Adventure of the Seas Live Blog – Day 7 – Freeport

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The last day of our cruise brings us to a new cruise port, Freeport.

Freeport is on Grand Bahama Island, and this is the first time I can explore this port of call.

There isn’t a lot of choice for what to do, so I booked a visit to the Grand Lucayan Resort.

The Grand Lucayan is a famous resort on the island that Royal Caribbean will likely purchase to transform as part of a new redevelopment project. Thought it would be nice to see what there is to do now and what it looks like.

Our port hours were 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. which allowed us to spend limited hours ashore as nothing in any Caribbean port opens before 9:00 a.m.

We walked through the port area, which had shops and bars. These were all closed, although some opened later in the day.

We took a taxi from the hotel (about $ 35 one way) to the hotel. Our taxi driver said we were his first fare in a year and a half.

Once we got to the hotel, we went to reception.

There are two resorts: Le Grand Lucayan and Lighthouse Pointe. The Grand Lucayan is closed, but Lighthouse Pointe is open.

We arrived around 9am and I actually booked a hotel room at an all inclusive rate. At the time of booking the hotel did not take a day pass, but they do now.

The daily rate is $ 75 per adult and $ 65 for children.

With the all-inclusive option, you get food and drink at all of Lighthouse Pointe’s restaurants, house wines by the glass, local beers, bottled beers, and premium liquors.

Perrier water, vitamin water, Gatorade, wine by the bottle and premium brands are not included.

We immediately headed to the pool and the beach.

An infinity pool and lap pool are available, as well as a hot tub. Both looked great, and there are chairs and umbrellas you can sit on.

The beach was really beautiful and the sand was powdery. If the sky hadn’t been mostly overcast, it would have been really pretty.

There was no waiter service, but the nearby beach bar was a short walk from the pool and the beach. They opened at 11am and served drinks and lunch.

You could tell the resort is in need of some modernization, but for a one-day guest it was fine.

What struck me the most was the fact that there were hardly any other guests. For the first hour or two, we didn’t see anyone else at the beach or at the pool.

By the time we left we saw maybe 10 other customers in total. It was strange.

We had lunch at the pool bar and there was a good choice of food. Burgers, wings, fish and more. Fairly good quality and freshly cooked.

We had a great time enjoying the infinity pool to ourselves. Being an all inclusive, I’m sure we didn’t get what we paid for in terms of food and drink, but it was interesting to see this hotel in person.

Would I go there again? I am discussing it at the moment for our next navigation. It seems that many other cruisers did not enjoy their visits, so we can stay aboard the ship next time.

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