Carnival Freedom Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western

Contributor Level: Purser

2-3 cruises


Helpful Vote

2 out of 5

Not going again!

Sail Date: December 12, 2015

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Inside

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!

Cabin / Stateroom
clean; good, frequent service.
Embarkation and Disembarkation
Ship Quality
Destinations and Excursions
Onboard Activities
Children's Programs n.a.
Service and Staff
Staff at buffets were not attentive
Food and Dining
lines too long
Galveston, Texas
Great food at the Black Oyster
Cozumel, Mexico
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.
George Town, Grand Cayman
Montego Bay, Jamaica
We had a great private tour around the island


Don't go if you are over 35

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