Carnival Freedom Christmas 2010: Carnival Freedom Cruise Review by autigerinnc
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Carnival Freedom Christmas 2010
Destination: Southern Caribbean
Embarkation: Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
We really want to commend Carnival for the emphasis they put on Christmas. The ship was decorated attractively, the kid's programs had some Christmas related activities, there was a Christmas night buffet, and a great Holiday Show Christmas afternoon, complete with singers and dancers, Santa with gifts for all of the kids, and some carols. When the response to the religious service on Christmas Eve was greater than expected, they moved the second service to the large Victoriana Theatre, and hundred of folks attended. They really responded to their guests, and we certainly appreciated that. Kudos to Carnival!
**I couldn't get this review form to add the other 2 ports, Costa Rica and Panama. In Costa Rica, we took the Bus, Boat, and Train trip through Carnival. It was really great, but for those of us from Florida, the scenery wasn't that different. We did see howler monkeys, but that was all. The tour guide, Alman, was excellent. It rained the entire time, but then we found out that they have an extended rainy season there. Others in our party did the zip-line and raved about that.
In Panama, we took a tour with My Friend Mario, and I highly recommend them. Our tour guide Alex was great. We went to the Canal to watch a ship going through (although none did!), and to the Embrera Indian village. The Indian village was very interesting, and it was quite enjoyable to ride in the large canoe to get there. Less
Cabin review: 8D7349 Balcony
Carnival Freedom, Empress Deck, 7349The last cabin on the starboard side with an extra long balcony. I loved this cabin because the bed faces the window and door, so as you lay in bed you get to look out at the water. It was fantastic! It was very quiet. You give up a couch for the larger balcony, but we didn't miss it.Read All Balcony (8D) Reviews >>
Port and Shore Excursions
We have been to Cozumel several times, so this year we just got a taxi and headed to Paradise Beach. For $2, you get a beach chair for the day, and the staff will bring you as many $7.50 drinks as you want! The real bargain was the $12 wrist band that gets you unlimited time on the inflatables in the water, the trampoline on land, kayaks, snorkels, and floats. They really have a good set-up for enjoying a wonderful beach day, including wi-fi at the bar, if you want to send a quick email back home. I highly recommend it. The taxi for 6 of us was $28 each way.
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