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Sweet_Misery
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This was my 10th cruise with Carnival. I was traveling with my mom and my dad. After being on two funship 2.0 ships, the Freedom seemed boring.

Antigua: The last time we were here, we took a tour to Nelson’s Dockyard. We went shopping in the port shops. There wasn’t much to choose from. Mostly jewelry shops. Dad went on the Catamaran Sail and Snorkel and said it was just okay.

Cabin: We were in cabin 9269. We could hear the music from the Atrium at night, so we put two pillows in front of the door to block out the noise. Our room steward was Sladana, from Serbia. She was very nice and greeted us every time we saw her. You now have to request an ice bucket. No towel animal on the first night. Our showerhead wouldn’t stand up, kept falling sideways in the hole. Our curtain rods were broken off, so we had to pull the curtains over with our hands.

Cruise Director: Our cruise director was Craig E. Johnson, a British man. He said, “Yeah Baby!” a lot. That’s pretty much all I remember about him.

Debarkation: Because of our VIP status, we were in Zone 1. We had to wait in the lobby in the entrance of the Chic dining room, for our zone to be called, because of mom’s wheelchair. We were off the ship by 8 AM. We had to wait a while for the Alamo shuttle.

Embarkation: we rented a car through Alamo, so we took their shuttle to the port from the airport. We are VIP, so we didn’t have to wait long for our embarkation.

Freedom Restaurant: We ate every breakfast and lunch in the lido restaurant. I liked the Chocolate Muffins and the yogurt. At lunch, they have a tandoori station, Mongolian wok, deli, and pizza place. On deck 10, they have a seafood station, with ceviche, seafood salads, fish and chips, and a bouillabaisse. The lido will have a food of the day at lunch. Usually, Italian, American, French, and Mexican.

Nassau: The last time we were here, we took a taxi to the Atlantis. Stayed on the ship this time as it was late port day, from one to six pm. Dad went on the Catamaran Sail and Snorkel and said it was the best snorkeling he has done in the Caribbean.

Punchliner Club: We saw the comedians, Smiley Joe Wiley, Christine Stedman, and Mike Lucas. We only went to Karaoke once.

St. Thomas: We took a cab for four dollars to Charlotte Amalie.

The Posh Dining Room: We were sat at table 557, on the upper level of the dining room. It was a table for eight. The people at our table were very nice. We were at a table of 8 with a couple and her father from Kansas, and a single older man from New York who kept talking about marijuana. The man from New York changed tables, so we had an elderly couple from Florida join us. Our waiters weren’t that great. On the first night, it took them a half an hour to even take our order. They were constantly giving us the wrong orders and forgetting appetizers. We did eat brunch on one of the sea days in the Posh dining room. I had the blueberry pancakes and fruit plate.

The Taste Bar: We tried this the first night. It was featuring food from the Blue Iguana Cantina on the Funship 2.0 ships. We had Chicken Tortilla Soup and Shredded Pork.

The Victoriana Lounge: Decorated in artwork, lots of paintings on the walls and drink tables. The walls look like Van Gogh’s starry night, in my opinion. We saw Game Show Mania and The Newlywed Game. They had two dance classes. Seems like trivia was the most scheduled. The main stage shows were Ticket to Ride, Jump Jive and Wail, The Big Easy, The Magic of Bobby Borgia, Legends, and a Juggler. Ticket to Ride was the best show. I love when they pass out the glow sticks for the final numbers.

Tortola: The last time we were here, we took a tour around the island. It rained the whole time we were here. We went on the North Shore and Pusser’s Landing shore excursion. It was a three hour bus ride with a couple of stops for photographs and shopping. We stopped at Sage Mountain and got a free soda. We shopped at Pusser’s Landing which is gorgeous. There are no shops by the port, so not a great destination for shopping.

 

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9269
We were in cabin 9269. We could hear the music from the Atrium at night, so we put two pillows in front of the door to block out the noise. Our room steward was Sladana, from Serbia. She was very nice and greeted us every time we saw her and asked what we did in each port. You now have to request an ice bucket. No towel animal on the first night. Our showerhead wouldn’t stand up, kept falling sideways in the hole. Our curtain rods were broken off, so we had to pull the curtains over with our hands.

Port and Shore Excursions

Port

The last time we were here, we took a tour to Nelson’s Dockyard. We went shopping in the port shops. There wasn’t much to choose from. Mostly jewelry shops. Dad went on the Catamaran Sail and Snorkel and said it was just okay.

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Port

The last time we were here, we took a taxi to the Atlantis. Stayed on the ship this time as it was late port day, from one to six pm. Dad went on the Catamaran Sail and Snorkel and said it was the best snorkeling he has done in the Caribbean, with colorful coral and huge fish.

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Port

In the past we have gone to Coral World, Trunk Bay on St. John, and shopping. We took a cab for four dollars to Charlotte Amalie. The shopping is the best here.

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Port

The last time we were here, we took a tour around the island. It rained the whole time we were here. We went on the North Shore and Pusser’s Landing shore excursion. It was a three hour bus ride with a couple of stops for photographs and shopping. We stopped at Sage Mountain and got a free soda. We shopped at Pusser’s Landing which is gorgeous. There are no shops by the port, so not a great destination for shopping.

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