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Carnival Freedom Cruise Review
4.5 / 5.0
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New Years 2020

Carnival Freedom Cruise Review by Nosborn

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Dec 2019
  • Destination: the Western Caribbean
  • Cabin Type: Junior Suite

My husband and I booked last minute for this cruise. We literally had the last outside Jr.Suite. The room was clean and too comfortable:) We were greeted at IAH by the Carnival transfer represented (very pleasant) and organized. Comfortable one hour bus ride(took a nap). Arrived where our luggage was taken promptly to the ship. The smoothest check in no hassles. We were greeted with champagne as we boarded. At check in the representative advised us that the cabin and our bags will be ready the latest 3pm. While wait we could get lunch and more champagne.So many places to eat on board and all of it was great! Adinta Yulinda / team head waitress always had a smile on her face that you can tell was genuine. She is so personable and treated us with such kindness. We could wait to see her at dinner time her smile was so infectious. She has such a personality. Tinton Apriyanto Wijaksono / team waiter would swoop in and make sure we had what we needed from the bar and always with a warm smile. My husband enjoyed talking to him. He is a really nice person. Last but not least Manisha Pradhan/ asst. team waitress she completed the team. Simply an asset to the Carnival crew they worked seamlessly together. They made us feel that we were the only ones they were serving in a very busy dining room. The entire wait staff put on a dance performance in the dining that also included the guest everyone had a great time! Mario / Maitre D went out of his way to make sure he set my husband up with his beloved buttermilk every morning and evening with Nyoman Widyanata “Nata” for short at the Blue Iguana Catina. Mario always checked on us at dinner. We enjoyed exchanging stories of his culture and family. They made us feel like part of their family. TJ/ cruise director was so funny. The Punchliner Club was hilarious. The best comedy on land or sea. Not sure if this good or bad, but bartender knew my name and my drink, lol. Loved the specialty coffee shop (every morning and evening) did not miss Star****s at all. The 88 show dedicatedto Billy Joel was outstanding. I loved the Serenity area and adult only jacuzzis. I am really hlad we bought the “cheers package” really convenient. We also had the opportunity to meet Sylvia/ beverage operations supervisor. She is so knowledgeable and super individual. I am not a whiskey drinker, but my husband is. Sylvia invited us to the Mixology class and it was so much fun. I really enjoyed the class. The excursions were well worth it. We did the VIP Beach Escape in Cozumel definitely recommend it. In Belize we did the Mayan ruins and cruise that was a lot of fun and the guides were very informative. Lastly, in Mahogany Bay, Honduras we went to French Key Private beach. I would highly recommend this it was so relaxing with water sports if you wanted to do it or absolutely nothing. It is so beautiful. The crew was so welcoming. The cruise and crew are outstanding. This is not my first cruise and I am ready to book next year.

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We had a large 4x4 window located at the bow of the ship. Amazing view!

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Bus ride to the restaurant area and boat dock. Went by an exhilarating boat ride and about a mile walk to 3 Mayan ruins and returned to the restaurant for lunch. They have a small gift shop and a nice bar.

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