Had a really great time on Carnival cruise. A large group of us go each year. They are so accommodating to get us a table together. Key West is excellent each year. Bahamas is fun in the sun and beautiful beaches.
We enjoyed our trip aboard the Carnival Freedom. All staff were very friendly and helpful. Much of the cruise's activities were centered on drinking and partying which is great if that is what you do. We would like to have seen more self help seminars. Also, it would be great if library had more non-fictional type books. With this said, it was a nice cruise with great port stops at Nassau and Key West. These places were really great. Freeport, Bahamas not so great. Really nothing there.
Favorite time on the cruise would be the 3 days at sea. A time to relax, stress free, enjoying the never ending beautiful blue water, blue sky and SUN. I also enjoyed parasailing with my son in Nassau.
We took this cruise to celebrate our anniversary of 44 years. We wanted to go to ports that we have not been to before so took this one to Key West and Nassau. The cruise was great, food, well, too much for me but I loved it. The Cruise director Malcom was great. He was on our last cruise in Nov, and he was still always full of energy and fun. His personality is one of a kind. The only Bad item that we experienced was rude people smoking in areas not assigned for smokers. We ran into them in the passage ways below decks, in the library, and really took away some of the great time we had. I would love to take a cruise where there were no smokers aboard, but don't think that will ever happen. Do wish the ship would boost the exhaust system around the casino area, that would help a lot.
I would have rated this cruise higher but I am a little disappointed in Carnival. My wife came back sick and I feel it is because Carnival has chosen to not encourage passengers to use the sanitizers. This is my 3rd cruise on a Carnival ship. The sanitizers are available but without crew reminding or strongly encouraging people to use them the passengers ignore there use. I have sailed twice before on Princess and their policy has been to ask people to use these and we didn't have a problem. I know this might seem petty but she got an awful cold half way through the week and it really put a damper on our fun. Other than that it was enjoyable and Cruise Director Malcolm was the best I have ever seen. The man was like the energizer Bunny everywhere and doing everything. He was hoot. Crew was friendly and ship was clean and food too good, if you know what I mean.
I had s better experience than I expected. I had been on a Carnival cruise before and found that the passengers were there biggest drawback. There is a certain element that use this cruise line that lack a complete respect for the captain, officers and other cruiseline employees as well for the other passengers on the ship. They were still there in their jean shorts and tank tops even on formal night in the formal dining room and their screaming kids were there as they were never taught how to behave in a formal setting. But the Carnival employees did their best to relocate you away from these monster children as they did with about 6 tables of passengers in my case and in spite of the lack of decorum from the East Texas hick crowds, they still provide excellent menus and service. I will use again. Only I will ask in advance to be seated away from the under 3 crowd. If I am able to leave small children in order to enjoy a vacation they should be able to do the same. They should not be allowed to ruin everyone's dining experience. Most parents do not put a small child through this. They would simply go to the Lido deck where the child could scream to his hearts content. But not the special back woods people you find on Carnival. Fortunately they are only about 50% of the passengers on these ships.
The cruise itself was nice but the time in port was just to short, only 7 hours which just isn't enough time to enjoy the excursion you felt rushed and worried that u wouldn't get back to the ship on time. The comedy shows where great but the Broadway or musicals were just okay. The even dinner was very nice the staff was awesome. Our room was nice and our steward Wayne was very nice and did a top notch job on keeping our room clean and stocked with fresh towels.
Loved pretty much everything. The service and food was excellent. The only thing I had a problem was I was promised a 50 credit which I never got. When I inquired about it they just said no I didn't get it even though I'd written it down in my notes when I booked it.
This was our first cruise ever, and we loved every minute of it. Embarkation went smoothly, and we were in our cabin a half hour before they estimated we would. The excursions were fun and very interesting. Although the weather was very hot and humid on shore, the ship was comfortable. The food was excellent, the entertainment was fun, and the cruise director, Malcom, was hilarious. We thoroughly enjoyed the whole week. We will definitely be cruising with Carnival again.
Take advantage of the omelette station; great stuff. Lido deck is great for all meals - provides flexibility and good food. Loved Guy's Burger Joint and the Bluelguana Cantina. Don't miss the Alchemy Bar - best on the ship! The EA Sports bar is a great place to meet like minded friends.
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