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shirlbiz
Member Since 2016
1 review
2 helpful votes
Well, I had no idea if I would get seasick and got my answer on this very rough water cruise! Other than that unfortunate weather luck of the draw, this was a fun 4-night adventure. We really rocked and rolled heading out of Galveston on ... Read more
daiquiridarling
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
1 forum post
3 helpful votes
Sailed December 2016
I am normally a Carnival fan, but the Freedom left me underwhelmed. The boat was well maintained and clean and the crew was always busy and working hard. The food was great in the Steakhouse but the buffet and dining room were ... Read more
Darshan1
Member Since 2009
14 reviews
33 forum posts
9 helpful votes
Yeah, that's a joke. This was not a terrible cruise, but to explain the title, know that those saying Carnival is going downhill (like most everything) are right. Mostly first-world complaints: Poorer food quality. Fewer options on the ... Read more
urbyja
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 helpful vote
First cruise experience. Everything went really well. Arrived in Galveston and parked in a Port of Galveston parking lot ($50 for 5-day cruise parking). Bus drove us to the main terminal. Check in process went smooth. There were lots ... Read more
jdsaint
Member Since 2016
3 reviews
10 forum posts
Sailed November 2016
This was our first cruise and we were impressed. It was the Thanksgiving cruise out of Galveston, Texas and the boat was not as crowded with families as we expected. The Freedom is a nice boat, even though its one of the older ones in the ... Read more
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seguin
Member Since 2005
1 review
147 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed November 2016
This was our 18th cruise, twice on Freedom. Things have gone downhill for sure. The level of entertainment was pretty bad. We saw a juggler in the main theater that dropped various items three different times. Jokes were corny and I ... Read more
GoneSalin
Member Since 2016
1 review
2 helpful votes
Reservation/help desk was very helpful and really cheerfully answered ‘any further questions’. Two seniors sailed on the smaller friendly Carnival Freedom. This review is not for their bigger ship sailing the same day. ... Read more
susieQcruise
Member Since 2016
1 review
4 helpful votes
Sailed October 2016
Husband booked it for us 3 girls! My husband and I had been on this ship last year. This was a girlfriend’s cruise in which one was a first timer, a second timer/12 years ago and a gold member. Piano Bar-Stevie was great and lots ... Read more
Stumbler001
Member Since 2012
1 review
6 helpful votes
We love Galveston. This was our 32nd cruise, 16th Carnival cruise, (Platinum) ,..and my first review. Carnival has never disappointed us. Sure at times some CCL employee may not have been at the top of their game...but it has been ... Read more
Midgiedawn2
Member Since 2016
1 review
4 helpful votes
I went on the cruise with a group. My group was good but Carnival was lacking. Even with the large group I came with (approx. 180 people) we kept getting bumped from our reserved space for things like stupid art actions. I can garuntee ... Read more
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pirateprincess74066
Member Since 2017
1 review
3 helpful votes
We chose this cruise because of the port mainly. The ship was wonderful with so much to do, I don't believe we even did everything there was to offer. Embarkation was smooth and so was disembarkation. The ship was clean, the staff was ... Read more
MikeD222
Member Since 2016
1 review
3 helpful votes
This was our 5th cruise with Carnival, sailing from Galveston TX. We used the "faster to the fun" feature this cruise and it sure was a big advantage. We had expedited embarkation (we were in the first 100 or so people to go ... Read more
1sg
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 helpful vote
Getting on board and getting off the ship went very well. In fact, leaving the ship was about as smooth as it gets. We did not buy any liquor or tobacco products so customs was really easy. The Freedom was clean and well laid out. The ... Read more
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MountainWestWoman
Member Since 2016
1 review
4 helpful votes
Sailed October 2016
Stayed at Comfort Suites on 89th street the night before. We drove so we chose a hotel at the ocean across from a beautiful pier. Hotel looked nice but the rooms weren't clean. Price was really good. Husband dropped me and the kids (ages ... Read more
chewie139
Member Since 2009
1 review
145 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed October 2016
Wonderful ship, service was great, staff was even better, even the guests all seemed friendly. Took 8 yr old grandson on his first cruise. He was talking about next year on the way home. He went to the kids camp daily. I thought the ... Read more
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Carnival Crazy Bill
Member Since 2016
1 review
15 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed October 2016
We very much enjoyed our cruise overall. There were slight problems at first but out housekeeper quickly corrected everything and was very attentive to our needs throughout the journey. Yanti is a great housekeeper and very considerate of ... Read more
KevinNJoan
Member Since 2016
1 review
4 forum posts
2 helpful votes
For reference, cruises referenced for comparison have been Norwegian (Breakaway) and Royal Caribbean (Grandeur of the Seas). We do not smoke/drink/gamble (aka boring), so casino and alcohol related feedback. ********** CABIN ... Read more
ChuckPA
Member Since 2010
5 reviews
4 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Chose this cruise due to family involvement, some of whom live in Texas. We're from PA, We have sailed on 8 different Carnival ships and in every class except Splendor, Sunshine and Vista. The ship is average and the cruise OK but ... Read more
Setexan
Member Since 2012
3 reviews
4 helpful votes
Sailed October 2016
This was my third cruise with Carnival and 1st on the Freedom. The other two were on the Magic, which is much larger. All cruises were roughly around the same in price and we always get a balcony room. The good: The good points about ... Read more
umanacheryl
Member Since 2016
1 review
I have sailed on Carnival 7 times and this was the first time on the Freedom. The embarkation and debarkation process is pretty smooth on all these cruises. The ship is nice with the exception of a few areas that need some refurbishing. ... Read more
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misterjohnny
Member Since 2002
1 review
83 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Cruise was great. Last cruise was on Celebrity so it will be compared to that but have sailed Carnival Conquest out of Galveston twice before. Embarkation was easy, but we were one of the last on the ship since we flew in that day. ... Read more
MortKahn
Member Since 2016
1 review
10 helpful votes
Short Version of Review Like a herd of African animals of your choice, if you enjoy following 2,500 of your best new friends, with no deviations, no customer service and no method of dealing with trip challenges or exceptions, you will ... Read more
nurselady24
Member Since 2016
1 review
14 helpful votes
My husband and I just returned from our 7 day cruise to Montego Bay Jamaica, Grand Cayman, and Cozumel. This was our second cruise with carnival our first on the freedom. We arrived in Galveston Friday, which was the night before we ... Read more
Banditswife
Member Since 2011
4 reviews
3,285 forum posts
8 helpful votes
Sailed September 2016
We booked this cruise as a last minute get away. We flew Southwest on embarkation day with no problems, purchased the Carnival transfer & were on the ship within a few minutes of arriving at the port of Galveston. Staggered check in ... Read more
xriva
Member Since 2009
8 reviews
724 forum posts
5 helpful votes
My wife and I are fairly seasoned cruisers (we’re both Platinum on Norwegian) and this was our thirteenth cruise. Still, as it was our first non-Norwegian cruise, it felt at times like we were starting over. This was a cruise of ... Read more
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