I was lucky to have a balcony open up in Freedom for the 12-22-07 cruise. Initially it was a ocean view double port hole room. I hear that the pools are in the lido deck area. Does it mean that this is a noisy deck or is it nice deck to be in?
I showed my kids the short video on Carnival website for the camp carnival. I agree it feels and looks like a baby day care. My 9 and 11 year olds are revolting saying we dont want to go to the camp, it looks like a baby day care.
Is it really a baby day care for the 9-11 year olds or is it a fun place.
I hear we can bring wine and water with us. Since we are a party of 4 can I bring 4 bottles of wine and some water along??
It is our first cruise, so all the newbie questions. BTW this is a nice web site and is very helpful.
Our cruise takes us to Cayman, Cozumel and Ocha Rios. Any suggestions on must see, must do, must eat list in these locations.
If we have to do laundary how do we get it done, do we contact room service?
Is an earlier seating time better or a later seating time better for dinner.. we were thinking about 8.30.
When we are on day trips, do we have to have local currency or the [currently not so]almighty dollar is enough? If so how much will you recommend we carry in addition to the credit cards and in what denominations?
Is it safe to leave the credit cards, cash and passports in the room while on port or while on the ship during the day time.
What will be a good place to meet other couples to socialize?
For info on the ports, go to the Caribbean Ports section ofthis forum. You can do a "find" for each and get your question answered.
Laundary- The Freedom is a newer ship and should have mini laundry mats on the passenger decks. You can do a load of wash there if you must. You can also have laundry service from the ship but it is pricy. We usually just bring enough clothes to last through the cruise. But I understand with kids, anything is game. If you need change for the laundry, go t othe casino. Bring a sample size box of soap if you plan on using the washine machines.
Dinner seatnig is really best for you to choose. They have two showing of the night's entertainment, so you won't miss anything if you choose either seating. Do what's best for you.
You will not need to exchange currency in any of the Caribbean ports. In Cozumel, sometimes they will give change in Peso's. If that is a problem, ask them before you order (like Burger King etc). Of course there is always plastic.
Yes, leave everything in your room that you don't need in port (you won't need your passports) THere is a safe in the room for this purpose.
You will meet new people from the moment you get into line to get onto the ship. Chat it up and you'll meet someone with the same interests. We are amazed at how often we run into the same couple of groups over and over.
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Hope you have a great time. On your return please post here your experience and recommendations. Also regarding the water temp in the ocean in Cozumel [assuming you are taking the western carribean], and the temp in general, so that we know what to pack.
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