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Carnival Freedom

12 of 13 Carnival ships

Carnival Freedom is one of the largest in the Carnival fleet and features extensive public rooms offering the ultimate playground to over 2900 passengers. Carnival Freedom passengers tend to be younger and families and mainly American. When all cabins have double occupancy, the ship provides a space ratio of 37 tons per passenger and a crew to passenger ratio of one for every 2.6 passengers. At full capacity the space ratio is 29.6 tons per passenger and the crew ratio is one to 3.2 passengers

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12 years 1 month ago
Flew from Newcastle – Amsterdam – Rome on KLM. Flight very smooth and loads of leg room.
Arrival at Rome you get to a point where there are 3 signs for baggage collection directing you in different directions. Would be helpful if rep from Carnival was there to guide you. From baggage collection rep met you kept your luggage and guided you to coach. Coach journey approximately 1 hour.
Prior to departing the UK you are expected to complete the ‘Fun Pass’ online which I did however it would not fully complete. On arrival at the dock they had no information for me so I had to complete a form regarding passport information for all my family which was a pain.
First impression of ship from outside extremely big and inside I found the décor was a little dowdy, however cleanliness was spot on.
Cabin – We had a balcony state room which slept 3 of us and there was plenty of room. Two wardrobes, one with shelves and four drawers. Bathrobes, plenty towels and beach towels provided. Cabin cleaned and prepared for you twice a day to a high standard.
Restaurant – We requested late sitting however were put on first sitting at 6pm which was too early for us so we dined in the buffet. We asked the Maitre de if we could change and were informed no. Not sure how they decide as we spoke to other families who booked after us and they were given their choice of 2nd sitting. Buffet food was very repetitive. Each lunchtime on the deck left hand side served Indians and right hand side Mexican/American.
Drinks – One day on deck we purchased some bottled beer and realised that one was out of date June 2008. We took this back to the bar and they said because it was within 100 days it was ok. We said that if we were paying full price for this we wanted a bottle within date. The bar staff then went through the fridge and every bottle of this make was out of date. They then gave me a different make and this too was out of date July 2008. Even worse when we checked another make of beer this was dated 10 April 2008!
Entertainment – I can only describe the overall entertainment as very disappointing. The brochure states ‘every night is opening night, another dazzling stage production fills the multi-tiered main show lounge with big sound, big moves and big talent’. Throughout the 12 days there were only 2 productions, 1 pianist and 2 events that were performed by other cruisers. Entertainment on deck was poor too, there was 1 pool game and the 3 trivia quizzes. I did not class this as a 'fun ship.
Ports of Call
Naples – walk from the port and you are in the town. Normally extremely busy with people and traffic however on our visit it was Bank Holiday and we had a leisurely stroll around the town (albeit all shops were closed)
Livorno – Shuttle bus from ship into Livorno town centre. Purchased our tickets from a tobacconists. Got a bus from Livorno R1 to the train station and then train to Pisa. Again another bus (Rosso/Red line) is required outside the station into Pisa town centre (too far to walk). Much cheaper to do than organised excursions and very easy to do.
Rome – Shuttle bus from ship into Civitavecchia. Walk up the promenade with shops on the left and the water to the right about 10 mins walk to train station. Train 9 euro return. If going to the Vatican get off at San Pietro (you will see the dome on your left as you come into the station) otherwise train into Rome goes around the town and takes a further 25 mins. Again much much cheaper than excursion and very easy to do.
Katakolon – Walk from the ship into the town centre which is very small with shops café/bars on sea front. 20 mins walking to the beach.
Athens - You will be met at the port by taxi drivers however getting the train to the Acropolis is very easy to do and cheaper. Walk out of the port and keep to the left walk with the port on the left hand side and continue around the horseshoe bay. The first bridge that crosses the road takes you to the metro station. Tickets 80 cents return.
Izmir – Walk from ship and taxi will be waiting for you outside gates. $10 into town centre ask for Kemeralti market. Loads of bargains can be found here. Very busy and big town centre.
Istantbul – You need shuttle bus from the ship which will take you into the centre. Blue Mosque, Grand Bazaar and other historical interests all in the same area. Ferries from Istanbul west to Instanbul east easy to do and you see lots of the city however you do need Turkish lira to purchase tickets (1Lira 40 each way).
Marmaris – Taxi needed from the ship into Marmaris too far and too hot to walk ($10 one way). Nice beach with loads to do. Would recommend having flip flops for getting into water as quite stony. Loads of tourist and jewellery shops.
On the last night of the cruise, there were 2 singers in the lobby and karaoké which finished at 11.45 as the room was being closed for fumigation. Every other bar had no entertainment at all. It was like our cruise ended there and then, we were so disappointed that we went off the ship into the local town.

Our flight home was at 14.05 however our time for leaving the ship was 7.10am. Other ships I have been on you leave the ship when you flight has landed.

I did speak to one member of staff who asked if I was having a good time. I said that I was very disappointed with the entertainment of the ship and that had seen very little evidence of 'fun' since arriving. She advised that it was always like this on the Med cruises however the Caribbean cruises were much better. I asked why was this, however she could not give me an answer.

We booked this cruise on the recommendations of our TA some friends who travelled Carnival however not on the Freedom ship and it seems like each ship have their own management who decide what to do. This will certainly make us think twice about booking another Carnival cruise.

Overall would recommend destinations however not the ship.

Travel operator: KLM

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