8 Day Eastern Caribbean Cruise: Carnival Freedom Cruise Review by southernutah

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8 Day Eastern Caribbean Cruise

Sail Date: May 2011
Destination: Eastern Caribbean
Embarkation: Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
We recently returned from a cruise on the Carnival Freedom ship. It was an 8 day cruise that stopped at St Thomas, Antigua, Tortola and Nassau.

The trip was fun, though most of the ports were very similar. We booked one excursion through the ship and went and did our own thing at the other ports.

The slide on the ship was fun, and the pools (though small) were fun and clean.

I wish they would have broadcast the NBA playoffs on the big screen at night (I was on a disney cruise a few years ago that aired a playoff game every night on their big outside screen and it was the best) but the movies they showed were fun.

The casual dinning was ok. The pizza bar, hamburgers, and the lunch and breakfast buffets had a decent variety but the food seemed kind of cheap.

The formal dinning in the dinning rooms had better food but not as high quality as some ships I've been on in the past. The service was often very slow and refills on drinks or bread came very More very infrequently. Also, it seemed significantly less formal than on some other ships. A lot of people didn't really dress up, and the meals didn't come in as distinct courses as I am used to on cruises. There was basically a starter, a main course and a dessert, instead of a starter, salad or soup, palate cleanser, main course, desert. But that doesn't mean it was bad, just a bit less formal.

The casino was fun and I think the frequent tournaments helped keep it fun. The craps table was always busy and exciting every night. A lot of the dealers seemed like they were still in the training phase, but they were usually personable and had someone watching them so they didn't make too many mistakes.

The fitness room was good but it was pretty crowded. Maybe they need a few more treadmills.

All in all it was a fun trip. Maybe a bit better food was the only major complaint i could have. Less

Published 06/02/11

Cabin review: 4A Interior

Our cabin was cozy. They didn't have any ocean view rooms available when we booked (it was very last minute) but our room had everything we needed and our house keeper was friendly and always left our room clean and full of ice.

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Port and Shore Excursions

Seemed much like st thomas but without as many nice houses. We took a taxi to a local beach, where we had a very nice relaxing day on one of the most beautiful beaches I've seen. Antigua has amazing beaches and there are plenty of them to choose from.
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Nassau has come to mean one thing to me. ATLANTIS! Ever since we stopped there a few years ago on a Disney Cruise, i've been wanting to go back there. The waterpark is amazing, and all of the slides and pools are so fun that the day goes by FAR TOO FAST! The entire area of Atlantis seems almost fake it looks so fantastic.

The aquariums at Atlantis are worth the trip. Massive tanks with sharks, sting rays and all sorts of fish.

I've now been to Atlantis twice, and hope to make it three times soon!

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We went off exploring on our own at this port. We signed up for a tour that took us to downtown, then around the island, then to a beach before taking us back to the ship. I definitely recommend hiking up the 99 steps to Blackbeards Castle. Very interesting place and has amazing views of the island from the top tower.

The shopping in St Thomas is mostly jewelry, and we didn't spend much time shopping because of the limited selection of non-jewelry stores

The island is beautiful and has some amazing views. There are also a lot of iguanas and it is fun to watch them climbing around in the trees

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We did a ship excursion snorkeling at Norman Island. This was supposedly the island that Treasure Island was based on. The excursion was fun and the snorkeling was pretty good for fish, but not so much for coral. The boat ride to norman island is almost worth the trip by itself. The Sir Francis Drake Channel is a beautiful area with islands all over the place. After the excursion we walked around Tortola for a bit. It is a nice little place and the shopping street (a very narrow street about a block from the water) was a fun place to visit. We ate at a nice pub style restaurant and enjoyed a little jerk chicken. Tortola was a fun place
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