Freedom, one of Carnival's best: Carnival Freedom Cruise Review by goldenrule5

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Freedom, one of Carnival's best

Sail Date: November 2012
Destination: Southern Caribbean
Embarkation: Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
This was a 6 days cruise out of Ft. Lauderdale, we drove from Orlando and used Premier Parking to leave our car, they took us on their van and in less than 10 minutes were at the pier, for less than $5 a day that was a good deal.
We arrived at 10 AM had boarding pass number 16 and were on board by 10:45, the room was ready by 1 PM, the earliest we ever had.
This ship is kept in very good shape and their food quite good, especially in their dinning room, which we used every day for supper, also we used it three days for breakfast since it was much easier and convenient than waiting in long crowded lines in the morning.
We chose this cruise because their stop at Key West, which we hadn't been in for
40 years, the area where you disembark is almost exactly like any of the other island ports, full of tourist stores with high price merchandise, you wouldn't think you were still on the U.S. You have to walk a lot to get to the "real" part of town, the only advantage was you More didn't get "assaulted" by the street vendors.
This brings me to the stop at Ocho Rios, unless you book a tour i advise you to stay on the ship, we got off and decided not to get even out of the gated area,
talk about being aggressive, we walked right back to the ship.
Our main complaint on this ship was the entertainment, or rather, the lack of entertainment.
On the other Carnival ships you get two evening shows, one for early and one for late dinners. On this one we had a total of 4 musical shows, two of them on the last nite. None of them was a variety show, they all consisted of their own dancers and singers. On three nights they used the theater for guest's participating games, talking about saving money on entertainment.
Disembarking was the fastest ever, specially for those with carry on which we always do, never understood why people embark with luggage fit for a transatlantic trip, before 7am people were already getting off with no lines, we enjoyed breakfast in the restaurant and by 8 got off with no lines, the only ones were at the port with customs.
Wish all the other ships would use the Freedom system of debarkation. Less

Published 11/20/12

Cabin review:

Carnival cabins are among the largest of the cruise ships. Our cabin on deck 1 was enough for the two of us, plenty of storage and closet space, bath is of good size, the only problem would be the sleeping time for some, since deck 1 is close to the engines specially if you are in the rear section, but it was not a problem for us. The things to watch when you choose location is to make sure the cabin is not near the elevators and hopefully with another cabin deck above and not something like the gym or other noisy area.

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