Subscribe today
Get Cruise Critic in your inbox
Your Ultimate Cruise Guide

Carnival Freedom Cruise Review by Bug35125: Cruise with Carnival


Bug35125
1 Review
Member Since 2012
0 Posts

Member Rating

Cabin 4.0
Dining 1.0
Embarkation 5.0
Enrichment Activities 3.0
Entertainment 3.0
Family & Children Not Rated
Fitness & Recreation 3.0
Public Rooms 5.0
Rates 3.0
Service 3.0
Shore Excursions 5.0
Value for Money 4.0

Compare Prices on Carnival Freedom Eastern Caribbean Cruises

Cruise with Carnival

Sail Date: March 2012
Destination: Eastern Caribbean
Embarkation: Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)

My husband and I are retired and this is our second cruise, our first on Carnival. We reside in Florida and drove to Port Everglades, so there were no flights, or hotel stays. We arrived at the Port around 11AM and went through the embarkation process without any problems.

While we were still in Port and waiting for the remainder of the passengers to come aboard, we were directed to the Lido Deck to eat at the buffet, which was mass confusion, with everyone fighting for somewhere to sit, and the food was barely warm, and definitely not hot. But we took into consideration that it was the first day and the crew was very busy.

Our stateroom was fine, and it's a good thing because we spent a great deal of time in it. That was not our intention though.

We prefer free style dining so most of our meals were at the buffet, we did eat in the Chic and the Posh Restaurants, but felt that the choices of entrees to be limited. The food at the buffet was dried out and More not hot, but warm, and there was always a battle of finding a place to sit and eat.

We realize that Carnival is known as a family cruise line, but I wasn't aware the it meant children can run wild. There would have been places to sit and eat, if there were not numerous groups of children, sitting (no adults with them) and either playing computer games, or being loud and racing around and bumping into people and chairs. My husband and I could not go through the line at the same time because as soon as we would get there one of us would look for a place to sit, while the other went to get some food. We tried going at off times, rather than normal eating times, just to try and see if it would be any better. That didn't work either, as either the buffet's were closed or if it was open it was filled to capacity. If it's any indication as to the food, my husband lost 10 pounds, and I didn't gain any weight, which I feel speaks for the quality of the food.

The chairs had upholstered seats that were not clean, after sitting on them our shorts had grease on them that had not been there before. I realize that when there are children that these things happen, but I think a little more care and a little more structure for the children and their parents would help.

Every evening it was the same thing, there were all these places set up in the
hall/decks for photo's, and that took up space, besides the children that were running and yelling and pushing to be the first to get somewhere. It was extremely annoying to sit down to listen to one of the musicians, play the piano, or guitar and having nothing but kids talking over the music, it was rude and inconsiderate to everyone.

As I stated previously our Stateroom was nice, but there was dried blood on the curtain, and also on the drapery pull, which I cleaned off myself, as I felt it was disgusting. As far as any other service for the room, that was fine, we always had clean towels and the bed was always made.

This was truly a disappointing experience, and if Carnival wishes to cater to children that's their choice, but it seems to me as there should be some sort of structure or rules that prohibit them from running wild, and disturbing others. Getting an elevator that was not packed with kids just playing around was unusual.

This was a learning experience and we will probably never cruise with Carnival again, or recommend them to anyone else, unless they have children, and they wish to not be responsible for their behavior. Less


Read more Carnival Freedom cruise reviews >>
Read Cruise Critic's Carnival Freedom Review >>

Cabin review: Carnival Freedom Oceanview Riviera 1390

As I stated above, our cabin was fine, except for the dried blood on the curtain and drapery pull. Plenty of closet space, and storage. Our cabin was across the hall from a pantry area for the crew, but that was not noisy, they would maybe be in there around 8 pm but after that it was quiet, and when they were there, they were not noisy.

Port and Shore Excursions


We took the 4x4 excursion and found it very enjoyable, and the guide was excellent.
Read 806 Antigua Reviews

We went to Atlantis to the Casino and then went back to the shop, we went on our own, not any excursion.
Read 2662 Nassau Reviews

We enjoyed all the shops and walking around the town.
Read 2340 St. Thomas Reviews

Didn't see much, just got off the ship and wandered around the Port as by this time we were becoming disenchanted and really wanted to go back to the ship and sit in some peace and quiet.
Read 502 Tortola Reviews

Thank You For Signing Up!

Please Note: To ensure delivery of your free e-letters, please add news@cruisecritic.com to your address book.
We're committed to protecting your privacy and will not rent or sell your e-mail address. By proceeding, you agree to our Privacy Policy and Terms of Use.