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galian84's Port Reviews of Key West, Grand Cayman, Ocho Rios
Carnival Freedom cruise in July 2013
Member Name: galian84
Cruise Date: July 2013
Embarkation: Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
Destination: Eastern Caribbean
Member Review: galian84's Carnival Freedom Review
Key West
Port Rating: 4.0 out of 5+

We didn't book any excursions this trip, so we just took the Conch trolley and got off at random stops to explore. I was on a mission: Find the best Key Lime Pie in Key West.

We first went to the Ernest Hemingway home, and though it was a little stuffy and very hot, it was enjoyable. From there, we went to the lighthouse, where we climbed to the top. You definitely get an amazing birds-eye view from Key West from up there!

Afterward, we hopped back on the trolley and hit up one of the beaches at Casa Marina. After taking Caribbean cruises, the beach wasn't really what we expected (water didn't seem particularly clean, lots of seaweed and algae floating around and made it awkward to swim / walk around in the water), so we left after about a half hour.

Lastly, we went to find our Key Lime pie. We went to the Key West Key Lime Pie Company and picked up two slices to bring back to the ship. Boy, did that make a good dessert in the next day or two!

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Grand Cayman
Turtle Farm Rating: 5.0 out of 5+

Gorgeous port of call, especially the beaches. Went to the turtle farm for this excursion. Got to hold the younger turtles...very cute, and you can soothe them by stroking them under their chin when they start flapping their flippers. They also let you swim with turtles and fish in this little lagoon, which was a nice experience...and across the bridge was the shark tank. There was also a freshwater pool, which was a refreshing break after all the saltwater we were used to swimming in.

From there, we went to Seven Mile Beach. Crystal clear, warm water, but it was extremely hot outside. Apply sunscreen VERY liberally while you're here. Spent about two hours at the beach before hopping back on a taxi to catch the last tender back to the cruise.

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Ocho Rios
Dunn's River Falls Rating: 5.0 out of 5+

We did the Dunn's River Falls and exclusive snorkeling excursion here. The snorkeling was a little cheesy...not what we expected. Don't think we'll be doing it again.

The Falls was most definitely a unique experience. Everyone in the tour group had to hold hands and make the trek up the falls. We got a workout from it and got some nice pictures. Overall, a very fun experience.

The only thing we were wary about were the locals. They can be a bit intimidating and pushy, but then again, that's how they make their money. We wanted to go River Tubing afterward, but since we didn't have any cash on us, we couldn't do a whole lot else. Ended up going back to the cruise ship an hour early.

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