“Great Service, Average Ship”
Cruise review of Carnival Freedom

curbeloj Carnival Freedom 5 Great Service, Average Ship
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I cannot say enough about the outstanding service we got in the Dining Room. The food quality was also excellent in the Dining Room. Another very positive aspect was the quality of the shows every night. The cruise director and entertainment staff were a lot of fun and very engaging with the passengers.

Cabin was very comfortable. Surprisingly ample shelf space in the bathroom for four people and sufficient closet space for our clothes. Included a refrigerator which was not advertised. Carnival won't promote this, but their beverage policy does allow you to bring up to 12 bottles of water or cans of soda per person.

The Casino Lounge has got to go...it is not a lounge, it is the main corridor for the Promenade Deck! The seating takes up half the width of the corridor which is even worse on Photo Nights. They actually schedule Trivia Activities in this elongated space where you cannot hear due to the acoustics and adjacent Casino. During the day, there are other lounges in the back of the ship that are not used.

The buffet lines on the Lido Deck are long and could be better organized with more segregation of food types. The food quality here was above average and the pizza was very good. Did get to try the food from the poolside grill. The swimming pools are very small and consequently crowded on sea days.

The gym seemed kind of small and they ruin the view of the sea by hanging mirrors at the top of the windows.

Carnival Freedom Cruises to the Western Caribbean
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Cabin review: Ocean View

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Cabin was very comfortable. Surprisingly ample shelf space in the bathroom for four people and sufficient closet space for our clothes. Included a refrigerator which was not advertised. Carnival won't promote this, but their beverage policy does allow you to bring up to 12 bottles of water or cans of soda per person.

Port and Shore Excursions

Port was actually COLON, PANAMA. Good shopping right across the street from the port accessible via an overhead walkway. Used My Friend Mario for our shore excursiono, another very good value purchase. The excursion included at stop at the Gatun Locks of the Panama Canal, a walking tour through the rainforest with monkeys in the trees overhead, and a visit to San Lorenzo Fort.

Port
Docked at Puerta Maya, excellent shopping right at the dock. Taxi service is very good, rates are posted everywhere. Did an independent shore excursion to Chankanaab Park for the Dolphin Swim. This is a $10 cab ride from the port and extremely high value for the money. Call the park directly and negotiate for a better rate. Photo and video prices are much cheaper than the excursion you get through the cruise line.

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Port
Port was actually LIMON, COSTA RICA. The port itself is very bare bones, not much shopping opportunity at the port or anywhere else. We used Oscar Brown Tours for a Zip Line excursion. Small company, very good service and value for the money. In addition to the zip lining, we toured downtown Limon, stopped to hold and pet a Sloth, sampled local fruit, and visited the Del Monte banana plantation.

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Published 07/15/10
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