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Carnival Freedom Cruise Review by Nightfighter: First (last?) time on Freedom

1 Review
Member Since 2011
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Cabin 5.0
Dining 3.0
Embarkation 4.0
Enrichment Activities 4.0
Entertainment 4.0
Family & Children Not Rated
Fitness & Recreation 4.0
Public Rooms 4.0
Rates 5.0
Service 5.0
Shore Excursions 5.0
Value for Money 4.0

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First (last?) time on Freedom

Sail Date: September 2011
Destination: Eastern Caribbean
Embarkation: Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)

When we booked our cruise on the Freedom, we paid for 5 ports. Later, after all monies were paid they notified us they were dropping the San Jaun port due to "dockage problems". Did we get a refund for that port? Nooooo. We got a "Fun Day At Sea" for the same price.

Tropical Storm Maria threw a scare into Carnival and, as we checked in at Ft. Lauderdale, we were given a letter saying we were now going on a western cruise instead of eastern. All excursions at original ports cancelled ... so we spent the next couple of hours in line at the excursion desk booking new excursions instead of enjoying the ship. That done, we went to our balcony to enjoy our departure ... but ... a message came over the intercom that the OLD itinerary was back on. !!! Back to the excursion desk to stand in line with a lot of familiar faces. With everything re-squared away, we went back to our balcony to see we were already passing into open ocean. So much for enjoying More departure.

Finally cruising, we explored the ship. There were more families on board than any other cruise we've been on. Unfortunately, a lot of the parents must have been the "permissive" type as children were running up and down our hall, screaming, at all hours of the evening.

We were really spoiled on the Carnival Fantasy dining rooms with both the decor and food choices. Neither were as good on the Freedom. Every night we would have to settle for same-o same-o. Finally started eating at the Lido restaurant. We did go to the Steakhouse and would give it a solid 5-stars.

The walls on the rooms were thin, allowing us to listen-in to the nightly arguments next door. By the way, I sided with the hubby.

We enjoyed the other Carnival cruises (Fantasy & Glory) and really look at cruising as a means to get to places we haven't seen. Creature comforts on-board ARE important, but secondary. We've pretty well exhausted the ports Carnival offer and are researching Celebrity. Less

Published 10/07/11

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Cabin review: Carnival Freedom

Plenty of storage for people who like to cruise "comfortably". Had a "lip" on the floor outside door in hallway so when crewmembers went over it with a cart of dishes, you knew it. Standard Carnival decor. Seemed smaller than one we had on Fantasy, but sq footage about the same. Small but nice balcony.

Port and Shore Excursions

Went zip-lining for the first time and loved it! Another item marked off the old bucket-list. Called the Antigua Canopy Tour, it is one you should REALLY consider.
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Third time to Nassau. It seems that EVERY Carnival cruise includes Nassau. I'm tired of Nassau. We did the Sea-Lion interaction that was offered on-line and that was the BEST time we have had on all three visits. By the way, the add says you get a lunch voucher for Atlantis ... don't plan on it. We had to be on the dock by 12:30 to go to Atlantis and there we were told we'd have to wait till 2:15. Why the wait? Voucher for Lunch? The gal at the podium had no idea what we were talking about. The actual interaction the the Sea-Lions was worth what we paid.
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A-1 trip. Rough waters (excursion was sold-out but only 1 other couple showed up). Good snorkeling at Christmas Cove but fish had not moved back in due to TS Maria in area. Guides knowledgeable and friendly.

Did The Baths in Virgin Gorda. While interesting, they weren't worth the time consumed with going and coming back to the ship. No spare time to explore Tortola itself. Will have to do another cruise to Tortola just to see it.
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