via joint venture between Hutchison Ports FHC (privately owned company) and The Port Group (Grand Bahama's Port Authority).

Port Freeport (Bahamas)

FHC is one of the world's largest artificial harbours, and also Caribbean's deepest harbour waterway. Port's entrance channel and turning basin (swinging basin) were dredged to allow vessel draft of 16 m (52 ft).

Businesses at the FHS harbor include daily scheduled ferry and cruise ship visits, roll-on/roll-off (Ro-Ro ship) facilities (handling containerized and LTL / "less than truckload shipping" cargos), also facilities serving car transhipment, wetdocking (two 900-ft / 274-m berths) and ship repairs.

Port's facilities can accommodate simultaneously 3 cruise vessels and 5 Ro-Ro ships (cargo-passenger ferries). Vessels with max draft 9 m (30 ft) are berthed alongside. Tugboat support and pilot services are also available.

Grand Port is a Carnival Corporation-sponsored cruise terminal in Freeport. The new (exclusive) Carnival Cruise Port project starts in 2019 and will generate ~1000 construction jobs for building a modern building and a large berth. Labor agreement has ratio 80-20 / Bahamian-foreign workers.

(Royal Caribbean) Lucaya Resort Bahamas

In March 2019, the joint venture company Holistica Ltd (RCCL-Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd and ITM Group / Mumbai India) signed a letter of intent with The Bahamas government for the purchase of Grand Lucayan Resort (an all-inclusive resort complex) and redevelopment of the cruise port Freeport Harbor. The 2-year, USD 195 million project includes Grand Lucayan Resort's purchase (USD 65 million) plus USD 135 million for development works. The new (RCL-exclusive) cruise port is expected to bring to annually an additional 2 million cruisers to Grand Bahama island. The project includes the construction of a theme park and a new 5-star hotel. Grand Lucayan Resort suffered significant damages during Hurricane Matthew (October 2016) and was forced to close 2/3 of its property.

Lucaya Freeport cruise terminal (Royal Caribbean)

On June 24, 2019, RCCL and ITM Group established the Miami-headquartered joint venture company "Holistica" that specializes in cruise port development projects worldwide. Holistica's first project was the USD 275 million Grand Lucayan Resort in Freeport Bahamas. Developments by Holistica were also planned for Costa Maya (Mexico), Roatan Island (Honduras) and Kumamoto (Kyushu Island, Japan).

On March 2, 2020, Holistica Destinations officially announced the USD 300 million private cruise resort project "Lucaya Property". The investment includes redeveloping and expanding Freeport Cruise Terminal (to be renamed to "Harbour Village") and building a leisure complex with a large hotel (526 rooms), wellness facilities, shopping village, convention centre (sized 40,000 ft2 / 3720 m2), theme park (with water slides, outdoor playgrounds, zip-lines).

Lucaya Property is approx 9 mi (15 km) west of Harbour Village (Freeport Cruise Terminal). At Harbour Village for tourists will be introduced new shopping and dining venues (bars, restaurants), live entertainment and nightlife programming, beach zones, new shore excursions, new transport infrastructure (serving ferries, buses, passenger vehicles). The Lucaya Property project is planned for completion in 2022-Q4.

Grand Bahama Shipyard (Port Lucaya, Freeport)

Freeport Bahamas is also famous with its ship-repair yard often used by Bahamas-flagged cruise vessels for regularly scheduled repairs, maintenance and drydock refurbishment works. Among the shipyard's regular customers are the cruise companies Carnival, RCI-Royal Caribbean, Princess, NCL-Norwegian, Walt Disney,  MSC, Oceania, RSSC-Regent.

Grand Bahama Shipyard (Freeport, Bahamas) ship repair dry docks

The drydock facility is owned by the GBSL company (Grand Bahama Shipyard Ltd). Since 2017, RCCL-Royal Caribbean has joint ownership of Freeport Shipyard - together with Carnival Corporation. The shipyard has three floating dry docks, as well as mechanical and steel workshops (updated in 2016 with new equipment).

  • Drydock 1 has LOA length 268 m (880 ft), width 33,5 m (115 ft), max vessel draft 8 m (26 ft), lifting capacity 27,000 tons. Floating dock 1 is served by 2 cranes.
  • Drydock 2 has LOA length 300 m (985 ft), width 58,5 m (192 ft), max vessel draft 9 m (30 ft), lifting capacity 82,500 tons. Floating dock 2 is served by 4 cranes.
  • Drydock 3 has LOA length 310 m (1017 ft), width 54,5 m (179 ft), max vessel draft 8,5 m (27 ft), lifting capacity 50,000 tons. Floating dock 3 is served by 3 cranes.
  • Finger Pier has LOA length 300 m (985 ft), max vessel draft 14 m (42 ft), max water depth 16 m (48 ft) and is served by 1 crane.
  • North Beach Wharf has LOA length 300 m (985 ft), max vessel draft 14 m (42 ft), max water depth 20 m (60 ft) and is served by 3 mobile cranes.
  • The on-site workshops provide the following services - steel and pipe fabrication, mechanical services (machinery and equipment overhauls), woodworking, electrical services, Clean Rooms (pumps-, valves- and thruster overhauls), separate (dedicated) repair area for cruise ship's life boats and tender boats.

In March 207, RCCL-Royal Caribbean signed an agreement with The Bahamas Government to increase its employment of Bahamian citizens. By this agreement, Royal Caribbean also has joint ownership of the Freeport shipyard where major drydock refurbishments and ship maintenance works on many RCCL ships take place.

For 2018, the shipyard reported a record year with a total of 29 cruise vessels scheduled for drydocks (over 2017's 23 ships). Generally, refit works include propulsion system (thrusters, azipods, stabilizers) and technical overhauls, hull treatments and repainting (hull blasting, silicone coatings), staterooms and public areas upgrades. More complex refit projects include adding new onboard facilities (like waterparks, cabin balconies), steel replacement (in areas below waterline), pipe replacements, adding new diesel generator sets, installing cyclo-converters.

Freeport cruise terminal

Freeport Bahamas cruise terminal is in Lucaya Harbour - approx 10-min drive distance from downtonw. Port's tourist centre (Port Lucaya Marketplace) is at approx 25-min walking distance from the terminal.

Freeport (Bahamas) cruise port map (printable)

Port Lucaya passenger terminal as facilities offers sheltered waiting areas (for passenger pick-up / drop-off), retail shops, craft market (including locally made merchandise), redesigned / optimized landscaping. The taxi rate to Freeport City from the terminal is around USD 15. Rates for group vans to Port Lucaya’s Bazaar is USD 5 per person.

The official language in The Bahamas is British English. Be aware to look to your left as the driving is on the road left side due to country's British heritage. The currency is Bahamian dollar, but US dollars are also accepted. ATMs can be found at all banks. Currently, around the cruise terminal, there are only a few bungalows and a gazebo where you can listen live music performances by local bands.

(NEW-2022) Royal Caribbean Lucaya Resort

In March 2019, the joint venture company Holistica Ltd (RCCL-Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd and ITM Group / Mumbai India) signed a letter of intent with The Bahamas government for the purchase of Grand Lucayan Resort (an all-inclusive resort complex) and redevelopment of the cruise port Freeport Harbor. The 2-year, USD 195 million project includes Grand Lucayan Resort's purchase (USD 65 million) plus USD 135 million for development works.

The new (RCCL-exclusive) cruise port is expected to bring an additional 2 million cruisers to Grand Bahama island annually. The project includes the construction of a theme park and a new 5-star hotel. Grand Lucayan Resort suffered significant damages during Hurricane Matthew (October 2016) and was forced to close 2/3 of its property.

Lucaya Freeport cruise terminal (Royal Caribbean)

On June 24, 2019, RCCL and ITM Group established the Miami-headquartered joint venture company "Holistica" that specializes in cruise port development projects worldwide. Holistica's first project was the USD 275 million Grand Lucayan Resort in Freeport Bahamas. Developments by Holistica were also planned for Costa Maya (Mexico), Roatan Island (Honduras) and Kumamoto (Kyushu Island, Japan).

On March 2, 2020, Holistica Destinations officially announced the USD 300 million private cruise resort project "Lucaya Property". The investment includes redeveloping and expanding Freeport Cruise Terminal (to be renamed to "Harbour Village") and building a leisure complex with a large hotel (526 rooms), wellness facilities, shopping village, convention centre (sized 40,000 ft2 / 3720 m2), theme park (with water slides, outdoor playgrounds, zip-lines).

Lucaya Property is approx 9 mi (15 km) west of Harbour Village (Freeport Cruise Terminal). At Harbour Village for tourists will be introduced new shopping and dining venues (bars, restaurants), live entertainment and nightlife programming, beach zones, new shore excursions, new transport infrastructure (serving ferries, buses, passenger vehicles). The Lucaya Property project is planned for completion in 2022-Q4.

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.

Next are listed the most popular Carnival Cruise Lines tours in Freeport, with USD prices per adult:

  • catamaran and snorkeling ($60)
  • kayaking ($60)
  • jeep tour ($60)
  • parasailing ($90)
  • historical tours ($45)
  • scuba diving tour ($130)

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, Bahamas, 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.

DayShipArrivalDeparture
1 March, 2020
Sunday
Carnival Cruise Line Cruises cruise lineCarnival Elation08:0017:00
2 March, 2020
Monday
Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line Cruises cruise lineGrand Celebration07:0017:00
3 March, 2020
Tuesday
Norwegian Cruise Line Cruises cruise lineNorwegian Sky08:0017:00
4 March, 2020
Wednesday
Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line Cruises cruise lineGrand Celebration07:0017:00
4 March, 2020
Wednesday
Carnival Cruise Line Cruises cruise lineCarnival Sunshine08:0017:00
6 March, 2020
Friday
Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line Cruises cruise lineGrand Celebration07:0017:00
6 March, 2020
Friday
Carnival Cruise Line Cruises cruise lineCarnival Pride07:0013:00
6 March, 2020
Friday
Carnival Cruise Line Cruises cruise lineCarnival Ecstasy13:0019:00
7 March, 2020
Saturday
Royal Caribbean Cruises cruise lineExplorer Of The Seas12:0017:00
8 March, 2020
Sunday
Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line Cruises cruise lineGrand Celebration07:0017:00
10 March, 2020
Tuesday
Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line Cruises cruise lineGrand Celebration07:0017:00
11 March, 2020
Wednesday
Carnival Cruise Line Cruises cruise lineCarnival Ecstasy08:0017:00
12 March, 2020
Thursday
Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line Cruises cruise lineGrand Celebration07:0017:00
12 March, 2020
Thursday
Norwegian Cruise Line Cruises cruise lineNorwegian Sky08:0017:00
12 March, 2020
Thursday
Carnival Cruise Line Cruises cruise lineCarnival Liberty08:0017:00
13 March, 2020
Friday
Carnival Cruise Line Cruises cruise lineCarnival Pride07:0013:00
14 March, 2020
Saturday
Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line Cruises cruise lineGrand Celebration07:0017:00
17 March, 2020
Tuesday
Norwegian Cruise Line Cruises cruise lineNorwegian Sky08:0017:00
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