Anyone thinking twice about taking a carnival cruise should reconsider because what more can you ask for we arrived ready for a great vacation amd the freedom delivered. I was traveling along with my wife two children(6&9) and mother in law(first cruise). This was our second carnival cruise our first was on the pride and having been fully satisfied we felt confident with booking again. We ultimately decided on the freedoms 8 night souther caribbean from ft lauderdale roundtrip visiting st.thomas,antigua,san juan and nassau.
First off embarkation day as always is very hectic but if you have cruised before you know the drill and its nothing new so be prepared to deal with lines,annoyed passengers, complaints and so on but a smile and a beautiful ship are soon to be awaitng you. Check in was swift and by 1:00p we were on the ship and exploring the large ship.
The ship is very nice decor is the usual carnival quirky but all in all nice, we did luck out as the ship was just retrofitted with the 2.0 upgrades that were a great addition to the ship. The pool deck has the blue iguana tequila bar and red frog rum bar which provide great pool drinks and cocktails. Also by the pool area is the guys burger joint and blue iguan burrito and taco which were both very good alternatives to the buffet. The food on carnival is good and above par in my opinoin for the price of the cruise. The quality is definitely there i mean who uses imported flour to make pizza only carnival which is why they have the best pizza in the cruise industry hands down only princess comes close to them. The didnig room also excedes expectations with great offerings every night.
The lounges are all nive and the red frog pub is a great little dive to enjoy a cocktail and some music during the day. At night there are shows and comics and the most memorable for us was the juggler marcus monroe his show was great and the kids really enjoyed it. Of course there is the club also if you enjoy that we did a couple of nights and the casino which is quite large and laid out well. Our room was 6407 a balcony midship and it was grea our children and in law were in an inside a few doors down. Another little tidbit that Not many people know is that carnival bathrooms are quite larger especially the showers which makes it more convenient especially with the kids. Service is also above par everyone was great especially our servers in the anytime dining section alex and cokorda they kept our kids amused and always made a point to stop and talk to our us and our children wherever we were on the ship they did a great job.
The ports were all great and antigua especially is a lost gem in the caribbean deifnitely the most gorgeous beach we have been too out of all the ports. Magens bay is beautiful but there were 4 ships docked the same day and way too many people there to enjoy the beauty of it. San juan was ok we saw the forts which were great and walked the strreets of old san juan. Nassau is nice also went to cabbage beach and kids had a great time.
Carnival freedom is a great ship and carnival is good cruise line my sons had a great time as did i and my wife and i think we have converted my in law into a cruiser because she is already talking about the next one. Dont pass them up you will not be disappointed