Family Cruise: Carnival Freedom Cruise Review by karm1210
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Destination: Eastern Caribbean
Embarkation: Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
Room: We had adjoining oceanview staterooms on deck 2. We had 4 people per room. The staterooms were larger than we have seen in the past. Cleaned twice a day. Marko was our stateroom steward and he was amazing. Our room was in the aft and it was quite noisy with the engines. Next cruise, I will be mid ship and probably up a few floors.
Ship Layout: I didn't like the layout at all. I have been on two other carnival ships, and by far this was the worse layout. You can't get across floors 3 and 4... You have to go up to floor 5. The Casino is located on floor 5 in the middle of the ship and the smoke smell about killed me. Deck 9 was the Lido Deck. Deck 12 was Camp carnival and only one elevator went to deck 12, otherwise you were taking the stairs. Which is another issue... The elevators are SLOW, especially on the days at sea. The glass elevators More mid ship were usually the fastest.
Dining: The Chick Anytime dining was not what we had hoped. There was a party of 15 of us total, so we had to get a buzzer and wait almost an hour to get a table. Therefore we went to the guest services and were moved to the Posh dining room for an 8:15 seating the rest of the trip. The Service as well as the food quality has gone way down hill. One night the rolls were as hard as rocks, we asked for more rolls and never got any. The food has also gone down hill. The only night (out of 8) that we really enjoyed was the first formal night and they served prime rib and lobster. However; the Lido deck serves the exact same things at the buffet that the dining room serves.
The breakfast buffet was disgusting!!! The scrambled eggs were watery, bland, and cold. They served the same thing every morning. However; the brunch on sea days in the Posh Dining room was amazing, go for the steak and eggs. The omelet station was good and they will make you fresh fried or scrambled eggs, I would recommend this over the buffet. The Deli was probably my favorite for lunch: they serve reuben sandwiches, tuna sandwiches, grilled ham and cheese, turkey and roast beef sandwiches. My favorite was the reuben and the tuna sandwich. My kids absolutely loved the PIZZA: the 4 cheese pizza was my favorite. There is also a fish and chip place in the aft level 10. Not too many people knew about this. they had fried fish and fried oysters. The first day the fish was so greasy we couldn't eat it. My brother-n-law loved the oysters. Oh and if you want a drink, expect to pay over $6.00 for a beer and around $10.00 for any foo-foo drinks.
Entertainment: We went to a couple shows. The singers were awful. Also, the shows are not that kid friendly because of the outfits. I really don't need my 5 and 7 year old boys seeing girls in G-strings and twerking. UGH! My hubby and I went to the adult comedian one night and he was funny. My kids loved the late night deck parties and dancing. WE also did a lot of karoke and the lady who did the karoke was so good with our kids :-) thank you! My kids spent a lot of time in the arcade. However the games are around $1.35 each.
I will not be sailing with Carnival anytime soon. I feel like they have scaled back their service and food. Yet they have upped the prices on drinks. WE will be going back to Royal Caribbean or trying another cruise line. Less
Cabin review: 2430
Loved the room. Very big. We even saw a whale from the window. The windows are big, no portholes like most ships.
Port and Shore Excursions
Scuba - Certified
My hubby and dad did a scuba excursion. They were not impressed and did not see anything too exciting (fish). Had better snorkeling experience in St. Thomas than scuba in Grand Turk.
I took the kids to the beach right off the ship, fabulous snorkeling .
We took a cab for around $60 (15 people) to Isle de Verde. This beach was in the newer part of SanJUan.
A chair rental was $4. Waters were $2.
The beach was okay. Not the clearest of waters. And snorkeling was not an option. Way too many waves. However; the kids loved playing in the waves.
We took a cab to Little Bay. This was a nice beach. Clear water, the kids loved the waves. Said to be the best snorkeling from the beach. However; we did not see anything but a few brown fish. The weather was a bit windy the day we were there, so that could contribute to the poor snorkeling.
Our cab was $6 pp to get to Little Bay
We took a fast catamaran to an island to snorkel with turtles. THis was my favorite day of our cruise. WE saw around 6 turtles, a few sting ray, and tons of colorful fish and coral. The Virgin Breeze was the name of our catamaran. They were very friendly and knowledgeable. After we were done snorkeling they gave us "pain killer, rum punch" YUMMY! they knock you on your butt though. We went to a beach break called Honeymoon beach. This was a secluded beach and so beautiful. I would recommend this excursion to anyone.