Freedom PHOTO Trip Review to ARUBA, GRAND TURK, DR, & CURACAO

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#1
Virginia is for Lovers!
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We took our annual family cruise in January aboard the lovely Carnival Freedom. We are a family of four, with two kids ages 10 and 12. This cruise had the best itinerary yet: Grand Turk, La Romana, Curacao, and Aruba! I booked the 8-day cruise specifically for the itinerary, as we had already sailed the Freedom in 2011. By doing a repeat cruise on the Freedom, we did miss the new ship excitement upon boarding. The theater shows and activities on the ship were nearly the same from 2 years ago.

With that said, I plan to make this review photo-intensive, concentrating more on the port of calls. I will also include photos and highlights of the ship. The ship and activities really haven’t changed since my 2011 Freedom cruise to Panama (see link to that review in my signature). I will also try to include some of my money saving tips for the cruise, as I know there are other CC members who are on a budget, or just prefer not to waste money.

Let’s get started:

We started the long drive from Virginia, where are yard was covered white with snow, and headed south to Fort Lauderdale on Thursday afternoon. We spent the first night near Savannah, GA, and I used my Choice Privileges credit card points to redeem a free night stay. (Sign up for a credit and get free bonus points). We always drive, and though the trip is about 14 hours, it seems more convenient than flying: no worries about cancelled flights due to weather, no luggage restrictions, we are on our schedule, and much cheaper for a family of four.

We arrived in Florida on Friday afternoon and stopped directly at the Sawgrass Recreation Park for our first Everglades airboat ride. My daughter had studied about the Everglades in school the month before, and she really wanted to see it for herself. The park has an animal exhibit area, which we visited prior to the 30-minute airboat ride.















We watched the keeper feed the hawk a mouse:



To be continued:
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***Puerto Limon, Costa Rica ***Labadee, Haiti*** Samana, Dominican Republic*** Cozumel, Mexico*** Nassau, Bahamas*** Grand Cayman*** Belize***St. John, USVI*** St. Martin*** Freeport, Bahamas*** San Juan, Puerto Rico*** Roatan, Honduras***St. Thomas, USVI***Colon, Panama*** Bermuda***Grand Turk*** La Romana *** Aruba *** Curacao *** Costa Maya *** Half Moon Cay ***Ocho Rios and Great Stirrup Cay

Cruise Picture Reviews:
Norwegian Getaway to Great Stirrup Cay, Grand Cayman, Ocho Rios, and Cozumel http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2331862
Carnival Sunshine to Cozumel, Belize, Roatan, and Costa Maya: http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2169332
Carnival Fascination to Half Moon Cay and Nassau: http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2066091
Norwegian Jewel to Cozumel, Belize, Roatan, and Costa Maya: http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1976718
Carnival Freedom to Grand Turk, La Romana, Curacao, and Aruba (2nd favorite cruise): http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1781515
Royal Caribbean Explorer of the Seas to Bermuda (3rd favorite cruise): http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1728780
Carnival Freedom to Panama, Costa Rica, & Cozumel (favorite cruise): http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1347741
Carnival Dream to Nassau, St. Martin, and St. Thomas: http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1584851
Carnival Sensation to Nassau & Freeport (Tripwow):http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1262795
#2
Virginia is for Lovers!
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EVERGLADES CONTINUED:
























Notice the Ospry on the left carrying a fish:





To be continued...
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***Puerto Limon, Costa Rica ***Labadee, Haiti*** Samana, Dominican Republic*** Cozumel, Mexico*** Nassau, Bahamas*** Grand Cayman*** Belize***St. John, USVI*** St. Martin*** Freeport, Bahamas*** San Juan, Puerto Rico*** Roatan, Honduras***St. Thomas, USVI***Colon, Panama*** Bermuda***Grand Turk*** La Romana *** Aruba *** Curacao *** Costa Maya *** Half Moon Cay ***Ocho Rios and Great Stirrup Cay

Cruise Picture Reviews:
Norwegian Getaway to Great Stirrup Cay, Grand Cayman, Ocho Rios, and Cozumel http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2331862
Carnival Sunshine to Cozumel, Belize, Roatan, and Costa Maya: http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2169332
Carnival Fascination to Half Moon Cay and Nassau: http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2066091
Norwegian Jewel to Cozumel, Belize, Roatan, and Costa Maya: http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1976718
Carnival Freedom to Grand Turk, La Romana, Curacao, and Aruba (2nd favorite cruise): http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1781515
Royal Caribbean Explorer of the Seas to Bermuda (3rd favorite cruise): http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1728780
Carnival Freedom to Panama, Costa Rica, & Cozumel (favorite cruise): http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1347741
Carnival Dream to Nassau, St. Martin, and St. Thomas: http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1584851
Carnival Sensation to Nassau & Freeport (Tripwow):http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1262795
#3
Nova Scotia, Canada
629 Posts
Joined Jul 2008
I'm looking forward to the rest of your review.... DW and I are booked for this same Itinerary on April 6.... I can hardly contain myself, the waiting is driving me crazy.... Like you we have been on Freedom before, so the ship is not a big deal for us, the ports sure are though!
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Past Cruises:
November 30, 2008 - Carnival Freedom, Western From Ft Lauderdale, to Key west, Grand Caymen + Ocho Rios
September 25, 2010 - Carnival Inspiration, Western from Tampa - Grand Caymen + Cozumel
April 28, 2012, Carnival Victory, Southern from San Juan - St Thomas, Barbados, St Lucia, St Kitts + St Maarten
April 6 2013 - Carnival Freedom (again) - Exotic Southern - From Ft Lauderdale, Grand Turk, La Romana (DR), Aruba, + Curacau
March 30, 2014, Carnival Valor, Southern from San Juan - St Thomas, Barbados, St Lucia, St Kitts + St Maarten

UPCOMING:
November 15, 2015, Carnival Splendor, from Miami - Cozumel, Belize, Roatan, Grand Caymen.

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#4
Virginia is for Lovers!
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Joined Sep 2007
After the tour we headed back to Fort Lauderdale to our hotel. I had landed a great deal through Hotwire on a 4-star hotel for $69. The hotel was the Fort Lauderdale Westin. I had tried to find deals through Hotwire weeks in advanced, but found nothing less than $160 for 4-star, until 2 days before the stay. So, if you can wait until the last minute to book, you can snag a real great deal. We had no problem canceling our booked hotel and switching to our Hotwire hotel. It was a very nice hotel, not on the beach, but very nice nonetheless. Here’s a picture of the kids playing in the pool:



Picture taken with cell phone from our hotel room:





Saturday morning before the cruise we ventured down to Lauderdale-by-the-Sea. What a great walkable area! There were many cafes and shops with a nice beach access. I had not researched this before the trip, and we just happened to stumble upon it driving around looking for breakfast. Here’s a cell phone picture of my daughter trying to push over a palm tree.




Up next, the Carnival Freedom.
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***Puerto Limon, Costa Rica ***Labadee, Haiti*** Samana, Dominican Republic*** Cozumel, Mexico*** Nassau, Bahamas*** Grand Cayman*** Belize***St. John, USVI*** St. Martin*** Freeport, Bahamas*** San Juan, Puerto Rico*** Roatan, Honduras***St. Thomas, USVI***Colon, Panama*** Bermuda***Grand Turk*** La Romana *** Aruba *** Curacao *** Costa Maya *** Half Moon Cay ***Ocho Rios and Great Stirrup Cay

Cruise Picture Reviews:
Norwegian Getaway to Great Stirrup Cay, Grand Cayman, Ocho Rios, and Cozumel http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2331862
Carnival Sunshine to Cozumel, Belize, Roatan, and Costa Maya: http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2169332
Carnival Fascination to Half Moon Cay and Nassau: http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2066091
Norwegian Jewel to Cozumel, Belize, Roatan, and Costa Maya: http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1976718
Carnival Freedom to Grand Turk, La Romana, Curacao, and Aruba (2nd favorite cruise): http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1781515
Royal Caribbean Explorer of the Seas to Bermuda (3rd favorite cruise): http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1728780
Carnival Freedom to Panama, Costa Rica, & Cozumel (favorite cruise): http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1347741
Carnival Dream to Nassau, St. Martin, and St. Thomas: http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1584851
Carnival Sensation to Nassau & Freeport (Tripwow):http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1262795
#5
Raleigh NC
25,287 Posts
Joined Oct 2007
Thanks for the report!
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#7
Kirkland, IL
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Joined Aug 2011
I am subscribing to your review. We leave on the Freedom 4 weeks from today.....super excited to see more of your pictures
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Carnival Pride - May 2009
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Carnival Legend - December 2011
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Carnival Ecstasy - December 2012
Carnival Sensation - December 2012
Carnival Freedom - March 3, 2013
Carnival Imagination - December 2, 2013
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Carnival Dream - January 31, 2016
Carnival Vista - May 1, 2016
Carnival Elation - September 10, 2016
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#8
Virginia is for Lovers!
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Joined Sep 2007
The Carnival Freedom is a very nice Conquest Class ship. Disappointedly, it has NOT gone through the Funship 2.0 upgrades yet. I really enjoyed the lunch options everyday to include: deli, pizza, burgers, buffet line, dining room, Mongolian Wok, Fish and Chips, and my favorite Tandoor (Indian choices). We had My Time Dining, and it appears this is increasingly becoming the popular choice. We actually had to wait approximately 10 minutes each night to be seated.

Entertainment consists of the typical singing/dancing shows in the theater, including Ticket to Ride. We chose not to see any of these shows this time. We make numerous appearances to the Punchliners Comedy Club (love this about Carnival!!!), and we attended a variety act and the hypnotist show. The hypnotist show always provides loads of laughter.

Since, I had cruise the Freedom before, I did not take as many photos of the ship as I typically do. But here are some:












Women's locker room:




Hot Tub in the spa:
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***Puerto Limon, Costa Rica ***Labadee, Haiti*** Samana, Dominican Republic*** Cozumel, Mexico*** Nassau, Bahamas*** Grand Cayman*** Belize***St. John, USVI*** St. Martin*** Freeport, Bahamas*** San Juan, Puerto Rico*** Roatan, Honduras***St. Thomas, USVI***Colon, Panama*** Bermuda***Grand Turk*** La Romana *** Aruba *** Curacao *** Costa Maya *** Half Moon Cay ***Ocho Rios and Great Stirrup Cay

Cruise Picture Reviews:
Norwegian Getaway to Great Stirrup Cay, Grand Cayman, Ocho Rios, and Cozumel http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2331862
Carnival Sunshine to Cozumel, Belize, Roatan, and Costa Maya: http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2169332
Carnival Fascination to Half Moon Cay and Nassau: http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2066091
Norwegian Jewel to Cozumel, Belize, Roatan, and Costa Maya: http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1976718
Carnival Freedom to Grand Turk, La Romana, Curacao, and Aruba (2nd favorite cruise): http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1781515
Royal Caribbean Explorer of the Seas to Bermuda (3rd favorite cruise): http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1728780
Carnival Freedom to Panama, Costa Rica, & Cozumel (favorite cruise): http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1347741
Carnival Dream to Nassau, St. Martin, and St. Thomas: http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1584851
Carnival Sensation to Nassau & Freeport (Tripwow):http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1262795
#9
Southern Ontario, Canada
6,262 Posts
Joined Mar 2004
To date this is also my most absolute favourite cruise, we did it on the Miracle, but it may be topped by our Valor cruise in January

Thanks for the review and the pictures!!! LOVE LOVE LOVE pictures. Even though I wont be at these ports or on this ship, it still helps pass the time (which is going v e r y s l o w l y !!)
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#10
Virginia is for Lovers!
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On of my favorite features of the Conquest class ships is the pool set-up. There is a quiet aft pool for adults only. The main pool is below the outside theater screen, amongst the daytime music and activities (party zone). Then, there is my favorite pool, the midship pool which is on a higher deck than the main pool. This mid-ship pool is perfect for kids, as it is located at the end of the waterslide. There were typically deck chairs available in this area too. Please be warned: the hot tub adjacent to the mid-ship pool may be overrun with children. I think this worked out well, as I didn't notice children in the other hot tubs.












Free Throw competition:



Family cookie decorating (Camp Carnival activity):
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***Puerto Limon, Costa Rica ***Labadee, Haiti*** Samana, Dominican Republic*** Cozumel, Mexico*** Nassau, Bahamas*** Grand Cayman*** Belize***St. John, USVI*** St. Martin*** Freeport, Bahamas*** San Juan, Puerto Rico*** Roatan, Honduras***St. Thomas, USVI***Colon, Panama*** Bermuda***Grand Turk*** La Romana *** Aruba *** Curacao *** Costa Maya *** Half Moon Cay ***Ocho Rios and Great Stirrup Cay

Cruise Picture Reviews:
Norwegian Getaway to Great Stirrup Cay, Grand Cayman, Ocho Rios, and Cozumel http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2331862
Carnival Sunshine to Cozumel, Belize, Roatan, and Costa Maya: http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2169332
Carnival Fascination to Half Moon Cay and Nassau: http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2066091
Norwegian Jewel to Cozumel, Belize, Roatan, and Costa Maya: http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1976718
Carnival Freedom to Grand Turk, La Romana, Curacao, and Aruba (2nd favorite cruise): http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1781515
Royal Caribbean Explorer of the Seas to Bermuda (3rd favorite cruise): http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1728780
Carnival Freedom to Panama, Costa Rica, & Cozumel (favorite cruise): http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1347741
Carnival Dream to Nassau, St. Martin, and St. Thomas: http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1584851
Carnival Sensation to Nassau & Freeport (Tripwow):http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1262795
#11
100 Posts
Joined Nov 2012
Originally posted by mpcaruth
The Carnival Freedom is a very nice Conquest Class ship. Disappointedly, it has NOT gone through the Funship 2.0 upgrades yet. I really enjoyed the lunch options everyday to include: deli, pizza, burgers, buffet line, dining room, Mongolian Wok, Fish and Chips, and my favorite Tandoor (Indian choices). We had My Time Dining, and it appears this is increasingly becoming the popular choice. We actually had to wait approximately 10 minutes each night to be seated.

Entertainment consists of the typical singing/dancing shows in the theater, including Ticket to Ride. We chose not to see any of these shows this time. We make numerous appearances to the Punchliners Comedy Club (love this about Carnival!!!), and we attended a variety act and the hypnotist show. The hypnotist show always provides loads of laughter.

Since, I had cruise the Freedom before, I did not take as many photos of the ship as I typically do. But here are some:












Women's locker room:




Hot Tub in the spa:
Is the spa hot tub open to all? Any idea what the hours are? Thanks for the pics, we're sailing on the Freedom in 2 weeks!!
#12
Washington
173 Posts
Joined Oct 2011
Thank you for posting your review! We sail in June on the Freedom, and our kids are near your kids' ages, so it's nice getting that perspective as well. Keep up the good work, and great pictures too!
#13
Ohio
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Joined Feb 2007
Great review so far - looking forward to the ports as I will be hitting them in 13 days!

Thanks for sharing - great photos!
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#14
Virginia is for Lovers!
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Originally posted by NeedBlueWater
Is the spa hot tub open to all? Any idea what the hours are? Thanks for the pics, we're sailing on the Freedom in 2 weeks!!
Yes this hot tub is open to everyone. It's almost a secret. I rarely see anyone here. You have to go through the locker room and choose an unmarked door leading to this hot tub. One door leads to the gym and the other to this area.
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***Puerto Limon, Costa Rica ***Labadee, Haiti*** Samana, Dominican Republic*** Cozumel, Mexico*** Nassau, Bahamas*** Grand Cayman*** Belize***St. John, USVI*** St. Martin*** Freeport, Bahamas*** San Juan, Puerto Rico*** Roatan, Honduras***St. Thomas, USVI***Colon, Panama*** Bermuda***Grand Turk*** La Romana *** Aruba *** Curacao *** Costa Maya *** Half Moon Cay ***Ocho Rios and Great Stirrup Cay

Cruise Picture Reviews:
Norwegian Getaway to Great Stirrup Cay, Grand Cayman, Ocho Rios, and Cozumel http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2331862
Carnival Sunshine to Cozumel, Belize, Roatan, and Costa Maya: http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2169332
Carnival Fascination to Half Moon Cay and Nassau: http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2066091
Norwegian Jewel to Cozumel, Belize, Roatan, and Costa Maya: http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1976718
Carnival Freedom to Grand Turk, La Romana, Curacao, and Aruba (2nd favorite cruise): http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1781515
Royal Caribbean Explorer of the Seas to Bermuda (3rd favorite cruise): http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1728780
Carnival Freedom to Panama, Costa Rica, & Cozumel (favorite cruise): http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1347741
Carnival Dream to Nassau, St. Martin, and St. Thomas: http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1584851
Carnival Sensation to Nassau & Freeport (Tripwow):http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1262795
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Virginia is for Lovers!
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Joined Sep 2007
Grand Turk

Sadly, we didn’t have much port time here; 8:30 to 1:30. We got off the ship around 9:00 and headed to the Margaritaville pool. The pool was gorgeous, but COLD! It may not have been any colder that the beach, but there were very few sober people in the pool. My son had wanted to do the Flow Rider, but there is a minimum 5 persn requirement before they start it up. The cost is $40 for 1.5 hours of ride time.















We ended up not waiting for the next Flow Rider group, and went to the beach to try some snorkeling and look for conch shells. We easily found chairs on the beach on the left (facing the ship). It was rocky here at the water line, but there was a small area without rocks to go into the water. We only saw a few fish, but this gave the kids a chance to practice snorkeling.







I must have had a dirty camera lens, as all my pictures from this camera had a smudge in the middle left.

To be continued…
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***Puerto Limon, Costa Rica ***Labadee, Haiti*** Samana, Dominican Republic*** Cozumel, Mexico*** Nassau, Bahamas*** Grand Cayman*** Belize***St. John, USVI*** St. Martin*** Freeport, Bahamas*** San Juan, Puerto Rico*** Roatan, Honduras***St. Thomas, USVI***Colon, Panama*** Bermuda***Grand Turk*** La Romana *** Aruba *** Curacao *** Costa Maya *** Half Moon Cay ***Ocho Rios and Great Stirrup Cay

Cruise Picture Reviews:
Norwegian Getaway to Great Stirrup Cay, Grand Cayman, Ocho Rios, and Cozumel http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2331862
Carnival Sunshine to Cozumel, Belize, Roatan, and Costa Maya: http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2169332
Carnival Fascination to Half Moon Cay and Nassau: http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2066091
Norwegian Jewel to Cozumel, Belize, Roatan, and Costa Maya: http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1976718
Carnival Freedom to Grand Turk, La Romana, Curacao, and Aruba (2nd favorite cruise): http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1781515
Royal Caribbean Explorer of the Seas to Bermuda (3rd favorite cruise): http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1728780
Carnival Freedom to Panama, Costa Rica, & Cozumel (favorite cruise): http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1347741
Carnival Dream to Nassau, St. Martin, and St. Thomas: http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1584851
Carnival Sensation to Nassau & Freeport (Tripwow):http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1262795
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Grand Turk Continued:

The guys lay in a chaise and took a nap on the beach under the shade of the palms, while we girls took a walk up the beach to collect conch shells. The walk up the beach required traversing over rocks and dunes. It was only about a quarter of a mile walk and was very pleasant. There were hundreds of conch shells washed up on shore. My daughter had a hard time narrowing it down to her favorite two to carry back on the ship.

Pictures from our walk along the beach:


















Next up, my personal favorite port of this trip, La Romana – Seavis Eco Tour to Saona Island.
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***Puerto Limon, Costa Rica ***Labadee, Haiti*** Samana, Dominican Republic*** Cozumel, Mexico*** Nassau, Bahamas*** Grand Cayman*** Belize***St. John, USVI*** St. Martin*** Freeport, Bahamas*** San Juan, Puerto Rico*** Roatan, Honduras***St. Thomas, USVI***Colon, Panama*** Bermuda***Grand Turk*** La Romana *** Aruba *** Curacao *** Costa Maya *** Half Moon Cay ***Ocho Rios and Great Stirrup Cay

Cruise Picture Reviews:
Norwegian Getaway to Great Stirrup Cay, Grand Cayman, Ocho Rios, and Cozumel http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2331862
Carnival Sunshine to Cozumel, Belize, Roatan, and Costa Maya: http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2169332
Carnival Fascination to Half Moon Cay and Nassau: http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2066091
Norwegian Jewel to Cozumel, Belize, Roatan, and Costa Maya: http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1976718
Carnival Freedom to Grand Turk, La Romana, Curacao, and Aruba (2nd favorite cruise): http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1781515
Royal Caribbean Explorer of the Seas to Bermuda (3rd favorite cruise): http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1728780
Carnival Freedom to Panama, Costa Rica, & Cozumel (favorite cruise): http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1347741
Carnival Dream to Nassau, St. Martin, and St. Thomas: http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1584851
Carnival Sensation to Nassau & Freeport (Tripwow):http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1262795
#18
Dacula, GA
234 Posts
Joined Jan 2009
Thanks for the review. Will be on the Freedom in April - doing a different route though. Thanks for the info about the "hidden" hot tub. Will be sure to check it out.
#20
Forest, Virginia
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Joined Oct 2011
I am taking this same cruise on the Breeze in 13 days! Can't wait to hear your review about Seavis.. My hubby and I are booked for that too!
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Carnival Freedom May 2009*Key West, Grand Cayman, Ocho Rios
Carnival Destiny June 2010* Grand Turk, Half Moon Cay, Nassau
Carnival Dream January 2011* Cozumel & Belize
RCCL Majesty November 2011*Nassau, Coco Cay, Key West
Carnival Valor March 2012* St Thomas, Antigua, Tortola, Nassau
Carnival Liberty October 2012* St Thomas, San Juan, Grand Turk
Carnival Breeze February 2013* Grand Turk, La Romana, Aruba, Curacao
Carnival Liberty June 2013 * Half Moon Cay, St Thomas, San Juan, & Grand Turk
RCCL Oasis October 2013* Jamaica, Haiti & Cozumel
Carnival Glory May 2014* St Thomas, Grand Turk, San Juan, Half Moon Cay
NCL Epic:Haven April 2015* Cozumel, Grand Cayman, Ocho Rios
NCL Getaway:Haven April 2016* Ocho Rios, Grand Cayman, Cozumel,
Carnival Conquest September 2016* Half Moon Cay, Amber Cove, Grand Turk
Carnival SensationApril 2017* Key West, Cozumel
RCCL EnchantmentApril 2017* Nassau, CocoCay, Key West
NCL Getaway December 2018*
Carnival Ecstacy *babymoon* March 2018* Nassau, Princess Cays