Freeport Cruise

Garden of the Groves
Port Lucaya Marketplace
Kayak at Lucayan National Park

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Freeport

A shopper’s paradise

Travel on an MSC Caribbean and Antilles cruise to Freeport, the second-largest city in the Bahamas after Nassau, and surround yourself with white-sand beaches and turquoise waters. Once the capital of Grand Bahama until it was moved to West End in the 1950s, Freeport today has become a tourist centre par excellence with parks, nature reserves, water sports and its free-trade zone. 
Freeport’s main commercial district is centred on The Mall, located between Ranfurly Circus and Churchill Square.
The cheerful Lucaya district by the port showcases beautiful beachfront hotels, fashionable clubs and pubs, carefully tended lawns and shrubbery, and tidy, candy-coloured shops and houses. 
 
Book an MSC excursion and tour the winding trails of Garden of the Groves, an inner-city botanical highlight dominated by a large fig tree. Take a guided walking tour or explore on your own and admire the lush vegetation, birds, cascading waterfalls, fountains and a picturesque chapel. Children will find space to play on the Fern Grove Trail, with leafy shade in between limestone boulders to either side.
Or discover an “almost” secret paradise and keep an eye out for wildlife on a guided kayak tour through a 40-acre spread of mangroves, palm and pine trees at Lucayan National Park. The park, established in 1982, is home to caves that are part of the world’s most extended underwater limestone cave systems, with one cave entrance accessible by stairs. 
 
If you’re keen on shopping, Freeport is duty free and the perfect place for retail therapy. Don’t miss out on Freeport’s spectacular outdoor market at Port Lucaya Marketplace for its scores of boutiques, restaurants, cafés, Bahamian craft artisans and straw vendors. There’s something here for everyone.  

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    Grand Bahama

    Crystal clear waters and red coral
    Crystal clear waters and red coral

    Fifty-five miles east of Miami, Grand Bahama was developed in the 1950s. It sprang up largely as a big playground for North Americans, effectively built from the ground up on a hundred-mile-long flat slab of bleached limestone bristling with towering, thin pine trees and edged by a ribbon of silky white sand and shifting multihued bands of indigo and jade waters.


    For those aboard a cruise to Grand Bahama, the majority of life can be found three miles inland in the town of Freeport and her seaside sister suburb of Lucaya. Nearly all of the 47,000 inhabitants reside in these two towns, where they are joined each year by almost half a million visitors. Every year Grand Bahama receives a flow of guests ready to enjoy the island’s new luxury resorts. With golf courses, a casino, shops and restaurants, Grand Bahama has much to attract those looking for an active outdoor adventure, as well as offering a relaxed beach experience with the mile-long Lucayan strand and the less built-up Taino, Churchill, and Fortune beaches. 

    To the east of Freeport/Lucaya are the unspoiled and unembellished expanses of Barbary, High Rock and Gold Rock beaches, as well as the Lucayan National Park, which includes mangrove creeks that can be explored by kayak.