Freedom of the Seas Cruise Review by Wj420: Nice surprise!
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Destination: Western Caribbean
Embarkation: Port Canaveral (Orlando)
Driving to Port Canaveral and boarding the Fos was fast and smooth. 15 minutes from pulling into a parking space to the Windjammer lounge. Diamond status gave us that treat! As a couple that normally prefers Celebrity, we hadn't sailed on rccl in over 12 years and we try to avoid high child seasons. This was a family trip to celebrate a big b-day. We looked at this a more of a gambling trip with beaches and great memory making opportunities. We do consider ourselves foodies so of course we were aware of the new menus but had nothing to compare it to.
The ship is quite beautiful with some incredible glass sculptures. They do a great job maintaining the ship. For such a large vessel, it was,easy to navigate, especially with the computerized maps at every elevator to assist with directions or current activities. We had a nice balcony cabin located midship. The aft elevator is truly central. We found the balcony to be comfortable and had plenty of storage space. The tv is small. More The problem we found on the FOS was the a/c. The system wasn't pulling the moisture out of the air. Not only was it uncomfortable at many times, it took a long time for clothes or bathing suits to dry. Something was definitely wrong.
We dined in the mdr every night but one. We tried Portifino on the first formal night. We enjoyed it very much. The food was very good and the smaller, more intimate setting was lovely. Overall we found the flood in the mdr to be average. Occasionally something good to very good, some items were terrible. Some items didn't even match the description, ie: warm and sticky bread pudding with caramel sauce was presented like what looked like pound cake with a dash of sauce on the plate. Not warm, not sticky, definitely not a bread pudding. The desserts were inedible. The calorie savings were appreciated! We did find our best meals were actually the sea days lunches in the mdr. Great chef attended salad bar extraordinaire! Good menu options and good service. The windjammer buffet at lunch t was really bad. The cold options are OK but don't even think about what they call a hamburger... Really? It's hard to believe this is even the same corporation that operates Celebrity. We found breakfast to be OK, at least you could get made to order eggs.
The service was across the board, excellent. From cabin steward, to bar servers, casino dealers, waiters, everyone was so nice! We are fortunate to be Diamond level and had a lovely time in the lounge with the other passengers and the great staff. The Diamond lounge became our sanctuary. We could escape family, kids, everyone. The room has a beautiful view and was a great space to relax. No one under eighteen from 4:30pm to 8:00pm.
Our entertainment was the casino so no comment other than it is a fun casino. We traveled with a 13 year old who found the programs for her age group boring. There didn't seem to be a lot of that age group. Everyone enjoyed the shopping available on deck 5.
Finally a disembarkation that is humane. Stay in your cabin until it's your assigned time. Then just easilly exit the vessel, clear customs, find luggage and off. All in less than 45 minutes. What a pleasure!
We will definitely sail on the FOS again! Less
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