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Carnival Freedom Review

4.5 / 5.0
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Review for Carnival Freedom to the Bahamas
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2-5 Cruises • Age 60s

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Sail Date: Dec 2022
Cabin: Ocean View

We chose the Dec 1 cruise out of Port Canaveral because we planned to be in Orlando from Dec 5-8 and the cruise returned on the 5th. It had been 20 years since our last cruise. Our embarkation was speedy with the help of Carnival. I had requested a wheelchair assist. The Carnival representative who assisted was wonderful! As were the staff screening passports and taking photos for security. Once on board, with most people congregating on the Lido deck, it was sort of a mad house. Guy Fieri's burger stand was open - and it was mobbed! FYI, the burgers were good yet no better than many others. Once we were able to go to our stateroom (1:30pm), we were able to put carry on items away so that we could get our bearings. From there, things pretty much evened out - except when certain food locations opened up. Our favorites were the Mongolian Grill (included, you pick out your veggies, meat/fish, sauce and it's cooked for you), the Seafood Shack (extra fee, seafood very tasty and cooked according to type, staff shortages made the order to delivery time longer), the Deli (included, prepared sandwiches ready to grill, etc.), the Viennese cafe (extra fee, great desserts, cappuccino). Most disappointing was the dining room for dinner (we attended 1 dinner, 2 breakfasts) and the Carvery Buffet (the macaroni and cheese was more like cooked macaroni in milk). The staff on the entire ship made us feel welcome - and valued - always greeting with a smile and hello. The most memorable event and the highlight of the cruise was the Military Tribute, which according to our cruise director James Love, is held on every Carnival cruise. It was a very emotional tribute recognizing all aspects of our military (Army, Marine Corp, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, Space Force). We did not get off at any ports of call (Nassau, Princess Cays), and chose to stay onboard to take advantage of relaxing days. When it came time to leave the ship, it was less organized than embarkation. We could not get an elevator to the waiting area for passengers needing assistance to get off the ship and, with canes in tow, had to take the stairs 3 flights. I'd suggest to Carnival to assign one elevator with a staff member for ADA purposes only. Once in a wheelchair again, another Carnival staff member transported me to the elevator where the staff member from the ship was replaced with another Carnival employee to take me through customs. This was a little time consuming because of the number of people needing assistance. We were taken through to customs, retrieved our bag and the Carnival employee kindly took us to the shuttle waiting area. Again, Carnival staff were top notched!

Cabin Review

Ocean View

Cabins have not changed much in 20 years. If one needs space when getting out of bed, I'd recommend keeping the layout as twin beds, not king.

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