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Carnival Freedom

Carnival Freedom Review and Specifications

Specifications of Carnival Freedom

Year built2007  /  Age : 12
Flag state Panama
BuilderFincantieri (Monfalcone, Italy)
ClassConquest
Building costUSD 500 million
OwnerCarnival Corporation & PLC
OperatorCarnival Cruise Line
Speed22 kn / 41 kph / 25 mph
Length (LOA)289 m / 948 ft
Beam (width)38 m / 125 ft
Gross Tonnage110320 gt
Passengers2984 - 3581
Crew1150
Passengers-to-space ratio31
Decks13
Cabins1492
Decks with cabins8
Last Refurbishment2019
Sister-shipsCarnival Conquest, Carnival Glory, Carnival Liberty, Carnival Valor
Christened byKathy Ireland

Current itinerary / position of Carnival Freedom

Carnival Freedom current cruise is 7 days, round-trip Western Caribbean. The itinerary starts on 20 Oct, 2019 and ends on 27 Oct, 2019.

All Itineraries Current Position
Date / TimePort
20 Oct 15:30    Departing from Galveston, Texas hotels
22 Oct 09:00 - 18:00    Cozumel, Mexico
23 Oct 08:00 - 17:00    Belize City
24 Oct 08:00 - 18:00    Roatan Island, Mahogany Bay-Coxen Hole, Honduras
27 Oct 08:00    Arriving in Galveston, Texas hotels

Review of Carnival Freedom

Launched in 2007, Carnival Freedom is the last in a series of five Carnival Conquest-class cruise ships, together with Conquest, Glory, Valor, and Liberty.

History - construction and ownership

Carnival Cruise Lines (CCL) is a US company, trademarked brand and subsidiary of Carnival Corporation (shipowner). CCL was founded in 1972 as an independent company by Ted Arison (1924-1999, co-founder of NCL Norwegian). Carnival Cruise Lines has Corporation's largest fleet as both a number of vessels and GT tonnage (ship sizes and capacities). CCL has over 1/5 of the cruise industry's worldwide market.

Carnival Freedom cruise ship

The 110,320-ton, 2,974-passenger cruise ship Carnival Freedom was last refurbished in 2014 for a total of USD 70 million. Freedom's main architecture is a standard sandwich with most public rooms on Decks three through five; most fitness, spa and casual dining rooms on Deck 9 and above; and most cruisers cabins in among or below the public room decks. This main design has been a pattern for Carnival new-build construction since the introduction of Carnival Destiny in 1996.

There have been made few changes and enhancements in attributes and conveniences since the class was pushed in 2002, most especially, the addition of Seaside Theater (huge outdoor screen above swimming pool on Lido Deck). However, the Carnival ship Freedom suffers from the same cruisers-flow bugaboos as do the other vessels in this class. It is impossible to get from the Posh Dining Room (aft end of the liner) to the Victoriana Lounge (basic showroom) all the way forward without having to climb or descend 1 or 2 decks. And even then, one has to pass either go through the other dining room or the cigar bar.

Cruise itinerary program

Carnival Freedom itinerary program is based on departures from Galveston TX with 7-day roundtrip cruises to Eastern and Western Caribbean. Feature port destinations include Nassau, Key West, Cozumel, Belize, Roatan.

Cabins

Carnival Freedom has a total number of 1487 cabins (of which 52 Suites, 504 Balcony rooms) in 31 grades. Carnival Freedom has no family cabins but offers several connecting rooms in a variety of categories. The ship offers 29 accessible cabins in all cabin categories. Most Carnival Conquest staterooms are 185-220-sq.foot insides (577), oceanview (340) and balcony (504, with verandas of 52-75 sq.feet). There are also a total of 52 suites, measuring between 275-500 sq.feet. The three types of suites are Captain's Suites, Grand Suites, and Ocean Suites. Suite passengers receive priority embarkation and debarkation, VIP check-in, and a deluxe bathroom.

Shipboard dining options - Food and Drinks

Two formal restaurants onboard Carnival Freedom serve open seating breakfast and lunch. Dinner is served in an open seating option or two assigned seatings. The casual Lido buffet offers a number of food stations with a variety of choices, including a salad bar, deli, dessert station, daily regional cuisines. The ship also boasts an upscale supper club which assesses a cover charge and requires reservations. You'll also find outdoor poolside grills, specialty coffee bar, complimentary sushi bar, pizzeria and 24-hour room service that provides a limited selection of items.

Carnival Freedom cruise ship

Onboard dining has remained mainly free of charge onboard Carnival Freedom. Apart from the main dining room and the buffet, there are burritos and burgers with enough toppings to experience something different every day of your voyage. Even the buffet themed counters seem like tiny, specialized eateries. 

Follows the complete list of Carnival Freedom restaurants and food bars.

  • Chic Restaurant (744-seat forward Dining Room, with two fixed dinner seatings and “Your Time Dining”; offers “Seuss At Sea” themed breakfast for $5)
  • The Posh Restaurant (1122-seat aft Dining Room, with two fixed dinner seatings and open seating for Breakfast and Lunch)
  • Freedom Lido Buffet Restaurant (1396-seat, self-service buffet restaurant with various food stations; operates as a bistro in the evenings)
  • Sun King Steakhouse (108-seat, reservations only specialty restaurant for steaks and seafood, with dance floor and live music)
  • Carnival Deli (complimentary) offers hot/cold sandwiches, side dishes, paninis, and has a draft beer dispenser (for ThirstyFrog Red and Bud Light).
  • (refurb 2019) Bonsai Sushi Express (Deck 9 starboard) is a new outdoor food bar offering a variety of rolls, sushi, sashimi.
  • Meiji Sushi (sushi bar, complimentary)
  • Bluelguana Cantina (complimentary fast food Mexican bar - burritos, tacos)
  • Guy’s Burger Joint (complimentary fast food bar by Guy Fieri).

Shipboard entertainment options - Fun and Sport

In 2012 Conquest-class ships first received the newly branded Carnival bars and comedy club. Deck parties are a staple highlighted by new musical performances and poolside bars. Carnival Freedom boasts 22 bars and lounges, giant disco, as well as a piano bar, sports bar, wood-paneled lounge with leather chairs and smoking section. The three-level theater is the special venue for Vegas-style productions accompanied by live orchestras.

Carnival Freedom cruise ship

Freedom is the first Carnival ship with Camp Ocean, which replaced Camp Carnival as children's program. Carnival Freedom is also the first ship to feature Bookville, a play space and reading room that anchors Seuss at Sea onboard experience. She's also the first ship to boast 4 full PlayList Productions shows at 30 minutes each, rotating throughout the cruise. A number of other Carnival branded experiences enhance onboard life. EA Sports Bar offers action on every wall with video games, sports games, and sports memorabilia. "Hasbro, the Game Show" plays the board games everyone knows out on the stage together with members of the audience. Apart from the "commercial breaks" showcasing Hasbro advertisements, the action is infectious.

Follows the complete list of Carnival Freedom lounges, clubs and other entertainment venues for kids, teens, and adults.

  • Victoriana Theatre (1400-seat, 3-level show lounge for grand shows and musical productions; also used for daily trivia game shows, movies, bingo sessions).
  • Freedom Atrium The Millennium Lobby (9-deck high open floor area with Millennium Lobby Bar for live performances)
  • Chic Card Room; Art Room Gallery; The Dynasty Conference Room
  • The Fun Shops (offer “Bon Voyage” items, duty-free liquor, jewelry, fashion boutiques, souvenirs, logo items), Carnival Adventures Shop (refurb 2019)
  • Cherry on Top (candy shop)
  • Club O2 (teens' club lounge for video games, movies, karaoke, and themed parties)
  • Players’ Bar (55-seat sports bar); Nouveau Bar (30-seat wine bar); Alchemy Bar; Scott’s Bar (100-seat piano bar); Swingtime Bar (88-seat jazz bar); Habana Bar (147-seat cigar bar with live music and a faux fireplace)
  • Babylon Casino (484-seat, served by Centuries Bar); Centuries Promenade Bar (23-seat)
  • Viennese Cafe (specialty coffee bar)
  • Video Games Arcade
  • 70’s Disco and Nightclub (211-seat)
  • International Lounge (425-seat, with dance floor; hosts Punchliner Comedy Club)
  • Blue Iguana Tequila Bar (Mexican beer, tequila, margaritas)
  • RedFrog Rum Bar (Caribbean rums selection, ThirstyFrog Red draught beer, burgers, and fries)
  • Spa Carnival complex (with steam rooms, saunas, massage room, Spa Pool, Beauty Salon, and Gymnasium)
  • Sports Deck (multi-sports court, Tennis Tables, Shuffleboard)
  • 9-hole Mini-Golf Course, Jogging Track
  • Circle C (kids' club lounge, complimentary)
  • Internet Cafe (24-hour Internet computers room)
  • Timeless Pool area (with 2 Timeless Bars, 2 Grille Bars, and 2 Whirlpools).
  • Endless Pool area (with SkyDome glass roof; two Whirlpools are served by Endless Bar, Grille and Pizzeria)
  • (refurb 2019) WaterWorks aqua park (Deck 10) features a 62-m / 203-ft long AquaTunnel (waterslide), Carnival’s signature 65-m / 212-ft long Twister slide, a 75-gallon / 285-liter PowerDrencher (tipping bucket) and the kids-only SplashZone.
  • Carnival Seaside Theatre (poolside LED screen / outdoor cinema)
  • Serenity (adults only area with Serenity Bar, two Whirlpools, padded lounges)
  • Camp Carnival (kids' club lounge area, complimentary programmes, supervised activities, with outdoor Kids Pool area).

Carnival Freedom wiki

Fun Ship 2.0 upgrade was done in 2014. Freedom is the first Carnival ship with reservations-only/specialty restaurant (Sun King Steakhouse) and the adults-only "Serenity" (resort deck area). Freedom is also Carnival's last Conquest-class liner, with sisterships Conquest, Glory, Liberty, Valor. The inaugural cruise (maiden voyage) started on March 5, 2007 (Mediterranean itinerary from Rome-Civitavecchia).

Carnival Freedom refurbishment 2019 review

Ship's 2019 drydock refurbishment (February 14 - March 8, done at Grand Bahamas Shipyard in Freeport Bahamas) resulted in the following deckplan changes:

  • WaterWorks aqua park (Deck 10) replaced the Stressless Pool area (with waterslide). The new aquapark features a 62-m / 203-ft long AquaTunnel (waterslide), Carnival’s signature 65-m / 212-ft long Twister slide, a 75-gallon / 285-liter PowerDrencher (tipping bucket) and the kids-only SplashZone.
  • Bonsai Sushi Express (Deck 9 starboard) is a new outdoor food bar offering a variety of rolls, sushi, sashimi.
  • The Deli (Deck 9 portside / outdoor food bar) now offers an expanded menu with sandwiches, traditional side dishes, paninis.
  • Retail shopping areas (Promenade Deck 5) were expanded and redesigned (as mall-style space) with outlets selling watches, perfumes, jewelry, Carnival-branded merchandise (including at the new Carnival Adventures Shop / next to the Internet Cafe / midship-starboard).
  • The 9-hole Mini-Golf Course was relocated from Deck 12 to Deck 11.

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Carnival Freedom Itineraries

The below listed Carnival Freedom cruise prices on itineraries are only indicative and Per Person (in US dollars, based on double occupancy). These are the cheapest Carnival Cruise Line fares on the ship’s lowest category cabins available for booking. Cruise fares typically change with departure dates approaching, last minute deals, discounts, promotions, independent travel agency offers.

DateCruise NameDeparture PortPrice from
2019 Sep 29 7 days, round-trip Eastern Caribbean Galveston $699
2019 Oct 06 6 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Galveston
2019 Oct 12 8 days, round-trip Eastern Caribbean Galveston $839
2019 Oct 20 7 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Galveston
2019 Oct 27 14 days, round-trip Panama Canal Galveston $969
2019 Nov 10 7 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Galveston $569
2019 Nov 17 7 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Galveston $519
2019 Nov 24 7 days, round-trip Eastern Caribbean Galveston $949
2019 Dec 01 6 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Galveston $439
2019 Dec 07 8 days, round-trip Eastern Caribbean Galveston $644
2019 Dec 15 7 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Galveston $649
2019 Dec 22 7 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Galveston $1149
2019 Dec 29 7 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Galveston $1109
2020 Jan 05 7 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Galveston $484
2020 Jan 12 7 days, round-trip Eastern Caribbean Galveston $524
2020 Jan 19 14 days, round-trip Panama Canal Galveston $1274
2020 Feb 02 7 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Galveston $459
2020 Feb 09 6 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Galveston $444
2020 Feb 15 8 days, round-trip Eastern Caribbean Galveston $804
2020 Feb 23 7 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Galveston $479
2020 Mar 01 7 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Galveston $519
2020 Mar 08 6 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Galveston $769
2020 Mar 14 8 days, round-trip Eastern Caribbean Galveston $859
2020 Mar 22 7 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Galveston $569
2020 Mar 29 7 days, round-trip Eastern Caribbean Galveston $679
2020 Apr 05 6 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Galveston $459
2020 Apr 11 8 days, round-trip Eastern Caribbean Galveston $789
2020 Apr 19 7 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Galveston $559
2020 Apr 26 7 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Galveston $569
2020 May 03 6 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Galveston $479
2020 May 09 8 days, round-trip Eastern Caribbean Galveston $789
2020 May 17 7 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Galveston $619
2020 May 24 7 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Galveston $879
2020 May 31 6 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Galveston $729
2020 Jun 06 8 days, round-trip Eastern Caribbean Galveston $1219
2020 Jun 14 7 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Galveston $839
2020 Jun 21 7 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Galveston $939
2020 Jun 28 6 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Galveston $789
2020 Jul 04 8 days, round-trip Eastern Caribbean Galveston $1129
2020 Jul 12 7 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Galveston $889
2020 Jul 19 7 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Galveston $899
2020 Jul 26 6 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Galveston $769
2020 Aug 01 8 days, round-trip Eastern Caribbean Galveston $969
2020 Aug 09 7 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Galveston $649
2020 Aug 16 7 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Galveston $549
2020 Aug 23 6 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Galveston $479
2020 Aug 29 8 days, round-trip Eastern Caribbean Galveston $669
2020 Sep 06 7 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Galveston $479
2020 Sep 13 7 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Galveston $499
2020 Sep 20 6 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Galveston $459
2020 Sep 26 8 days, round-trip Eastern Caribbean Galveston $649
2020 Oct 04 7 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Galveston $479
2020 Oct 11 7 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Galveston $499
2020 Oct 18 6 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Galveston $449
2020 Oct 24 8 days, round-trip Eastern Caribbean Galveston $669
2020 Nov 01 14 days, round-trip Panama Canal Galveston $999
2020 Nov 15 6 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Galveston $449
2020 Nov 21 8 days, round-trip Eastern Caribbean Galveston $869
2020 Nov 29 7 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Galveston $469
2020 Dec 06 7 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Galveston $489
2020 Dec 13 6 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Galveston $449
2020 Dec 19 8 days, round-trip Eastern Caribbean Galveston $979
2020 Dec 27 7 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Galveston $919
2021 Jan 03 7 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Galveston $519
2021 Jan 10 6 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Galveston $449
2021 Jan 16 8 days, round-trip Eastern Caribbean Galveston $619
2021 Jan 24 14 days, round-trip Panama Canal Galveston $1039
2021 Feb 07 6 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Galveston $469
2021 Feb 13 8 days, round-trip Eastern Caribbean Galveston $659
2021 Feb 21 7 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Galveston $509
2021 Feb 28 7 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Galveston $519
2021 Mar 07 6 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Galveston $779
2021 Mar 13 8 days, round-trip Eastern Caribbean Galveston $869
2021 Mar 21 7 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Galveston $559
2021 Mar 28 7 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Galveston $609
2021 Apr 04 6 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Galveston $489
2021 Apr 10 8 days, round-trip Eastern Caribbean Galveston $869
2021 Apr 18 7 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Galveston $719
2021 Apr 25 7 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Galveston $729

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