Our Beach Getaway Excursion – Freeport, Bahamas #cruisingcarnival #sunshineportcanaveral

by Carrie with Children with 9 comments

On our recent journey with Carnival Cruise Lines on the Carnival Sunshine, we stopped in Freeport, The Bahamas for an afternoon of fun at one of their newest shore excursions – at the beach.

The Beach Getaway excursion offers cruisers some time away from the ship to relax on the beachfront. Roundtrip transportation is provided as part of the excursion – it’s about a 30-minute ride to the exclusive beach and we found it to be a day filled with fun.

Carnival Cruise Freeport Bahamas Beach Excursion


As we arrived, we were welcomed by the property’s friendly staff and introduced to each of the amenities we could enjoy during our visit. Molly instantly made friends with the staff and before we knew it, all the kids had plenty of sand toys and were digging near the playground.

The beach had plenty of comfy chairs for lounging, there was a huge trampoline in the water and I saw a ton of families playing throughout the day – kids and parents! Surfboards are available to rent and just down the beach separate from the official excursion area – there were jet skis available for rent and even parasailing. If you didn’t want to leave your oceanfront seat, servers were available to take drink orders too – great service!

Carnival Cruise Beach Excursion Sand Castles

Things to Know

Bring Cash – There is a local market on-site with vendors – the girls picked out straw purses and even had their names stitched into each of them, they were a great souvenir. The beachfront restaurant features food and drinks available for purchase, I highly recommend the fish tacos. 

Bring Your Own Towel – Carnival Cruise Lines provides each guest with a towel in their room. Be sure to bring it with you for this excursion, towels are not available at the beach.

Sunscreen – The property is well-shaded, but it’s the beach – be sure to bring your sunscreen. There’s nothing worse than getting burned while you’re at the beach.

Set of Dry Clothes – If you’d prefer not to travel back to the ship in wet clothes, there are showers and changing areas available. We brought dry clothes to change into and it made our trip back to the ship much more comfortable.

Carnival Cruise Lines Freeport Beach Excursion Collage

The excursion is close to five hours (that’s including the travel time from the ship) – giving families plenty of time for playing the beach, time to eat, shop at one of the many vendors on site and maybe squeeze in a little nap in a beach chair.

This was a great adventure for our family. It was my girls’ first experience outside of the United States – and such a fun way to experience all that The Bahamas has to offer.

Freeport Bahamas Carnival Cruise Beach Excursion

Have you gone on a Shore Excursion? 


** My family and I were invited guests of Carnival Cruise Lines. Thoughts and opinions here are 100% my own. ** 


  • Lauren

    I have not been on a cruise or shore excursion, but it sounds amazing. Thanks for those tips, I woul have never remembered to bring towels!

  • Becca

    This looks like so much fun! We haven’t ever done something like this, but are looking into a family cruise and this helps!

  • Carrie This Home

    That trip looks like so much fun! Plus it’s good to know what to expect–thanks for the tips Carrie!

  • Melissa

    How fun! It looks like there is so much to do for the whole family. We did the beach in Cozumel but I’d love to bring my kids to a Caribbean beach.

  • Hanan

    Can I just say, how jealous I am that you guys got to visit this beautiful area! I’m trying to convince my husband to allow us to go on a cruise for our 10-year anniversary. The Bahamas looks gorgeous!!

  • Amy @ Marvelous Mommy

    So beautiful! I went on my first cruise to the Bahamas in 2012! I ready to go on another one!

  • cori

    Okay that playground at the beach looks fabulous!! I’ve never been to the Bahamas, but its definitely on my bucket list!

  • Sara @ Mom Endeavors

    How fun! Doing a cruise is on our family travel bucket list! My boys would definitely love beach excursions!

  • Nicole

    Hi Can I ask you the name of the beach you visited with the trampoline? Thank you!