Carnival Freedom Cruise Review to Caribbean - Southern

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5 out of 5

celebration cruise

Sail Date: July 13, 2014

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Traveled As: Family w/older children

Room Type: Inside

this cruise was amazing! we were celebrating 2 high school graduations...2 college graduations and a 25th wedding anniversary!!! the itinerary was fantastic all the ports of call were new for us and beautiful. Only wish is the ports of call had more time. Always feel like we were rushing to get off the ship and enjoy the island and when you were relaxing off  the ship it was time to get back on! We did learn that the southern carribbean in July is very rough and choppy, some in our party felt sea sick others did not get bothered at all. Guys burgers is amazing! if you are thinking of doing this cruise i would tell everyone to go ATVing in Curacao. We booked our excursion privately thru Prins ATV and car rental... it was the most wonderful excursion we have ever will not be disappointed. Would defineately recommend this cruiseBig Smile

Ship Quality
Food and Dining
the buffet was ok, Guys burgers were amazing, and our evening dining was very good because of our server, food was ok
Service and Staff
Dining server Edy was Fantastic, funny and always gave us tips before we went into ports. I truely only saw my cabin steward 1 time in 8 days. Cabin was clean but no extras. Also alan the bar server was awesome
i think they need to schedule things a little differently. Some days there was alot going on but at the same time. other times nothing going on. Defineately need more things going on at poolside, it is so beautiful outside why would you want to go inside for all the activities! enjoyed the scavenger hunts
Children's Programs did not use
Onboard Activities
again i think they need to reorganize this, some days not much going on other days alot but at the same time. made it hard to do everything we wanted to do. need more activities at poolside
Destinations and Excursions
all the ports were pretty amazing and beautiful. we were hesitant with dominican republic since a crew member warned us about a previous guest being held at gun point for 5 dollars
Cabin / Stateroom
rooms are small but that is what you expect. ours was clean every day but i only saw my cabin steward 1 time in 8 days!!! no extras but clean
Ft. Lauderdale (Port Everglades), Florida we did nothing here but wait in the airport...and there is not much at this airport!!!
Grand Turk Island
Beautiful...breathtaking...wonderful!!! we did the great big mable tube ride!! it was a blast! we brought our own snorkel equipment and saw alot...don"t pay the money for snorkeling plan ahead and bring your own...we got our at the dollar store before we left!
La Romana, Dominican Republic
here we went zip lining for the 1st time. it was fine for a 1st time experience. Harnesses are terribly uncomfortable. we got sucked into buying the picture CD and when we got home after a few it was blank. we are waiting for them to respond to this...not sure how this will turn out. we booked this thru carnival . we were warned by a crew member before we stopped there about a previous passenger who was held at gun point for 5 dollars, so we were hesitant to venture off on our own
Willemstad, Curacao
This was my favorite!!! absolutely beautiful island. We took a chance and booked an excursion on our own before leaving because the ship ATV excursion was full....what a blessing!!! we booked an ATV tour thru Prins ATV and car rental, they were unbelieveablle!!! they picked us up at the pier, took us to their shop, gave us an inservice on the ATV"s, then we were off!!! our tour was suppose to be 3 to 4 hours, we rode for almost 5 to 6 our choice, no extra cost! our guide Danny would of took us anywhere we wanted for as long as we wanted, he loved his job! absolutely the best excursion ever, and very reasonable 70.00 a person!!! you must do it!
Oranjestad, Aruba
Beautiful beaches and resorts. disappointed about the senor frogs we went to, boring not lively no party like all the others we have visited on stops before...and very expensive! did not like the haggeling over rides to the beaches or the flea market, shops are like all the others


Avoid going thru the promenade area on the way to congested, also the smoke from the casino is awful. Eat at guys burgers, they were great and the fries were delicious. we always sat on the 10th deck so we could see the pool and the screen and we got more breeze there also!

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