6 Night Western Caribbean (Ft. Lauderdale Roundtrip) Sail Date: October 31, 2010 Ship: Carnival Freedom Cabin Type: Inside Traveled As: Couple Reviewed: 7 years ago
Overall we gave our ship a 7 out of 10. The food and service both received 10 out of 10s!!! Flawless and amazing! The shows were a 7/10 but the FREE activities only scored a 3. The ammenities (chairs on the deck, seating availability throughout the ship and pools, hot tubs etc) scored a 8/10.
Food and Dining
5 out of 5
The food was excellent!! If you would like two entrees then order two entrees! There is NO extra cost for any of the food on board except at the steakhouse. The steakhouse was worth it, but if you have the choice of the steakhouse or another excursion do the excursion. The food in the main dining is just as good as that in the steakhouse and the main dining room is FREE!!! We often ordered two-three entrees between the two of us and shared them so that we could try as much as possible while on board. Even the late night snacks were amazing! Shrimp cocktail, desserts, fresh fruit and calzones until 1 am, with the pizzaria open 24 hours!
3 out of 5
The shows were well done, but you will not find a headlining musical on board, rather a collaboration of songs. If that is your thing then you will LOVE these shows! If you are looking for a Broadway musical, you will have to choose a different ship.
I would only recommend this ship to a couple who did not want to worry about missing out on any activities during their trip, because there would not be any to miss out on. As for daily activities, they were not very exciting and repeated throughout the week. Trivia was offered 3 times a day, and throughout the week some of the categories would repeat. If you don't like trivia, there was not a lot of other activities to do for FREE. If you have the money you could spend hours in the casino or playing bingo, but of course you had to pay extra for those activities. You could go to the spa, but it was cost you at least $80. Or there was the art auction, again if you had hundreds to spend, although the auction was fun to sit in on
Service and Staff
5 out of 5
The service was EXCELLENT! Waiters would run to pull out your chair for you at dinner. They would snatch up your napkin and place it on your lap before you even had the chance to think about it. They fill your water 7 times each meal and are constantly making sure you have enough to eat and drink. The cleaning staff cleaned our room twice a day, leaving us a towel animal and chocolates at night.
3 out of 5
VERY CLEAN everywhere! The only complaint about the ship itself is that I wished it would have had more maps besides by the elevators because the first few days were a struggle trying to get places. Other than that it was a beautiful lobby to walk in to when we first got on the ship and the artwork was amazing to look at.
Cabin / Stateroom
5 out of 5
We chose an interior room so we would not be tempted to be in our room all day, however it was a decent size and we were very comfortable watching the recently released movies right in our own room whenever we wanted during the day. The shower was stand in only but a decent size. There were 3 closets, two for hanging your formal wear and one with shelves for your "shore outfits".
It was fun to go to the southernmost point in the US just to say you have been there. There is a nice place to take your picture by the large bouy and people in line take turns taking each other's pictures. The southernmost beach was a beautiful place to start your trip. Don't forget your suits and towels. Other than that we did not find much to do in Key West.
Don't Miss: Southernmost point in the Continental US
Grand Cayman was beautiful! The water was every shade of blue possible and soooo clear! We went snorkeling here for the first time in our lives and had a blast! Forget sting ray city, our boat tour guide caught a sting ray near the reef and let us all touch it. There were 7 sting ray in our area and many different kinds of fish as well as coral. It was beautiful and the best part of our entire cruise!
Don't Miss: Snorkeling at the Barrier Reef!!
Pros: The food, service and nightly shows were the best parts about the ship.
Cons: The activities throughout the day were lacking.
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