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Carnival Freedom

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What people said about this ship:

"...the time the food was not hot when it was served in the dining room ." in 65 reviews.

"The Key West and Grand Cayman stops were a great time." in 24 reviews.

"I would definitely take another Carnival cruise." in 35 reviews.


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Traveled As:
Couple

Room Type:
Inside

Experience:
7+ cruises

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We had a blast on the Freedom

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Freedom | Sail Date: May 24, 2014

My wife and I spent eight great days on the Freedom.  The newly updated ship was outstanding.  Allison loved the new Blue Iguana Taco Bar and Guy's Burgers was great addition.  The ship as clean and our cabin steward, Jomar, was outstanding.  We have been on other ships, but we are die hard Carnival cruisers.  Can't wait til our next voyage.  We will then be Platinum cruisers and hope to set sail on the Sunshine, Breeze, or upcoming Vista.  We will return to the Freedom soon!

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Traveled As:
Family w/older children

Room Type:
Inside

Experience:
1 cruise (first)

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Great service! Food? Not so much

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Freedom | Sail Date: Jul 21, 2014

This was our first cruise and we had been hearing for years how wonderful the food is on cruises. Well, unfortunately we found this not really to be the case. Though the food was abundant throughout the ship with many different places to eat, overall the quality was just not there. First, shouldn't hot foods be served hot? I am somewhat surprised there isn't some sort of health code violations or something here. Not lukewarm to cold. And bland would be the best word I could use without being profane. There were a couple of exceptions. The Mongolian Wok was very good as was Guys burger joint and the Blue Iguana,(a made to order burrito bar) But let's be honest, how tough is it to screw up asian, burgers, and burritos?

On the other hand, our room stewards were absolutely fabulous. Always a smile and a friendly greeting by name in the hallways at all hours of the day.(Do these people never sleep?) And if we had any requests, they bent over backwards to fill our needs in a speedy fashion.

Another thing, if there are rules aboard ship, shouldn't they be enforced if not followed. Several times overly buff gentlemen strutted through the dining halls shirtless, mocking the posted signs to the contrary. And, if the teen club is supposed to be 15 to 17 year olds only, why were 12, 13, and 14 year olds and up to 20 year olds allowed to join in this supposed teen club? Not cool in the least. We trust our children to the cruise line and this is how they protect them?

 

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Traveled As:
Large Group

Room Type:
Oceanview

Experience:
7+ cruises

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Worst cruise

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Freedom | Sail Date: May 18, 2014

I was surprised at how many times I was told no by the staff on the ship. I also was surprised that you couldn't get things from the buffet in the dining room. The staff in the dining room was not accommodating and did not like when you ask for something different than what was on the menu. Meaning like we asked for a vegetable that was on a different dish to be put on the dish we ordered. The dining room staff gave attitude everytime we asked for a simple request. The hostess in the dining room would not sit us in the places that we would like to sit. We had any time sitting and we could not sit in a booth because there were two of us. The dining room during this time was never full. The buffet seem to have the same food everyday or did not seem to have a lot of choices on the buffet. The late night buffet had the same food every night. I did not enjoy most of the food because it either lacked flavor or it had a sauce on it that I I was told was already made and you could not have the item without the sauce. It seems that nothing was me to order and everything was already pre made. I ordered a grilled ham and cheese sandwich from room service. I noticed on the menu there was a cold ham and cheese sandwich and a grilled cheese sandwich. I was delivered a grilled cheese sandwich. Overall I was very disappointed with the food in the dining room and on the buffet. I was also disappointed by the lack of entertainment on the boat. I have been on many other cruises that were not Carnival. On the other ships everybody smiled and was very accommodating. Other ships also had more choicess of entertainment and activities to do. I did enjoy the comedians and the music during the day.

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Family w/older children

Room Type:
Inside

Experience:
4-6 cruises

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Carnival Freedom

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Freedom | Sail Date: Jul 13, 2014

My daughter and myself sailed on the Carnival Freedom July13-21 for an 8 day Southern Caribbean Cruise.  I purchased the "Faster to Fun" package, so we could board early and our bags would be delivered quickly.  The boarding process went smoothly without any issues.  The faster to fun advertises that your room is available right away, but that wasn't the case, though I just walked right to our room and put our things down.  They had signs up saying that the rooms weren't available.  I had already booked our excursions at every Port prior to sailing.  I compared prices for the excursions prior to buying, both from Carnival and outside vendors.  I am pleased to say that Carnival has finally woken up and their prices were right in line with the outside vendors.  We Power Snorkeled in Grand Turk, great excursion.  Indian Caves in Dominican Republic, another great excusion, I didn't even mind the stop downtown to do some shopping.  Mini-Jeeps in Curacao, the actual Jeep tour was great!  The beach portion was a waste of time, I didn't want to get all wet and salty and then get dirty on the Jeeps.  The drinks at the beach were just as expensive as they were on the boat!  We did the submarine in Aruba, that was another great excursion!  This was the first time I experienced the art auctions onboard and really enjoyed them!  I won  2 prints at the raffles and bought 2 prints.  We like the Anytime Dining, as we can go whenever we want.  We also like to share a table with others to meet new people.  My daughter participated in the 02 teen group and had fun with that.  The Guy's Burgers are fantastic!!!!  I found it strange that the pizza place would not make pizza to order, you have to select from the pizzas on the menu.  I wanted pepperoni and mushroom and couldn't get it even though I could get a mushroom or pepperoni pizza?????  We had one great waiter in the Chic dining room, the others were just average and didn't even bother to introduce themselves before taking our order.  Food is good in the dining room with a good selection.  For those that have never cruised before, you can order anything you want, even ordering several appetizers and entrees.  The deserts........ this is where I feel Carnival is REALLY lacking.  Their deserts are frankly, boring.  They really need to step up to the plate and get some pastry chefs on board as that was a huge let down!  Room service is very limited.  I had the bottomless bubbles plan, which is unlimited soda, and they wouldn't bring me soda with room service.  Frankly, the breakfast buffet is pretty poor with the same things over and over, every day.  By the time you get to your table your food is cold.  I like the fact that even on these larger ships, you don't feel over crowded while on board.  They have the disembarking at Port down good, so there wasn't any problem getting off or on the boat.  Rooms were nice and service there very good.  All employees are friendly and helpful.  I rented the small video camera that they have for $60 for the week.  It comes with a 16g card you keep.  I always bring my laptop, so it worked well for me downloading the videos every day and recharging the unit.  The drawback with it that you can't "view" what you are filming, it is just a point and shoot camera.  But, it is waterproof down to 30ft, they provide you with a floating wrist strap and a headstrap system for hands-free operations. Disembarkation is a slow tedious procedure, no where near the efficiency of all the other disembarkations at the other ports.  It could use some improvements.  

 

When comparing Carnival to other cruiselines I have been on, none of them could compare with what they provide for the price.  If you are looking for a highend experience, this isn't it.  But if you want a fun, reasonably priced vacation, this is it.

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Room Type:
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Experience:
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Family Reunion

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

The ship wasn't not as pretty; the decor was boring. There wasn't a lot of fun activities or good productions going on most of the day compared to my trips on previous Carnival Ships.

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Popular Tips for Carnival Freedom


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

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

Try to avoid cabins towards the front of the ship on deck 8. It's directly under lido deck. You hear the chairs being moved at all hours. Try to get to the restaurant around 5:45 if you choose anytime dining. The line gets long pretty fast. Get to the comedy shows early. Seating is limited.



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Carnival Freedom
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Members on Cruise

12 Night Southern Caribbean (Ft. Lauderdale To Galveston)

Sail Date: Feb 02, 2015
Ship Name: Carnival Freedom
67 Ship Mate app members

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Carnival Freedom
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8 Night Eastern Caribbean (Ft. Lauderdale Roundtrip)

Sail Date: Sep 27, 2014
Ship Name: Carnival Freedom
59 Ship Mate app members

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Carnival Freedom
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Members on Cruise

8 Night Southern Caribbean (Ft. Lauderdale Roundtrip)

Sail Date: Oct 05, 2014
Ship Name: Carnival Freedom
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