December 2015 - Carnival Freedom to Caribbean - Western
Overall we (2 retired couples) did not particularly enjoy this cruise. We expected more because we had cruised the Caribbean at the same time for a similar price the year before and loved everything about it. This led us to invite our German relatives to join us on this cruise, which we all found lacking. The entire ship was in serious need of renovation (did I hear someone say this was its last voyage?) and it was not clean. The food was good, though not great, but the lines for the buffet were terrible. The entertainment was definitely for a younger crowd: we enjoyed the Latin music and the singing guitar players, though those were relegated to a corner in a bar where they had to compete with TV football games and noise shuffleboard. The late comedy shows were nasty rather than funny; we walked out of the two we tried; the variety shows were too loud and always variations of the same routine, a more hyper version of my exercise class.
Our main complaint however, was with the organization. Nothing (except the main shows) began at the scheduled time, and the announcements were unclear and not always audible. This was especially true of the safety drill. Passengers were confused where and when to go. WE WERE SERIOUSLY CONCERNED WHAT WOULD HAPPER IF EVER THERE WERE AN EMERGENCY!