Amazing voyage with a great cruise director and staff!!!

Carnival Freedom Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western

Cruises: 2-3 cruises
Reviews: 2
Helpful Votes: 33

Overall rating:

4.6 out of 5
Carnival Freedom

7 Night Western Caribbean (Galveston Roundtrip)

Sail date: October 13, 2018

Ship: Carnival Freedom

Cabin type: Inside

Cabin number: 8303

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 3 years ago

Review summary

If you want to cruise and are on a budget. Worried that you won’t have fun ? Emma Nixon was our cruise director. This lady is amazing and she kept the party popping. All free and fun shows and activities


5 out of 5
Followed directions and we were on and in our by 1140am

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

4 out of 5
The food all around was okay. Always fresh, kinda typical blandish food. Chocolate extravaganza was what it always is. Blah. Hoped it had changed. (Not complaining I understand they don’t make food hot and spicy. Made for the masses)

Alchemy Bar

5 out of 5

Wonderful! They ask what I want, I normally get a spicy chipotle pineapple martini. Which is great, but! They are mixologists! So I tell them strong, refreshing and not too sweet. And BAAAAM!! They do their magic. Another person asked for what I got and said it was tooo much. They did good.

Pizza Pirate

5 out of 5

This place gets a lot of mixed reviews. They were slow, but they were understaffed but that had nothing to do with the flavor and convenience. Which was top shelf

Blue Iguana Cantina

4 out of 5

Love my Mexican food. No hot salsas 😔 and no tortilla chips otherwise 5 star

The Chic Restaurant

5 out of 5

We had one small issue on elegant night however Harris the matre de got it handled and every waiter, waitress, host and hostess did a spectacular job


5 out of 5

This was amazing. We paid the cheaper amount but it is worth the 4 dollars extra. The dessert where the chef does art was not our thing. Should’ve gotten the cheesecake

Scott's Piano Bar

5 out of 5

Ben was our pianist!! Dude is a beast!! Way to go Ben

Redfrog Rum Pub

4 out of 5

Held some of our own events here. Staff was great drinks stayed strong

International Aft Lounge

5 out of 5

Great shows. A little on the cold side at night. I recommend a hoodie or pants. Preferably lots of whiskey will get you warm

Guy's Burger Joint

4 out of 5

Delightful. Just needs onion rings imo


5 out of 5

Everything I have tried was great. Wish they had chips.

Onboard Activities

4 out of 5
Trivia and beer stien hoisting contest

Guest Services / Shore Excursions

5 out of 5

Always helpful and very friendly. Never let us down. Even when I called from the room and they didn’t answer, I hung up and within minutes they had called and apologized for missing the call Wonderful job Carnival


5 out of 5
The shows were marvelous these young women and guys busted their butts and was well enjoyed

Victoriana Main Lounge

5 out of 5

Great shows. Never felt crowded. The fun squad and the wait staff were very good at what they did

The Millennium Lobby & Atrium

5 out of 5

Gets a little crowded but lots of friends and memories are made there

Children's Programs

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Never a bad time with these folks. They have always been on point and helpful. If they were not able to resolve they had great and helpful solutions

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
I have read multiple times how filthy Carnival is, I’ve never experienced this. However I do secret spot checks. I ran my finger across the top banisters and light fixtures. Not once did I have to wipe my finger. There was a water leak from lido pool on deck 8 hallway. Within 2 hours it was cleaned and fixed

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Very comfortable. (My wife and I are small/medium build). Guadioso our steward was on top of things from minute one!!

Ship tip

Go to the very front of deck 6,7 or 10. Take exit doors. You will not regret it

Ports of call

Galveston, Texas

5 out of 5

Cozumel, Mexico

5 out of 5
We were at puerta maya port. Once you get passed the shops (not pushy to us. We say no they say okay) Once we exited the port our cab took us to Mr Sanchos. Love this place. We had a early port but they opened to accommodate us and kept the drinks strong. (Gotta tell them from the get go or juice drinks with little alcohol is what you’ll get)

George Town, Grand Cayman

5 out of 5
Tender port! Love the tender, we did the Cayman bar hopping and 7mile beach break!! Totally worth it and our guide was Sonja. She not only got us around safely but she also gave us a great history lesson and laws of the land.

Ocho Rios, Jamaica

3 out of 5
No excursions. Just walked around the port and to margaritaville. Very pushy and aggressive vendors (not like something to be scared of)


5 out of 5
We listened to the disembarkation meeting the day before. We followed the directions and were off the ship and on the road before 9a

Traveler Photos

Sanchos!!! 7mile Deck 10 Ocho Rios
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