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My mom and dad will be celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary in three days. The only time I could get a large amount of time off work was around Christmas. This was our first cruise so we weren’t certain what to expect. When Carnival says a 7 day cruise, it’s a lie. You’re only on a cruise 6 days. The first day we spent getting up at 2 am, flying to Houston, riding an hour and a half to Galveston, and then there was the whole process of getting on the ship, which took over an hour. From the airport to getting on the ship, no water or anything was available to drink. So of course, you’re very thirsty, and no drink cards work on the first day. They didnt have our rooms ready for about an hour after we got on the ship. When we finally got in our rooms, the alarm went off and it was muster time! Which is everyone lining up on deck and listening to safety instructions. I have no problem with safety instructions, but at least let us rest for a few minutes! I was not impressed with the overall look of the ship. It smelled and reminded me of a casino. The only food that was decent in quality was the dining in the evening. If you have a sweet tooth, bring your own sugar, cause almost everything is sweetened with artificial sweeteners. I think they use real sugar in the dining rooms in the evening. We bought an endless bubbles deal, for soft drinks, but they made it so difficult to get to it, it wasn’t worth it. And they still charge you $2:50 for a can of soda. Premium WiFi is a complete waste of money. It’s so slow, you’d never be able to upload or download anything. Do not go to EXcaret Park. Two people from our group were late, so the boat operator sped back to Freedom. We almost capsized two times. The blender for drinks spilled all over a passenger and broke. People were throwing up in bags everywhere, It took all day Saturday to get off the ship, get back to Houston, and fly home.

Do Not Waste Your Money

Carnival Freedom Cruise Review by Pepestuart

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My mom and dad will be celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary in three days. The only time I could get a large amount of time off work was around Christmas. This was our first cruise so we weren’t certain what to expect. When Carnival says a 7 day cruise, it’s a lie. You’re only on a cruise 6 days. The first day we spent getting up at 2 am, flying to Houston, riding an hour and a half to Galveston, and then there was the whole process of getting on the ship, which took over an hour. From the airport to getting on the ship, no water or anything was available to drink. So of course, you’re very thirsty, and no drink cards work on the first day. They didnt have our rooms ready for about an hour after we got on the ship. When we finally got in our rooms, the alarm went off and it was muster time! Which is everyone lining up on deck and listening to safety instructions. I have no problem with safety instructions, but at least let us rest for a few minutes! I was not impressed with the overall look of the ship. It smelled and reminded me of a casino. The only food that was decent in quality was the dining in the evening. If you have a sweet tooth, bring your own sugar, cause almost everything is sweetened with artificial sweeteners. I think they use real sugar in the dining rooms in the evening. We bought an endless bubbles deal, for soft drinks, but they made it so difficult to get to it, it wasn’t worth it. And they still charge you $2:50 for a can of soda. Premium WiFi is a complete waste of money. It’s so slow, you’d never be able to upload or download anything. Do not go to EXcaret Park. Two people from our group were late, so the boat operator sped back to Freedom. We almost capsized two times. The blender for drinks spilled all over a passenger and broke. People were throwing up in bags everywhere, It took all day Saturday to get off the ship, get back to Houston, and fly home.
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Only one plug in. Had to get an extension cord. If you are powering something like a flat iron the other extensions won’t work very well. Nice view. Small.
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