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Carnival Freedom Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western


Contributor Level: Purser
Experience: 2-3 cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Vote: 1

Overall Rating:

2.0 out of 5
Verified Review
Western Caribbean
Sail Date: December 12, 2015
Ship: Carnival Freedom
Cabin Type: Inside
Cabin Number: 6349
Traveled As: Couple
Reviewed: 1 year ago

Overall we (2 retired couples) did not particularly enjoy this cruise.  We  expected more because we had cruised the Caribbean at the same time for a similar price the year before and loved everything about it.  This led us to invite our German relatives to join us on this cruise, which we all found lacking.   The entire ship was in serious need of renovation (did I hear someone say this was its last voyage?)  and it was not clean.  The food was good, though not great, but the lines for the buffet were terrible.  The entertainment was definitely for a younger crowd:  we enjoyed the Latin music and the singing guitar players, though those were relegated to a corner in a bar where they had to compete with TV football games and noise shuffleboard. The late comedy shows were nasty rather than funny; we walked out of the two we tried;  the variety shows were too loud and always variations of the same routine, a more hyper version of my exercise class.

Our main complaint however, was with the organization.  Nothing (except the main shows) began at the scheduled time, and the announcements were unclear and not always audible.  This was especially true of the safety drill.  Passengers were confused where and when to go.  WE WERE SERIOUSLY CONCERNED WHAT WOULD HAPPER IF EVER THERE WERE AN EMERGENCY!

Food and Dining

3 out of 5
lines too long

Onboard Activities

1 out of 5

Entertainment

1 out of 5

Children's Programs

n.a.

Service and Staff

3 out of 5
Staff at buffets were not attentive

Ship Quality

1 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
clean; good, frequent service.

Ship Tip

Don't go if you are over 35

5 out of 5
Great food at the Black Oyster
3 out of 5
If you want to go to Tulum, be sure to book the excursion through the cruise line; that it the only way you can be sure to make it back on time.
5 out of 5
We had a great private tour around the island
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