Carnival Freedom Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western
Experience: 7+ cruises
Reviews: 5
Helpful Votes: 27

Overall Rating:

4 out of 5
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Carnival Freedom

6 Night Western Caribbean (Ft. Lauderdale Roundtrip)

Sail Date: March 03, 2013

Ship: Carnival Freedom

Cabin Type: Balcony

Traveled As: Couple

Reviewed: 6 years ago

Review Summary

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 Experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
Dinner great ~ breakfast average

Onboard Activities

3 out of 5
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


1 out of 5
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

Service and Staff

5 out of 5

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
Very lovely ship

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Well appointed, roomy (for a ship's cabin), and a great location

Ship Tip

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

Ports Of Call

Ft. Lauderdale (Port Everglades), Florida

5 out of 5

Key West, Florida

5 out of 5

George Town, Grand Cayman

5 out of 5

Ocho Rios, Jamaica

3 out of 5
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.
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