Carnival Freedom Cruise Review by nannylori: Loved The Excursions But Not The Ship!!
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Loved The Excursions But Not The Ship!!
I read reviews before my husband & I left,so I had higher expectations. Everythings relative I guess. The killer of cruise reviews are comparisons.
There were people on this,their first cruise,so they were thrilled because they had nothing to compare it to. There were others who were from the frozen north tundra and were thrilled just to be warm. Those two groups had smiles frozen on their faces that you couldn't wipe off for anything. The rest of us,not so much.
We had the smallest suite available,which was really VERY nice. It gave us automatic VIP embarkation,which did breeze us through. Cabin Steward immediately introduced himself and did a great job! Our room was cleaned 3x a day and was always perfect.
All staff was remarkable,especially Marabel & Gabriel in the Chic dining room. They were the ONLY reasons we showed up there.The food was adequate,at best. The Chateaubriand,the last night, was great,but that's it. Plus,I always felt like I was sitting More on the persons lap next to me. The tables for two were SO CLOSE, you might as well be sitting at the same table. VERY UNCOMFORTABLE!!! I absolutely hated being in the dining room. We had anytime dining and never minded getting a pager to wait for a table with the above named staff.As anytime diners,we weren't allowed in the second floor dining area,where the dining was quieter,nicer seating. Really felt like second class citizens. Not allowed upstairs!!!!!!Absolutely ridiculous!!!!
Had one night in the Steakhouse, which was REMARKABLE!!. It was the only night I felt like I was cruising back in the day-wonderful food and no personal space infringement. Wish we could have afforded to eat there every night. $30 a person isn't expensive, unless you do it every night.
Couldn't spend too much time in the casino due to the amount of smoke.
Sushi bar was very nice as well as the cafe' next to it. Sushi-free,specialty coffee & cakes,not.
The comedians were terrific, but they only have one show that they keep repeating. Comedians can't write more than one show?????
Unless you're a dancer,there really isn't a whole lot to do.
I resented having to walk the gauntlet of photographers, always asking to take pictures.They were nice,but I didn't like having to CONSTANTLY say no thank-you!
There's CONSTANT merchandising,always trying to get you to buy anything & everything. Even at the towel animal demonstration,the first thing they did was put a placard on stage with a list of items you can buy.
Saw barefoot people in the dining room & no one asked them to go put some shoes on.
People were waking at the crack of dawn to "save" loungers,ALL OVER the ship. Good luck finding a place to sit anywhere,including the adult area. If the ship isn't going to enforce the don't save rule,or shoes in the dining room,then don't have rules.
Ship layout was confusing and frustrating and stressful. I saw the video in the room where the designer explained his reasons for the ship decoration. So I understand what he did, I just don't agree. The ship decor is Art Deco on steroids.It's awful, not peaceful or playful. I felt the need to always get away from the public spaces, as it was not enjoyable to be around.
Excursions were wonderful.We took this trip for the itinerary & it didn't disappoint.
De-barkation was a breeze.
After dealing with the ship layout,decor and food, I don't trust Carnival anymore, so I seriously doubt I will use this company again.
One more thing. We were on the cruise that started out by picking up a Cuban refugee on a little rubber raft.
The crew was absolutely professional,with the pick up going fairly smoothly,giving me the feeling they've done this before. Then a turnaround because the Coast Guard out of Key West wanted him because they(The CG) felt the Cozumel authorities might give the Captain a hard time,which would trickle down to us in all sorts of ways,so they offered to pick him up. The Captain was still able to get us to Cozumel on schedule.
I saw a totally professional crew at work & felt proud to be on their ship. If only the ship wasn't so ugly,designed so poorly and food so poor quality. Best crew ever!!!
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