Carnival Freedom Cruise Review by ctwhitehouse: Pleasantly surprised!

Carnival Freedom 5
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Pleasantly surprised!

Sail Date: July 2013
Destination: Eastern Caribbean
Embarkation: Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)

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 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.

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. Less


Published 08/08/13


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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)

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Saona Island

GREAT excursion--beautiful island. Don't miss out, go on a boat tour. Those who went shopping wished they they hadn't--pushy vendors.

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