|Carnival Freedom - first time docked in Galveston|
Carnival Freedom Review
February 15, 2015
Inaugural Texas Cruise
Just The Facts:
Ship: Carnival Freedom
Ship Captain: Agostino Fazio
Cruise Director: Jen Baxter
Ports: Galveston, Costa Maya, Cozumel, Progreso, Galveston
This is my 4th cruise on the Carnival Freedom, 53rd Carnival Cruise, and 103rd cruise overall. This is the second leg of a B2B (back-to-back) on the Carnival Freedom. I am cruising solo this cruise, but with nine good friends (Snoozemates) that I have traveled with many times previously including the previous cruise. A very fun group of experienced cruisers to travel with on a cruise. This will be more a personal journal than review as I was very much under the weather, seems half the guests on the previous cruise had become ill, I didn’t get it until the last day (Friday). Read at your own risk.
Day One—Sunday—February 15—Galveston, Texas Embarkation
Easiest embarkation ever since we are already on the ship and we cleared customs yesterday. All we
Day Two—Monday—February 16—Fun Day at Sea
Day Three—Tuesday—February 17—Costa Maya, Mexico
|Beach at Mauhual - Costa Maya|
Day Four—Wednesday—February 18—Cozumel, Mexico
Windy overnight and in fact the Captain has adjusted port times for today to 7:00 am arrival and 3:00 pm departure due to weather concerns. Today is the low day of the cruise for me…not only do I feel very bad, but my cabin has been flooded during the night from the aft pool above me on deck nine. Oh My. Sleep was bad because they started all the dryers and blowers running in the hallway. I knew there was really nothing that could be done so tried to sleep late. I spent the morning out of the cabin and knowing the right people did help as I saw the Hotel Director and he went down to my cabin and said they would get me a new one immediately since he knew I was ill. No place to go no place to rest and recover, but soon I had a balcony cabin on deck seven and friends helped me move. Just having a clean cabin with fresh air and the Z-pack I started the night before was the turning point I believe for me. I relaxed in the afternoon and soon began to feel better. I went to the group sail away at 4:00 for a few minutes and then attended the Diamond event at 5:00. Boo from the Alchemy was bartender and she prepared for me some Elderflower Spritzers as I wanted something light and somewhat healthy. I only stayed an hour and I knew I was pushing my luck so no Alchemy or MDR dinner, but I had enough h’orderves at the Diamond party to satisfy me for the evening. Watched the finale of one of my favorite TV shows: The Mentalist and feeling much better by sleeply time. Other FUN things I didn't get to do: Heart of Soul and Getaway Island (my favorite) production shows, Red Frog Beach Party, Super Star Live Karaoke, and more.
Day Five—Thursday—February 19—Progreso, Mexico
|VIFP Party with Diamonds on stage|
Day Six—Friday—February 20—Fun Day at Sea
Smooth seas overnight and I slept better than any night of the cruise since getting sick. I had a nice breakfast from the Blue Iguana Grill and visited Snoozemates in our meeting area on the aft Lido deck area. Nice weather for sitting out this morning too. For lunch I had my final bowl from the Mongolian Wok, it’s been very good all week. I rested this afternoon, most in the group did the Alchemy Bar class at 3:00 pm then our final balcony party. We all met for cocktails at the Alchemy Bar then had our final dinner in the Posh MDR. I actually excused myself early to finish packing and rest for the debark early in the morning. Other activities or events on board today included: Groove for St. Jude, production show 88 Keys, the Punchliner Comedy, Jen's Trivia, and much more.
Debarkation—Saturday—February 21—Galveston, TX
Smooth seas overnight and we were in Galveston by 5:00 am. I was awake and finished packing and had a light breakfast. Designated meet time was 7:30 am for VIFP, but I went early hoping for an early debark since we were so early. Not as early as I had hoped, but we did get off about 7:15 am and I was through U.S. Customs and at EZ Cruise Parking at 7:30 am. A nice drive home and I was at the ranch by 1:00 pm.