Pleasantly surprised!: Carnival Freedom Cruise Review by ctwhitehouse
Overall Member Rating
Destination: Eastern Caribbean
Embarkation: Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
What set Carnival apart from other cruise lines the sense of community the social staff and crew created. You felt as if you were travelling with friends. Motown sing-alongs and deck parties had everyone joining in. I rarely saw anyone drunk, obnoxious, or rude (my biggest fear of cruising on a "fun ship"). What I did see was everyone having fun. The bands on the ship were great. They brought a local band onboard @ Aruba too.
Aruba: safe and clean. Catch a taxi to Palm Beach and rent a lounge chair. Lots of shopping, restaurants, casinos, watet actvities.
La Romano: we booked a GREAT excursion thru www.seavistours.com. Gorgeous island--don't miss out. Pushy More vendors-avoid local markets (we didn't go, but tjose who did wished they hadn't)
Grand Turk: walk off boat and hire boat to snorkel for $45.
The shows, especially the New Orleans and Beatles show were FABULOUS!
Casino: high payouts on the slot machines (even on the last night)
Adults only pool --aft 9th deck (very relaxing)
The staff-everyone was friendly and helpful
The "teen scene" -- Club O was "the place to be" if you were a teen or tween
The chocolate melting cake ---ahhh.
Room and bathroom sizes
EMBARKATION: Chaos!....computers were down, lines were long, information was non-existent. Took over 3.5hrs to get on boat.
LONG LINES...1) for breakfast & lunch buffets: still can't figure out why getting something to eat during daylight hours was such a hassle. 2) disembarking ship /embarking ship @ports. (Very disorganized)
NOT easy to get around if you have physical limitations. Less
Cabin review: 8202
8202--next to the bridge. Kids would get a kick out watching the captainand crew navigate the ship in/out of ports. A far walk to everything on the ship.
Port and Shore Excursions
Safe and clean. Hire a taxi and go to Palm Beach whete you can rent a lounge chair, hit casinos, go shoppong, water activities, and restaurants. Cab is $8/person. Chairs $10 ea and umbrellas $25 (all negotiable)
GREAT excursion--beautiful island. Don't miss out, go on a boat tour. Those who went shopping wished they they hadn't--pushy vendors.