Carnival Sensation Review- Day 2Thursday, August 13, 2015
Carnival Sensation Review Day 2- Freeport
If you're just joining my review, head on over to the beginning here to read all about Day 1.
I woke up this morning excited to start my birthday and look out the window to see if we were docked in Freeport yet. We were just pulling in. Once you dock, this is your view of the actual port area:
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You can see Senor Frog's in the port area and there are people that have tables set up to try and sell you things as you wait on taxis and shuttles. There isn't really anything within walking distance to do besides that. We got dressed and ready and went to leave the room to go to the lido buffet to grab a quick breakfast. When we walked out of the room, our room steward Alloy, handed me this:
and wished me a happy birthday! Let the Birthday Celebrations begin! Breakfast on the Lido wasn't really anything to write home about and we were off the boat a little after 9am. We had plans to do the Day Pass at the Grand Lucayan. It looked absolutely gorgeous when I researched it: infinity pools, swim up bars, amazing beach, lounge chairs, non motorized water sports etc all for just $15 per person. Heck yeah! I couldn't wait to go relax there. We grabbed a "taxi" (van) for $10 per person round trip, which we though was a good deal, and made about a 20 minute trek to Lucaya. Our driver mentioned gas was about $5 per gallon there. He also informed us that it was a holiday in Freeport today. It was their Emancipation Day. He let us know that everyone would be at the beach today and a couple of the shops might be closed down. We didn't notice much closed down. He also talked about their Bahamian flag: He said that the color black stood for their people, Yellow for their sunshine and sand, and Blue for their waters.
They drive on the left side of the road here, and people were flying past us. He let us off at the Lucaya Marketplace and let us know that this is where they would pick us up for our return trip. We just got a ticket from the gentleman standing there and they would run the taxis every hour on the hour to pick us up.
The Grand Lucaya was easy enough to find. Just a quick walk across the street to this beautiful place.
I wish I had more pictures of it and could tell you that we spent the day here and had a wonderful time. Unfortunately, that is the only picture you will get because:
We went up to the people who were selling the passes. "2 day passes please". "Sorry, we aren't doing day passes anymore until further notice". The sign right underneath them by the way, hasn't been changed still says that they are. Well, that sucks. I really wanted to check that place out. Oh well. He said we could get to a public beach access place if we walk down the street past the police station, and take a left. We didn't have any other plans for Freeport and we still wanted to see the beach. We started the walk along with another couple that had been turned away as well.
Here's the police station:
I thought their police station looked really beautiful and loved the Bahamian colors.
Past the police station we made a left, down this side street:
It looked a little sketchy, but at the end, we were rewarded with this view:
We spent a great day here. There were a bunch of lounge chairs set up that everyone was sitting in that didn't look like it was in front of a hotel or anything, so we put our stuff down on two of them and got in the water....which got deep really fast. The waves were strong today and pushing everyone down, but it was a lot of fun. It wasn't the best area for kids because the water got deep really fast, but there seemed to be a lot of little areas that were kind of enclosed by big rocks (that you can see below) that were great for kids. It was calm and shallow, and we saw a bunch of little kids playing in those areas throughout the day.
After our dip in the water, we wanted to lay out for a bit and went back to our lounge chairs. After a couple minutes and guy came by and told everyone to get up, that it was for hotel guests only. Literally everyone got up and he picked up each and every lounge chair and took them away. No big deal, we just put our towels in the sand and laid out. I enjoyed some quiet time relaxing on the beach. Even though we live at a beach at home, my time is usually spent chasing around my 5 year old, making sand castles, and playing in the water. I took full advantage and brought a book with me. Anyone ever watch The Bachelor or Bachelorette series? I bought an easy, trashy read for the cruise:
"I didn't come here to make friends" by Courtney Robertson from Ben's season on the show. It's an easy, fun read with a lot of inside info into the bachelor franchise and what really goes on behind the scene. If you watch the show, you'll love the book.
After a bit, we decided to search for some lunch and drinks. We remembered seeing a place right where we walked in from the public entrance right on the beach and started heading over there.
Billy Joe's restaurant. This place was really good.
We got their special seafood platter which had cracked (fried) conch, grouper, lobster, and shrimp> It also came with french fries. It was $25. We just got one order and split it.
We also ordered a Miami Vice for me (which was really good) and a Rum punch for Chris. I think they were each about $9.
It's all open and the outside counters are your table with benches to sit facing the ocean. They also have more picnic type tables further in:
The guy above was cutting open coconuts with a machete looking device. He was so good at it he barely even looked down at the coconut! Some people were sticking straws in them and drinking the fresh coconut water.
We swam in the water some more and laid out a little more before heading back to the taxi area. We got there about 1:20 wanting to leave plenty of time to get back to the ship. Sailaway was at 5:00 so we had to be back on ship by 4:30. We figured we'd have to wait around for the 2pm taxi to bring us back but when we got there, there was already a big group of people waiting. Apparently, the 1pm hadn't made it there yet. So we joined the group and waited for a while. Leave yourselves plenty of time to get back from Lucaya to the ship. Eventually someone drove up, but then said he had to get gas and would be right back. After some more waiting, we were able to get on one of the taxis. This one didn't look like it would make it though. It was old and making weird noises. The driver was getting as many people in as he could, making the "smaller people" all sit together in the back seat and going from there. There were a few scares but the van made it back to port! Both drivers that we had were very nice and were engaging with the passengers.
Once we got back to the ship, we hung out on deck for a while and then Chris wanted to play in the bean bag tournament (cornhole).
...and he ended up winning it!
Ok, no he didn't, but it looks like he did, lol.
After that we went back to the room to get showered and ready for dinner. It was formal night tonight.
We got to dinner and noticed that our lead server, Jiri, wasn't there. We asked about him and he had called out because he hurt his back. But that poor serving team was going down. I imagine some of it had to do with missing their lead server..and on formal night. Dinner took a really long time, and there were people sitting their for 20 mins with just bread....no water or anything. I felt bad for them. You could tell the service team was really busy. They were always doing something, they must have had to sing for 15 (other) birthdays, but they somehow kept a smile on their face. One of the gentleman I (I can't remember how to spell his last name), came to the table and said that he was so confused with so many people and tables going on, but he kept smiling through it and they all got it done. I told them they didn't have to sing for my birthday, they were so busy. But he wasn't having any of that.
For our starters, I had the strawberry bisque which was very good:
And Chris had the stuffed mushrooms...which were delicious!
I had the lobster with shrimp for my entree and Chris had the prime rib. We both enjoyed it and thought they were really good. Chris ordered his medium rare and it actually did come out that way. For dessert we each got the melting cake again with 2 ice creams. When we were about finished with that, our service team, who also included a wonderful lady named Supanee brought out another dessert and everyone sang happy birthday to me. The dessert they brought out was the banana cake. I don't like bananas, and had already eaten the melting cake dessert, but it was a nice gesture, especially with them being so busy.
I don't know what the deal is with the black banana on top, I'm thinking it's some sort of flambe thing or syrup or something? Anyone know? Chris took a bite of the cake because we felt bad leaving it, but he said it was awful.
After dinner we went and had some of the formal pictures taken and the different set ups through the ship. These are the two that we purchased, they happen to be the same background:
After we were done playing models, we went to see the same comedian we liked from the previous night do his other show "Man Cave". It was funny, he again had the audience laughing the whole time. For me personally, I enjoyed his 1st show better. But judging from the laughs from the crowd, everyone liked this one a lot too.
When that was finished we hung out in the casino again. Gave some money away. Chris played some roulette and a quick game of craps that didn't work out very well. I played some slots and spent the $20 I allotted myself for that night in the machines. However, right at the end of the night we decided to play one last slot machine and put another $20 on. We were down to our last $1 or so when we got the bonus:
Heck yeah, I'll take it. $93! It put back some of the money that we gave away on the tables. What game was it you ask? Well, ummm, I wish I could say it was a super cool game with a super cool name, but it was.....
That's right.... Kitty Glitter. haha, What a funny name for a game. But anyways, the bonus, if you can get it, is really great on this game.
Let's have another round of drinks!
After that, it was about 1:30 in the morning and we went back to the room and ordered room service. We each got a Reuben and I ordered a chocolate cake. The Reuben wasn't all that fantastic but, the chocolate cake....let me tell you....was pretty darn delicious. That thing disappeared. The hubby may have gotten a bite.
Time for bed, here's a bunny for ya!
Ok, that's it for day 2. Hate to leave ya'll hanging but,