We arrived at Port Everglades at 10:10a.m. I was warned by other reviews about embarkation and it helped. There is only one metal detector for 3,000 people to go through, so get to the port early if possible. We did and it was a breeze. We boarded the ship at 11:45a.m. and went up to the Lido deck to eat. The food was very good and then the rooms became ready at 1:30p.m. Always bring a bathing suit in your carry on bag so you can go in the pool after eating, it makes the first day become a complete day.
The boat was always kept clean, the dining rooms and the decor was very nice. Our waiter Hector and his staff Christopher & Romeo were great. My cabin steward Rodney was also great. The entire crew gave us everything we needed for our 2 year old which helped us out alot. The only complaint is there is only a baby pool for young children, which I believe is being updated on the new ship, the Dream.Camp Carnival is great for all kids.
The shows were great, the New orleans and beatles should not be missed. the comedian and juggler were cool too.
The movie screen was nice, but one only one concert in the morning and a movie at night at 8 and 10pm which was very nice
The Babylon casino was nice and was jumping every night till the wee hours.
This was my 38th cruise.I have been going on royal and princess for awhile.My last Carnival cruise was in 2001 on the Triumph which was great, but Carnival has caught up to the more expensive cruises,and you will save $200-400 per person.
We had a party of 9 people and we all loved the Freedom. Next will be the Dream.