Carnival Freedom Cruise Review by tootsfranner: Happy Anniversary to us!
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Happy Anniversary to us!
Destination: Western Caribbean
Embarkation: Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
My husband and I flew into Ft. Lauderdale the day before our cruise and stayed away from the port to save money; we stayed at a Best Western on Fed Highway. It was an older hotel but very clean and friendly staff. There were great restaurants nearby; we went to dinner at J. Alexanders which was absolutely the best. It was quite like Houston's that we used to frequent in Phoenix, AZ many years ago so it was a great start to our anniversary trip.
We can't believe how easy embarkation was. We were on the boat before we knew it. My husband had never been on a cruise so it was extra exciting. We started our experience by grabbing lunch on the lido deck and enjoying dining the sun on rocking chairs with handy little tables for eating. We took a brief tour of the boat and got in our room. One of our bags was still not at our door but turned up shortly. The boat was in great condition and very clean. We really enjoyed our 815p dinners in the Posh lounge. It was nice More not to have be getting ready for dinner at 5p and we could continue to enjoy the day. Our food was great; there were plenty of choices. My husband loved all the seafood and steaks. The wait staff was so friendly and funny. They were very accommodating. We met great people at our table from Ft. Lauderdale, Denver and Pennsylvania and we had a ball with them, at dinner and after.
We loved all the shows, too. I didn't think my husband would enjoy going to so many but after dinner it was great to hit a 1030p show. The singing talent was great and we can't believe all the costume changes and great sets. The comedy shows were a blast, too. My husband and I frequent comedy shows and comedy central so that was a hit with us.
We were very impressed with the choices in late night fun...the disco, the piano bar, karaoke in the swing club, the great singer next to the casino. There was always somewhere to go, something to do.
Our room, I think the smallest of them with no window was great, too. It was wonderful to have someone tidy up twice a day. The room was clean and very organized...lots of closet space and shelves. We loved the in-room safe. They think of everything with the luggage mat to place your luggage on when you first get in to unpack, then we put our suitcases under the bed, rolled up the mat and all was out of sight. The room never felt cramped or messy nor did the bathroom. The TV was great getting some feeds throughout the day and always being able to check where we were en route and what the temp was as well as what was going on on the lido deck.
We were very fortunate that week to have awesome weather.
We really enjoyed the buffets, deli, stir-fry and grill. The only food we didn't love was the pizza; we didn't care for the cheese. Other than that we felt like things were prepared well and we had lots of variety throughout the week. We loved the complimentary lemonade and tea in the machines.
The Sail and Sign cards were great and convenient.
The cruise director and all the assistant staff were hilarious. Lenny Haliday was great. He was funny, funny, funny and sang great, too. We brought some good cruise lines home from him. The contests that we saw were something else, too. The Hairy Chest contest might sound unappealing but it was in great taste...more of a dance contest. It was great to see so many people just having fun and relaxing. We loved the poolside music/bands as well.
Again, we just had a ball. Great food, great entertainment, clean and neat ship, great room. We hated to leave. We would go back tomorrow if we could. Less
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Cabin review: 7296
Great location. Cabins above and below us so no lounge music. Close to elevators but not too close. Hallway sometimes noisy but that was from people chatting walking by. Not near any crew space.
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