Carnival Freedom Cruise Review by kristen30: Excellent cruise...service not what I remember
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Excellent cruise...service not what I remember
Destination: Eastern Caribbean
Embarkation: Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
Arrived in Fort Lauderdale day before, stayed at the Hilton Marina. Nice place for a one night stay, very comfy beds!! Walgreens within walking distance. Took a cab to port, had to wait about 15 mins due to 6 ships disembarking and those going to embark.
Had faster to the fun purchased, got to terminal at 1030am, on ship and in room by 11:15. Definitely recommend fttf, well worth the 49.95! Room was ready and we were able to drop off carry ons and unpack once luggage arrived.
Everything was very standard and typical like the previous 5 Carnival cruises I've been on. What stood out most was the poor service on the lido deck by the bar staff and then at night in the comedy club...which happened to be same crew. It just wasnt the same as previous cruises. Usually there is always someone pushing the bar service, not this time. We did have the cheers program, which may ave been reason? We tipped extra the irst few days but it didnt help so we stopped being so generous. More This was also my first cruise where no bar staff greeted me by name. Nothing major but you remember that.
We did your time dining which was great. Had to wait 30 mins first formal night for a table or two, otherwise we got in right away. The service inside really depended on what team you had. One team it was in and out under 30 mins, another time, three actually, it was over an hour and half to eat. Too many tables for these teams. Food was what we expected and just fine for us.
Tortola we did the Carnival excursion to Virgin Gorda and the Baths. Highly recommend this tour!! Was very organized, informative, and a great time.
Antigua we did the Carnival Beach Escape excursion. Another excursion Id recommend for anyone who would want a beach day!
St Thomas we did our tradition of Paradise Point. Beautiful view never gets old.
Nassau we did a little shopping in the straw market. 3 other ships made it a busy day here.
Overall we had a great time and it was our favorite cruise so far. The service just wasnt the same as our other cruises. This isnt going to push us away, we still love Carnival, however if it happens again we may stray : ( Less
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