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Carnival Freedom Cruise Review to Europe - Eastern Mediterranean

Experience: 7+ cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 72

Overall Rating:

2 out of 5
Sail Date: June 01, 2007
Ship: Carnival Freedom
Cabin Type: Balcony
Traveled As: Singles/Friends
Reviewed: 10 years ago

We just returned from a 12 day MEDITERRANEAN cruise aboard the Freedom. The ship was a nice ship, but the decor was a bit gaudy and very busy patterns. It was easy to find the different locations and the crew was great. The food was horrendous (how can you ruin fillet and fish?) Everyone was complaining about the quality of the food, lack of selection and overall taste. The buffet was sparse and the food not that great. There was a holder with sanitizing wipes, but hardly anyone used them and there was no one there to inforce the use as on other ships I have been on, as a result there were a lot of people with stomach upset and a lot of coughing and sneezing going on. The entertainment was not very good and there didn't seem to be anything to do in the evenings except drink and gamble. The cruise director John was very good and interacted with the guests alot. Our balcony cabin was nice and our steward kept it very clean. The balcony was very crowded and it was a tight fit for my husband and I to sit out there let alone have our friends join us for a sail away drink. The shore excursions were very pricey but those we took were very nice. Over all we enjoyed the ports of call and often took a meal there rather than eating on the ship, making the trip more expensive. There was no wine tasting opportunities in a country known for it's wine and no champagne fountain. There seemed to be alot of trivia games and hairy man contests if that's your thing. Imbarking and disimbarking went very smoothly, but then we were among the first on and the last off. One thing that I appreciated was that there was a Carnival representative at our hotel during our post-cruise stay and that was very helpful as the staff at the airport Hilton spoke very limited English. The fun ship has seen the last of us and we will be returning to Princess, which is several cuts above Carnival.

Food and Dining

1 out of 5
The food was a cut above the Sizzler, no the Sizzler serves a better cut of meat.


1 out of 5

Service and Staff

3 out of 5

Ship Quality

3 out of 5
Don't know who did the decorating on this ship but it was very gaudy and had lots of different patterns and colors. The staterooms were nice.

Cabin / Stateroom

3 out of 5

Pros: ports of call

Cons: food, activities, shows, constant picture taking, over priced drinks and gift shop

Recommends Carnival Freedom? No.

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