March 22, 2008
We were on the March 22 Eastern Carribean Cruise. This was our fifth cruise and our first Carnival cruise.
We had a very wet, cloudy and cold start to the cruise which was unfortunate, but we got some sun by Wednesday. We have cruised in May, June and July in the past and always had sun and warmth. I think March is just that month where you never know. I did notice the seas were a lot rougher too.
I won't make this very long but I did want to say that the Freedom did not measure up to our other cruises. It was ok, but just ok. Carnival does not do anything great. In my opinion, Carnival does the bare minimum and honestly it was a bit of a let down.
For us, the best part was the ports. We loved Meagan's Bay and would definitly go back to St. Thomas again. We paid a taxi driver $40.00 for four of us and went to Meagan's Bay where we rented beach chairs and mats and had a wonderful day! A nice surprise was that the captain chose to let us stay until 10:00 instead of 5:00. That was a wonderful surprise and we enjoyed every minute of St. Thomas and all the beautiful views.
The worse part of the cruise was the lack of service. No pampering whatsoever. We were not surprised, however, since we had read many reviews regarding the service prior to our cruise. I have always read that no two people will have the same experience, but we too felt the lack of customer relations on the Freedom. It was not just one person or one area. With our experience, it was everywhere and with a variety of crew members. That sounds like we are picky people, but honestly, we never once felt appreciated. The crew are not kind people and certainly seem to be a bit overwhelmed.
The Carnival Freedom is not a ship we would ever consider taking again, nor would we book another Carnival Cruise.