Carnival Freedom Cruise Review by cruisecp: Spring Break 2010
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Spring Break 2010
Our family of four (two sons age 12 and 13) cruised from Fort Lauderdale 3/27/10 on the Carnival Freedom. This was our first time on Carnival. We have cruised previously on Royal Caribbean and Princess. Arrived one day early and stayed at the Embassy Suites Fort Lauderdale. Hotel isn't inexpensive, but a great choice for a pre-cruise stay. Took a quick taxi ride to the port.
We thought we would just list the pros and cons of the Carnival Freedom.
Pros: Fun ship If you like events like hairy chest contest and other pool games you'll be amused Good show selection. Comedians were fair, some singing and dancing shows, a hypnotist, karoake, a Legends show (where passengers take on the roles of famous singing legends). Warm Chocolate Melting Cake...served in the dining room. Our Cruise Director Ryan was very good. Not too over the top. Lots of storage/closet space in our balcony room. Most we've ever had. 24 hour pizza place was good Great ports on our cruise: Puerto More Rico, St. Thomas, Antiqua, Tortola and Nassau Specialty Steakhouse Restaurant was delicious. We liked anytime dining. Only one evening did we have to wait. Disembarkation and Embarkation fast and efficient Big Movie Screen, Seaside Theatre, showed movies and sporting events Very clean ship!!
Cons: Layout of the buffet creates long lines. Need more food "stations" versus one long buffet. Staff was not friendly Service in dining room was very slow a few evenings Basketball/Volleyball court was only open until 6pm (probably because the specialty steakhouse is underneath it) Pools seem smaller then any ship we've been on previously Food quality in dining room and buffets seemed not as good as on previous ships The emphasis on kids wearing pants on formal night and in the specialty steakhouse. Many of the employees commented that our sons were not wearing pants. They were wearing neat, clean plaid shorts with polos. One employee even said we'd be better off wearing jeans...disagree with that. We will just stick to the buffet those formal evenings. We really enjoy a ship with the open promenade section.
We had a great family vacation. We enjoy being together and are grateful that we were able to take a trip like this. Less
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