You definitely have to make a little bit more of an effort make Freeport a fun port to visit when you’re cruising, but when it comes to food, it’s hard to be disappointed. Every time I had a meal in Freeport, my taste buds always left pretty happy. If you’re looking for fun things to do on your visit, be sure to check out my top three suggestions: Taino Beach, Port Lucaya and the Bahamian Brewery. With a little effort, you can definitely make this port a fun one. If you’re not willing to put in the effort, you can still get a good meal right outside of the ship.
When you step off the ship, you’ll be met with lots of little shops with plenty of options for finding souvenirs, trinkets, clothes, etc. There’s also several restaurants to choose from.
7. SENOR FROG’S
If you’re a fan of Mexican food, Señor Frog’s is an option. I’m not really into Tex-Mex, but I wanted to mention it because it’s usually popular with cruisers due to its party atmosphere complete with free shots poured straight into your mouth.
6. FAT TUESDAY
Just like Señor Frog’s, Fat Tuesday is mega touristy, but I still enjoyed stopping in to use the WiFi and enjoy a drink or two. On one particular day, my roommate, Paige, and I were supposed to go on a free sailing excursion. We rode a bus all the way to the dock (about a 30-45 minute drive) only for it to be canceled. We rode the bus back to the port and decided to grab a bite at Fat Tuesday. I had a delicious burger with fries and washed it down with one of their frozen drinks. I’ve never been disappointed with a drink at Fat Tuesday, so no matter what you get, you’re sure to be satisfied.
5. BATEMAN’S BIG EASY SEAFOOD RESTAURANT & BAR
I was embarrassingly pumped when I saw this restaurant because it reminded me of home. It’s a New Orleans-inspired restaurant, so everything was painted purple, green and gold. The service was just okay considering we were literally the only people in the restaurant at the time since it was that awkward time between lunch and dinner. I went with a guy named Michael, and he ordered some kind of chicken dish and I got a burger. I was really happy with my choice, but at the same time, anything tastes better than the burgers they serve us in the staff mess.
This Latin fusion restaurant is in located in Port Lucaya, so if you make the trip there, you should definitely stop by. Though if you’re looking for free WiFi, I wouldn’t recommend it. Both of their WiFi networks were big fails for all of us, but I digress. I ate at Agave with my friends, Dana and Jeremy. I ordered a strawberry margarita on the rocks and had some tacos that were super delish.
3. BURGER BOY
If you’re looking for a quick bite right in port, I highly recommend Burger Boy. It’s a small food stand that’s super popular with crew members. The regular cheeseburger is really good, but if you’re into lobster, the lobster burger awesome as well.
2. SABOR RESTAURANT & BAR
This restaurant was a random find on a rainy day with my friends, Dann and Georgia. It was a gloomy day, and we were going to go to the brewery, but it was a Sunday, and it ended up being closed. We decided to go on a random adventure and ended up in Port Lucaya. We wandered out of the shopping area and stumbled upon Sabor, and we were all so glad we did. We were all very happy with our food choices, and the service was really good. Embarrassingly, I actually left my purse there, and the server chased me down to give it to me. So nice. I wouldn’t have been able to get back on the ship without that.
If you’re a fan of Greek food, I highly recommend going to Zorba’s. I ate here more than anywhere else on my visits to Freeport. I always got a gyro, and I was always happy about it. Plus, if you sit outside, the WiFi is ah-mazing. I only mention WiFi because as crew, we still have to pay for internet on the ship. We get discounts, but we’re on the ship for months at a time, not just for a few days like the guests, so we spread the word with each other as to where to get good, speedy, free WiFi. Zorba’s is located in Port Lucaya right next to a cute little cafe.
The two places I’m going to share for dessert are both ice-cream places, but they’re both worth mentioning because I remember being so happy indulging in the frozen goodness.
I can’t recommend this place enough. I’m a big fan of frozen yogurt at home, so I was extra excited when my friend, Dann, and I stumbled upon this place. Like the ones at home, you get to get as much frozen yogurt and as many varieties of them as you like and then you get to go crazy with the toppings. You’re charged for the frozen deliciousness by the weight. I ate all of mine up, of course. It tasted like home.
MYSTERY ICE-CREAM PLACE
I’m going to embarrass myself because I don’t actually remember the name of this ice-cream place, but if you go to Zorba’s, it’s literally right next to it. They had a sign that said something of the nature of having the best ice-cream in the Bahamas. We were sold. It’s basically just Bluebell, but it’s better than the ice-cream on the ship. I got rocky road and ate that sucker up.
I’m telling you, I had so many good meals while visiting the Bahamas over the seven months I worked on the Carnival Elation. If you’re a first time visitor, my suggestion is to have a good lunch at Zorba’s and get some dessert at Island Yogurt. You won’t be disappointed.
What’s your favorite dessert?