Our 1st cruise. The Carnival Freedom was great, the Cruise Director Emma was amazing and hilariously!

Carnival Freedom Cruise Review

Cruises: 1 cruise (first)
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 21

Overall rating:

4.9 out of 5
Carnival Freedom

8 Night Eastern Caribbean (Galveston Roundtrip)

Sail date: August 17, 2019

Ship: Carnival Freedom

Cabin type: Suite

Cabin number: 7295

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Review summary

Cruise was such fun. Even though it was hot most places and got some rain here and there, we never let it bother us. The crew of the Freedom was amazing. Special shout outs to David and Percy at Blue Iguana tequila bar, Diana at the Atrium bar, our outstanding cabin Steward Ketut, and especially the Cruise Director Emma.

Embarkation

5 out of 5

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5

Onboard Activities

5 out of 5
So much going on, no way to make it to all of them. Just pick your favorite!

Entertainment

5 out of 5
Great shows, bands, entertainment.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Just.... excellent.

Ship Quality

4 out of 5
Mostly very clean and well maintained for an older ship. Main design flaw is not being able to avoid the smoky casino without having to traverse a different floor. As long as they allow smoking I'm the casino, there should at least be access to avoid it via outed deck.

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Grand suite was roomy, clean, and worth it. Wish the balcony would have been slightly deeper, but it didn't stop me from spending A LOT of the out there!

Ship tip

Go when the weather is a little cooler. Middle of August is HOT.

Ports of call

Nassau, Bahamas

5 out of 5
Souvenir shopping was good here. Deals on "duty free" liquor really wasn't a deal, but t-shirts and trinkets were cheap. Again, alot of venders trying to get your business, not none so pushy to make me feel uncomfortable. Just stay in the tourist area to be safe. Also went parasailing for the 1st time here. Well organized and alot of fun.

Key West, Florida

5 out of 5
One of the best stops! Loved Key West. Did the Pub Crawl that was a blast. Just wish we would've had more time there.

Freeport, Grand Bahama Island

5 out of 5
Our snorkeling excursion was cancelled due to weather, so we rented a Jeep to drive to a beach. The one we went to was a little disappointing and driving on the island was crazy. We did enjoy the shopping and Senior Frogs. Venders tried hard, bit not that pushy in my opinion. We enjoyed the port.

Galveston, Texas

5 out of 5

Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (Private Island)

5 out of 5
Absolutely beautiful. Although it rained a bit, we were wet from swimming anyway. Gorgeous soft white sand, clear teal colored water. Free bbq was great. Don't plan an excursion here, just relax and enjoy the best beach you'll see.

Disembarkation

5 out of 5
Easy peasy, lemon squeezy (as our Cruise Director Emma would say)

Traveler Photos

Sunset The staff at all the bars were great, but Percy and David at the Blue Iguana were exceptional! Beach day Beach day Beach day Beach Parasailing Parasailing Easy embarkation and disembarkation. Faster to the Fun helped.
Galveston itself was great. Spend the night before the cruise along the seawall, went to Pleasure Pier and ate at Bubba Gump's. Great time. Real island vibe.
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