Carnival Freedom Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western

Second Mate

7+ cruises


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4 out of 5


Sail Date: March 03, 2013

Reviewed: 3 years ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Balcony

Our Carnival Freedom Cruise was great if you subtract the inconsiderate party animals in the cabin next to us and directly above us. The food in the Lido Buffet was good but breakfast got monotonous. Of course, how many choices are there for breakfast. It would have been nice to have had some different pastries and maybe some good old fashion coffee cakes. Our meals in the Posh Dining room were very good but I was disappointed that Lobster Bisque wasn't on the menu as it has been in other cruises we have taken. The Filet Mignon and Chauteaubriand were scrumptious and the Warm Molten Chocolate Souffle was almost to die for. Our dining room server, our cabin steward, and most of the bar staff were cordial and very service minded. The other crew members were also pleasant and exhibited a warm smile. The outstanding event to this cruise was our Wedding Vow renewal ceremony. Our wedding coordinator, Judit, was terrific. We got everything we asked for and she was always available for questions and assistance. The memories we have from this ceremony will last our lifetime. Along with the absences of the Lobster Bisque was the absences of quality entertainment. The "show spectaculars" left much to be desired and the low quality was very evident in the low number of attendees. You could go right at show time and still get a great seat. Rather than the production numbers, a good comedian from the lounge or some other performer would have been a better and perhaps cheaper idea.
All in all, I would recommend this cruise to young adults. It definitely had the party and drinking atmosphere they would be looking for. It really didn't quite fill the bill for us over the hill gang (50+).
Ship Quality
Very lovely ship
Food and Dining
Dinner great ~ breakfast average
Cabin / Stateroom
Well appointed, roomy (for a ship's cabin), and a great location
Service and Staff
Only great entertainment was the singing and dancing of the wait staff after dinner. Showroom entertainment left much to be desired. Activities were listed on the daily activity schedule and several times participants were there but no staff to conduct the event
Children's Programs No Kids ~Did not participate
Onboard Activities
Most were average cruise ship activies with exception of outdoor movie which hardly anyone went to as the movies were less than appealing. Again, events were listed but staff didn't show up to follow through
Destinations and Excursions
We wanted to go to Key West and Grand Cayman ~ mission accomplished with this cruise
Ft. Lauderdale (Port Everglades), Florida
Key West, Florida
George Town, Grand Cayman
Ocho Rios, Jamaica
Many other reviewers warned of the swarm of locals trying to get you to buy their wares or services ~ WOW were those reviews spot on. We even got sales pitches from kids wading in the water beside the bar when we stopped for a drink.


If you want a great balcony cabin get 6391 ~ close to everything and you always had a great view of the docking area to people watch.
OH ~ if you are a punctuality nut you might want to consider a different ship. We were set to leave ports at 4 PM and lucky to get underway by 5 PM

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