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Embarkation was extremely smooth, probably due to the fact that we had purchased "Faster to the Fun". Our cabin was ready when we boarded around noon and the luggage arrived shortly there after as promised in the FTTF. This was the first time we have gotten a premium balcony cabin and we were not disappointed. Its size was immense; essentially a suite for the price of a balcony. Huge balcony and lots of room to move around in. The ship was clean but after having taken a tour around it was clear that it was in need of a dry dock visit. During the entire cruise was alot of movement felt that was not caused by the sea state. At most we may have had 1-2 foot seas for the entire cruise. The movement was being caused by vibrations coming from who knows where. Even when the ship was in port and tied to the pier we could still feel these vibrations in our cabin. The pixel studio needs a massive upgrade. We cruised on the Conquest last year and we could view photos on a computer terminal. On the Freedom we had to "hunt and peck" through literally thousands of pictures to find ours. I'm sure that some passengers probably gave up and that surely cost Carnival photo sales. Dining options are standard and can be found on all Carnival ships. I would guess that what you think about them depends on the service that you get on any given cruise. For myself I was a bit taken back when diners were allowed in the Steakhouse with baseball caps on. There are notices everywhere detailing what not to wear in the dining rooms but these seem to be taken as mere suggestions by a great number of the passengers. Surely you can get presentable for one meal a day. Debarkation was haphazard at best. For those of you thinking about taking a cruise out of Galveston, be prepared to pay a duty on any liquor that you purchase on the ship or in any of your port of call. It was $3.75 per qt duty and there also was a duty on tobacco products. Trying to find a porter to help with luggage was a test of patience. My wife and I finally decided to hoof it with out four pieces of luggase and other hand held pieces rather than wait for someone we would have to tip. Many of the passengers were strong enough to do this by themselves and were forced to wait. For the most part we had a great time on the cruise. All of the crew we came in contact with were always ready to go "above and beyound" to meet our needs. The Alchemy Bar was fantastic and we spent every night in the Punchliner comedy club.

Ship needs a drydock visit

Carnival Freedom Cruise Review by marlstone

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Embarkation was extremely smooth, probably due to the fact that we had purchased "Faster to the Fun". Our cabin was ready when we boarded around noon and the luggage arrived shortly there after as promised in the FTTF. This was the first time we have gotten a premium balcony cabin and we were not disappointed. Its size was immense; essentially a suite for the price of a balcony. Huge balcony and lots of room to move around in.

The ship was clean but after having taken a tour around it was clear that it was in need of a dry dock visit. During the entire cruise was alot of movement felt that was not caused by the sea state. At most we may have had 1-2 foot seas for the entire cruise. The movement was being caused by vibrations coming from who knows where. Even when the ship was in port and tied to the pier we could still feel these vibrations in our cabin.

The pixel studio needs a massive upgrade. We cruised on the Conquest last year and we could view photos on a computer terminal. On the Freedom we had to "hunt and peck" through literally thousands of pictures to find ours. I'm sure that some passengers probably gave up and that surely cost Carnival photo sales.

Dining options are standard and can be found on all Carnival ships. I would guess that what you think about them depends on the service that you get on any given cruise. For myself I was a bit taken back when diners were allowed in the Steakhouse with baseball caps on. There are notices everywhere detailing what not to wear in the dining rooms but these seem to be taken as mere suggestions by a great number of the passengers. Surely you can get presentable for one meal a day.

Debarkation was haphazard at best. For those of you thinking about taking a cruise out of Galveston, be prepared to pay a duty on any liquor that you purchase on the ship or in any of your port of call. It was $3.75 per qt duty and there also was a duty on tobacco products. Trying to find a porter to help with luggage was a test of patience. My wife and I finally decided to hoof it with out four pieces of luggase and other hand held pieces rather than wait for someone we would have to tip. Many of the passengers were strong enough to do this by themselves and were forced to wait.

For the most part we had a great time on the cruise. All of the crew we came in contact with were always ready to go "above and beyound" to meet our needs. The Alchemy Bar was fantastic and we spent every night in the Punchliner comedy club.
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Cabin Review

Premium Balcony
Cabin 9B 8442
Very roomy and despite being almost directly below the rear pool and bar area we did not experience any noises from above. Some other reviews mentioned this but it was a non0-issue for us.
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Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

  • Beach
    We got a day pass to the Viva Wyndam Fortuna beach resort. All inclusive all you could eat and drink. Very nice beach and pool. Employees extremely pleasant. There were some sellers of local goods on the beach pestering the guests but were chased off by the staff. $89.00 each covers the cost of the day pass but you still have pay for a taxi to get there; about a 25 minute ride and the cost was $64.00 roundtrip for two. All you need do is tell the driver when you want to be picked up and they will be there.
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  • Key West
    More or less got of the ship at our leasure. We have been to Key West twice before and didn't have anything special on our agenda.
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  • Island Tour
    Our guude for the day was Karon. He was very knowledgable and took us to see alot of the island. We toured the rum cake factory, the rum factory, the Queens staircase, parts of Paradise Island and the choclate factory. Great tour and would do again.
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