Freedom 4/17 cruise in review with photos

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The Beauty and the Beast. IMHO, Disney has the most beautiful modern day built ships afloat from the exterior view. The Sensation is one of the most unattractive ships afloat. Especially after Carnival added those exterior balconies.


Originally posted by Ander026


Another shot of the Disney Dream


Carnival docked at their dock

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Great pictures
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Originally posted by cruisingator2
The Beauty and the Beast. IMHO, Disney has the most beautiful modern day built ships afloat from the exterior view. The Sensation is one of the most unattractive ships afloat. Especially after Carnival added those exterior balconies.
I couldn't agree with you more! Whenever I see a picture of the Dream, I still think it's a computer rendering. It is so nice looking. Carnival.... not so much.

Great review BTW! Can't wait to read the rest.
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We're going to book this same cruise for next year during the WOW sale. I can't wait for the next installments and more photos!
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#25
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Originally posted by will773
I couldn't agree with you more! Whenever I see a picture of the Dream, I still think it's a computer rendering. It is so nice looking. Carnival.... not so much.

Great review BTW! Can't wait to read the rest.
Such a pity as we have been on carnival glory when left from port canaveral and it was v good but the carnival ship leaving now looks awful and a bit tacky lol esp compared with freedom and the dream!
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You are so right about the Carnival ships. The newest Carnival ship isn't so bad, but the older ones are just U-G-L-Y (and they don't have an alibi)... I mean I had a great time on my last Carnival cruise on the Fantasy, but it was not a beautiful ship by any means... especially not compared to the Freedom of the Seas!

Loving your pictures and review so far. I'm gonna have to get my hubby to check out that Bull and Bear pub, it looks like his kind of place . And I never knew Sorrento's did whole pies, that's pretty cool if you have a group together .
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#27
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Originally posted by proudpatriot07
You are so right about the Carnival ships. The newest Carnival ship isn't so bad, but the older ones are just U-G-L-Y (and they don't have an alibi)... I mean I had a great time on my last Carnival cruise on the Fantasy, but it was not a beautiful ship by any means... especially not compared to the Freedom of the Seas!

Loving your pictures and review so far. I'm gonna have to get my hubby to check out that Bull and Bear pub, it looks like his kind of place . And I never knew Sorrento's did whole pies, that's pretty cool if you have a group together .
Just back from the same cruise (and anxiously awaiting more photos here to see if we end up in any of them ). The Bull and Bear was GREAT. They had a guy that could wail on the guitar and was able to hit just about every request he received. From sing a long stuff, like Sweet Caroline to All Along the Watchtower by Hendrix.
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Here are some more photos.


Front of Vintages


The car that sits in front of Vintages


Another cool pic.


Next up Laberdee.
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Originally posted by AeroBaldness
Just back from the same cruise (and anxiously awaiting more photos here to see if we end up in any of them ). The Bull and Bear was GREAT. They had a guy that could wail on the guitar and was able to hit just about every request he received. From sing a long stuff, like Sweet Caroline to All Along the Watchtower by Hendrix.
I hope that you had a great time. I often went to Bull and Bear to get the Murphy's Irish Stout draft beer from there. The entertainment there was fantastic. I am ready for another cruise.
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#30
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Originally posted by yummymummy99
Such a pity as we have been on carnival glory when left from port canaveral and it was v good but the carnival ship leaving now looks awful and a bit tacky lol esp compared with freedom and the dream!
The sad thing for Port Canaveral is that they are bringing a 3rd Carnival ship and it is the same class as Sensation. I would much rather have a 3rd RCCL ship come instead. Possibly a Radiance or a Voyager class of ship.
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#31
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Originally posted by bionicman97
Great pictures
Thank you.

I try my hardest to get the best pics that my little camera can take.
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#32
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Well now I come to the Laberdee post. This post wont be long because I did not do an activity on land. I was on deck when we arrived and we docked on the left side of the dock as you look from the land. Laberdee I felt was better organized than Coco Cay. It was really nice having not to tender here. I wish they could build a dock at Coc Cay. My Dad and I got off the ship with the rest of the family and we decided to walk around while the rest of them decided to shop. The walking areas around Laberdee were laid out nicely, much better than Coco Cay. We met up with the rest of the family in the open air market. They are very pushy in the open market. We walked all around Laberdee and then returned to the ship by lunchtime.

In the afternoon I relaxed again in the Solarium and went swimming on the ship as well.

In the evening after visiting the Casino and dinner I went to the 70's Dance Party in the Royal Promanade. Great show.



The approach to Laberdee


We get closer. Look how calm it is before it is invaded by tourist


Preparing to dock


Next up some photos of the Freedom docked at Laberdee.
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#33
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Photos of the Freedom while docked at Laberdee. Feel free to use these photos for desktops if you like.



Freedom docked early in the day


Freedom peering over the trees


Overlooking the beach goers


Going back to the ship 1


Going back to the ship 2


The size of the Freedom

Well next some other photos from the day
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#34
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Here are some other phots from the day.



View from the ship looking at the mountains


View from the hot tub in the Solarium


Pic of some of the family before dinner


Grahm Seymore the Cruise Director during the 70's Dance Party


The Freedom Men performing In The Navy from the Village People

Well that is all till tomorrow where I will cover our visit to Faulmouth Jamaca.
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#35
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Love it!
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great photos
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Great photos! I'm definitely using one of those for my desktop.
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#39
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Zin was the best waitress at the Bull and Bear!! She had told us that she was trying to get on the MOS but we did not find her. This review has me wanting to go right back right now!!
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Will definitely have to check out the Bull and Bear then... that sounds like a beer my hubby would like too.

All the Labadee pics are really good... it looks like it's a lot of fun. That's pretty awesome that they have a dock and no tenders, I would much rather dock personally... looks like the shows are good too, and thanks for the pic of the cruise director, have heard lots of great things about him.
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