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Carnival Freedom
by Malcolm Clark
Western Caribbean
April 19, 2009

We just got home from our latest cruise. First off, I will never get an aft facing cabin again. Always too hot and no privacy. We like to enjoy our balcony while in the nude. Due to the ship design on the Freedom, you are fully exposed to both sides and above.

Due to last minute booking, we had late seating for diner. We only ate in the dining room one time, and the food was not presented with the usual florish and effect.

The buffet choice was very plain and almost the same all week long. It was tasty but not anything to get excited about.

The shows were very good and never had a problem getting a seat in the showroom, even when getting there 5 minutes before showtime. There did not seem to be much interest in the shows on this cruise.

Also, my wife said that the shops had very few of the usual sales and there was never any crowd in the the stores. Even when they had their $19.99 watch sales, we went back an hour later and they still had a full table of sale watches that had still not been sold.

Their 24-hour pizza needs to be replaced with the burger bar. The pizza was not edible unless you were drunk.

The people that work in the spa need to be replaced! They were very rude and always had an "I could care less" attitude, unless you were buying one of their high priced services. We like to use the steam rooms and they "forgot" to turn them on many times during the week. Then there was the time that they allowed three male maintenance workers into the ladies sauna to fix something, but failed to see if it was empty first. It didn't bother my wife, but the other two ladies in there were very upset. My wife complained to the front desk, but only got a shrug and then the employee went back to talking on the phone.

The room steward was great, as they usually are, and we did leave him a nice tip. They had some very nice entertainment throughout the ship, but it seemed like everything was always running at the same time. So you couldn't go from one show to another.

All in all we had a good, but not great, time and we will be sailing again in July on the Glory. We have a better located cabin on that sailing and hope to have a better review then.

If anyone has a question, please e-mail me and I will answer. My email addy is malcolm@hughes.net