Carnival Freedom Cruise Review by Deetour: Southern Caribbean is beautiful
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Southern Caribbean is beautiful
Destination: Southern Caribbean
Embarkation: Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
Arrived at 11:15 and were on the ship by 11:45. Headed for the Lido Deck and there were lots of good food choices. Plenty of tables to eat at and the second floor of the Lido buffet area is your best bet to find a table that location is called “Fish and Chips” and there were LOTS of empty tables there.
Crew Members: Friendly, pleasant and accommodating.
Ship: 2 pools and 6 Jacuzzi’s. Loved the stadium seating around pool. Plenty of lounge chairs! Serenity deck is a nice place to hang out and offer yellow towels to dry off as there are 2 Jacuzzi’s that are hot. Serenity deck is the place to read a book, get a drink or sunbath in peace and quiet. Super nice area! Starboard Side faces the ocean and not the port walkways at all 4 of these ports. You can catch the sun rise on the way back to Ft. Lauderdale. If you sleep in, the sun will not wake you on the Starboard side.
Cabins: Clean & spacious; only 1 outlet in room at make-up table More & no outlets in the bathroom. Good A/C. Magnification mirror is provided in the adequate sized bathroom. Closets are large, lots of storage!
Bedding: pillows, mattress and comforter all EXTREMELY comfortable, we slept great every night.
Entertainment: Main Theater – all singing and dancing shows receive a PG-13 rating. Content and costumes were not appropriate for children or conservative adults. I would rate the shows –Fair. Great props and dancing techniques but not the best quality of entertainment style. DJ on Lido deck was very good and the 10:00 Deck Dance Party was fun. Comedians were nothing special. Ship lacked in this area.
Ports: Grand Turk: - awesome! Beach is just off the ship with free lounge chairs. Water was warm but shoes are recommended as there are rocks in water. Margaretville has a huge free pool that has bar stools in the pool. Pool water was warm and not crowded. Miami Vice is one of their specialty drinks (half Pina Colada and half Strawberry Daiquiri). Bring your ship towel as towels are not provided.
Dominican Republic, La Romana: Paid $5 for a bus to take us shopping in the Downtown area. In this town square that they drop you off and you are like bait in a feeding frenzy as you are approached by very aggressive Flea Market vendors. After 10 minutes, we got back on the bus as we did not feel safe in that area even though there were lots of Police there. There is no trinket worth that hassle. If you absolutely feel you need a small trinket with the Dominican Republic name on it there is a tiny shop on the ship’s port that you can buy your memento. Try a snorkel /boat excursion as that maybe worth wile.
Curacao: Favorite port! Shopping at ship’s port is little, but nice. Starbucks is walking distance if you need to use WIFI. Felt safe here and there is lots to do here. The architecture of the buildings was great and every building was colorful. This is a neat place and you can walk to many places of interest.
Aruba: Beautiful, but was surprised by the Cactus on island. Aruba only gets 20 inches of rain a year so the terrain is dry and full of cactus. Other than large hotels there is not much on the island. There is some shopping in the ship terminal but head 3 blocks away us where you can find your souvenirs.
Food: Lido deck was good. Soft ice cream was provided in several areas but we went to go to the back of the ship by the adult pool where coffee and ice cream are provided 24 hours a day. Dining room service was slow. Prepare to dine for 1 ½ hours if you eat there. We found the table servers friendly but slow. We were on the second floor of the Chic dining room and there is NO water view there as we had assigned seating. A ocean view is available on the first floor of the Chic dining room but the 1st floor is reserved for the Any Time dinner guests.
Overview: Ports of call is the reason we chose this itinerary. Friendly staff & good food. Good photographers and lots of background scenery choices. We purchased the bronze bubbles/lights background and he was a great photographer! Less
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Deck 10 was awesome and accessible to the Lido deck quickly.
Port and Shore Excursions
Area is surrounded by beautiful water but the island was disappointing. I was surprised that it was full of cactus and dry.
Beautiful island with lots of beautiful buildings that are very colorful. Shopping by the terminal seems like the best place to go. Starbucks close by terminal for WIFI connection.
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