Carnival Freedom Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western

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4-6 cruises


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3 out of 5

Just Cruisin

Sail Date: July 24, 2011

Reviewed: 5 years ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Balcony

The ship was beautiful but the processing to get on the ship took longer than our flight from Atlanta to Ft. Lauderdale and it was hot standing outside in a line. It seems with the age of technology, this could be done a lot quicker, easier, and more efficiently. The same at ports of call. A mess getting off and back on the ship. Took time away from the ports of call. The dining room food was average at best. Not typical menu for a first class ship. That was disappointing. Entertainment was good but way too crowded--you get 3500 people on a boat and that's way too many. Next time look for a ship with about half that many.

Pros: The ship was fine; modern; a lot of amenities

Cons: Waiting in lines to get on and off ship. Wasted too much vacation and port time!

Recommends Carnival Freedom? No.

Food and Dining
Portions were small and the variety was not up to par for a cruise ship. I can get the same kind of food at our local restaurants. We ate at the Bistro as we had more choices.
Ship Quality
All Ships and cruises should be non-smoking. It was so smokey in the casino, we didn't spend much time there at all. Also, it is annoying to be out by the pool and someone blowing smoke your way!
Service and Staff
Cabin / Stateroom
Suggest a balcony. Was pleasantly surprised at the roominess we had with the balcony stateroom!
George Town, Grand Cayman
We were not aware of the time change so got to our Dolphin discovery two hours too early. Once again, long lines to get back on ship and that takes away from port time.
Don't Miss: Dolphin Discovery and Turtle Bay
Key West, Florida
Not much time in port due to the long lines getting on and off the ship. Also, we had to take a tram downtown as we were at a naval station port? Some shops were ok but definitely a tourist trap.
Ocho Rios, Jamaica
Once again, boarding to get on and off ship was way too long. Otherwise, a tourist trap.
Don't Miss: Water Falls and beaches.

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