October 2013 - Carnival Freedom to Caribbean - Western
I have traveled and taken many cruises since I was a child. Never been on Carnival and was surprised by many things. To start, the people that work on the ship are excellent! They were willing to help when they could and were always nice in the manner to how they talked to us. The bars did get a bit crazy and they were not as nice but hey, what did I really expect.
The cruise was very loud. There are DJ's by the pool and I think their entire gig was to be a loud as they possible could. The same with all other bands throughout the ship. It was very hard to find a quiet place to relax...we did find the outside on the 3rd floor had lounge chairs and it was perfect if you like shade. The Serrenity area is for adults only, and while a nice place, you heard all the loud music from the main pool. The pool in the back of the ship was better, and you had to be 18 to be there, but still crazy. People are there to party. We were there for a relaxing week. While we were able to find our place, when they say Carnival is the fun ship, it is the loud party ship.
Dinners were good but always disturbed by the "host" in the dining room with music and then dancing by the waiters. Really could have done without that. We are not boring people as it may sound. There is a time and a place for everything...we did not need the dining room staff to dance every night. Would I cruise Carnival again, yes. Would I go with my husband to relax, no. Would I take my children and find my spot in the sun? Yes again. They have many good things to offer. It could just be toned down a bit, but then, maybe I am not the client they are looking for. The price is good. If you can avoid the corny picture set ups all over the ship, you will keep your cost at the end of the trip down! All in all, a memory I will never forget, traveling with my daughter. Enjoy but just know what you are in for...loud music and lots of people having fun!