First carnival cruise onboard the freedom: Carnival Freedom Cruise Review by crazy cajun

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crazy cajun
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First carnival cruise onboard the freedom

Sail Date: May 2009
Destination: Western Caribbean
Embarkation: Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
We cruised for the first time on carnival aboard the freedom.
 May-9-09 Embarcation was smooth and the long lines moved fairly quick.
Took the suggestion of others and went straight to lido and had lunch at the
mongolian grill. Have to say now that this was some of the best food that we had onboard.
 Then got to go to our cabin 4606 upper deck. cabin was great , Luggage was there by 1:15 . Room steward( Harry) was top notch. Only extra request i had of him was to keep my ice chest full and he never failed.
 Will never cruise again w/o a balcony.
  Walked around learning our way around the ship till time to get ready for dinner. Found our seat at a table for 6 another couple came in and we found out they were members of our roll call. We ordered soup , shrimp cocktail,
and entree. 
 Heres the Bad: The food to us had absolutly no taste. Now let me say that we are from south Louisiana and like alot of flavor in food. More not pepper but spices and herbs. the shrimp had zero taste the soup was ok , had a little salt. the entree  had  no flavor at all. 
 same w/ the shrimp and lobster on the first formal night, Zero taste.
 i realise that they can't cook w/ pepper and salt as some people can't eat those items but anyone can stand a little garlic or rosemary or basil?
  To top off the tasteless food ,Our waiter did the bare minimum to get by.
 when we had ceaser salad no one at our table was offered cracked black pepper . We saw waiters all around us offering it to the diners at there tables. same w/ mint jelly on the night we had lamb chops. (The lamb was cooked to perfection except for no flavor) .
 The four of us at the table decided to not ask the waiter and to see if the service improved. ( It didn't) .
  We were very dissapointed in the food.
 DW and i had a great time and got into all the passenger games and won a couple of medals. Stayed in the piano bar and sang along most nights.
 Saw the shows , played bingo, won a bit in the casino.
 To rate our cruise , i'd have to do it in 2 parts .
 The first would be the dining . C-
 The second would be everything else. A+
 We will definatly cruise carnival again and just know ahead of time to bring some seasoning w/ us to eat in the dining room. Less

Published 05/27/09
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Cabin review: 8B6406 Balcony

cabin 6406 is above the aft end of the dance club and you did hear a little of the bass thumping late at night. Unless you need dead quiet to sleep it's no problem. The balcony is now a requirement on all future cruises. It is so nice to sit out and watch the sun set while enjoying a cigar and a cocktail before dinner and we even slept w/ the door open 2 nights just to listen to the waves.plenty of closet space , hangers and shelf space in the bathroom. Bed was very comfortable and was a welcome sight after some long days and late nights.

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Port and Shore Excursions

In Belize we took a bus / airboat tour . The bus takes you out of town thru the part of town where all the hotels are and the area where the politicians and dignitaries live. Then to the dock where the air boats wait. each boat has a pilot and mate. They give each passenger a laminated chart w/ the pictures of all the bird life in the area. you are given ear muffs that you must wear while the engine is running.( It is very loud). the area that you tour is a very lage private fresh water marsh and is full of birds . we saw around 15 different species  and as we saw them the mate would point to the picture on the chart so that we knew what bird we were seeing. We also saw and hand fed a few small crocodiles. Back to the dock and then the bus brought you back to the dock through the side of town where the average folks live. Some of those familys live in a shack that is smaller than my living room.
 most do not have a car or AC they have a bicycle or two for transportation.
 But i can tell you that the locals that i met were some of the happiest down to earth folks you'll ever meet.

The DW and i are not really beach folks so in Colon Panama The canal tour looked interesting but we didn't like the thought of an 8 hr. tour. We just went to the free zone and she picked up a few purses and i got 2 silver/onyx rings .
 Back to the ship for afternoon cocktails and cigars on the balcony.

In costa rico we took the bus / boat / train tour and  enjoyed the tour greatly.
 The bus took us first to a banana plantation and we got to see how bananas are grown and harested and shipped. Bus then took us to the river boat that took us a few miles down the river where we saw 2 and 3 toed sloth , monkeys ,Iguanas and some native lizards ( can't remember the name).
 The bus then took us to the train and we rode old time steam train thru the rain forrest . Bus back to dock where we picked out a couple of tee shirts.
 back onboard.
 We are now in contact w/ a real estate agent in Costa Rico about buying a few acres outside of town for retirement property.

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crazy cajun
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