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We chose this cruise because we had two very nice cruises on the Freedom in the past, and because we wanted to take the Bahamas itinerary for a change. Embarkation was quick and painless. We had priority boarding, but arrived as they were boarding Group 1, around 11:45am. There was no line at Security and there was nobody ahead of us at Priority check in. We walked right on the ship. We left Galveston about an hour late in 30+ mph winds and rough seas. The itinerary had to be changed because of the headwinds. Captain Fazio did his best to keep us out of the worst of the front, but it was rough and there were lots of sick people the first night. We did not arrive in Key West until after 1pm. To make up for the delayed arrival in Key West and Freeport, we stayed later in the ports. Key West was our first port. We have been there many, many times over the years. We decided to just walk around town. We walked down to the Southernmost Point and back and did some shopping. In Freeport we were supposed to take the All Inclusive Beach Excursion, but I was unable to go because I was glutened the night before at dinner and was up sick all night. The others didn't want to go without me, so we were out $229. In Nassau we arranged a day pass at the British Colonial Hilton. We walked down to the hotel, paid the balance and had a beautiful day on the beach. The $65.00 per person day pass comes with a $40.00 food and beverage credit. Each person was able to get lunch and 2 drinks for the $40.00. The price also included the use of snorkel equipment and the kayaks. It was the best day we had on the cruise. The noise level around the Lido pool was so loud that it was painful. Even our son, who we always ask to turn down the music, thought it was ridiculously loud. We spoke to David, the Entertainment director, about it and the next day, the volume was turned down. We never sat at either of the pools or on Serenity because we were unable to find a lounger, so we retreated to our balcony. There was lots of chair hogging on the cruise. We spent very little time in the casino because of the smoke. Everytime we went in there we felt like we needed a bath and a change of clothes. The smoke drifted out into the Promenade and just hung there, making it an unpleasant place to sit and listen to music in the evenings. We ate breakfast or brunch every day in the Main Dining Room. The first day we found a team of waiters we really liked and were able to get them 5 of the 7 mornings. Malvin and Sadok were wonderful. We ate in the Steakhouse twice. Sadly, the filet mignon was overcooked both nights. The Shrimp cocktail, salads and chocolate sampler were great as usual. The service was efficient, but I would not say that the waiters were friendly, like they were on previous steakhouse visits on this ship and on others. We requested a table for just the 3 of us in the aft dining room and Prasad, the Maitre D gave us a great table by the balcony in the aft dining room.We really enjoyed talking to the Maitre' D and he is now on our list of favorites. Our head waiter Charlie and his assistants Diego and Apsalom were a great team. They were all personable and very efficient. The only issue I had was when my gluten free meal was given to someone else and I got a regular meal, resulting in about 24 hours of feeling miserable. We went to 3 of the production shows during the week and they were OK. They were playlist shows, so no live musicians like they have on the upgraded shows on the Breeze. We did not attend any of the comedy shows this trip as the times conflicted with our late dinner or the production shows. All in all, we enjoyed the cruise. Malcolm Burn was the cruise director and he is quite good. We probably won't go back on the Freedom for a while, as my husband prefers the Breeze. Debarkation got off to a very slow start when the gangway broke. So, they had to switch to using the forward elevators to take the self-assist people and their luggage down to deck zero to debark. They had a very comfortable waiting area for the Diamonds, although there were not enough chairs for all. They had Danish, coffee, juice and water in the room. We put our luggage out the night before. Luckily, they were able to repair the gangway and we were able to debark from deck 3. They called the number 1 luggage tags after only 2 decks of self assist were off. We got a porter and he worked his way through the crowd and got us in a line for customs with no one ahead of us. We had a really nice agent who just glanced at our passports and welcomed us home. We parked at EZ Cruise. The porter took our bags down to the waiting EZ Cruise van, and we got right on and headed to the parking lot. We got off the ship around 9:00am and were home by 10:30am.

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Carnival Freedom Cruise Review by DebJ14

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We chose this cruise because we had two very nice cruises on the Freedom in the past, and because we wanted to take the Bahamas itinerary for a change. Embarkation was quick and painless. We had priority boarding, but arrived as they were boarding Group 1, around 11:45am. There was no line at Security and there was nobody ahead of us at Priority check in. We walked right on the ship.

We left Galveston about an hour late in 30+ mph winds and rough seas. The itinerary had to be changed because of the headwinds. Captain Fazio did his best to keep us out of the worst of the front, but it was rough and there were lots of sick people the first night. We did not arrive in Key West until after 1pm. To make up for the delayed arrival in Key West and Freeport, we stayed later in the ports.

Key West was our first port. We have been there many, many times over the years. We decided to just walk around town. We walked down to the Southernmost Point and back and did some shopping.

In Freeport we were supposed to take the All Inclusive Beach Excursion, but I was unable to go because I was glutened the night before at dinner and was up sick all night. The others didn't want to go without me, so we were out $229.

In Nassau we arranged a day pass at the British Colonial Hilton. We walked down to the hotel, paid the balance and had a beautiful day on the beach. The $65.00 per person day pass comes with a $40.00 food and beverage credit. Each person was able to get lunch and 2 drinks for the $40.00. The price also included the use of snorkel equipment and the kayaks. It was the best day we had on the cruise.

The noise level around the Lido pool was so loud that it was painful. Even our son, who we always ask to turn down the music, thought it was ridiculously loud. We spoke to David, the Entertainment director, about it and the next day, the volume was turned down. We never sat at either of the pools or on Serenity because we were unable to find a lounger, so we retreated to our balcony. There was lots of chair hogging on the cruise.

We spent very little time in the casino because of the smoke. Everytime we went in there we felt like we needed a bath and a change of clothes. The smoke drifted out into the Promenade and just hung there, making it an unpleasant place to sit and listen to music in the evenings.

We ate breakfast or brunch every day in the Main Dining Room. The first day we found a team of waiters we really liked and were able to get them 5 of the 7 mornings. Malvin and Sadok were wonderful.

We ate in the Steakhouse twice. Sadly, the filet mignon was overcooked both nights. The Shrimp cocktail, salads and chocolate sampler were great as usual. The service was efficient, but I would not say that the waiters were friendly, like they were on previous steakhouse visits on this ship and on others.

We requested a table for just the 3 of us in the aft dining room and Prasad, the Maitre D gave us a great table by the balcony in the aft dining room.We really enjoyed talking to the Maitre' D and he is now on our list of favorites. Our head waiter Charlie and his assistants Diego and Apsalom were a great team. They were all personable and very efficient. The only issue I had was when my gluten free meal was given to someone else and I got a regular meal, resulting in about 24 hours of feeling miserable.

We went to 3 of the production shows during the week and they were OK. They were playlist shows, so no live musicians like they have on the upgraded shows on the Breeze. We did not attend any of the comedy shows this trip as the times conflicted with our late dinner or the production shows.

All in all, we enjoyed the cruise. Malcolm Burn was the cruise director and he is quite good. We probably won't go back on the Freedom for a while, as my husband prefers the Breeze.

Debarkation got off to a very slow start when the gangway broke. So, they had to switch to using the forward elevators to take the self-assist people and their luggage down to deck zero to debark. They had a very comfortable waiting area for the Diamonds, although there were not enough chairs for all. They had Danish, coffee, juice and water in the room. We put our luggage out the night before. Luckily, they were able to repair the gangway and we were able to debark from deck 3. They called the number 1 luggage tags after only 2 decks of self assist were off. We got a porter and he worked his way through the crowd and got us in a line for customs with no one ahead of us. We had a really nice agent who just glanced at our passports and welcomed us home. We parked at EZ Cruise. The porter took our bags down to the waiting EZ Cruise van, and we got right on and headed to the parking lot. We got off the ship around 9:00am and were home by 10:30am.
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There were 3 of us in the cabin. There was plenty of storage space between the dressing area and the large dresser and closets in the bedroom area. The cabin has a double sofa bed, but the steward only made it up as a single bed. It would have been nice to have it as a double, since an adult was sleeping on it. The cabin was in pretty good shape, except for a couple of issues. One of the sink faucets needed a washer replaced so that it did not squirt water everywhere when you turned it on. The pipe that the shower head is attached to , and slides up and down, was falling off the wall. We could not use it as a hand held shower head, nor adjust the water flow because the pipe would fall off the wall every time you touched it. The glass front on the balcony was filthy, and even though they cleaned the balcony during the cruise, it remained filthy. We had an issue with people on nearby balconies smoking and throwing cigarette butts and empty cigarette packages on our balcony. We started out with 3 chairs on the balcony, but one disappeared when they cleaned the balcony. That was a pain, since there were 3 of us in the cabin.
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