Very large ship -should be better
Carnival Freedom Cruise Review to Europe - Eastern Mediterranean
Review SummaryOur eagerly awaited trip on this brand new ship disappointed us because of a few irritants that somewhat spoiled the experience. First, the ship required us to turn in our passports at embarkation - this in order to provide us with visas for our visit to Turkey. Many of us were upset with this, but there was nothing any of us could do. So, when we went to exchange more dollars for euros at a bank outside of Naples, we were rudely refused by bank management - we had no passports, as required by them. Oh, well.
More importantly for overall cruising, the layout of the ship is not passenger friendly but confusing. On two of the public decks that one would normally use to traverse the ship, there is a restaurant in the middle! This causes the proverbial trip to stairs/elevator for "up one deck/ down one deck."
The food in the dining room was good, but not the TERRIFIC experience that we enjoyed on Holland America. The service in the dining room was terrific, however. The buffet dining was not so good. Lines were way too long, and wait staff did not keep the table bussed, so when you finally did get some food, it was a difficulty to find a clean table to eat it.
On the other hand, kudos for the entertainment. The cast shows were all terrific!! There was no show on the first and last night, however, and on two nights there were only late shows...not good for early diners.
Pros: Spacious room, very nice staff, terrific cast shows
Cons: Confusing layout of ship, dining only so-so, too many passengers for staff