8 Day Eastern Caribbean Cruise: Carnival Freedom Cruise Review by southernutah
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8 Day Eastern Caribbean Cruise
Destination: Eastern Caribbean
Embarkation: Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
The trip was fun, though most of the ports were very similar. We booked one excursion through the ship and went and did our own thing at the other ports.
The slide on the ship was fun, and the pools (though small) were fun and clean.
I wish they would have broadcast the NBA playoffs on the big screen at night (I was on a disney cruise a few years ago that aired a playoff game every night on their big outside screen and it was the best) but the movies they showed were fun.
The casual dinning was ok. The pizza bar, hamburgers, and the lunch and breakfast buffets had a decent variety but the food seemed kind of cheap.
The formal dinning in the dinning rooms had better food but not as high quality as some ships I've been on in the past. The service was often very slow and refills on drinks or bread came very More very infrequently. Also, it seemed significantly less formal than on some other ships. A lot of people didn't really dress up, and the meals didn't come in as distinct courses as I am used to on cruises. There was basically a starter, a main course and a dessert, instead of a starter, salad or soup, palate cleanser, main course, desert. But that doesn't mean it was bad, just a bit less formal.
The casino was fun and I think the frequent tournaments helped keep it fun. The craps table was always busy and exciting every night. A lot of the dealers seemed like they were still in the training phase, but they were usually personable and had someone watching them so they didn't make too many mistakes.
The fitness room was good but it was pretty crowded. Maybe they need a few more treadmills.
All in all it was a fun trip. Maybe a bit better food was the only major complaint i could have. Less
Cabin review: 4A Interior
Our cabin was cozy. They didn't have any ocean view rooms available when we booked (it was very last minute) but our room had everything we needed and our house keeper was friendly and always left our room clean and full of ice.Read All Interior (4A) Reviews >>
Port and Shore Excursions
The aquariums at Atlantis are worth the trip. Massive tanks with sharks, sting rays and all sorts of fish.
I've now been to Atlantis twice, and hope to make it three times soon!
The shopping in St Thomas is mostly jewelry, and we didn't spend much time shopping because of the limited selection of non-jewelry stores
The island is beautiful and has some amazing views. There are also a lot of iguanas and it is fun to watch them climbing around in the trees