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Carnival Freedom Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western

Cruises: 2-3 cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 16

Overall rating:

3.9 out of 5
Carnival Freedom

7 Night Western Caribbean (Galveston Roundtrip)

Sail date: April 27, 2019

Ship: Carnival Freedom

Cabin type: Oceanview

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Review summary

Overall great cruise and vacation! The staff was very friendly and helpful, especially in the dining areas. Things to improve: 1. Include hair conditioner in the cabins. 2. Lower drink package cost and/or increase daily limit. 3. More drink/pool attendants, especially on upper decks. 4. Get a fun DJ to pump up the crowd!

Embarkation

3 out of 5
Fast and easy

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

3 out of 5
Delicious! The food was excellent! However, more food options should be available after hours other than pizza. The pizza was awesome but the sandwich place and perhaps the burger place would be nice 24 hours as well. My husband and I got up several nights for a late night snack and disappointed to only find pizza available on a cruise . . . : ( Also, the price for the drink package is very high. My suggestion would be to lower the cost or increase the daily limit from 15 to 20. Also, I understand the drink package can’t be used on embarkation and debarkation days. Suggestion: instead of omitting the entire day, offer the package after 7:00pm or once the ship has sailed and is out on open water. Maybe have the package end after 10:00am or just before the ship returns. I would’ve liked to have a specialty coffee on debarkation. Otherwise, it doesn’t seem fair to charge for a drink package when 2 out of the 7 days are ineligible. Lower the price for the drink package all together.

Coffee Shop

4 out of 5

Yummy coffee and frappe! . . . Silly thing but, I wish they had dome lids for their cold Frapp drinks with whip cream. I wanted a lid for my cup.

Pizza Pirate

5 out of 5

My favorite food spot! Yummy pizza! If possible, add more pizza topping choices!

Redfrog Rum Bar

5 out of 5

Such a fun hang-out! “Flavor town” (music group) was the BEST!!! I hope to see them on our next cruise!!

Blue Iguana Cantina

4 out of 5

Delicious burritos and fresh toppings! Better than Chipotle! Wish they were open later in the day. (Closed early afternoon) :(

Alchemy Bar

5 out of 5

Amazing!! Our favorite place onboard! Super tasty drinks both alcoholic and non alcoholic.

Onboard Activities

5 out of 5

Hot Tubs

2 out of 5

The hot tubs were COLD and the bubble jets were broken on multiple tubs on deck. totally disappointed ☹️ I was looking forward to soaking in a HOT tub with relaxing jets. . . Didn’t happen. We entered the hot tub and I actually started to shiver a bit. We immediately got out and headed back to our cabin.

Entertainment

3 out of 5
The entertainment could have been a bit better. The DJ was dull and had no interaction or enthusiasm with the crowd. The comedy shows were great, however!

Children's Programs

No children

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
The waiters and room stewards were friendly and helpful. :) My only complaint is not having enough ship personnel to take drink orders near the pool, especially on the upper decks. It was nearly impossible to get any ship personnel up there to take drink orders. . . They simply didn’t come up to the upper decks. This was very frustrating.

Ship Quality

4 out of 5
The ship’s design and layout was still nice however.

Cabin / Stateroom

4 out of 5
Feedback: please provide shampoo AND conditioner. The cabins have a shampoo and body wash dispenser but no conditioner. Spending a great deal of time at the pool and beach my hair was super dry and I had to go to the gift shop to buy conditioner which cost me nearly $18! Conditioner is essential for women. This should’ve been provided in the cabin.

Ship tip

Great ship! Bring lots of sunscreen!

Ports of call

Galveston, Texas

3 out of 5
This port was just OK. . . Not a great area

Montego Bay, Jamaica

3 out of 5
Not a great port. It was dumpy, dirty and not many venders to sell goods. I was disappointed with this port. Not close to the beach either :(

George Town, Grand Cayman

5 out of 5
Excellent and beautiful! The water was crystal clear and beautiful turquoise! I wish we had more time at this port and less at Montego Bay.

Cozumel, Mexico

4 out of 5
Very nice port!

Disembarkation

3 out of 5
This was pretty easy and fast.
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