Carnival Freedom Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western

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4 out of 5

Another Fun Carnival Cruise

Sail Date: February 27, 2016

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Balcony

We are frequent cruisers on Carnival and loved this one as much or better than the others. The Freedom is a beautiful ship, loved our balcony room and especially the adult's only Serenity space. Treated myself to a massage...doesn't get much better than that! Any Time Dining is wonderful and the musical shows were simply outstanding. Lots of fun comedians on this cruise, too. Food as usual was quite good; we always take advantage of the incredible dining room service (love the menu and amazing wait staff!) and try to fit in some Guy's Burger Joint as well. My only disappointment is that the time you are able to spend in the ports of call is just not nearly enough. With having to tender back and forth to Grand Cayman (along with all of the other cruise ship lines), you just don't have time to really enjoy an excursion. And in Jamaica, the traffic at the end of the day is insane, so we had a rather hair-raising experience trying to get back to the boat on time. Overall AMAZING vacation and we pretty much want to go back every day. Thanks, Carnival!

Cabin / Stateroom
Not sure why, but every stateroom I have ever stayed in has the dirtiest remote control you can imagine. Stewards really need to make a point of cleaning those after every trip! Seems like that would be a good way of keeping germs to a minimum, too.
Embarkation and Disembarkation
I liked checking in ahead of time to get a time slot. SO much more manageable than everyone descending on the terminal at once.
Ship Quality
So thankful for adult's only space...won't book a ship without one ever again.
Destinations and Excursions
Not enough time at ports of call; too many ships in port at one time.
Onboard Activities
Children's Programs N/A
Musical shows were so well done and fun and really appreciated the variety of comedians. The stage show performers are so talented and give it their all; very cool AV and tech. The shows are always one of my favorite things.
Service and Staff
The service and staff is really at the heart of what makes cruising such a wonderful vacation experience. A big thank you to ALL for your dedication to excellence. It is why we keep coming back!
Food and Dining
Love, love, love the dining room experience. Excellent food, relaxed environment, superior service. And wonderful dessert and coffee every night. What a treat!
Galveston, Texas
We stayed some extra days and enjoyed it immensely. Take time to stroll the beach and enjoy a frozen treat at Rita's. Try the Cajun Greek. We loved it!
Cozumel, Mexico
George Town, Grand Cayman
Too many ships in port at once overwhelmed the island and there were not nearly enough tender boats.
Montego Bay, Jamaica
Not as many excursion options near Montego Bay, requiring long rides. Late afternoon traffic is HORRENDOUS; barely made it back to the ship in time. But we loved the warm and welcoming Jamaicans.


Book only short excursions at all the ports of call...there is just not enough time. Especially in Grand Cayman where you have to tender back and forth to the ship. I loved this cruise, but I would plan only beach time if I were to take it again. Might skip Grand Cayman entirely.

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