Carnival Freedom Cruise Review by kimblee63: Enjoyed this cruise!
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Enjoyed this cruise!
Embarkation: Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
There were 12 of us on this cruise, most have cruised before and there were two new cruisers. We all had balcony cabins on Upper deck (deck 6). Our ages ranged from 17 to 51. I hadn't realized the Carnival Freedom was refurbished this past spring until we came back. The ship was well-maintained and the crew were very accommodating. The only cons were the long lines for breakfast and lunch on the lido deck, so whenever we could, we dined in the dining room.
This itinerary had three stops: Nassau, Half Moon Cay and Grand Turks. Having never gone to these places before, we didn't have any expectations. In Nassau, some of us snorkeled, some went shopping and some just hung out at Paradise beach. No one purchased excursions from the ship. We did purchase a snorkel package fro $40 per person from a vendor at the port, but later discovered we could have just taken a taxi to Paradise beach and negotiated a better price there. Also, we were supposed to go on a 3 hour snorkel trip to More two locations, but only did one for about an hour. We could not find the boat person for over an hour! Everyone on the beach kept saying he wasn't there yet! Plus, later we found out that some of the guys on the beach would just say that to get your business.
Half Moon Cay is a private island owned by Holland America, I believe. This was strictly a beach day with water activities and horse back riding. We just layed out at the beach. The food is provided by Carnival; drinks are extra just like on the ship. We had to tender to this island, so that took some time, especially on the way back...long lines. The beach was probably the prettiest out of all three stops, but no indigenous people or culture here.
Grand Turks was the last stop. Four in our group did the two location dive through Carnival and really enjoyed it. The first dive the went down 30 feet and the second dive they went down 60 feet. The exciting part of the dive was seeing a 5 foot shark. The rest of us took the bus around the island, which is only 7 miles long and 1.5-2 miles wide. You can get on and off and the bus drivers are knowledgeable about the island. The cost was $20 per person.
This was my fourth Carnival Cruise. I think Carnival is a good bargain and affordable for families and large groups. I did notice that things are repetitious among all their ships and would have liked to see some uniqueness among the different ships. For example, at dinner time, the staff all do a performance, "show time" and they play the same pre-recorded music every night. The matre'D says the same speech. I would suggest doing something different a few nights and changing out the music.
As for the cabins, everyone enjoyed having a balcony cabin, but some of the cabins were located above bars or other entertainment, which could be heard. Next time we'll try deck 7.
Although I didn't have a burger from the new Guy Fierre burger joint, everyone in our group who did, raved about it. I did have the pizza, which was good quality and taste. The dinners and breakfast were very good in the dining room. Drinks were good too! And since we've cruised with Carnival before, they gave us free drink coupons and held a party with free appetizers and drinks and we met the captain and upper level staff. Less
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Cabin review: 6391
We enjoyed this cabin and our kids had the cabin next to us. We were able to open the partition between the two balconies, which gave us access to our kid's cabin (two 17 year olds and a 21 year old). They were in cabin 6389. The cabins were in a good location, midship and we were above either the guest services? deck, so no noise at night. Our cabin steward Newman (phonetically) was very friendly and accommodating.
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