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Carnival Freedom

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What people said about this ship:

"Food is good in the dining room with a good selection." in 71 reviews.

"I could go on and on but suffice it to say we will NEVER take another Carnival cruise." in 37 reviews.

"The Carnival Freedom cruise to Key West, Ocho Rios and Grand Cayman was nice." in 24 reviews.



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tweetea2
Purser

Traveled As:
Couple

Room Type:
Inside

Experience:
7+ cruises

5 star
5 star
5 star
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5 star

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 star
4 star
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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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pguasto
Purser

Traveled As:
Couple

Room Type:
Balcony

Experience:
4-6 cruises

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2 star
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It Was OK, not great ...

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Freedom | Sail Date: Aug 16, 2014

The important things, 1. Cabin: the beds are very hard (ours was anyway) in our balcony stateroom. Water from the shower always ended up on the bathroom floor no matter how we tried to keep it away from that side.Hated standing in wet while I was getting ready. Crew were good however, always brought ice when we needed and kept cabin clean. Deck 7 was a good deck, no noise. 2. The food was ok, not great. Did not realize that sit down breakfast is only 8-9 AM and no sit down lunch. All the meals, except dinner, are at the buffet. Would have liked the option to sit down and get served rather than have to stand on long lines to get a meal. 3. Entertainment: the shows were ok, again not great. The only great part was the Punchliner comedy club. That made up for it. 4. Ports of call: Aruba and Curacao were great, Dominican Republic and Grand Turk did not have much to offer.  This was our first time on a Carnival cruise although we have sailed on other lines (Holland America, RCL,Princess), I think we would be hard pressed to do another Carnival.

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slcaj
Purser

Traveled As:
Couple

Room Type:
Inside

Experience:
4-6 cruises

5 star
5 star
5 star
5 star
5 star

excellant getaway

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Freedom | Sail Date: Sep 01, 2014

This was a very enjoyable cruise. Miss one port due to high winds, but crew put a day at sea together very quickly. crew was handing out a new plan of the day within a hour and half.  All shop and bars opened up 8 hours early from planned opening to ensure all were happy. Well done cruise director  (Jenn) and all her other activity leaders. Only problem I saw were teens wasted on something other than booze. As law enforcement deputy, security should be able to spot this and have a policy for safety of others. Late night dance was fun until the young ones attempted to assert themselves aggressively but older passengers let them know it was not going to be tolerated. 1 Security agent stood at door and played it off.  It does come down to parents doing there job, but make an after midnight policy for non-escorted teens so security can keep adults from having to deal other peoples kids. PLEASE.

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Traveled As:
Couple

Room Type:
Balcony

Experience:
2-3 cruises

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Suggestions

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Freedom | Sail Date: Sep 01, 2014

Lots of smoking everywhere.  Also, I got very sick after the trip, catch a virus shingles during the cruise.  I would recommend to make a cruise line as a non-smoking place, for healthier environment.  In the past cruising with Celebrity, we had more entertainment, with a professional shows and performances.  Also, our cabin was the last on the hallway, and we did not like that.  I'm not sure if we ever will book a cruise on a Carnival Freedom.   I had my 60th Birthday during the cruise and asked if there is anything special they could do for a birthday, but was told that I should buy a cake or campaign on my own. I would recommend to provide at least glass of wine for the birthdays during the cruise, people would remember that gesture.  Thank you for asking my input.

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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
Third Mate

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

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