CARNIVAL HAS LOST ITS APPEAL TO ME: Carnival Freedom Cruise Review by Cruising Often

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Sail Date: June 2010
Destination: Western Caribbean
Embarkation: Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
We are members of the VIP cruising with Carnival, and have sailed it many many times over the last 30 years. Last year our family went on the Liberty and the food was delicious, and the dress code was as it should be on the formal nights, many were in tuxedos, those that were not were in a jacket and pants, however, on this cruise, the formal night was a joke.

On nights that were not formal, people wore shorts, t-shirts, flip flops and all other forms of attire that should not be presented in the dining rooms, yes, up on deck at the buffets this attire is fine, but not in the dining rooms.

After several days of this, we finally asked why the dining room was filled with people in shorts, and we were told this, "THERE WAS A CHANGE ABOUT 8 MONTHS AGO" AND CARNIVAL IS CATERING TO THE YOUNGER PEOPLE WHO DO NOT LIKE TO DRESS TO GO TO THE DINING ROOM".

So to those cruisers who enjoy dressing appropriately for the dining rooms, you will be greatly disappointed on More this ship as to the dress code. I am not sure that this is the policy on ALL Carnival ships, but on this one it was.

There were only about 5 people wearing tuxedos, and same for women in nice dress attire.

FOOD: While comparing this ship with its sister ship the Liberty, I can honestly say this chef needs to go to school to learn how to make the melting lava cake......ours was nothing but a brownie that was hard, and no melting center on any of them.

The fillets were very small, and they topped it with the short ribs of beef that was on the menu a previous night.

The lobster tails were at best 4" long, and were served with some shrimp, so people were asking for 3 and 4 of them, and throwing the shrimp away.

Several nights there were at least 3 to 4 chicken dishes on the same menu with little to choose from, and then one night they had veal parm., turkey, and prime rib all on the same menu.....

While appreciating the designer touches of the other vegetables on the plate and the great looking presentation, when you have people who have cruised on the line as many times as we have, you don't need all of this, some nights there were 5 different things on the dinner plate, which were not described on the menu so you did not know what they were.

We heard that the steak house had great meals, but in my opinion, when you pay this much for a cruise, you should not have to spend $60-$100 ON A STEAK DINNER in a steak house on board.


The entertainment was great on this ship as compared to the Liberty, and the dancers performed a great tribute to the Beetles, and then another musical show.

We had a great comedian, a juggler and the band is just outstanding. HOWEVER we were told by staff that on other ships the band has been reduced.

The cruise director Ryan was great, and has the best personality of any we have ever seen, he is honest, down to earth, and takes the time to answer all your questions without giving you a rush look, or "I have to go now". Less

Published 06/18/10

Cabin review: bal8320

DO NOT BOOK ON THE DECK BELOW THE LIDO DECK - we were on deck 8 and right under the deck where the pool is and the movie screen. People were moving their chairs across the deck and being right under them, that is all we heard all night long, along with people running. Since we are frequent VIP cruisers one would have thought that the booking people would have known this and told us not to book here. Our cabin was nice, and room steward was great.

Port and Shore Excursions

We went on an excursion here as we had never been to Costa Rica. We went to the excursion show and they encouraged us to go with this one. It was $90 PER PERSON and this was not the most expensive one. We took a 2 hour bus ride,saw a banana plantation, which was very interesting, an hour long train ride then a 1 hour boat ride. We did see a lot of the Forest, some animals and our tour guide was great with the history.

Unless you go on an excursion, there is only shopping to see in this port, and a few places to get a drink. We have been there so many times, we just do the shopping deal and then go back to the ship. Were quite amazed as to the costs that the excursions are now costing.

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We took this tour because we wanted to see the Panama Canal up close. We went in a SMALL van, 2 can hardly fit on a seat, drove through the rain forest, went to a ruined fort, then on to the canal. The canal was fantastic and should be a must to anyone visiting Panama.

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