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08/03/2011 12:32 pm ET | Updated Sep 25, 2011

The Carnival Freedom: A Huffington Post Travel Cruise Ship Guide

Carnival Cruise Lines' Carnival Freedom is a popular floating resort. The waters are crowded with sea-worthy vessels, so to make planning easier, we've done all the prep work for a cruise vacation. As part of a Huffington Post Travel series on cruise ships, here is a tip sheet offering all the key information one could ever need to know about the Carnival Freedom.

Caribbean Destinations

The Carnival Freedom sails to the Caribbean from Fort Lauderdale, Fla. The ship's itineraries include Half Moon Cay in the Bahamas, the Cayman Islands and Jamaica.

Huge Ship, Huge Fun

The Carnival Freedom is a Conquest-class ship. This is one of the larger ships in the Carnival fleet. With features like children's clubs and water slides, the ship is designed to accommodate families. The Freedom is the first Conquest-class ship with Serenity, an adults-only retreat.

Great For Kids

The Carnival Freedom has three different youth experiences for younger cruisers. Camp Carnival is for children 2 to 11, Circle C is for children 12 to 14 and Club O2 caters to 15- to 17-year-olds. Adults can enjoy a sports bar or 1970s dance club, while the outdoor 12-by-22-foot movie screen is for the entire family.

Accommodation Options

More than half of the cabins on the Carnival Freedom have a view of the ocean. Almost 60 percent of the rooms with a view have balconies. All its staterooms are decorated in soft pastels and light-colored wood. Each passenger is pampered with luxury linens and bathrobes.

Cost

The cost of a cruise on the Carnival Freedom fluctuates, depending on the length of the cruise, the stateroom and the season. A six-day cruise to the Caribbean may cost as little as $399 per person for an interior stateroom, and $879 for a suite. An eight-day cruise to the Caribbean may cost as much as $1,739 per person for a suite, and $879 per person for an inside stateroom.

Snorkel With Sea Life

Several Carnival Freedom passengers recommended the Sting Ray City excursion. This excursion includes a visit to a turtle farm as well as the chance to snorkel with stingrays.

Dining Experience

The Carnival Freedom has four different full dining options. Chic and Posh are the two main restaurants. Other meal services include the two-story Freedom Buffet that uses a Statue of Liberty replica as its main focal point, and The Sun King's Supper Club, being one of the ship's premium restaurants.

Maiden Voyage

The Carnival Freedom first launched in February 2007. It was built for Carnival and was the final Conquest-class ship.


In The News

Our research revealed no notable news stories or safety concerns regarding the Carnival Freedom.

WATCH:

Joe Farcus, the architect of the Carnival Freedom, takes a closer look at his creation.

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