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This cruise was so great in many ways, but a few bad things made it rough here and there. Personnel: I've never really cared one way or another about Cruise Directors, but Ms. Emma Nixon was spectacular. I wish I could have her on every cruise! She was everywhere at once, and I'm not kidding. We would talk to her one minute and then go somewhere else and she would have beat us there, always smiling and laughing. The rest of the crew aboard the ship were good too, no complaints. Boarding was a breeze. We got there at our appointed time, the line moved smoothly, no trouble. We are Gold VIFP and had no trouble, but because the ship had soooo many Platinum and Diamond guests we were told that NO rooms would be available until 1:30. We heard a lot of griping about that but it didn't bother us. Entertainment was mostly good. There is one singer in the group who hurts my ears, but maybe not her fault. We stayed pretty well entertained. And the activities were great fun and mostly well organized. Food...ugh. So disappointing this time. I don't think there was a tender piece of meat anywhere on the ship. Oh wait, my husbands lobster was a mushy, gooey blob and the shrimp was always good. But pork, beef and chicken, we could hardly cut them. I did ask to exchange for other dishes, but I shouldn't have had to at so many meals. And if I didn't have trouble someone else at our table did. Ports...great! I loved every one of them. No tenders on this itinerary and every single stop made us happy. We went to Jamaica, Aruba, Curacao, Cartagena, Panama Canal partial transit, Costa Rica and Cozumel. Excursions: We took ship's excursions in Cartagena and Cozumel. In Curaco we got a van tour from one of the port vendors and enjoyed it. The Party Bus in Cartagena gave us rum/coke and beer and drove us around to see the city. It was nice. The Mayan Indian Ball game, lunch and dancing was a a lot of fun entertainment. The ride to the Mayan village was only 15 minutes or so. In Aruba we went on a private Tour with Sunny Binn. He was really good. Debarkation: The worst we've ever had. Starting from the way they gave out luggage tags this time clear until we got out of the terminal it was all a disorganized mess. One old guy started feeling faint in the terminal and was told there were no wheelchairs left so he'd have to just stand there. I thought he'd hit the floor. And who's idea was it to hand out luggage tags to a pushy mob of people in a public area. That was a huge mistake. People were actually shoving each other and calling each other names while they clawed for the lower numbers. We heard that self assist went well though. But in spite of the bad food and terrible debarkation I loved this cruise. I won't do it again though....too chaotic, but I'm glad we went this time.

Mostly good, but some problems

Carnival Freedom Cruise Review by Unknotted

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This cruise was so great in many ways, but a few bad things made it rough here and there.

Personnel: I've never really cared one way or another about Cruise Directors, but Ms. Emma Nixon was spectacular. I wish I could have her on every cruise! She was everywhere at once, and I'm not kidding. We would talk to her one minute and then go somewhere else and she would have beat us there, always smiling and laughing. The rest of the crew aboard the ship were good too, no complaints.

Boarding was a breeze. We got there at our appointed time, the line moved smoothly, no trouble. We are Gold VIFP and had no trouble, but because the ship had soooo many Platinum and Diamond guests we were told that NO rooms would be available until 1:30. We heard a lot of griping about that but it didn't bother us.

Entertainment was mostly good. There is one singer in the group who hurts my ears, but maybe not her fault. We stayed pretty well entertained. And the activities were great fun and mostly well organized.

Food...ugh. So disappointing this time. I don't think there was a tender piece of meat anywhere on the ship. Oh wait, my husbands lobster was a mushy, gooey blob and the shrimp was always good. But pork, beef and chicken, we could hardly cut them. I did ask to exchange for other dishes, but I shouldn't have had to at so many meals. And if I didn't have trouble someone else at our table did.

Ports...great! I loved every one of them. No tenders on this itinerary and every single stop made us happy. We went to Jamaica, Aruba, Curacao, Cartagena, Panama Canal partial transit, Costa Rica and Cozumel.

Excursions: We took ship's excursions in Cartagena and Cozumel. In Curaco we got a van tour from one of the port vendors and enjoyed it. The Party Bus in Cartagena gave us rum/coke and beer and drove us around to see the city. It was nice. The Mayan Indian Ball game, lunch and dancing was a a lot of fun entertainment. The ride to the Mayan village was only 15 minutes or so. In Aruba we went on a private Tour with Sunny Binn. He was really good.

Debarkation: The worst we've ever had. Starting from the way they gave out luggage tags this time clear until we got out of the terminal it was all a disorganized mess. One old guy started feeling faint in the terminal and was told there were no wheelchairs left so he'd have to just stand there. I thought he'd hit the floor. And who's idea was it to hand out luggage tags to a pushy mob of people in a public area. That was a huge mistake. People were actually shoving each other and calling each other names while they clawed for the lower numbers. We heard that self assist went well though.

But in spite of the bad food and terrible debarkation I loved this cruise. I won't do it again though....too chaotic, but I'm glad we went this time.
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Cabin 8C 6419
Nice cabin, plenty of room. Aging carpet but not bad. Bed was fine. Balcony was yucky but most of that was from sea spray which we wiped off with a towel when we went out there. One of the dividers between balconies rattled loudly so we wedged a towel in the crack and that helped.
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