Carnival Freedom Cruise Review to Caribbean - Southern

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4 out of 5

Southern Caribbean Carnival Cruise

Sail Date: July 13, 2014

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Traveled As: Family (older children)

Room Type: Oceanview

Our cruise to the Southern Caribbean was enjoyable.  The weather was great, the ports were beautiful, and the ship was nice.  We especially enjoyed Curacao with its beautiful, colorful, quaint buildings.  We would have liked to have had more time in port for exploring.  My one big concern with the ship Freedom was the strong nicotine smell in the hallways and stairs near the casino area.  It's a shame passengers had to give up clean air to cater to the smokers who frequented the casino.  I think Carnival should take a very strong look at their policy regarding smoking in various areas of the ship.  Food was good and plentiful.

Children's Programs
kept my granddaughter busy
Onboard Activities
not enough variety in activities geared for older travelers
Ship Quality
Average quality for a large ship
Food and Dining
Very good and plentiful
Service and Staff
Always busy and friendly
Shows were average. Other cruise lines have elaborate musical productions, not Carnival.
Destinations and Excursions
Curacao and Aruba were very nice. I was not impressed with Grand Turks.
Cabin / Stateroom
Ft. Lauderdale (Port Everglades), Florida
easily accesible for our family
Grand Turk Island
very sparse, dry, and boring
La Romana, Dominican Republic
port too far from activities
Willemstad, Curacao
within walking distance from ship, absolutely gorgeous!
Oranjestad, Aruba
Interesting and pretty port


Lido deck food was sometimes better than the dining rooms!

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