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Sail Date: July 2019
We really enjoyed our cruse on the Carnival Freedom. The crew was very nice and everything was very clean. The main pool and water slides are also fun. The ship is not huge so the number of people on board is not crazy. So the lines are ... Read More
We really enjoyed our cruse on the Carnival Freedom. The crew was very nice and everything was very clean. The main pool and water slides are also fun. The ship is not huge so the number of people on board is not crazy. So the lines are not to crazy. If you happen to go to their private island, Half Moon Cay the line to get back on the tender will be very long at the end of the day. So either stay on the beach till they tell you to leave or get back to the ship early. I would stay on the beach, it's amazing. Be careful on on the back adult pool though. The smoke stack drops something red and it will get on your cloths. However, if you bring it to guest services they will remove the stains and no charge. The food was good, the shows were awesome but be sure to read my review on our room, cabin 6368. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2019
Summary. We are a party of 10 cruising – 6 adults, 4 teenage girls. Overall positive experience, found the ship and staterooms to be clean, friendly staff overall. Enjoyed the restaurants over buffet. The crew works very hard and ... Read More
Summary. We are a party of 10 cruising – 6 adults, 4 teenage girls. Overall positive experience, found the ship and staterooms to be clean, friendly staff overall. Enjoyed the restaurants over buffet. The crew works very hard and deserve the gratuities. Many pros/ cons and key recommendations to help plan your trip! First the positives: 1) Download and use the carnival app. It’s a great way to communicate (chat plan) with your party and source for the daily activities, restaurant hours, and ability to monitor your daily portfolio spend. $5pp for entire cruise a bargain! 2) Excellent room upkeep and service! Room steward will quickly know your names on day 1. Offer to clean your room 2x a day or 1x a day, your choice (and you note this on form day 1). 1x in the morning was fine for us. Tip them! 3) Cruise director / Emma is great. “Hello lovelies” will stick with your after this cruise. It’s really funny when she laughs at herself with this unique chuckle and then the audience laughs at that. She is really fantastic. Oh yeah, she is from England. 4) Food in restaurants is pretty good! Dinner and breakfast. Now the negatives: 1) Entertainment for most part sub-par compared to other cruises. They do work hard and try, but seems budget is limited. Limited to comedians, lip-sync, customer engaged event shows, and few production dancing shows. The 80s show was fantastic and a must see! Finally some better comedians came onto the ship last few days. Emma cruise director is doing a fantastic job trying! 2) Very noisy areas in main pool area and much of the ship in general. Loud speakers, kids running, etc. This is more of a kids ship and hard to find quiet areas for adults, but there are some hidden areas. See below. 3) Expect long waits for: Restaurants if you do ‘any time dining’ we waited 45min average given our large party of 10. Expect shorter for 4 or less parties. 4) Long lines at: Pizza Pirate near the adult pool. Expect 30 people plus waiting and 1 worker making pizza. Priority goes to the $5 delivery person so expect a wait for 30-45min to pick-up your slice of pizza. Late night pizza lines given limited food options. To management, can you not add another person making fresh pizzas to cut down this line? Tips & Recommendations 1) Install/ use the Carnival app. A bargain for $5 per person for entire cruise. Have everyone in your party do this and you can chat on the ship for meet-ups and know the hours for restaurants and daily activities for entertainment. 2) Bring your own cups (e.g. YETI) to fill with water, lemonade, tea, etc. at the 9th floor deck. The larger the cups the better. Fill them at breakfast and bring to your room. The little green and yellow cups they provide hold about 6 oz. of liquid. Ice is plentiful. Water refill at buffet area, poolside, or bars. Even keeps your beer colder longer! 3) Bring a 3-prong power socket extender. There is ONLY 1 power outlet in your rooms (well, another behind the TV and used for that). You will need to charge multiple phones etc. Or bring a portable charger for your phones. 4) Bring binoculars if you wish to see passing boats, distance, shore excursions, beach, dolphins, etc. 5) Bring a case of water or buy on day 1. You get 2 large bottles day 1 and that will go quick. 6) Wine/ Wine package. Bring your bottle of wine onto ship day 1 only, why not? Else, cost is $35 bottle average. The wine beverage package (3 bottles for $80 with auto-tax) is worth it comes to $26 bottle for standard wines (given auto gratuity) or higher price for premium wines. 7) Best quiet spot for a book or just snooze in the breeze. 3rd floor outside deck under the life boats. There is also the ‘Serenity deck’ for age 21 and up top floor front of ship. Can be crowded there. 8) For large parties eating together at ‘anytime dining’ send someone down to put your name down and get a pager. Will cut your time down for waiting from 45 minutes to 10 minutes. 9) Alcohol in general. Gratuity of 18% auto added to every adult beverage., expect $10 drinks average. The carnival craft brew was great. Value of getting $18 beer pitchers. 10) Teenagers can visit the sports deck for volleyball, basketball and hanging out with others. 11) Auto applied Gratuities for your team members: Vary by cabin, but example $112 pp in cabin allocated to restaurant staff ($55), room service ($35), and group for all others ($22). Posted 2 days before end of cruise, and you can make adjustments at the front desk +/- and allocation % to your preference. 12) Unless you buy/ plan for roaming leave all phones in Airplane mode. Friend charged $3000 prior trip by AT&T and even though I requested all our family to keep in airplane mode, daughter still activated for a few hours and AT&T sent us email for international data of ~$200 for Bahamas temporary use of her social media. Food options 1) Avoid the daily buffet (there is MUCH better options with the restaurant, else Guys Burgers, B-Que). My view is more of poor food quality and lacking taste at buffet and sanitary conditions. Do you really want to touch the tongs that everyone else on the ship is using to server their food including all the kidos! 2) Use the restaurants, they are excellent for breakfast and dinner. From salmon bagels cream cheese capers to steak (filet mignon) and eggs. Yumm. Brunch menu. Dinner options have extensive menu options. 3) Dinner Formal nights. Lobster on the menu for one night and filet mignon the other. Yes, you can get as many lobsters as you can eat! 4) Lunch: Recommend Bque restaurant on 10th floor. Across from steakhouse. Many don’t know about this place given a bit hidden. 5) Lunch. Recommend Guy’s burgers and pizza take out. Pizza is actually very good. 6) Lunch: The sandwich window, excellent meatball sandwich. All are actually great. 7) Breakfast: Eat at the dining room or order room service. 8) Free drinks stations at the buffet areas. Ice, Water, Lemonade, ice tea, coffee. Found the coffee was surprising good and strong. There is a custom coffee shop for $5 coffee, but my view is standard coffee is fine in dining rooms. You can also get coffee delivered room-service! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: July 2019
I am a former cancer patient. I entered remission just a few months ago and had my leg amputated. This was my first cruise. I want to start off with the musicians. There was music for everybody’s taste. But I enjoyed ALL of them. Luisa, ... Read More
I am a former cancer patient. I entered remission just a few months ago and had my leg amputated. This was my first cruise. I want to start off with the musicians. There was music for everybody’s taste. But I enjoyed ALL of them. Luisa, Juliana and Juan in the Accidental String Trio were just...the only word to describe it was beautiful. Neil was singing and Jammin’ the reggae hits on the steel drums. And Rob was rocking it on the guitar. DJ JD with the hits. The Brassaholics with the amazing Maroon 5 medley. And the Latin Band covering latin hits. Emma, Layla and Francois brought so much energy throughout the whole ship. Vargus Mason with the jokes! T.A. Williams at the Piano Bar. Diana and other bartenders tending the bar at the Lobby very well, including the bartenders on Lido who also bring their energy to the ship. I tipped what I could. Next I want to say how much I really appreciate how kind, thoughtful, and caring the staff was. They always offered help. I don’t usually accept help but I made some exceptions. I also made some friends on the cruise. The whole experience is one to remember. They always had smiles on their faces, and always greeted as we cross paths. And as you’re reading this to all of the staff, I just want to thank all of you from the bottom of my heart. I hope I get to meet you all again. Cheers "Let your smile change the world, don't let the world change your smile..." - unknown "My cup is full to the brim, I could go on and on, the full has never been told" - Buju Banton Side Note: Im looking for a job also (galvancromeo@gmail.com) all photos are unedited Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: July 2019
We choose this cruise because it was stoping at the Bahamas and Keywest. First lets start by saying that this is one of Carnival older ships. The decor is outdated and the colors are dark. However, the ship was clean, the staff was ... Read More
We choose this cruise because it was stoping at the Bahamas and Keywest. First lets start by saying that this is one of Carnival older ships. The decor is outdated and the colors are dark. However, the ship was clean, the staff was friendly, and there was plenty to do. Out of all of the cruises Ive taken this one has had the best food so far I really enjoyed Guy's Burgers, deli, BBQ, and the 24 hour ice cream. The dining hall food was really great as well. Every drink I had was great! They keep the entertainment live on this ship. Emma the cruise director kept the energy alive the whole 7 days. She is awesome. The first stop was Keywest. There is really nothing to do here in my opinion. All we did was walk Duval St. We ended up renting a golf cart to get around the island but that was a waste of money. We only did it to make it easir on my parents so they wouldn't have to walk around. The second stop was Freeport Bahamas. We booked an excursion off the boat. Which is much cheaper than booking with Carnival. I suggest booking with tour guide Brice. He was very informative while taking us around Freeport. Then he took us to a really nice beach where the water was beautiful and not too crowded. The weather was hot but beautiful. We visited a candle factory and also sampled rum cake. Brice took us to a local market where you can buy homemade souvenirs that the local made themselves. Our last stop was Nassau Bahamas. It was cloudy and scattered showers. We booked tour around the city once we got off the boat. We visited the Queens staircase which is beautiful and historic. It was also a marketplace there where you can buy souvenirs that the locals made themselves. We also visited hotel Atlantis. Which all we did there was walk around the lobby and they have an aquarium along the perimeter off thr lobby. If you want to visit the aquarium you will have to pay an additional cost for that. We didnt bother to go to the beach this day due to the weather conditions. We also went to a rum cake factory and tasted samples of rum cake. And we went to a tea factory and sampled tea, which was really tasty. The shows were okay. The comedians at the comedy club was really funny. Everything was a blast and smooth sailing up until the last day and half of the cruise. We got caught up in Hurricane Barry. And the boat was rocking so bad you could hardly walk. People were getting sick everywhere due to the motion. It was not a fun day or night. Most of my family were 1st time cruisers and that pretty much ruined any chance of them getting on a ship again. Overall we had a blast. It would have been perfect if it was not for the hurricane. I would definitely cruise with Carnival again. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2019
Sailed on the Freedom out of Galveston. First time in 10 years sailing on Carnival. Have sailed once with RC and 6 times with Disney. Embarkation was easy (we did have FTTF). We flew in the night before and stayed at a Holiday Inn ... Read More
Sailed on the Freedom out of Galveston. First time in 10 years sailing on Carnival. Have sailed once with RC and 6 times with Disney. Embarkation was easy (we did have FTTF). We flew in the night before and stayed at a Holiday Inn Express on points. Took a Lyft to port which was easy. We sat for maybe 30 minutes before boarding. No line for security and our bags were at our door when we boarded about 11:45. It was also nice to have a shorter line at guest services. We had an oceanview room on deck 2 forward (2288) The room was a good size, bed was comfy and there was plenty of storage. Liked the shelves in one of the closets for clothing and shoes, and suitcases fit under bed easily. Shower was ok but the water seemed to come out of the shower way too easily. Not enough water pressure for me either but the temp was ok. The main problem with the room was the noise. It was right across from where the stewards loaded their carts which was pretty noisy. It also really creaked a lot - there was a noise that sounded like a marble rolling above our heads a lot of the time. Kind of annoying! Room steward was awesome though. Always kept the room clean with ice etc... and was very friendly. The TV remote didn't work correctly. Food - the main dining room food was pretty good. IMO it was significantly better than RCL and about the same as DCL. Breakfast buffet was ok but it was the same exact thing every morning. Tried the Sea Day brunch one day and it was ok (pancakes were tough) but eggs were good. Loved the Guy's burgers. Really enjoyed the sushi (extra cost but got quite a big serving for the price). Also tried the crab sliders at the seafood shack - they were ok but the buns were hard. The burritos at Blue Iguana were also very good. We did try the steakhouse selection in the main dining room and thought the filets were very good. Not a noticeable difference (other than maybe 3 ounces) in quality of the included filet on the MDR menu though. Room service was quick but didn't enjoy the food all that much for the price. We did have the bubbles package for soda. Really didn't enjoy having to stand at a bar for a soft drink. Wish Carnival would do what RCL does with the freestyle machines. It seemed like such a waste to have canned sodas (not chilled at all) on the ship. You would have to pour it over a whole glass of ice which immediately watered it down! Now to the shows. Enjoyed the Hasbro game shows and Bingo. I also really liked the 80s pop show. Probably not fair to compare to DCL but the shows were not even in the same category as Disney. I knew that going in. The cruise director Emma was great and the singers/dancers were also very nice. We did get bored in the afternoon sometimes as there didn't seem to be much to do. Loved the comedians in the evening a couple of nights. Service. The MDR servers were very nice but after sailing on DCL really missed the interactions we are used to there. Service was usually pretty good but a couple of nights seemed really slow. We had the early assigned dining time ( 6 PM). The bartenders were all nice but sometimes really busy which meant waiting for 10 minutes for a drink. The room staff were great. I asked for a fan for our room the first night but it never showed up. I was able to use an app on my phone for white noise but still. The biggest difference we noticed was the décor and layout of the ship. It was very dark and IMO really ugly (very dated). I should have taken a picture of the pink snakeskin wallpaper in the dining room - so didn't match anything! The atrium area just felt dark and closed in and it took us a couple days to figure our way around. There are a couple of decks that you cannot walk all the way through as a dining room is in the middle. The pool deck had several levels but also felt really small and closed in. The adult pool at the far back of the ship was nice and more open though. I also didn't enjoy the smoke in the casino. I would have gambled a little bit but couldn't breathe in that area! It would be nice if they would consider maybe a time or two throughout the week where non smokers could enjoy the casino. Also, all week several of the elevators were not working (or just turned off). We visited Key West, Nassau and Freeport. In all three we just walked around the shopping areas. Freeport was not very nice - would really recommend an excursion there as the beaches looked nice. My daughter had a cast on her leg so we couldn't do our normal beachy excursions this trip. We had purchased the trolley tickets through Carnival but the line to get on was so long we ended up not using them. There was no shade while waiting. Also thought Carnival was a lot less organized with shore excursions. In Key West anyone with any excursion was supposed to meet in the dining room but there wasn't a Carnival staff member there to direct or ask questions. Overall we did enjoy the trip. It was about 1/2 the cost of DCL by the time you pay for all the extras. If we do another Carnival, we will try a newer ship and hope the layout and décor is better. I have another RCL and DCL booked so we shall see. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2019
This was an experimental cruise for us. We have taken 10 cruises and normally book a Jr Suite, or a balcony. This time we decided to go with an outside cabin with an eye toward saving some money. Right up front, I must admit I really ... Read More
This was an experimental cruise for us. We have taken 10 cruises and normally book a Jr Suite, or a balcony. This time we decided to go with an outside cabin with an eye toward saving some money. Right up front, I must admit I really really enjoyed this cruise. First of all, the boarding in Galveston was fantastic!! We normally have priority boarding because we usually book a Jr Suite, but this cruise was an Outside room, which would have meant long lines and slow processing. I can honestly say we boarded just as quickly on this cruise as any other cruise we have ever taken. We showed up at noon, walked right in and was promptly processed. No lines at all, no Disney World serpentine shuffle!!! The hardest part was just walking up the gang plank! Galveston and Carnival have figured it out!!! As a military veteran, I was overwhelmed by the attention Carnival has given to Armed Forces Veterans. Not only did we have daily teas and gatherings, but there was an awesome Veterans Salute in the Victoriana Theater. It was truly the highlight of our cruise. Every serviceman and woman should experience this. We decided not to take any organized tours of Key West, Freeport or Nassau, but rather, to walk around and shop. No one we talked to really like the hop on-hop off trolley, because of long lines and long wait times. Walking was easy for us, as everything we wanted to see was close at hand. We had no complaints about the food, entertainment or service. We were told we had 3330 passengers on board, but never felt crowded or uncomfortable. I will say that if you are not a smoker, stay clear of the casino, as the smoke is so thick in there, I found it hard to breathe, even as I walked by. We were very pleased with all aspects of the cruise and will do it again. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: January 2019
The staff was nice most of the time, the balcony room was fair. We only got a few channels on the TV, not that we were there to be watching TV but come on. The food was terrible!!!!! I was told that cruise line food was amazing, even ... Read More
The staff was nice most of the time, the balcony room was fair. We only got a few channels on the TV, not that we were there to be watching TV but come on. The food was terrible!!!!! I was told that cruise line food was amazing, even the fine dining was not very good. Im sure I dropped some weight. The bar tenders are inconsistent my wife and I had the cheers package and some of them would not let me get my wife a drink even if I had her card with me. The casino bar tenders were top notch they know how to treat people. The shows were hit and miss, lip sync was good and the bands were good especially the violinist. It really seems like you get nickel and dimed to death and they don’t tell you about the extra costs, they are sneaky about that. I won’t cruise again for awhile, we are looking for all inclusive destinations from now on. If I do cruise again it won’t be with Carnival. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
My hubs and I typically cruise with RCI but, because we have exhausted all of the Royal Caribbean itineraries out of Galveston, we chose this cruise to the Bahamas on Carnival. We had only cruised with Carnival once before on a quick ... Read More
My hubs and I typically cruise with RCI but, because we have exhausted all of the Royal Caribbean itineraries out of Galveston, we chose this cruise to the Bahamas on Carnival. We had only cruised with Carnival once before on a quick 4-night trip so we did not know exactly what to expect. We had heard that the Freedom was scheduled for dry dock shortly after our return so we expected a ship that was a bit outdated and worse for the wear -- not so at all! We really enjoyed our Ocean Suite and will probably never go back to a regular balcony room. The extra space, storage room including a second closet, and tub/shower combo are well worth the extra money. The food was fantastic, although at times the buffet can be unbearably crowded, and our cruise director, Emma, is amazing. However, all of the shows in the theater are of the sing-along type -- good dancing and singing but no storyline. Also, disembarkation was a hot mess from beginning to end. Security at the port were horrible -- angry, screaming at passengers including my 70-year-old parents. I realize the port staff are not Carnival employees but it is worth mentioning because they are atrocious. Overall, a fantastic cruise. More affordable than Royal Caribbean with incredibly friendly staff and great excursions. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: January 2019
We took this cruise as part of a specialty group, which had to get permission for onboard activities, thus we were limited to this particular itinerary. Both my partner and I have traveled on Carnival for some time... I turned Gold on ... Read More
We took this cruise as part of a specialty group, which had to get permission for onboard activities, thus we were limited to this particular itinerary. Both my partner and I have traveled on Carnival for some time... I turned Gold on this trip, and she turned Platinum. We had a balcony room on the 8th deck, and it was certainly a nice room, with a great view. The ship is still in great shape, and was very enjoyable, however there were a few things that I didn't like. First... the NFL football playoffs were not available unless you went to the casino, or to the sports bar. The casino was filled with cigarette smoke, and the sports bar was just filled beyond capacity. Because Dallas was playing in the Saturday night game, there was a LOT of interest in the game. Carnival no longer has local channels on their shipboard TV (speaking of which.. the choices for in-room entertainment are very slim). Unfortunately, in todays world, its almost impossible to get totally out of touch, therefore internet is a necessity, not a luxury. However, the shipboard internet is woefully lacking. Download speeds were as bad as a 1200 baud modem at times, and never got any better than decent dialup (for those old enough to remember that). This was a nice itinerary, although The Bahamas was not as much fun as it could have been, due to cruising in winter. Although the outside temperature was nice (70s), the chill on board ship was not fun. And water activities were uncomfortable at best. I would not consider cruising in winter again, unless it were a special activity. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2019
They managed to get over 2800 guests along with their almost 1200 employees onboard and mobilized, and it set us up well for a smoothly run resort on the water. The three destinations to Cozumel, Grand Cayman and Jamaica were short, ... Read More
They managed to get over 2800 guests along with their almost 1200 employees onboard and mobilized, and it set us up well for a smoothly run resort on the water. The three destinations to Cozumel, Grand Cayman and Jamaica were short, and involved a lot of process and security checks getting on and off the ship, and reminded us that the point of the cruise was less about seeing and experiencing these destinations than enjoying the ship. Carnival Cruise offered very little in the way of educating us about the locations we were visiting and we had to figure much of it out on our own. Carnival spent considerable time trying to sell us expensive excursions offering us North American versions of these countries. We avoided them and explored these places on our own and were left with little time to do so. However, we made the best of it breaking through the tourist facade of these port of calls, and found some pretty places to see and learn about. If you like alcohol, 18 hours a day of loud rock or Latin music, gambling, smoking in the casinos and on some decks, eating a lot of amazing food, plugging in to online cable or internet or shopping, swimming and hot pools, cruises are for you. The pop culture is alive and well here. It is a perpetual party. The cruising culture is set up well to captivate people with all of these options with a quick up-sell on almost every opportunity. Alcohol could not be brought on board and we were held captive by some steep alcohol prices or all-inclusive charges. With this being said, there were some real gems in the cruise experience for us granola Canadians. The gym was five star and we appreciated the peace and quiet of this relatively unused space along with the sauna and steam rooms. Once we got used to lining up for everything, the food was good. The dining hall offered us terrific food, but we had to wait. I can not speak highly enough about the amazing staff. This cruise line has employees well-trained to serve in a service industry with a relatively demanding North American clientele. They got things done and made us feel very welcome on board. The cruise director was high energy the entire trip. We could hear her cheerful voice making announcements and participating in high-energy activities that might wear the average person out. The commitment of this Carnival Freedom Team was impressive, and we were amazed at how they entertained everybody right to the very last minute. There truly was something for everyone and my husband and I were continually finding new places on the ship to explore. We managed to come away from the cruise with a very conservative bill at the end. We chose not to buy internet, cable or all/inclusive drinks and soda pop deals. We also did not pay for expensive excursions because we have an aversion to line-ups and being herded through experiences. We appreciate the security of choosing this option, but we chose to explore places on our own. We gambled very little as our thirty minutes of gambling glory cost us 50 dollars. We shopped only at the end a bit when the shops were offering clearance specials. In a nutshell, we viewed the ship as a way to see the ocean and three ports of call with some wonderful food in a spacious state room that was always sparkling clean. We enjoyed our cruise and feel very happy to have been blessed with such a great experience. We feel well-rested, well-fed and amply entertained, but with this being said, we will not be cruising again until we are much older, and will likely do so on smaller cruise lines geared for a more mindful crowd. We are glad to have crossed it off our bucket list. We enjoyed the journey. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
This was our second cruise. Previous was on Carnival Valor. It "WAS" an annual anniversary trip. NOT ANYMORE!!! Here are some of the "highlights" - I told Carnival I would not stop telling everyone till they ... Read More
This was our second cruise. Previous was on Carnival Valor. It "WAS" an annual anniversary trip. NOT ANYMORE!!! Here are some of the "highlights" - I told Carnival I would not stop telling everyone till they compensated me for a replacement cruise or at least half price. We got a $100 on board credit for our next cruise. I got food poisoning on the first night after my grilled chicken was served very undercooked. I noticed it was rubbery but didn't think alot about it but the taste was worse with every bite. 2 days I spent in my cabin vomiting. So much for the endless drinks package we bought. Cigarette ash and butts were being dropped on us while on our deck. 2 decks above, we saw them. We tried reporting it many times and showed them the butts on our deck. NOTHING done. Serenity bar was closed the entire cruise. The hot tubs back there were barely bath warm and when many of us (8) at that time tried to ask then to turn it up the guy spoke no english and couldn't understand. Then finally said something about maintenance and nobody ever came. Room service - 3 attempts - Received our food once after we stood in the doorway and waited the whole time. Since they don't actually knock. The pieces a rusty overhead metal falling on a group of us while sitting in the serenity area didn't please us either. And the deck we paid extra for was a joke. Glass could never be seen through as had a disgusting yellow film all over it so if we wanted to look out we had to stand the whole time. Many more events but by this time they may seem petty as we were already very pissed. Oh, btw the King bed isn't a king. Its 2 twins put together making it a Queen. Talk about false advertising. I was asked to add more about our onboard experience. I honestly don't know what else to say. There was so much negative on this cruise that any positive was hard to notice. We did get to watch Mama Mia 2. That was a highlight. Sat on deck and watched on big screen above pool. Was very very windy that night but loved our relaxing movie outdoors. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2018
I'll preface this by saying that it had been almost 10 years since my last cruise, and at that time i was only a 18 year old teen who's sole ambition was to drink myself to death at the ports. So needless to say this one was like ... Read More
I'll preface this by saying that it had been almost 10 years since my last cruise, and at that time i was only a 18 year old teen who's sole ambition was to drink myself to death at the ports. So needless to say this one was like my first cruise all over again I went on the Carnival Freedom with a big group of about 20 people of different age groups. Everyone had a great time and was able to enjoy the variety of activities no matter the age. Also our Cruise Director Emma was one of the high points of the entire trip. Embarkation was fairly easy. We drove down the morning of, parked in a garage across the street, gave our luggage to the porters and waited in line. We didnt have any priority advantages or anything, so it was about 1pm when we actually stepped foot on the ship. The cabin was clean and the internal climate was controlled well, it never got too hot. My cabin was on the 7th floor, and I strategically picked that floor to avoid any extra noise from areas above or below with constant traffic (lido deck, havana bar, etc.) Didnt do that many activities, although we had friends that constantly were doing different activities and they said they loved each and every one. (especially the cake/chocolate party) The food was amazing as usual. The Mongolian Wok meals were delicious every single day. The same cooks were also the ones for the Omelette Station, which explains why both lines were extremely long on both sides. Still, it was worth the wait. Guys Burger is hearty and artery-clogging, just like it should be. The Blue Iguana burritos were good too, about the same as Chipotle or Freebirds. I really enjoyed the option of breakfast burritos in case you get tired of the continental breakfast. The dinner in the MDR is good like everyone says. Some entrees were hit and miss, but you could always find something that was appetizing. I really only have a few criticisms of the entire ship: 1. There were a limited number of daybeds, and only 1 hammock on the serenity deck, so if you wanted to use one you either had to get there ASAP, wait until one freed up and pounce on it, or just check randomly and hope for the best. 2. the elevators were always busy/full 90% of the time, so if you dont like stairs, be prepared to wait.....for a very.....long....time 3. The fitness area could use more machines. Too often the machine i wanted to use was already occupied. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2018
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 ... Read More
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. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2018
This trip was me and my hubby, both retired, in our mid fifties. We spent the night in Galveston the night before. Stayed at Best Western Plus, at 102 Seawall, and found out they will let you leave your vehicle there for free during your ... Read More
This trip was me and my hubby, both retired, in our mid fifties. We spent the night in Galveston the night before. Stayed at Best Western Plus, at 102 Seawall, and found out they will let you leave your vehicle there for free during your cruise. They don't have a shuttle, but Uber was only $13.00. Carnival has gone to a mailbox system outside of your room, if you preregister you go straight on the ship and pick up your room key in your mailbox. Very speedy checkin. Our cruise director was Brad, and he was just awesome!!! The shows at night were really good and were more like Broadway shows rather than Six Flag shows, if you know what I mean. This ship had a Guy's Burger, so we were good to go. The lunch buffet seemed to have the same thing every day and just didn't look all that great. Went to the breakfast buffet once and did not like it. We much preferred the Posh Restaurant brunch. The food was fresh, hot and cooked to order. They also had real OJ instead of the fake kind at the buffet. I just don't understand people that stay away from the main dining room for supper. The food is so much better than the buffet. We order whatever and however much we like so between the two of us we can try everything we want. We are not the kind of people that are going to dress up like we are going to prom at our age. For formal nights I wear a dress like I would wear to church and my husband wears a nice pair of jeans or a pair of khakis and we have never felt under dressed. We always wondered why someone would pay to go to the specialty restaurants, when there is so much free food available. One night nothing sounded good on the menu and nothing looked good on the buffet. We had a $50.00 room credit so we went to the steak house and they were able to seat us. Wow, for $35.00, you get a appetizer, an entree and a dessert. The portions are HUGE. The steaks are WONDERFUL!!! They have desserts not offered anywhere else on the ship. It was a wonderful meal and we now plan on having one meal of every cruise in one of the specialty restaurants. We closed down the ship every night with Jason at the piano bar. It was packed every night and everyone had a blast. Be sure and go to the Carnival Quest if they have it. It is a hoot. An adult scavenger hunt for those who are not easily offended. The two comics at the first of the cruise were great. Wish I had their names, much better the two that came later. I had always been told that you don't want a room in the back of the ship, but at the time we booked that was all that was available. It really was no different, maybe a little more vibration, but it didn't bother either one of us. We always get an interior room, just can't justify the price difference. Love that pitch black room, boy can we sleep good. Wish I could get my room at home that dark. On to Ports of Call. First stop, Key West. I liked more than Hubby. Rather touristy. It was super hot so we decided to take the Conch Train. Wished we had paid a little more and done the trolley. The conch train only makes four stops and they are not very close to anything, where the trolley makes more stops closer to the things you want to check out. But we did learn some neat things about Key West and we had enough time to take the tour of Truman's Little White House, which was really interesting. Next stop was Freeport, and the Glass Bottom Boat excursion. We enjoyed the ride and getting to see some pretty fish, although most of them were the same kind, but what really made this excursion was the SHARKS.They bring them right up to the boat and feed them a fish tied to the rope and we had about a dozen 8-15 foot sharks literally jumping out of the water right there at the side of the boat. It was breathtaking!!!! Next day was Nassau. We decided to have a beach day at the public beach. They say Junkaroo Beach is walking distance from the ship, but if you are in your mid 50's and not in the greatest shape it is a LONG HOT walk. The beach is very little and not nice or pretty at all. The Tiki Hut has control of it pretty much. After bartering with them for an umbrella and two lounge chairs, we hit the water. It was murky and full of seaweed. I looked up and they had tipped over our umbrella so it hid our view of our bags, so I ran up the beach and asked what was going on and they gave me some sketchy story about some one trying to take our umbrella and they were having to redig the hole. I didn't see no one messing with it but them. If I had to do over again I would go to one of the resorts, even though it would of cost me. Our three previous cruises have taken us to Cozumel and Progresso and we wanted a change so we choose this cruise to the Bahamas. I am not sure what we were expecting, but we were very disappointed. Both Freeport and Nassau were not very clean and was filled with old, dilapidated, empty buildings, which I realize that could of been due to hurricanes.. The islands themselves were not very pretty. The shops were almost all t-shirt and cheap souvenirs made in China. Ready to head back to Mexico or a different part of the Caribbean I hope this didn't jump around too much and that maybe it helps someone with their questions. Read Less
Sail Date: August 2018
This was our 8th cruise and our entire party was dissapointed with the “lack” of friendly service that we are use to with Carnival cruises lines. Days before the cruise, we were contacted that the cruise was full and would we be ... Read More
This was our 8th cruise and our entire party was dissapointed with the “lack” of friendly service that we are use to with Carnival cruises lines. Days before the cruise, we were contacted that the cruise was full and would we be interested in upgrading to a suite. This was exciting because we had always talked about we would like to upgrade someday-so here was our chance. So for a small fee-we took the upgrade. -Room-The ocean suite was great, we really enjoyed the balcony and room size! -Staff-The first evening we dined in the Saphire dining room and the main server had seemed annoyed were even there. When he finally brought the dessert menu and asked if anyone wanted anything, before we could answer-he just walked away and didn’t return. As far as our room attendant, we usually are introduced the first day-we didn’t meet him until day three. In the casino, there were several dealers with attitude and rather than having fun with talking with everyone-again, it felt like we were an annoyance. Upon leaving the ship, which was stated at 7am-we didn’t leave until an hour and a half. While waiting in line to leave We over heard three of the staff members talking about how stupid some of the guests were and how they couldn’t believe some people. Which I’m sure they do become tired of certain personality types, but in order to maintain a professional appearance-they may want to say those kind of comments to be expressed behind closed doors. -Food-usually we have been very satisfied with the quality of food and once again-we were dissapointed over-all. The only decent experience was Guy Fierre’s burger joint. All other encounters just weren’t very good. Over-All-Though we have chosen to go through Carnival for many years now, we all agreed we will definitely look for another cruise line with friendlier staff and better food. Sadly, I don’t believe we will be using Carnival again for a long time-if ever. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: August 2018
We chose this cruise because it left out of Galveston. Embarkation was fast and easy, the cabin and service were 5 star. Very clean ship with friendly ,happy crew members. The comedians very very funny. The only shore excursion we did was ... Read More
We chose this cruise because it left out of Galveston. Embarkation was fast and easy, the cabin and service were 5 star. Very clean ship with friendly ,happy crew members. The comedians very very funny. The only shore excursion we did was 2 reef snorkeling in Nassau which was great! Now to why I gave this review 3 stars. We went to the dining room only one night because of the "floor show" in the middle of a nice dinner. Very loud music and napkin swinging and dancing like you would expect in a cheap diner. Soooooo loud couldn't hear yourself think. So went to the buffet for breakfast, lunch and dinner. This severely limited our vegetarian options at dinner so we ate a lot of salad. Lunch has vegetarian options at Tandoor(not for long, it is becoming seafood in Sept.)Blue Iguana, and Mongolian Wok at lunch. Breakfast was exactly the same all 7 days. So food was a disappointment for us especially at dinner. Another problem with food was from 2:30 - 6pm the only food available was the Deli. Pizza Pirate, and Guy's Burgers. This was very bad for the people coming back after being in port and being hungry. Lines were long and slow....heard 45 min for pizza at times. I have never seen so much soft serve eaten because of food lines. As a vegetarian we probably won't cruise with Carnival again. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: August 2018
I wish I could combined bits of the Royal Caribbean cruise we took 3 years ago (awesome food and service, adherence to dress code (cover-ups and shoes required in all areas other than the pools), hand sanitizer use encouraged to all guests ... Read More
I wish I could combined bits of the Royal Caribbean cruise we took 3 years ago (awesome food and service, adherence to dress code (cover-ups and shoes required in all areas other than the pools), hand sanitizer use encouraged to all guests entering buffet area) with bits of the Carnival Breeze cruise we took last week (LOVED the PG-rated comedy shows). Food on the Breeze was average, although we enjoyed Guy's Burgers way too many times (yum!) and also enjoyed our overpriced meal at Farenheit 555 Steakhouse (best cheesecake ever!). As noted above, nobody stopped people who weren't in "dress code" -- girls in bikinis walking barefoot through the buffet lines, "elegant" dress nights not adhered to (dude in jeans and cowboy hat was seated at $35/plate steakhouse which listed "elegent" attire as a requirement). Twice I found hand sanitizer stations at the buffet were empty. (Royal Caribbean had someone standing at the food entrances to "encourage" people to sanitize before entering.) The required lifeboat drill was ridiculous -- couple of hundred people in a small room, many having to stand. It was hot in there with so many people so close together. Then we had to wait THIRTY minutes before they started because they were missing people from cabins -- 48 cabin numbers were called out as "missing" before they finally started. There needs to be some kind of consequence for people who don't attend, and the rest of us shouldn't have to wait on them. And when they finally started with the instructions, we could barely hear them and couldn't see anything of the demonstration. Waste of time. We thoroughly enjoyed the PG-rated comedians and wish more cruise lines would offer that. Not everyone cares for shows with half-naked dancers on the stage or songs with PG-13 lyrics or crude humor. It was awesome to have hilarious evening entertainment that didn't offend and that families could attend together. I haven't laughed so hard in a long time!! We had "Kyndall Fire" as a fill-in cruise director, and she was the absolute funniest, kindest, most energized cruise director we've had in our three cruises. She definitely needs to have her own ship! There is always something going on; the FunHub app is a great way to see what's going on if you find yourself with some extra time and nothing to do. All in all, it was a relaxing cruise, and that was our goal. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2018
We were looking for a family friendly cruise line for our young family. First and last cruise for young family We took our 5, 3 and 1 year old on the Carnival Freedom 7-day cruise to key west, FLA, Freeport Bahamas and Nassau Bahamas. ... Read More
We were looking for a family friendly cruise line for our young family. First and last cruise for young family We took our 5, 3 and 1 year old on the Carnival Freedom 7-day cruise to key west, FLA, Freeport Bahamas and Nassau Bahamas. We did lots of research on shops and were looking for a vacation that would be conducive for our young family. We chose this ship because the Carnival website advertised good kids programs for kids and especially because of the baby splash pad area they advertised for this specific First I’ll start with a few positives before getting to why overall, my expectations for a family friendly vacation were not met. 1. Excellent food 2. Camp Ocean was very organized and had competent staff . When we arrived we were told that there was no water area for under 2s. Carnival does not allow non-potty trained babies in any water area. In addition to no baby water area or splash pad there was no kid pool or even a designated kid area. The three small pools on the lido deck were always packed with adults who were drinking and engaging in adult behavior, not an environment suitable for kids. Furthermore on the lido deck there is always very loud adult music playing. In the kids area, Camp Ocean, located on the very top deck of the ship, almost impossible to get a stroller to, my one year old was only allowed to play from 8:00-10:00am. Like most one year olds this time was during her morning nap. The kids The schedule The entire cruise ship schedule is not suited to kids or families. There are LGBT mixers and adult comedy shows. In all 7 days there were three “family friendly” activities, a Build a Bear Workshop (which you had to pay extra for) a movie, Peter Rabbit (PG) and the Seuss a Palooza Parade which was run by a staff member who appeared to never have worked with children before. My three and five year old were wildly unimpressed with the “parade” which involved about 100 kids walking from one area of the ship to another waving bells and other noise makers. The Dr Seuss characters, advertised on all promotional materials, were present for about 20 min total. Changing table There was one baby changing station on the entire lido deck. Food The food places were closed from 2:30-6:00 leaving young families like us out of luck For after nap snacks and early dinner times. There were also almost kid friendly options on the buffet. They had a pizza place and a deli open almost always but they were very often so crowded we opted to not stand in more lines with our children going wild. On the buffet they had melon, pineapple, apples and bananas for fruit and almost no other kids food options for picky toddlers. There are a number of adult only sections of the ship, including the very front called the Serenity deck. Being at the very front of the boat, there were many children anxious to see it but they were not permitted to enter. Putt-putt was a good family activity but it closed at 5:00, right before our kids bedtime when our family would have gotten the most use out of it. There was essentially nothing for my one year old to do on Carnival Freedom. We spent our days taking turns walking her around and letting her go up and down the stairs Excursions Our two excursions in the Bahamas were marketed entirely to families. On both of them we had to walk over a mile to get there and wait in lines for over an hour. Once we arrived at the beaches, they were so crowded we had to wAit in more lines to secure a shaded area for the kids. All in all, this did not meet my expectations for a family friendly vacation. I feel as though Carnivals explicit marketing to young families is false advertising. Next time we will pay the extra for a Disney Cruise or opt for a family centered resort. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2018
We chose this cruise because it left out of Galveston and it fit our summer schedule. We have cruised Carnival previously and wanted to visit Carnival again. From the minute we got to the port in Galveston to the minute we got off the ship ... Read More
We chose this cruise because it left out of Galveston and it fit our summer schedule. We have cruised Carnival previously and wanted to visit Carnival again. From the minute we got to the port in Galveston to the minute we got off the ship a week later, we had the best experience. The food was really great, Swartz, the Cruise Director, was amazing as was all of the staff and crew. Our room with a balcony was clean and roomy. The ship was extremely well maintained and clean. The guests for the most part were nice and fun to be around. I travelled with my 17 year old daughter and there was a lot of activities of interest to her. We went to the Blue Lagoon in Nassau and had the dolphin, sea lion, and sting ray experience and it was perfect-fun, activity packed, staff courteous and professional. Freeport port was ok. Reminded us of a tired Cozumelmor Playa de Carmen. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2018
For a first ever cruise I really have nothing to compare it to accept to say I really enjoyed myself. It started off kinda rocky in that It started raining and I came at a time when the embarkation had grown busy. I lived close enough to ... Read More
For a first ever cruise I really have nothing to compare it to accept to say I really enjoyed myself. It started off kinda rocky in that It started raining and I came at a time when the embarkation had grown busy. I lived close enough to drive in and park across for the terminal. I checked one large suitcase and carried on a small, a backpack, and a raincoat. Although I had read not to go to the windjammer café, I went away and it was packed and I felt weighed down. Won't do that again. The rain did clear up for the sail away and enjoyed that. The rest of the cruise was great. Seen some good shows, ate some good food, and walked around enjoying the ship. The cabins are sized small but that's just cruising. Enjoy relaxing out on the balcony. The room was clean and kept clean well by our attendant, though we probably overpacked and filled the room with stuff. Another lesson learned. Dining was good. I don't have an exotic pallet so the "standard fare" food was fine with me. In the main dining room and the windjammer buffet, the food was hot, fresh and tasty. After 7 days aboard, disembarkation replace embarkation as the worse day of the trip and looked for to getting on the next cruise as soon as I left. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2018
We choose this cruise because of the holiday week and only having to take off 4 days for a 7 day cruise. It was pretty expensive cruise and my husband and I went with 3 other couples that are friends, we all live in the greater Houston ... Read More
We choose this cruise because of the holiday week and only having to take off 4 days for a 7 day cruise. It was pretty expensive cruise and my husband and I went with 3 other couples that are friends, we all live in the greater Houston area so easy to get to port etc. This was my husband’s 6 cruise and my 11th, we did FTTF as well. We really like the Breeze it has a great layout and muted decor, which I love it’s simple but has a summer feel to it. Big deck areas and feels more spacious, this is our second time on the Breeze, (I have sailed on the Triumph, Magic, Conquest, Valor, Vista and Breeze) and we sail on the Legend in August for my platinum cruise and our bucket list to Alaska! Very excited Cabin We had an interior cabin 10238 on the lido deck it’s very convenient to everything, to be able to just walk out, our room steward tipped him extra $45 bucks and he still had to be asked every evening to bring us ice! The cabin was dusty and had not had a proper clean in a while all the lamps were dusty, like the bare minimum was done beds made trash removed and all request met eventually except the ice. I had to ask for more towels, I have a lot of thick hair and the one towel each person wasn’t cutting it plus the one service a day was hard on lack of towels I asked for more on the second day nothing happened he must have remember on the 4th day and we got 3 instead of two, the shower curtain was about 2 inches too short for the shower so water got everywhere while showering. This is where the towels would end up after our showers to mop up the excess water. Did not stop us having a great time, it was just irritating to my husband about the ice on several occasions he just walk to the lido and filled the bucket himself he is a big soda drinker. Food I am not a buffet lover so only went to it once. We did room service breakfast on port days and dining room breakfast on seadays. We did the dining room most nights and there is something for everyone on the menu every night, plus you can get whatever you want or like you can get two of etc. The wait staff are exceptional on most cruises we have been on, we do Any Time Dining, meeting our friends in the lobby and got our table straight away most nights, we are probably the exception as we do a small tip per couple of $5 per night, we feel they give us excellent services and we don't always have the same servers so we tip nightly. I only did Guys once, Deli once, Mongolian Wok once (embark day! I stood in line waiting on the wok guys! While my husband ate two guys burgers and three sets of fries! LOL it took that long. I had sushi one night while in the red frog pub, my husband and I played scramble and battleships and he had the coconut shrimp two portions, the kind lady at the Sushi brought my order into the pub for me, that was very nice of her to go the extra mile for us. We ate a lot of pizza about 11pm each night our go to snack after a night at the casino. Didn’t do any shows, we gamble every night, we did do one 10pm Comedy show but we had seen the guy before Steve Burr and it was the same material as a previous cruise. All in all we had a fun cruise with great friends! Read Less
8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2018
First off, this was my husband and I’s first cruise! We stayed for a week and left from Galveston Tx headed to Bahamas. The customer service was above and beyond excellent and we had an overall pleasant experience. There was a lot of ... Read More
First off, this was my husband and I’s first cruise! We stayed for a week and left from Galveston Tx headed to Bahamas. The customer service was above and beyond excellent and we had an overall pleasant experience. There was a lot of variety of food included in the cruise such as the open buffet, hamburger restaurant, 24 hr pizza and etc. The hamburgers were the best tasting food and salad bar was good. They also had unlimited ice cream (machines self serve) and it was really yummy. The omelets were the best breakfast item to eat. They had serveral jacuzzi’s and a few swimming pools and water slide. They showed movies on theatre big screen outdoors under stars every night. The cruise chose great family friendly movies. They also had a lot of great free activities on the cruise as well. My husband and I went to a lip sync battle, family game show, love and marriage event, Latin dance class, country line dance, comedy shows (each night) and bingo. (Bingo was $10 a card) (all the other events were free) The customer service was above and beyond excellent. All the staff were super friendly and accommodated us so well. They were smiling and very friendly. The cruise director we had was named Malcolm and he was really professional and very funny guy. He hosted quite a few of the events and made us laugh and feel at home. The cruise also offered a cell phone package for purchase if you want internet during the cruise and my husband and I bought it and it worked great! There was a casino, sport bars and gifts shops on the cruise as well. We visited the spa for a full body massage on the last day and that was great as well! All the excursions were fun as well! We went para sailing when we stopped in Key West and went on an Atlantis tour in Nassau Bahamas. The only thing I would have done differently is bought a blanket from home cause in April for our cruise it got a little windy outside at night when we were watching movies outside under stars on deck. But they have blankets for sale on the cruise but they weren’t really long enough and I’m 5’5.... My hubby rented blankets from the ship for about $22 apiece....but you have to rent them each day....so it’s better best to save money and bring your own blanket. We got an interior room to save money and it was great. The room had a small bathroom, no window and twin beds that they pushed together. They kept coming apart (which was annoying) but it was just a small inconvenience. Overall, this experience went above and beyond my expectations and I would recommend Carnival to anyone! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2018
Embarking was very confusing and not easy to figure out. That may just be the port of Galveston. The room steward is fabulous. His name is Edy and he has been very attentive and very cordial. He has made the trip pleasant. Our room is ... Read More
Embarking was very confusing and not easy to figure out. That may just be the port of Galveston. The room steward is fabulous. His name is Edy and he has been very attentive and very cordial. He has made the trip pleasant. Our room is nice and comfortable. No complaints there. We are on the 10th level. The food has been less than stellar. The sweets are absolutely awful. It all is either flavorless or seems stable. The crescents should melt in your mouth. The pastries are just not even close to edible. I did enjoy my Guy Fieri cheeseburger however I am a cheeseburger fanatic so that may be why. Plus I was starving. We ate at our sit down place and time just once. The food took quite some time to come to the table and it was the same as they were serving in the buffet. Speaking of buffet, the line is ridiculous. I ordered a shore excursion and did not receive my tickets until after I left the ship. We kept checking our mailbox. Nothing. Went and requested duplicate tickets for a 9 am for a 10 am departure. When we returned to the ship we received the first tickets. What? We had asked Edy about them the night before. He assured us that they would be in our vox by morning. Nope. Much of the staff is unsmiling and crabby. I get why. But still, they need a little training in customer service. I have cruised only once before on a different line and it was like night and day in comparison. The smoke near the casino is just awful. I try to avoid that area at all costs. I type this review while still on board. I plan future cruises but carnival will not be my choice. This was just bleh and it should have been wowapalooza. Just my opinion. Thank you. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2018
We try to go on 2 cruises year, No phones for us. People can take care of what they need to. .get away is something I look foward to all year. I am off the clock! I can dress fancy or go in slacks. Nothing but shopping, tours and ... Read More
We try to go on 2 cruises year, No phones for us. People can take care of what they need to. .get away is something I look foward to all year. I am off the clock! I can dress fancy or go in slacks. Nothing but shopping, tours and eating,dring and gambling. Love meeting new people. White water rafting and zip linning are our very favorite excursions. Went with my dil and her twin sister this april Such a great time. Loved the comedians .Went to Big and Little French Keys and got some beautiful photos, Our rooms were great,comfortable beds with everything you can ask .. W now awaiting our next cruise on thoyed the big and lite new Horizon on Oct 20.We love the southern carribean. Will be with my sister, husband and best friend. The itineray is wonderful!! These ports are remarkable. Have on seen pictures of the ship but she looks gorgeous!!! See everyone on board!! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: April 2018
We thoroughly enjoyed most of our cruise, but we could rarely go out on our balcony due to the sewer gas smell. They claimed it was coming from the drain and they tried to resolve it, but the smell came back. It was very strong! The ... Read More
We thoroughly enjoyed most of our cruise, but we could rarely go out on our balcony due to the sewer gas smell. They claimed it was coming from the drain and they tried to resolve it, but the smell came back. It was very strong! The food and service in the dining room was excellent. We ordered room service once - a sandwich and a chicken quesadilla - both cold and not very fresh. Our cabin steward was not up to par from what we have had in the past. We requested 2 times per day, but we rarely got that. In fact, we didn't see our room steward at all the first day and by noon the 2nd day we still didn't see him. I had to call the purser to find out what was going on and the next thing I know, he was knocking at the door. In the past, most stewards clean between 8 and 9 in the morning and 6 to 8 at night. This guy wanted to clean around noon and around 10pm! We are early risers and early to bed so this didn't work with our schedule at all! Read Less

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