Carnival Freedom Cruise Review to Caribbean - Eastern

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5 out of 5

An amazing and memorable cruise

Sail Date: July 01, 2009

Reviewed: 7 years ago

Traveled As: Family (older children)

Room Type: Balcony

This cruise was my eleventh cruise, my eighth with Carnival. I had some apprehension boarding this ship from reading some negative reviews. However, I never should have, and should have listened to the more positive ones instead. The embarkation process was probably the one inconvenient aspect of our 8 day cruise. Fort Lauderdale needs to overhaul that terminal. There were long lines that made you feel like you were waiting for a roller coaster. But this is not Carnival's fault, but Carnival should remove their ships from that port. Anyway there were 15 of us on a 8 day cruise to San Juan, Puerto Rico; St. Thomas; Antigua; Tortola; and Nassau, Bahamas. This ship was beautiful. Definitely not the most beautiful ship I have sailed on, but people on different reviews kept saying how ugly the ship was. The ship was different, and I found it had an elegance of it's own and was very detailed and innovative. We had a balcony on the verandah deck, and loved it. Great room stewards. There were unlimited quantities and selections of food. Have absolutely no complaints on the food. The Lido restaurant offered a huge variety of food from Tandori, mexican, a deli, a stir-fry station, fish and chips station, a taste of the nations, a grille, and a 24 hour pizzeria and 24 hour soft serve ice cream. If you can try it all go for it!! There may be one thing you don't care for, but thats the point of crusing! Try new and exotic food. We dined in the Posh restaurant. Amazing and almost flawless. Every meal we had was delicious. The only thing was our appetizers were sometimes room temperature, as the waiters would wait for all 15 of us to receive our appetizer so we could dine at the same time. But I would just sometimes ask for a new one and was brought one within five minutes. Also make sure you try the sushi bar on the promenade deck. Its open from 5-830. Entertainment was spectacular. Don't miss the shows in the Victoriana lounge and the international lounge. The adult shows and comedy shows are hysterical! The club was good for all ages. Before one its a more diverse crowd and from one to 4 am are the 18-30 year olds. The dj could use more training in choosing good music for a club though. During says at sea there is so much to do. Three pools, waterslide, mini golf, basketball and volleyball, game shows, shows by the pool, the spa and the gym, and a jogging track. Not to mention just laying out and getting a tan. There are also great deck parties at night some nights. The crew was great on this ship, however you do encounter the occasional snippy one. However you can't let it bother you. They work extremely long days for months on end, however if it truly bothers you, report them. Carnival insists that their staff be as friendly and as approachable as possible. If you have kids make sure they do the Camp Carnival which caters to kids up to ten or eleven. Also club O2 for 15-17 is real good with a dance club of their own. It did seem like the 11-14 year olds which is called circle c was left out without a real place to go, but they still had constant activities and on the new Carnival Dream, there is an actual club for circle c. The itinerary was spectacular. All islands are beautiful and great. Tortola was my favorite, the snorkeling is unbelievable. Puerto Rico has an awkward timing-5-12. but we just want to senor frog's a bar/restaurant. Amazing time. if you enjoy to party and drink go to this place. So fun! All islands are 18 to drink so our group of 18 and 19 year olds had a blast unfortunately ;) Disembarkation was very smooth. All in all book an 8 day cruise on the Carnival Freedom. Amazing ship and an amazing time.

Pros: The ship, the food, the islands

Cons: Nothing really sticks out, probably the embarkation process

Recommends Carnival Freedom? Yes!

Ship Quality
Gorgeous and well designed. Attention to detail is phenomenal. However the lobby deck(deck 3) is a bit awkward since you can not walk the whole length of the ship since the galley separates the two dining rooms. Ship is very large and very clean.
Food and Dining
Just wonderful. I truly believe out of all the cruise lines i have sailed on, Carnival has the best food.
Cabin / Stateroom
Large and well-decorated. Balcony adds the perfect extra to it. However, the stewards could do a tad better straightening up.
Service and Staff
Exceptional with the exception of a small handful, most notably the bartenders. The dining room staff is just unbelievable. Friendly, personal, and the kids love them!
Entertainment
Never bored. Our friend of 60 did complain that other than the club there was nothing to do after 2 AM and i was like what do you expect? Shows that early? But the shows and performers were great, and the variety was so great. Every day and every night, from newlywed games, game shows, trivia, las vegas shows, comedies, musicals, and everything in between was abundant.
Children's Programs
Well designed and very helpful. Kids had a blast. I do believe Carnival has the best kids programs behind Disney. However, if your children have late seating as we did, your children will miss out on some fun activities as Camp Carnival revolves around the early seating.


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