There are drink packages for wine and soda; spirits must be purchased at list price.
Though you can find a number of different beers and mixed drinks on menus, there are no drink packages for beer and spirits. Each drink must be purchased at the listed bar prices.
Wine, however, can be bought in bulk several bottles at a time at a 25% discount, to be drunken over the course of your cruise.
The wine lists in the various restaurants on the Carnival Freedom pull from all over the world, featuring Champagne, Burgundy, and Beaujolais from France; Prosecco, Chianti, and Pinot Grigio from Italy; and Korbel, Chardonnay, and Merlot from California. Most of the wines are sold by the bottle rather than the glass. There are a number of fairly pricey wines on the wine lists, including a Chateauneuf-Du-Pape from the Rhone region in France for $110, or a Grand Cru from St. Emilion in France for $115. The Sun King Steakhouse offers a few additional reserve wines, like a Cabernet Sauvignon for $180 or an Opus One for $225, both from the Napa Valley.
At bars across the ship, there is Champagne, various wines, Port, cognac, and brandy by the glass starting at $5.25. You also can find domestic beers like Blue Moon and Budweiser as well as some imported selections.
The bars will serve you pretty much any mixed drink you can think of, including a number of specialty martinis such as a pomtini, appletini, bluemoon and tiramisu martinis for $8.95. The Carnival signature cocktail is “The Fun Ship” that comes with a souvenir glass and is made from mixing amaretto, rum, vodka, apricot brandy, and some juice. If you keep the glass, each refill is only $6.75. Standard cocktails range between $5.50 and $7.50.
The Carnival Freedom also offers a number of unusually-named frozen drinks designed to tap into that sunny cruise vacation vibe. The list includes the Kiss on the Lips, Mocha Chocolate Getaway, and Hurricane Waves. The ship’s bars also serve up more standard frozen daiquiris, all for $7.25. Each of these drinks can be done without the alcohol for $4.75.
Champagne, wine, Port, cognac and brandy by the glass will set you back $5.25. Drinks straight up or on the rocks range from $4.95 to $7.50 depending on which specific brand of liquor you want to be included.
The drink menus are basically the same throughout the ship with a few variations found at the bars by the pools, and there also are drink specials that change daily.
Liquor cannot be purchased in bulk for a discount (we know, it’s vacation, how dare they?), but wine can be clustered into a package to get 25% off the regular list price. There is also the Bottomless Bubbles soda card that allows for endless soda throughout your stay on the Carnival Freedom. Kids pay $4.50 per day for such a card; adults $6 per day.
Soda, juices and smoothies are all offered on board at most bars. In addition, all frozen alcoholic drinks also can be made in a non-alcoholic version.
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