This was our 2nd cruise within 9 months on the Carnival Freedom. We LOVE the ship and the staff is extremely well-trained, personable and friendly. Though this was a "spring break" cruise, the itenerary made it more of an ideal cruise for families and older groups. There are so many activities scheduled that everyone can find something to participate in--or just relax on the several decks set aside for lounging or sun-seeking. Meals on this cruise seemed to be not quite as well-prepared as when we sailed from Rome (one steak and one fish entre seemed dry) ...it could be a different head-chef. The entertainment featured 3 full music-dance reviews--all of which we had seen previously, but we enjoyed them just as much the 2nd time. The comedians (3) were all great and we actually bought a couple of cd's from them. All in all we love the fact that the "fun-ships" of Carnival are no longer 24 hour party-it-up rocking boats, but now offer fun for a wider range of ages and interests. We will continue to look favorably at Carnival in the future for new and exciting iteneraries at reasonable prices.
Colon, Panama - The tram into the rainforest was interesting but getting there on the underdeveloped and bumpy Panamanian roads was somewhat trying. Also there is less wildlife (other than vegetation) than you are lead to believe you will see on this tour. If I were to do this again I think I would do the golf or train from Ocean to Ocean. The Port of Colon is only a bit more well developed than Limon, Costa Rica.
Puerto Limon, Costa Rica - The boat portion of the Bus, Boat and Train excursion was a little disappointing as our boat driver/guide only showed us wildlife a maximum of 600 yards from the dock on the river. The train portion was interesting as was the visit to the banana plantation. The port of Limon is not commercialized and well developed as the "typical" caribbean port.
Cozumel, Mexico - We dove on the Santa Rosa Reef for an 80 foot deep drift dive- Excellent dive and great pre-dive briefing by Sand Dollar Dive Shop who were acquired through Carnival