Port reviews and tips for 7 Night Eastern Caribbean (New Orleans Roundtrip) on 2017-11-19.

New Orleans, Louisiana Departs at 4:00pm - Nov 19, 2017

"Loved New Orleans! First timers! Stayed in Homewood Suites downtown and took the trolleys everywhere. Awesome time!!!" - dkoeppel
"Arrived 3 days ahead and explored the city. WWII Museum was great and of course just walking the River Walk and around the French Quarter is a must!" - carnivalnewbie
"Get there a day or two early and explore the city. You need to go to the French Market. We had a blast there. " - Jeremy1977

Key West, Florida Arrives at 8:00am - Nov 21, 2017, Departs at 4:00pm - Nov 21, 2017

"Despite the hurricane, Key West was ready to accept the ship. Job well done!" - suzette9770
"It looks like places are opening up in Key West! I've looked up a couple of places that are open. Things are improving there. Still praying for all the islands hit by the hurricanes. I'm in the Houston area and I saw more houses and businesses nearly destroyed by Harvey. Very sad." - aharbison66
"You got to eat at the Famous Sloppy Joe's! Rent a golf cart and tour the island on your own...very unique" - ispyutwo

Freeport, Grand Bahama Island Arrives at 8:00am - Nov 22, 2017, Departs at 5:00pm - Nov 22, 2017

"Freeport has a beautiful little diamond hidden on this tiny island! When you get off the ship, hop a taxi and take a cruise across the island to Port Lucaya! There is lots of shopping to be done and the beaches are beautiful! It isn't a well know destination so it's secluded and not too heavily populated by tourists. I found it a few years ago when my whole family took a cruise. My brother and I sat down in a taxi and the driver, Bear, said "where would you like to go?" I replied with, "take me to your favorite spot on the island!" And he took us straight to Port Lucaya. He told us where to find a taxi when returning to port and we were set! A full day of fun without the hoards of people that we faced at other destinations! It was a blast!! I hope this helps but let keep this our little secret! 😉 " - KarlsenKruisers
"People say there's nothing here, but I found the little colorful shop huts right at the port to be delightful, and we enjoyed looking around and buying things. It was a charming little area, with lots of shopping for souvenirs. No one was pestering us for taxis or excursions there too!" - cathyrose
"Love the Grande Lucayan Resort for the day! Relaxing!" - karenricha

Nassau, Bahamas Arrives at 7:00am - Nov 23, 2017, Departs at 5:00pm - Nov 23, 2017

"My family and I had a blast. I will not come on here or any other site and bash such a beautiful island. I had fun, my husband had fun, and our daughters had fun.. We walked to the free beach (junkanoo) and soaked in the sun all day and walked back, bought some items and took alot of pictures. Being w my family and the sun alone was all we needed to have a great time. It was raining and cold back home (north of Chicago) Yes, we were asked to buy items and asked if we wanted to go on excursions, but it didn't bother me. I mean the people there make their money off of us, so of course they will ask and ask and ask. I mean we are there to see the island and to spend money. Anyone coming to this island, enjoy yourselves. Take alot of pictures, try the food, walk in the water and just enjoy it. There are so many people who have never even left their home state, and here we are on a island with beautiful people. Stay positive and enjoy it, bc before you know it, you'll be back at home, at work, and wishing you were back. 😉" - Hellokitty13
"I have been to this port numerous times and have done Atlantis twice, once with a beach day. I was never a huge fan of coming to this port so when our last vacation has Nassau on the itinerary, we decided to book an actual excursion through the ship. After looking at reviews online, we decided to try out the Blue Lagoon Beach Day. They also had options for more expensive experiences such as dolphin, stingray or sealion interactions. We opted for the beach day and I am so glad we did. When you first arrive on their boat, you dock directly beside the dolphins and the staff took it upon themselves to do some tricks with the dolphins. My 4 year old especially loved it. There were opportunities to pay additional costs for other experiences and we decided to pay 20$ for a dolphin kiss for my 4 year old and a sealion kiss for myself. After this, my sister-in-law and I were approached by staff to participate in a training session with the dolphins FOR FREE! We got into the water with 5 new dolphins who they have been working with for future dolphin interaction excursions. It was not a traditional dolphin swim, but a learning session for the dolphins themselves to get use to guests, such as ourselves. Amazing experience! Amazing facility! Amazing beach! Highly recommended. " - kayate11
"This was our fourth time visiting Nassau and we enjoyed it just as much this time as we did the first time. I know some people say the island is dirty and the people are pushy and rude. I'm sorry but if you can't find beauty in Nassau you aren't looking hard enough (pictures to follow review). I actually thought the people were a lot less pushy this time as well. Every time we were approached to take a tour or buy something and we said no thank you, they told us to have a great day in Nassau, no one was rude. We booked a day pass at the British Colonial Hilton and it was great! The hotel was beautiful, the beach was amazing and the food and drinks were very tasty. We were lucky enough to be in port from 8 AM to 5 PM so we stayed at the hotel until around 2 PM and then headed off to do a little shopping. We also walked up to the Queens Staircase and Fort Fincastle. It was a heck of a hike on a hot summer day, but the beautiful view from the top was definitely worth the climb. We have visited many different places and took different excursion while in Nassau and everything we did this time was a first for us. Looking forward to the next time because there is always something new to do is Nassau!" - MrsPope14