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Robin Duhaime

Age: 47

Occupation:Self Employeed

Number of Cruises: 3

Cruise Line: Carnival

Ship: Carnival Freedom

Sailing Date: 2009-01-3

Itinerary: Caribbean

This was our third cruise and the best so far. We travel a lot having visited all 50 states, Canada and Mexico, and this was one of our best vacations. Ours was an eight day cruise departing from Port Everglades. The food was excellent. The Warm Chocolate Melting Cake is my favorite. The three course meals served in the dining room are excellent. We have stayed at the Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia five times and the food on the cruise, in my opinion, is far superior than The Greenbrier, as was the service. The wait staff assigned to our table was Jorge from Honduras and Wensedlau from Guatalemo. Both gentlemen provided excellent service and made it a pleasurable experience. The breakfast bar, buffets and dessert bars were resplendent offering most any food item one would want. We were upgraded to stateroom 9215 on the Lido deck. The Lido deck is the deck with the pool and buffets. Our stateroom was about a two minute walk to those areas which was most convenient. This stateroom was larger than the room we had on the two previous cruises. The bathroom was larger and better laid out plus there was a vanity area in the stateroom. Our stateroom attendant provided excellent service and greeted us by name each time he saw us. There seemed to be a lot of activities onboard. We went to the gym and I liked the steamroom. Each day, we walked at least 2 miles around the walking track. The 2 1/2 days at sea, we sit out by the pool and read. The first Sunday, we watch Miami Dolphin vs. the Baltimore Ravens and on the 8th, we watched the BCS playoff between Oklahoma and Florida. That was a unique experience. We watched the nightly 6:00 movie before our late seating dinner. After dinner, we went to the Victoriana Lounge and watched the 10:30 show. I liked the Big Easy and the Superstar show, which featured some passengers, but my favorite was Ticket to Ride. This show was a tribute to the Beatles and most exhilarating of all the shows. Tia Thompson and the two comedy shows were good also. In my opinion, the Carnival dancers, singers and orchestra were of the same caliber as those appearing in Vegas shows. If you are a cat lover, in San Juan you must walk the scenic walkway below the Castillo San Felipe del Morro. There are 100's of cats living there. In St. Thomas, we rented a motorcycle and toured the island. In St. Thomas, they drive on the left hand side of the road and the road has some huge potholes. Unless you are a skilled motorcycle operator, I wouldn't recommended this. In Antigua, we hired a driver from Pelican tours. Almond Peters drove us around the island pointing out various places and giving us a history lesson along the way. I was surprised to see the donkeys, mules, sheep and goats that roamfree in the fileds and along the roads. The donkeys and mules were used as service animals but were set free when their owners acquired cars. In Tortola we rented a jeep and circled the island. We stopped at a beach called Josiah's Bay. It looked like it would be a nice, quiet place to stay or spend the day on a future visit. In Nassau, we signed up for a Catamaran harbor tour/snorkeling trip. That wasn't very nice. A Catamaran, it wasn't. It looked like a miniature ferry boat, I'm not sure what the boat is called. The lady did give a lot of detail about Paradise Island - the Island across from Nassau, but the water was too cold for snorkeling, as a cold front had come in the night before. The weather couldn't be helped, but they took us to snorkel in the harbor at the end of Paradise Island. On a previous trip, we booked an underwater sub and snorkeling trip with Stuart Cove's. They took us to a secluded area that is called Hollywood Bowl as that is where Jaws, Into the Blue and other movies were filmed. The water was calmer and clearer. I highly recommend Stuart Coves for excursions. We had the best time. Given the accommodations, food choices, service, entertainment, etc. we think this cruise was a great deal. We are looking forward to cruising again to other locations, maybe even to Alaska or on a European cruise.

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