8 Night Eastern Caribbean (Ft. Lauderdale Roundtrip) Sail Date: January 29, 2011 Cabin Type: Balcony Traveled As: Couple Reviewed: 6 years ago
The Carnival Freedom (8-day Eastern Caribbean) was fantastic. The ports we visited were also great, and being able to visit 5 ports in 8 days was unbelievable. Everyone was surprised that we packed so much in our 8-day trip.
Food and Dining
5 out of 5
Food in the formal dining room was superb, and definitely gourmet, with a wide-ranging menu every night. The buffets and casual restaurants were not anything special, except for the occasional event like the "all chocolate buffet", which was heavenly.
5 out of 5
There was always something to do on the ship. We're not big gamblers, so the 24 hour casino, and the (at least) 3 bingo games a day were lost on us. But fun contests and trivia sessions by the pool (Hairiest Chest contest, Belly Flop contest, etc.)were entertaining.
Service and Staff
5 out of 5
Carnival employees are the BEST. Always willing to assist, day or night.
3 out of 5
A little tricky to navigate for some (I get confused/turned-around in shopping malls, etc, so this was no surprise), the decor was a little strange. VERY Clean and accessible.
Cabin / Stateroom
5 out of 5
Our Stateroom (we stayed in an exterior balcony room) was well appointed with furniture, had ample storage how suitcases, and had a nice little bathroom. The mattress, though pretty hard, was surprisingly comfy. Everything was kept VERY clean and dust free, our room was cleaned about 3 times per day (which was AMAZING).
Bahamas are up-and-coming with resorts, celebrity homes, etc. Fun to learn about the local culture from tour guides, although skip the ones that try to ambush you in the Port terminal (they can get aggressive.) Be sure to try Linda's conch fritters in the Terminal building, they are deep-fried and delicious.
Don't Miss: Checking out the town by horse-drawn carriage ride. Enjoying deep-fried Conch Fritters (YUM!).
We arrived in the evening, so we didn't see much. In Old San Juan, you can find historic forts and their current government buildings. In New San Juan (across the bridge), you can find hotels/casinos/nightlife.
Don't Miss: Bacardi Rum Factory tour.
Absolutely gorgeous. We took a 45 minute ferry ride to St. John, and enjoyed a flavor of the islands. We also went para-sailing, and got a birds eye view of everything. That was MAGICAL.
Don't Miss: Cruising around to all of the USVI (St. Thomas, St. John, St. Croix).
I would recommend seeing the BVI by water as well. Tons of small islands, coral reefs, to explore. Locals are very polite. Shopping in port is fun as well, although a little touristy.
Don't Miss: Seeing BVI by water.
ANTIGUA, WEST INDIES. We did not enjoy this port. As soon as you disembark, you are attacked by "tour guides" and taxi drivers who very aggressively try to get you to hire them. Nothing special about the shopping in port. VERY touristy, not authentic.
Don't Miss: NONE.
Pros: A great balance of time onboard the ship and offshore
Cons: The cost of extras onboard, how a tip is added to EVERYTHING you do.
*Cruiseline.com is not a booking agent or travel agency, and does not charge any service fees to users of our site. Our partners (travel agencies and cruise lines) provide prices, which we list for our users' convenience. Cruiseline.com does not guarantee any specific rates or prices. While prices are updated daily, please check with the booking site for the exact amount. Cruiseline.com is not responsible for content on external web sites.
Every Wednesday you'll receive the latest articles, deals, and news from the Cruiseline.com team, plus tips and photos submitted by our vibrant community of diehard cruisers. You'll also get a free gift — a downloadable, printable PDF of our guide to cruising!
Sign up for weekly cruise deals.
Join other subscribers and get the best cruise deals of the week in your inbox every Thursday.