The good, the bad, and the down right very bad.: Carnival Freedom Cruise Review by duellapaul
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The good, the bad, and the down right very bad.
Destination: Eastern Caribbean
Embarkation: Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
Upon arriving in our room we were pleasantly surprised to find a roomy outside cabin. After much thought, I remembered I purchased it. (I had looked at so many I forgot I had purchased that catagory.) It was roomy with lots of storage space. We had more room than we needed, actually. The bathroom was much bigger than the last cruise my DH and I had been on. Our head waiter at dinner, I must praise her. Dana was the best we have had on any cruise. She was professional but warm and friendly. Always with a warm touch on a shoulder. Always kept our glasses filled. Always remembered out special requests. She was everything a person would want for that position.
We took an independant tour off the ship, and two through the ship. The last one was the worst we have every had, in terms of what was promised and what was delievered. It was supposed to be for 4.5 hours but we had to be back on the ship before that time was up. It was 'Balmoral Island Beach Day', with or without lunch. The description was of a 'luxurious island experience'. Multiple offerings of food, drinks, fabulous beach, etc. We were to transfer from the pier by boat to this private island. What they DON"T tell you is; you have to walk a half mile to get to that part of the pier, then become a sardine on the transport boat. The beach is just a small strip of sand leading into a rock filled swimming area. You don't want to walk here without water shoes! When we first arrived I saw a swimmer through a 5 pound rock on the beach after he stepped on it. Drinks were not even expensive, they were very expensive. A Coke was $5.oo plus tip. Frozen drinks were over $10.00. And if you wanted the lunch option, it was $50.00 more. And by the way, they did not offer flotation devices to rent. We looked for food to buy but found only cookies and chips. They had a dolphin swimming option there and you could see the pens on the other side of the pier. When people tried to take pictures, a crew member came and chased them away.
I must also praise the singers and dancers. It is my personal opinion they were the best I have seen in all of our past cruises. And I must comment on the meals. I have always said, 'If you cruise, do not order steak because none of the cruise line chefs know how to cook a tender one. Well, this cruise has proved that theory in error-for them at least. We had the most tender and flavorful cuts of meats, cooked to our liking, then we have ever had on board anywhere.
Getting off the ship was a breeze. We had an early flight and the whole affair went smooth. Can't wait until our next cruise. Less