Advice

Carnival Freedom

5 1
3.7
4 star 4 star 4 star 4 half star empty star

Price: $     Size: L     Refurbished: 0 yr ago    

Recent Review

More reviews
3 star 3 star 3 star empty star empty star

I do recommend

kg3 reviewed 9 days ago

What people said about this ship:

"To his credit, he moved us to another dining room and we had a wonderful round table for the duration of..." in 70 reviews.

"...at the beach in grand turk.this is one of the better carnival cruise s and the upgrade to a balcony was worth its weigh in..." in 37 reviews.

"The Key West and Grand Cayman stops were a great time." in 24 reviews.



Recommended Reviews


tolonopops
Third Mate

Traveled As:
Family w/older children

Room Type:
Inside

Experience:
1 cruise (first)

3 star
3 star
3 star
empty star
empty star

Great service! Food? Not so much

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Freedom | Sail Date: Jul 21, 2014

This was our first cruise and we had been hearing for years how wonderful the food is on cruises. Well, unfortunately we found this not really to be the case. Though the food was abundant throughout the ship with many different places to eat, overall the quality was just not there. First, shouldn't hot foods be served hot? I am somewhat surprised there isn't some sort of health code violations or something here. Not lukewarm to cold. And bland would be the best word I could use without being profane. There were a couple of exceptions. The Mongolian Wok was very good as was Guys burger joint and the Blue Iguana,(a made to order burrito bar) But let's be honest, how tough is it to screw up asian, burgers, and burritos?

On the other hand, our room stewards were absolutely fabulous. Always a smile and a friendly greeting by name in the hallways at all hours of the day.(Do these people never sleep?) And if we had any requests, they bent over backwards to fill our needs in a speedy fashion.

Another thing, if there are rules aboard ship, shouldn't they be enforced if not followed. Several times overly buff gentlemen strutted through the dining halls shirtless, mocking the posted signs to the contrary. And, if the teen club is supposed to be 15 to 17 year olds only, why were 12, 13, and 14 year olds and up to 20 year olds allowed to join in this supposed teen club? Not cool in the least. We trust our children to the cruise line and this is how they protect them?

 

Read Full Review

Was this review helpful? 9


firedogk9
Third Mate

Traveled As:
Family w/older children

Room Type:
Inside

Experience:
4-6 cruises

5 star
5 star
5 star
5 star
5 star

Carnival Freedom

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Freedom | Sail Date: Jul 13, 2014

My daughter and myself sailed on the Carnival Freedom July13-21 for an 8 day Southern Caribbean Cruise.  I purchased the "Faster to Fun" package, so we could board early and our bags would be delivered quickly.  The boarding process went smoothly without any issues.  The faster to fun advertises that your room is available right away, but that wasn't the case, though I just walked right to our room and put our things down.  They had signs up saying that the rooms weren't available.  I had already booked our excursions at every Port prior to sailing.  I compared prices for the excursions prior to buying, both from Carnival and outside vendors.  I am pleased to say that Carnival has finally woken up and their prices were right in line with the outside vendors.  We Power Snorkeled in Grand Turk, great excursion.  Indian Caves in Dominican Republic, another great excusion, I didn't even mind the stop downtown to do some shopping.  Mini-Jeeps in Curacao, the actual Jeep tour was great!  The beach portion was a waste of time, I didn't want to get all wet and salty and then get dirty on the Jeeps.  The drinks at the beach were just as expensive as they were on the boat!  We did the submarine in Aruba, that was another great excursion!  This was the first time I experienced the art auctions onboard and really enjoyed them!  I won  2 prints at the raffles and bought 2 prints.  We like the Anytime Dining, as we can go whenever we want.  We also like to share a table with others to meet new people.  My daughter participated in the 02 teen group and had fun with that.  The Guy's Burgers are fantastic!!!!  I found it strange that the pizza place would not make pizza to order, you have to select from the pizzas on the menu.  I wanted pepperoni and mushroom and couldn't get it even though I could get a mushroom or pepperoni pizza?????  We had one great waiter in the Chic dining room, the others were just average and didn't even bother to introduce themselves before taking our order.  Food is good in the dining room with a good selection.  For those that have never cruised before, you can order anything you want, even ordering several appetizers and entrees.  The deserts........ this is where I feel Carnival is REALLY lacking.  Their deserts are frankly, boring.  They really need to step up to the plate and get some pastry chefs on board as that was a huge let down!  Room service is very limited.  I had the bottomless bubbles plan, which is unlimited soda, and they wouldn't bring me soda with room service.  Frankly, the breakfast buffet is pretty poor with the same things over and over, every day.  By the time you get to your table your food is cold.  I like the fact that even on these larger ships, you don't feel over crowded while on board.  They have the disembarking at Port down good, so there wasn't any problem getting off or on the boat.  Rooms were nice and service there very good.  All employees are friendly and helpful.  I rented the small video camera that they have for $60 for the week.  It comes with a 16g card you keep.  I always bring my laptop, so it worked well for me downloading the videos every day and recharging the unit.  The drawback with it that you can't "view" what you are filming, it is just a point and shoot camera.  But, it is waterproof down to 30ft, they provide you with a floating wrist strap and a headstrap system for hands-free operations. Disembarkation is a slow tedious procedure, no where near the efficiency of all the other disembarkations at the other ports.  It could use some improvements.  

 

When comparing Carnival to other cruiselines I have been on, none of them could compare with what they provide for the price.  If you are looking for a highend experience, this isn't it.  But if you want a fun, reasonably priced vacation, this is it.

Read Full Review

Was this review helpful? 9


Traveled As:
Large Group

Room Type:
Oceanview

Experience:
7+ cruises

3 star
3 star
3 star
empty star
empty star

Family Reunion

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Freedom | Sail Date: Jul 26, 2014

The ship wasn't not as pretty; the decor was boring. There wasn't a lot of fun activities or good productions going on most of the day compared to my trips on previous Carnival Ships.

Read Full Review

Was this review helpful? 5


map24
Purser

Traveled As:
Large Group

Room Type:
Inside

Experience:
4-6 cruises

5 star
5 star
5 star
5 star
5 star

southern Caribbean was beautiful! Wonderful islands!

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Freedom | Sail Date: Jul 13, 2014

We loved this cruise and did some fantastic excursions!  Seas were a little rough down south but not too bad!   Had a great cabin Stewart that pleasantly greeted me every day!  Edy was our waiter at dinner and he was fabulous!!!  and Allen made sure we had great drinks by the pool!!  My only suggestions for carnival would be better food selections for dinner, and have it again.  Sometimes you would get something and like it but couldn't get it again.  Loved the ship!  Activities sometimes seemed thrown together.  Jennifer was great and fun, but Ashley was a grump and sometimes short with people.  I am single and they only had one singles activity but had gay and lesbian activities nightly.  Great cruise and would love to go again!!!!

Read Full Review

Was this review helpful? 4


marlil
Purser

Traveled As:
Family w/older children

Room Type:
Oceanview

Experience:
7+ cruises

4 star
4 star
4 star
4 star
empty star

Southern Caribbean Carnival Cruise

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Freedom | Sail Date: Jul 13, 2014

Our cruise to the Southern Caribbean was enjoyable.  The weather was great, the ports were beautiful, and the ship was nice.  We especially enjoyed Curacao with its beautiful, colorful, quaint buildings.  We would have liked to have had more time in port for exploring.  My one big concern with the ship Freedom was the strong nicotine smell in the hallways and stairs near the casino area.  It's a shame passengers had to give up clean air to cater to the smokers who frequented the casino.  I think Carnival should take a very strong look at their policy regarding smoking in various areas of the ship.  Food was good and plentiful.

Read Full Review

Was this review helpful? 3


Read all 750 reviews

More about Carnival Freedom


Cabins

Carnival Freedom has 1487 cabins and 30 categories. Explore each cabin type and read cabin reviews from the community.

Explore Cabins


Deck Plans

Explore the 13 decks including cabins and venues for each deck.

Explore Deck Plans


Dining

Explore the 12 dining options including complimentary and up charge restaurants.

Explore Dining


Entertainment

Explore the 49 entertainment options on this ship.

Explore Entertainment

Popular Tips for Carnival Freedom


Enjoy everything the ship has to offer, you may just have to do it on different days. LOL... Keep a Daily Itienarary handy.

Take advantage of the omelette station; great stuff. Lido deck is great for all meals - provides flexibility and good food. Loved Guy's Burger Joint and the Bluelguana Cantina. Don't miss the Alchemy Bar - best on the ship! The EA Sports bar is a great place to meet like minded friends.

tolonopops
Third Mate

The Mongolian Wok was the best food for us. However, they were only opened for lunch.

Roll Calls


Carnival Freedom
61
Members on Cruise

12 Night Southern Caribbean (Ft. Lauderdale To Galveston)

Sail Date: Feb 02, 2015
Ship Name: Carnival Freedom
61 Ship Mate app members

View Roll Call »

Carnival Freedom
44
Members on Cruise

8 Night Southern Caribbean (Ft. Lauderdale Roundtrip)

Sail Date: Dec 27, 2014
Ship Name: Carnival Freedom
44 Ship Mate app members

View Roll Call »

Carnival Freedom
34
Members on Cruise

8 Night Southern Caribbean (Ft. Lauderdale Roundtrip)

Sail Date: Nov 29, 2014
Ship Name: Carnival Freedom
pixelkrystle
+ 33 Ship Mate app members

View Roll Call »

Forum Posts




*Cruiseline.com is not a booking agent or travel agency, and does not charge any service fees to users of our site. Our partners (travel agencies and cruise lines) provide prices, which we list for our users' convenience. Cruiseline.com does not guarantee any specific rates or prices. While prices are updated daily, please check with the booking site for the exact amount. Cruiseline.com is not responsible for content on external web sites.