Carnival Dream or Carnival Freedom?

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#1
Chicago
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Joined Sep 2009
never cruised Carnival before, looking at Dream or Freedom in April 2011. Any suggestions for those who have been on either? Both are Eastern Carribbean, Dream is 7 nights 3 ports/3 sea days and Freedom is 8 nights 4 ports/3 sea days. I can get an ocean view on either for pretty much the same price. We are a family with 2 boys age 14 and 10, so need lots of activity on ship. The family rooms on Dream look nice with bigger bathroom but don't want to base my decision on that. Any advice? Thanks!
#2
Southwest VA
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Joined Dec 2010
I have been on both and loved them both...certainly more to do on the Dream, but it's too crowded for me...my vote would have to go to the Carnival Freedom.

Either choice you'll have a blast!!
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#3
Richardson, TX
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You often can get better deals out of Miami, because people driving in, from other states, dont want to drive in that far, and parking is so expensive.

Im betting Freedom is the better deal? You dont say.

Dream is a overblown Freedom class and there have been complaints about overcrowded, some of which have been addressed. Dream is only a tad newer.
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#4
Ohio
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Joined Jan 2008
I just got off the Freedom and loved it. The ship was sold out and you would never have known it. Very short lines if at all where ever you were. Good luck
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#5
Missouri (417 area), and a regular in Cape Canaveral, Fl
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My son was14 when we sailed the dream. We had a great time. He recommends their circle c program. We are sailing the freedom in march. We like sea days because he enjoys the club activities.

The eastern dream goes to Nassau which is a waste because the ship sails at 2 so hard to do much. We enjoyed st maarten and st Thomas. He slept most of our time at the nude/orient beach in st Maarten. It isn't like they are attractive nudes The beach, Maho, where the planes fly over you is cool.

We are looking forward to the Freedom. I have seen lots of nice review. Some commented about cheaper to fly to Miami than orlando... Not for me. Plus you have figure out how to get to hotel if you fly into Miami.

If the cost for cruise is about same then 8 days is better than 7!!!
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Sailed the Freedom 8 day with two teenagers and they had an awesome time. We did the route to Mexico, Costa Rica and Panama. Ship was great it was sold out over Thanksgiving but you would not have known it. Would do the same ship and route again in a heart beat. Will be on the Dream in March. (I am afraid it will be to big for me). Have a great time.
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#7
Lancaster, PA
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Joined Feb 2009
I was on both in the past, and going on Freedom again in March). I greatly enjoyed both of them. If you said that both ships are similar in price, I'd say go for the longer cruise. Plus, I think it'll be a better first Carnival cruise experience for you, since it's not as big as the Dream...But whatever you decided, I don't think you'll be disappointed with either.
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#8
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I've also been on both in the past and much prefer the Freedom. So much so that even though I'm currently disenchanted with the Carnival brand I will be sailing the Freedom again this year. The itinerary is awesome and 8 days are always better than 7
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#9
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Joined Jun 2009
Originally posted by bdkb
never cruised Carnival before, looking at Dream or Freedom in April 2011. Any suggestions for those who have been on either? Both are Eastern Carribbean, Dream is 7 nights 3 ports/3 sea days and Freedom is 8 nights 4 ports/3 sea days. I can get an ocean view on either for pretty much the same price. We are a family with 2 boys age 14 and 10, so need lots of activity on ship. The family rooms on Dream look nice with bigger bathroom but don't want to base my decision on that. Any advice? Thanks!
They are both pretty new ships so I wouldn't hesitate about either. If you're at all interested in Spa facilities go with Dream for absolute certain. I haven't sailed on her myself, but her Spa setup is apparently similar to that on Splendor which is incredible in this regard.

Dream is a significantly larger ship which would probably sway my decision in her favour if I liked both itineraries the same. I don't really hold with this "Smaller ships are better" point of view as I really like a big ship to explore. Maybe this is because I tend to avoid the Lido and Pool areas at all times, but I've never noticed huge crowds on the larger ships (Splendor as compared to Spirit for example).
#10
Chicago
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Joined Sep 2009
Thanks for all of the advice! I booked the Freedom this morning. Both ships look awesome but I'm afraid being Easter week the Dream will be too crowded and the lines long. Plus like most of you said 8 nights of vacation is better than 7!