I was on the CCL Freedom in June (Med cruise). I disagree totally on the rude staff/cleanliness thing and the food was great. My only complaint was the lack of entertainment variety. I attributed that to it being a med cruise and not having access to their normal set of entertainers that they do in the Caribbean cruises.
I wouldn't hesitate on booking another cruise on the Freedom.
Carnival Cruise Lines:
Fantasy 90, Celebration 95, Victory 05, Conquest 05, Spirit 6/06, Freedom 6/08, Holiday 7/08, Victory 6/09, Valor 9/09, Dream 6/10, Splendor 8/10,Conquest 8/11,Magic 11/11,Triumph 4/12,Spirit 7/12,Freedom 11/12, Triumph 2/13 - The fire cruise
NCL Dream October 2006, RCCL Mariner OTS June 2007