Carnival Freedom - Eastern Mediterranean: Carnival Freedom Cruise Review by cruiser1991
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Carnival Freedom - Eastern Mediterranean
Destination: Europe - Eastern Mediterranean
The spa prices were high for what you got and the jucuzzi inside the spa only sat 4 people. There were other jucuzzi's but they were outside or at the other end of the ship. The activities director pushed the most expensive tours and there didn't seem to be much thought into planning more (better) activities for port days. On the next to last day of the cruise I tried to pay my cruise tab with my AX travelers check card it is a prepaid card that is to be used like travelers checks. It looks like a credit card in every way except it does not have the owner's name embossed on the card although there is a place on the back for your signature. The pursers desk refused to take the card eventhough they could have called to verify authorization the same way they do for other credit cards. I was told that if I could get cash using the card from the atm (the atm charged $5.50 for usage) I could pay my bill that way.
The ship aside I enjoyed my trip to Europe. Venice and Rome were fantastic, Greece was great and I loved Ephesus in Turkey. I can't speak for Croatia because I didn't get off the ship. I took a tour at almost every port and I enjoyed them all. I would highly recommend spending the money to do the tours so that you get the most of your visit. I would never cruise on Carnival again however I am glad I took this cruise. There is just no comparison to Royal Caribbean in either the food, service, activities or layout. In fact this cruise made me appreciate RCL even more and realized that a low priced cruise doesn't equal value. Less
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