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Wennfred
April 5th, 2008, 06:34 PM
Carnival Freedom Embarkation Day

Well, I have alot of info so let me get started.

We left the Holiday Inn at 10:15am because Wendy and her mother wanted to pick up something to eat at McDonalds which is right behind the Hotel, out of the parking lot we made a left and there was McDonalds. We used our Garman 660 GPS to get us back to Thriftys Car rental, we got there and by 11:10am we were on the Shuttle and on our way to the Port of Miami. We met a family that was heading with us onboard freedom and a nice couple from N.Y. that was heading onboard RCCL Liberty. Dollar and Thrifty Car rental is the same location.

As we got closer to the port and you can see the tops of the ships, my Mother-in-Law had that priceless expression of shock and awe, she couldn't beleive the size of these ships.

At 11:45am we arrived at the new Port of Miami Cruise Terminal. The new terminal is very nice Inside, there is a long line with many people waiting to get checked in, I asked a rep where was the VIP line and they escorted us over to the next set of line, no one was there but us.

Security & Xray machine, we had to remove our items from our pockets of course and run our bags right through the Xray machine. When my bag went through, I was asked to remove my Laptop from the Carry-on luggage and run it through again. That only took like 30 seconds. So make sure you have your Laptop out, just like in the airport.

After the Xray machine we walked into another big waiting room but we were directed to go around the left and inside the VIP Lounge. The customer service was totally great, All that was needed was your FUN Pass print outs, the credit card that was used on the FunPass and you Passports, they have a bar code scanner that they use to swipe your PassPorts and it immediately locates you into their computer system. Wendy and I were given our Platinum Cards. Wendy had a nice smile, she finally made Platinum. We told them there that we had my Mother-in-Law with us and the rep said no problem wait right here, she went out and got her Sail & Sign card. That just took a minute, they greeted my MIL and told her welcome on her first Carnival Cruise. My MIL Cathy was amazed on how special they treated us, more on this later.

We headed out of the VIP Lounge and up the escalators, once up there you get your Welcome Onboard Photos taken then you walk on the top level viewing that big waiting room below and walking towards the covered glass ramp that takes you onboard Freedom. Now you are onboard and you make it to the Lobby Entrance, this is where you insert your Sail & Sign card and a picture is taken for security. The Entrance is also right next to the Pursers Deck. The Shore Excursion Desk is also on this Lobby deck but on the other side. There is also a Supper Club station on the other side as well.

The First thing we did was go and look for our Table, we couldn't find it because the tables never have the Table number on them when you first come onboard. Also there was no waiters up there to assist us, a few came by but they were new transfers from the Sensation ship. I figured I will just go and ask the Maitre'D. On our way looking around I spoke to a Carnival Rep about the Maitre'D times and she told me, Since I was Platinum I needed to go to the Pursers Deck right away. That was a good idea.

Once at the Pursers Deck, I stood in the Platinum section of the desk and they assisted me right away. I was told I was platinum and that they would handle the table selection for me and that they will call me later with the info or check back with them later. I give them the cabin number and other info and left for some Dirty Banana Daquries.

We headed up to Lido for some food, I got my favorite Grilled Tuna on White with extra Mayo and extra Tomatos and Wendy and her mom just got some salad and cold cuts as they werent as hungry yet. The Mongolian Grille was up and running, it looks pretty nice, there were long lines thou from both ends. I will take pictures and write a full report about this new station throughout the week. The Mongolian Grille is new and its one of my favorite things to eat at the local casinos. All other food stations were also opened, Deli, Asian, Salad and Fruit Bar, Burgers and Pizza grille too.

We had 6 Groups of Travel agents from various Travel Agencies onboard just for the day, they were given tours around the ship and also took up alot of space up on lido, It was probably close to or over 100 of them. When I found out they were leaving and was going to check out another ship I was quite happy as the ship seemed less crowded.

Its 1PM Now and we headed to see our Staterooms or Cabins, WOW 2462 is totally Amazing, its the same Configuration as the Valor except that it does not have a Modified HC style bathroom. The Shower has a Lip on the floor and also both the Front door and Bathroom door width are way under 23 inches, I can not get my 2 shoes across the entree of the door meaning not good for a wheelchair. I will have a video and full Cabin review with Pictures when I return. This cabin is very nice with the 2 large windows, if you have this cabin booked you will be totally happy.

I just called Cabin 2465 which is the same cabin but on the other side and spoke to a lady there, she told me that 2465 bathroom looks like it might be modified because of the bathroom. I will go measure the door to see if the door entree is larger so stay tuned for that. The Hotel Manager told me to check with him later on that info.

Our Luggage was already there waiting for us when we got to the cabin at 1pm. Cathy's luggage arrived around 4:40pm, right after the Lifeboat drill. Cruise Critic members Ahoy, they are 2 school teachers, she is waiting for one of her luggage and they are also Platinum cruisers.

We headed to Cathy's Cabin, its an Inside Cat 1a Cabin, cabin number 1426. Her cabin was also very nice, No windows but it was fully decorated with the Welcome Onboard decorations, its only a single bed for her but you can see that there is another bed on top hidden away in the ceiling. Because there is only a single full size bed on the floor it felt very roomy. She has a nice Single cabin. I also took alot of pictures of this Cat.1a cabin 1426 and also a video for those that would like to see what a Singles Cabin looks like. Review with pictures will follow when I return.

Now its 1:30pm and figure I better just go see the Maitre'D, the nice part about this is there is no LINES to see the Maitre'D, They have a lounge and you go in and seat down and wait to see him, it was very organized and everyone was nice and quiet. I got there and told the rep that was managing a long long list of people waiting to see the Maitre'D, I told them were do I go and I Showed him my Platinum Card, he said wow, welcome back, wait right here. I must of skipped around 17 people, I didnt look inside of the waiting lounge but Im sure there were people wondering or pissed off as we were told to go next. Platinum ROcks guys.

I met with the Maitre'D and showed him my Platinum and CVC card and told him we needed to know what table 557 was, and he told me that it looked like a large table. At that point I requested a table of 4 because it was Cathys first cruise and we didnt want to be seated with strangers. Maitre'D Dino said thats no Problem and that he would surely take care of us and even spoil us, wonder what the heck that meant LOL. Anyways he didnt give us a table but to check in with him as soon as we enter the Dining room at 8:15pm tonight. We are in the Posh Dining room which is extreme AFT, Back of the ship and he is the Maitre'D that will be back there with us, so once again we were treated very special and welcomed. Cathy couldn't beleive it, it was as if we were owners of the ship LOL.
So remember Platinum Members, any request you have, just go to the Purser Deck, we have priority Dining seating etc.
Wendy and Cathy made their hair Updo appointments up at the Spa eariler, thats for Formal night and for the portraits, Its Cathys first cruise so there will be lots of pictures on this cruise.

Wendy and Cathy took a nap, as Im writing this its now 4pm and we are off to our Lifeboat drill, looks like we got lifeboat #24, it took 20 minutes and now we are heading to our Roll Call meet. I met a few people, one everyone knows on here name PaulMek and a few others. Another member took the Skybus Airline that went under, they were able to get here to Miami but now they do not have flights heading home with Skybus, no refund or anything. They had to rebook at extra cost with another airline to get home. The roll call was a good turn out. By the way the ship was already moving during the Lifeboat drill so by the time we all got up there on Lido Deck for the Sailaway party the ship was just passing South Beach. The Carnival Triump was sailing just ahead of us. The pilot disembarked the ship and of we go into vacation land. Its very windy out here today, the sun is still out with scattered clouds.

This cabin is alittle bumpy but its because we are moving, I mean really moving at speeds of 21 knots, from looking at the ocean from our window it looks like the water is zooming by.

Since Wendy wants to check her Email, I will be getting the 250 minute internet plan, on this ship they have 20 minutes free when you book on day one.

Im surely glad we are on Freedom finally and all is well, now I can really relax and get into vacation eating mode. And I will be able to catch some ZZZZ's with the carnival comfort bedding system, eariler before the boat drill wendy was snoring like a puppy, she was knocked out. The new bedding system will do that to you.

Well I hope I covered most things, if you have any questions let me know.

Fred

bubbles1209
April 5th, 2008, 06:41 PM
Thanks for taking the time out of your trip to let us know how everything's going!:) We sail on Freedom in Jan, can't wait! We're booked in cabin6275 on the Upper deck. We were hoping for an aft balcony but they were already gone when we booked.:( Maybe one will open up in the future. Can't wait to see pictures and hear about the ship, you guys have an awesome time!:D P.S.- drink a rumrunner (frozen) for me would ya?:p

Wennfred
April 5th, 2008, 06:44 PM
This is so much fun already, I cant wait for my Splendor Cruise :D Cathy already hit for $219.00 on Fairys Fortune Slot Machine. See ya in a few, Im off to find me a nice cold beer, I need it.



Fred

mics pics
April 5th, 2008, 06:47 PM
Have a great time! Thanks in advance for posting the pics of the 'regular' 1A rooms, I'm sure I'm not the only one who will thank you. :)
I'm sure I'm not alone in saying thanks for posting your 'live' threads and for all your info while you are on vacation. :D

funat55
April 5th, 2008, 06:48 PM
Thank you for your most informative post. I really enjoyed my cruise on the Freedom last summer. I love their big, roomy steam room that looks out over the ocean. I see you are from San Diego. I am originally from Poway.

LaVonna

gumballz
April 5th, 2008, 06:49 PM
Good to see your Live post up and running, Fred. Enjoy your Platinum perks and feel free to share any info and photos you'd like. ;)

Enjoy your cruise. Thanks for sharing it with us! This will be a fun week of reading.

mrsv41605
April 5th, 2008, 06:50 PM
Have a blast!! And thanks for sharing your vacation!

BTW, Dino was the MaitreD on our first cruise in 2005, and he was great. Last year, our waiter told us that Dino was the best he had ever worked with. He always began the show part of dinner with "Everybody say OPA!"

funship freddy
April 5th, 2008, 06:50 PM
Fred...Fred...Fred....... I can't believe you Bogarted your MIL into the VIP lounge on her FIRST cruise..... Next you will probably sneak her into the Past Guest Party..... have you no scruples ?


(only kidding Fred !)

funship freddy
April 5th, 2008, 06:52 PM
I don't doubt that Dino is excellent......but Joseph in the Vista DR on Celebration is far and away the best I have ever had !

magic&buddy
April 5th, 2008, 06:54 PM
Fred.............I have not enjoyed a thread this much in ages.........Many Thanks!

crusinpsychRN
April 5th, 2008, 06:55 PM
Have a great time! I'll be here reading all the time.

emmysmommy
April 5th, 2008, 06:58 PM
This is so much fun already, I cant wait for my Splendor Cruise :D Cathy already hit for $219.00 on Fairys Fortune Slot Machine. See ya in a few, Im off to find me a nice cold beer, I need it.
Fred

And you're not worried that your MIL will want to go with you on every cruise now??:D I'm sure she is in for an amazing week!

4kidsplusty
April 5th, 2008, 07:03 PM
fred,
thanks so much for taking time away from your vacation and family to keep us up to date. i cant wait for our first cruise on the miracle in aug. keep report coming i love living through you guys:)

anaslile
April 5th, 2008, 07:20 PM
Have a great cruise, Fred. I'm looking forward to your reports all week. Thank you for taking time away from your cruise to do it!

dianef
April 5th, 2008, 07:27 PM
Thanks,Fred,for you taking your time to share your experiences.We had the pleasure of meeting the famous "Fred" and Wendy on our Pride cruise a couple of years ago.In fact,we had dinner with them at the same table.Met Fred on the boards and we had a couple traveling with us who cancelled and he invited my husband Jerry and I to dine with them and their friends.Fred,by the way,are your friends still cruising?I think his name was Dennis.Forgot hers.Are they still friends(lol). We are going on the Valor,I know one of Fred's favorite ships,on APril 20 and 27,back to back.There are a couple of ladies on our 27th cruise who have those famous 1A cabins.We also booked Godfrey in St.Thomas and booked Bernard in St.Martin.Read rave reviews about both of them.Looking forward to following your posts,which are always a joy to read.

TakeMeAway1001
April 5th, 2008, 07:33 PM
Thanks for taking the time to share your experience so far, I thoroughly enjoyed reading it :)

DGP1111
April 5th, 2008, 07:38 PM
This is going to be quite a fun "Virtual Cruise". Thanks, Fred!!

Wennfred
April 5th, 2008, 07:40 PM
Thanks,Fred,for you taking your time to share your experiences.We had the pleasure of meeting the famous "Fred" and Wendy on our Pride cruise a couple of years ago.In fact,we had dinner with them at the same table.Met Fred on the boards and we had a couple traveling with us who cancelled and he invited my husband Jerry and I to dine with them and their friends.Fred,by the way,are your friends still cruising?I think his name was Dennis.Forgot hers.Are they still friends(lol). We are going on the Valor,I know one of Fred's favorite ships,on APril 20 and 27,back to back.There are a couple of ladies on our 27th cruise who have those famous 1A cabins.We also booked Godfrey in St.Thomas and booked Bernard in St.Martin.Read rave reviews about both of them.Looking forward to following your posts,which are always a joy to read.

Diane, tell Jerry I said hello, we miss crusing with you guys.... You will love the Valor for sure, hey we are booked on the Splendor for March 29th, you and Jerry need to join us :D As for Wendys friends, I think they moved to Alaska LOL. Long story, see you in the high seas.


Fred

deborahjo
April 5th, 2008, 07:40 PM
Your cruise sounds like it is off to a great start. Your MIL will enjoy I bet. Congts to your wife. Should lower that S & S bill a little.

luvcdays
April 5th, 2008, 07:41 PM
Fred,

Thank you so much for taking time out to post. We are also booked in cabin 2462 for our Med cruise in Sept. 2009, thanks to you!

Can't wait to read more. Have a great cruise.

Luvcdays

Wennfred
April 5th, 2008, 07:42 PM
This is going to be quite a fun "Virtual Cruise". Thanks, Fred!!

Strap on your imaginary Fun Ship seat belt youre on the cruise with us, Off to our first dinner on Freedom, see ya all later.


Fred

dianef
April 5th, 2008, 07:47 PM
Fred,we are doing a 14-day on the Grand Princess next March 27th.Great itineary.I know you are hooked on Carnival but we like to change lines for variety.I wish Carnival offered longer Caribbean cruises than 7 or 8 days. Hope you have a great cruise.

4me-itstheC
April 5th, 2008, 07:57 PM
Fred,
Hope you all have a great cruise!!! I will be waiting patiently for all your updates. You are too kind to be taking time away from your vacation to give all CC'ers our cruise fix!:p Thanks bunches!!!;)

Carmel

chonk
April 5th, 2008, 08:08 PM
Take good care of the ship :)
We'll be getting on when you're getting off.
Can't wait - this time next week - I'll be where you are now!

TinaJ04463
April 5th, 2008, 09:17 PM
Take good care of the ship :)
We'll be getting on when you're getting off.
Can't wait - this time next week - I'll be where you are now!

and us Freedom Floaters the week after!! Let 'r rip!
Tina

PaulMedik
April 5th, 2008, 10:15 PM
Fred,

Watch out for Sveltvina at the BlackJack table. She just took my first $100 donation! She did advise me several times that I should switch tables; that's how bad my luck was!:mad: It's bad when the dealers feel sorry for you...

cathyoo
April 5th, 2008, 10:23 PM
Ahh, Fred you are a sweetie to share your experience in the moment. Sounds like your trip is off to a wonderful start. Enjoy every minute. Very jealous of your Platinum status. I'll be too old to enjoy it by the time I get there. Probably in 2014

ellen9974
April 5th, 2008, 10:39 PM
Thanks Fred for all the updates.....I hope Cathy enjoys the 1a....can not wait to see the photos....I will be in a 1a in December......Have a great cruise

anyothername
April 5th, 2008, 11:01 PM
So where do you get this "Grilled Tuna on White with extra Mayo and extra Tomatos" at on board?

Hurricane Girl
April 5th, 2008, 11:57 PM
I want to Thank You!!! for doing this...we sail in May on Triumph and reading all of your posts and seeing your pics. and videos has got me so excited about our trip. I hope that you guys have a wonderful time!!! I know that you will, who doesn't on a cruise.

Wennfred
April 6th, 2008, 12:17 AM
Day 1 cont.

Dinner time is at 8:15pm, maitre'd Dino did a great job getting us a booth that sat 4 and off we went. Dinner was
great, we told cathy to get the Sweet & Sour shrimp, one of my favorite and the Sirlion steak, she ate it all and
loved it. We didnt stay for desert as we were full already with all of the food we had for dinner. Dinner tonight
was great, very tasty, not bland at all.

We went down to the Theater, played bingo didnt win. They had a warm up bingo session at first, the cards were
10.00 for 3 and we got to play 2 games, winnings were 100.00 and 350.00, then the last bingo game was for 1000.00
dollars, those cards were 10.00 for 1 card and 20.00 for 3 cards. The Welcome onboard show was nice and Todd
Wittmer is our Cruise Director, this is a very good cruise director, we got lucky on this cruise to have him. He is
very funny and knows his job very well.

Our comedian tonight is Allyn Ball, an italian guy from Los Angeles, this guy is very funny, he had everyone
laughing tonight. Cathy enjoyed the show as well. Wendy went to be earily as she was all pooped out from todays
events and the sun wears her thing. Tomorrow night at Midnight Comedian Allyn Ball will perform his rated R show. I
will be there for that.

I had sushi tonight, don't know exactly what the heck I had to eat but I do know one of them had a slice of eel. it
ws good thou, can't wait to try tomorrows crazy Sushi surpise.

Todays SeaSide Theater played Tina Turner's concert at 1pm and 6pm and the movie was Evan Almighty which played at
7:45pm and 10:30pm up on Lido deck. Tomorrow they are playing the BeeGees and the movie is The Transformers.

T.V. Complimentary movies for tomorrow are Oceans 13 and Becoming Jane. Two great movies.

Its exactly midnight right now and Im off to bed, tomorrow is a nice long sea day, We will take in some of the
activities pool side and walk about the ship. I like to find that golf course up by the Funnel deck and T-off a few
balls.

Side note: Soft Serve Ice Cream ROCKS !!! Love the mix flavor ones :)

Fred

Wennfred
April 6th, 2008, 12:25 AM
So where do you get this "Grilled Tuna on White with extra Mayo and extra Tomatos" at on board?

Up on Lido Deck, Deck 9... buffet area on the sides they have a Deli window, thats where you can order all types of sandwiches, the Deli closes at 11pm at night. On the other side they have the Asian window. Will take a look at what they have tomorrow. Tomorrow for lunch, I shooting for Fish & Chips and that Mongolian Grille.


Fred

Wennfred
April 6th, 2008, 12:29 AM
Fred,

Watch out for Sveltvina at the BlackJack table. She just took my first $100 donation! She did advise me several times that I should switch tables; that's how bad my luck was!:mad: It's bad when the dealers feel sorry for you...

Hi Paul,
It was nice meeting you and your family today, thanks for the Tip in the Casino, Im already down 100.00 myself, Im done for the week LOL. See ya around tomorrow.


Fred

CalifCruiser1
April 6th, 2008, 02:15 AM
Fred you'll pick up more internet minutes they do Happy hours on them use 1 get 1. We were on 3/22/08 You and I seem to sail 2 weeks apart I know one day we will meet up! see we do Splendor 4-12-08. They run a great poker table on this ship if you play. And the New Orleans show is excellant as is the supper club Have a great time Karon:)

Chexmix
April 6th, 2008, 02:54 AM
Great review so far Fred. You always seem to give great reviews of everything on the ship.

Don't forget about your free laundry service with that Platinum card. I'm sure Wendy could throw in a few things of her mothers at well. We had three people in our room and only ONE person was platinum. They did all our laundry on the Liberty.

Also don't forget to get your FREE entry to the slot or BJ touraments at the casino cashier. You and Wendy both get to enjoy that :) or you could give yours to your lovely MIL.:D

woodey
April 6th, 2008, 03:36 AM
Ok Fred Great review so far.....let me know about the wheelchair doorway....my DW is in a scooter and i pay close attention to doorways...she has a small travel scooter that enables us to get into most normal cabins but this does not sound promising for us..

pe4all
April 6th, 2008, 06:45 AM
Fred -
Glad to see you are enjoying the Freedom so far. We loved her - can't wait to board her again soon. Make sure you catch Ron Pass in the piano bar - he is great. We are "living thru" you now - and loving every second. Quick question - when we were in the Posh dining room, Ken was the maitre'd - you said Dino was now. Do you know if Ken moved? He was great - personable, and sounded like Frank Sinatra when he sang. (I wouldn't doubt it if John Heald "took" him to the Splendor with him - they are good friends, and Ken really knew and enjoyed his job) We were hoping to get him again. Enjoy your cruise - have a dotd for us!

pam7553
April 6th, 2008, 08:37 AM
Fred,
I just sailed on 3/22 so I feel like I am right back with you. The oriental station on Lido is now mexican food. They haven't changed the sign. Make sure you check out the noodle station and build your own soup.
I thought Allyn Ball's midnight show was awful. I expected a lot more after his first show which I enjoyed.
Pam

readboat
April 6th, 2008, 08:54 AM
Hi Fred
I hope you are having a great time.
We are booked in 2457 in May. I have been asking for two weeks on CC how this room was and if any one had a picture, no luck.
Let us know how noisy it is back there being under the dining room. If you get a peek into 2457 let me know how it looks.
Thank You

lgerrish
April 6th, 2008, 09:18 AM
Carnival Freedom Embarkation Day

Well, I have alot of info so let me get started.


At 11:45am we arrived at the new Port of Miami Cruise Terminal. The new terminal is very nice Inside, there is a long line with many people waiting to get checked in, I asked a rep where was the VIP line and they escorted us over to the next set of line, no one was there but us.

Security & Xray machine, we had to remove our items from our pockets of course and run our bags right through the Xray machine. When my bag went through, I was asked to remove my Laptop from the Carry-on luggage and run it through again. That only took like 30 seconds. So make sure you have your Laptop out, just like in the airport.

After the Xray machine we walked into another big waiting room but we were directed to go around the left and inside the VIP Lounge. The customer service was totally great, All that was needed was your FUN Pass print outs, the credit card that was used on the FunPass and you Passports, they have a bar code scanner that they use to swipe your PassPorts and it immediately locates you into their computer system. Wendy and I were given our Platinum Cards. Wendy had a nice smile, she finally made Platinum. We told them there that we had my Mother-in-Law with us and the rep said no problem wait right here, she went out and got her Sail & Sign card. That just took a minute, they greeted my MIL and told her welcome on her first Carnival Cruise. My MIL Cathy was amazed on how special they treated us, more on this later.

Well I hope I covered most things, if you have any questions let me know.

Fred

What a great review! We are so ready to cruise on the Freedom in two weeks. I'll be waiting to hear more.

We plan on getting to the port early so we can board and enjoy the ship. Wish us luck (our track record isn't very good about boarding early:eek: )

Thanks, Fred!

Huey
April 6th, 2008, 09:44 AM
We were also on the Freedom 03/22/08. We loved Allyn Ball's midnight show. He is very funny - and a little different than your usual comedian. He was kind of opinionated so I could see how he is not everyone's favorite.

Although I loved the Mongolian BBQ, be careful! Everything except the BBQ is very spicy!! Lots of red pepper flakes!

You're quite lucky as Platnium. Our dining change requests were not honored. We requested an earlier seating, however, after the first night Dino just changed our table and left our same seating. It was kind of uncomfortable because after the first night, our table was within 10 feet of our last waiter. I could tell he thought we changed because of him. Which was not true - we liked him! we let him know what happened.

So, to answer your question - yes it is very annoying to be sitting waiting to change our incorrect dining arrangements in the dining room after 25 minutes and watching Platnium members walk right in and cut in line. I guess that being only my 9th Carnival cruise, we had to wait our turn.

Have fun! Hopefully the chair hogs aren't out in full force as they were for us!!!

GB Chicago
April 6th, 2008, 09:58 AM
Laura, I was probably one of the folks waiting with you on the 22nd for the Matire D! Same thing happened to us - sat with our original folks the first night and Ken moved us to a different table but same time. I went to pursers desk and filled out another request though and we did get moved. I was really worried the folks we sat with the first night would think we didn't like them so we were sure to tell them right off we just wanted later seating. How about that second morning at sea - the ship was really rocking! Hope Fred has a bit better weather then we did. Looking at all my pictures I now realize how much it rained!

dbrucern
April 6th, 2008, 09:59 AM
I am watching for your review and reading with enjoyment. We are on the Freedom in December 6483 and 6485. Thanks for all the info, I relay everything you have to say to my DH in Iraq so keep it coming and Thank-you.

anyothername
April 6th, 2008, 10:24 AM
Up on Lido Deck, Deck 9... buffet area on the sides they have a Deli window, thats where you can order all types of sandwiches, the Deli closes at 11pm at night. On the other side they have the Asian window. Will take a look at what they have tomorrow. Tomorrow for lunch, I shooting for Fish & Chips and that Mongolian Grille.


Fred

Thanks. I realized there was a deli just didn't realize they had a tuna sandwich. Thanks again!

Wags67
April 6th, 2008, 10:30 AM
Hi Fred...I just wanted to give you a http://mysmileyz.com/s/bigarmhug.gif for the love & dedication you are showing for cruising & for CC friends! You're sacrificing part of your cruisetime from your DW & DMIL to share with all of us...
Your review is awesome; I'm hooked:)

cruisebie
April 6th, 2008, 10:37 AM
Fred-I just wanted to add my thanks with everyone else's for taking time out to do this. I love your Live review. It's like we are on the ship with you. It's the next best thing to being there! :)

inco
April 6th, 2008, 10:37 AM
There are a lot of people out here that appreciate what your doing for us Fred. By the time our cruise rolls around I'll know this ship inside out.Thanks.;)

Randy & Carmen
April 6th, 2008, 10:43 AM
Hey Fred......Could you go up to the Caribbean Breeze band right above the lido deck and just stand right there by the keyboard player (Wayne) and tell him I lost his email addy and if you could give him mine and have him contact me......Thanks!

Oh and Tell Todd, Noortje, Mouna, James, and Ron the Pianoman I said hi!:D

PaulMedik
April 6th, 2008, 11:22 AM
Laura, I was probably one of the folks waiting with you on the 22nd for the Matire D! Same thing happened to us - sat with our original folks the first night and Ken moved us to a different table but same time. I went to pursers desk and filled out another request though and we did get moved. I was really worried the folks we sat with the first night would think we didn't like them so we were sure to tell them right off we just wanted later seating. How about that second morning at sea - the ship was really rocking! Hope Fred has a bit better weather then we did. Looking at all my pictures I now realize how much it rained!


GB Chicago,

We have had no rain that I know of; deck nine above the bridge was wet as if it had rained last night and the starboard side was so windy I had to crab walk to get back to the center and off that deck (Walk on hands and feet). My seven year old was with me and he was holding on for dear life. Other than wind, it's been beautiful sailing. There is a distinctive vibration on this ship, but my guess is that it's the stabilizers compensating for the wind.

We also had to meet with the Matrad (SP? never tried to spell that before) and have our tables changed. I met Dino earlier and didn't know what his job was... My wife and middle son were seated at a separate table from the rest of us. Dino was mad about that happening, but it was no big deal; I did tell him that since I was talking to him earlier that he had to assure my DW that I didn't arrange it! :D

7toEleven
April 6th, 2008, 11:30 AM
Fred;

This is so much fun, to be on your "virtual" cruise! We were on the Freedom last May, and it feels good to be back on her again with you, Wendy and MIL!
Can't wait for your next report, and thanks so much for doing this!

Have fun you guys!!

The Murphy's

gail811
April 6th, 2008, 11:34 AM
Hey Paul! Is this the cruise you have the aft wrap on? Can't wait to hear your review afterwards! We are back from our second trip on the Glory and loved it just as much the second time around.

LOVE the live review Fred! We have not sailed out of Miami yet, but sounds like we need to give it a try. Customer service sounds awesome both there and on the ship!
Hope you both have better luck in the casino!

jonsmom
April 6th, 2008, 11:49 AM
I am watching for your review and reading with enjoyment. We are on the Freedom in December 6483 and 6485. Thanks for all the info, I relay everything you have to say to my DH in Iraq so keep it coming and Thank-you.

I will be in #6485 in 2 weeks! Let me know if you want me to send you pix of the room,

Jayne315
April 6th, 2008, 11:54 AM
Fred....I am in Cabin #2462 in June for a Med. cruise.....hide me a not behind a picture and I will look for it!! Can't wait to see your pictures of this cabin! Have fun....keep thoese reviews coming!
Jayne

PaulMedik
April 6th, 2008, 12:01 PM
Hey Paul! Is this the cruise you have the aft wrap on? Can't wait to hear your review afterwards! We are back from our second trip on the Glory and loved it just as much the second time around.

LOVE the live review Fred! We have not sailed out of Miami yet, but sounds like we need to give it a try. Customer service sounds awesome both there and on the ship!
Hope you both have better luck in the casino!


Gail,

Yes it is; first of four wraps! :D

Here's a pic I just took from our balcony door;
http://inlinethumb07.webshots.com/36102/2244689920065094172S600x600Q85.jpg (http://travel.webshots.com/photo/2244689920065094172jEaKhD)

Here's a pic of Miracle (I think) passing us this morning. Pic is when it was just coming into view out of the sun;
http://inlinethumb11.webshots.com/41610/2678942750065094172S600x600Q85.jpg (http://travel.webshots.com/photo/2678942750065094172uzaMvo)

In this one you can see the weather we're having is perfect and Miracle after it passed by;

http://inlinethumb61.webshots.com/19132/2910239100065094172S600x600Q85.jpg (http://travel.webshots.com/photo/2910239100065094172vVlLiw)

The internet is super slow today....

Randy & Carmen
April 6th, 2008, 12:24 PM
Hey Fred......someone just sent Wayne's email addy to me.....so I'm good!:D

MarylandLady
April 6th, 2008, 12:30 PM
Fred -
Glad to see you are enjoying the Freedom so far. We loved her - can't wait to board her again soon. Make sure you catch Ron Pass in the piano bar - he is great. We are "living thru" you now - and loving every second. Quick question - when we were in the Posh dining room, Ken was the maitre'd - you said Dino was now. Do you know if Ken moved? He was great - personable, and sounded like Frank Sinatra when he sang. (I wouldn't doubt it if John Heald "took" him to the Splendor with him - they are good friends, and Ken really knew and enjoyed his job) We were hoping to get him again. Enjoy your cruise - have a dotd for us!

I just got off the Freedom yesterday. Ken was maitre'd until we hit Jamaica on Thursday and they told us he would be out the next few days. According to our wait staff she said that Ken was heading out for the Spendor and she was heading for it in June. Ken has always, like John, gotten the new ships, except when he temporarily retired and then came back for the Freedom. I was extremely disappointed that Todd was not our CD last week. Noortje was good, but she was no Todd, who I've sailed with before.

Wennfred
April 6th, 2008, 12:45 PM
Q & A's

Pe4all,

We have Dino in the Posh Dining Room, I will ask tonight where Ken went, he might be in the Chic dining room. Dino is a wonderful great guy.


Pam7553,

Allyn Ball seemed to do well last night, he had everyone laughing I see you didnt enjoy his Midnight rated R show, I hope its better. Also I will have to take a good luck at the Asian window again.


Chexmix,

We went up to the Casino and got our Free entry card, the slot tournatment starts at 1pm, Cathy will be playing for me since she seems to be doing well in the casino, yesterday 219.00 and today 100.00 and she was 1 number away from the 1000.00 bingo last night.


Woodey,

The cabin you need is 2465, I spoke to the Hotel Manager and he also gave me a list of HC cabins, he also stated that there are no Cat.1a HC cabins onboard. He said there are a few that might be modified but not considered HC cabins. 2462 which is my cabin and the door widths are too small for a scooter but Cabin 2465 has 3 of my shoes length long and you can tell the door is wider then the one next to it. Cabin 2465 should allow a scooter in there but not a wheelchair because once inside you can't move around. You can park the Scooter in the long hallway. 2465 also had the modified bathroom with the pull down seat and no lip on the floor in the shower.

I spoke to a guy name Fred, he has an extra wide scooter. He told me that Carnival sent him 3 forms that he needed to fill out and send back in order to qualify to use a HC cabin. Without those forms you can not get a HC cabin. That was very interesting because they do enforce those HC cabins.


Readboat,

I have to tell you, compare to the Valor its quite bumpy back here but its because we are crusing at around 21 knots, a bit shakey kinda what you would feel in a plane, but it feels good when you go to bed as it rocks you to bed. Noise level from a 1 to a 10 I would say a 3. Im going to take a video shot of the ocean going by, you should be able to hear the sound or noise level also, I will post it when I return home.

Huey,

thanks for the Tip at the Mongolian Grille as I try to stay away from Spicy foods. YOu got one more cruise to get Platinum, you will have a good time with it.

Anyothername,

They have the best Tuna Every because I dont have to make it and I dont have one of the burners to toast the bread. :)

Host Randy,

I took my MIL out for a walk topside and we stood right next to the Caribbean Breeze band listening to their lovely music, I will go get Waynes email and shoot it to you or pass him yours. Todd is a great Cruise Director, when I see him I will tell him you said hello. James is a funny guy, we got our Bingo Cards from him, we will see him alot throughout the cruise. Im going to go see Ron tonight for sure, Ron was nice enough to show up on our Roll Call and say hello to us, I will see him tonight right after the Midnight Comedy with Allyn Ball.

The crew has been great, there are no signs of wear and tear on the crew or ship, I did interview a few of them and they told me that this was the first cruise that they implimented the new system, its the changes that came down from CEO Gerry, but we will not be able to tell, also the crew said that the changes do not affect them at all. All of them seem cheerful and happy. One crew member did tell me that CEO Gerry is totally different from Bob, Bob was more of a people person.

Gail811,
we love sailing out of Miami any chance we get, its totally beautiful out here.

Jayne315,
Behind the beautiful wall portrait with the beach scenary I will leave you a message on a paper, look for it.
__________________________________________________ _______________________________________

Freedom Day 2 AT SEA

We slept in until 9am, got up and had a nice breakfast, pretty crowded at Lido but the lines went very fast. After Breakfast we hit the slots and also took Cathy up Topside for a nice walk. We got our Excursion tickets for San Juan which is the Old San Juan Sunset Walking Tour and for St. Maarten, the Beach Break.
Almost 1PM Slot Tournament time !!! See ya later.

BettyPC
April 6th, 2008, 01:28 PM
What makes it "dirty" Enjoying your review!!

Betty

heypeety
April 6th, 2008, 02:07 PM
Q & A's


Freedom Day 2 AT SEA

We slept in until 9am, got up and had a nice breakfast, pretty crowded at Lido but the lines went very fast. After Breakfast we hit the slots and also took Cathy up Topside for a nice walk. We got our Excursion tickets for San Juan which is the Old San Juan Sunset Walking Tour and for St. Maarten, the Beach Break.
Almost 1PM Slot Tournament time !!! See ya later.


Our first cruise was on the Legend in January. What we loved was taking walk on the sun deck (I believe 4 laps was a mile). Does the Freedom have a place to enjoy a good walk and work off some of the good food? We are going on the Miracel next winter and the Freedom the following winter. We live where winter is long and cold, so those days on a cruise are heaven to us. Enjoy your cruise, and we will be waiting to hear more from you!

Wennfred
April 6th, 2008, 02:47 PM
What makes it "dirty" Enjoying your review!!

Betty

The Kahlua makes it dirty.

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2 scoops vanilla ice cream (http://www.drinksmixer.com/desc557.html)



Blend six ice cubes with ice-cream in a blender until smooth. Add liqueurs and continue blending, again until smooth. Add more ice-cream if needed (for milk-shake consistency). Pour into a highball glass, and serve.


Go here, great drinks Mixers website, search all drinks here: http://www.drinksmixer.com/drink475.html


Fred

BettyPC
April 6th, 2008, 03:00 PM
Thank you Fred! Sounds so yummy - loved the website also. Enjoy!!!

Betty

Wennfred
April 6th, 2008, 03:00 PM
Freedom Day 2 Cont.

Great Lunch down in the Dining Room, I had the Mongolian Steak Salad, Wendy had the Spaghetti and meatballs and
Cathy had the Cheeseburgers and fries. Headed back to the cabin to rest up abit before formal night.


Got first place in the Slot Tournament with 6648 points, someone bumpped me down to second place with 11,334
points, at 4PM the top 2 players and a additional player from the raffle tickets can play the final game. Prize is
500.00.


Fred

tootsiescurly
April 6th, 2008, 03:01 PM
What are the changes the new CEO implemented?

Wennfred
April 6th, 2008, 03:05 PM
What are the changes the new CEO implemented?

I havent notice any but the crew is saying it was mostly upper management.


Fred

gail811
April 6th, 2008, 03:05 PM
Gail,

Yes it is; first of four wraps! :D

Here's a pic I just took from our balcony door;
http://inlinethumb07.webshots.com/36102/2244689920065094172S600x600Q85.jpg (http://travel.webshots.com/photo/2244689920065094172jEaKhD)

Here's a pic of Miracle (I think) passing us this morning. Pic is when it was just coming into view out of the sun;
http://inlinethumb11.webshots.com/41610/2678942750065094172S600x600Q85.jpg (http://travel.webshots.com/photo/2678942750065094172uzaMvo)

In this one you can see the weather we're having is perfect and Miracle after it passed by;

http://inlinethumb61.webshots.com/19132/2910239100065094172S600x600Q85.jpg (http://travel.webshots.com/photo/2910239100065094172vVlLiw)

The internet is super slow today....

Congrats Paul! The only part of the aft wraps are that you get spoiled and can't imagine having anything else! I booked the Miracle for next year for our 35th anniversary; aft wrap of course! Where did you put the boys?

parrot7
April 6th, 2008, 03:12 PM
Hi Wennfred, enjoy reading your post will be on the freedom in 2 weeks
do they make the dirty banana daquires at all bars thanks

Wennfred
April 6th, 2008, 03:20 PM
Hi Wennfred, enjoy reading your post will be on the freedom in 2 weeks
do they make the dirty banana daquires at all bars thanks

Yep, anywhere that makes foo foo drinks can make them. :D

cathyoo
April 6th, 2008, 03:30 PM
Fred, good luck in the slot tournament...

Paul.. great pictures...

green with envy as I am signing off to finish COOKING dinner, than I will have to clean it up, watch some dumb tv show for entertainment, go to bed without any towel animals or without any chocolates and to top it off.. wake up and go to WORK. big sigh... but looking forward to MORE, MORE, MORE.

Hei1980
April 6th, 2008, 03:39 PM
Carnival Freedom Embarkation Day

The First thing we did was go and look for our Table, we couldn't find it because the tables never have the Table number on them when you first come onboard. Also there was no waiters up there to assist us, a few came by but they were new transfers from the Sensation ship. I figured I will just go and ask the Maitre'D. On our way looking around I spoke to a Carnival Rep about the Maitre'D times and she told me, Since I was Platinum I needed to go to the Pursers Deck right away. That was a good idea.

Once at the Pursers Deck, I stood in the Platinum section of the desk and they assisted me right away. I was told I was platinum and that they would handle the table selection for me and that they will call me later with the info or check back with them later. Fred

Fred; must you do both, go to the Pursers Desk, then to the Maitre'D? Or, can you just go to the Maitre'D concerning your table? We, too, are Pompous
Platinum but not sure I have the guts to cut the line, time will tell or maybe just how long is that line!

woodey
April 6th, 2008, 03:39 PM
Thanks for checking Fred...We do have all the appropriate Paper
work on file with Carnival...and the Last few cruises we booked HC rooms but in the future we were hoping to get a few last minute deals when they popped up....and getting HC rooms at last minute is almost Impossible

Cruz4us
April 6th, 2008, 03:40 PM
Hi Fred, Am I to take it that you got the rental car from the airport and returned it to the airport? And was there a charge for the shuttle back to the port? Hope you all still have a good time on the cruise. I see you had interest in THE DREAM TEAM so maybe we can meet up some time:D

pe4all
April 6th, 2008, 03:41 PM
Thank you for the replies re: Ken and the dining room. No matter who we have, we will enjoy our experience, I am sure. And Fred - try to enjoy your vacation - you are going to end up spending more time on the computer answering everyone's questions, and have no time to relax! This thread may end up becoming an insatiable monster - and it is only Sunday!!

Wennfred
April 6th, 2008, 04:34 PM
Fred, good luck in the slot tournament...


Got to the final round but picked the wrong machine LOL, We got a t-shirt, a deck of cards and something else, not sure what it is. Friday they will have another tournament. Not bad for playing for free.


Fred

Wennfred
April 6th, 2008, 04:36 PM
Fred; must you do both, go to the Pursers Desk, then to the Maitre'D? Or, can you just go to the Maitre'D concerning your table? We, too, are Pompous
Platinum but not sure I have the guts to cut the line, time will tell or maybe just how long is that line!

Its is best to just go see the Maitre'D, when I checked at the Pursers Deck, they havent even called or done anything with my request. I told them to forget about it because I already had it done. You have to still get things done yourself, too much work at the Pursers deck for them to remember.




Fred

Wennfred
April 6th, 2008, 04:39 PM
Hi Fred, Am I to take it that you got the rental car from the airport and returned it to the airport? And was there a charge for the shuttle back to the port? Hope you all still have a good time on the cruise. I see you had interest in THE DREAM TEAM so maybe we can meet up some time:D

I will surely cruise with the Dream Team. yes on both, got the rental at the Airport and returned it back there Saturday morning, we used Thriftys, they shuttle us back to the terminal for free.



Fred

Wennfred
April 6th, 2008, 05:20 PM
Day 2 AT SEA Cont.

Tonight is Formal Night or Lobster night !!! Wendy and Cathy are up getting their Updo hair thingie done. I got to
jump in the shower shortly as we are going go get those Portraits done. Cathy wants to buy a package to send to her
relatives for the holidays.

The Captains Reception party starts at 5pm and then again at 7:15pm for the late seaters.

Tonights Main Shows:
The Big Easy, the vocalists are Louise Eddens and Kevin Jayroe. There are 2 shows, one at 8:30pm and 10:30pm
I don't see where Allyn Ball will be doing his Midnight R rated Comedy show in the Capers, they have Michael Macy
doing his R rated Comedy show in the Victoriana Lounge tonight at Midnight.

So tonight is going to be a busy night with the pictures and dressing up for Formal night and dinner, then the big
show. Since its all new to Cathy we will be there to enjoy these shows. I will most likely go see Ron the Piano guy
tonight, he plays from 9:30pm - Late at Scotts which is located on Deck 5.

Host Randy, Wayne got your Email, he does remember you and will be sending you an email shortly.


Fred

vacruizer
April 6th, 2008, 05:35 PM
Thank you sooo much, Fred! We're all sitting here living vicariously through you!

We saw Michael Macy on the Miracle - he is funny but very foul-mouthed! Have a great time - I know I'll be coming home each day this week looking forward to your report.

CC should pay you to do this!

WiggleBay
April 6th, 2008, 05:36 PM
Fred

Thank you so much for taking time on your Vacation to keep us informed.
Hope you are having a wonderful time. Hope you have your MIL hooked on Carnival.
We are VIP as well & sailing B2B on the Freedom on 11/30 & 12/6
Couple of favors if possible:

Ask Todd Whittmer if the Captain can do a vow renewal around 5pm on a Sea day. we are renewing our vows on the Freedom, looking at 12/5 - the day before we pull back in to ft lauderdale on the 6-day.
Todd is a great CD we had him on the Liberty last Sept. Please say hi to him for Cheri & Michael

Have a wonderful time
cheri

dbrucern
April 6th, 2008, 06:07 PM
I will be in #6485 in 2 weeks! Let me know if you want me to send you pix of the room,

That would be great, our DD and SIL are in that room and I would love to be able to send them the pic. Have a great cruise. we are off to the Liberty in June but can't wait to be aboard a new ship. Thanks again in advance.
E-mail address
dbrucern@nc.rr.com

pe4all
April 6th, 2008, 06:35 PM
Fred - if Jerry Goodspeed is on board, make sure you catch his show. (ventriloquist/comedian) He was a lot of fun. Also, don't miss "Ticket to Ride". Excellent show, imho. Have a great night, and a better tomorrow!

Jayne315
April 6th, 2008, 07:04 PM
Fred....looking forward to finding my note! Also, looking forward to seeing pictures of your cabin!
Jayne

jonsmom
April 6th, 2008, 07:52 PM
That would be great, our DD and SIL are in that room and I would love to be able to send them the pic. Have a great cruise. we are off to the Liberty in June but can't wait to be aboard a new ship. Thanks again in advance.
E-mail address
dbrucern@nc.rr.com

I will be happy to do so - i have added your name to my address book (hopefully I wont accidently send you something unappropriate :)

Joanne

Mary49
April 6th, 2008, 08:45 PM
Who's the band that plays in the lounge bar??? Thanks Mary49

PaulMedik
April 6th, 2008, 09:00 PM
Congrats Paul! The only part of the aft wraps are that you get spoiled and can't imagine having anything else! I booked the Miracle for next year for our 35th anniversary; aft wrap of course! Where did you put the boys?


Gail,

On this one they're in an interior across the hall. On the next three we have balcony rooms beside ours for them. I was thinking of changing theirs back to Panorama.....:eek:

trvlady
April 6th, 2008, 09:02 PM
Fred-

Thank you so much for all of the detailed info onboard Freedom!
We will be onboard Freedom April 12-19!!! Less than a week- I can't wait!!!
Thank you again!!!

Wennfred
April 6th, 2008, 09:36 PM
Day 2 AT SEA Cont.

We went out and got some pictures taken then we went to the Capts Party, It was not held in the Theater, thats
where we were waiting and I finally asked the Pursers and they told me the International Lounge way back, we were
late and I wanted some free drinks, well we got there and the Lounge was full so they redirected us to the Piano
Bar, there we met Cruise Critic Member Ahoy and her friend both are sweet school teachers.

They still served us drinks and I ordered some Rum Punch and Pina Coladas and they went back to get them, no
questions asked. Very nice.

When I met and shook the Asst. CD and the cD Todd, I did mention that I was with Cruise Critic and that Randy said
hello, that woke them up and Todd told me anything I needed just ask :) I think Im going to start using Randys
name more around the ship LOL.

We had a nice dinner, we all had 2 Lobsters and I had Prime Rib also, they were too full for dessert but I had the
Carmelized Apple something, very rich but good.

We returned to the cabin to change before the Big Easy Show and we found our first Towel Animal, this one looks
like a koala bear or a polar bear since its white. I wonder what Cathy got in her room.
By the way, Cathy didnt get any sleep last night, she finally fell asleep around 3am, she said she was still all
wound up and excited about this cruise. She is enjoying her first real vacation.

GOOD NEWS FOR SOME:
This has been the second dinner night with NO MENTION of the color games. Even at bingo they are not saying or
asking about color teams. Its been so peaceful and quiet in the dining room, Finally. Thanks Carnival for
quieting down the dining room. I havent heard Dino the Maitre'D say anything over the PA system either. Oh and no
Dancing, maybe because we are leaving eariler, not sure. Will have to ask Paul or Robert the other Cruise Critic
members.

According to the Capers we got Michael Macy as the comedy act tonight, could be a Mis-print because Allyn Ball said
he would be doing it. Will see.

Got my Platinum gift tonight, it was laying on the bed. This time instead of the tote bag they gave me a nice
Aluminum Coffee Thermus (sp), its very nice, I will be taking this one to work.

Do you know if we get 2 gifts for 2 platinum card holders or just the cabin?


YOu all have a great evening.

Fred

doodlefan
April 6th, 2008, 09:56 PM
Fred -
Glad to see you are enjoying the Freedom so far. We loved her - can't wait to board her again soon. Make sure you catch Ron Pass in the piano bar - he is great. We are "living thru" you now - and loving every second. Quick question - when we were in the Posh dining room, Ken was the maitre'd - you said Dino was now. Do you know if Ken moved? He was great - personable, and sounded like Frank Sinatra when he sang. (I wouldn't doubt it if John Heald "took" him to the Splendor with him - they are good friends, and Ken really knew and enjoyed his job) We were hoping to get him again. Enjoy your cruise - have a dotd for us!

Hi

We're sailing the Splendor this summer and were told that, yes, Ken will be on it with John. We had him last summer on the Freedom and loved his singing in the dining room. He was awesome.

Fred - I second the vote to go sing with Ron in the paino bar. We spent a full night and had a blast with him. We sang ourselves hoarse:eek: Enjoy the Freedom, we loved her.

luv2cruise777l
April 6th, 2008, 10:09 PM
[quote=Wennfred;14134476]

Got my Platinum gift tonight, it was laying on the bed. This time instead of the tote bag they gave me a nice
Aluminum Coffee Thermus (sp), its very nice, I will be taking this one to work.

Do you know if we get 2 gifts for 2 platinum card holders or just the cabin?

Fred,

I would go down and ask the purser's desk if you can get an extra one. If you would have been staying in separate cabins you would each be getting one. You are both Platinum and worked very hard to get there!


In June, me and my friend are traveling on the Paradise and we are both Platinum so in my eyes we are both entitled to the free gift!


Have a great cruise!!!!!

PaulMedik
April 6th, 2008, 11:00 PM
Fred,

No dancing nor colors at our seating either. The entire staff did line up and sing an Italian song.

We sat at the Captains table tonight which was nice. :) We were too busy with pictures to make it to the Captain's party though. :o

pe4all
April 7th, 2008, 05:43 AM
Color "war" is out on the Freedom, but there will still be the singing/dancing by the wait staff. Sorry! (though my family enjoys it - sorry again!)

gail811
April 7th, 2008, 06:05 AM
Fred,

No dancing nor colors at our seating either. The entire staff did line up and sing an Italian song.

We sat at the Captains table tonight which was nice. :) We were too busy with pictures to make it to the Captain's party though. :o

How cool! Do you request that or is it a random thing? We got the Captains table on the Glory last year for the entire week, but he never sat with us :p
What deck are you on Paul?

Randy & Carmen
April 7th, 2008, 07:25 AM
When I met and shook the Asst. CD and the cD Todd, I did mention that I was with Cruise Critic and that Randy said
hello, that woke them up and Todd told me anything I needed just ask :) I think Im going to start using Randys
name more around the ship LOL.

That's right....just THROW my name around......lol...No really Todd and Noortje are really cool ........Got to hang with them a lot.:D ......Dang....wish I was back there.

Cruz4us
April 7th, 2008, 08:35 AM
I will surely cruise with the Dream Team. yes on both, got the rental at the Airport and returned it back there Saturday morning, we used Thriftys, they shuttle us back to the terminal for free.



Fred

Thanks Fred, We will be in Miami in December, 2 days prior and just wanted to see how easy it was to return the car and get to the port at around 11am. Enjoy the remaining of your cruise.

iluvdoxies
April 7th, 2008, 10:02 AM
Fred, my husband and I sailed 3/22 (with Randy). We are both Platinum- we each got a thermos.

John F
April 7th, 2008, 11:04 AM
Fred, thanks for your update reporting in. We will be getting on the Freedom
(4/26/) for the Transatlantic crossing to Rome. Have they gone to 2 dinner seating now on the Freedom?? One at 6:00 pm and one at 8:15 pm in both
dining rooms?? Thanks for your help and enjoy your cruise!! John F

Wennfred
April 7th, 2008, 11:46 AM
Day 3 AT SEA and San Juan Puerto Rico

Really slept in today, got up at 11am and ready for that Mongolian Grille and some Fish & Chips

I have to tell you that WOW!!! One of the best shows ever on a Cruise ship. The Big Eazy is a show not to be
missed, it lasted about 1 hour and it had a lot of sexy scenes in it. Very well done.

wE are still moving pretty fast, alot of rock and roll but not too bad, last night the Ships Stability system did a
good job keeping the ship as steady as possible, when I looked outside my window there were some serious swells of
5 to 7 feet with with crest over them, I guess it must of been windy out there also.

In less then 6 hours we will arrive into San Juan P.R., we have our Sunset Walking excursions at 5pm. I should only
last 1.5 hours and they its time to find something to eat. Tonights 10:30pm show is the Heart of Motown with Marcus
Anthony. I didn't see the comedy show last night at midnight, I was already in bed snoring.

Well, most of you that live in the southern states on the east coast can take a quick flight to San Juan, we can
have a few drinks and return before work the next day. :)

I have family here in Puerto Rico but due to the short time, I won't be able to see them. I also have a good friend
from when we were in the Navy, I will try to give him a call if I can locate him.


Fred

Wennfred
April 7th, 2008, 01:45 PM
Day 3, on our way to San Juan, only like 3 hours left to dock.


Talking to the people at the Purses Desk is like talking to a wall, I had to explain twice to this officer what I
needed, she kept telling me to please hold so she could answer the phone, on the third time I was waiting for her
to answer the phone again but she didnt.

Im going to write them a letter using my Platinum stationary and hopefully this time they will include Wendy as a
Platinum guest.

The Mongolian Grill is the place to eat, I will be eatting lunch there every day. The food is great, I didnt get
the Spicey stuff, the choices of Sauce are Black Bean which is what I had, Thai Barbeque and Szechwan, Szechwan
being the spicest.

There is a sign that says Cooked to your Choice of Fresh Greens, Assorted Meats like Beef, Chicken and Calamari and
Exotic sauces.

The line there today was short because the first thing you see is a whole section of veggies, including Corn, Bean
sprause, lettece, spinish, 2 types of thin noodles, tomatos, peas, Mushrooms, string beans. You put these in a bowl
and hand them to the chef, they you tell them what meat you want. He cooks the meat in a wok, with your sauce and
chicken broth and then once the meat is cooked he adds your veggies to create a masterpiece stir fry. The Best!

Anyways people would see the veggies and walk away thinking it was a salad bar. There are 2 lines on each side
which meets in the middle and thats where the grills are located, there are 3 WOKs running on each side so it does
go fast if you are standing in line.

I haven't mentioned anything about my dining room waiters, I have to say that the 2 guys we got are great waiters,
they are fast, we haven't had to wait for our food like you read in those negative reviews etc. My head waiter Leo
does know that we are Platinum guest and also spoke to Dino the Maitre'D and so far our service has been awesome.

Head Waiter Leo and asst. Head waiter Guna or something like that, I will get his full name later. Leo is from
Equador and Guna is from Maylasia.

The funny thing is that we have a probably 70 year old waiter that is probably Chinese and is handling the tables
behind ours, this poor guy yelled at his asst waiter because he isnt fast enough lol. The Old cat ensure that they
get the food out before anyone else, it seems like he is rushing this customers. I mean we get there at 8:15pm
thats when late seating opens and we are sitting down and he is already serving the salad!!! I overheard another
waiter say, "Hey pops you need to retire".

Anyways we are happy with our waitstaff, Leo and Guna does a great job. We are located in table 357 which is a
table for 4.

__________________________________________________ __________________________________________________ _________
Q & A's

Randy,

This is turning out to be one of the best cruises ever. I would hate to go back to a smaller older ship.
Splendor and Dream here we come.


Mary49,

The band is called Lifeline Band, its 4 PI. Guys and they are pretty good, they are located in the International
Lounge way back.


Pe4all,

I hope we get Jerry Goodspeed, I love ventriloquist/comedy shows, I probably seen him many times before with that
Yellow Bird thing that scares the heck out of everyone but I can't remember the name and I know Cathy would love it
too.


WiggleBay,

Im going to try to get Todd email and when I do I will forward it to you so you can ask him that question about
renewing your vows.


John F,

Good Question, yes Freedom implimented the 2 Dining times only. I spoke to a Lead Head waiter up on Lido and he
told me that they hate it, its a lot harder for the guys in the galley. With the 4 time frames I guess it was
easier to spread the meals out, but now there is only 2 meal times and all of the food has to all come out at the
same time to both dining rooms. Same work but lesser time now.

The new dinner times are 6PM AND 8:15PM ONLY. No more 5:45pm and 8:00pm I dont think any ship has those times
anymore and this is part of the new Changes that came down from Gerry.

rockwood84
April 7th, 2008, 02:09 PM
Day 3 AT SEA and San Juan Puerto Rico

In less then 6 hours we will arrive into San Juan P.R., we have our Sunset Walking excursions at 5pm. I should only
last 1.5 hours and they its time to find something to eat. Tonights 10:30pm show is the Heart of Motown with Marcus
Anthony. I didn't see the comedy show last night at midnight, I was already in bed snoring.


If you haven't seen Marcus Anthony before, let me just tell you that you do not want to miss his show. He is absolutely fantastic! We saw him on the Valor last summer, and it was the best show I've ever seen on a ship.

Have fun in San Juan!

LetsSailAway
April 7th, 2008, 02:22 PM
If you haven't seen Marcus Anthony before, let me just tell you that you do not want to miss his show. He is absolutely fantastic! We saw him on the Valor last summer, and it was the best show I've ever seen on a ship.

Have fun in San Juan!

Is that the guy who does the Bojangles/Sammy Davis, Jr. routine? If that's him, he's awesome. I just saw him on the Miracle a few weeks ago.

Wennfred
April 7th, 2008, 02:50 PM
Day 3 AT SEA also Puerto Rico

I wrote a letter to the Chief Purser Officer concerning Wendy's Platinum perks and to add her int the system as a
Member and I handed it over a Purser officer, then I went and sat down in the main lobby bar and ordered a Miami
Vice, I figured out now that if you want a nice strong drink get it there The Atrium main lobby bar. its the bar
next to the Pursers deck and its also located where you first enter the ship in Miami. This Miami Vice drink
finally knocked me on my ass. LOL It was nice and strong. They also used the foo foo drink class which is bigger
then the other places. I used my drink coupon for it. If you use Drink Coupons go there for your drinks.

While sitting there at the bar I asked a lady next to me what was her Card, she had a nice cool different Sail &
Sign type of card, it turned out to be a Alchol (sp) cant spell because of the Miami Vice, Booze card, she told me
that she paid 100.00 pp, 200.00 per cabin and you get unlimited drinks, I know we had threads on this but I told
her you needed to be in a group to get that offer, she told me, all that is needed is to contact a T/A and ask if
there are any groups going that has the unlimited drinks card. Thats a good idea. She joined a group and was part
of the Drink Card deal, so they are hanging out at the Lobby Bar trying everything out LOL. She even told me they
dont know what they got into because they are drinkers. She saw my Drink and ordered a Miami Vice herself.

While chatting with this nice lady from Queens N.Y. a Purser Officer, her name is Tamara, she is up there in rank
because of her shoulder bars and also has assisted me in the past, she speaks good english because she is from
England I believe, anyways she saw me at the bar and introduced herself, she wanted to talk to me about the letter
I wrote to the Chief Purser and she told me that now, part of the new changes, the Cabin even thou there are 2
Platinum guest members now only one gets the 1 gift. She said still you can come to the Platinum Concierge desk
and request another gift for the 2nd person but for now only 1 gift is given. I did tell her that we both had
platinum cards and we both have sailed on 10 different cruises and she told me correct we are ok because she had
checked.

So thats the deal now with Platinum Perks, 1 per cabin unless you request another one, just check with the Pursers
Desk. One of CEO Gerry's new implimentations on cut backs I guess.

Does anyone know where does RCCL ships are built? I mean what country?



Fred

WiggleBay
April 7th, 2008, 05:18 PM
Fred

Thank you- & if Todd is not comfortable giving out his email address, please give him mine mbolchoz1@bellsouth.net.

With all of your beautiful virtual review, hope you are enjoying your cruise.
We will be in cabin 9270 on the Lido deck in Nov

Thanks again for all your hard work
Cheri

rockwood84
April 7th, 2008, 06:04 PM
Does anyone know where does RCCL ships are built? I mean what country?


Per Wikipedia, that great wealth of information:

Genesis-, Freedom-, & Voyager-class ships: Finland
Radiance-class: Germany
Vision-class: some France, some Finland
Sovereign-class: France

crusinpsychRN
April 7th, 2008, 06:21 PM
Ask a question and it's answered! Wow, you guys are good!

scgssny
April 7th, 2008, 06:59 PM
Day 3 AT SEA also Puerto Rico

I wrote a letter to the Chief Purser Officer concerning Wendy's Platinum perks and to add her int the system as a
Member and I handed it over a Purser officer, then I went and sat down in the main lobby bar and ordered a Miami
Vice, I figured out now that if you want a nice strong drink get it there The Atrium main lobby bar. its the bar
next to the Pursers deck and its also located where you first enter the ship in Miami. This Miami Vice drink
finally knocked me on my ass. LOL It was nice and strong. They also used the foo foo drink class which is bigger
then the other places. I used my drink coupon for it. If you use Drink Coupons go there for your drinks.

While sitting there at the bar I asked a lady next to me what was her Card, she had a nice cool different Sail &
Sign type of card, it turned out to be a Alchol (sp) cant spell because of the Miami Vice, Booze card, she told me
that she paid 100.00 pp, 200.00 per cabin and you get unlimited drinks, I know we had threads on this but I told
her you needed to be in a group to get that offer, she told me, all that is needed is to contact a T/A and ask if
there are any groups going that has the unlimited drinks card. Thats a good idea. She joined a group and was part
of the Drink Card deal, so they are hanging out at the Lobby Bar trying everything out LOL. She even told me they
dont know what they got into because they are drinkers. She saw my Drink and ordered a Miami Vice herself.

While chatting with this nice lady from Queens N.Y. a Purser Officer, her name is Tamara, she is up there in rank
because of her shoulder bars and also has assisted me in the past, she speaks good english because she is from
England I believe, anyways she saw me at the bar and introduced herself, she wanted to talk to me about the letter
I wrote to the Chief Purser and she told me that now, part of the new changes, the Cabin even thou there are 2
Platinum guest members now only one gets the 1 gift. She said still you can come to the Platinum Concierge desk
and request another gift for the 2nd person but for now only 1 gift is given. I did tell her that we both had
platinum cards and we both have sailed on 10 different cruises and she told me correct we are ok because she had
checked.

So thats the deal now with Platinum Perks, 1 per cabin unless you request another one, just check with the Pursers
Desk. One of CEO Gerry's new implimentations on cut backs I guess.

Does anyone know where does RCCL ships are built? I mean what country?



Fred


RCCL ships are usually built in the Akers Chipyards in Finland. They have the contract for the Freddom class and the Genesis class.

poptart
April 7th, 2008, 09:52 PM
Hi Fred, just wanted to say thanks and I'm enjoying the review.

Wennfred
April 7th, 2008, 09:58 PM
Puerto Rico Day 3
We got lucky on this cruise, we made it into Puerto Rico around 3:45pm, lots of sun and we debarked the ship to
head on our Sunset walking tour, really it was a Sunny Walking tour of Old San Juan, at 4:15pm we were off, the
tour took way longer then 1.5 hours, this tour guide was very slow, then there was a Spanish family from Spain that
wanted the tour guide to translate in spanish and the guide said no, that you booked a tour on an American Cruise
ship and that he was sorry, he also said if he had time he would translate some, well he did and thats why the tour
took too long. For Wendy it was boring as we didnt go into any of the 2 forts nor went into a church. Everything as
far as Art Museum were closed on Mondays. Towards the end of the tour we just left, I gave the tour guide a tip
and told him thanks and we and another family took off. From where we left we can see the Ships Funnel over the
trees so we headed in that direction. We headed to the Hard Rock Cafe to get Wendys brother some Drum Sticks and
Shot Glasses from there. We also went to eat some good athentic Puerto Rican food at Restaurante Raices but since
it was a very good spot it was way too busy, we made reservations and she told us 30 minutes, I think it was more
of 1.5 hour wait if we had waited, We got some gifts here locally, I got to drink my Mavi, Mavi is a Puerto Rican
drink made out of some roots, its very good and tasty, it was the drink made by the Tanino Indians back in the day.

We returned back to Freedom to have some Dinner at 8:15pm. The Carnival Cruise terminal there across the street
from the Sherlton is where we docked.

The tour was long but we still had a great time in Old San Juan. Wendy wants to return 2 days ahead of time and
take a cruise ship out of here, that way I can rent a car and head to see my uncles and aunts south of San Juan in
a town called Humacao.

Dinner time here onboard Freedom

We had Filet Mignon tonight and I ordered the Chicken Breast also, both were very tasty, Wendy and Cathy ordered
the Warm Chocolate Melting cake, they were both in heaven. Cathy said she loves everything about the ship and all
of the food has been very good. This comes from a first time cruiser.

The food onboard Freedom has been very good, not bland as people have said from other ships. It doesn't matter what
you order its all good.

I asked to speak to the Maitre'D and the Asst. Maitre'D heard me and asked me if I needed anything, I told him yes
I like to see Dino if he isn't too busy, Since most people are still having fun outdoors in Puerto Rico, the dining
room wasn't too full tonight, infact the 70 Year old waiter, his name is MIM and he is from Korea, non of his
passengers showed up for dinner. Later Dino came by and I thanked him for the table he got us and also the 2
Waiters are the best in the fleet. I then told him that he had a fan base on Cruise Critic and that alot of people
knew him and said nothing but good things about him, That really made his day, he asked me what color wine I like
Red or White, we told him we were ok and that we didnt drink wine, I told him Wendy was a Champagne drinker but not
to worry about it, He was so happy, we talked alittle more about a few things and then he left, immediately our
waiter Leo came with the bottle of Champagne, Dino is a great guy.

Dino also stated that Maitre'D Ken is currently on Vacation.

We are back in our cabin changing, the Marcus Anthony Motown show starts in 1 hour.

Wendy finally got her Platinum Stationary and we finally got our Carnival Vacation Club chocolate dipped
strawberries. For CVC Members, make sure you contact them and let them know what ships you are sailing on, I did
that twice and they still dropped the ball. They will be getting a call from me when I get back.

Bridges of Madison County was just on here in TNT Puerto Rico, I love that move.

By the way, The Asian window on the side of Lido Deck is no longer Asian, its now Mexican food.



Fred

4kidsplusty
April 7th, 2008, 10:35 PM
Puerto Rico Day 3
We got lucky on this cruise, we made it into Puerto Rico around 3:45pm, lots of sun and we debarked the ship to
head on our Sunset walking tour, really it was a Sunny Walking tour of Old San Juan, at 4:15pm we were off, the
tour took way longer then 1.5 hours, this tour guide was very slow, then there was a Spanish family from Spain that
wanted the tour guide to translate in spanish and the guide said no, that you booked a tour on an American Cruise
ship and that he was sorry, he also said if he had time he would translate some, well he did and thats why the tour
took too long. For Wendy it was boring as we didnt go into any of the 2 forts nor went into a church. Everything as
far as Art Museum were closed on Mondays. Towards the end of the tour we just left, I gave the tour guide a tip
and told him thanks and we and another family took off. From where we left we can see the Ships Funnel over the
trees so we headed in that direction. We headed to the Hard Rock Cafe to get Wendys brother some Drum Sticks and
Shot Glasses from there. We also went to eat some good athentic Puerto Rican food at Restaurante Raices but since
it was a very good spot it was way too busy, we made reservations and she told us 30 minutes, I think it was more
of 1.5 hour wait if we had waited, We got some gifts here locally, I got to drink my Mavi, Mavi is a Puerto Rican
drink made out of some roots, its very good and tasty, it was the drink made by the Tanino Indians back in the day.

We returned back to Freedom to have some Dinner at 8:15pm. The Carnival Cruise terminal there across the street
from the Sherlton is where we docked.

The tour was long but we still had a great time in Old San Juan. Wendy wants to return 2 days ahead of time and
take a cruise ship out of here, that way I can rent a car and head to see my uncles and aunts south of San Juan in
a town called Humacao.

Dinner time here onboard Freedom

We had Filet Mignon tonight and I ordered the Chicken Breast also, both were very tasty, Wendy and Cathy ordered
the Warm Chocolate Melting cake, they were both in heaven. Cathy said she loves everything about the ship and all
of the food has been very good. This comes from a first time cruiser.

The food onboard Freedom has been very good, not bland as people have said from other ships. It doesn't matter what
you order its all good.

I asked to speak to the Maitre'D and the Asst. Maitre'D heard me and asked me if I needed anything, I told him yes
I like to see Dino if he isn't too busy, Since most people are still having fun outdoors in Puerto Rico, the dining
room wasn't too full tonight, infact the 70 Year old waiter, his name is MIM and he is from Korea, non of his
passengers showed up for dinner. Later Dino came by and I thanked him for the table he got us and also the 2
Waiters are the best in the fleet. I then told him that he had a fan base on Cruise Critic and that alot of people
knew him and said nothing but good things about him, That really made his day, he asked me what color wine I like
Red or White, we told him we were ok and that we didnt drink wine, I told him Wendy was a Champagne drinker but not
to worry about it, He was so happy, we talked alittle more about a few things and then he left, immediately our
waiter Leo came with the bottle of Champagne, Dino is a great guy.

Dino also stated that Maitre'D Ken is currently on Vacation.

We are back in our cabin changing, the Marcus Anthony Motown show starts in 1 hour.

Wendy finally got her Platinum Stationary and we finally got our Carnival Vacation Club chocolate dipped
strawberries. For CVC Members, make sure you contact them and let them know what ships you are sailing on, I did
that twice and they still dropped the ball. They will be getting a call from me when I get back.

Bridges of Madison County was just on here in TNT Puerto Rico, I love that move.

By the way, The Asian window on the side of Lido Deck is no longer Asian, its now Mexican food.



Fred

is the food at this resst in pr good?we will be there on my daughter's bday and would like to do something special.

4kidsplusty
April 7th, 2008, 10:39 PM
Fred,

No dancing nor colors at our seating either. The entire staff did line up and sing an Italian song.

We sat at the Captains table tonight which was nice. :) We were too busy with pictures to make it to the Captain's party though. :o
what is acolor war??/

ClerkPatsy
April 7th, 2008, 10:40 PM
Wow! This is amazing, Fred. You're really going to keep us up-to-date with your vacation. Awesome.

Have a good time and don't get too tired that you won't be able to give your review of the day.

:)

Wennfred
April 8th, 2008, 12:13 AM
Freedom Day 3 Puerto Rico Departing :(

WOW, Marcus Anthony Motown show was even better, Cathy my mother-in-law loved the show also. He first played
Cathy's favorite song which is called Higher and Higher by Jackie Wilson... Tonight Freedom continues the party up
on Lido, they have a Mexican Buffet and we depart in 10 minutes Midnight. We must have a Aft thrusters under us
because we be shaking as we pull away from the pier, bye bye San Juan, home of my ancestors.

GOT SOME GOOD NEWS FOR TOMORROW:

Because its the last Eastern Carribbean cruise for Freedom before they head back to Europe, instead of leaving St.
Thomas at 5:30pm we will now leave at 10pm !!! more fun hours to spend in St. Thomas. The ship will take on some
engineers and maintence people tomorrow to ensure the ship is ready for the trip to Europe. Thats the reason we are
staying until 10pm. It will not affect our arrival time in St. Marteen and to top things off, St. Thomas is going
to be beautiful sunny with temps in the 85's. We are getting off the ship after breakfast and go look around, we
have an excursion with Godfrey Tours at 10am, since we are leaving at 10pm tomorrow night there shouldnt be any
rush on this tour. We are suppose to get a drink called the Bush Wacker there in St. Thomas.

I got to get up tomorrow at 6am to film the arrival into St. Thomas and then breakfast in the dining room at 8am,
the ship is due to arrive into St. Thomas at 7am to disembark around 7:30am.

Tommorrow while in St. Thomas, the Main Production Show is called Jump, Jive & Wail, its suppose to be a high
impact swing type dance.

Tonights Movies are Sydney White and Rush Hour 3.

Everyone made it onboard tonight, there were no calls for late people.
Thanks for the info on where the RCCL ships are built, the Internet guy wanted to know. Thanks again you guys
rock.

Typo's Words I mis-spelled in my last post:
Taino not Tanino
Movie not Move
Sheraton not Sherlton

Fred

VentureMan_2000
April 8th, 2008, 12:15 AM
Fred, you're wanted on the Tendor thread...

Wennfred
April 8th, 2008, 12:39 AM
Q & A's

4kidsplusty,

I can only say that the resturants in P.R. are good because I'm Puerto Rican and love the native local foods here,
a block up from the cruise terminal is a street with the Hard Rock Cafe, a resturant called Raices, one called
Tamarine which both cook up P.R. Food, Tamarine is more touristy and another one called Lucys which is Mexican, I
can get mexican anywhere in San Diego or even in T.J. so the last thing I want to see is a Taco or Burrito. There
are many more resturants like the Parrot Club which you can look up online, alot trendy and pricy but would be a
cool place to have your kids birthday party depending on her age.

Color Wars:

Carnival used to Separated the Dining room into 3 colors, Red White & Blue. During the week when someone won an
event they would ask what color team are you in and they would tally the points, no one ever won anything. It was
alittle competion between the 3 color teams.

Every night at dinner the Maitre'D would annouce over the loud speaker the points for each team and everyone would
yell scream and clap etc. It got very noisey, something that I which they did without especially in the dining
room.

From reviews I have read on many ships it seems like they are doing away with it and on Freedom they did!!! Its has
been nice and quiet in the Aft dining room where we are located.


ClerkPatsy,

I write these Live reviews so I don't have to write one when I get home LOL, I will post alot of pictures and also
start a threads like "The Mongolian Grill" and post the pictures when I get home.

FOR HandyCap Disability PEOPLE:

There is a HC Cabin onboard Freedom, I beleive it was 6209 that the toilet area does not have bars or rails to hold
on too, this HC person with a Scooter told me he was upset because he had problems using the bathroom. I told him
to contact the Purser to let them know, hopefully they will move him to another HC cabin, also they will note it in
the comments card. So if you are booking this cabin, make sure you select another one.


Fred

Wennfred
April 8th, 2008, 12:40 AM
Fred, you're wanted on the Tendor thread...

Post the Link, and tell me what happen? Way too many pages to read on the Tendor thread as this internet is way too slow. Charging for Tenders now?


Fred

VentureMan_2000
April 8th, 2008, 12:44 AM
Charging for Tenders now?


Fred


No... just a great spoof going on. Glad you are enjoying your cruise. :)

emmysmommy
April 8th, 2008, 12:46 AM
Too, too much fun with the tenders thread! Two out of three threads have already gone poof! I would post the thread here but I don't want to jeopardize your "live from post" by causing trouble. Over 230 posts in under 1/2 hour for the second thread - you should have seen it! :D

Anyhoo... how exciting that you get to stay in St. Thomas late into the evening!! :p

Glad you all are having a great time.

Payd
April 8th, 2008, 01:26 AM
Hey Fred,

Loving your live review. We are planning to book the Freedom Jan 3/09. I would like to book tomorrow and wonder if you might be able to give some advice. We are looking at deck 6 but of course are a little worried about noise from the lounges below - I am a light sleeper. Also we could book an aft balcony but are wondering how private they are. We have been spoiled with the extended balconies on the Spirit Class ships, but have also noticed the Spirit Class afts are no very private. Is this the same on Freedom.

TIA for any advice!!

Payd:)

pe4all
April 8th, 2008, 06:18 AM
Fred- thanks for the news on Ken the maitre'd. Though with the change in dining times, we will probably be "placed" in the chic dining room this time, as we have a cabin more towards the bow. (last cruise, we were a few from the aft, and placed in posh) BTW - your cruise isn't the last Eastern itinerary - we are doing it on 4/19. At least we know the ship will be in good shape for the last U.S. cruise before the crossing! Sounds like you are having fun - love the updates!

jonsmom
April 8th, 2008, 06:19 AM
Fred,

Do you know if the remaining Eastern itineraries will also stay in St. Thomas longer? Thanks.

Joanne

dec2007w3boys
April 8th, 2008, 07:37 AM
Hi Fred -
I am excited everytime I read more about your trip and the ship! I am glad to hear that the food is tasting good and that the Asian side is now Mexican food. Try something for us. :D I am also glad to hear Cathy is having such a nice time. My mom loved her cruise and will be going back with us is 2009.

Take care!
Lisa

4kidsplusty
April 8th, 2008, 07:43 AM
Q & A's

4kidsplusty,

I can only say that the resturants in P.R. are good because I'm Puerto Rican and love the native local foods here,
a block up from the cruise terminal is a street with the Hard Rock Cafe, a resturant called Raices, one called
Tamarine which both cook up P.R. Food, Tamarine is more touristy and another one called Lucys which is Mexican, I
can get mexican anywhere in San Diego or even in T.J. so the last thing I want to see is a Taco or Burrito. There
are many more resturants like the Parrot Club which you can look up online, alot trendy and pricy but would be a
cool place to have your kids birthday party depending on her age.

Color Wars:

Carnival used to Separated the Dining room into 3 colors, Red White & Blue. During the week when someone won an
event they would ask what color team are you in and they would tally the points, no one ever won anything. It was
alittle competion between the 3 color teams.

Every night at dinner the Maitre'D would annouce over the loud speaker the points for each team and everyone would
yell scream and clap etc. It got very noisey, something that I which they did without especially in the dining
room.

From reviews I have read on many ships it seems like they are doing away with it and on Freedom they did!!! Its has
been nice and quiet in the Aft dining room where we are located.


ClerkPatsy,

I write these Live reviews so I don't have to write one when I get home LOL, I will post alot of pictures and also
start a threads like "The Mongolian Grill" and post the pictures when I get home.

FOR HandyCap Disability PEOPLE:

There is a HC Cabin onboard Freedom, I beleive it was 6209 that the toilet area does not have bars or rails to hold
on too, this HC person with a Scooter told me he was upset because he had problems using the bathroom. I told him
to contact the Purser to let them know, hopefully they will move him to another HC cabin, also they will note it in
the comments card. So if you are booking this cabin, make sure you select another one.


Fred
thanks for all the info.you seem like awonderful person.i hope you and your family enjoy the rest of your cruise. can't wait to hear the rest
Patricia

pe4all
April 8th, 2008, 07:47 AM
Jonsmom-
To save Fred some internet minutes - I just called Carnival, as we are listed to stay at St. Thomas until 3 p.m. during our 4/19 Eastern sailing. There has been no time change made - I guess Fred was the lucky sailing to get to stay later. Hope this helps.

jonsmom
April 8th, 2008, 07:53 AM
Jonsmom-
To save Fred some internet minutes - I just called Carnival, as we are listed to stay at St. Thomas until 3 p.m. during our 4/19 Eastern sailing. There has been no time change made - I guess Fred was the lucky sailing to get to stay later. Hope this helps.

Thanks for the info - I would have loved to see a sunset in St. Thomas.

I can't believe we are 11 days away!

Wennfred
April 8th, 2008, 07:59 AM
Freedom Day 4 St. Thomas


Another beautiful day in paradise. Its 8am and Wendy and Cathy are off to breakfast down in the dining room, I will
be topside taking some pictures. We have to meet Godfrey at 10am and tonights show for Late seating starts first at
7pm, going to be a good day. Will see ya later.



Fred

GB Chicago
April 8th, 2008, 08:07 AM
A few weeks ago we stayed late in St. Thomas as well. I think if conditions permit they have some leeway since St. Martin is not very far away.

Wennfred
April 8th, 2008, 08:14 AM
Q & A's

Payd,
I don't think that any Balcony is 100% private, stay away from Cabins forward below or above the theater.:D

Pe4all,

Thats what Todd keep telling us that we are the Last Eastern, I think they are taking you somewhere else. I will check and let ya know.:D


Jonsmom,

Chances are yes because it seems that Carnival has a contract here with people to look at the ship and get her ready for the long voyage. What ever they see today will probably be changed out during your week.
Time fly, start packing.:)

St. Thomas is very beautiful, the Sun is out and the water here by the pier is a nice aqua blue. There are nice sailboats anchored around the ship and some of the 6 million dollar boats are docked by the ship also. Alot of beautiful white houses up along the hillside. I hope I can find my Sabretts hotdog stand.


Fred

jonsmom
April 8th, 2008, 08:30 AM
Thanks for your updates Fred. Sounds like you are having perfect weather as well.

PaulMedik
April 8th, 2008, 09:30 AM
Thanks for your updates Fred. Sounds like you are having perfect weather as well.


jonsmom,

The weather is perfect!


Fred,

I keep missing you! I was just on deck taking pictures as Triumph came in. Everywhere I read about you going, I've just been there or am going there. :D


How cool! Do you request that or is it a random thing? We got the Captains table on the Glory last year for the entire week, but he never sat with us :p
What deck are you on Paul?

Gail,

Must be random. I didn't request it. They may be doing it to keep an eye on my boys!

We're on deck 6, 6452.

gail811
April 8th, 2008, 09:34 AM
Great cabin Paul! Any noise issues for you? We had none, but my friend a few cabins down could hear the noise from the clubs below. We only heard it as we walked down the hall.

copper6606
April 8th, 2008, 09:36 AM
Just wanted to say a big Thank You ! We just booked on the Freedom for Feb22/09!!!! It seems so far away- but you are getting us so excited with your blog that you'd think we were going tomorrow!
Enjoy!

Huey
April 8th, 2008, 10:54 AM
Sounds like you're having some great weather.

We also stayed in St. Thomas late (til 10pm) on the 03/22 sailing. It was great not to have to hurry. Although, unfortunately on that day it was cloudy and raining! We were very bummed.

CarnivalCruiseLover
April 8th, 2008, 12:08 PM
Were you able to get Todd's email address? I need to send him so me pics from the Liberty last year, and I can't find his email address. Let me know, I can provide mine as well.
:)

Vettebuf
April 8th, 2008, 12:13 PM
Fred,

Thanks so much for the day by day description. I'll be on the ship with pe4all and jonsmom in 11 days AND I have your room, 2462, booked through Carnival!

We also have 3 other cabins booked with group rates near the bow and I just realized that I never made sure that we're all going to be at the same table. Hope I can work it out.

BTW, jonsmom, I'm another Jon's Mom. Jon will be in 2462.

kapeavey
April 8th, 2008, 12:38 PM
Too, too much fun with the tenders thread! Two out of three threads have already gone poof! I would post the thread here but I don't want to jeopardize your "live from post" by causing trouble. Over 230 posts in under 1/2 hour for the second thread - you should have seen it! :D

Anyhoo... how exciting that you get to stay in St. Thomas late into the evening!! :p

Glad you all are having a great time.

What are tender threads?

jonsmom
April 8th, 2008, 01:05 PM
Fred,

Thanks so much for the day by day description. I'll be on the ship with pe4all and jonsmom in 11 days AND I have your room, 2462, booked through Carnival!

We also have 3 other cabins booked with group rates near the bow and I just realized that I never made sure that we're all going to be at the same table. Hope I can work it out.

BTW, jonsmom, I'm another Jon's Mom. Jon will be in 2462.

Sounds like your Jon maybe a bit older - mine is 10.

Have a great time! Let's hope we get to stay in St. Thomas longer!!!

mics pics
April 8th, 2008, 03:15 PM
What are tender threads?

Someone posted last night saying he was charged to use the tender for the tender ports on Valor. He was as close as you can get to illiterate (IMO) and got jumped on. The more he talked/wrote the worse it got.
Got to be pretty ridiculous and funny at the same time.
Ultimately, he had no proof and did comment that he saw the story about the Conquest schmuck before he came here so you can imagine what kind of attitude he had.

Fred, we're not really getting charged for tenders, this guy just didn't know what he was talking about.

trudle
April 8th, 2008, 04:04 PM
Love your review each day, we are sailing the Freedom on 11/22/08. This is our Anniversary Cruise so we are doing the JS, hope I can go back to sail the Balcony after this. :D or window room from time to time. We will have different cruise ports in Nov. But, I will keep notes for when I go back to St. Thomas and St. Martin.

Happy Cruising for those that are leaving in the next few weeks----I can't wait to go. We are leaving out of Ft. Lauderdale.

Wennfred
April 8th, 2008, 04:35 PM
Freedom Day 4 St. Thomas Cont.

Returned from Godfrey Tours adventures, we pretty much circled the island. First we went shopping for 2 hours,
readlly 1 hour 30 minutes, then we got back in the safari truck and headed to the highest point in St. Thomas, its
called Mountain Top, up there is where you get the Worlds Greatest Banana Daquire, its was very good, although they
poured and poured the rum, it wasn't strong at all and not one got a buzz from it, so the rum was probably watered
down.

During this tour we stopped at about 5 locations to take some really nice pictures of the ship and the rest of the
Islands, Although it was alittle cloudy further out in the distance, you can still see Puerto Rico. Then we dropped
off a family at Coki Beach and then headed to Sapphire Beach. We have been to Coki beach many times before,its a
small crowded beach and when we went there to drop this family off it reminded us of how small and crowded it was
there. Sapphire beach is a beautiful beach, I was able to take some pictures but since Wendy was close to having a
heat stroke we figured it was time to had back to the ship. Everyone else got to spend 2 hours at the beach, We
spent 5 minutes. Godfrey takes you back to the ship and that ride took about 20 minutes, again another beautiful
island, I would love to return on my own and spend some quality time here.

If you are into those Green Large Lizards, this is the place to see them, they are all over the place even right on
the sand on the beach.

We did see Sonny Liston Tours driving around with his customers, they were cheery and loud. I prefer Godfrey
because we were on the Safari truck and we would be there to enjoy the scenery and listen to the sounds of the
island and also listen to what he has to say about the areas where we are at.

St. Thomas cruise terminal has alot of little gift ships and jewelry shops nearby. St. Thomas used to be the place
to shop for Jewelry and gold, not any more. With the Gold rate at $1000.00 an ounce, everything is now over the
top. When we haggled and I can Haggle, they were dropping the already inflated price down $200.00 and as I said no
and headed out the door they would drop what ever we were looking at another 100.00. The same Gold Cross with the
Diamonds in it, and I mean tiny was 250.00 at one of those Carnival Authorized stores a few years ago was now 750.00, the same
cross we got back in 2001 for 70.00, also forget about dealing in the side streets like the Onyx store their rates
are now inflated big time. I also noticed that these Jewelry stores have been taken over by Middle Eastern People,
one of the vendors at the open market (Flee Market) told me to just buy your stuff in St. Marteen, should be alot
cheaper in price there.

Anyways for those looking for a private tour, for online 25.00 this trip is well worth the price, you go to alot of
nice places, shopping downtown and then 2 more hours at the beach. The whole tour was 6 hours.

We are back on the ship, I had my Mongolian grill stir fry but this time they didnt have the main ingredients like
Bean Sprause, Spinish and or lettuce. Also the wait was very long, I say around 20 minutes.

Time for nap, we have a show later tonight at 7pm before we go to dinner.

Have a good day.


Fred

deborahjo
April 8th, 2008, 06:58 PM
Hey Fred how was your driver. We were there in October and got the same tour and beach but we went to Megans Bay beach. On the way back she drove like a bat out of hell. Then we came upon a wreck in the middle of town and everyone just stopped and got out of their vehicles and walked up to the wreck. We just sat there wondering what the heck was going on. She drove about 5 miles down the wrong side of the road and just blew her horn. Scary but alot of fun. Sound like your ride at all.

Love your review so far. Makes me think I am there with you.

JXR
April 8th, 2008, 07:13 PM
I think that what might be confusing to some as to them being the last Eastern sailing, is that we do not have the same Eastern Itinerary. We do not go to St Maarten (wish that we were). We've got St Thomas, Half Moon Cay, San Juan and Grand Turk.

Joanne

spartn91
April 8th, 2008, 09:52 PM
jonsmom,

The weather is perfect!


Fred,

I keep missing you! I was just on deck taking pictures as Triumph came in. Everywhere I read about you going, I've just been there or am going there. :D




Gail,

Must be random. I didn't request it. They may be doing it to keep an eye on my boys!

We're on deck 6, 6452.


Paul,
We have cabin 6454 booked for the Freedom thanksgiving cruise (11/22-30). I was wondering do you hear much noise coming from the lounge below? Also is there much noise/vibration from the thrusters? This will be our first Aft cabin, hence all the questions.

thanks to you and fred for keeping us on the edge of our seats with your posts.

Wennfred
April 8th, 2008, 09:55 PM
Freedom Day 4 St. Thomas Cont.

After a nice 2.5 hour nap, we got up and headed for the 7pm Main Show called Jump, Jive & Wail, another 45 minutes
of high impact pace musical action, very very nice, don't miss this show either. I used to not go to the shows as
I have seen the same ones over and over but these are new and very well done. Also I get to go with Cathy. We can't
wait for the Beatles Tribute.

Very Important Information here:

Well I found out some good info tonight during dinner, I had a new dish that they just started serving this week
called, Spring Ranch Chicken Sicilian Style, this was by far one of the most tastiest dishes I have ever had on
Carnval. My waiter Leo told me that we have a new Carnival chef, his name is Andreo Desosa, he is from India and he
has been revamping the dishes on all Carnival ships. I told him that George Blanc food sucked and that it was
getting bland. I knew something was different when I told you guys that the food is very good now. Totally
different from my previous cruises. I was also told by someone else that Carnival paid alot of money for George
Blanc, they were glad to get rid of him and intoduce a newer better line up. Also alot of the crew agree, the new
Chef is way better and the food is alot tastier.

I will be getting a copy of tonights menu tomorrow so I can list these 2 dishes that I had which took me by
surprise, the Spring Ranch Chicken Sicillian style is one not to be missed and also the Braised Ribs, thats all of
the name of the Ribs I could remember, I will have a copy and post the names correctly tomorrow.

Wendy and Cathy also are truely loving the food onboard, they haven't tasted anything they havent liked yet.

Tonight we got our Past Guest invitations for Thursday (tomorrow) night from 5:15pm - 6pm for Late Seating which is
us. The dress code is smart casual. We also got our 2 Carnival Freedom Pins yeah !!! This event is held in the
Victoriana Lounge which is the Theater. There are 2000 Past Guest onboard Freedom this week.

Tomorrow we will have another exciting day in ST. Maarten, the Capers say we are arriving at 7am but have to be
back onboard at 4:30pm. Our excursion is St. Maarten Beach Break, We head down to the pier at 10:30am. This is a
Carnival booked tour.

Guess what!!! we got a Comedian named Phat Kat and Ventriloquist Jerry Goodspeed, its going to be a fun night
tomorrow night. We will be going first at 7pm for late seaters again. I've been telling Cathy all week about this
guy.

We are now pulling out of St. Thomas, 10pm.

Well, thats all I have for now, Im going to enjoy the bed and catch some ZZZZ's as we are getting up earily again.




Fred

Wennfred
April 8th, 2008, 10:08 PM
Q & A's
Deborahjo,
We had that same black female driver, I never did find out if she was related to Godfrey, but she drove very well and also gave us alot of info about the island, I tipped her very well at the end.

JXR,
The Truimph was inport with us today, they got to go to HMC, I which I would go there instead of St. Marteen, I love St. Marteen but I haven't been to HMC yet and I know that its very beautiful there, I would rent one of those Cabanas in a heart beat.

We didnt have to go through Immigration inspection because we just came from San Juan, so that was a Plus, the Triumph had to go though it because they were at HMC first.

Guys I was so worried about the Weather this week, as Paul can tell you we have been so lucky, today at St. Thomas, Sunshine all day, hot but nice.

I haven't been able to get Todd Wittmers Email yet, he is hard to track down, the only places I see him is at the Shows.

Fred

emmysmommy
April 8th, 2008, 10:45 PM
Glad to hear that they have some new, tasty, dishes coming to the dining room. ;)

seaweed5
April 8th, 2008, 10:55 PM
Thank you, Fred. I love your posts! I will be on the Freedom for my first cruise on April 19. I get more and more excited with each of your updates. Hopefully your pictures will be up before we leave. :D

PaulMedik
April 8th, 2008, 11:05 PM
Great cabin Paul! Any noise issues for you? We had none, but my friend a few cabins down could hear the noise from the clubs below. We only heard it as we walked down the hall.

I haven't heard a thing other than the ocean. :) We've slept with the balcony door open every night.




Paul,
We have cabin 6454 booked for the Freedom thanksgiving cruise (11/22-30). I was wondering do you hear much noise coming from the lounge below? Also is there much noise/vibration from the thrusters? This will be our first Aft cabin, hence all the questions.

thanks to you and fred for keeping us on the edge of our seats with your posts.


spartn91,

I haven't heard any noise at all from the lounge.

There has been quite a bit of vibration from the thrusters. It seems to be worse in the bathroom I guess because of the hard floor. This is also my first aft, but I've been in the aft lounge on other ships when the thrusters were in use and the vibration was the same then as now.

This evening has been the first time we haven't had heavy seas and it's a lot smoother now than before. The movement we've had up until now has been all over the ship and not just aft. I haven't taken any pics or vids of the waves we're hitting, but they were going quite high on the bow.

Fred is the man when it comes to live reviews. :) I'll be posting mine when we get back home and I hope Fred joins me. Mine tend to be photo intensive and the internet here isn't up to that. :o





Fred,

We're going to Orient Beach tomorrow and you're welcome to join us if you like.

pe4all
April 9th, 2008, 06:15 AM
Fred- thanks for the menu updates. We thought the food was okay to pretty good. Glad to see there are some new items on the menu. Will be sure to try them. (we are not food "mavens", so for us anything better than Friendlys/Dennys/IHOP kinds of foods is "gourmet"!! - lol)

Wennfred
April 9th, 2008, 07:09 AM
Freedom Day 5, St. Marteen

Its 7am and we just tied up to the pier, on the other side of the pier is a massive Princess ship called the
Carribbean, they would be pulling up and dropping the first mooring line in 5 minutes.

A bit cloudy but very nice, the waters are also the Aqua blue waters here by the pier. Im already up because the
aft thrusters woke me up and then I could see the Freedom do a 360 on the T.V., we are pointing out towards the
ocean. The Carribbean Princess is pulling straight in.

By the way, how long does it take to get the laundry back? We left 2 bags yesterday morning when we pulled into St.
Thomas, we still havent received them, I thought they are usually be back by 6pm the same day?


Fred

Wennfred
April 9th, 2008, 07:28 AM
Q & A's

Seaweed5,

I would love to post pictures but as Paul stated, the internet is way too slow for that so when I get home I start threads with specific topics and thats where I post the pictures.

I will be starting a new Cat. 1a thread since the last one is now closed.

PaulMedik,

Paul, I would love to join you guys there at Orient Beach as we only spent 5 minutes over at Sapphire Beach yesterday, not sure what beach the Beach Break will takes us, they will be providing lunch like Ribs etc. If it sucks, I will take a cab over to Orient to show Cathy and will be looking for you guys.
Give me a call at 2462 tomorrow while at sea or leave me a message so we can hook up somewhere and have a final going home drink.

Pe4all,

I'm with you on the food, I like Dennys, IHOP, Carrows, CoCo's also so for us this is Gourmet LOL. The food today is much better then even last years April Spirit and Novembers Elation Cruises.

For those interested in Internet use, I have 120 minutes left as of right now. I got the 250 Minute plan and used up 1/2 the minutes by typing what I need to say on Wordpad or Notepad and then logging on and Copy/Pasting what I wrote and then logging off immediately. This Live Freedom Thread is always on, I do not turn off the laptop nor close out this page so when I log on using another page, I click right over to this page and click on Post Reply.
Today from 4pm - 6pm you can log on and only be charged 50 percent of your online usage. Check your capers for those hours. Towards the end if I have alot of time left, I will upload some Pics.


Fred

Wennfred
April 9th, 2008, 07:32 AM
Vickey,

The Cabin we were in was 8265, cat 4e inside cabin on the Spirit, very noisy, do a search for that review. We got your email but I cant send a reply from here for some reason, you have a cute doggie, will show Wendy the pics when she gets up.


Fred

nomoredyess
April 9th, 2008, 01:50 PM
Fred,

This may seem like a silly question, but what kind of bodywash/shampoo/conditioner are in the rooms???? Its for my wife!!

John

pam7553
April 9th, 2008, 02:07 PM
We used the laundry service at least three times while we were onboard. Had some problems. Only once did we get it back the same evening, usually the next evening. One day we had a whole bag missing, when we got it back it had a different cabin number on it! They lost one shirt, our room steward looked for it everyday but no luck! Love taking clean clothes home though.

Chexmix
April 9th, 2008, 02:13 PM
Fred your laundry should have come back the same day unless your room steward didn't turn it in early. Ask the steward about it. Also make sure to check your S&S account that they didn't charge you especially since you sent two bags the same day. I always put platinum in the special instructions.

Again thanks for your review. You are doing an awesome job and looking forward to all your pictures when you return home.


Paul- Looking forward to your review and pictures when you return home. Thanks for chiming in with Fred on this thread.

mitchpam
April 9th, 2008, 02:26 PM
This is WAY better than soap operas any day! I am having a wonderful time on your cruise...
thanks...

jonsmom
April 9th, 2008, 02:30 PM
I am so not watching soaps :)

mitchpam
April 9th, 2008, 02:33 PM
I am sooo much more interested in "will Fred get his laundry back " ?.... stay tuned to "live from the Freedom"....

jonsmom
April 9th, 2008, 04:01 PM
I am sooo much more interested in "will Fred get his laundry back " ?.... stay tuned to "live from the Freedom"....

Mitchpam:

Do you still have snow?

Perhaps Fred should be looking for other people wearing his clothes :)

mitchpam
April 9th, 2008, 04:09 PM
snows almost gone... we are nearer the coast. My Dad still has 4 foot snow banks... UGH I wanna go on another cruise.... so glad to hear about other people having a great time... and reliving my own fun...

jonsmom
April 9th, 2008, 04:32 PM
We haven't had any snow in awhile, but lots of rain. We are near the coast as well. Every weekend, brings more and more rain. Finally today, temps near 60 and tomorrow near 70. Guess what Friday night brings....more rain.

Wennfred
April 9th, 2008, 04:42 PM
Freedom Day Day 5 St. Marteen

Today, what a beautiful hot sunny day to spend at Boo Boo Jam Beach, this is where the Carnival excursion called
Beach Break took us, its just up the beach from Orient Beach.

We left the ship at 10:30am and took a bus ride around into the French side of the island, there we stopped at a
gift shop to get some Rum Punch or Fruit Punch for the kids, 20 minutes later we were on our way to the Beach. The
beach is beautiful, aqua blue waters. They had lounge chairs for everyone and for $5.00 you can get an umbrella, we
got 2 of those. They also served up all of the Punch and RUm Punch you can drink, very tasty and they had bottles
of rum there if you wanted to add more rum to your punch to make it just right, they also served ribs, these were
the best ribs I have ever had, I mean honey BBQ style ribs!!, I even went back for seconds they were that good. For
those that eat at a place like Tony Romas, these ribs blew Tony Romas out of the water. Best ribs ever.

We got to the beach at Noon and spent 3 great hours there, during this time we had 3 nude women walk past us and
one nude wrinkly old man walk past us. No care whats so ever, just having a great time with their body parts
hanging out LOL. we were warned and also the Carnival Excursion details tell you that its clothing optional there.

Boo Boo Jam beach also had some nice little shops right there, their resturant also has great tasting foods also.
They served Burgers with fries, Shrimp skewers and Chickent skewers, they also has other foods there as well.

I would do this tour again and recommended, everyone seemed to enjoy the spot and also the water. Wendy's mom Cathy
has a blast in the water also. She thanked me once again as she is truely enjoying this trip.

They take you to either town to shop or back to the terminal, we opt to just head back to the ship as we got what
we needed to buy there at the beach.

We are back taking a shower, the beach is very salty, I mean you can still taste the salt. I ordered some Room
Service because we have around 4 more hours till Dinner. We also have a great show tonight at 7pm before dinner.

I got a St. Marteen tan, going to try to take care of it.


See ya all soon, 2 more sea days and this trip is over.


Fred

Wennfred
April 9th, 2008, 04:44 PM
Fred,

This may seem like a silly question, but what kind of bodywash/shampoo/conditioner are in the rooms???? Its for my wife!!

John

No names, I will have to ask, Shampoo is a gold color and the Shower Gel is blue.


Fred

mitchpam
April 9th, 2008, 04:50 PM
Sounds heavenly... I can totally picture the day...thanks..
did you get your laundry back??

Wennfred
April 9th, 2008, 04:55 PM
Q & A's

Pam7553,

Thanks, we got both bags of Laundry this morning, I used a black sharpie pen to fill out the info and cabin number myself on the bag.

Chexmix,

Thanks for the info, I just checked my Sail & Sign account, they didnt charge for laundry service, but I did see a charge for 31.00 at the Bar,:confused: Im going to have to check on that one. I been using my Drink coupons there.

The Laundry Bags they gave me say Valet Service on them.


Fred

Wennfred
April 9th, 2008, 05:13 PM
We are suppose to be leaving St. Marteen at 5PM and its currently 5:10pm, we are still tied up along side Carribbean Princess, they just paged 5 passengers that are missing, either they checked in and the machine didn't register or they are still in town. I hope they are ok.


We did see an ambulance leave the pier, not sure from what ship they came from.


By the way, that Carribbean Princess towers over Freedom, she is monster ship, she also has 6 decks of balconies. I will have to check the stats on that ship when I get back.


Room service just came, it only took 35 minutes, not bad for everyone returning back to the ship and probably ordering the same.



Fred

lgerrish
April 9th, 2008, 05:45 PM
snows almost gone... we are nearer the coast. My Dad still has 4 foot snow banks... UGH I wanna go on another cruise.... so glad to hear about other people having a great time... and reliving my own fun...

The snow is melting in central Maine (heat wave today - 58°) - but we'll be leaving the snow behind as we sail on the Freedom April 19th!. Take good care of her, Fred. Love reading your reviews.

deborahjo
April 9th, 2008, 05:55 PM
Thank you Fred for another beautiful day. Have you had the BLT from room service. They are to die for....Have fun at the shows. Hope everyone showed up so you could get moving.

Jayne315
April 9th, 2008, 06:07 PM
Fred: I look forward to your daily updates. You made us all feel like we were on vacation with you. Thank you so much. FYI ...Caribbean Princess...I have sailed her several times (I am an Elite with Princess) she is 950 feet long, 116,000 tons and holds 3,110 passengers. Great ship but I trully love the Crown Princess very similar but a tad different. Enjoy and keep your updates coming.....I have a question on the Freedom....is there a charge for Sushi....I know they have a small counter near the casino that is opened in the evening? Thanks & enjoy the remainder of your cruise.
Jayne

rockwood84
April 9th, 2008, 06:22 PM
By the way, that Carribbean Princess towers over Freedom, she is monster ship, she also has 6 decks of balconies. I will have to check the stats on that ship when I get back.


From Wikipedia:

Class and type:Carbbean Class
Tonnage:113,000
GRTLength:951 ft (290 m)
Beam:118 ft (36 m)
Decks:19
Capacity:3,100
Crew:1,200

KatSt
April 9th, 2008, 06:28 PM
Fred: I look forward to your daily updates. You made us all feel like we were on vacation with you. Thank you so much. FYI ...Caribbean Princess...I have sailed her several times (I am an Elite with Princess) she is 950 feet long, 116,000 tons and holds 3,110 passengers. Great ship but I trully love the Crown Princess very similar but a tad different. Enjoy and keep your updates coming.....I have a question on the Freedom....is there a charge for Sushi....I know they have a small counter near the casino that is opened in the evening? Thanks & enjoy the remainder of your cruise.
Jayne
They don't charge for Sushi on any of the other ships, so I'm sure they don't charge on the Freedom either. There is a little cup to leave tips at your own discretion.

copper6606
April 9th, 2008, 07:16 PM
Hi Fred, just wanted to say thanks and I'm enjoying the review.

Hi I was just wondering if you could give me a liitle help with trying to get the "ticker" that you have installed (Your second one). I have worked all day trying to upload it. I filled out everthing on the site but when I go to put it on the CC site under my "edit signature " it always comes back "invalad"???????:confused:
Any help would be appreciated, I just love how the little ship moves along!:D

spartn91
April 9th, 2008, 08:35 PM
Paul,
Thanks for the info on the AFT cabin. I am excited for our first aft cabin.

huxlemo
April 9th, 2008, 08:49 PM
I'm addicted to this thread!

dianef
April 9th, 2008, 09:32 PM
Fred ,enjoying your posts everyday.We are leaving next week for the Valor and will be visiting St.Marten and St.Thomas.Sorry to hear you did not get to spend time at Sapphire Beach.We have Godfrey booked also and looking forward to a nice beach and sight=seeing day.We have a private tour with Bernard booked for St.Marten.It does take us to Orient Beach,among other places.Keep having fun.Cruises go by so fast.You plan for so long and poof=it;s over.Till the next one.Jerry say hi.

PaulMedik
April 9th, 2008, 09:37 PM
From Wikipedia:

Class and type:Carbbean Class
Tonnage:113,000
GRTLength:951 ft (290 m)
Beam:118 ft (36 m)
Decks:19
Capacity:3,100
Crew:1,200

Only 3000 tons larger? It sure looked a lot bigger with them side by side.

poptart
April 9th, 2008, 09:41 PM
Hi I was just wondering if you could give me a liitle help with trying to get the "ticker" that you have installed (Your second one). I have worked all day trying to upload it. I filled out everthing on the site but when I go to put it on the CC site under my "edit signature " it always comes back "invalad"???????:confused:
Any help would be appreciated, I just love how the little ship moves along!:D

I got the ticker when reading this board--I saw it on someone else's post and just double clicked on it and it took me to the web site to get it.

Did you copy and paste the info they gave you into your edit signature?

Good Luck!


Fred--I've had a wonderful week on your cruise!!!

Rstamper
April 10th, 2008, 12:43 AM
Freedom Day 5, St. Marteen

Its 7am and we just tied up to the pier, on the other side of the pier is a massive Princess ship called the
Carribbean, they would be pulling up and dropping the first mooring line in 5 minutes.

A bit cloudy but very nice, the waters are also the Aqua blue waters here by the pier. Im already up because the
aft thrusters woke me up and then I could see the Freedom do a 360 on the T.V., we are pointing out towards the
ocean. The Carribbean Princess is pulling straight in.

By the way, how long does it take to get the laundry back? We left 2 bags yesterday morning when we pulled into St.
Thomas, we still havent received them, I thought they are usually be back by 6pm the same day?


Fred

We were just on the Caribbean Princess in January. And we are cruising on the Freedom next February. How do the two ships compare in size? I was thinking that the Freedom was just about as big as the Caribbean Princess.

I am really having fun reading your live review. Can't wait until February!

Is the buffet open 24 hours a day? If not, what times is it open? If you have a chance, could you included some pictures of the buffet area and all the other eating venues - ie - Asian, Deli, Fish and Chips, and sushi bar. Thanks so much.

PaulMedik
April 10th, 2008, 02:23 AM
Fred,

Call me later today and I'll fill you in on the med evacs in St Thomas. It was an interesting show. :) I just got back in from watching it. :eek:

jckvpa0
April 10th, 2008, 08:06 AM
Fred,

Call me later today and I'll fill you in on the med evacs in St Thomas. It was an interesting show. :) I just got back in from watching it. :eek:


Feel free to share with the class :D !!!

cruisin_fanatic
April 10th, 2008, 10:59 AM
Feel free to share with the class :D !!!


I was just thinking the same thing....yes share with the class:o

Kurbanfan
April 10th, 2008, 11:01 AM
Only 3000 tons larger? It sure looked a lot bigger with them side by side.


It feels alot bigger too....

winewanderer
April 10th, 2008, 11:23 AM
Jayne315. No charge for Sushi on the Freedom.

Wennfred, question....how are the temps. on the ship in general? Was on the Freedom for the Tranatlantic in Oct. The ship was so warm. I was dying in the dining room and showroom in the evenings. I am generally always cold so for me to be too warm is highly unusual.

I read a review from a woman on the sailing before you and she said she is also always cold and was a little warm on the ship. I'm on the Trans. on April 26th.

Thanks so much for your postings.

Wennfred
April 10th, 2008, 11:27 AM
Freedom Day 6 AT SEA

Last night we departed St. Marteen around 6pm, there were 2 people that was rushed onboard on a golf cart (port
time hoggers) and shortly we left.

The Show with Jerry Goodspeed and comedian Fat Kat was very good, Fat Kat is going to have a Rate R comedy show at
11:30pm tonight, they both had us laughing all night. Since we were toasty red burnt from St. Marteen we are tired
and just went up to Lido Deck for dinner. I had my favorite Grilled Tuna on white and they also had my tasty steak
fries.

At 10pm we got word via the Ships PA annoucement system that we had to make an emergency stop in St. Thomas to drop
off a person that was in very bad shape or very ill, thats all they said that their prayers were with them. For
Freedom to drop someone off it has to be a grave matter.

Something else happened in St. Thomas, I don't want to give out false info so please do a check and see if anything
comes up in St. Thomas or onboard Freedom on April 8th.

BALCONIE Separater Divider doors
On Freedom and probably this class, there is unlimited balcony separator divider doors that can be opened, On the
Spirit Class only 25 can be open.

BAGS INC.

The Purser doesn't know anything about Bags Inc, I like to know for those that sailed out of Miami if they had this
program or was it only on certain ships.

We had our VIP Platinum Galley tour this morning at 10:30am, only 18 people called and confirmed but 30 people
showed up, I took lots of very nice pictures and will start a thread about it when I return.

I also got to meet the Shot Caller chef, the main man, the head honcho of foods, this is the New Carnival Chef that
replaced George Blanc menus, they are intoducing many lovely menus each week onboard Freedom and will incorporate
them throughout the fleet very soon. He is onboard with us here on Freedom. After the Tour our 2 beauiful tour
guides took me back to his office and there I spoke to him and told him how much better the food was, totally 100%
better then George Blanc bland foods. He was happy to hear that from me. We took pictures together along with the
main Freedom Chef, both are from India. He was probably the one that also introduced the Mongolian Grill but I
forgot to ask him that question.

The new Chef that is revamping the fleets tasty foods is Andrew Desosa, I Hope I have his last name spelled
correctly, so for those traveling on freedom next you will see what I mean about the new dinner menus.

I also have a list of Food Facts that was given to us of foods consumed during an average week.

The reason for the VIP Platinum galley tour was that this is the only way to show off the galley while keeping the
crowed at a minumum, mainly to keep any type of virus from spreading throughout the ship. They will no longer have
the Public Galley tour for that reason. But I have all of the pictures for you and you can see it when I return.

Wendy and Cathy went back to the casino, on this trip I gave up on the casino on day 2.

Fred

bp traveler
April 10th, 2008, 11:55 AM
Fred - really enjoying reading your review!

I was the Freedom this past summer in Europe and loved her!

Who is currently in the piano bar?

I am really curious about the card you saw with unlimited drinks - that would sure be worth our money.

If anyone else has ever heard of this I would like to find out which cruises might offer it and get on one of them!

I have emailed my TA - but chances are he has never heard of such a card?

Thanks again!!!

Wennfred
April 10th, 2008, 12:13 PM
Q & A'S

Jayne315,
Sushi is free onboard and their are 4 different types of Sushi served every evening. On our second day out, they served California Rolls in the dining room for LUnch, I had a plate and they were bigger then usual, make sure you
bring Chop sticks because they didnt have them down in the Dining room for lunch. The Sushi Bar is located on Deck 5 just past the Specialty cafe. From the Casino just head aft.

One other thing, Cabin 2462 is constructed differently, I think that with every newer ship they update things, for example in this cabin there is a 2 A/C exhausts, a speaker in the middle of the cabin and also under the sink, you no longer see the drainage pipes, they have a nice cabinet system that requires a special key to get into, there is a speaker under the sink as well facing the toilet. There are 2 water sprinker valves and one smoke detector in the middle of the cabin. The bed is 2 full size beds together but you can not feel the crack. I took a picture of that as well.Also thanks for posting about the Crown Princess, When we go on a Princess ship in the future, it will be on the Crown.

Rockwood84,
Thanks for posting the Stats, I knew that the Carribbean was much bigger as it towered over the Freedom. They even have a cool looking glass cat walk that takes you to the rear section of the ship, not sure what on top of the very back but it looks very nice. Like Paul stated, we were along side her and she looks way bigger then only 3000 more tons. She is what I call the Monster Ship LOL.
Also check this out, this was nice to see, out of the 6 decks with Balcony, the top 3 were flush and the bottom 3 came out more per deck, but as they came outward they didnt have any cover for the sun. Most of the last 2 bottom deck balconies had 4 chairs and a table in the middle, very beautiful design, it was nice to have her along side us across the pier.

Dianef,
Although Im sure you have been to St. Thomas and St. Marteen many times over, don't forget the SunBlock, you can get red there and very fast. You and Jerry will love the Valor, Try the Spring Ra nch Chicken sicillian style dish, its new and its good.

Rstamper,
Since you are interested in the Buffet, I will shoot some pictures for you later, Lido deck is very nice, just like the Valor, Conquest and large ships like that but with the new addition of the Mongolian grill, that added a nice touch to it.

Lido hours are:
Continental Breakfast from 6am - 6:30am
Breakfast Buffet from 7:30am - 10:30am
Lunch from noon - 2:30pm
The Deli opens from 11am - 11pm
The Grill opens until 6pm
Dinner at Lido from 6pm - 9:30pm
and Open 24 hours is the Pizzeria
There is no longer an Asian window on the side, its now Mexican, the Deli is located on the other side of the ship.
Those are the hours for today while at Sea, Lido hours do change depending on port days etc. so check your capers for those times.

PaulMedik,

I missed the Medevac, I couldn't keep my eyes open any longer, I will talk to you later when we meet.

Winewanderer,
The ship remains nice and cool throughout, not too warm inside, its just right. We have table 357 in the Posh dining room which is aft and the temps there are great, it feels cooler then room temp and in the theater if you want to remain nice and cool stay under the balcony part, thats there the cold air comes from but if you sit on top, the second or 3rd levels its warmer up there. So anywhere on the bottom level under the balcony area is where the air vents are and it gets quite chilly there.

Over all the ships Temps have been like every other ship, nice and cool inside.

Fred

Wennfred
April 10th, 2008, 12:25 PM
Bp Traveler,
The Drink card or the All Inclusive drink card had been talked about on Cruise Critic but currently the Search thingie is still down. From what I learned on here, everyone in the group must buy the drink card, but from what the lady here told me here, just contact a T/A that does groups and see if they have a group thats doing it, even thou you are not part of the group you can just pay their group rate and also join in on the Drink Card.

Its funny because I have ran into 2 couples on the elevator talking among themselves and the topic was drinkng and getting smashed because of having that unlimited drink card. Its so funny. The one guy said he had his share but not to the point of alcohal poisoning LOL.

Anyways, she stated, 100.00 pp.

We have the Gala Buffet tonight, with picture taking first at 11:30pm, Wendy will take Cathy to that, I will be at the Adult Comedy show.
Maybe Host Randy can look into the Drink Card for our Dream cruise, he can start a group cruise for the drinkers and Laura can start one for the Non-drinkers, that should work out well.

Fred

nursenan
April 10th, 2008, 12:25 PM
Thanks for the wonderful reviews. I and my parents will be on the Freedom 1/31/09 for the 8nt cruise. I will be in a 1a cabin,hate paying the single rate, but need my space.Looking forward to pictures and the changes made in the dining room food. I hope they do not get rid of the Bitter & Blanc dessert. It is one of my favorites.

Wennfred
April 10th, 2008, 12:44 PM
Carnivals newest Chef of the fleet Andrew DeSosa on the left and Freedom's chef on the right.

http://inlinethumb24.webshots.com/39191/2690355340103168941S600x600Q85.jpg (http://good-times.webshots.com/photo/2690355340103168941pmICNg)

seaweed5
April 10th, 2008, 01:02 PM
I said it before and I'll say it again, I love this thread!!! I can't wait to see your pictures when you get back.

Only 9 more days until I'll be on the Freedom for my first cruise...

deborahjo
April 10th, 2008, 01:13 PM
Cannot wait for the new menus to come out.

poptart
April 10th, 2008, 02:15 PM
Carnivals newest Chef of the fleet Andrew DeSosa on the left and Freedom's chef on the right.

http://inlinethumb24.webshots.com/39191/2690355340103168941S600x600Q85.jpg (http://good-times.webshots.com/photo/2690355340103168941pmICNg)


No wonder you've been raving about the food this week. Ya'll hit the jackpot--having the new fleetwide chef on board.
I'm looking forward to the coming changes.

I'm loving your review and look forward to all the pictures when you get home.

gumballz
April 10th, 2008, 02:22 PM
Carnivals newest Chef of the fleet Andrew DeSosa on the left and Freedom's chef on the right.


Fred, Great photo, thanks for sharing! Do you know how long Andrew DeSosa will be sailing on the Freedom?

Socref124
April 10th, 2008, 02:24 PM
Fred, Great photo, thanks for sharing! Do you know how long Andrew DeSosa will be sailing on the Freedom?

Hi Felicia...How are you and Eddie doing? I hope well. Check your email:eek: , you've got mail....:D

Socref124
April 10th, 2008, 02:29 PM
Carnivals newest Chef of the fleet Andrew DeSosa on the left and Freedom's chef on the right.

http://inlinethumb24.webshots.com/39191/2690355340103168941S600x600Q85.jpg (http://good-times.webshots.com/photo/2690355340103168941pmICNg)
Fred, Do you know if DeSosa was on the Glory three years ago? He looks familiar. Thanks for your updates, we are really enjoying them and getting excited.

duck512
April 10th, 2008, 02:51 PM
How exciting to hear that they are changing menus this year. DH & I were just talking a couple of nights ago about how nice it would be to have different food choices on our Freedom cruise this year. Thanks, Fred, keep the news coming!!

brnsnbrws
April 10th, 2008, 02:58 PM
Am I understanding this correctly----the menu will be changed on all ships and if so, do you know the time frame?

bemarshall
April 10th, 2008, 03:10 PM
I am really curious about the card you saw with unlimited drinks - that would sure be worth our money.

BP, not to dispute Fred's account of what he was told, but we looked into the all inclusive program that is offered to groups and it was more like $300+ per person, which would have been almost $700 a couple in my case. EVERYONE in our group would have had to pay that price, and we had people who didn't drink a drop, so it just wouldn't have worked. If we had known about it before booking our group, we could have worked it where we had the drinkers in a separate group from the non-drinkers ... maybe next time. :D

Fred, thanks for an awesome live report. You can definitely make those sitting at our computers feel like we are along for the ride with you. And cannot wait to see your pictures upon your return!

deborahjo
April 10th, 2008, 03:14 PM
Fred I am waiting your report today. We are in a total white out blizzard here on the eastern plains of Colorado. Not very fun. So please let me know what was up with todays agenda.....

Wennfred
April 10th, 2008, 03:53 PM
Freedom Day 6 AT SEA

We went to Lunch on Lido today, we had the Fish & Chips which was very good as always and also the Pizza, the Pizza
was very good as well. Wendy got a hotdog with onion rings and chicken tenders or strips.

I went down to the photo gallery to greet a colombian crew member that has worked in Carnivals Photo department for
years, she was with us on all 3 Spirit Cruises and now she is a Photo Manager onboard Freedom. She told me she is
going to remain on Freedom because of the European ports she has never seen. She totally deserves it after all of
these years on Carnival.

We got to go up to see Pauls very nice Cat.9a cabin it has a large wrap around balcony, its the same cabin style we
will have onboard Splendor next March/April. Then Paul and DW came down to see our Cat.1a cabin as they have a few
booked for friends on future trips. Paul really liked the Cat.1a with the 2 windows.

I went to the Casino to hand over $12.00 that I found in one of my pockets along with some lint. They also have a
Gift Shop sale in the Disco and its crowded in there as there are people jumping over everyone trying to get those
Carnival shirts and other gifts at a discount price.

Oh, Paul told me what happened last night and he also showed me the pictures, the Freedom docked in St. Thomas, 2
people were removed from the ship and their family also. Both passengers were sitting up on gurney, one was waving
at us as they took him into the first ambulance and later they came back for the other passenger, he or she was
also sitting up on the gurney before entering he back of the ambulance. They seem to be doing ok but who knows.
The whole thing took 1 hours, Freedom hit the dock at 11:28pm and departed around 12:38am
Paul also showed me some awesome pictures of the area he and his family went too, Club Orient Beach area on the
French side of St. Marteen, he also told me some crazy stories about the people there LOL. later they went to a
place called MOHO (sp) where you can stand right under an Airfield and have planes fly right over your head.
Last night a passenger said he was only 85 feet under a 747 Jetliner. There is even a danger sign on the fence
right next to the runway of a person being blown away from the thrust of the plane. When the planes take off, they
take off right towards the mountain side and they have to fly almost straight up or else.

We have been steaming at 21 - 22 knots since we left St. Thomas, the seas are very smooth today, hardly any
movement whats so ever. Everyone is having a great time outdoors all tanning by the pool and around the whole ship.

The Library is also open and there are a few families inside playing checkers and other games with their kids.

On Lido they have a trivia game on the Big Screen.

Last nights movies were The Golden Compass and The Champ

Todays movies are December Boys and Hairspray

Todays Seaside theater movies on Lido are "Evening" and a concert with Johnny Cash from Montreaux.

Tonight we have the Beatles show at 7pm, its Formal night, the Past Guest Party and the Gala Buffet at 11:30pm

Fred

jonsmom
April 10th, 2008, 03:58 PM
Fred,

Is that you posing between those two chefs? It's good to put a face with a name.

Wennfred
April 10th, 2008, 04:13 PM
Q & A's

Gumballz,

I don't know how long Chef DeSosa will remain onboard trying out his new dishes but I will ask Dino tonight.


Socref124,

I will also ask if he was just hired on or if he was a chef onboard prior to Freedom.


Brnsnbrws,

Not sure about the whole menus being changed, there is still alot of the same things on the Menu but as the weeks go he will add and change to the menus. I guess Freedom being the newest with its 8 Millon Dollar Galley which cost more then the Engines will make it easier for him to cook up his dishes correctly just like they are suppose to be.

Give it some time before you will start seeing new dishes fleet wide, If I had more experience as a jounalist I could of asked him those questions, but who knows maybe Carnival wants to keep this a secret because of the other cruiselines. The Spring Ranch Chicken Sicilian Style dish was the first ever here onboard Freedom this week and its already on the Menu.

During the Galley Tour I also asked about the Dining Room Times, that they went from 4 times to 2 time frames, the answer was that it was hard to accomidate everyone into 4 time frames, everyone pretty much said in the comment cards that the 5:45pm time frame was too soon and everyone felt rushed. So thats why its 6pm and 8:15pm now, I believe this is he first week on Freedom that they changed into the 2 dinner times. Its alot more work for the Galley because now they have to get all the food up at once. They said they double the Waiters due to that.

Deborahjo,

If you can see the Freedom's Webcam right now, you will see tons of people out in the HOT sun having a great old time, We all got red toasty burnt in St. Marteen, Paul got it the worst. Hop on a flight now!!! Save yourself from that blizzard, I can have a helo fly you over from San Juan :)

Wennfred
April 10th, 2008, 04:15 PM
Fred,

Is that you posing between those two chefs? It's good to put a face with a name.


Yep, I was escorted into the galley alone to his office to talk to him, he came out of his office and we talked, then I asked him for a photo.

Thats me :D



Fred

WiggleBay
April 10th, 2008, 04:34 PM
Fred glad you are enjoying your cruise. Sorry that you got sunburn, hope it is not to bad. Any word on getting Todd's email or giving him mine?

Thanks for the beautiful updates
Cheri

Wennfred
April 10th, 2008, 04:41 PM
Deborahjo,

This is for you.

Hopefully these 2 pics can warm you up, these are from St. Thomas, the ship on the left is Freedom and on the right is Triumph. The other shot is Magens Bay.

http://inlinethumb51.webshots.com/41778/2659211400103168941S600x600Q85.jpg (http://good-times.webshots.com/photo/2659211400103168941gkzepd)

http://inlinethumb13.webshots.com/8140/2317480700103168941S600x600Q85.jpg (http://good-times.webshots.com/photo/2317480700103168941DKptRY)

Wennfred
April 10th, 2008, 04:42 PM
Fred glad you are enjoying your cruise. Sorry that you got sunburn, hope it is not to bad. Any word on getting Todd's email or giving him mine?

Thanks for the beautiful updates
Cheri

I know I will see him later at the Past Guest Party, I will try and get it tonight for ya.


Fred

KruznKel
April 10th, 2008, 04:45 PM
Fred.. I saw you posted earlier about the new menu.. is there anyway you can find out when it will be implemented fleet wide??

Glad you are having a good time.. we loved the Freedom ourselves.. love the pics.. wish I was there right now;)

WiggleBay
April 10th, 2008, 04:50 PM
Fred
Thank alot & the pics in St. Thomas are beautiful. I want to cruise Now. LOL!!
Cheri

jonsmom
April 10th, 2008, 04:55 PM
Handsome guy :)

deborahjo
April 10th, 2008, 05:06 PM
Fred-Know that spot well. We swam at Megans Bay in October and we had 3 ships in port that day. Thank you so much. Brings back the warm fuzzies i got when I was there. Have a good evening.....

Serendipity50
April 10th, 2008, 05:52 PM
Hi thanks for the live reports...I feel as though I am there with you!!!
Glad you had a good time at St Maarten and St Thomas.... we love those islands have been to both twice and done the Godfrey tour...I have to agree about Sapphire Beach it is so nice!!
I could not believe the size of the Caribbean when were on it ....she is enormous!!.... but a really beautiful ship.
Looking forward to the rest of your trippie...and all the photos to come.
Enjoy the rest of whats to come...and thanks again.
Jean

cookc61462
April 10th, 2008, 06:03 PM
Fred,
Thanks so much for the pics!! And for the review. I so enjoy being along with you for your cruise.
Magen's Bay hasn't changed since I was there :)

Jayne315
April 10th, 2008, 06:10 PM
Fred...There is a beach bar in St. Maartin called Sunset Beach Bar in Maho. It is located at the tip of the airport and all the plane fly over this bar to land. It is quite a sight when the Air France jet land the sand on the beach goes everywhere. I even saw a jeep flip over from the thrust of a plane landing! Sunset Beach Bar also let women drink for free if they go topless!! Fred....when you are ready to cruise on the Crown Princess I would be happy to answer any questions that you may have.

Wennfred
April 10th, 2008, 06:24 PM
Any word on getting Todd's email or giving him mine?

Got Todds, email, will get with you when I get home.



Fred
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Freedom Day 6 AT SEA Cont.


Platinum Laundry Service & Past Guest Party

I forgot to mention, the way it works for the Platinum Laundry service, if you have the cabin steward pick up the
laundry bag before 10am, you will get your bag by 6pm, if they pick it up after 10am then you will get it back the
next morning.

We just return from the Past Guest party, the Video is new because of the new CEO and even John Herald has a part
in it. Someone won a free supper club for tonight and also got a picture with Todd and the Capt.

We got to try alot of different drinks at this Past Guest party, it was very nice.

The only new thing that Todd mentioned at the part was that they will have some type of Rewards for those that book
future cruises while onboard, he didnt mention anything about OBC's.


Fred

Wennfred
April 10th, 2008, 06:36 PM
Fred,

Thanks so much for the pics!! And for the review. I so enjoy being along with you for your cruise.
Magen's Bay hasn't changed since I was there :)



Not sure if they had it before, but there is a 4 dollar charge to get into Magen's Bay.



Fred

ncjeff
April 10th, 2008, 06:52 PM
Thank you so much for doing this!!
I saw that you had spent some time in the Casino
Who is the Casino Host/Hostess
If it is Dana will you tell her Jeff And Linda from the Elation said Hello
Do you have any favorite dealers or Servers?

shipshapegal
April 10th, 2008, 07:21 PM
Fred glad you are enjoying your cruise. Sorry that you got sunburn, hope it is not to bad. Any word on getting Todd's email or giving him mine?

Thanks for the beautiful updates
Cheri

if you email me i will give it to you...

becordle@gmail.com

ClerkPatsy
April 10th, 2008, 08:37 PM
Fred,

Do me a favor and bring your laptop to the Purser's desk. I have a message for them......

You need to give Fred an OBC, he's got about 50 people hooked and they can't wait to sail the Freedom!!!! There are 215 posts on this thread as of this post. And while you're at it, throw in a few OBC bucks for Paul too. :D

Thanks Fred!

lakemom
April 10th, 2008, 09:06 PM
Fred,

Do me a favor and bring your laptop to the Purser's desk. I have a message for them......

You need to give Fred an OBC, he's got about 50 people hooked and they can't wait to sail the Freedom!!!! There are 215 posts on this thread as of this post. And while you're at it, throw in a few OBC bucks for Paul too. :D

Thanks Fred!
There are a lot of people like me , just following along and not posting. There have been over 12500 views so far!! Thanks Fred

4kidsplusty
April 10th, 2008, 09:21 PM
thanks fred i am hooked on seeing what else you are doing. seeing st thomas is makig want our trip to come that much more st thomas is one of our stops thanks again:p

Hurricane Girl
April 10th, 2008, 09:29 PM
Fred,
Thank you so much for doing this!!! I have been reading this daily.

I also want to thank you for the pics of the ships and Magens Bay. We are going on the 8 day Triumph in May and can't wait!!!! First time for us going to St. Thomas and we can't wait for that one either!!!

Thanks Again!!!

Wennfred
April 10th, 2008, 10:54 PM
Freedom Day 6 AT SEA Cont.

For those asking about Andrew DeSosa, yes he was on the Fantasy and the Glory and other ships before he landed this new position as Master Chef of the Fleet, also according to the Waiters the new menu is already on the Fantasy class ships. The Freedom is the first of the Conquest, Destiny and Spirit classes to start getting the new dishes, not sure if he is going onboard those ships to ensure the new dishes are done correctly.

I got a copy, actually the orignal copy of that menu that has the Free Range Spring Chicken Sicilian Style, thats the correct name and its one of the new dishes, it was served with Stewed Potatoes and Crisp Garlic Seasoned Green Beans and that same night I also had the Braised Style Short Ribs from Aged Premium American Beef, it was served with Sesame Eggplant and Fried Rice. Make sure you order both of these as they were good.

Also they renamed the section below on the menu, it used to be called Alternative Selections, remember that? well its now called Carnival Classics.

That night an example of the Carnival Classics were:

Broiled Fillet of Fresh Norwegian Salmon

Grilled Breast of Corn Fed Chicken

Grilled Flat Iron Steak of American Choice Beef

Baked Idaho Potatoes, French Fries or Steamed White Rice

Assorted Steamed Vegetables,

Then under that they have only 1 SPA selection, which on this menu it was the Broiled Supreme of Free Range Chicken.

Tonight they brought back the BAKED ALASKA, Its done very different now, its served in a small clear glass.

Also tonights dinner was great, I had the Chard Chicken and also the Chateaubriand, the Chateaubriand was medium rare which for this type of beef is perfect.

Cathy had the Fruit Plate and the Grilled Jumbo Shrimp and the Baked Alaska for dessert, she got two.

Tonight the Gala Buffet is held on Lido deck at 11:30pm, right under the Fish & Chips station close to where the Desserts are located.
I will be at the FAT KAT comedy show at that time.

I need to now mention my Cabin Steward because I forgot to talk about him earlier, his name is Gede, This guy knows what he is doing, he doesn't need to be asked anything, he just knows. He saw that Wendy had her Cool Aloe Ice burn relief Gel in the Ice and he got us a White bucket like the ones you see with the Beer in the bucket full of ice and put her Gel in it, he also took care of our Laundry and always made our cabin twice a day even after sleeping in till 9:30am. Always provided clean towels and just did everything right. We probably seen him like 3 times this whole cruise. He will surely get an extra nice Tip from us and I will add his name on my list of names when I write Carnival Headquarters.

Cathy's cabin is located on Riviera Deck, deck 1. Its a nice single Cat.1a inside cabin, she hasn't seen much of her Cabin steward but has taken care of her also.

Our waiters have been one of the best we ever had, they also took care of Cathy knowing that she is a first time cruiser and they also took care of us too. Very good at what they do, very people oriented also. The waiters do enjoy working on Freedom now, these Maitre'D treat all of them fair, there was a Maitre'D that didn't and he favored only a selected few of waiters and only those got paid more then the others, lucky that guy is gone and everyone is happy. Because of the 2 time frames they have tons of waiters down in the galley waiting for the dishes and for us, we can't tell as the food is coming up fast but its crazy down there.

Its 10:50pm and I will be heading down to the Theater to see Fat Kat, but first I will hand over my wallet once more to the casino on my way to the theater. LOL.

Oh one last thing, I saw that American Airlines cancelled another 500 flights, I guess we will probably be walking home if we cant get a flight back to Vegas. What a mess, I will probably be checking into the Holiday Inn if our flight is cancelled. You will know.
30 More minutes left on my Internet Account and 1 more day left, not bad.


Fred

Caribbreeze
April 10th, 2008, 10:56 PM
Fred,

Do me a favor and bring your laptop to the Purser's desk. I have a message for them......

You need to give Fred an OBC, he's got about 50 people hooked and they can't wait to sail the Freedom!!!! There are 215 posts on this thread as of this post. And while you're at it, throw in a few OBC bucks for Paul too. :D

Thanks Fred!
I second that!

TexmanAl
April 10th, 2008, 11:28 PM
Fred - First what an awesome report - we are on the Freedom the 19th a week from tomorrow.

Question is "how smoky is the piano bar" we love the music but some ships can breathe and have to fore go the enjoyment.

Thanks
fantastic service
Al

Wennfred
April 11th, 2008, 01:17 AM
Fred - First what an awesome report - we are on the Freedom the 19th a week from tomorrow.

Question is "how smoky is the piano bar" we love the music but some ships can breathe and have to fore go the enjoyment.

Thanks
fantastic service
Al


Al,

I just spent an hour with Ron at the Piano bar, not smokey at all, but who knows you can have more smokers with your cruise or less.


Fred

dianef
April 11th, 2008, 02:22 AM
Going to miss reading your posts once this cruise is over.Hope you are not affected by the plane cancellations.Are you flying on the types of planes they are cancellling?If not,you should be fine.Hope you have a great last day of your cruise.Anymore cruises planned for this year?Iknow you have the Splendor for next March.I could not survive a whole year without a cruise.Spoiled,I guess.(lol).It seems like you had pretty good weather all week.I don't think you need any type of sweater or jacket for these ports,is that correct?

barbevrn
April 11th, 2008, 02:34 AM
Fingers crossed and saying prayers that your flight IS NOT canceled. At least you made it onboard and have had a great week. Just think of the poor souls getting ready for their cruises. It has to be a nightmare.

cathyoo
April 11th, 2008, 05:14 AM
BP, not to dispute Fred's account of what he was told, but we looked into the all inclusive program that is offered to groups and it was more like $300+ per person, which would have been almost $700 a couple in my case. EVERYONE in our group would have had to pay that price, and we had people who didn't drink a drop, so it just wouldn't have worked. If we had known about it before booking our group, we could have worked it where we had the drinkers in a separate group from the non-drinkers ... maybe next time. :D

Fred, thanks for an awesome live report. You can definitely make those sitting at our computers feel like we are along for the ride with you. And cannot wait to see your pictures upon your return!


My understanding was that on Carnival it was $30 a day. Was your cruise a 10 cruise?

gypsyrose
April 11th, 2008, 05:27 AM
This has been so much fun to follow along and I can't wait for the picture reviews and different threads when you get home. Hopefully your flight will be ready and waiting to whisk you to Las Vegas:D We are flying AA next week so hopefully they will have all of these problems fixed by then.

pe4all
April 11th, 2008, 05:30 AM
Fred-
Enjoy your last sea day, and thanks again for all the time you spent on line with us. I had a great cruise with you - 8 days till we board! Good luck getting home - then again, there are worse things than getting "stuck" in Miami an extra do or so. The main thing was your flight down was okay. We have flites on AA next Friday - hopefully these cancellations will be a distant memory by then. Watch the sunburn, and eat, drink, and be merry!

davesgirl
April 11th, 2008, 06:55 AM
I have been a "lurker" for days, but had to say "thank you" to you while you are still posting "live". I appreciate the time you have taken from your cruise to keep us posted and informed. I am sailing on the Victory with my family in less than a month and reading your posts has made me feel like I am there already! Hope that your DW and MIL understand how much we, your fellow CC board members, appreciate what you are doing. My DH gets a little frustrated when I set aside time from our cruises, vacations, etc., to check email, post/check the boards, and so on. Again THANK YOU! http://www.hystersisters.com/vb2/images/smilies/foryou.gif (http://www.hystersisters.com/vb2/misc.php?do=getsmilies&wysiwyg=0&forumid=3#)

Jayne315
April 11th, 2008, 07:51 AM
Fred: One final question...looking at a picture of the Freedom is Cabin#2462 the last picture window? Thanks & enjoy your day!

marter99
April 11th, 2008, 08:10 AM
I too have just been lurking (for years really), but just had to say Fred that I absolutely love your reviews. Only 72 days till my cruise, and reading these posts makes me wish we were leaving tomorrow, oh wait, I haven't packed yet. Anyway, thank you for sharing your cruise with all of us! :D

Donna n Francis
April 11th, 2008, 08:21 AM
.....well Fred it's the last day of 'our' cruise and I wanted to thank you for the terrific job you did on taking all of us on your cruise. Have a wonderful Fun Day at Sea, a safe trip home and I look forward to your pictures next week:D

Kindest regards, Donna

CarnivalCruiseLover
April 11th, 2008, 08:33 AM
Fred,
Can I send you my email address to so I can get Todd's? I got it from him last year, and can't find it. thanks so much. Love the review !


Got Todds, email, will get with you when I get home.



Fred
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Freedom Day 6 AT SEA Cont.


Platinum Laundry Service & Past Guest Party

I forgot to mention, the way it works for the Platinum Laundry service, if you have the cabin steward pick up the
laundry bag before 10am, you will get your bag by 6pm, if they pick it up after 10am then you will get it back the
next morning.

We just return from the Past Guest party, the Video is new because of the new CEO and even John Herald has a part
in it. Someone won a free supper club for tonight and also got a picture with Todd and the Capt.

We got to try alot of different drinks at this Past Guest party, it was very nice.

The only new thing that Todd mentioned at the part was that they will have some type of Rewards for those that book
future cruises while onboard, he didnt mention anything about OBC's.


Fred

mics pics
April 11th, 2008, 09:36 AM
Fred, I wanted to say thanks for the review, and especially for posting the photos. I know that eats tons of your minutes. I must say, this has been the first week I haven't been chomping at the bit for my cruise in 85 days, and I know it's because I'm living through you, Wendy, and Cathy.
Thanks again!
BTW, since your flights are over a long distance, I'm guessing you will be on a 757 again, so I think you're okay. The only flights that have been canceling lately for all airlines are MD80 type aircraft. AA just had the bad luck to have so many of that type.
Have a great last day, and safe travels home. :)

Mikel1733
April 11th, 2008, 09:44 AM
Fred - First what an awesome report - we are on the Freedom the 19th a week from tomorrow.

Question is "how smoky is the piano bar" we love the music but some ships can breathe and have to fore go the enjoyment.


Al.....what a bummer that someones habit is more important than everyone on the cruise (who all paid for the same entertainment) can't enjoy the piano bar. My daughter has asthma and we've never been able to sit down and enjoy the piano bar. I hope you can find a time when its not too smokey.

cruisldy
April 11th, 2008, 09:54 AM
Fred, have much enjoyed your "on the go" trip report. Have to let you know that if you aren't staying in Las Vegas, you will be coming home to a heat wave. Supposed to be in the 80's all weekend and into Monday. :)

crusinpsychRN
April 11th, 2008, 10:00 AM
This has been a great read! It's the first thread I open every morning. Fred, it seems clear to me that you are one heck of a nice person. You never seem to get caught in any of the negative stuff. Refreshing!:D

Leighpast
April 11th, 2008, 10:51 AM
Fred, I too, along with many others have enjoyed reading your adventures on the Freedom. I don't have my next cruise booked, but I'm looking forward to one this fall! Have a great last day!

jrmende63
April 11th, 2008, 11:19 AM
Fred,
Thanks for getting me excited for the Freedom! We sail her Nov 30-Dec 6th and then get on the Splendor Dec 6th- 13th. We are very excited to go on the two newest ships! Thanks for the great reports. I know Cathy had a blast, So I would expect to hear more from her cruising in the future!
Julie

CarnivalCruiseLover
April 11th, 2008, 11:49 AM
Well that was a pretty offensive statement. I pay for my cruises, along with 20 other people in my group when I travel, and we cruise often, and some of us smoke. As long as it's legal, and they allow it, then deal with it. You are only seeing it on one side, which is a non smoking side. Why should everyone be punished because of your daughter's asthma issue? That includes smokers, people that wear cologne, perfume, etc.
The last time I checked, all the cruises I paid for, and I paid for entertainment to go along with it. And yes I smoke, and I deserve and I am entitled to the same entertainment, and doing that, I should be allowed to smoke in a piano bar.

You have the dinining room,show longues, half the out door deck, shops, elevators, and now you want it all? My suggestion, if it's too smokey, stay out, or stay home and live in a oxgen bubble in your house.


Al.....what a bummer that someones habit is more important than everyone on the cruise (who all paid for the same entertainment) can't enjoy the piano bar. My daughter has asthma and we've never been able to sit down and enjoy the piano bar. I hope you can find a time when its not too smokey.

e150club
April 11th, 2008, 12:08 PM
Thank you Fred, I've been reading along with everyone all week. I can't wait to see all your pics. I hope you all have a smooth trip home and don't suffer post cruise depression.

bemarshall
April 11th, 2008, 12:35 PM
My understanding was that on Carnival it was $30 a day. Was your cruise a 10 cruise?

I did a quick search and found this post which was actually originally posted by Fred. :D

OK, Heres the Deal, You have to call Groups Event Planning Department and you must have a Valid Booking number to begin with.

A. 30 GUEST is the Minimum.

B. Everyone has to participate period, even if you have 57 in that group.

C. Everyone will be issued a Drink Card so they can order Unlimited drinks.

D. It will cost 45.00 per person per day.

E. It will only be for drinks costing 7.50 and lower, if your drink cost more then 7.50 then I guess you have to come up with the difference.

This info comes from the Group Events Planning Department.

Fred

Fred, still loving your reports, thank you!!

misssea
April 11th, 2008, 02:02 PM
FYI, the piano bar is not that smokey unless you happen to be unfortunate enough to sit next to someone who is smoking. We visited the piano bar every night except the night it was closed and only one night did a smoker sit next to me. Rude or not, I just kept waving it away from me. I wasn't going to sit there and inhale it all night!

davesgirl
April 11th, 2008, 02:13 PM
Well that was a pretty offensive statement. I pay for my cruises, along with 20 other people in my group when I travel, and we cruise often, and some of us smoke. As long as it's legal, and they allow it, then deal with it. You are only seeing it on one side, which is a non smoking side. Why should everyone be punished because of your daughter's asthma issue? That includes smokers, people that wear cologne, perfume, etc.
The last time I checked, all the cruises I paid for, and I paid for entertainment to go along with it. And yes I smoke, and I deserve and I am entitled to the same entertainment, and doing that, I should be allowed to smoke in a piano bar.

You have the dinining room,show longues, half the out door deck, shops, elevators, and now you want it all? My suggestion, if it's too smokey, stay out, or stay home and live in a oxgen bubble in your house.

...there's no need for your tone...I believe you owe us all an apology, but more so to Mikel1733...your response was to say the least, rude...I am sure you could have found a different, more civil way to state your view...
One day, you might find yourself in a position where others might have to make some concessions in order to accomodate you, and if so I hope you don't encounter someone who might feel that you "should stay out, or stay home and live in a ... bubble in your house".

*CruiseFan*
April 11th, 2008, 02:22 PM
...there's no need for your tone...I believe you owe us all an apology, but more so to Mikel1733...your response was to say the least, rude...I am sure you could have found a different, more civil way to state your view...
One day, you might find yourself in a position where others might have to make some concessions in order to accomodate you, and if so I hope you don't encounter someone who might feel that you "should stay out, or stay home and live in a ... bubble in your house".

2nd. Seems like someone forgot to take their happy pills...

Glad you're having a great time, Fred!

Socref124
April 11th, 2008, 02:28 PM
Well that was a pretty offensive statement. I pay for my cruises, along with 20 other people in my group when I travel, and we cruise often, and some of us smoke. As long as it's legal, and they allow it, then deal with it. You are only seeing it on one side, which is a non smoking side. Why should everyone be punished because of your daughter's asthma issue? That includes smokers, people that wear cologne, perfume, etc.
The last time I checked, all the cruises I paid for, and I paid for entertainment to go along with it. And yes I smoke, and I deserve and I am entitled to the same entertainment, and doing that, I should be allowed to smoke in a piano bar.

You have the dinining room,show longues, half the out door deck, shops, elevators, and now you want it all? My suggestion, if it's too smokey, stay out, or stay home and live in a oxgen bubble in your house.

Wow are you asking to ber flamed or what???:confused: BTW, I am a non smoker that doesn't care one way or the other.

trudle
April 11th, 2008, 02:40 PM
Fred,--------------- I also want to thank you for your great review----we go on the Freedom in November and it will be like cruising on her twice. I am looking forward to your other reviews and the pictures.
Enjoy the rest of your cruise and a safe trip home.

Trudy

MonaCK
April 11th, 2008, 03:32 PM
Thank you so much for this wonderful review! Even though I am not sailing on the Freedom, it's still wetting my appetite for my upcoming cruise. I give you a lot of credit - I'm not sure I could be as deligent as you :)

Thanks for taking us along for your vacation. :)

Wennfred
April 11th, 2008, 04:37 PM
Freedom Day 7 AT SEA LAST DAY

Hi all, we slept in late this morning, Cathy knocked on our door this morning at 10am, because the curtains were closed we didn't see any day light and kept on sleeping, it felt great. Wendy shoulders and Cathys feet are still red but getting better, Wendy never learns.

We did the Free Cruise Bingo, as always I wasn't even close, all that was needed was the large X on the bingo card, there were 3 bogus bingo callers that were clueless and finally there were 4 people that won but they had to go up on stage and pick the highest number. The second lady out of the 4 that won picked O-75 which is the highest bingo ball in the batch, so she won the free cruise.

Right after the Bingo was the Disembarkation debrief, Cruise Director said that there were new things during the debrief. I guess the only things that were new is the New Miami Cruise Terminal with the baggage area and then he spoke about the new debarkation luggage zone tags. We get Zone 1 because we are VIP but we are not in a rush to get to the airport, we will probably debark around 9:30am and head out slow. Our AA flight leaves for Miami at 3:30pm, I should be able to post for free from Miami Airport as many have free WIFI.

After the Debrief we headed up to Lido Deck to chow down on some food, we were hungry and all I had was a Bass Ale beer (Breakfast of Champions).

After lunch we headed back to the casino to donate some more money and also play in the Slot tournament, Wendy and I didnt even come close, but later we came back at 3PM to see if they would call out our raffle ticket to get into the final slot tourament. Someone else was called LOL. We suck.

Then we headed up to the Spa, of course we have to go through this on every cruise with the Spa about getting our 25% off on services because we are Carnival Vacation Club members as well, and thats one of the perks, so the person took our paper work and should be calling us here in the cabin shortly with in the next 15 minutes. I will use this time to fill out my comment cards and also my Customs Declaration form.

I have 10 minutes left on this account thats why I haven't posted much today and I have to try and print out our boarding passes because its a pain to do that in Miami, you know the lines. we are First Class but still even in First Class you still have to wait in lines. In Las Vegas the kiosk machines that you do a self check-in and then it prints out your airline tickets well it was having alot of problems booting up, I saw it was using Windows XP no wonder it was having problems.

We are fully packed and it feels like my main luggage wieghs around 45 Lbs, it shouldn't go over 50 Lbs, I've been pretty good with guessing. Cathy is going to check in her small luggage that she used to carry on, it probably wieghs less then 30 lbs.

We are tipping everyone very well, even the Maitre'D will get a tip and also our Dining room Bar Waitress Aniko will also get a tip, thats a first. Maitre'Dino really took care of us and he even gave us a bottle of champagne because we made his day that night when I told him he had alot of Cruise Critic fans. Dining room Bar waitstaff Aniko was always there right next to us when we needed a soda from Wendy's fountain card and also our Drinks.

Tonight is the Legends show, we are not going to it because we never like watching people lip syncing to music, I perfer seeing the real talent shows that they used to have or still do on other ships. I will write that on the comment card. Hopefully they will bring back the Talent show one day.

Wendy is going to wait for the call from the Spa, Im going to head down to the Internet cafe to try and print our boarding passes for American Airline, that will be something less we have to deal with tomorrow.

Thats all I have to say, till we get to Miami tomorrow I will try to log on and tell you if we still have a flight to Vegas.

We just got a call from Mick the Spa person and he said we got our 25% off for those services, that was nice but again you always have to fight for it.

Arrival tomorrow morning in Miami is around 5:30am.

You guys take care! This cruise was great, alot of fun but you always wait for a whole year to get to your cruise and in a blink its over LOL.


See ya.


Fred

4kidsplusty
April 11th, 2008, 04:45 PM
thanks fred. have asafe trip home we hope to see pictures soon

duck512
April 11th, 2008, 05:09 PM
Goodbye Fred, have a safe trip home and hope to sail with you again soon! LOL! This thread has been great.

Pat