is one of the Conquest Class ships of the Carnival cruise fleet. She's the sister ship to Carnival Conquest, Carnival Glory, Carnival Valor and Carnival Liberty. Carnival Freedom is filled with a ton of onboard options for its passengers. There's really a ton of places to be at, and things to do onboard this ship. From the casino and main show room, to the various bars, lounges and pools there's really something for everyone onboard this ship. One of the more innovative features onboard Carnival Freedom is its Seaside Theatre, a 12-foot-high by 22-foot-wide LED screen (located on the Lido deck).
Carnival Freedom will be featuring cruises in the following regions (subject to change, based on the cruise line's discretion):
2012 & 2013: Eastern Caribbean, Western Caribbean, Southern Caribbean
Carnival is well known for having staterooms that are larger than that of the industry average. There are many categories of staterooms onboard the Carnival Freedom, from basic interior staterooms to very large suites. All Carnival staterooms come with a private bathroom, hair dryer, TV and phone. There are connecting staterooms available on the Freedom, for families and friends that want such accommodations.
Interior Staterooms: The most basic (and least expensive) staterooms onboard the Carnival Freedom, known as category 1A staterooms, have upper and lower beds (bunk beds). All other (non-1A) interior staterooms have twin beds that convert to a king-size. So be sure when booking a cruise on this ship that you're aware of the type of bedding you're getting in your stateroom.
Ocean View Staterooms: Ocean view staterooms onboard the Carnival Freedom feature either an obstructed view (meaning that there's something blocking your view from outside of the ship, such as a lifeboat or beam - found in category 6B staterooms), two portholes (found in category 5A staterooms), a picture window or floor-to-ceiling windows (in the category 6E, Family ocean view, staterooms). Ocean view staterooms feature twin beds that convert to a king-size bed.
Balcony Staterooms: A really nice way to enjoy a cruise is in a balcony stateroom. This gives you a private balcony right off of your room. Balcony staterooms feature twin beds that convert to a king-size bed. Category 9A balconies are larger than the other category balcony staterooms.
Suites: There are two types of suites onboard the Carnival Freedom. Category 11 suites are the basic suites (featuring a large private balcony and twin beds that convert to a king-size) while category 12 suites are Penthouse suites (which are larger than the basic suites).
Carnival's dining program is called "Total Choice Dining." They call it that because their goal is to give as many choices as possible to their passengers. Breakfast is served in the main dining rooms, on the Lido deck or even in your staterooms (via room service). Lunch can be eaten indoors or outdoors (at a buffet), or (of course) via room service. Dinner is served in the main dining rooms, or in the Supper Club (see below for details). Again, if you're feeling like a meal in your room that is possible as well.
There are two main dining rooms onboard the Carnival Freedom, The Chic Restaurant and The Posh Restaurant. Breakfast is typically served in the main dining rooms from 7:45 am to 9:00 am. Lunch is usually served there from 12 pm to 1:30 pm. Dinner is split up into two main seating times. The "main seating" starts at 6:00 pm, while the "late seating" starts at 8:15 pm. Please be aware that Carnival does not guarantee that they will give you the dining time that you've requested when booking (as it is on a request basis only). All dining rooms onboard Carnival are Smoke-Free.
One of the Lido deck's casual dining options is Freedom Restaurant, serving buffet-style meals. At this particular venue you can enjoy a wide variety of food, including Asian, salads, steak, pasta, chicken and more.
The Supper Club is Carnival's optional specialty restaurant, typically open from 6:00 pm to 9:30 pm. The cover charge for this dining venue is $30 per person (subject to change). Yes, it's not free...but it's worth trying at least once! It's a true upscale meal that's sure to add to your Carnival cruise experience. A typical meal at the Supper Club can take up to 2 hours to complete. Among the entrees on the menu are lobster tail, prime rib, porterhouse steak, filet mignon and lamb chops (subject to change). The Supper Club is available on a reservations-only basis.
There's a seemingly endless list of things to do, places to eat at, and areas to hang out in while onboard the Carnival Freedom. From her award-winning stage shows, casino, spa and fitness center, to their multiple dining venues, bars, lounges and various pools you're sure to find something that matches your desires.
The Freedom Restaurant, where the Grand Buffet is located, is on the Lido Deck (Deck 9). This is a great place to go for a quick snack, or even a full meal, during the day or night. The Freedom Restaurant is open for breakfast and lunch at varying hours, and for dinner from 6:00 pm to 9:30 pm. Also located on the Lido Deck are a couple of pools (the mid-ship Timeless Pool and the rear-located Endless Pool), a few bars, a grille and a 24-hour pizzeria.
The huge water slide (that feeds into The Stress Less Pool) starts on Deck 14, the Sky Deck, and ends on Deck 10, the Panorama Deck. It's a very popular place for kids to hang out at throughout the day. Guests under 13 years of age must have a parent's permission to use the water slide. Certain height requirements are in place as well. The Sliding Sky Done, as well as the Sun King Restaurant and Fish & Chips are also located on the Promenade Deck.
The spa and fitness center is located on deck 11 (the Spa Deck) and features a wide range of treatments, including various massages. The minimum age to be allowed to enter Spa Carnival and the fitness center is 12 years old. Guests that are 12 to 16 years old must be accompanied by an adult at all times. The jogging track is also located on this deck.
Deck 5, the Promenade Deck, is one of the most popular decks onboard the Carnival Freedom. This is because it's where the top level of the Victoriana (the three-level main show room - also located on decks 3 and 4) is located, as well as Babylon (the Freedom's casino). Also on this deck are The Fun Shops of Carnival, where you can buy many souvenirs, jewelry, alcohol and more. There are also various dining venues on this deck, including the sushi bar. The video arcade is also located on the Freedom's Promenade Deck.
Both of the main dining rooms, The Chic Restaurant and The Posh Restaurant are located on decks 3 and 4 (the Lobby and Atlantic decks, respectively). The second level of the Victoriana, the Habana Bar, the Drawing Room and the Monticello Library are located on the Atlantic Deck. The stage level of the Victoriana, as well as the art gallery, Millennium Lobby, Shore Excursion Desk and Information Desk are all located on the Lobby Deck.
The casual dining dress code onboard a Carnival cruise is as follows: For men: sport slacks, khakis, jeans (no cut-offs), dress shorts (long), collared sport shirts. For women: Casual dresses, casual skirts or pants and blouses, summer dresses, Capri pants, dress shorts, jeans (no cut-offs). The following is not permitted in the dining room during the Cruise Casual dinner for ladies and gentlemen: gym shorts, basketball shorts, beach flip-flops, bathing suit attire, cut-off jeans, and sleeveless shirts for men.
For those that don't want to dress up, the Lido restaurants are open nightly (except for the last night of the cruise). The Lido restaurants have a casual dress code.
The number of formal nights on a Carnival cruise depends on the length of the cruise. On a 7-Night cruise there will typically be two formal nights. The dress code for children is the same as that for adults.
Carnival calls their Formal Night dress code Casual Elegant and considers it as follows: For men: Dress slacks and dress shirts. A sport coat is suggested. Suites and tuxedos (tuxedo rentals are available on the ship) are also more than welcomed. For women: Cocktail dresses, pantsuits, elegant skirts and blouses. Evening gowns are also a nice way to get dressed up.
Not permitted in the dining room during casual elegant nights are shorts, t-shirts, beach flip-flops, bathing suits, jeans, sleeveless shirts for men, sportswear, and baseball hats.
Carnival has a wonderful supervised youth program onboard each of their ships. This program is split up into three main groups, based on age. Camp Carnival is for 2 through 11 year olds, Circle "C" is for 12 to 14 year olds, and Club O2 is for 15-17 year olds.
Camp Carnival is split further, into three groups. 2 to 5 year olds are in the Toddlers group, 6 to 8 year olds are in the Juniors group, and 9 to 11 year olds are in the Intermediates group. Kids in Camp Carnival get their own special kids' menus, featuring lots of favorites (such as pizza, hot dogs, hamburgers and chicken nuggets). Some of the activities that will be available to your kids include board games, reading & story time, finger painting, talent shows, dance parties, video games and lots of outdoor activities.
Circle "C" is a fun time for 12 to 14 year olds. Activities for these kids include various games, dance parties (each night of the cruise), scavenger hunts, pool parties, outdoor movies and more.
Club O2 features video games, teen-only shore excursions, dance parties, pool parties, sports, board games, card games, karaoke and a special Club O2 Lounge. The Club O2 Lounge is dedicated to the kids in the Club O2 program and is a real hot spot on the ship. This area features comfy seating, a state-of-the-art dance floor and multiple video screens.
Babysitting services are available from 10 pm to 3 am, at an additional charge. Babysitting is available for 6 month olds through 11 year olds. The babysitting is offered in Camp Carnival and is provided in a "slumber party" format. During this time kids get to enjoy movies and cartoons. Pillows, blankets and cribs will be available. The cost for this service is $6 per hour for the first child, and $4 per hour for each additional sibling in the same family. In-cabin babysitting services are not available on a Carnival cruise. There is an After Hours program available for 9 to 11 year olds, at the same cost of the babysitting service. This program runs from 10 pm to 12 am, and provides kids with a variety of activities to participate in. Among these activities are board games, karaoke, video games and theme nights. Children are not allowed to sign themselves out of these programs (parents must return to do so).
Carnival automatically charges your onboard account $10 per person per day, to cover for the gratuities for your dining and stateroom staff. The $10 is based on the following guidelines that Carnival recommends:
$3.50 per day for staterooms services
$5.50 per day for dining room services
$1.00 per day for alternative services (distributed to kitchen and other hotel service staff)
For cruises to nowhere, gratuities of $10 per guest per day must be prepaid.
If you're not satisfied in some way with the service you receive while on your cruise, you can go to the main purser's desk and ask them to adjust the gratuities being charged, to any amount you see fit. A 15% charge is automatically added to all beverage purchases. Tipping of room service employees and your Maître d' is at your discretion.
The official minimum drinking age on all Carnival cruise ships is 21 years of age. Proof of age is required.
Guests that are 21 and older are allowed to bring one bottle (750 ml) of wine or champagne per person on the cruise, at embarkation only (the first day of the cruise). A $10 corkage fee will be charged if you'd like them to open the bottle at dinner. A $14 corkage fee will be charged if you'd like them to open the bottle in the Supper Club. All other alcoholic beverages are restricted from being brought onboard at embarkation.
Alcoholic beverages that are purchased at a port of call and are brought onboard the ship will be confiscated at the gangway by the Carnival staff and will be returned to you at the end of your cruise.
The official minimum gambling age on all Carnival cruise ships is 18 years of age. Guests under 18 are not even allowed to be inside the casino. Proof of age is required.