Freedom January 2011: Carnival Freedom Cruise Review by reenigee
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Freedom January 2011
Destination: Western Caribbean
Embarkation: Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
We had an inner cabin and were concered because we brought a mobility scooter with us as well as DD. No worries, the cabin was much larger (54 sq ft larger, I beleive) then the one we had on the Norwegian Dawn. The cabin was bright and very well appointed. We actually had unused storage space. Our steward Pornpun was very pleasant, although we didn't get to talk to her much. Fun to guess which towel animals she'd leave to welcome us back to the room each night.
The meals in our main dining room, Chic, were wonderful every night. Lobster, shrimp, prime rib, you name it, and some of the best soups I've ever had. Our head waiter, J.R. was a joy as was his assistant server whose name I unfortunatley did not get.
Room service was very good. Limited menu of 10 or so sandwiches and some salads and desserts, which included several tasty ones, perfect for arriving back in your cabin after a late night. Lovely continental More breakfast delivered at your choice of time when you didn't want to go out to the restaurants.
The Grill was good for a quick hot dog or burger. Pile on the mushrooms, onions, sauerkraut, cheese, chili, whatever you like, as much as you like.
She shows far outranked those on the Dawn. Ticket to Ride and The Big Easy were especially wonderful. Great lead singers, dancers, and band, and VERY impressive costume and scenery changes, much more than I expected on a ship.
I loved the 22 ft movie outside movie screen. To sit in a chaise or rocking chair with whatever free food or drink you brought, and watch a recent movie in the sea air was akin to the old drive-in days but so much better!
Slot tournaments were fun. Some really amusing game shows, too. The Ryans and Chelsea were great. Bingo was better on the Dawn, however.
No complaints about the cabin itself, but it did worry me some that our neighbors were smoking (cigarettes and weed) daily,
The Lido buffet was somewhat of a disappointment. Every dish was so "complicated", as if they were trying to make it special but ruined simple comfort foods. A lot of it wasn't hot enough. We pretty much avoided it after a few tries, unless we wanted a simple salad. Same with desserts, they never tasted fresh and wer always over done (example, cheesecake with choc with raspberry with brie coating...
Dining was not as accessable as the Dawn. If you were hungry you'd pretty much have to make your way to the 9th floor all the time, even if you just wanted a cup of coffee, which makes the Bad list also.
Just one word on the Bad side: Calvin. Such a nasty man, "funny" at the expense of the passengers. If he hates his job he should give it to someone who'd appreciate it. Calvin led a Beatles trivia game and was in and out in about 14 minutes, obviously having no interest in the event. In the other games he cheated all the time. Yes, it's for fun, but we'd like someone to win fairly. He was continually rude to guests and I have no idea how he keeps his job. Less
Cabin review: 4D1295 Interior
Cabin #1295I like the mid ship water level cabins since you are least likely to feel movement there. The added plus is they are the least expensive. The only thing I noticed in #1295 of the Freedom was a constant hum, but my husband believed that to be circulating air which I certainly wouldn't want to be without. I doubt I would ever spend more for a window or balcony. Leave the room and spend the money to see your ports!Read All Interior (4D) Reviews >>
Port and Shore Excursions
We had the best time in Ochos Rios. We booked an excursion through the internet rather than Carnival and saved about 30%. Although I can't compare it to what others did, our horseback riding and tubing was fantastic. We were directed to our guide who dropped us at a ramshackle farm about 20 minutes from the boat. A very nice guide named Chris saddled our horses and led us through beautiful jungle-like woods, then through goat and chicken filled yards while Jamaican women washed clothing in a tub and men worked on a new construction site. He led us to the beach where our saddles were removed and we rode thorugh the ocean.,.such an experience!
As great as this was, it didn't compare to our next stop, tubing down the gorgeous White River. Our guide was joyful and appreciated the beauty of the river as much as we did. This ride became #2 on my most beautiful nature site list - to float beneath the banana and almond trees, beside the bird of paradise and bamboo, in the clear green river was incredible. Don't miss it.
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