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carrie wainwright

Age: 46

Occupation:executive director

Number of Cruises: 6

Cruise Line: Carnival

Ship: Carnival Freedom

Sailing Date: 2009-12-18

Itinerary: Panama

We've cruised on Celebrity, Royal Caribbean, NCL and finally Carnival, having been hesitant to go on a Carnival cruise in the past because of its less-than-classy reputation. My travel agent and travel companion highly recommended these Conquest Class ships so we tried it. Well, it was everyone's favorite ship to date! Great kids, teens programs and water-park-like atmosphere coupled with two adults only decks including a pool and several adults-only jacuzzis. We called them the Serenity Deck and the Insanity Deck. Everyone in the family was happy. Several of the shows were very entertaining, several not so hot. The cruise director is Wee Jimmy, a lunatic from Scotland who is like a stand-up comedian. Made the overall atmosphere really fun. Would love to go on this ship again.

The food was better than expected because we had an amazing waitress who made great recommendations every night. We miss Simona :-( On the minus side: could just use more shops, or bring merchandise elsewhere for special sales; more a la carte restaurants...we did not enjoy the Sun King. Very stuffy atmosphere and barely adequate food, drowning in butter and cream and lacking in balance in terms of both flavor and texture. An none of it was hot enough. Too bad; it's a beautiful facility. Think most people knew this, as it was quite small and never full.

Nice and large. Very clean. Well serviced.

Great stuff for kids, broken into specific age groups. Two adults-only decks that were nice and quiet.

Our choices:
Panama - Gatun Locks & the St. Lorenzo Fort
Costa Rica - zip line that was 990 feet tall
Cozumel - sail, snorkel & beach party

Great experience. Love this ship. Something for everyone. Good food. Very good entertainment and service. Spacious cabins. Very clean. Would love to sail on this ship again.

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