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Carnival Freedom Cruise Review by ctwhitehouse

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Carnival Freedom
Carnival Freedom
Member Name: ctwhitehouse
Cruise Date: July 2013
Embarkation: Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
Destination: Eastern Caribbean
Cabin Category:
Cabin Number: 8202
Booking Method: Cruise Line
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Member Rating   5.0 out of 5+
Dining 3.0
Public Rooms Not Rated
Cabins 5+
Entertainment 5+
Spa & Fitness Not Rated
Family & Children (By Age Group)
        13-15 5+
        16+ 5+
Shore Excursions 3.0
Embarkation 1.0
Service 5.0
Value-for-Money 5.0
Rates Not Rated
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Pleasantly surprised!

This was my 3rd cruise, my 1st with Carnival. (Crown Princess & Royal Carribean). My husband and I travelled (mid-40s) with family - a sister-in-law with a bad hip who relied on a wheelchair, my brother-in-law +his wife (early 50s), 16yr old nephew and 13 yr old neice on 7/27-8/4/13.

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.

Ports:

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 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.

Positives:

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

Negatives:

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.

 


Publication Date: 08/08/13
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