Crew nice, ship old, entertainment below expectations

Carnival Freedom Cruise Review to Caribbean - Eastern


Contributor Level: Purser
Experience: 7+ cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 3

Overall Rating:

2.0 out of 5
Verified Review
7 Night Eastern Caribbean (Galveston Roundtrip)
Sail Date: August 27, 2016
Ship: Carnival Freedom
Cabin Type: Balcony
Cabin Number: 8346
Traveled As: Couple
Reviewed: 1 year ago

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. 

Food and Dining

3 out of 5
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.

Onboard Activities

3 out of 5

Entertainment

1 out of 5
"Shows" were below expectations.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5

Ship Quality

3 out of 5
Very clean.
Very dated design, old ship.

Cabin / Stateroom

3 out of 5
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.

Ship Tip

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.

Key West, Florida Did not visit port

We were re-routed

Freeport, Grand Bahama Island Did not visit port

We were re-routed

Nassau, Bahamas Did not visit port

We were re-routed
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