We just got back from an 8 night pre-Christmas cruise aboard the Freedom and I wanted to share my experience because I received a lot of help in preparing for our trip from this forum.
Cabin -- very spacious and excellent daily service.
Food --The food was delicous! We especially loved tasting the exotic flavors of India and other countries on the buffet and in the restaurants -- but there was always something for the well-done meat and potatoes crowd to eat as well. The fresh cut up fruit each day at breakfast was fabulous. We ate dinner in the dining room and tried the Sun King steakhouse as well -- amazing! Do not miss the daily sushi from 5-8 on the fifth level - it was very fresh and the best I've had in awhile. The afternoon tea at 3 on sea days was also a nice treat.
This is held on the second level of the Posh dining room.
Lido -- fun pool scene. Get out there early if you want a lounger by the action.
Ports of Call:
St. Thomas was beautiful. We booked with Godfrey Tours before our trip and it was great tooling around the mountains in an open-air jeep. Our guide stopped at the amazing vistas and gave us some island history. We were dropped off at Megans Bay Beach (our choice) for two hours in the late afternoon and it was crowded beyond belief!
Antigua was also gorgeous! We jumped in a taxi with another couple and the six of us headed over to the other side of the island. Our gracious and lovely taxi driver Wayne (aka "Lava") pointed out all of the key sights and suggested that we spend the afternoon on Grand Pineapple Beach on Long Bay. He wanted to show off his beautiful island and make sure we saw the "real" Antigua. It was a perfect afternoon. Good amenities (clean bathrooms available and food plentiful).
Tortola was also fabulous. A group of 12 hopped on the Aristocat catarmaran right outside of port and did some lovely sailing and snorkeling at two sights. It was the best snorkeling I have experienced since Hawaii. We were fed a nice lunch and lovely rum punch.
Nassau was fun. We walked over to Junkanoo Beach (just follow West Bay Rd and you will run into it) which was a fun beach scene. Three shots and three beers for 9.99 for those who partake.
The staff on the ship were friendly and professional. We loved our nightly waiter I Made from Bali. Many folks were from Indonesia and the Phillipines.
We spent a lot of time in the Piano Bar in the evenings and loved the Thirsty Frog beer served in the Sports Bar. Warning this is not Budweiser -- more like a lemony hopped Belgian type beer. Delish! The hypnotist show was our favorite evening entertainment. The dance and singing numbers were very good and mercifully short averaging less than an hour per venue.
We will definitely be sailing Carnival again!