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Carnival Freedom
Carnival Freedom
Member Name: nyedward
Cruise Date: February 2010
Embarkation: Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
Destination: Western Caribbean
Cabin Category: 8C
Cabin Number:
Booking Method: Internet Agency
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Member Rating   2.0 out of 5+
Dining 2.0
Public Rooms 4.0
Cabins 2.0
Entertainment 1.0
Spa & Fitness 5.0
Family & Children (By Age Group)
        3-6 5+
        7-9 5+
Shore Excursions 3.0
Embarkation 1.0
Service 4.0
Value-for-Money 3.0
Rates 2.0
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Ship Facts: Carnival Freedom Review (by Cruise Critic!) | Carnival Freedom Deck Plans
Very nice ship with mediocre entertainment and TINY rooms
First things first, DO NOT give Carnival your credit card # to be tied to your "Sail & Sign" / room card. They hit you with all kinds of unexpected charges. It seems they keep trying various charges hoping you'll miss it and let it go. I was trusting enough to do that and ended up paying few visits to the service desk. Even then, we ended up with unexpected Gratuity charges of $180, which they supposedly always charge. Fact is, prepaid gratuity is an option I did not choose during my booking process. I'm still waiting for a refund, which Carnival denied multiple times at this point.

Second, rooms on this vessle are tiny. Having cruised on some of the smaller Royal Carrebean ships I was very surprised at the size of our top class of Balcony room. Unless you buy a suite, don't expect to fit anymore than two people into a stateroom comfortably. And even with two people, it's tough to get around. They do keep the rooms clean though, kudos to housekeeping!

Third, the entertainment team downright sucks. I could not understand a word of English spoken by the Cruise director - Philipe throughout the week. I won't even mention the rest of the Italian/Spanish team. Soda and Alcohol are extremely expensive, but not unlike any other cruise I've been on. I would rate food quality as 2 out of 5. Not a day went by without upset stomach in my case. Any type of meat was just horrible to taste. Stick to Fish and seafood.

Best thing about this cruise was "Camp Carnival". We had two kids with us and they took care of both for many hours each day. Kids area is full of toys and activities, supervised by a very friendly staff. Huge thanks for that.

Publication Date: 03/05/10
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