All cruise ships arriving in Freeport Bahamas will be docking at the Lucayan Harbour, located on the West side of Grand Bahama Island (Freeport). The Lucayan Harbour is NOT located near any hotels or close to any activity departure points. All guests arriving on a cruise ship will most likely be headed to Port Lucaya, the center of tourist activity in Freeport Bahamas
Lucayan Harbour Cruise Facility, situated on the waterways of Freeport Harbour, has undergone a $10.9 million redevelopment program in order to upgrade the cruise passenger terminal. Facilities include sheltered staging areas for the pick-up/drop-off of passengers, a retail complex and a craft market featuring local straw work and other indigenous craft, extensive landscaping and a more efficient ground transportation layout, and new tropical landscaping.
You will need to take a 10 minute taxi cab ride to get to the Port Lucaya area. Taxis are metered, but often charge a flat fee. Be prepared to pay around US$15 for a cab into town. if you ride in a collective van with other visitors the fare is a quite reasonable $5 or so per person each way. Most will drop you off at the Iinernational Bazar.
Printable map to take along on your cruise.
Cruise calendar for this port.
Grand Bahama Island, just one of the 700 islands that comprise the Bahamas, is home to Freeport. This northernmost island in the chain, is approximately 60 miles southeast of the coast of Florida. Freeport is almost completely Americanized, and other than the mega-casinos, there is little to distinguish it from its neighbor, Florida. You will find stretches of white powdery sand, mega-resorts lining the coastline, and expensive yachts bobbing in the harbor.
Taxis are abundant, it's always a good idea to establish the fare in advance.
It pays to compare your cruise line shore excursions here.
Port Lucaya. Water sports are available on this beautiful, 4 mile stretch of powdery, white, soft sand to the delight of sun worshippers and swimmers alike. Eco-tourism has also become an important aspect of the Grand Bahama experience. The Lucayan National Park is famous for its underwater limestone caves and the Rand Memorial Nature Center has over 100 acres of winding trails from which to explore the natural flora and fauna of this area.
Duty-free is the most popular form of shopping in the Bahamas.
There are two main areas for shopping in Freeport. The 10 acre International Bazaar and adjacent straw market are located in downtown Freeport. The Bazaar, with over 100 shops, is divided into themed sections representing different parts of the world, where you can purchase everything from African handicrafts to Swiss watches.
The Bahamas are also known for their Androsian batik fabrics made by a small operation in Andros Town on a remote Out Island. Although the factory is fascinating to visit, batik items are available at many outlets in Nassau, Freeport and major Out Islands like Abaco and Eleuthera.
The local currency is the Bahamian dollar (B$) The Bahamian dollar is on a par with the US dollar, and both currencies are accepted throughout the country.
While Bahamian stores are permitted to open on Sunday, almost none does, making Sunday a very quiet day, at least for commerce. Otherwise, shopping is best in the morning when the crowds are few and the temperature mild.
Holidays that fall on Saturday or Sunday are generally observed on the preceding Friday or the following Monday.
January 1 New Year's Day
March/April Good Friday, Easter Monday
First Friday in June Labour Day
July 10 Independence Day
First Monday in August Emancipation Day
October 12 Discovery Day
December 25 Christmas Day
December 26 Boxing Day