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We live in Texas, so we drove down to Galveston the morning of departure. We stopped at Sam's Restaurant in Fairfield on I45 for breakfast, then on to the port. There were traffic issues in Houston, so we didn't get into Galveston until almost 1pm. We parked at Lighthouse Parking under an awning. They immediately took us to the ship - great company. We carry on our own luggage. Lines not too bad getting checked in. Our cabin 9204 was ready when we arrived. This is a handicap cabin that was assigned to us by Carnival. It was spacious and quiet and on our favorite deck, Lido! Went to Guy's for a burger for lunch. We had been waitlisted for YTD & at checkin found we had been assigned 8:15 dining - not good for us. So we went to the maitre d who put us at 6pm dining. This was a pretty lazy vacation for us. We went to some of the comedy shows - loved them. We went to the 88 Keys show, which was good. We played a couple of music trivia games - didn't win, but had fun anyway. Spent a couple of afternoons on Serenity deck in lounger and hot tub. Food was good in the dining room as well as the buffet. We were at table 410 with Alejandro, Jose & Kimi - they were great. In Roatan, we just hung out at Mahogany Beach. We'd been there before to scuba, so if you dive, be sure to book a dive trip. In Belize, we went cave tubing with a company called cavetubing.bz. Their guides were great - told us about the country, the vegetation, etc. The tubes were carried for us, leaving us free to take pics along the trail to the cave. Tubes had bottoms & backrests. After tubing, we had a lunch of chicken, cole slaw, rice n beans & rum punch, soda or water. In Cozumel, we booked a dive trip with Sand Dollar Sports. We saw a couple of spiny lobsters, lots of different fish & a huge eagle ray. Really beautiful. Staff on the ship were friendly for the most part. Our room steward seemed to have tons of cabins, yet we were always greeted by name with a smile. His name was Semadi.

Great Cruise!

Carnival Freedom Cruise Review by dmdiver

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We live in Texas, so we drove down to Galveston the morning of departure. We stopped at Sam's Restaurant in Fairfield on I45 for breakfast, then on to the port. There were traffic issues in Houston, so we didn't get into Galveston until almost 1pm. We parked at Lighthouse Parking under an awning. They immediately took us to the ship - great company. We carry on our own luggage. Lines not too bad getting checked in. Our cabin 9204 was ready when we arrived. This is a handicap cabin that was assigned to us by Carnival. It was spacious and quiet and on our favorite deck, Lido! Went to Guy's for a burger for lunch. We had been waitlisted for YTD & at checkin found we had been assigned 8:15 dining - not good for us. So we went to the maitre d who put us at 6pm dining. This was a pretty lazy vacation for us. We went to some of the comedy shows - loved them. We went to the 88 Keys show, which was good. We played a couple of music trivia games - didn't win, but had fun anyway. Spent a couple of afternoons on Serenity deck in lounger and hot tub. Food was good in the dining room as well as the buffet. We were at table 410 with Alejandro, Jose & Kimi - they were great.

In Roatan, we just hung out at Mahogany Beach. We'd been there before to scuba, so if you dive, be sure to book a dive trip.

In Belize, we went cave tubing with a company called cavetubing.bz. Their guides were great - told us about the country, the vegetation, etc. The tubes were carried for us, leaving us free to take pics along the trail to the cave. Tubes had bottoms & backrests. After tubing, we had a lunch of chicken, cole slaw, rice n beans & rum punch, soda or water.

In Cozumel, we booked a dive trip with Sand Dollar Sports. We saw a couple of spiny lobsters, lots of different fish & a huge eagle ray. Really beautiful.

Staff on the ship were friendly for the most part. Our room steward seemed to have tons of cabins, yet we were always greeted by name with a smile. His name was Semadi.
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Cabin 4G 9204
We booked inside guarantee & were assigned to 9204, which is a handicap cabin. Loved the location, as it was on our favorite deck, Lido and it was very quiet. The bathroom was huge compared to regular cabin bathrooms. Since the shower is so big, the clothesline can hold more swimwear. There are no lips to step over, either, which was nice! I posted pics on cruiselinerooms.com for anyone who wants to see. Note - this cabin only has 2 small closets. Fortunately, we pack fairly light.
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Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

  • Cave-Tubing
    Booked with cavetubing.bz - very informative guides, they carry your tubes to the cave, lunch is provided. Lunch was chicken, cole slaw, rice & beans and rum punch.
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  • Scuba
    Sand Dollar Sports took us out - saw lots of fish, 2 spiny lobsters and a huge eagle ray - lots of colorful coral & plant life. Only thing that would have been better would be if they would have provided a snack between dives. We took a box of cereal. They provided plenty of bottled water.
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  • Roatan
    We just bought chairlift tickets & went to Mahogany Beach. Nothing exciting this time. Water was nice & chatted with fellow cruisers. If you dive, check out Anthony's Key Resort - they have a dive shop.
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