Carnival Freedom Cruise Review to Caribbean - Eastern

Contributor Level: Third Mate

Experience
1 cruise (first)

Review
1

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3 out of 5

Great service! Food? Not so much

Sail Date: July 21, 2014

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Traveled As: Family (older children)

Room Type: Inside

Cabin: GUAR

This was our first cruise and we had been hearing for years how wonderful the food is on cruises. Well, unfortunately we found this not really to be the case. Though the food was abundant throughout the ship with many different places to eat, overall the quality was just not there. First, shouldn't hot foods be served hot? I am somewhat surprised there isn't some sort of health code violations or something here. Not lukewarm to cold. And bland would be the best word I could use without being profane. There were a couple of exceptions. The Mongolian Wok was very good as was Guys burger joint and the Blue Iguana,(a made to order burrito bar) But let's be honest, how tough is it to screw up asian, burgers, and burritos?

On the other hand, our room stewards were absolutely fabulous. Always a smile and a friendly greeting by name in the hallways at all hours of the day.(Do these people never sleep?) And if we had any requests, they bent over backwards to fill our needs in a speedy fashion.

Another thing, if there are rules aboard ship, shouldn't they be enforced if not followed. Several times overly buff gentlemen strutted through the dining halls shirtless, mocking the posted signs to the contrary. And, if the teen club is supposed to be 15 to 17 year olds only, why were 12, 13, and 14 year olds and up to 20 year olds allowed to join in this supposed teen club? Not cool in the least. We trust our children to the cruise line and this is how they protect them?

 

Onboard Activities
Might have been better if communication with guests had been better
Destinations and Excursions
Great beaches
Ship Quality
Very clean
Food and Dining
Blah, blah blah, blah blah
Service and Staff
Room stewards were very attentive and friendly
Entertainment
Singing was atrocious, but comedy pretty good
Children's Programs
See posted comment
Cabin / Stateroom
Very clean, but small. We were supposed to get an upgrade, but it never happened.
Ft. Lauderdale (Port Everglades), Florida
Kind of disorganized and dirty
Nassau, Bahamas
Nothing was really inexpensive as claimed by the director
Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (Private Island)
White soft sandy beaches and clear water. If not for the long wait in the sun trying to get back to the ship, it would have been perfect.
Grand Turk Island
Again, perfect beaches, but expensive souvenirs.

Tip

The Mongolian Wok was the best food for us. However, they were only opened for lunch.



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