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Carnival Freedom Cruise Review to Caribbean - Eastern

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Review: 1
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Overall rating:

4.5 out of 5
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Carnival Freedom

6 Night Eastern Caribbean (Miami Roundtrip)

Sail date: December 26, 2021

Ship: Carnival Freedom

Cabin type: Balcony

Cabin number: 6416

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 4 months ago

Review summary

We had a great time despite the warnings from the Covid outbreak the week before our cruise. Only a handful of passengers seemed to want to defy the mask requirements but most realized it’s just a part of how we can get back to normal. Staff was great, cruise director Stephan was wonderful, and we really enjoyed the experience of celebrating New Year on the Lido deck!

Embarkation

4 out of 5
There was a slight delay from appointment time to actual boarding (appointment at 10:00 & boarded at 12:30ish)

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
Plenty of dining options, never more than a 10 minute wait for your time dining, and quality was as expected.

Onboard Activities

1 out of 5
We enjoyed the various trivia & games and lounging on deck.

Entertainment

5 out of 5
Stage shows were great even though it appears some of the staff were out. We heard some were in quarantine but the shows went on!

Children's Programs

We did not bring kids in this cruise

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Service was excellent!

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
We continually saw staff cleaning and wiping surfaces. Staff were positioned around the ship to remind about sanitizer and mask use.

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Cabin was nice and kept clean even with only 1 cleaning per day.

Ports of call

Miami, Florida

5 out of 5
We arrived the night before and enjoyed an evening in town.

Princess Cays (Cruise Line Private Island)

4 out of 5
We booked lounge chairs and a clamshell to have some shade during the day. Buffet food was ok. We didn’t go into the water due to the temp but enjoyed a beach day.

Grand Turk Island

4 out of 5
We had another beach day just off the pier. Scooters and cars were all booked so we didn’t leave the cruise center area. Pool and beach chairs were taken by the time we arrived since another ship arrived hours before we did. We were able to get loungers a bit later and had a good day.

Amber Cove (Puerto Plata), Dominican Republic

5 out of 5
We did the waterfalls and zip line excursion and it was one of the best I’ve ever done. We had so much fun with MegaAdventures.

Disembarkation

5 out of 5
We had priority disembarkation and were off the ship around 7:30.
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