We have just returned from the September 15, 2013 sailing on Carnival Freedom.
The cruise visited the ports of Key West, Grand Cayman, and Ocho Rios.
This cruise was the best cruise we have ever had, for many reasons.
We have visited the ports of call many times in the past so we decided to just stay on the ship at each port and enjoy the peace and quiet onboard the ship.
Embarkation went very smooth and we were on the ship within 30 minutes of arrival at the port.
Our cabin was ready upon our arrival and our bags arrived soon thereafter.
The ship sailed on time with what seemed like a half full contingent of passengers.
The conduct of our fellow passengers was the best ever on any cruise line that we have sailed on. There was very little pushing and shoving and most all of our fellow passengers were very courteous and pleasant to talk with.
Smoking on the open decks continues to be a problem. The smoking policy is printed on the booking forms, it is printed daily in the "Fun Times", and No Smoking signs are posted in some areas. Many fellow passengers continue to smoke in areas that are non smoking. It should be very easy to understand that smoking is allowed on the open decks of the starboard side of the ship and smoking is not allowed on the open decks of the port side of the ship. Many of our fellow passengers who smoke either do not read the smoking policy, do not see the no smoking signs, are unsure where they are at on the ship, or they just do not care. Carnival has come a long way with smoking and I applaud their efforts, but no one enforces the smoking policy which leaves the passengers to police themselves.
The cabin steward was excellent.
The dining room staff was outstanding.
There is a new feature introduced around six months ago called "Sea Day Brunch".
It is offered in the Posh Dining Room on sea day mornings starting at 8:30am.
The brunch is excellent, with an expanded menu including steak and eggs, the steak is filet mignon.
The buffet food was very good too and the fruit on this cruise was absolutely delicious.
Debarkation was a breeze, we decided to take advantage of the self assist and we were off the ship very quickly.
We can't wait to cruise again on the Carnival Freedom.