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Carnival Freedom Cruise Review by jdechter

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Carnival Freedom
Carnival Freedom
Member Name: jdechter
Cruise Date: December 2011
Embarkation: Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
Destination: Eastern Caribbean
Cabin Category: 6C
Cabin Number: 2296
Booking Method: Cruise Line
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Member Rating   4.0 out of 5+
Dining 3.0
Public Rooms 4.0
Cabins 4.0
Entertainment 3.0
Spa & Fitness 4.0
Family & Children Not Rated
Shore Excursions 4.0
Embarkation 5.0
Service 3.0
Value-for-Money 4.0
Rates 3.0
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We arrived 2 days before this cruise to visit with the in laws in Boynton Beach. We returned the rental car to Alamo at FLL after dropping off the luggage and took their shuttle which took an hour as they stopped at numerous other ships along the way.

This was my 32nd cruise, first time Platinum on CCL. The lines to embark were long so I was lucky to have VIP embarkation. We walked right on after checking in and were able to get into the cabin, an oceanview on Main deck not too far from forward elevator. I was careful to pick this one but it was noisy nevertheless. Try to avoid 2296. The stateroom is spacious and I did was happy to be on a lower deck because we had some very windy days with some rocking which was minimal on our deck. Our cabin steward was adequate--we requested extra towels and hangers, the bed was comfortable, I brought extra adhesive hooks to hang bags, hats and wet bathing suits.

The ship is typical Carnival strangely laid out and the decor garish. The pools were small for the size of the ship, the jacuzzis never very hot. There was always seating somewhere but of course the chair hogs took the A+ seats early. I enjoyed the steel band at the pool as some cruise lines just have piped in music now. The entertainment in general was boring. The Beatles show was surprisingly good though.

Best of all was the weather and the ports. We enjoyed Sapphire Bay at St Thomas, Valley Church Beach in Antigua and Jost Van Dyke in Tortola. Nassau the weather was cooler so we just walked around town and returned to the ship.

We had anytime dining and were dismayed by the very casual dress code. Honestly, shorts and flip flops at dinner?

Disembarkation began with constant announcements beginning at 6:30am. Are you kidding? Just not necessary. We were able to claim our luggage and make a 10:30 flight home but the airport was quite crowded.

We picked this cruise for the ship, price and itinerary and were satisfied.

Publication Date: 12/14/11
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