8 days of Freedom (3/27/2010): Carnival Freedom Cruise Review by FlaParrotHead

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8 days of Freedom (3/27/2010)

Sail Date: March 2010
Destination: Eastern Caribbean
Embarkation: Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
Background: This was a fairly last minute booking (about a month or so ahead of the cruise). The itinerary and the extra day looked like just what we needed. We have cruised Carnival many times along with a couple of RCCL and NCL ships many years ago. We have always enjoyed the value, the size of the cabins, the people we meet, and the Carnival ships overall. On this cruise we had our 17yo DS with us while our 20yo DS was unable to come along due to his university schedule. We drove from central Florida down to Ft. Lauderdale on Friday to stay with friends and made the short drive over to the port about 12:30.

Embarkation: This was our first time cruising out of Ft. Lauderdale (usually Miami or Tampa) and it could not have gone any smoother. While we were VIP with our OS category, it seemed like even then non-VIP line (while long) moved along well. It seems like Port Everglades and Carnival have things moving fast and smooth for everyone the first day. We were on the ship More within about 15minutes of walking in the door. Since the rooms were not ready (they made that clear that it would be 1:30, which is was), we hung around with our carry-on things for 15minutes and then found our room.

Stateroom: We have always liked the size and cleanliness of the Carnival cabins. Our OS was large enough for the three of us without tripping over each other. The only exception would be if anyone was in the vanity area and you needed to get into the bathroom, but hey, this is a cruise ship and not a suite at the "W". Our cabin steward and his assistant were exceptional ! ! They would greet us by name anytime that they saw us, handshakes, hugs, and interest in what we were doing that day. Once I asked for extra ice in the room, it was always there and available.

Main Dining Room: We always select the late seating and a table with other cruisers. First, we do not like to rush when coming back from an island. We like to relax, have a drink, maybe soak in the hot tub as we sail off for the next port-of-call. Then we have time to shower and dress for the MDR. As for our table, we were in the very back of the Posh MDR. We had two fantastic women at our table with their DDs. We knew, and announced, the first night that we would have the best table of that area and we did. Our wait staff were great and the food was excellent. The menu variations were perfect and each entree that I had was cooked exactly as I requested. No complaints to the dining room staff in the Posh MDR at all. We did the Sun King Steak Supper Club one night and as always the food and presentation was 5-star, the service was fine, but it seemed that the service "personal" touch was not there this time.

Lido Deck: While I have read some complaints from others, we did not really have any problems. We ate lunch there on several days (burgers, pizza, deli, and other) and breakfast there one morning. I do not think that we were ever in line more than 5-8 minutes. The staff were always friendly and helpful. Is there a better way to organize the selections, maybe, but everything seemed to flow well and I do not think that anyone was going away hungry.

Room Service: OK, so we did order RS most nights (mornings) about 2-3am. It seemed that after a few early morning calls that the folks almost knew our order of RoastBeef/Brie, Shrimp Salad, and Cookies (and more cookies). I think that the orders were usually at the door within 5minutes.

Ports: The ports on this eight day Eastern Caribbean cruise were great. You had 2 sea days (along with 1/2 and 3/4 sea days) mixed with 5 ports-of-call, details to follow.

Spa: We had several spa treatments and like always, they leave you feeling relaxed and stress free.

Debarkation: Not a problem, while we had priority 1 debarkation, we took our time (DS is not easy to get up in the morning) and when we did leave the cabin, walked straight off the ship, had a porter waiting to get our bags, grabbed the car, and headed out of the port. Less

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Port and Shore Excursions

Next up was Antigua which was an open (unplanned day). We ended up taking a cab to Dickenson Bay, enjoyed the beach and my DS and I hit the Jet Skis. With his "need for speed. I think that this ended up being one of his favorite ports.

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The last port was Nassau where we did get onto a Catamaran sail/snorkel/beach tour along with the ever present rum-punch on the trip back. It was great and the staff on the boat were sensational. We did a little liquor shopping on the walk back to the ship but do wish we had bought more Gumbay Punch (local soda only available in the Islands) than we did.

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In San Juan, we did a Carnival Excursion, the Bioluminescence Bay Kayak Tour. The tour group was fine and the excursion was quite a workout. We expected the full moon to both add to and take away from the experience but it did not take away anything. The moon was great for the Kayak workout and they had tarps to insure that it would be dark enough to see what we all came to see.

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In St. Thomas, we shopped in the morning, and had an excursion booked for the afternoon. OK, here Carnival dropped the ball, but sh** happens and they did their best under the circumstances to fix things, Basically, they forgot to book the afternoon Catamaran, so there was no boat. Once there and it had happened, there was no sense in getting overworked about it. We ended up taking a cab to a great beach, swam and snorkeled on our own and had a blast.

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In Tortola, our DS decided to sleep (for the day) so my DW and I took a cab to a beach/snorkeling reef. It was called Nanny's Cay and no one (NO ONE) from the ship was there, it was great. With the sailing regatta starting that weekend, there were lots of boats coming into and out of the marina and some people setting up tents and viewing areas for the race. When our cab driver drooped us off, we asked him to come back at 4pm and while he did not, he had another cab driver there and waiting for us exactly when we asked. These guys (on all of the Islands, really do a great job and taking care of the cruise passengers).

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