Carnival Freedom Cruise Review by Mom_to_2_NC: Halloween Cruise heaven
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Overall, our cruise was a 5 out of 5. The few things I'd like to share are mistakes we made, that maybe you can avoid. No matter how many times you read it, and no matter how many people tell you, try to only have 1 bag to carry on and make sure it has wheels. Get to the pier early, by 10-1030 for a 4pm departure is my suggestion. The process of getting to the pier, and waiting in the winding lines, with people pushing up in your space, and squeezing in where it wasn't necessary was very frustrating. Here we waited until the main doors were opened. Everyone was rushed through the doors into more lines. These lines were to check your ID, passport, and boarding documents, you will need these very handy from here on out. Then you went through another set of lines. This line was upstairs and involved escalators, or elevators if you're weary of escalators. Once upstairs you again wait in a winding line until an agent is available to again confirm all your info, then issue the Sign More
and Sail Card. This is the time, BEFORE she sets up your account to let her know if you'll be doing cash or credit. Once through this line, there is yet one more line. Being called by sections, to board the boat. The incline from this point to the boarding point is extremely long and steep. Be prepared to carry your bags while getting bumped and rushed up this steep incline. Once on the boat, for us it didn't get much better at first. In hindsight the best thing to do is not take tons of pictures at this time, and try to find this or that, but simply to find the open dining room, put your bags down, sit yourself down, grab a bit to eat, and regroup. As soon as your room is ready, do make your way there, if for nothing else, then to empty your arms of all your carry on items.
Another thing that is not necessary is the carrying on of water and soda. There are water and ice dispensers everywhere. Bring an empty travel cup and use that to fill up with ice. There are lemonade, water, and sweet tea, for free.
If you tend to be hot natured, I suggest you request, before you get on board, a fan, they go fast and was really needed for us, an inside cabin.
Don't be afraid to talk to others, ask to sit at their table while on the Lido deck, or other public areas.
If you aren't happy with your dinner table accomodations, ask to be moved. We were assigned a table of 4, the other 2 people only showed up the first night. Had we known of the ability to be reassigned, we would have done so and enjoyed our dinners with the presence of others.
My reviews of our excursions are listed below. Besides the embarkation process, and the Dunns River Falls excursion, this would have been a perfect vacation. Less
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