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Carnival Freedom is a major step on a trajectory that is quickly hurtling Carnival Cruise Lines into the atmosphere for family-friendly, multigenerational cruising. The line has always offered value, but ...
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frednbec
Member Since 2012
1 review
14 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed three weeks ago
The cruise was pretty good, overall. The ship was clean and the crew was top-notch, as usual. Any ship that has 2 Red Frog Rum bars on it aces in my book. The Blue Iguana made a pretty tasty burrito and Fish and Chips was not bad. ... Read more
sprog
Member Since 2008
1 review
6 forum posts
2 helpful votes
My wife and I have done the Western Caribbean cruise many times, so decided to do an Eastern Caribbean one. She wanted to see Key West too so we booked out of Galveston. We live in New Orleans, so it was only a 6 hour drive. This was our ... Read more
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kaycee59
Member Since 2016
2 reviews
0 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed four weeks ago
My mom and I went on this cruise with my daughter and her husband. My daughter is in her mid-20's and in a wheelchair. So first, I want to write about her experiences. She found it difficult to navigate around the ship in the ... Read more
Livesteamer
Member Since 2010
4 reviews
73 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Carnival Freedom simply exceeded our expectations for a first ever family cruise that included our oldest daughter (a rookie cruiser), our second daughter and our son-in-law and our 2 grand-kids (5 and 10-also rookie cruisers). My wife ... Read more
dvond
Member Since 2008
8 reviews
609 forum posts
10 helpful votes
We decided to try a cruise out of Texas as we always go out of the east coast to try something different. Overall we had a very good cruise, here are some highlights; Embarkation took 15 minutes, very easy We had a inside cabin, ... Read more
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kelay37
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
2 helpful votes
This was a REALLY fantastic cruise for us. We've sailed before on the Magic and this was my 4th cruise (first as an adult and without kids along) and my girlfriend's second. The last time we sailed, we had an interior room, along with 2 ... Read more
Karenh31
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
13 helpful votes
Sailed May 2016
We were on the Spa Deck.. (11th floor balcony ) After cruising on the Dream two years ago... the Freedom seemed to be lacking in areas. It is a smaller ship, so I am sure that has something to do with it. We had anytime dining in ... Read more
richinaspen
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Another memorable trip with Carnival. This places us in the "gold" category with thirty-plus days on the water over a period of 25 years , and Carnival still can deliver a terrific experience. The embarkation effort was a bit ... Read more
adamsacres
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed April 2016
This was our second cruise. Our first cruise was on the Carnival Magic. I enjoyed this cruise much much more because it was smaller. No elevator wait times, whereas the Magic was ALWAYS crowded at the elevators. I'm talking elbow to ... Read more
rasjhutch
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Live in Texas. Took the cruise from Galveston as it is nearest where I live. They lost our luggage, they changed our room without apology. Would not even hunt down our luggage. Guest Services personnel were grumpy, grouchy and rude to ... Read more

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tex1gma
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
7 helpful votes
We went with several of our cousins who recommended this ship to us. It was our 1st time cruising and I must say it was a fabulous trip. Everyone from the steward to the dining room crew was exceptional, very friendly and helpful always. ... Read more
Bomax2
Member Since 2012
1 review
83 forum posts
8 helpful votes
We have been on 11 cruises, this was our 9th on Carnival. We are a family of 4, myself, my husband, both 60, grown son and daughter-in-law 28 and 25. We chose this cruise for the price and convenience. We drove to Galveston on Friday and ... Read more
policekat
Member Since 2016
1 review
4 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed April 2016
This was my husband and I 2nd cruise but wanted to take my son and his girlfriend. Needless to say they LOVED it and we loved the time we got to spend with them! The staff was wonderful! I can't say enough good things about this cruise! I ... Read more
Lbuechter
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
3 helpful votes
I was looking forward to being on the Carnival Freedom because this was my 5th cruise but first on Freedom that just came to Galveston. I was disappointed on the condition of this ship. Old looking, terrible decor, smaller areas from ... Read more
NeedToVacation
Member Since 2011
6 reviews
30 forum posts
0 helpful votes
My Mom and I booked this cruise last-minute because of the itinerary and the price that came up. Plus, I needed one more cruise on Carnival to bump me up to Platinum Level (VIFP)!! So, this was my first time with "Priority" ... Read more

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txcharley
Member Since 2009
3 reviews
78 forum posts
10 helpful votes
Sailed April 2016
We chose this cruise because the Freedom is new(ish) to Galveston and we had not previously sailed on her. With that being said, I doubt we will sail her again. The experience was "interesting" to say the least! We are ... Read more
wmhagan02
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
15 helpful votes
This was my wife and I's 3rd cruise and the first on Carnival. We heard a lot of bad things about Carnival compared to Royal Caribbean and people told us the service, food entertainment etc would be a huge letdown. We wanted to go to the ... Read more
grizwald_vacationer
Member Since 2013
1 review
11 forum posts
8 helpful votes
This is our 15th cruise, and the 8th one with Carnival. We have always had a wonderful cruise experience in the past. However, this was not the case with this cruise. We were severely disappointed in our cabin, the customer service, the ... Read more
BubbJiggs
Member Since 2015
1 review
1 forum post
4 helpful votes
We wanted a nice getaway with just me and the wife. Without the kids we did not feel that we wanted spend a lot of time on excursions. So we just walked around each port. Key West we did Hemingway house and walked around. Freeport you ... Read more
Dblscrew
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
16 helpful votes
We had been on a couple Carnival cruises before but have been enjoying Royal Carribean as of late. Now I remember why we weren't cruising with Carnival. We were asked to join some friends on this cruise out of Galveston & I must say ... Read more

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Harleydaily
Member Since 2016
1 review
2 forum posts
6 helpful votes
Sailed March 2016
We had great cruise,two neebies that had never sailed before,It took a lot of convenvencing to get my husband to try cruising and he is ready to go again now . One of our favorites - we both Highly recommend the Sunking Steak House. Food ... Read more
justforlaughs
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
12 helpful votes
Sailed March 2016
We arrived in Galveston from three ports to enjoy our first family vacation ,this party of eight. This was our first time out of Galveston , usually we leave out of anywhere in Florida and IT WAS A MESS!!! Not accounting for the cold ... Read more
travelingsv
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
10 helpful votes
This is only our 2nd cruise. Admittedly we are hotel snobs and choose the nicest 4 and 5 star hotels when traveling, the Carnival Freedom does not fit this bill at all. The cabin is down right depressing and very dated for a ship that is ... Read more
almitra
Member Since 2003
3 reviews
1,796 forum post
33 helpful votes
Here we go, everybody--I am a longtime Carnival cruiser (gold level at the moment), but have also cruised NCL and RCCL, so I like variety (but still have a preference for Carnival). Gonna break this up so it isn't so laborious or you can ... Read more
whoop1995
Member Since 2013
2 reviews
0 forum posts
9 helpful votes
Sailed February 2016
Let me start by saying that this was my second cruise. The bar was set high by Disney on my first cruise. If you like Walmart and Golden Corral buffets, you will like Carnival. Pro- 1. Price 2. 80's show was entertaining ... Read more

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