Carnival Freedom May 4: Carnival Freedom Cruise Review by Cruisin'Trooper

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Carnival Freedom May 4

Sail Date: May 2009
Destination: Western Caribbean
Embarkation: Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
This is a nice ship and only about 2 years old.  Typical Carnival ship in layout and decor.  Very clean and a super friendly staff and crew.  Food in the dining room is fine with no complaints, however, there is no "wow factor" either.  The Carnival Classic meals and deserts are available nightly which is great if you do not want to venture away from traditional fare.

Embarkation seemed a little chaotic with long lines and a lot of standing in the roped off area.  It appeared that there were large wedding groups boarding for the day which added a monkey wrench into the loading for the sailing guest.  Once these groups were out of the way in the security area we were on our way.  Parking is fine at Port Everglades with a very convenient parking garage, and the rates are $15.00 a day.

The ship sailed about 30 minutes early which was nice.  The rooms were ready at 1:30pm and the Muster drill was typical. 

The cabins More are typical Carnival cabins - I guess if they have a floor plan and decor scheme that works, keep doing it.  Room was clean and comfy but very dusty which was surprising to us.  My nose picked up the dust quickly.  The balcony was covered in salt (on the rail and windows) but they hosed down the balconies in Key West and in Jamaica, so they were on top of things for us.

Casino and shops are the typical layout and design for Carnival.  Normal daily sales and such.  Casino really needs live poker dealers instead of the electronic poker pro table. 

Entertainment was fine and the 2 Carnival shows were good.  The comedian is a typical cruise ship comedian and the shows where the guest are the stars all depends on the guest and their talent or lack of.

Disembarkation was great!  The new number system seems to work a lot better than the old color codes.  We were off the ship, through customs, and in the car in less than 1 hour from when they called our number.  The Express Disembark looked like it was smooth too, just too early for me to get up and off - they were off at 7:30am.

Good cruise and nice ship - well worth it! Less

Published 05/11/09

Cabin review: 8A6375 Balcony

This ship is like all the other Carnival ships when it comes to the cabins. The balcony cabin is nice and comfy. Water is hot and the pressure in the shower is great. The only problem with this particular cabin and probably all the ones in our area of the ship was the all night thumping and noise from the casino and disco below. This is the first and last time we were on the 6th deck. Disco music, casino noise, and the karokee singing vibrated the floor and walls in the cabin everynight until about 2am. I honestly thought about sleeping on the balcony a couple of nights. The walls and floors must be paper thin! Stay on deck 7 or higher and you'll be okay, or stay on 6 and be in the forward section.

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Port and Shore Excursions

This is a great stop, but you have to tender which can be a pain. There were 5 ships in port with us and the town was bustling with people. The locals are friendly and the place is clean. Becareful crossing the street since they drive opposite from us and you can easily look the wrong way and get run over. There are plenty of excusions to do, or simply walk the town and look around on your own. Like all the other stops in the Caribbean, there are the TYPICAL shops that you see at every stop and some nice local shops and cafes too.

Key West is a nice stop if you want to walk around in the proximity of the ship and be able to take a leisure stroll through the shops and bars. We were lucky that our ship was so big it docked at the main pier which let us walk from the ship to the town in about 2 minutes. Another smaller ship behind us docked at a dock where they had a 2+ mile walk or trolly ride to town. All ships must leave long before sunset since the locals get upset if a ship is blocking their view.

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This is a good stop if you want to see the Falls or Zip Line excursion. Other than that, stay on the boat. You have tiny fenced in area by the dock with nothing at all to see except the constant houndings by the locals to buy their wares or go ride with them. You can take a brief walk outside the gates of the port and walk to a couple of malls (Island Village is one nearby) but you will be hounded by the locals on the brief walk. In less than one mile you will be solicited for drugs, touched repeatedly, and begged to get in their car and take a ride. The shops and restaurants are TYPICAL Caribbean shops and stops. Island Village looks great on their website but is a joke in person.

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