Carnival Freedom Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western

Experience
1 cruise (first)

Review
1

Helpful Votes
4

4 out of 5

fantastic getaway

Sail Date: February 08, 2016

Reviewed: 9 months ago

Traveled As: Family w/older children

Room Type: Balcony

Great family holiday.  Staff were excellent.  Marija and her team, Andrea and Alvin, from the POSH restaurant were amazing.  They went out of their way to ensure we had more than we could have wished for.  Top rating for them.  The excursions we booked were fantastic.  We did Chichen Itza from Progresso, although the bus ride to the site was long it was worth it.  Juan, Jose and Julian were the best tour guides ever, very knowledgeable. We did the 12 metre Americas cup sailing from Cozumel which was fun and exhilarating and not for the feint hearted in choppy waters.  The only downside was my 18 year old didn't have that much to do on board.  He was too old for the teen lounge and too young for anything else.  Perhaps Carnival should review the age limit in the teen lounge or provide other sources of entertainment for the 18-21year olds.

Cabin / Stateroom
It was a little be tired with a torn bed skirt and stained sofa cushion. The shower was not so clean when we boarded as the showerhead was still covered in soap scum. I did manage to clean it off very easily. Overall not too bad for a well used ship.
Embarkation and Disembarkation
Very efficient. The only problem was dealing with immigration upon return, however this is a problem across the entire US as the system is way too outdated to cope with the number
Ship Quality
Overall not too bad but you can tell it's a busy ship. The cabin was worn with a few stains and the shower was not so well cleaned when we boarded but they are the only points.
Destinations and Excursions
Had two brilliant excursions. Well planned and executed with fantastic guides.
Onboard Activities
Traveled with an 18 year old who did not get as much from these. He was too old for the teens and too young for everything else. Carnival should look into this.
Children's Programs
Traveled with a 16 year old and 18 year old. 16 year old had plenty to do but my 18 year old was bored. He was too old for the teen lounge and too young for everything else. Would not really recommend this if your kids are around these ages.
Entertainment
Loved the 80's night and the towel folding. Am now trying out the different animals at home.
Service and Staff
So want to give a huge thanks to Marija and her team, Andrea and Alvin in the POSH restaurant.
Food and Dining
Marija and her team in the POSH restaurant were amazing. The rest of the food was of a very high standard and was very fresh.
Galveston, Texas
Living in Houston means I love to get away to Galveston. I would definitely recommend the beaches, the Bishop's Palace and old town. If you want some water fun the head to Schlitterbahn. If it's something more sedate I would recommend Moody Gardens.
Progreso (Merida), Mexico
Go to Chichen Itza. It's an early start and a long drive but so worth it.
Cozumel, Mexico
Very clean, very friendly just needed to keep more cash for the shopping bargins!


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