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Carnival Freedom Review

The final ship to be built in the Conquest-class, Carnival Freedom entered service in 2007 and will be the last vessel in its class to receive Carnival’s "Fun Ship 2.0" upgrades with new casual dining options and poolside bars when it is scheduled for refurbishment in 2014. From her departure port in Fort Lauderdale, Carnival Freedom sails eight-night cruises to the Southern Caribbean.

Taking Fun Ships to new lengths and widths, Conquest-class ships are among the largest in the Carnival fleet. They're basically larger and more feature-filled versions of earlier Destiny-class vessels. More space translates into additional decks, an upscale steak house, and even more bars and lounges; however, well-proportioned public areas belie the ships' massive size. You'll hardly notice that there's slightly less space per passenger after you take a thrilling trip down the spiral waterslide.

Public rooms flow forward and aft from stunning central atriums. Just off each ship's main boulevard is an array of specialty bars, dance lounges, discos, piano bars, and show lounges, plus seating areas along the indoor promenades. The promenade can get crowded between dinner seatings and show-lounge performances, but with so many different places to spend time, you're sure to find one with plenty of room and an atmosphere to suit your taste.

The world's largest cruise line originated the Fun Ship concept in 1972 with the relaunch of an aging ocean liner, which got stuck on a sandbar during its maiden voyage. In true entrepreneurial spirit, founder Ted Arison shrugged off an inauspicious beginning to introduce superliners a decade later. Sporting red-white-and-blue flared funnels, which are easily recognized from afar, new ships are continuously added to the fleet and rarely deviate from a successful pattern. If you find something you like on one vessel, you're likely to find something similar on another.

Each vessel features themed public rooms, ranging from ancient Egypt to futuristic motifs, although many of those elements are being replaced with a more tropical decor as older ships are upgraded. Carnival is also introducing features either branded by the line itself, such as the poolside Blue Iguana Tequila Bar with an adjacent burrito cantina and the Red Frog Rum Bar that also serves Carnival’s own brand of Thirsty Frog Red beer, or in partnership with well known brands, such as EA SPORTS to create EA SPORTS Bars at sea and Guy’s Burger Joint, in partnership with Food Network star Guy Fieri. Implementation of the new features is scheduled for completion in 2015.

What You Should Know

Pros

  • The lounge chairs on the deck above the aft Lido pool are almost always quiet
  • Steak houses on these ships are some of the best restaurants—and dining bargains—at sea
  • The ships have been retrofitted with Carnival’s Seaside Theatres—the jumbo-size poolside LED screens

Cons

  • Cabins and balconies on deck 8 from mid-ship to aft are beneath the Lido and suffer from pool-deck noise overhead
  • Seating at the casino bar can be noisy with sound from the slot machines dueling with nearby musicians
  • Likewise, sound from the Seaside Theatre can be annoyingly loud
Ship Stats
  • Crew Members 1,160
  • Entered Service 2007
  • Gross Tons 110,000
  • Length 952 feet
  • Number of Cabins 1,487
  • Passenger Capacity 2,974 (3,700 max)
  • Width 116 feet

By Bud_CR

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Jul 18, 2015

Carribean

I will start with a glaring issue....room service. This has changed, dont expect this service. I tried calling at different times, and only ONCE got them to answer the phone without holding for 10 minutes---thats right, I said 10 mins, thats when I finally gave up the other 5 or 6 times. The food was very good, the service (except for room service) was great, and the staff very friendly. If you like diversity, you hit the jackpot.....In

my estimation, the breakdown was about 40% white, 40% non black-non white, 20% black........if you like a FAMILY cruise, again Jackpot! Lots of kids, mostly 4-15 years old--kids had to have made up 30-35% of the ship. If you have never been on a cruise, prepare to be a little confused for the first 24-48, your like a mouse in a maze....its not simple to get around....AFT and Forward...you will see what I mean! The drinks are great, but the price is HIGH....ave about 8.50 to 12. Excursions.....3.....over $300 for 2 people. The pools were nice, but small and loaded with kids....there is a small adult pool. Ave adult age on this cruise had to be 50, and sadly most of these have let their self go! very good very small, but I didnt pay for a balcony.....no sitting area. Your either in bed, standing up, or in the cramp bathroom! Just ok They were ok....you can save some money by NOT going through Carnival, but you risk not getting back to the ship on time---not worth the risk for me. Galveston to Western Carribean 7 days

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Feb 15, 2015

Eastern

Fun and sun on the Carnival Freedom!! The food that my wife and I had on the ship, we thought it was very good overall during the cruise. Stayed in cabin 1051 on the panorama deck. The balcony view was great for relaxing and taking pictures as we came into the ports. Plenty of space in the closet and under the bed for 3 full suitcases. The room along with the bathroom was plenty big enough for us. The comedy shows were very funny,

and the deck parties that we attended we joined right in and had a blast!! For people in our age bracket, we would suggest the St, Kitts Scenic Railroad tour, Great time!! Wife and I flew out of Louisville Ky. for this 8 night cruise out of Port Everglades. FREEDOM was a great name for this cruise, because getting away from the snow and cold of Kentucky was how we felt. This was our 7th cruise with Carnival since 1999. We cruised on the Conquest last year and having the Serenity adult only retreat available on this cruise was a added bonus. We took a taxi tour of St. Marten. St. Kitts we did the scenic railroad tour. San Juan we were here last year and we walked downtown to the shops for a while, then stopped in the Sheraton for some casino time. Last but not least Grand Turk was our last stop. We took a very informative taxi tour of this tiny island, then we went to the beach bar and shared a plate full of jerked pork prepared just outside of the bar. GREAT MEAL!! As on past cruises Dw and I met and hung out with several of our fellow cruisers. Bruno and Brenda we really had a great time with you guys. We had so much fun on this cruise , Thanks CARNIVAL for another great vacation.

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Jun 2, 2014

Southern

Second time on Freedom. Again the ports were lousy as before with Costa Rico and Panama. Changes were made to upgrade the ship. Serenity was so loud from the music on lido, we had to leave. Liked staying on the balcony and getting away from crowds. The staff was great, but the food was mostly ordinary. Great staff, nice balcony. Pretty much standard cabin. On and off the ship everybody is trying to sell you something. After

so many cruises, it's same old stuff. La Romana was plain scary. Beaches were best bet for most ports. Too few easy activities. All the ports are same malls/stores, so boring. Guess it's great for jewelry buyers, but so pushy.

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Dec 17, 2013

Caribbean

This cruise was about my 15 cruise I have been on. I have cruised with Celebrity, Royal Caribbean, Norwegian, and Carnival. This is the 3rd Carnival Cruise that I have taken. From this experience I will never cruise with Carnival ever again. Upon arriving at the Cruise Terminal we were separated into certain Number groups for check in. The women would checked my information sent me into the wrong line. The line I was sent into was much longer than

other and the person who had to get us our Boarding Passes told us that we were in the wrong line, which was why we had to wait so long for our Cards. Then when we go onto the ship to get to our Room, I was disappointed again. Purchased a Balcony Room. The room was DIRTY. I am talking that it looked like it hadn't been dusted for weeks. I slide my finger across and it was dust. Both in the room and the bathroom is hadn't been dusted. As far as my room stewart... who???? I never saw him. The most he did in the room was change the sheets and even that wasn't done on a daily bases. Then in the always just about every day I vacuum was left next to my door. Also, when they decided to vacuum and shampoo the rugs in the hallway...it was a day while we were out to sea, rather than in port. The bed in the room was HARD as a rock, couldn't sleep the entire trip. I slept for almost an entire 24 hrs once i came home.Then lets move onto the service, worst ever! No one was friendly at all. People were rude. There were more works on the ship talking to each other in there own language that people doing work. From the moment I got on the ship to when I left it wasn't a friendly atmosphere at all. Then lets move on to the food. I have had better food from my Elementary school cafeteria than the food that was provided on this ship. Thank goodness for salad bar because that I pretty much what I ate that whole trip. Only thing I an say was a plus for food was the steakhouse that you had to pay additional for. Dessert... EWWW!! gross worst ever. Room Service food was terrible as well. As for room service breakfast - No Eggs, bacon, sausage or anything really hot for that matter if you wanted to eat something quick in the morning in your room. Spa service - Do Not Go unless you want to walk out in Pain. I had a swedish massage and the women was terrible. This ship was extremely disappointing. I couldn't wait to go back home. They didn't even have a survey for you to take at the end of the cruise, which doesn't surprise me at all. Don't Cruise with Carnival. Worst Terrible What Activities none other and the person who had to get us our Boarding Passes told us that we were in the wrong line, which was why we had to wait so long for our Cards. Then when we go onto the ship to get to our Room, I was disappointed again. Purchased a Balcony Room. The room was DIRTY. I am talking that it looked like it hadn't been dusted for weeks. I slide my finger across and it was dust. Both in the room and the bathroom is hadn't been dusted. As far as my room stewart... who???? I never saw him. The most he did in the room was change the sheets and even that wasn't done on a daily bases. Then in the always just about every day I vacuum was left next to my door. Also, when they decided to vacuum and shampoo the rugs in the hallway...it was a day while we were out to sea, rather than in port. The bed in the room was HARD as a rock, couldn't sleep the entire trip. I slept for almost an entire 24 hrs once i came home.Then lets move onto the service, worst ever! No one was friendly at all. People were rude. There were more works on the ship talking to each other in there own language that people doing work. From the moment I got on the ship to when I left it wasn't a friendly atmosphere at all. Then lets move on to the food. I have had better food from my Elementary school cafeteria than the food that was provided on this ship. Thank goodness for salad bar because that I pretty much what I ate that whole trip. Only thing I an say was a plus for food was the steakhouse that you had to pay additional for. Dessert... EWWW!! gross worst ever. Room Service food was terrible as well. As for room service breakfast - No Eggs, bacon, sausage or anything really hot for that matter if you wanted to eat something quick in the morning in your room. Spa service - Do Not Go unless you want to walk out in Pain. I had a swedish massage and the women was terrible. This ship was extremely disappointing. I couldn't wait to go back home. They didn't even have a survey for you to take at the end of the cruise, which doesn't surprise me at all. Don't Cruise with Carnival.

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Nov 13, 2013

jazz cruise

Ship was very nice. Cabins were big, as well as the balcony. Was nice traveling with the talent who performed on the ship. I would say we had a great time, minus the dining experience and noisy nights sleep. The food was the worst part of the ship. It was tasteless. The deserts looked good, but once you bite into one, you'll want to spit it back out. Everything tasted the same, even their peanut butter had no taste. The omelettes were poured

from a carton, not fresh eggs. The pizza on the Lido deck was the best food on the ship. Very roomy and cozy cabin. Also, very noisy from various parts vibrating due to the ship's engine. Deck above us (cabin 8430) was very noisy with the sound of chairs moving constantly. Fun, lots of variety to choose from with the activities on board the ship. Stay away from cabin 8430, below Lido deck with 24 hour pizza place. Islands were beautiful, Aruba being our favorite.

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