Carnival Freedom Cruise Review by jdechter
- Sail Date: December 2011
- Destination: Eastern Caribbean
- Cabin Type: Ocean View
This was my 32nd cruise, first time Platinum on CCL. The lines to embark were long so I was lucky to have VIP embarkation. We walked right on after checking in and were able to get into the cabin, an oceanview on Main deck not too far from forward elevator. I was careful to pick this one but it was noisy nevertheless. Try to avoid 2296. The stateroom is spacious and I did was happy to be on a lower deck because we had some very windy days with some rocking which was minimal on our deck. Our cabin steward was adequate--we requested extra towels and hangers, the bed was comfortable, I brought extra adhesive hooks to hang bags, hats and wet bathing suits.
The ship is typical Carnival strangely laid out and the decor garish. The pools were small for the size of the ship, the jacuzzis never very hot. There was always seating somewhere but of course the chair hogs took the A+ seats early. I enjoyed the steel band at the pool as some cruise lines just have piped in music now. The entertainment in general was boring. The Beatles show was surprisingly good though.
Best of all was the weather and the ports. We enjoyed Sapphire Bay at St Thomas, Valley Church Beach in Antigua and Jost Van Dyke in Tortola. Nassau the weather was cooler so we just walked around town and returned to the ship.
We had anytime dining and were dismayed by the very casual dress code. Honestly, shorts and flip flops at dinner?
Disembarkation began with constant announcements beginning at 6:30am. Are you kidding? Just not necessary. We were able to claim our luggage and make a 10:30 flight home but the airport was quite crowded.
We picked this cruise for the ship, price and itinerary and were satisfied.
6C Main Deck
Noisy! Try to avoid.
Spacious room not too far from the elevator but there is noise from some pipe or other we could never figure it out. Sounded like a dishwasher above our cabin although we were under the Promenade Deck.
Port & Shore Excursion Reviews
AntiguaLoved Valley Church Beach, easy to take the bus there on your own. Walking to the bus depot is a bit sketchy so be prepared. Easy to get a cab back, the beach is empty until 11 or 12 when tour groups show up. Great for shell collecting.View All 1,278 Antigua Cruise Port Reviews
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NassauSeriously why do they stop here? It wasn't that warm but I did see the ships unloading tons of garbage here. Mystery solved!Just walked around town, not that interesting. A new straw market is being built. Same old stuff though.View All 5,278 Nassau Cruise Port Reviews
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St. ThomasAlways love stopping at St Thomas, been here many times. This time we went to Sapphire Beach. This was the 3rd time here and my husband insisted he had no memory of this beach. It was beautiful as usual the views are great, the sand is wonderful and the water was terrific. A perfect day. We walked around Havensight later in the day, not much has changed there.View All 4,104 St. Thomas Cruise Port Reviews
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TortolaReally enjoyed our day at Jost Van Dyke. we took the ship's tour because my husband has some mobility issues and their excursion ran right from the dock.View All 1,244 Tortola Cruise Port Reviews
Would have enjoyed more time there. Returned to Tortola and had time to visit Pussers for a drink.
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