Families will find a welcome cruise on both of these ships, but the Freedom has a bit more to do for adults.
|Disney Cruise Line Disney Dream||Carnival Cruise Lines Carnival Freedom|
|Double Occupancy: 2500||Double Occupancy: 2974|
|Gross Tonnage: 128000||Gross Tonnage: 110000||16 decks||13 decks|
|CDC Score: 100||CDC Score: 100|
|Launched: 2010||Launched: 2007|
While the Disney Dream markets towards families of all sizes, the Carnival Freedom appeals to a broader range of sea travelers. On the freedom, the bar culture is prevalent, with so many options all over the ship. We pegged it as a best bet for singles looking to meet some adventurous travelers. However, the Freedom has quite a few options for the kids as well, with a large water slide, a few different kids lounges, an arcade, and a movie theater. It is hard to beat Disney in terms of family attractions though, there are so many venues specifically geared towards the younger crowd, while providing relaxation and romantic getaways for the parents at night.
The food on the Freedom lacked the quality we were hoping for. The claims of gourmet this and gourmet that were not met with proper follow through. Disney on the other hand played it safe, by offering a delicious, if somewhat uninventive, menu with which very few people could disagree.
Depending on what type of vacation you want, you can get a really good value out of both of these cruises. The Dream will get you the family cruise of a lifetime, the Freedom has large rooms and a bar culture fit for a several day floating party.