Good Cruise, but I wouldn't go again

Carnival Freedom Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western

Experience: 1 cruise (first)
Reviews: 0
Helpful Votes: 0

Overall Rating:

3 out of 5
Verified Review
6 Night Western Caribbean (Ft. Lauderdale Roundtrip)
Sail Date: August 21, 2011
Ship: Carnival Freedom
Cabin Type: Balcony
Traveled As: Couple
Reviewed: 6 years ago

The ship is big and clean, but not super nice.

Food and Dining

3 out of 5
The food was generally good in the main dining room. However, the Sun King was disappointing. The wait staff hovered over the table making conversation awkward. The food was good, but not much better than the free food in the main dining room. The view from our table looked out onto the deck where other passengers were sunbathing and smoking - not a good view, it would be much nicer to look out over the water.


1 out of 5
We aren't gamblers which left us with few activities during the days at sea. The game shows and singing/ dancing shows that they did have were good.

Service and Staff

3 out of 5
The staff were very friendly, though often difficult to understand.

Ship Quality

3 out of 5
The ship seemed to be in good condition, but the decor is gaudy.

Cabin / Stateroom

3 out of 5
Our stateroom looked exactly like the pictures they show online - it was small, but clean and in a nice location.
3 out of 5
The turtle farm was fun.
1 out of 5
We were sad to see the living conditions of the people here. We did the zip line activity which was fun, but we didn't find anywhere to shop or even eat lunch afterwards. We didn't feel safe here.
5 out of 5
The aquarium was interesting. Its small, but you get very close to sting rays, turtles, and sharks. The key lime pie at the Key Lime Pie Factory was excellent.

Pros: activities at the ports

Cons: there was lots of downtime on the ship if you're not into gambling. Also, the Sun King restaurant, the fancy steak house that costs extra, was a disappointment.

Recommends Carnival Freedom? No.

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