#201: Go to the Bahamas

Half Moon Cay

Half Moon Cay

LOCATION: Half Moon Cay & Freeport, Bahamas

This is part of my Carnival Cruise Trip series.

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For our cruise, we had two port calls, one in Half Moon Cay and one in Freeport. Our first port was Half Moon Cay which is a privately owned island just for Carnival Cruises. When we arrived, the weather was overcast and somewhat stormy. We were pretty bummed. We had arranged for a kayak trip and then a snorkel trip. Our snorkel trip was canceled due to the weather and strong currents, we were only left with the kayak option. After a brief rain, the sky opened back up to a pretty blue and was gorgeous. Our kayak trip was nice and calm. We went about for about an hour and had some of the clearest water possible. Even though the skies improved, our snorkel trip was still unable to go. Instead, we decided to tour the beach area. While in Mexico, we had some pretty clear and blue water. However, the water here completely surpassed the blueness and clearness by a landslide. It was unbelievable the colors the water was here. While strolling the beach, we came across a pirate bar that was in the shape of an actual pirate ship. They seriously need to make more bars like this in beach communities because it was the coolest thing I’ve ever seen (bar wise). We decided to get rum drinks in coconuts carved like monkeys. Definitely a great souvenir. We basically soaked up the sun and played in the water for the rest of the afternoon in Half Moon Cay and later had to make our way back to the ship.

The next day, we had a port call in Freeport. The area was livelier than Half Moon Cay. There was plenty of shopping to do and restaurants to explore. I wish we had an overnight trip here because they seemed to have had a great night life as well. We decided to do a snorkel excursion in Freeport since the weather worked out. You can read about that experience HERE.

During the snorkel excursion, Troy and Captain K-Ron (our snorkel captain) got really drunk from the rum punch on board. Captain K-Ron took us to a local liquor store since we wanted to buy Bahamas Rum.

Troy buying our rum in Freeport

Troy buying our rum in Freeport

We ended up buying four liters of rum. We bought Ricardo rum in mango, coconut and pineapple flavors and one that was a 151 rum. After our purchases, we made our way back to the boat. We knew that we would need to turn our liquor over to the boat upon arrival since they didn’t allow it onboard the ship. We got to the security line and the crewman said to take the liquor to the check in guy in the corner. We agreed and proceeded through the security check points. Once we got out, we looked for the liquor check guy and he was nowhere to be found. After standing for a few moments, Troy decided to walk around the corner. After walking for a moment, we found our way to our boat room. We actually managed to walk to our room, passing Carnival employees and nobody said a thing. We smuggled four liters of rum to our room by total accident. We stood there looking at the rum for a moment, unsure of what to do. Just in case, we decided to hide them in our luggage so the crew wouldn’t notice. We also didn’t have to buy any more drinks the rest of our tour. Thank you Bahamas!

Staring at the rum we smuggled on. What to do...

Staring at the rum we smuggled on. What to do…

Our smuggled rum!

Our smuggled rum!

* Thank you Troy for accompanying me on this adventure, being the biggest supporter in what I do and always being there to take the pictures for me.

WOULD I DO IT AGAIN?: Yes.

HOW TO DO THIS: This was part of the Carnival Cruise excursions.

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