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SouthernOhioCrusier's Port Reviews of Key West, Grand Cayman, Ocho Rios
Carnival Freedom cruise in October 2012
Member Name: SouthernOhioCrusier
Cruise Date: October 2012
Embarkation: Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
Destination: Western Caribbean
Member Review: SouthernOhioCrusier's Carnival Freedom Review
Key West
Port Rating: 4.0 out of 5+
Key West - First time there..mostly shopping & food. We did go to Zachary Taylor Beach to get away from it all. Nice beach but very rocky to be sure to wear water shoes if you go. About a $3/person cab ride from Duvall St. There is a cool Civil War fort called Zachary Taylor that you can tour. It played a pretty big role in the Civil War and later in WW1. We didn't have enough time to eat at Blue Heaven, which was very highly reccomened to us before we left for the cruise..that was a bummer.

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Grand Cayman
Snorkeling Rating: 5+ out of 5+
Ocho Rios, Jamaica - Did the Dunn's River Falls / Bamboo Beach excursion. The weather that day was not very good, it rained all day. Despite that the tour guides were great and did their best to show us a good time. We did get to see baby sea turtles by total luck at the beach so that alone made the excursion worth it.

We did really hate the pressure that we got from all of the market vendors...they use very aggressive sales tactics and at times were very rude if you refusted to even look at their wares. They need to chill out because it could hurt them in the long run. Everyone I talked to on the ship liked Jamaica EXCEPT for that part, so just be wary. And if you have children make sure they understand that NOTHING is FREE there no matter what the vendors tell them.

Stingray Swim Rating: 5+ out of 5+
Caymans - By far our best port experience. We did our own excursion (not one of the Carnival choices). We booked a private charter from and it was awesome. The captain (O'Neil) took us out to a private area and we had our own stingray experience...much less crowded than the sand bar everyone else goes to.

We then went to another place to snorkel. Food & Drink as well as transportation to & from the port provided. Can't say enough about this excursion. Trip Advisor has nothing but positive reviews as well. The water in the Caymans was the most beautiful I've ever a postcard everywhere you looked.

One really cool aspect of this excursion was that this captain actaully used the boat's sails a lot ..more than the engine of the boat. This provided a realy unique and relaxing experience. My understanding is that most charters don't do this...they just use the boat engines everyone. We really really liked the sailboat aspect of this excursion.

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