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Carnival Freedom

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Price: $     Size: L     Refurbished: 1 yr ago    


What people said about this ship:

"...and were impressed with the Quality of the food in the dining room and the Lido deck." in 71 reviews.

"it was my first time on a Carnival Cruise." in 37 reviews.

"...i say at all was the long wait in line for the tender at grand cayman to get back on the ship." in 25 reviews.



758 reviews from our community


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boatels
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Traveled As:
Singles/Friends

Room Type:
Oceanview

Experience:
7+ cruises

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compliments and complaint

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Freedom | Sail Date: Dec 07, 2014

we liked the price. comparable to other cruises we've been on. very friendly crew and helpful. fastest disembarkation we ever had. the food was excellent. Our only complaint we had ocean view the window could have been a lot cleaner, could not under stand announcements on the address systems.

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Traveled As:
Couple

Room Type:
Balcony

Experience:
4-6 cruises

5 out of 5
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Totally a Great Time

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Freedom | Sail Date: Dec 07, 2014

I would take this cruise again in a heartbeat!  Great cruise staff, from room stewards to bar staff, to wait staff, and on and on.  A really great itinerary and Great Food,  the Steakhouse was Excellent, would recommend to all! 

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Traveled As:
Singles/Friends

Room Type:
Inside

Experience:
7+ cruises

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Cruise was Terrific but Excursions had problems !

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Freedom | Sail Date: Dec 07, 2014

Our two excursions had problems because we did not book them through Carnival. Our excursion at Grand Cayman Island started at 1 pm and we had to be back at the ship by 3:30 pm so we missed seeing the world famous turtles. Plus, I spent over $75 in taxi fees because there were no other Carnival passengers to share the taxi with. We docked at Cozumel at 10 am and by the time we were allowed to get off the ship, we almost missed our snorkeling excursion. The cruise itself was a wonderful experience and we dined in the Chic Restaurant 4 of the 6 nights - it was fantastic - great food & great service !!! It was a wonderful experience. The ship's entertainment was not as good as it was two years ago. 

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Traveled As:
Singles/Friends

Room Type:
Balcony

Experience:
7+ cruises

5 out of 5
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Beautiful ship, excellent crew

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

Carnival never disappoints us. We enjoyed every aspect of this cruise. As always the wait staff from bar service to dining room staff were friendly and eager to please. Our room steward kept our room in excellant condition every day. The shows in the lounge were high energy and fun. The ship is kept clean overall with attention to small details. My friend and I enjoyed a spa "special" the first day out and it was wonderful and so relaxing. We traveled with two other couples who were first time cruisers and based on their experience with the Carnival Freedom, they will cruise again. This was our 8th cruise with Carnival.

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kg3
Purser

Traveled As:
Couple

Room Type:
Oceanview

Experience:
1 cruise (first)

3 out of 5
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I do recommend

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Freedom | Sail Date: Oct 05, 2014

The staff was amazing... everyone was so cheery and pleasurable! I would recommend taking this cruise but do the research about the ports! Unfortunately, the cruise lines don't do enough education about each port. If you don't do the excursions you're kind of left in the dark and fending for yourself. I would definitely recommend taking cash and NOT your bank card. You'll get back to the states with unforeseen bank charges! Overall the cruise was great but the ports... not so much.

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chall124
Purser

Traveled As:
Couple

Room Type:
Balcony

Experience:
7+ cruises

3 out of 5
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Good time

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Freedom | Sail Date: Oct 05, 2014

The cruise ship was nice but compared to others this was small.  Didn't like all the trivia onboard

The staff was excellent!  Didn't care for the layout of the ship. The adult pool was on one end of the ship and the serenity lounge was at the opposite end with the slide right next to it.  Food was not the greatest but I did hear the steak house was worth every penny..  

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lana616
Purser

Traveled As:
Family w/older children

Room Type:
Inside

Experience:
4-6 cruises

3 out of 5
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Excellent Port Stops But Shipboard Experience Is Geared To Forty Year Old Demographic

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Freedom | Sail Date: Sep 14, 2014

Grand Turk Island, the Dominican Republic, Curacao, and Aruba were excellent destinations, with a good range of shore excursions. Each stop included enough time to do a shore excursion and get a feel for the country. The Grand Turk kayaking expedition and the Dominican Republic Taino cave expeditions are highly recommended.

On board did not have as many amenities as past cruises. Dining hours were more restricted, so that late lunches involved a choice between room service, burgers, or pizza. The meals in the main dining room were excellent but only available at set times. There were multiple "raffles" that later turned out to be irredeemable "vouchers," with the raffles taking over the facility until complete. (We gave up on the gym due to a spa raffle one evening.) Some of the gym equipment did not work properly.

My general impression however was that there were simply too many people on board. This is my fifth cruise, but this one felt overcrowded. Pools were overfilled with people.

We traveled with a 22 year old, who found little to do on board ship, and very few people in his age range. On the other hand, there were also few activities suitable for those over 50. Both groups spent a lot of time in the gym.

The on board shows each evening were smaller scale than usual, not up to the "Vegas" style of Holland America, similar to community theater musical reviews. Each performance was like the lats. The comedy shows were good, but so crowded that seats were not available unless you arrived 40 minutes before the event.  The selection of movies shown at sea was good, with a good variety of movies.

Overall, I was glad I took this cruise, but all three of us decided that we would pay the extra fee to cruise Holland America or Princess Lines next time.

 

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tmostain
Purser

Traveled As:
Singles/Friends

Room Type:
Inside

Experience:
4-6 cruises

4 out of 5
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Hot & georgeous

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Freedom | Sail Date: Sep 14, 2014

Very enjoyable eight day cruise to varied (not similar) islands in the Caribbean. Highly recommended. All stops were great, but Aruba we enjoyed most. If you like hot temps and beautiful weather, do this cruise in September.

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tweetea2
Purser

Traveled As:
Couple

Room Type:
Inside

Experience:
7+ cruises

5 out of 5
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Awesome Cruise

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Freedom | Sail Date: Sep 14, 2014

I have been on this ship three times and really enjoyed it.  I thought the up grades around the pool were awesome!  Especially Guy Burgers, they are a great addition to Carnival!  The ports were great and the staff was also great, especially our waiter, Catalin (aka: Bobby)!  Bobby was great and the next time I go on Freedom or any other ship I will definitely ask to see if Catalin (aka: Bobby) is on the ship.  Our food also was wonderful and it seemed like the buffets had a better variety of food this time.

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JennaB
Purser

Traveled As:
Singles/Friends

Room Type:
Oceanview

Experience:
7+ cruises

4 out of 5
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Overall a very nice experience

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Freedom | Sail Date: Sep 06, 2014

This was my 22nd cruise. I am a 45 year old divorced female, and traveled alone. I chose Carnival due to the reduced rate specials they periodically run for solo travelers. To give you perspective on my review, my favorite line is Princess for food and service, NCL for entertainment and Holland for rooms. Traveling alone this trip it was either NCL or Carnival and NCL was almost double with their solo cabins, so I went with the Freedom. Did 8 nights, and loved the length!! I was pleasantly surprised with the taste of the food, as I remembered Carnival food not being so good. Had very very good lobster, and many very tasty fish dishes. I was trying to eat healthy, and infact lost weight on the cruise (on purpose) because I am on a strict diet and was working hard to stay on track while traveling. I found the service to be good in the dining room, and cabins. I thought the casino staff was friendly. The shops were ok. The ship didn't seem terribly full, so I was able to find space when I wanted it. I didn't like the repetition of activity and entertainment; too much trivia with the staff, too much of the "karen carpenter" duo etc. All good on their own, even twice, but it was much the same people just moved around. Also I didn't like that there wasn't more structure around their "get togethers" from single mingles to LGTB. I am an LGTB ally and was traveling alone, so was looking to meet some people to befriend, and I found that hard to do as a non-drinker on this cruise. I was seated at dinner with other single travelers, which was nice. But we were at a huge table for 10 and there were 4 of us. Noticed this at several places in the dining room. My impression of Carnival went up, as a result of this trip. Would just prefer not to sail them as a solo next time.

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IStayCruising
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.

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

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