Just retuned from the Freedom. Enjoyed our cruise very much. This is our 13th cruise. 8th on Carnival.
The only issue we had was a poor choice we made in room location. We were on the Lido deck room 9261, Great room however it is located across from the storage closet for the room stewards. It also was located near a fire door which means there is a large metal threshold on the floor and early in the morning and late at night the staff were running carts full of towels etc across the threshold right in front of our door. It was very loud and woke us up as early at 7:00. Vacuuming as early as 8:00. Now when your on vacation and enjoying the night time events, this is very frustrating. Being on the lido deck was great but I would stay away from any rooms near this one.
We bought the FTTF because I have a back injury and cannot stand very long. We loved this. It was well worth it. We got to the dock at 12 and was on the ship in 15 minutes. We also had priority disembarkment
We got up, had breakfast and walked off the ship. I would do this again anytime.
Food...everyone complains about it. And truly its went downhill a lot over the years. Its too bad. There is less of it, less choices and the quality is poor in some cases. However the staff as usual was great. Our dining staff, Roy, I Waylon and Aldrin were great. Went our of their way to make us happy every night and around the ship. Our room assistant Dewi was great. Greeted us by name all around the ship.
Entertainment was enjoyable. Not as good as its been in the past but still entertaining. New upgrades were very nice. Guys burgers were wonderful. We enjoyed both pools and Serenity as well. All were busy but we were always able to find chairs. We did see some people "saving chairs" One lady had towel on 2 extra chairs just in case her kids wanted to sit there. During the 5 hrs we were there.. no one showed up and use the chairs...even though other people wanted them. Ports were enjoyable, even though Grand Cayman had a 'monsoon" as we were all trying to get on the tenders and to the ship. It was certainly wet.
When we let the ship we noticed that they were taking off a body out the back way. How very sad to lose someone you love and on a ship in the middle of the ocean.
Our hope is the family is doing well after their loss.