Carnival Freedom Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western

Contributor Level: Deck Hand

4-6 cruises


Helpful Vote

3 out of 5

Okay cruise...

Sail Date: October 16, 2011

Reviewed: 5 years ago

Traveled As: Family (older children)

Room Type: Inside

The ships interior is a dark and depressing color scheme which hardly felt appropriate for a carribean vacation. The design was so disjointed. One comes to expect a neon explosion in cruise ships but this was truly bizarre. It's layout was also bizarre with not all floors connecting through at the ships end. It is a hugh vessel but not easy to navigate. Unfortunately, our weather was bad which caused us to have to spend more days at sea aboard a dark ship. The main deck was crowded and full of party people. The common area inside the ship on deck 5 had uncomfortable seating and too close proximity of the casino and all the smokers which made it unpleasant and musty from smoke. The basketball court only had 1 hoop and was 1/2 court. You must be able to climb several flights of stairs to get to the hoops or the mini golf course.

Pros: size of the cabin and the bathrooms

Cons: ships interior design was dark and depressing

Recommends Carnival Freedom? No.

Ship Quality
on cleanliness it was excellent, however the decor was dreadful with tiger striped faux wood paneling and dark colors with rose gold accents. It is not very handicap friendly from the conversation I had with one of our table mates.
Food and Dining
The wait staff was excellent. The food was mediocre in the dining rooms. It was generally lukewarm and seemed to just be generated from the buffet line on the Lido deck. The Tandoor station and the Burger station were the best. The 24 hour pizza was very disappointing.
Cabin / Stateroom
We had an interior stateroom on the Empress deck and it was very nice for our family of 3 adults. The bathrooms are excellent! It was very clean and again the wait staff was excellent.
Service and Staff
Key West, Florida
Key West is beautiful and there are several activities to do once you leave the ship. Booking a shore excursion is not necessary in this port because there are several things available to you a short walk from the pier.

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