Freedom with Obstacles

Carnival Freedom Cruise Review to Caribbean - Eastern


Contributor Level: Purser
Experience: 4-6 cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 5

Overall Rating:

4.0 out of 5
Verified Review
7 Night Eastern Caribbean With Carnival Live (Galveston Roundtrip)
Sail Date: March 28, 2015
Ship: Carnival Freedom
Cabin Type: Balcony
Cabin Number: 9246
Traveled As: Couple
Reviewed: 2 years ago

First off lets get one thing straight! I would not consider a different Cruise line. My wife and I feel at home when we are on a Carnival ship. That being said, the crew on the voyage was the best crew we have ever had. The ports of call were great. The food was good. The Stage shows were beyond our expectation.  I was most impressed by our dining room staff. We sat in the lower Chic Dining room at Table 134. John was our head waiter, followed by Ketut, Antonio, and Henson. They were great. But when the head guy, I'm talking the boss took off his coat and rolled up his sleeves when they got busy, and started carrying out trays of food and serving them. I was really impressed. He didn't get on to his staff. He didn't point out rights or wrongs. They were slammed with full tables all at once. He ask the head waiters in each section how could he help them. Then he became a server. In my book that is how you earn respect from you peers and today he has my respect. The next morning at breakfast in the Posh Dining room I shook his hand and told him what I observed. And that I was impressed. Now that that is said, Could someone please tell Carnival that they need more ships designed along the lines of their Spirit class ships. The Miracle is the finest vessel in the fleet. It is easy to navigate. Has wider isles. Has multiple decks that go from forward to aft without going up or down to get there. The Miracle is a lot more Handicapped friendly, and family friendly for children. It takes days to get used to a cruise ship layout.  The miracle took a day. The Conquest and the Freedom takes about 4-5 days. About the time you finally figure out the design, The cruise is over. We are going on the Glory in December. We would change to the Legend or Miracle but we want the Glory itinerary. We have learned from our chopped up floors, and going around obstacles that the Freedom was not so free and it was a challenge to beat the Conquest. We are hopeful that the memory of conquering the Freedom, We will bask in the Glory and long for a Miracle.  

Food and Dining

3 out of 5
poultry was dry

Onboard Activities

5 out of 5
We didn't lack for things to do.

Entertainment

5 out of 5
the Playlist performers was outstanding and the Little Big Town concert aboard the the ship was a nice touch.

Children's Programs

Couldnt say for sure . we didn't bring children. But the Cat in The Hat was definetly a winner with children and parents alike

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Not one single Carnival crew member from any department on the ship was rudd . Everyone was courteous and beyond nice.

Ship Quality

3 out of 5
Showing normal wear and tear. seemed to have a lot of unormal engine vibration

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
We loved the cabin location and the fact that it was on then Lido deck helped a lot.

Ship Tip

Make yourself a map of when to go up or down and on which end to start or finish for entertainment and dining. The ship maps by the elevators are not enough. Make sure you know how to get to your Muster station as deck three has no direct good route.

3 out of 5
The port was easy to get into and to board the the ship. the cab ride was 185.00 from Houston and because of this we will never go out of Galveston again.
5 out of 5
Take comfortable walking shoes. because you'll want to walk alot.
5 out of 5
We did shopping here and we did good.
5 out of 5
Are you kidding me? Having it on the ship was a stroke of genious. Way beyond our expectations.
5 out of 5
wear water shoes. LOL
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