March 3 Spring Break: Carnival Freedom Cruise Review by marblemel

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March 3 Spring Break

Sail Date: March 2013
Destination: Eastern Caribbean
Embarkation: Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
So, this was a last minute cruise booked by my daughter (who is 22 and graduating college in May) for her last spring break. There were 4 of us in 2 inside cabins on deck 8. Myself (47 and an experienced cruiser), my daughter, my mother (75 also an experienced cruiser) and my mother-in-law (78 and doesn't travel much). I had never cruised Carnival before but knew their reputation so I wasn't expecting much. I was pleasantly surprised over all. We got to the part around noon on embarkation day - checked in and were eating lunch on the Lido deck in a total of 15 minutes. Smooth as can be and everyone was really nice.

The ship's decor is pretty hideous. Seriously. It looks like someone vomited every ugly color and texture and threw them together in one ship. I can't believe Carnival thinks it looks good or inviting. But the decor doesn't really impact my trip so I just spent the 6 days cracking jokes about the hideousness of the ship.

The food was inconsistent. Some meals More were very good, others really bad. The chocolate buffet looked good, but most of the food wasn't worth eating (and I LOVE chocolate) so that was disappointing. Breakfast was much better in the dining room then in the buffet, where it was always cold.

Most of the cruise went very smoothly. The only real issue was in Grand Cayman when we had to tender back. The line was exceptionally long and it took forever to get back on ship.

Entertainment on the ship was interesting. The shows were amateurish at best. I felt like I was at my daughter's dance recital. Scheduling of events wasn't great as we had the late seating and a lot went on that was in conflict with that time frame. Carnival should be able to do better.

Disembarkation in Fort Lauderdale was a problem. There were only 2 customs agents and the line was pretty long. Not sure there is anything Carnival can do about this, but it was a drag to have to stand there to get off.

Overall we had a fun trip, but little of that had to do with Carnival since we really brought our happy faces regardless of the situation. Less

Published 03/12/13

Cabin review: 4F8242 Interior

8242 - Standard inside cabin towards the front of the ship. Good location, close to the elevators, but not too close. Plenty of closet space and roomy when set up as twins. Not sure how it would feel set up as a queen, might be tight.

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Port and Shore Excursions

We went to Stingray City with Captain Marvin. It was a lot of fun and other then sitting on the beach, is the only really fun thing to do in Grand Cayman.

Key West isn't a really exciting place. You can take a trolley tour - check out Hemingway's house and the Southernmost point of the USA, but if the weather isn't great (it was cold the day we were there), there aren't a ton of things to do. Scuba is OK and you can parasail, but again, it was too cold when we were there so we just walked around a bit, tried to have lunch at Blue Heaven (one of my favorite restaurants) then ended up at a creperie across the street.
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Went with Peat Taylor to Dunn's River Falls then tubing on the White River. Lots of fun and Peat gets you there early so you beat the crowds. Everyone in Jamaica wants $$$ for everything, which is really annoying. A woman who was pouring free tastings of coffee at a shop near the port was really rude about wanting $ from me even though it was supposed to be a free sample.

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