One particular of the best rated destinations to commit a day though your cruise is I. Freeport, Grand Bahama Island is the Grand Lucayan resort. What is it like spending your working day there, and is it worth it?
Royal Caribbean is in negotiations to acquire this vacation resort as the centerpiece for a substantial new undertaking, but in the meantime the vacation resort is in a condition of limbo as most of it stays shutdown.
Nevertheless, the Grand Lucayan is a compelling preference for a shore excursion for families on the lookout to invest the day by the seaside or pool.
The Grand Lucayan vacation resort has a prolonged background as the leading lodge on Grand Bahama Island, but lapses in possession combined with hurricane harm have still left the resort in a considerably less than best situation. The resort is owned by the Bahamian governing administration at the instant, while Royal Caribbean has intentions to obtain the resort and transform it into a new entire world-class place with a a single-of-a-sort lodge, conference middle, water experience park and much more.
In the meantime, the Grand Lucayan is split amongst two resorts: The Grand Lucayan and Lighthouse Pointe at Grand Lucayan. Now, only Lighthouse Pointe is open up.
Cruise ship passengers can obtain an all-inclusive day pass to the vacation resort by calling the vacation resort immediately. At the time we visited, the day pass fee is $75 per adult, and $65 for little ones.
The all inclusive solution contains meals and drinks at all the restaurants at Lighthouse Pointe, home wines by the glass, local beers, and bottled beers and some high quality liquors.
Perrier Water, Vitamin drinking water, Gatorade, Wine by the bottle, and top rated shelf models are not incorporated.
You also have to spend for a taxi to get to or from the vacation resort, which costs about $35 each way.
Like most accommodations that give a working day pass, you examine-in at the front desk and are given wristbands for use throughout the day.
The two large items that the Grand Lucayan delivers is a big infinity pool and sprawling seashore.
There is also a lap pool and very hot tub you can use. Young ones are not authorized in the incredibly hot tub.
The beach was manicured and groomed, with little particles around. Whilst it was overcast on the day we frequented, the ocean was wonderful and the sand at the seashore was powdery comfortable.
There are a lot of chairs and umbrellas in the vicinity of the pool, and a several chairs beneath palapas at the seaside. On the working day we frequented, there was no waiter service, but there is a nearby bar that opened at 11am to get beverages and foods.
The pool bar has a menu of burgers, wings, fish and salads to select from. I was pleasantly amazed at the excellent of the meals.
All the food stuff and drinks we requested were being incorporated with the all inclusive solution, so it was just a make a difference of signing off for what we ordered for the pool bar’s record maintaining.
Becoming a day visitor, the vacation resort sent particularly what it marketed: a enjoyable working day by the pool or seaside with foods and drinks to delight in.
Plainly the vacation resort is in will need of maintenance, and in the scenario of the other side of the resort, a major gutting and rework. It appears like if Royal Caribbean completes the deal to invest in the resort, that will be in the system.
On our go to, it was quite weird that there were hardly any other visitors about at all. For the 1st hour or two, we did not see any person else at the seashore or pool.
By the time we departed the resort, we noticed probably 10 other visitors in whole. That is not a lousy point, as we acquired to delight in the amenities without the need of any crowds, chair hogs, or substantial teams. But if you are on the lookout for a lively get together environment, it was not there.
Like any all inclusive possibility, the query comes up of having your money’s truly worth. I savored the services, but I am really specified we did not split even on the food stuff or consume included.
All round, I was joyful with our time hanging by the pool, and going for walks by the ocean. Our ship’s time in port (7:00am to 3:30pm) made for a limited stop by, but it was a wonderful working day.