Cruise In Review – Part 1

So here we go, I have just returned from my cruisecation on board the beautiful Carnival Freedom, and I will begin to write a few blog posts summarizing my cruise and the entire ship itself. I am going to write these in 3 parts over the next 3 days, so stay tuned for more, and lets get started with part 1…

(P.S. Make sure you check out the bottom of this post for some sweet pictures!)

CHAPTER 1 – EMBARKATION

Embarkation started on Sunday, August 7, 2011 at 12:00. We arrived at the port around 1 and I quickly realized that we were docked at the (old and outdated) Princess Cruises terminal. After standing outside  in the 90 degree heat for about 30 minutes we finally got through security, were pulled aside so my bag could be inspected (I was bringing some grape juice on board with me,) checked in, waited in line to get our room key’s pictures taken, walked up a gangway, and finally…I was on board. We soon departed and I even popped up to the top deck to give the Port Everglades Webcam a quick wave. I then started to unpack. We were in Cabin 1115 in a balcony cabin, the only way to cruise comfortably. After our anytime time dinner, and I walk around the ship, I was tired from a long day of traveling, and went off to bed, to wake up the next morning in Key West.

ICE CREAM COUNT: ABOUT 4

CHAPTER 2 – KEY WEST

The Carnival Freedom docked in Key West early Monday morning, and as soon as it seems we got there, a large thunderstorm rolled in. Watching from my balcony, fellow guests started to run back to the ship. We eventually got off the ship after the rains had passed, and walked around Key West for awhile, browsing shops, looking at roosters, and soaking in the hot sun! We soon decided to return to the ship, and then went to lunch on Lido. Later that night after dinner, we went to the show, which that night was just two of the singers…singing. They were very good, but we ended up leaving half way through, because we got tired. I could have sworn that the one singer was Clay Aiken…looked exactly like him.

ICE CREAM COUNT: ABOUT 10 TOTAL

CHAPTER 3 – SEA DAY

I awoke later on Tuesday as it was our first sea day, and there really wasn’t much going on. After breakfast I decided to walk the entire ship in circles.
Literally, I walked from Deck 1 to Deck 11 in complete circles in under an hour. I later figured out that I walked about 2.8 miles. We tried to do some other activities later in the day, but we didn’t meet the 5 person minimum for the scavenger hunt, and we basically missed the other activity, which was a murder mystery game. So I went back to the room, and read my book for school on the balcony. You must be thinking, wow, your on a cruise, and you are just sitting on your balcony reading a book, well for some reason there were like no activities for anybody under the age of 18 that day, unless I wanted to go to a Tanzanite Seminar, which I chose not to. So off to dinner again with our amazing server, Charanet from Thailand, and then to bed. After just laying out in the sun all day, I was tired, and couldn’t wait for Grand Cayman!

ICE CREAM COUNT: ABOUT 14 TOTAL

Thanks for reading about my cruise adventure so far, make sure you stay tuned for part 2, which will be available tomorrow! Have a great night!

-Mikey

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Mike Faust

Mike Faust is an avid world traveler, often found traversing city streets in Asia and Europe rather than his home city of Boca Raton. Mike has touched down in 39 countries, set sail on 35 cruises, and flown over 400,000 lifetime miles.