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Carnival Freedom

Cruise Critic Editor Rating:
4.5
1,262 reviews
Why Choose Carnival Freedom?

Pros

Free dining options and age-appropriate activities, including Seuss-themed events

Cons

Layout forces passengers to climb stairs to access other main areas of the ship on the same deck

Bottom Line

Tremendous value to passengers and families, with fun-for-all-ages atmosphere


Cruise Reviews

Sail Date: October 2018
This past week was the worst vacation I have ever had. I would have rather been working. I have been on previous carnival cruises however I will no longer be using them. Our 7 day trip to the Caribbean changed into a nightmare where I was ... Read More
This past week was the worst vacation I have ever had. I would have rather been working. I have been on previous carnival cruises however I will no longer be using them. Our 7 day trip to the Caribbean changed into a nightmare where I was counting down the days until I could go home. 1.) The Cruise Director Emma- she was extremely rude to the guests and knew her remarks sounded bad and blamed it on her being “British” like that excused her behavior. 2.) Our room was extremely hot and we were next to the electrical room. We contacted the desk about it and they sent a maintenance tech to our room and they explained that they found a legally acceptable range between 74-77 degrees, that sounds great for sleeping in a room with no windows or ventilation. Even though there is a thermostat for us to change the setting? Also because we were next to the electrical room, we heard banging and tools dropping at all hours of the night (11pm, 3am, 6 am) so much for being on vacation 3.) The service- our schedule got changed due to hurricane Michael. It’s understandable, but on the second day they completely removed Roatan (the whole reason for our trip) and when told about reimbursement we received the port fees back..... $15.81. WOW that helps when we spent serval thousand dollars to go. Also the staff spoke to us like children and we felt like sheep being hurded around. Lastly while dining in the main dining room my husband noticed black marks on my arm. After inspecting where it had come from we noticed the tables had been recently painted. My concerns seemed to be downplayed as the waitstaff assured me it could easily be removed. I then showed them that even scrubbing with an alcohol based cleaner and a rag would not remove it they again disregarded me and the issue seemed to be ignored as they continued with work. They did not offer assistance they did not get me anything to remove it with and so you are aware this wasn’t water soluble paint it was latex or oil based paint which took a lot of hand sanitizer and elbow grease to remove. Later in the evening when discussing it with my husband multiple other guest over heard our conversation and said the same thing happened to them and even ruined there clothes. 4.) EVERYTHING was unorganized, the best example was disembarkment day. We were supposed to leave at 8am which turned into 11am and while standing in a huge line to get out (like cows) all the lights in the ship went out (including the elevators that people were on). Standing in a crowded room, in the dark with a bunch of strangers does not feel comforting or safe. These are the largest concerns that happened on my trip, however some smaller ones include: taking two hours to get dinner (we decided to order everything at the beginning of the meal to ensure we received it in time), the staff seemed bothered/not a lot of smiles, which made me feel bad to ask for anything. The entire trip felt like carnival was trying to get every last penny out of you, exploiting every last avenue for money to the point that we didn’t want to interact with anyone or go to any event to avoid getting badgered for more money. In conclusion we were extremely disappointed. As stated before this was not my first trip with carnival but it will most certainly be my last. Being in the service industry most of my concerns could have avoided or at least managed with a little reassurance and assistance. However I will be giving my money to another line that might actually appreciate that I am choosing to give my hard earned money to them. Read Less
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Sail Date: September 2018
We embarked on our cruise 09/29/2018. We had been on to other cruises with Carnival, the triumph and the magic. Those cruises were wonderful and we had a great time. When we 1st boarded the freedom we noticed that it seemed like we were ... Read More
We embarked on our cruise 09/29/2018. We had been on to other cruises with Carnival, the triumph and the magic. Those cruises were wonderful and we had a great time. When we 1st boarded the freedom we noticed that it seemed like we were back in the seventies and eighties on that cruise ship. I paid for the Internet on the cruise $97 never received Internet at all. The TV's are very outdated. It stated we would have cable on board we did not. We had pre recorded movies on the TV and at certain parts during the movie it would stop you would see a play button on the TV screen and another movie would start playing so we never really got to finish a movie. All they played was CNN for your news that really sucked it was like being on a democratic cruise ship. All we listen to was crapy rap music. I don't know what they're talking about when they say you will be checked any drugs found you will be arrested that is a lie. Dam near everybody on board was smoking marijuana so it makes you wonder do they really check here. There were so many drugs on board that no matter what deck you were on you could smell marijuana in your room on the balconies everywhere. The food O let me tell you about the food. It was the worst food that I have ever had on a cruise ship being from Texas I didn't expect it to always be barbeque of course but I felt like on the cruise ship they were making us become vegan. Everything was fish salad being kurds it was disgusting. The ship really needs to be updated. Our state room the walls look like they had been punched somebody was in a fight the room smelled musty and the closets smelled florabel. We kept having to spray perfume and Cologne in the closets in in the room. The beds felt like you were sleeping on rocks it was horrible. The lady that host carnival cruise ship on board would never shut up over the speaker she was always interrupting movies interrupting your sleep and was very annoying. I will never cruise carnival freedom again they really need to update that ship. They need to give people options on the TV when they say you have cable then give us cable. The only thing that I can say that was good about that ship was the staff that works there they were very friendly nice and always had a smile on their face. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2018
We have 12 cruises under our belt. Most of them have been with Carnival. This is the first out of Galveston as we like to try different ports. The ship is not as glamorous as the newer ones but it was in good repair and suited our needs. I ... Read More
We have 12 cruises under our belt. Most of them have been with Carnival. This is the first out of Galveston as we like to try different ports. The ship is not as glamorous as the newer ones but it was in good repair and suited our needs. I actually prefer the smaller ones. If you are driving to Galveston the parking garage is literally right across the street from the terminal. I have to start out by saying DEDY our stateroom steward is the best we have ever had. He was always pleasant and very efficient. We do pay our gratuities in advance but bring extra cash for extra service like this. We had early dining. The meals were good. My husband tried several different steak dinners and said they were all perfect. Our service team was not up to par. Nothing horrible but not as attentive as usual. We saw the stage productions and they were entertaining. Cruise director Brad was great. One night we went to the comedy show and he was funny. A couple we met at dinner went to the later show and said it was so vulgar they walked out, So if you don't like that type of humor stick to the early family show. All and all the hubs and I had an enjoyable trip. Read Less
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