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Carnival Freedom Review

4.5 / 5.0
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1297 reviews
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wonderful trip!! ready to go again

Review for Carnival Freedom to the Western Mediterranean
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First Time Cruiser • Age 60s

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Sail Date: Sep 2008
Cabin: Balcony

My husband, parents and I flew in to Rome via Charlotte,Detroit, Amsterdam on Northwest/KLM airlines. Sister airlines but KLM was the best, no complaints there. Very attentive to passenger needs. Every flight on time. We stayed 3 nights at Anne's Place, a small B&B on the outskirts of Rome in Palestrina. David picked us up from the airport and they also delivered us to the cruise port hassle free and great rates. The first afternoon we rested and Anne took us to dinner at Papa's in town. Great food, wine and ambiance. We ate under a grape arbor under the stars!! The next day we toured the italian countryside (provided by the B&B again great rates),Monte Cassino and the monastery, the pope's summer residence and Lake Albano and other stops. Absolutely beautiful!! Dinner was again at another great restaurant and they allowed us to celebrate their 10th anniversary with them and their family, just like being a part of their family. The 3rd day we had a tour scheduled with cruise critic friends in Rome. David drove us to the train station and gave us a cell phone in case we needed anything. We were picked up at the station and saw all of Romes sights, my favorite being a toss up between the Vatican (made possible by our great guide Walter) and the Trevi fountain beautiful, but crowded. And the Coliseum, just awesome. We hated to leave, the rooms were comfortable(ours had a terrace)breakfast was plentiful, there was free wifi, you were able to call home for .50 a minute and as I said before you felt like family. I highly recommend Anne's Place, your home away from home. Now for the cruise: Carnival Freedom is a beautiful ship, what we come to expect from Carnival. This was our 5th cruise with them and we don't have a reason to change. Embarkation was smooth, didn't wait too long at all to board. The cabin was in a great location midship, around the corner from elevators and just up the hall from laundry. We are hooked on a balcony room from now on. Plenty of space, great beds, we had wonderful team of stewards. The room was always clean and any request was taken care of immediately. That goes for all the services on the ship, the dining room service was excellent from the table staff on up. We ate at the Supper Club twice it is not to be missed!! Well worth the money. The entertainment was great my favorite being the "Ticket to Ride" it had the whole audience joined in by the end singing Beatles songs to the top of their lungs and screaming for more. The big screen outside at the pool area is a nice way to see your favorite movies! Tours: We did most of our tours thru Carnival and 2 private tours. The carnival tours we enjoyed my favorite being the Burano, Murano and Torecello tour from Venice. There were only 30 people on this tour making it more personal. I especially like Torecello, the old church and the wonderful restaurant where we ate lunch. But I am getting ahead of myself, our first stop was Naples. We had a cruise critic group of 17 that went on a tour of Capri,Sorrento and Pompeii with Amalfi Drive. Our guide was Guiseppi and he was very knowledgeable and fun!! Pompeii was unbelievable and I would have like to have spent longer in Sorrento, lots of great little shops. I would definitely recommend this company and guide to anyone. Easy to deal with, reasonable prices and at the myself and another organizer were presented with a beautiful personalized plate to remember the tour. Capri was beautiful, one of the places I want to go back and revisit.

Dubrovnik we did on our own and took the shuttle into the old town. We walked the wall of the old city and the sights, my pictures don't do them justice!! The 2 mile or so walk around the city was plenty for us, go in the morning, as late in the day it gets very warm up there. We really enjoyed this city with its marble streets, We bought Kunas from an atm in town but I believe that the shops took the euro or dollar too.

Venice was very crowded. We did the ships tour of St.Marks Square and it was the only tour that I was a little disappointed in. The tour guides seemed short tempered but in their defense the passengers were too, it was hot, I guess we'll blame it on that. We couldn't leave Venice without a gondola ride, I was worried that they wouldn't take us, the ships tour mentioned a weight restriction and we are good sized people, but my husband not to be deterred asked one of the gondoliers for a price. It was high but...I was so glad we did. It was magical, and we did get a gondolier that was very friendly, he even sang a little for us and provided information about his city.

Cabin Review


Cabin 8A

Great cabin. located just around corner from elevator bank and mid ship. Plenty of space, luggage fits under bed. Plenty of closet space, although we did bring extra hangers. wonderful bedding! Almost didn''t miss our own bed at home. A balcony is the only way to go for us now we will never go back. Music could be heard from the deck below, but it never bothered us, we were too tired to notice!!

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