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Carnival Freedom Cruise Review by dakwriter

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Carnival Freedom
Carnival Freedom
Member Name: dakwriter
Cruise Date: June 2011
Embarkation: Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
Destination: Panama Canal & Central America
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Member Rating   2.0 out of 5+
Dining 2.0
Public Rooms 2.0
Cabins 2.0
Entertainment 2.0
Spa & Fitness 2.0
Family & Children Not Rated
Shore Excursions 3.0
Embarkation 1.0
Service 4.0
Value-for-Money 2.0
Rates 3.0
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Pros & Cons
PROS:

Generally, one of the friendliest staffs we've ever encountered during many cruises. A few dinners in the main dining room that were very good. A cute little miniature golf course. Comfortable beds and decent room stewardship.

CONS:

Very long (1.5 hours) and uncomfortable (very hot) embarkation for the handicapped due to woefully inadequate numbers of staff. Regular passengers being allowed to smoke cigars in the cigar bar throughout the safety drill despite that being the place where handicapped passengers had to gather. Long lines for every meal on Lido. Mediocre to dismal breakfasts, lunches and many dinners. Mediocre entertainment. Bizarre decor. Inadequate seating to meet the demand for the Serenity and other deck areas, exacerbated by zero enforcement of the rules against chair "reserves" and the frequent removal of large numbers of lounges by deck staff for no apparent reason, even on sea days. And, finally, strong chemical odors in the stateroom that were never resolved but "were continuing to be monitored."

FUNNY BUT SOMETIMES IRRITATING:

Unsophisticated passengers looking for the "chick" (Chic) dining room or commenting on the "real" singer in the lobby area who "must be doing karaoke." (The singer was accompanied by a pianist.) Too many passengers entering the main dining room on formal nights wearing ragged dirty clothes and flip-flop sandals, making it seem pointless for anyone else to dress up.

END RESULT:

We're strongly considering never sailing with Carnival again.


Publication Date: 06/19/11
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