Carnival Freedom

3.7 out of 5
Price: $ $ $ $     Size: L     Refurbished: 3 yrs ago    

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Carnival Freedom is a large ship, carrying 3754 passengers and 1180 crew, and sails from Galveston, Texas.

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Good, but wished for more flexibility

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4 out of 5

Even the extra fog days were good

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Overall service on the ship was very good.  the food was not as good as we have had on other Cruises, but it was gooD.  we had a little rough water to start, which through the shows off a bit  .We were delayed in departing due to fog, which was not a terrible problem for us, but did cause a problem for one our travel companions   she had to reschedule her flight back to Colorado twice  

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Contributor Level: Purser
4 out of 5

Fun Fun!!

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Me and my wife's favorite part of this cruise were Malcolm's shows. He is funny!! I loved his different shows and activities; they are very entertaining and engaging. All the food provided was excellent. There was a vast variety of everything-all you can eat! I was very pleased with the services provided by the crew. Syafei & Mariffy were excellent servers at the Posh. Syafei has such a positive attitude and he frequently smiles. That's excellent! Mariffy was very personable, courteous, and polite. We really liked her too! Our room was always clean and Nengah did a great job. He provided a great service and he was such a nice person. He had a good attitude; he was humble and always smiled!! Keep it up guys! Good job!!

My only reason to not give 5 stars is due to the attitude of a couple of crew members serving/taking orders for alcohol; especially the woman/server at the Posh. Since alcohol is purchased separately, there is an automatic charge of 15% for tips. She stopped by our table the first night. I ordered 1 alcoholic drink, and since the 15% was included for tips and I only had one drink, I did not tip more. I got an upset face from her, and out of the 5 nights that me and my wife ate at the Posh, that first night was the only night that she stopped by to asked if we wanted an alcoholic beverage. She merely ignored us the rest of the nights we were there. She did not make us feel welcomed and she apparently was trying to punish us for not tipping her MORE THAN 15% over 1 drink. Unless it is obligatory to tip more than 15% for alcohol, it would be beneficial for carnival to talk to some crew members serving alcohol, who feel entitled to always get more than 15% in tips.

I would recommend going on this 7-day cruise on sunny/hot days instead of the cold season because most days were cloudy. We still enjoyed everything, we just hope next time we go on a cruise, it could be during the summer. Overall, it was a lot of fun!!

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Contributor Level: Purser
4 out of 5

Good, but wished for more flexibility

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the good- the food was great, room stewards and dining staff top notch. facilities were beautiful and well maintained. 

Punchline comedy club- great entertainment. comics from Comedy Central! 

Alchemy bar had awesome drinks

not too crowded

 

the bad- we weren't able to attend any of the musical shows because our 8:15pm dinner slot (despite requesting early dinner) conflicted with all the shows. 

overall i wished there was more activities planned because there was nothing going on before the 8:15 dinner, and we missed a lot during our dinners. 

 

booked excursions through American Airlines, one was good, one was not.  

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Contributor Level: Third Mate
4 out of 5

Truly a Fun Ship!!

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Couple

Loved the fun food choices: Guy Fieri Burger Joint and Blue Iguanas Taco Bar

Loved there are two ADULT ONLY sections!!

The Punchliner Comedy Club. Cowboy Bob. Hilarious!

The service could have been a little better in all areas.

Kudos to Prem (aft bar) and Septo (Chic dining room)! 

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Contributor Level: Purser
2 out of 5

Stay away if you children under 2! ( And stay away from the poop deck)

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Family (young children)

Carnival claims to have child care for children under 2 but it is only during breakfast and 10 pm-1 am.  Potty training children can not swim, even with swim diapers anywhere on the ship.  So if you are in the process of potty training and want to put your child in a swim diaper in case of an accident then don't put them in a diaper, you will get kicked out of every pool.

The first floor center ship of the Carnival Freedom smells like sewage.  The employees on the ship recognize this and just accept it.  I personally don't like spending thousands of dollars to stay in a tiny room and smell s**t every time I walk out.

Also, the toilet quit working in our room and the shower quit draining, both were fixed relatively quick but the sink also wouldn't drain and that never got looked at. 

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Contributor Level: Purser
4 out of 5

Carnival Freedom Feedback

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Couple

The best part of the cruise was the service provided in the dinner dining at Posh Restaurant. The people and the place were amazing! The food was good as well. I would definitely recommend this place to anyone who visits the cruise. One of the major reasons that I am giving the overall rating at 4 is this place. 

Having said that, the Spa services is really bad. I wouldn't recommend it et al. You are better off spending that money at the Casino. Its overtly expensive and the service is definitely not worth it.

I would recommend the cruise, but would definitely ask fellow cruisers to avoid the spa and spend that money on anything else on the cruise.

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Contributor Level: Purser
5 out of 5

Christmas Cruise

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Food and service was great.  Shows were outstanding. Housekeeping was good. My 15 year old year loved O2, and my 12 year old loved Circle C. Omelets were amazing. Excursions were amazing,

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3 out of 5

Christmas cruise with family

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Loved that members of our large group had different activities to choose from throughout the day. Disappointed in long lines everywhere, long waits to get seated for dinner even when our group was split up. The execution of getting everyone off the boat for excursions is nothing less than a hot mess. There were many examples, but the one that really got me upset was that the staffperson who gave us instructions on how to get to our ferry for our Tulum trip did not know what she was talking about. We were told to walk down the pier and past the left side of the Duty Free Building. After we did that we realized that if we were getting picked up by a FERRY and not a bus, we would need to go back to where there is actually water. So we went back down the pier and found the group waiting for the ferry. There were several employees with signs for various excursions, but no sign for our Tulum trip. We were assured we were in the right place, and it turned out we were, but there was a lot of unnecessary stress due to being given erroneous instructions before debarkation.

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Contributor Level: Purser
4 out of 5

First time cruisers

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Family (young children)

Booking the cruise was super simple and there were plenty of emails stating what we needed to do and bring with us. We choose a parking garage company that was recommended by Doris the rep who booked our cruise and that process was very smooth. Arriving at the port was also straight forward and after a bit of a wait we boarded the ship. Once we got on board we had a bit of a learning curve for how the meals worked, what the dress was and where to go but once we learned the layout and read the Fun Times brochures that were left at our door every morning we were well prepared. We had our two kids with us (2 & 4) but I pre-registered for Camp Ocean so when we showed up they had our info in the system and name tags were waiting for the boys to pick up. The Staff were all very great with the boys and they loved their time at camp almost as much as Mommy and Daddy. There was so much to do on the ship and tons of stuff going on all the time. We especially loved the constant musical performances, comedy shows and karaoke as well as trivia contests in the atrium. We had so much fun on the ship we almost didn't want to head out at to explore the countries. We didn't book any excursions ahead of time. In Honduras we walked to a nearby beach without the kids and hung out with food and drinks for a few hours. In Belize, we took the kids and found a beach trip to sign up for which was awesome. No car seats but we were expecting that. The driver was safe and we had no issues. In Cozumel we went ashore without kids again and just explored the nearby shops and sights. We did the fish spa for your feet which was really cool, my feet are still smooth! Back on the ship we also enjoyed the evening movies by the pool, 24/7 ice cream and pizza and the live shows.

Our room was great, two twin beds pushed to make a king, and a couch. There was also a bunk that dropped down from the ceiling which Daddy slept on. Mommy and the boys took the King.

At meal times we had a wonderful staff of people who worked very hard to take care of us. There was one individual who stood out to us, Gabriela from Peru was always very happy to see us and the boys and she went out of her way to see that we were taken care of throughout our vacation.

Not much else to say, we loved our time and can't wait to try another cruise. 

 

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4 out of 5

holiday getaway

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favorite part was the serenity area for adults only; until kids invaded towards end of cruise. have rules about adult supervision; too often kids were running around with not adult in site. Otherwise, cruise was a wonderful getaway for us; exceeded expectations!

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IStayCruising
Contributor Level: Second Mate

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

lynnkeller123
Contributor Level: Purser

Get there early for the late show comedians They were hilarious prepare to wait in long lines (hot) to check in getting off is much easier

happycruisin
Contributor Level: Purser

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.

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Price

L

Size

Mar 2007

Built

3 yrs ago

Refurbished

3754

Total Passengers

3.18

Crew to Passenger Ratio

13

Number of Decks

1490

Total Cabins

34

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