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Carnival Freedom Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western

Experience: 2-3 cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 2

Overall Rating:

2 out of 5
Verified Review
6 Night Western Caribbean (Ft. Lauderdale Roundtrip)
Sail Date: March 04, 2012
Ship: Carnival Freedom
Cabin Type: Inside
Traveled As: Couple
Reviewed: 6 years ago

The ship was just OK. No real bells or whistles... Very rough waters and high winds (not their fault). Service was very lacking on the main parts of the ship (outside of cabin steward and dining room staff, which were great). Waiting 20 minutes at times for a drink while sitting at the bar. They didn't even have both bars open on the Lido Deck after 4pm or so. It made for a long wait if you wanted a drink. Many excursions were cancelled. Dunn's River Falls (Cool Runnings Excursion) was great. My wife got cut on a sharp edge of one of the foot rests on a deck chair.

Food and Dining

3 out of 5
Food was decent in the dining room but the other areas of the boat were very average. Do not get a burger, they were terrible. It reminded me of a high school cafeteria burger. The pizza bar was hit and miss. Good pizza day 1, raw dough in the crust day 3, mediocre day 5.


3 out of 5
Decent shows, comedians were OK, not great. Some musicians were decent but others were lacking.

Service and Staff

3 out of 5
Outside of the dining room wait staff, one bar waiter and the cabin steward, everything else was simply mediocre/average.

Ship Quality

3 out of 5
Very average. Decor was dated.

Cabin / Stateroom

3 out of 5
Nothing to rave about but served its purpose. The TV didn't work well. Steward was great.

Pros: Service of dining room wait staff

Cons: Lido Deck Bar/Drink Service was bad. Understaffed, rough waters, cancelled excursions, etc

Recommends Carnival Freedom? No.

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