Hurricane Harvey Cruise

Carnival Freedom Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western

Cruises: 2-3 cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 65

Overall rating:

5 out of 5
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Carnival Freedom

7 Night Western Caribbean (Galveston Roundtrip)

Sail date: August 19, 2017

Ship: Carnival Freedom

Cabin type: Balcony

Cabin number: 6487

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 3 years ago

Review summary

Because of Hurricane Harvey we were on the ship for 13 days. The is no way I can say how good Carnival was to us. First they kept us safe by staying away from the storm. They brought on new entertainers, kept us fed and active. We were treated so well by Carnival we will never ever cruise any other brand.

Embarkation

5 out of 5
We were Faster to the fun and elected to board at 11am. Hardly any lines, went very fast, on board in about 30 minutes.

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
Our second time on Freedom, lovely ship. Dining was exceptional, staff was attentive and the food was good. The buffet was well stocked and moved quickly. Guys burger joint got a lot of our business.

Onboard Activities

5 out of 5
Dance classes and bingo were on our menu and we enjoyed them. Hot tub in the spa was always empty.

Entertainment

5 out of 5
Malcolm, our cruise director was amiable energetic and hilarious. We attended all the shows and since we were on the ship 6 extra days because of Harvey, they brought in new shows and entertainers at New Orleans.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Top notch very attentive

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
Always very clean, all public areas are constantly being cleaned and wiped down.

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Aft view extended balcony #6487 was ready for us as soon as we got on board around 11:30. The aft balconies have less privacy than the side ones due to the slanted side walls.

Ship tip

The Freedom is like living in a juke box or slot machine, it has many lights everywhere and I love it.

Ports of call

Galveston, Texas

5 out of 5
Nothing near dock, but lots of neat stuff on the island

Montego Bay, Jamaica

5 out of 5
Did the suns ape resort half day, it was worth it. We snorkeled over some sea grass beds full of fish that were right there. It doesn't seem to be a very structured cruise port yet, nothing within walking distance.

George Town, Grand Cayman

5 out of 5
Did the turtle centre, it was interesting enough. Their water park is nice and the food is petty good. The bus ride was exciting, rain ands from Harvey were pounding us and the driver took a curve too fast on two wheels and the side doors flew open, much screaming as mothers clutched small children to keep them from flying out, so that was pretty cool. Lots of shopping close by.

Cozumel, Mexico

5 out of 5
Salsa and salsa and margaritas was a blast. I will do this again. Lots of shopping close, but the real shopping is farther back a couple of blocks

Disembarkation

5 out of 5
Getting off any cruise ship for any port is a challenge of patience. When we got back to Galveston we only had half our passengers, the rest left at an emergency stop in New Orleans. Self assist gets off first, but they deal with all their luggage going down elevators with a thousand other people. Fast to the fun gets off next, that was us, took about 1-1/2 hours of sitting.
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