Carnival Freedom Cruise Review by ooshgong: Great Family and Adult Fun on the Carnival Freedom
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Great Family and Adult Fun on the Carnival Freedom
Destination: Western Caribbean
Embarkation: Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
What can I say? I have been reading many reviews on this site, and I am glad that I did. I really do not understand most if not all of the negative comments left on cruise critic, but that is what opinions are for. This is my third cruise on Carnival, and the experience has gotten better and better. The night before the cruise we stayed at the Courtyard Marriott Dania Beach which provides organized shuttle service from the hotel to the Port. The hotel handles this process really well!
We arrived at the Port at around 11:15 and were promptly put in the line to get on the ship. The only negative about this was the standing in line for around 45 minutes because there were some computer problems and this slowed the embarkation process. We were traveling with our 7 and 5 year old and they handled it really well, the anticipation getting onto the ship was helping very much.
We ended up on the ship around 12 and of course were directed to the Lido deck for lunch. We found More the food on the Lido deck during the cruise to be good except for the ever present very long lines around lunch and breakfast times. I would suggest the dining rooms for some of your breakfasts and lunches. The service is very quick and the choices are really great.
Entertainment Highlights- If you are a cigar smoker, latin music lover, or just want to really relax, I highly recommend the habana bar. There is a band that plays latin music that plays in this bar and also on the lido deck a couple of times that is absolutely amazing and highly entertaining.
Supper Club- We were cruising with three other families and a total of nine kids between the ages of 3 and 11, so let me tell you what a pleasure it was dining in the supper club two of the nights. We fed the kids early, put them in camp which they really enjoyed, and had an adults only amazing dining experience. Forget about the $30pp up charge to dine in the supper club. The service and food is on par with a 5 star restaurant, and rest assured you will leave there feeling satisfied and wanting to go back again.
Disembarkation- A complete breeze as we were assigned tag number 11 and when our zone was called at around 9am, we waited a few minutes, walked off the ship and were through customs and in a cab by 9:30.
There is so much more to write, but all in all I would highly recommend Carnival Cruiselines and especially the Carnival Freedom. Less
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Cabin review: 9273
9273- Greatest spot for a cabin! On Lido deck, mid ship right in front of elevators. We had a 100 foot walk to the pool and I just can not speak any more highly of this cabin location!
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