Carnival Freedom

3.8 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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Contributor Level: Purser
4 out of 5

Fun Time!!!

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Good relaxing cruise. Stops were good, some were better than others but I also find it interesting seeing the different countries and cultures as they are. Some improvements could be made but that is the case with everything.  I would recommend.

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Contributor Level: Purser
2 out of 5

Not what I expected at all

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Couple

We booked this cruise for our honeymoon and there wasn't much romantic about it at all. Timing may have been an issue because there were a lot of kids in all of the pools and even in the adult area. We couldn't find a good time of the day to get in at all. My husband asked if there was anything special they had that we could do for our honeymoon, they didnt have a complimentary anything for us. We were over charged on several things that had to be removed from our bill but it was like we didn't have an issue removing them because they were not supposed to be there at all. We did not attend the captains dinner not even once because my husbands pants were considered jeans so we couldn't go. Most of the food on the buffet was cold so you couldn't enjoy that, children were running through the lines and tables where you eat. We couldn't even get flamless candles for our room to make it more romantic. There was a guy urinating on the hammock in the adult area because he was so drunk. There should be staff around to remove the people that drink to much because there were so many that could barley walk and bumped into you as they walked by. There was a group of guys that were on the 2nd floor and they kept up commotion every single night and they were drunk beyond limits most of the time. It just is not a cruise for newly weds, the night time movies were accommodating to some but not most. It was horrible and the only thing I enjoyed was going to the islands because it was a break away from the ship and what was going on on it. 

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Contributor Level: Purser
3 out of 5

OK family vacation just to take a break from work, but not outstanding in anyway.

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Our stateroom (balcony) on level 7 - the bathroom had a constant pee smell (must be a leak somewhere) - doesn't matter how often they clean it.

The balcony walls cannot be opened when you book 3 rooms together - this would have earned more starts.

The favorite parts are the 3 ports that it stopped at - that's where you want to swim, not on the ship - pools are small and always overcrowded. The serenity area for 21 and over had a handful of POD stations and people just outright take them early morning so everyone else miss out. They *SHOULD* enforce a rule of a max 30 minutes per use to give other people a chance to use. Should enforce with a check-in/check-out pass or similar.

Food is average - filet mignon are not even near comparison with TX Roadhouse; breakfast is all the same for all 7 days. Desserts at the main dining halls are probably the best. The 2 hours per night in the main dining room is a torture when you have young kids traveling, and especially for late dining. They fall asleep sometimes before the main entree comes out - this alone should lose a star.

Shows are okay but since we had to wait so long for our dinner, we usually miss part of the start of the shows, and most of the time we just give up and not go to the shows.

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Contributor Level: Deck Hand
2 out of 5

Very disappointing

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The Freedom had many issues such as AC not working on several floors and hallways. Several of us had toilet issues. It seemed as if the ship was understaffed. In fact, many veteran cruisers we met told us this was the worst cruise they'd been on. As this was our first cruise, it put a very bad taste in my mouth. I don't believe I will EVER cruise again. 

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Contributor Level: Purser
5 out of 5

An Incredible Experience

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Seriously, one of the best vacations I have ever taken! It took absolutely no effort on my part - the staff, crew and excursion companies took care of everything. The crew of the Freedom is extremely friendly and excited to be there. They love to stop and chat and will tell you anything you want to know about life on a boat! Special shoutout to Keishia at the Millennium Bar and Kerch at the Redfrog Pub - y'all seriously helped make our trip! I was also extremely impressed with the entertainment staff - Sabrina, Michelle and Malcolm. I have never seen a team that can orchestrate such large groups of people so well, all while keeping the experience fun! Only part we didn't like about the entire experience was the experience at the port. The staff there wasn't very helpful and never gave clear instructions. But once we got on the boat, everything was perfect!

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Contributor Level: Deck Hand
4 out of 5

Family fun!

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Great family cruise! Steward service was subpar in our room but everything else was great. Liked the relaxed dining. Big ship with lots of people. If you do not like crowds, this is not the cruise for you.

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Contributor Level: Purser
5 out of 5

Fabulous!

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LoveThis was our family's first cruise....best vacation ever!! We really loved how the staff always made it a point to make us feel part of the Carnival Family. With fabulous food and entertainment as well!

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Contributor Level: Purser
4 out of 5

Had a good time!

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I would like to give a big thanks out to our stewardess Lawrence. He did a fantastic job. Malcom was an awesome director and extremely funny! I had a great time on the ship for a second time in a year. Only complaint I have is that the workers who put the luggage onto the boat destroyed my luggage. There is a ton of yellow paint all over the hard shell and the plastic part that protects the zipper was ripped about 5 inches and it is not unable to zip. There is also holes in the front of my non hard shell luggage. It was as if it was drugged on concrete. I am "still awaiting a call" to see what will get done with my luggage. Luggage isn't cheap! Be careful! Other than that I enjoyed the vacation with my family. I have already booked again for next year! 

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Contributor Level: Deck Hand
3 out of 5

Entertainment

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Very disapointed in the entertainment and the director.  I have seen many shows through the years and all of theirs were BAD   Wait staff in Restaurant all GREAT!! 

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Contributor Level: Purser
5 out of 5

20yrs of Dread

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Couple

I'm an Okie I like having my feet on dry land and my one experience with the ocean was while in high school and I spend the whole fishing trip running to and from the bathroom sea sick. With that said I promised my wife at around our 8th anniversary if she put up with me for 20yrs I would consider going on a cruise. So the date came and I planned this trip without her knowing dreading it a bit in the back of my mind. Now for my experience paying for this trip the excursions and the automatic gratuity added up pretty quick but it was worth it in the end. Once we boarded I was still apprehensive and they put you though the worst part of the cruise right off the bat the safety portion where you line up in the head 4 rows deep and go over the life jackets and boats etc. Once that bit of hell was over the vacation started. I don't relax easily so it took me a good 2 days to really get into the groove but once it started it was heaven. I didn't have to worry about anything. I had payed for the excursions and gratuity so we just went through the process we ate when we wanted as much as we wanted, we watched at least 3 comedy shows a night, I learned about a few new artists and purchased a few pieces for the house as memory triggers. I'm not a gambler but I entered every free raffles I came across and won a bottle of win and one piece of art a relaxing scene of a beach chair a glass of wine and the ocean that will remind me of this trip til my dying day. The crew is AMAZING the cleaning staff are some of the hardest workers I've ever seen in action. You finish your "free" meal get up to go do you next "free" event and they're already cleaning up your table for the next couple. I actually find myself grading this crew on extra effort because I cant name a shortcoming. Baby B (Bianca), Samantha (Art Gallery Employees), and Wayan (Steward) new me by name after the first day. If you go to the Chic the waiters call you by name and they make even a blue collar normal joe shmo like myself feel important. I purchased the facebook internet package to keep track with my family at home and I'll note it wasn't to great.  After 2 days I mentioned it to guest services and they reimbursed me the cost and upgraded the package with no argument (not sure the guys name but he was the only guy in guest services on my cruise). The excursions are a blast we did the catamaran/snorkel (Jamaica), Dolphin/Stingray (Cayman), and Mexican Fiesta/Tequila/Shopping (Cozumel). My seasickness snuck up on me with the snorkeling but once I got back onto the boat I was good. After the excursion we diverged from Mararitavile and walked the shops which was a "fun" experience but I would not advise it for those with children. The Stingrays were AWESOME and the water was crystal clear. The dolphin encounter was fun although the water was a bit stinky. The fiesta was a good deal and a nice calm final excursion by then my wife and I were roasted like a couple of lobsters so a day without water wasn't horrible, lol. Looking at it as a whole this trip was expensive it adds up but your treated like a king/queen on the ship and it was one of the most relaxing experiences of my life. I stepped on this cruise apprehensive but by the end of it I was already looking to plan another one.

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PROMENADE

The Promenade Deck features lounges, the theatre, the Fun Shops of Carnival, and the casino.

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ATLANTIC

The Atlantic Deck features the Victoriana Theatre, library, the gallery, dining rooms and lounges.

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LIDO

The Lido Deck features staterooms in categories JS, 8E, 8D, 4J, 4H, and 4G, as well as restaurants and two swimming pools.

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The Lobby Deck features dining rooms and the Victoria theater.

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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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