I loved the Freedom. You will have a great time on her!
Carnival Dream for Thanksgiving
Eastern Caribbean- 11/20/2010
Carnival Ecstasy (4 Day Baja Mexico) 2003
Carnival Pride (7 Day Mexican Riviera) 2007
Carnival Spirit (8 Day Exotic Mexican Riviera) 2007
Carnival Freedom (7 Day Western Caribbean) 2008
Carnival Elation (4 Day Baja Mexico) 2009
Carnival Spirit (7 Day Southbound Alaska) 2009
Serving hours for lunch seems to be getting shorter. Our trip on the Freedom was the first time I noticed it. Lunch in the dinning room on sea days 12:00 - 1:30. Buffet on the Lido deck 12:00 to 3:00. Looking at some of the Capers on line indicates this is pretty much the trend. Lunch buffets were open until 5:00 on most ships in the past.
The Fish & Chips and the Mongolian BBQ are available during buffet hours. I found the Fish & Chips to be really good. The Mongolian BBQ was done in a Wok so wasn't quite the same as traditional Mongolian.