Some pros, some cons.
Carnival Freedom Cruise Review to Europe - Western Mediterranean
Review SummaryWe selected this ship based on the very favorable impression we had of Carnival based on a previous cruise on the Carnival Pride.
The ships were fairly comparable in many respects with a few exceptions.
The Cruise Director on the Freedom was extraordinarily entertaining. The majority of the passengers were seasoned and all felt this Cruise Director was better than they had ever had on any previous cruises. The big screen on the Lido deck was a nice plus providing entertainment while sitting out by the pool or relaxing in the hot tub. Blankets were available for those watching movies on the big screen at night.
The itinerary (we took the Grand Mediterranean cruise) had a nice variety of ports and interspersed the sea days. We found the port of Dubrovnik particularly interesting.
Initial embarkation and final debarkation were amazingly speedy and the staff showed great finesse in getting the passengers off and on the ship at each of the ports. (Tendering at Cannes took a bit longer.)
Our disappointment was the quality of the food. Breakfast in the dining room included 'hard boiled' poached eggs, undercooked bacon, muffins which seemed like they had been sitting out for hours. The buffet food was far inferior to food on the Pride and it was difficult to find anything we wanted to eat (a rarity). Their 24 hr pizza and ice cream were, however, very good.
If the food had been better, we could recommend this ship, however, we found the food disappointing and we consider dining to be a major part of the cruise experience.
Food and Dining
Service and Staff
Cabin / Stateroom
Pros: Ports of call, itinerary.