Carnival Freedom Cruise Review to Caribbean - Eastern

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2 out of 5

Crew nice, ship old, entertainment below expectations

Sail Date: August 27, 2016

Reviewed: 9 months ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Balcony

First, we were disappointed to be re-routed because of tropical storm, but tried to enjoy anyway. Immediately noticed that the ship was old, balcony cabin was not great. Bed had dips in mattress, furniture was dated, one drawer was not working. The wait staff in dining hall was very attentive, but the entertainment (dancers/singers) was below par. One "show" looked as if it was thrown together in a hurry; and singers sounded off key at times. I don't think we would've noticed except that we've cruised other lines with outstanding shows, so our "bar" was set high. We spent hours at home researching excursions so that we would not have to use Carnival; with the change of ports, we had to go with their overpriced and crowded excursions. We felt like sheep being corralled at each port. One excursion advertised being transported on a catamaran, but it was actually a "tender", disappointed again. 

Cabin / Stateroom
Our queen size bed was 2 twins, with dips in the center of each bed.
Furniture was dated. There was not a vent in bathroom, and A/C was not working well, therefore entire cabin would get warm after each shower.
Embarkation and Disembarkation
Ship Quality
Very clean.
Very dated design, old ship.
Destinations and Excursions
Onboard Activities
"Shows" were below expectations.
Service and Staff
Food and Dining
Wait staff was great. Some food was great, some was not so great. Breakfast buffet had little variety. Individual dining areas like pizza and burgers were better cuz these were freshly made.
Key West, Florida We were re-routed
Freeport, Grand Bahama Island We were re-routed
Nassau, Bahamas We were re-routed


Check on the age of the ship before you book. Freedom is older, but the cost is not cheaper. If entertainment is important, book another cruise line.

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