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Carnival Freedom Cruise Review

Cruises: 4-6 cruises
Reviews: 3
Helpful Votes: 47

Overall rating:

4.9 out of 5
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Carnival Freedom

8 Night Eastern Caribbean (Miami Roundtrip)

Sail date: December 04, 2021

Ship: Carnival Freedom

Cabin type: Balcony

Cabin number: 6251

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 4 months ago

Review summary

This was our first cruise since cruising resumed. I had no hesitation about going and am very happy we did. The ship was clean and cleaned throughout the sailing. The staff never missed a beat in giving their best service. Have another cruise booked in November 2022, but if i get a chance to go before then, I will.

Embarkation

5 out of 5
Probably the smoothest embarkation ever. We showed up at our appointed time, and got thru to the waiting area very quickly. Then just a brief wait before we boarded.

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5

Coffee Shop

5 out of 5

If Patty the Barista is there, make sure you go get coffee there every morning. She is the best.

Blue Iguana Cantina

5 out of 5

Amazing tacos and burritos.

Guy's Burger Joint

5 out of 5

Never a bad burger here.

The Chic Restaurant

5 out of 5

We did your time dining for the first time. Had no idea how it would work, but we ended up really liking it. We had the same wait staff every night, which was nice and the service was exceptional.

Pizza Pirate

5 out of 5

How can you go wrong with 24 hour pizza?

Grand Buffet

4 out of 5

There is always something to find to eat here. My only issue was that some of the food wasn't warm enough, but still tasted good. And the desserts were so, so good. My favorite was the German chocolate cake.

Onboard Activities

4 out of 5
Didn't really do any on board activities, was a very lazy vacation.

Hot Tubs

2 out of 5

This was my biggest problem this trip. The hot tubs on the serenity deck were out of commission a couple of times. Fine, it happens, but when you would try to go use the ones on the main deck, they were full of kids (16 at one point) who seemed to have no parental supervision, so they were doing whatever they wanted. Im not sure, but I'm fairly certain that they were they cause of one of the hot tubs being broken for the day. The crew had to come with a pool net and hazmat bag to get something put of it and then it was closed for the rest of the day and part of the next. The crew then went over to the other tub which had the 16 kids in it and told them only 8 were allowed. They did not get out and it was not enforced. So we needed up going to the front pool for the rest of the cruise.

Entertainment

4 out of 5

Carnival Seaside Theater

4 out of 5

While I understand why, it is disappointing that there is now a charge for popcorn. No, $3 doesn't break the bank, but still disappointing. Also, while not Carnivals fault, people need to be a bit more respectful while the movie is playing. I know its outside so people forget to use their movie voices, but its irritating.

Victoriana Main Lounge

5 out of 5

There does not seem to be a bad seat in the house. We saw one show and had a great time. Very talented cast.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
I will come back and add their names, but once again, everybody we came in contact with was amazing. How they all remember your name is amazing enough, but this time they didn't it while you were wearing a mask. If it weren't for all crew on the ship, we would not be able to sail and I, for one, am very grateful for rhem.

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
Common areas were definitely cleaned and maintained. They always were anyway, so I had no qualms about cruising right now

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Was a great cabin. Because of a great upgrade offer, we got a balcony cabin for this cruise. We normally do an interior on deck 7 or 8, in the back but ended up on deck 6 in the front. It was nice to be a bit closer to the water and I noticed no difference between front and back. If I ever get another offer like that, I'd take it.

Ship tip

Just take some time to wander around the ship to see where things are, then relax and have fun.

Ports of call

Philipsburg, St. Maarten

5 out of 5
Just walked around to do shopping.

Amber Cove (Puerto Plata), Dominican Republic

5 out of 5
Again, just shopping, but its a beautiful port.

Miami, Florida

5 out of 5
No problem getting to ship and weather was wonderful

Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas

5 out of 5
Just shopped.

San Juan, Puerto Rico

5 out of 5
I've been wanting to go to San Juan for a long time. So glad we finally made it this time. We did the Fortresses of Old San Juan excursion and it was definitely worth it. There was a bit more walking than I thought there would be, and it was very hot and humid, but that was to be expected. Didnt do a whole lot of shopping here because it was hard to find the shops and we were tired, but it was all good.

Disembarkation

5 out of 5
We had an early flight so we went to the theater where they told us to go. Was a little concerned that they would let people leave from back to front even tho we got there on time, but true to their word, they let us out front to back. Went very smoothly, no issues.
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