Embarkation: Smooth, fast, no complaints. (they were checking all of the cases of pop/soda and water for alcohol).
Embarkation day: We arrived on the boat at 1145, went to the lido deck and had lunch (typical buffet fare). Were able to get into our room at 1pm most luggage arrived by mid afternoon. One suitcase was not delivered until 8pm. (First time delivered so late). Hung out on the serenity deck (which was nice) but was very windy that day.
Day 1: (Sea Day) Breakfast in the dining room. Cappuccino is no longer free (AHHHHHH), but very good none the less, and in a bigger cup! Breakfast was always very good. Service was a little slow most mornings. Kids hung out in room, arcade, we chilled on deck above lido. Loads to choose from for lunch. Deli, Pizza, Fish station, Mongolian wok, Grill, and reg buffet (Which changes every day). Always a "Carvery" on the buffet (Beef, Turkey, Lamb, Pork). Sweet things, good assortment of desserts! and of course frozen ice cream More
and yogurt machine! Dinner in dining room was fine, better service at dinner (We were any time). All food was served hot (Not like the Dream last year). All staff exceptionally friendly. Went to a show I think...can't remember, then to bed early.
Day 2: (Sea Day) pretty much a repeat of day one. Saw a comedian I believe. Comedians were very good on this ship. Formal night was first or second sea day...dress in dining room for casual days was anything from jeans and hats, to casual dresses, some sparkly tops and such. Formal, most people wore shirt and tie, some with jackets or suits, dresses ranged from very fancy to cocktail type to more fun and flirty type.
Day 3: (St. Thomas) We chose to go to Meagans bay. We had been to this island before and had not done this beach. We took a open to air trolley thing. Think it was $8 per person one way. This island is very hilly. Meagans was so nice when we arrived early that morning, around 930am. Beautiful large beach, with only one place that sells food and drink. Waves were high, but fun to wave jump. By noon the place was ridiculously crowded. We were not able to get anything to eat because of lines. My husband was able to get a few beers, and we did manage to get drinks. Good people watching, but wayyyyyy to crowded. Too bad, because it really is a pretty beach.Day 4: (Antigua) We chose a taxi tour. Not the best of ideas, too expensive for what you get. We did not want to do Nelsons Dock yard. We did see fig tree drive rain forest (Not much of a rain forest), and Hells bridge. Hells bridge was very cool. Then we went to great bay beach. A resort property takes up a large proportion of the beach, and they will give you the "Hairy Eyeball" if you try and sit anywhere near the resort. Beach is public. Again, getting food was not easy, and a tremendous wait. Was told snorkeling was good here. My husband was able to snorkel out and see a few fish, I attempted, but got cut by the coral. Own fault, did not bring fins. Over all, not to impressed with Antigua.
Day 5: (Tortola) Our favorite port!!! Would go back in a heart beat. We actually took the ferry over to Vigin Gorda, and did the baths. Absolutely beautiful, and all of the islands fairly close together, with tons of marinas and sail boats every where. Recommend the Baths (Just walk to the ferry pay $38 per person for ferry cab to and from the baths. I can't say enough about the British Virgin Islands.
Day 6: (Sea Day) we hung out in the solarium . Our kids chilled with us as well (15 and 17). We played cards, it was an overcast day so solarium was perfect. They opened up the solarium later in the day, as the sun came out. There was a show, or comedian...can't remember. My husband and Daughter saw the Beatles show, and said it was excellent!Day 7: (Bahamas) So sick of this port. Soooooooo crowded. We stayed on the boat most of the day. Watched a Tina Turner Concert on the big screen and just hung by the pool. Was lovely, very little people left on the boat. Did a wee bit of shopping that was it.
Disembarkation: Was quick and smooth. We spent the day at the travel lodge (Day Stay Rate $49.99). Had a pool, a restaurant, and a room where kids could sleep/chill. Our flight out was at 10pm.
Overall, It was a great cruise. Our room Steward(yoyo) was almost invisible, but was meticulous. Staff were very friendly, and the boat did not feel crowded at all. It wasn't full of obnoxious people getting drunk and swearing. It was a nice family vacation. Would recommend this cruise to friends. Less
Carnival Freedom Cruises to the Southern Caribbean
Cabin 6226 (Balcony) Was a port side cabin, with a spacious Balcony. We were pretty far forward. Very quiet. Occasionally could hear entertainment coming from the main lobby. Loads of storage space, drawers under the pull out couch.