Carnival Freedom Cruise Review by marymarie: Ladies Nite(s) Out
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Ladies Nite(s) Out
Destination: Western Caribbean
Embarkation: Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
First time on Carnival in a number of years. Great experience overall. Loved the entertainment - but could not get into the comedy club most of the time. Good comedians so everyone wanted to be there. Good food, and generous portions in the dining room. Dining room had booths in some areas - nice private touch in my view. Had great table and room service and room make up. Everything was very clean. I would sail this ship again but out look at others of this vintage (2007) or newer and hope for a promenade like the Freedom Class in RCCL. I prefer less obstructed pool areas and like the open street feel of a promenade.
This deck plan is similar to Costa Magica - tiered deck around the main pool and only one deck that let's you go from forward to aft. Area around the photo shop also gets congested because the shops are there, there are major support pillars in the center of the walkway, a spiral staircase open to the deck below with a loud musical group. Difficult to get and More decide on photos. I don't care for all the steps in the pool area.
The adults only pool area was wonderful. Large hot tub, 2 showers, pizza and burgers stations and it's own bar. There were sliding doors to the "buffet area" and lots of tables for dining. With one small exception the Adults Only was enforced. Pools was salt water and a great water temp to hang out.
Carnival, like the other lines NEEDS to find a remedy for the folks who want to use the dining room on Elegant./Formal nites but don't want to dress for the nite. Have a separate section for them, use a different dining room, set a separate time or whatever -- either that or ENFORCE the rules about not shorts, flipflop and T-shirts. Takes a lot o the polish off the evening for those that paid for a special evening as advertised. Should not be hard to enforce the rule -- why do the slobs always get the run of the dining room?
We were disappointed with the Grand Cayman Shore Snorkel booked thru the ship. It was not as described. It says snorkel from the shore. To us that implied walking in from the beach to a depth where you were comfortable. Not so. You have to jump off their boat launch into 8 feet of water and swim out to 50 feet. Also no sandy shore - only coral/lava rock all along the waterfront. '
We made our own fun and had a great time. Will likely sail Carnival again in the future. Less
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Great cabin, clean, excellent location, good steward. Connects to cabin 7418. Good room for a group or family that wants to share the balcony by opening the partition and also the interior door between the rooms. BEWARE - the interior passage door is SELF LOCKING so bring a door stop.
Port and Shore Excursions
No sandy shoreline. Rocks - coral/lava. Have to jump into 8 feet of water and swim out to 50 feet to see the fish. It is billed as Cayman Shore Snorkel. We think that implies walking in from a zero depth at the shoreline to a depth you are comfortable with. Transport was late at both beginning and end of the tour and they packed us in like sardines. Couple of the jump seats were broken. We'd like a refund and 3 of the 4 did not even get into the water when they could not go in from the shore -- they were not comfortable jumping off the edge of the rocks. Bummer!
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