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Carnival Freedom
Carnival Freedom
Member Name: reenigee
Cruise Date: January 2011
Embarkation: Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
Destination: Western Caribbean
Cabin Category: 4D
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Booking Method: Internet Agency
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Family & Children Not Rated
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Freedom January 2011
The good:

Cabin:

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.

Food:

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 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.

Entertainment:

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.




The Bad:

Cabin:

No complaints about the cabin itself, but it did worry me some that our neighbors were smoking (cigarettes and weed) daily,

Food:

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.

Entertainment:

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.



Publication Date: 01/18/11
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