A great cruise for the family
Carnival Freedom Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western
Sail Date: May 30, 2010
Ship: Carnival Freedom
Cabin Type: Balcony
Traveled As: Family (older children)
Reviewed: 7 years ago
The Carnival Freedom is a great ship, easy to navigate around, with a good variety of entertainment choices for the whole family. We went with our two teenage daughters and they rated the cruise a 9+ all around. They found a group of other teens and spent a large amount of time just walkiing around the ship, laughing, eating and having a good time. They weren't into the teen club (O2) saying that it was too structured and felt like they were being treated like little kids.
We felt very safe overall both on the ship and in the ports (esp Jamaica, given the recent violence on the other side of the island, but there were no problems in Ocho Rios at all).
We especially enjoyed the shore excursions (Stingray City and Rum Point in Grand Cayman) and (Dunns River Falls/White River Tubing in Jamaica). As is usual with Carnival, you can save a bundle by booking the shore excursions yourself and then just meeting their drivers right at the port.
The ships decor is bizarre, especially in the buffet dining and formal dining rooms...it's almost like they couldn't figure out which theme to use for decorating, so they used them all at once, but somehow it works. But the cabins are tastefully decorated and very nice and spacious.
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Don't Miss: Key Lime Pie - Either Kermit's or Blonde Giraffe (both excellent). We went on a Key Lime pie tasting tour.
Don't Miss: Dunns River Falls
Don't Miss: StingRay City
Pros: Jamaica and Grand Cayman were great with lots of activities for all involved
Cons: Stateroom smelled like smoke (Carnival does not have designated non-smoking rooms on most of its ships)