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  • Carnival-Freedom-Posh-dining-hall - Dine in elegance at the Posh dining hall, one of Carnival Freedom's main dining rooms.
  • Carnival-Freedom-Posh-dining-hall-2 - Celebrate your first day at sea at the Posh dining hall, one of Carnival Freedom's two main dining halls.
  • Carnival-Freedom-buffet-dining-hall - You'll have a wide variety of menu options at the Freedom Restaurant, Carnival Freedom's buffet dining hall.
  • Carnival-Freedom-Sun-King-Steakhouse - The Sun King Steakhouse is considered one of the highlights of a cruise aboard Carnival Freedom. It's open for dinner from 6 to 9:30 pm; cost is $35 per guest.
  • Carnival-Cruise-Lines-dining-BlueIguana-Cantina-taco - Head to the BlueIguana Cantina aboard your Carnival cruise for tacos and fresh Mexican cuisine in a casual atmosphere.
  • Carnival-Cruise-Lines-dining-BlueIguana-Cantina-tacos - In the mood for Mexican fare? Head to the BlueIguana Cantina aboard your Carnival cruise for tacos and fresh Mexican cuisine.
  • Carnival-Cruise-Lines-dining-Guys-Burger-Joint - Guy’s Burger Joint is the ultimate poolside venue on board Carnival for hot burgers and hand-cut fries.
  • Carnival-dining-Guys-Burger-Joint-Chilius-Maximus - The Chilius Maximus burger served at Guy's Burger Joint on Carnival Cruise Lines.
  • Carnival-dining-Guys-Burger-Joint-Straight-Up-Burger - The traditional Straight Up burger of Guy's Burger Joint available aboard a Carnival cruise.
  • Carnival-Cruise-Lines-dining-Chefs-Table - A dessert sampler plate at Chef's Table aboard a Carnival cruise.
  • Carnival-Cruise-Lines-dining-Chefs-Table-2 - Enjoy an exquisite dining experience at Chefs Table for $75 per person.
  • Carnival-Cruise-Lines-dining-Chefs-Table-cooks - Revel in a multicourse dinner prepared by the master chefs of Chef's Table during your Carnival cruise.
  • Carnival-Cruise-Lines-dining-Chefs-Table-lobster-tail - A lobster tail entrée prepared at Chefs Table during a Carnival cruise.
  • Carnival-Freedom-deck-pools - Whether you like to lounge on a deck chair or shoot down water slides, you won't be bored on a Carnival Freedom cruise.
  • Carnival-Freedom-International-Lounge - When cruising the Caribbean on Carnival Freedom, stop in at the International Lounge for an evening of live music, karaoke and late-night comedy.
  • Carnival-Freedom-art-gallery - Sip complimentary champagne in Carnival Freedom's art gallery while viewing the works of some of the world's most popular contemporary artists.
  • Carnival-Freedom-Millennium-Atrium - Carnival Freedom's sweeping Millennium Atrium is a perfect place for people watching, relaxing or meeting new friends.
  • Carnival-Freedom-Swingtime-Jazz-Club - Meet new friends for cocktails at Carnival Freedom's Swingtime Jazz Club, a 1930s-themed dance and live music lounge.
  • Carnival-Freedom-Victoriana-Lounge - The 1,400-seat Victoriana Lounge, Carnival Freedom's main show lounge, features guest entertainers and Vegas-style revues.
  • Carnival-Freedom-Lido-deck- - Freedom to slide: A girl takes off from the top of the wickedly fun slide on the Lido deck of Carnival Freedom.
  • Carnival-Freedom-Posh-dining-hall - Dine in elegance at the Posh dining hall, one of Carnival Freedom's main dining rooms.
  • Carnival-Freedom-deck-pools - Whether you like to lounge on a deck chair or shoot down water slides, you won't be bored on a Carnival Freedom cruise.
  • Carnival-Freedom-Dubrovnik-Croatia - Carnival Freedom sails along the picturesque coast of Dubrovnik, Croatia.
  • Carnival-Freedom-International-Lounge - When cruising the Caribbean on Carnival Freedom, stop in at the International Lounge for an evening of live music, karaoke and late-night comedy.
  • Carnival-Freedom-art-gallery - Sip complimentary champagne in Carnival Freedom's art gallery while viewing the works of some of the world's most popular contemporary artists.
  • Carnival-Freedom-Millennium-Atrium - Carnival Freedom's sweeping Millennium Atrium is a perfect place for people watching, relaxing or meeting new friends.
  • Carnival-Freedom-Posh-dining-hall-2 - Celebrate your first day at sea at the Posh dining hall, one of Carnival Freedom's two main dining halls.
  • Carnival-Freedom-Swingtime-Jazz-Club - Meet new friends for cocktails at Carnival Freedom's Swingtime Jazz Club, a 1930s-themed dance and live music lounge.
  • Carnival-Freedom-buffet-dining-hall - You'll have a wide variety of menu options at the Freedom Restaurant, Carnival Freedom's buffet dining hall.
  • Carnival-Freedom-Victoriana-Lounge - The 1,400-seat Victoriana Lounge, Carnival Freedom's main show lounge, features guest entertainers and Vegas-style revues.
  • Carnival-Freedom-Sun-King-Steakhouse - The Sun King Steakhouse is considered one of the highlights of a cruise aboard Carnival Freedom. It's open for dinner from 6 to 9:30 pm; cost is $35 per guest.
  • Carnival-Cruise-Lines-dining-BlueIguana-Cantina-tacos - In the mood for Mexican fare? Head to the BlueIguana Cantina aboard your Carnival cruise for tacos and fresh Mexican cuisine.
  • Carnival-Cruise-Lines-dining-Guys-Burger-Joint - Guy’s Burger Joint is the ultimate poolside venue on board Carnival for hot burgers and hand-cut fries.
  • Carnival-Cruise-Lines-dining-Chefs-Table-lobster-tail - A lobster tail entrée prepared at Chefs Table during a Carnival cruise.
  • Carnival-Cruise-Lines-dining-BlueIguana-Cantina-taco - Head to the BlueIguana Cantina aboard your Carnival cruise for tacos and fresh Mexican cuisine in a casual atmosphere.
  • Carnival-Freedom-Lido-deck- - Freedom to slide: A girl takes off from the top of the wickedly fun slide on the Lido deck of Carnival Freedom.
  • Carnival-Freedom-in-Venice - Carnival Freedom in Venice, Italy. The ship now cruises to the Caribbean, including the Caymans, Aruba, Curacao, Belize and the Bahamas.
  • carnival-freedom-grand-cayman.jpg - Carnival Freedom anchored off Grand Cayman Island.
  • carnival-freedom-key-west.jpg - View of Carnival Freedom from the top deck of a museum in Key West, Fla.
  • Freeport-Bahamas-2 - Sail to the beaches of Freeport in the Bahamas on Carnival Cruise Lines.
  • Freeport-Bahamas - Explore the beaches of Freeport, the Bahamas, when you book a cruise on Carnival Cruise Line.

Carnival Freedom: Photo tour & ship overview

Have you sailed on Carnival Freedom? We'd love to hear your take and see your photos. The following information was curated by Cruiseable.

Snapshot

The last Conquest-class ship to be built for Carnival Cruise Lines, Carnival Freedom is inspired by and pays tribute to decades of the past, so passengers feel as if they are stepping into not only a different place, but a different time entirely.

We're not wild about Carnival Freedom's decor, but that's offset by the quality entertainment, the surprisingly fast wi-fi connection on board and Carnival's Fun Ship 2.0 features, including Guy's Burger Joint, BlueIguana Cantina and other mainstays. 

Along with Carnival's extensive food options, from casual fare at the Freedom Restaurant on Lido Deck to dining room favorites at Posh and Chic, the ship has plenty of spots to socialize over cocktails such as Alchemy Bar or the 70's Dance Club. Adults can enjoy relaxation at the Serenity Adult-Only Retreat, while kids can find friends at three youth spaces, splash around with them on the ship's many pools, speed down the Twister Waterslide or play a round of mini-golf.

Where Carnival Freedom sails

Home port: Galveston, Texas

Destinations: Carnival Freedom sails in and around the Caribbean in the summer and winter. In winter she sails from Ft. Lauderdale to  Western Caribbean ports including Key West, Florida; Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands, and Cozumel, Mexico and the Southern Caribbean ports of Grand Turk; La Romana, Dominican Republic; Aruba and CuracaoSummer cruises out of Galveston  include the Western Caribbean ports of Mahogany Bay, Isla Roatan in Honduras; Belize and Cozumel, Mexico. Eastern Caribbean cruises out of Galveston stop at Key West and Freeport and Nassau in the Bahamas.

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Top dining options

Blue Iguana Cantina

Enjoy Mexican dining on Carnival Freedom at the BlueIguana Cantina, with a menu that features freshly made tacos and burritos with homemade tortillas and salsa. A casual dining experience that offers a family-friendly outing during your daily activities. 

Guy's Burger Joint

Restauranteur, best-selling author and Food Network personality Guy Fieri has teamed up with Carnival to grill up the best burgers at sea. Fieri brings all the authentic appeal of a roadside burger shack to Guy’s Burger Joint, a poolside spot for burgers and hand-cut fries.

Supper Club

For more intimate dining, Carnival Freedom features a reservations-only supper club with a Manhattan-chic setting and a menu that includes steakhouse favorites.

You'll have a wide variety of menu options at the Freedom Restaurant, Carnival Freedom's buffet dining hall.
Rick Diaz / Courtesy of Carnival Cruise LinesYou'll have a wide variety of menu options at the Freedom Restaurant, Carnival Freedom's buffet dining hall.

Entertainment

Hasbro, The Game Show

Play giant versions of your favorite Hasbro games, such as Connect 4 and Yahtzee, with friends and family on stage with the chance to win prizes. Hasbro, The Game Show, puts a fun twist on these and other recreation room favorites.

Playlist Productions

Take your favorite musical hits — rock, pop, hip-hop or showtunes —  and put them live on stage, transforming them into full blown productions featuring pro singers and dancers rocking the house. Playlist Productions is your favorite music come-to-life on stage. 

Seuss at Sea

The whimsical and always wonderful world of Dr. Seuss comes alive to Carnival Freedom as the famous author's stories leap off the page and onto Seuss at Sea. Passengers can enjoy a special onboard character parade, interactive story time, arts & crafts activities, character breakfast featuring their favorite Dr. Seuss friends and more. 

The Punchliner Comedy Club

Carnival teamed up with renowned comedian and TV personality George Lopez, who helped select talent for the fleetwide Punchliner Comedy Clubs. Guests can enjoy an evening laughing along to the comedians’ jokes.

Bars & lounges

Alchemy Bar

Sample inspired cocktails served at this unique vintage-themed cocktail “pharmacy.” Creative mixologists concoct both nonalcoholic and alcoholic elixirs, or create a custom drink from a variety of unique ingredients.

EA SPORTS Bar

Sports fans can catch their favorite teams play at the EA SPORTS Bar. Along with enjoying drinks and snacks from the bar, passengers can enjoy watching match-ups live on big flat-screen TVs, and keep up with real-time scores from across the sports world. EA SPORTS Bar also provides consoles with the latest video game titles, for a little onboard competition between friends.

Redfrog Pub

This Key West-inspired pub is set in a laid-back, island atmosphere with Caribbean fare, a foosball table, and live music, where patrons can sample a signature private-label brew, ThirstyFrog Red. 

BlueIguana Tequila Bar

BlueIguana Tequila Bar is the onboard poolside spot to enjoy a frozen tequila drink or an ice-cold Mexican beer. The menu offers up Mexican favorites, including several brands of tequila and beer as well as a lineup of frozen concoctions, cocktails and margaritas served by the glass or by the pitcher, and even a special Mexican beer cocktail.

Activities

Twister Waterslide

A yellow symbol of fun and merriment, the spiraling Twister Waterslide atop Carnival Freedom offers twists, turns and squeals of delight for kids and adults alike. Gallons of water course through the hundreds of feet of slide length for a classic waterslide photo-finish.

Camp Ocean

Camp Ocean is a kids-centric zone for 2–11 year-olds to stay busy, keep active and have fun as they enjoy all new ocean-themed activities. Campers are supervised based on age groups, each with marine-life label that helps build camaraderie and friendships at sea. Little ones — ages 2 to 5 — join the Penguin colony and engage in activities like Musical Icebergs and Ocean Bingo. Stingrays form the 6 to 8 year-old group, who might be found enjoying Pirate Game Night, making sea salt art or even designing their own aquarium. The big fish are the Sharks — ages Older children aged 9 to 11 join the Sharks, and can sink their teeth into playing Marine Life Trivia, creating a giant ocean mural, and play sea-themed volleyball or soccer.

Club O2

Teens 15 to 17 can enjoy the latest music with exclusive dance parties at Club O2, as well as video games and movies from the club's comfy seating and video monitors all over the place. They'll even have fun outside of the club, with pool parties, team sports and special teen-only shore excursions.

Staterooms

Carnival Freedom has 42 suites at 350 square feet each, as well as 10 Penthouse Suites at 430 square feet each. Located on Deck 9, stateroom cabin hallways feature wallpaper vistas of the beach and distinct wooden doors. All suite and Penthouse passengers receive VIP check-in and a selection of Elemis bath products from the ship's spa. 

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Top highlights on this ship

  • What: Victoriana Lounge
  • Where: Carnival Freedom

  • What: Carnival Freedom
  • Where: At sea

  • What: Millennium Atrium
  • Where: Carnival Freedom
  • Splash down the spiraling Twister Waterslide, filled with twists, turns and squeals of thrilled delight from kids and adults alike.
  • Guy's Burger Joint, a partnership between Guy Fieri and Carnival, brings all the authentic appeal of a roadside burger shack to the poolside.

Top dining options on board

Guy's Burger Joint

  • Style: American
  • No additional cost
  • Open: Lunch

BlueIguana Cantina

  • Style: Mexican
  • No additional cost
  • Open: Lunch & dinner

Sun King Steakhouse

  • Style: Steak
  • Additional cost
  • Open: Dinner

Fast facts

2,974 Passengers [?]
1,150 Crew
13 Decks
2015 Maiden voyage
110,000 Tonnage [?]
952 Length in feet
116 Width in feet (max beam)
2015 REFURBISHED

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