Beware Carnival Bait and Switch tactics: Carnival Freedom Cruise Review by Apollo18
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Beware Carnival Bait and Switch tactics
Destination: Western Caribbean
Embarkation: Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
The Freedom is a huge ship. When we sailed there were over 900 kids on board but they were rarely seen and never heard. This may have been a function of us staying by the adult pool for the most part. If you are a cigar smoker the cigar bar is a wonderful oasis. The drinks are relatively expensive (a 16 oz Bud is $5.46 including the gratutity). The bucket of beer (4) is less expensive. I always enjoy the food on board and this was no different. Over the years, with the gratuties being charged upfront, the service is perfunctory rather than personable. The shore excursions seemed to be given mixed reviews by our tablemates. The shore excursion that we went on in Costa Rica was cut short by either the President landing in town or the workers at a bananna plantation throwing rocks at tourist buses like ours in protest of working conditions. Our tour guide gave us both versions and then said he wasn't really sure why we couldn't complete the tour . In Belize we hired a cab (despite the dire warnings of the shore excursion personnel) to take us to a man made beach in an area called Old Belize The driver dropped us off, said what time do you want me to pick you up, and came back just as promised. I believe the shore excursions are more expensive if booked onboard rather than online. Again, due to the lack of customer service in responding to our problem, I would caution you in spending your hard earned money on a Carnival vacation. Less
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