Spring Break 2010: Carnival Freedom Cruise Review by cruisecp

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Spring Break 2010

Sail Date: March 2010
Destination: Eastern Caribbean
Embarkation: Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
Our family of four (two sons age 12 and 13) cruised from Fort Lauderdale 3/27/10 on the Carnival Freedom. This was our first time on Carnival. We have cruised previously on Royal Caribbean and Princess. Arrived one day early and stayed at the Embassy Suites Fort Lauderdale. Hotel isn't inexpensive, but a great choice for a pre-cruise stay. Took a quick taxi ride to the port.

We thought we would just list the pros and cons of the Carnival Freedom.

Pros: Fun ship If you like events like hairy chest contest and other pool games you'll be amused Good show selection. Comedians were fair, some singing and dancing shows, a hypnotist, karoake, a Legends show (where passengers take on the roles of famous singing legends). Warm Chocolate Melting Cake...served in the dining room. Our Cruise Director Ryan was very good. Not too over the top. Lots of storage/closet space in our balcony room. Most we've ever had. 24 hour pizza place was good Great ports on our cruise: Puerto More Rico, St. Thomas, Antiqua, Tortola and Nassau Specialty Steakhouse Restaurant was delicious. We liked anytime dining. Only one evening did we have to wait. Disembarkation and Embarkation fast and efficient Big Movie Screen, Seaside Theatre, showed movies and sporting events Very clean ship!!

Cons: Layout of the buffet creates long lines. Need more food "stations" versus one long buffet. Staff was not friendly Service in dining room was very slow a few evenings Basketball/Volleyball court was only open until 6pm (probably because the specialty steakhouse is underneath it) Pools seem smaller then any ship we've been on previously Food quality in dining room and buffets seemed not as good as on previous ships The emphasis on kids wearing pants on formal night and in the specialty steakhouse. Many of the employees commented that our sons were not wearing pants. They were wearing neat, clean plaid shorts with polos. One employee even said we'd be better off wearing jeans...disagree with that. We will just stick to the buffet those formal evenings. We really enjoy a ship with the open promenade section.

We had a great family vacation. We enjoy being together and are grateful that we were able to take a trip like this. Less

Published 04/05/10

Cabin review: 8288

Tons of storage in our cabin!!!!

Port and Shore Excursions

We booked a lobster lunch and snorkeling trip with Creole Cruises. Highly recommend. Captain Glenn and Mario are fantastic. Best excursion we've ever done.

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We got off the ship and had a taxi take us to Megan's Bay. Nice place to swim and relax. Not for snorkeling. Small food establishment and bathrooms.

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We booked a tour thru Carnival of the Baths at Virgin Gorda. If you've never seen them before, take the trip. Once we docked in Tortola we took a 30 minute ferry ride to Virgin Gorda, then a 5-10 minute bus ride to the baths. Tons of huge rocks deposited on the beaches years ago have created small pools/baths and caves to explore. You can climb thru the boulders or just relax on the beach.

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