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We've been on 6+ other Carnival cruises, this by far very disappointing. Our room was great as was Laxmi our cabin steward. We had early dining at 6pm in the Chic restaurant. Table 641 is a terrible placement, right as you come in on deck 4 to the left by the stairs, next to the waitstaff work space. For the "showtime" the wait staff do every evening you head to stand up and look over the railing to see anything. Our wait staff, Jorge, Samson and Yin were lovely! Nay and Ionut the "shot" and wine steward were also wonderful. For was good, not a good a previous Carnival cruises, but ok. The nightly shows in the Victoriana theater were pathetic. Apparently all Carnival cruises will change to this format of shows, I hardly call a stand up guy from Las vegas juggling a few balls and snapping a newspaper in half a show for the evening. Hasbro game show while fun, was not an evening showcase that has been accustomed to on Carnival cruises. The 80's pop was off tune and something to show in a small lounge during the day hours. All the "shows" were something that would normally be done during daytime hours in a small lounge or perhaps the Victoriana, but not worthy of the evening show. Utterly a waste of time!!! The Serenity deck, 21+ (deck 11 and 12) was indeed nice, however placing it right next to the playground hardly yielded the effect of serene and quiet. That was not thought out well. We did the behind the fun tour, bought our tickets upon boarding, and the tickets were delivered to the stateroom on the first evening. We showed up for the tour on Thursday, Jan 5 in the library along with the other 14 guests who purchased tickets, waited and waited, until my husband and another woman went to see where the guide was. The shore excursion desk said the ticket was a misprint and the tour was the following day. No apology and quite frankly was rude when questioned. The daily Fun Times also had the tour for Thursday and Malcom the cruise director had announced it on the morning show as well, but the dark haired, English gal at the desk acted like we were stupid and said it's just a misprint. On vacation we sleep in, we go to sit down breakfast, and while not a huge deal, this "misprint" led to 2 mornings being re-arranged to meet the misprinted tickets. No apology, no price discount, only said we could cancel the whole thing. We wanted to do the tour, however the cruise line expects every T to be crossed and i dotted when it comes to you being on time, paying your bill, etc, etc., so we should expect the same from them. $95 per person is pure profit for them for this tour and their inconvenience of us was not acknowledged. We have cruised Carnival many times and this is the first time we were sorely disappointed. We won't go on the Freedom again, and we'll look at the shows before booking on any other Carnival cruise as well. One more thing, the time in Nassau is very short and Freeport very long. It would be great to flip flop these days as Nassau has Atlantis which we went to and it is amazing. Unfortunately the water park there closes at sundown, basically 5pm, so when you dock at 12pm, get off the boat by 12:30, get to Atlantis by 1pm, you only have 4 hours to enjoy the vast array of outdoor activity. The aquarium stays open late, so you can do those after the waterpark closes, but it's a pricey thing to do for really only 4 hours of play time. We never book through Carnival as the price is always much more than booking ourselves, so even doing that it was $966 for the 6 of us.

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Carnival Freedom Cruise Review by Rachel66

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We've been on 6+ other Carnival cruises, this by far very disappointing. Our room was great as was Laxmi our cabin steward. We had early dining at 6pm in the Chic restaurant. Table 641 is a terrible placement, right as you come in on deck 4 to the left by the stairs, next to the waitstaff work space. For the "showtime" the wait staff do every evening you head to stand up and look over the railing to see anything. Our wait staff, Jorge, Samson and Yin were lovely! Nay and Ionut the "shot" and wine steward were also wonderful. For was good, not a good a previous Carnival cruises, but ok.

The nightly shows in the Victoriana theater were pathetic. Apparently all Carnival cruises will change to this format of shows, I hardly call a stand up guy from Las vegas juggling a few balls and snapping a newspaper in half a show for the evening. Hasbro game show while fun, was not an evening showcase that has been accustomed to on Carnival cruises. The 80's pop was off tune and something to show in a small lounge during the day hours. All the "shows" were something that would normally be done during daytime hours in a small lounge or perhaps the Victoriana, but not worthy of the evening show. Utterly a waste of time!!!

The Serenity deck, 21+ (deck 11 and 12) was indeed nice, however placing it right next to the playground hardly yielded the effect of serene and quiet. That was not thought out well. We did the behind the fun tour, bought our tickets upon boarding, and the tickets were delivered to the stateroom on the first evening. We showed up for the tour on Thursday, Jan 5 in the library along with the other 14 guests who purchased tickets, waited and waited, until my husband and another woman went to see where the guide was. The shore excursion desk said the ticket was a misprint and the tour was the following day. No apology and quite frankly was rude when questioned. The daily Fun Times also had the tour for Thursday and Malcom the cruise director had announced it on the morning show as well, but the dark haired, English gal at the desk acted like we were stupid and said it's just a misprint. On vacation we sleep in, we go to sit down breakfast, and while not a huge deal, this "misprint" led to 2 mornings being re-arranged to meet the misprinted tickets. No apology, no price discount, only said we could cancel the whole thing. We wanted to do the tour, however the cruise line expects every T to be crossed and i dotted when it comes to you being on time, paying your bill, etc, etc., so we should expect the same from them. $95 per person is pure profit for them for this tour and their inconvenience of us was not acknowledged.

We have cruised Carnival many times and this is the first time we were sorely disappointed. We won't go on the Freedom again, and we'll look at the shows before booking on any other Carnival cruise as well. One more thing, the time in Nassau is very short and Freeport very long. It would be great to flip flop these days as Nassau has Atlantis which we went to and it is amazing. Unfortunately the water park there closes at sundown, basically 5pm, so when you dock at 12pm, get off the boat by 12:30, get to Atlantis by 1pm, you only have 4 hours to enjoy the vast array of outdoor activity. The aquarium stays open late, so you can do those after the waterpark closes, but it's a pricey thing to do for really only 4 hours of play time. We never book through Carnival as the price is always much more than booking ourselves, so even doing that it was $966 for the 6 of us.
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