Carnival Freedom Cruise Review to Caribbean - Eastern


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2 out of 5

Poor!!!!! Will never travel Carnival again!

Sail Date: December 29, 2012

Reviewed: 3 years ago

Traveled As: Family w/young children

Room Type: Balcony

The destinations were good; however, I would not recommend Carnival to anyone. would pick another cruise line to go to the same destinations but Carnival was so poor. This was probably my 20th cruise and the worst. The food was HORRIBLE. At breakfast, crousants were old and dry for three days. Carnival is so cheap, they are waiting for the bread to dry out completely before they bring fresh ones. Terrible cheap ham and turkey and one one kind of some fatty salami. THAT'S IT!!! The so-called fresh fruit was so sour, they bring same cutted mixed fruit every day until it's completely sour and you can't even touch it. Bananas were old and already black so you can't eat it. My kids love fresh tomatoes. At lunch, they would cut roma (the cheapest) tomatoes but even the tomatoes were sour and terrible. I am telling you people, Carnival is so cheap, they are trying to save money on everything. The buffet was terrible. The first part of the buffet is just a salad bar and then you only have 4 choices of food which nothing taste great. Fish was cheap and dry, chicket was always horrible and I am not even gonna go into describing their meat. It felt that meat was 100 years old. You could not even bite into it. I have never seen a cruise buffet with only 4 choices of main food. They did not even have a pasta station. My kids were not able to get plain pasta with souce at the buffet. Very limited choice of desserts. And that's it. There were a huge line to grill stations for burgers, hot dogs and french fries b/c it was the only thing that tasted OK. But I am sorry, I can eat burgers anywhere and I took a cruise to enjoy good food which was not available. The restaurant was so so. My kids order some pasta and it was cold, no butter, no salt. They could not eat it. Any time we ordered steaks, we could not even swallow one time, it was like a 100 years old. If you go to the restaurant for breakfast and lunch, you need to allow a min. 1 hour b/c service was extremely slow. Kis club have tons of restriction and the worst schedule I have ever seen. They created a family time with kids from 2 to 7, meaning that one of the parents needs to be present. I understand if some parents want to spend time with their kids and play but Carnival needed to give different options: to have one room for kids with parents and one room for kids without the parents. We typically like to spend time with kids in the morning: to have breakfast, then enjoy the pool and water slides, then have lunch and for us, 2pm was perfect time to drop off the kids at kids club so my husband and I can have some time alone. We were just shocked to find out that for 5 hours a day (2 to 7pm) we cannot do that. Then typically people have dinner. We had dinner from 6 to 8:00pm and we had to pick up kids by 9:30 b/c after that we had to pay extra. As such, Carnival knows for good kids entertainment, was able to provide care for our kids only for 1.5 hour. Ridiculous!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Shows were terrible. One of the evenings the shows was to show the talent of crew members. None of them were talented. I don't want to seat and watch someone who can't sing - singing. This is not a cruise quality entertainment. The bottom line, I don't know if all Carvival cruises like that, may be we were "lucky" with the shef, may be some other ships have better shefs and food is better but our experience on Carnival Freedom was simply POOR!!!!!!
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Huges lines are everywhere on every deck any time of the day :-( Food is horrible, buffet has very limited choices and all are bad. People were eating potato salads, burgers and french fries. Why go to cruise for this kind of food.

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