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Carnival Freedom Cruise Review to Europe - Mediterranean
Experience: 7+ cruises
Review: 1
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Overall Rating:

3 out of 5
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Carnival Freedom

12 Night Mediterranean & Greek Isles (Rome Roundtrip)

Sail Date: June 15, 2008

Ship: Carnival Freedom

Cabin Type: Balcony

Traveled As: Family (young children)

Reviewed: 9 years ago

Review Summary

I have been on many ships, this is our second Carnival. The ship was clean and had the same layout as the Carnival Liberty so I was able to find my way around quickly. However, the decor was quite loud, too many conflicting colors and designs covering every spot. It was clean. The food was not great, the activities were very limited compared to other cruises we've taken. Our stateroom was great, we had a cabin with a balcony all the way on the top of the ship, FWD, in a perfect location. Camp Carnival for kids had very weak activities and poor selections to choose from. My 9 year old daughter has been on 5 cruises and we chose Carnival for the kids club However, she did not have fun in the club and is the type to have fun anywhere. I only went to one activity, towel folding and BINGO, not enough was offered so as usual, we just focused on the ports of call which is why we cruised. We were on a 12 day cruise, 3 of the shows were excellent, including dancers, wonderful music and costumes. The food was ok, dinners in the dining room had a nice presentation, not always delicious, we had the worst located table in the entire dining room and were never moved. Next cruise, we are going to go on a different line and a premium level company where they cater to the passenger.

Ports Of Call

Izmir, Turkey

3 out of 5
Worth seeing the Ephesus, great tour guide, very knowledgeable and kept track of his group.

Istanbul, Turkey

3 out of 5
Worth seeing the Blue Mosque and St. Sophias, went to the Grand Bazaar, what an interesting place, be careful, there is a person every inch of the way bothering you to buy a RUG. Good to see another culture...

Katakolon (Olympia), Greece

3 out of 5
Had a 1/2 day here which is enough, a small little village, shopped and had a real Greek lunch with fun Greek dancing. Made our own fun, finally did not go on an excursion.

Livorno (Florence & Pisa), Italy

5 out of 5
PISA, went to the Leaning Tower, should see in your lifetime, church just as beautiful! Good tour guide, counted her group, plus gave everyone an emergency sticker with a phone number, wise.
Don't Miss: Leaning Tower of Pisa

Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy

5 out of 5
This is our second time to Rome so we didn't go on an excursion, went to sites we liked before/
Don't Miss: Trevi Fountain

Piraeus (Athens), Greece

1 out of 5
Went to the Acropolis & Parthenon, what an amazing site, however, our tour guide lost us, never kept track of us, went too fast, lost several people, could not hear his commentary so we did not learn ONE thing. Lost us, we had to spend more money to take a cab back to the ship.

Naples, Italy

5 out of 5
Almalfi Coast- our very favorite day. Last time we went to Naples we did an excursion in the city and were not impressed. This time we hired a private driver and spent the day driving up the Coast which was the most beautiful place I have ever seen, felt like a movie scene.
Don't Miss: Postitano

Marmaris, Turkey

1 out of 5
So hot, excursion guide was mean, strict and made you feel like you were at school in trouble, not on a vacation. We took a bus, then a boat, ate terrible Turkish food outside in the heat, then hiked up a hill to ruins, didn't learn too much and no one had fun. SKIP this excursion!

Pros: the ports , location of my stateroom

Cons: the decorating of the ship and the minimal assistance Carnival provides

Recommends Carnival Freedom? No.

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