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Carnival Freedom

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Price: $     Size: L     Refurbished: 1 yr ago    


What people said about this ship:

"...is and we have been on 5 other carnival cruises.. our dining room waiter was not friendly.." in 82 reviews.

"I would go on a carnival cruise again in a heart beat." in 44 reviews.

"...21knots( top speed) and were heading back towards grand cayman , my brother then called guest relations, and asked..." in 28 reviews.



Carnival Freedom departs from:

Galveston, Texas

Carnival Freedom sails to:

Caribbean - Western Caribbean - Eastern

1047 reviews from our community




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Never again out of Galveston Tx, and never on the Carnival Freedom

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Freedom | Sail Date: Apr 04, 2015

The port of Galveston Tx. is very dirty and not well organized. All the Cruises that I have taken before everything went like a smooth oiled machine, NOT THIS ONE. The old saying the left hand had no idea what the right hand was doing, fit very well. From having our late dinner start at 8:15 and not ending if we were lucky until 10:30 pm, which made attending many of the ships programs not able to be attended. And NO you could not change your dinning time.

My Husband and I were sitting in the dinning area on the Lido deck and we had just sat down to eat lunch, when wait  staff dumped a whole tray of dirty dishes and glasses full of leftovers ON ME from my hat down to my shoes. His response was to give me cloth napkins and leave. Much to my astonishment nothing was done to relive the situation. I finally asked at the customer service desk on board, what protocol was in this situation and this is the answer ---we could clean your cloths. (nothing more). If this is what Carnival cruise Lines is striving for I feel sorry for them. Ruined hats and shoes my mean nothing to then but, it does to me.

 

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Decent cruise

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Freedom | Sail Date: Apr 04, 2015

     My husband and I (we are both in our 60's) have been on 8 cruises.  The Carnival Freedom is a beautiful ship, and we especially enjoyed the entertainment.  The special effects were outstanding. We also were pleased with the pools and hot tubs--plenty of places to sit outside. We did not like the long line to get onto the ship.  We did not like the buffet.  There was not much variety.The food in the dining room was just okay, and the service was barely adequate.  Every night we ordered coffee, and every night we did not get a spoon to stir it.  My husband saw on the menu you could get chives and bacon with your baked potato and he kept ordering that and never got it.  

 Our cabin was very comfortable.  I did notice that the shower had no metal bar to prop your leg up for shaving purposes.  Other cruises have had that amenity, and I missed it.  We were in an ocean view room and there was plenty of storage room.

 

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Freedom with Obstacles

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Freedom | Sail Date: Mar 28, 2015

First off lets get one thing straight! I would not consider a different Cruise line. My wife and I feel at home when we are on a Carnival ship. That being said, the crew on the voyage was the best crew we have ever had. The ports of call were great. The food was good. The Stage shows were beyond our expectation.  I was most impressed by our dining room staff. We sat in the lower Chic Dining room at Table 134. John was our head waiter, followed by Ketut, Antonio, and Henson. They were great. But when the head guy, I'm talking the boss took off his coat and rolled up his sleeves when they got busy, and started carrying out trays of food and serving them. I was really impressed. He didn't get on to his staff. He didn't point out rights or wrongs. They were slammed with full tables all at once. He ask the head waiters in each section how could he help them. Then he became a server. In my book that is how you earn respect from you peers and today he has my respect. The next morning at breakfast in the Posh Dining room I shook his hand and told him what I observed. And that I was impressed. Now that that is said, Could someone please tell Carnival that they need more ships designed along the lines of their Spirit class ships. The Miracle is the finest vessel in the fleet. It is easy to navigate. Has wider isles. Has multiple decks that go from forward to aft without going up or down to get there. The Miracle is a lot more Handicapped friendly, and family friendly for children. It takes days to get used to a cruise ship layout.  The miracle took a day. The Conquest and the Freedom takes about 4-5 days. About the time you finally figure out the design, The cruise is over. We are going on the Glory in December. We would change to the Legend or Miracle but we want the Glory itinerary. We have learned from our chopped up floors, and going around obstacles that the Freedom was not so free and it was a challenge to beat the Conquest. We are hopeful that the memory of conquering the Freedom, We will bask in the Glory and long for a Miracle.  

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cjrawson
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Freeport not so good.

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Freedom | Sail Date: Mar 28, 2015

Great vacation, great cruise, great ship, great service, not all that crazy about Freeport and the Carnival arranged all inclusive Beach day was a rip off and was our only downer for the trip.

Carnival should take a look at this excursion and improve it or take it off their list. Scheduled time on the beach and service was lousy and all inclusive is not all inclusive.

 

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Awesome time

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Freedom | Sail Date: Mar 28, 2015

We had an awesome time on this ship. The crew and the boat were great. We also had great seats for the Little Big Town concert that was on the cruise. Would highly recommend.

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Naussa Trip

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Freedom | Sail Date: Mar 28, 2015

Over all it was a great cruise.  We have been on Magic and we got a little spoiled there.  Freedom is a great ship, just not as pretty as Magic.  The Food was wonderful, and the wait staff was fantastic.  Happy

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find other places to go !!!!

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Freedom | Sail Date: Mar 21, 2015

 

 

The ship was fine,  Employees were not as gracious as other trips we have been on.  Belize was VERY disappointing -- a dangerous place to go.  Each port has the same shopping - nothing different.  Not many places to go for an easy side trip. Everything was geared toward the very active only!!  Anything that said Easy or Moderate had tons of stairs. Very disappointing.  Shows were nothing to talk about..

 

 

 

 

 

 

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ktwag
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Met great people!

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Freedom | Sail Date: Mar 21, 2015

I'd have to say that we met more nice people on the Freedom than on any of our previous cruises.  We had never left out of Galveston before, and we probably won't do it again!  It was foggy and flooding the day we left, so the boat was late boarding, and it was a mess!  However, getting off the boat was another story--really quick!  A few negatives:  security was in question in the stateroom.  The safe had to be locked and unlocked with a credit card.  How secure is that?  Also, the food wasn't as good as other Carnival cruises that we've been on.  Last, the cruise director, Jen, was terrible!

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Have Not Cruzed in a While

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Freedom | Sail Date: Mar 14, 2015

The ship was nice.  The food was okay, but nothing out of the ordinary.  The hamburger's were great and so were the burritos were good.  The pool area was crowded.  There was not enough entertainment for the kids, they basically followed their parents everywhere.  The comedy shows were too crowded,  The service in the main dining room was great and the steward was also great. The ship could use some updating.  I would rather not pay extra for items like steak.   

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Griif
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A super last minute cruise

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Freedom | Sail Date: Feb 28, 2015

We have only sailed with Celebrity before and we were  a little concerned how Carnival would match up. I must say the accommodation, food and service where very good considering what we paid. The staff in all areas of the ship worked extremely hard to please us.

The only major problem we had was on docking at Jamaica, and all the confusion as people didn't know  which buses to get to the main Terminal. I know the delay wasn't Carnivals fault, that it was windy and everyone was leaving the boat at the same time but we feel there should have been signs to direct us as no one knew where to go. Saying that the two other destinations we arrived at we had no problems.

We must say our trip which we booked with Carnival at Cozumel was excellent and our guide JC was a perfect host. The excursion was to Chankanaab to snorkel, including lunch and access to the lovely beaches.

We also liked the way you needed to sign in and out for your beach towels which stopped people leaving them on the sunbeds while they went off for lunch, so we could always find spare beds when at sea.

We would definitely sail with Carnival again, it was well worth the money we paid. 

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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.

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

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