Carnival Freedom Pool, Water Slide and Sunbathing
The Carnival Freedom has 3 pools plus a small "kiddy" pool for wading that is part of the Camp Carnival program. The pools have saltwater and fresh water showers are provided so you can rinse off. Reportedly, the maximum pool depth is 3' 8" -- enough to take a dunk and cool off, but, not really deep enough, or large enough, to swim in. Given this, the area around the pool is best suited for sunbathing on 2 tiered decks.
The main pool is "The Timeless Pool" and is located in the middle of the ship on Deck 9. The main pool features two oversized whirlpool spas, and, is positioned below the 270 square foot LED TV known as Carnival's Seaside Theater. The TV runs most of the day and features sporting events, music videos, and in the evening, movies. With a 70,000 watt sound system, there have been complaints that the TV can be quite loud. At the opposite end of the Timeless Pool is a stage which, during most hours of the day, there is some activity going on -- anything from a Caribbean band to a member of the ship's staff leading an activity or game. Typically, the Timeless Pool hours are from 8 AM to 10 PM.
Located behind the Freedom Restaurant on the Lido Deck (Deck 9) is "The Endless Pool". The Endless Pool is enclosed under a retractable roof and features two oversized whirlpool spas. Typically, the Endless Pool opens at 8 AM and closes at midnight.
Carnival Freedom added a Serenity Adults-only retreat during a refurbishment several years ago. It is located in the forward part of the ship and spans decks 12 and 14 (remember, no deck 13's on cruise ships -- they are a superstitious bunch!). Hammocks, padded recliners, a full service bar and two whirlpools are featured in Carnival Freedom's Serenity area. There is no live music and no children allowed -- Carnival is serious about trying to keep the Serenity area a place of "peace and tranquility".
On Deck 10 (Panorama Deck) is "The Stressless Pool" which features one oversized whirlpool spa. The pool is located overlooking the Timeless Pool and right next to the run-out for the water slide. Operating hours typically are from 8 AM to 8 PM.
Carnival's Twister water slide is 214' long and the entry to the slide is located on Deck 14 (Sun Deck). The slide is 3-stories high and empties out into its own separate pool. The water slide typically operates from 10 AM to 5 PM and there is a 42" minimum height requirement.
There is a children's wading pool in the Camp Carnival area of the Carnival Freedom located on Deck 12 (Sun Deck).
Carnival Freedom Pool, Water Slide & Sunbathing Tips:
Sign out a towel at the pool area from the towel hut. There will be a $22 charge per towel to your onboard account for each towel you fail to return.
While Carnival does its best to discourage this, sunbathers do show-up at 8 AM and try to hog the lounge chairs for the day.
The Port side of the Lido deck near the pool does permit smoking. The rest of the deck is non-smoking.
Babies & Infants in Pools: Carnival's official policy is "no swim diapers, children must be potty trained". We have not heard reports on whether the policy is strictly enforced.