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Freedom of the Seas Cruise Review by thegima

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Freedom of the Seas
Freedom of the Seas
Member Name: thegima
Cruise Date: September 2012
Embarkation: Port Canaveral
Destination: Western Caribbean
Cabin Category: M
Cabin Number: 9291
Booking Method: Cruise Line
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Member Rating   4.0 out of 5+
Dining 3.0
Public Rooms 4.0
Cabins 4.0
Entertainment 4.0
Spa & Fitness 4.0
Family & Children Not Rated
Shore Excursions 4.0
Embarkation 5+
Service 5.0
Value-for-Money 3.0
Rates 3.0
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Good Experience.
Our crew of 4 - myself 28, GF 27, her mother & father in their 40's. It was my first cruise, GF has been on one other and her parents have been on 5 or so all with RCCL. Myself and GF had an interior stateroom and her parents had a balcony across the hall.

Our room was nice enough for the two of us. I ended up putting the small glass table on the couch to free up some floor space though. Everything worked as it should, nice and cool, no weird smells, all the lights and tv worked fine. The bathroom is pretty small and I'd imagine pretty hard to navigate if you're a large individual, shower the same - really small.

Our stateroom attendant was awesome, multiple towel pets, kept the room clean, held multiple conversations with her, shared some of our turtle farm pictures with her - very warn friendly person.

GF's parents balcony room was not much larger, the bathroom seemed to be the same size.. The only addition was the lovely balcony!

Day1

Arriving and boarding the ship was as simple as it gets, 45minutes from parking we made it through security, checked in, sat in waiting area for about 10 minutes and then were allowed to board the ship around 11:30am. We looked around and had some lunch in the windjammer while we were waiting for the rooms to be ready. Around 1pm they opened the doors and the rooms were ready so we put our carry on bags away, checked out her parents balcony and explored the ship some more. We sat on the balcony while leaving port (at the scheduled time) and watched everything go by. Once we were just out of port the captain announced we had to turn around for a medical emergency, we waited for the ship behind us to go on it's way and made a u-turn dropped the person off and were back on our way in less than an hour so it wasn't a real big deal. Played some put-put, had some dinner and drinks and enjoyed our night. For the first time I got to experience a ship shower, that was fun! Might be a problem if you're extremely claustrophobic. I'm about 6'-175lbs and had a hard time moving around in there but it was fun and I got used to it by the end.

Day 2 - At Sea

Today we were on our way to Labadee and this was going to be an entire day at sea. I thought this was perfect because it gave us time to explore the ship so we knew where everything was for the rest of the week. We looked through the shops, watched the flowrider, big screen tv by the pool, played some ping pong, took a lot of pictures around the ship, checked out the casino, crypt, and all the other bars. Was a great day to just relax and enjoy what the ship has to offer. We missed the signups for the dodgeball competition so we just watched - it looked fun. After dinner we walked around the upper deck track and enjoyed the fresh air - not too many people around at all. Went back to the cabin and watched some of the TV offerings and got some sleep.

Day 3 - Labadee, Haiti

Getting on/off the ship was pretty simple in Labadee, nice beaches and the locals aren't too aggressive once you say no thanks. Since this is fenced off from the rest of Haiti the options of things to do are limited but we had no problem riding the trolly around to see everything then picked a beach spot for the day. We got back on the ship a little early to drop our beach stuff off and then back out to take pictures and look at the shopping offerings. We found some nice original art and talked with some of the locals, very friendly. Great day to relax and start your cruise.

Once back on the ship we had some more balcony time, then some drinks at the pool bar and windjammer food. Everyone was polite and always helpful on the ship thus far.

Day 4 - Falmouth, Jamaica

Getting on/off the ship was pretty easy here too. The locals were sort of friendly if you were buying something. They seemed to follow us around every store we went in just watching us which made me feel out of place and as if I were being stalked. The guys on stilts were fun until they took your camera to take a picture and hesitated to give it back until you tipped them ALL. Overall, not too much to do here unless you take an excursion out of the compound. The best thing about this port was sitting in the balcony listening to the music and guy talk on the mic down there in the compound. That and watching the port get smaller as we pulled away that evening. Not impressed. We did the casual dining on this night and saw people wearing board shorts, flip flops, crocs, t-shirts, hats etc in the main dining room which was kind of disappointing but we enjoyed the meal. We stopped at Olive-Or-Twist that night too after dinner for some drinks and that's one of my favorite spots on the ship. Great atmosphere and view, waiters were very friendly.

Day 5 - Georgetown, Grand Cayman

Getting on/off the ship wasn't too bad, being a tendered port there is always some sort of line although minimal in the morning it was extremely long in the afternoon. This was the only port we did an excursion in, the island tour and turtle farm. Well worth the money for the ride, island history, and turtle farm. Hell was kind of cool but not something I would care to see again. The Rum Cake Factory had about 15 tours parked there when we stopped, things were over priced, there was a crowd around the 'free rum, and cakes'. I turned around as quickly as I walked in. We ended up down by the water taking some photos, the water down by the rocks is beautiful. There were also some huge iguanas on the concrete next to the water which was cool to see. The turtle farm was awesome, got to see a lot of different things there. The bus ride around the island was neat, provided you have a good driver you will enjoy it. We had some time when we got back to port to look around. Great port, very little hassle from the locals - just the few people trying to sell excursions. The "Rum Stop" was the cheapest alcohol store we found the entire cruise, and they deliver so you don't have to carry the stuff around and offload it before you get back on. We got exactly what we paid for the last day of the cruise with no trouble. Highly recommend them if you buy alcohol there. Once back on the ship we did the normal routine of relax in room then head to windjammer for some food. We went to the quest game show in Studio B, this was a blast watching people try to find things from the audience.. Fun! Got some drinks afterwords and relaxed on the top deck where they were playing a movie. Then called it a night.

Day 6 - Cozumel, Mexico

We went off the beaten path here and decided to plan something non ship related, Nachi Cocom. What a blast, check this place out if you're looking for somewhere to relax in the peace and quiet for the day. We did the snorkeling they offer and it was great, only 5 people so it was semi private. Taxi each way was $15usd + tip ($20/each way) and the taxi drivers were real nice. Getting on/off the ship was a breeze. The people there were very friendly for the most part, a couple of "pushy" vendors but mostly good. We bought a couple of little things and things were priced reasonably although the alcohol seemed to be cheaper on the ship.

Day 7 - At Sea

This was our final full day on the ship so we tried to take advantage of the shows, fitness center, movie theater and everything we could. The fitness center is up to par, the equipment is in good/better condition and working. Not to mention you can't beat the view when on the treadmills :) We did the rock climbing wall, painless process because we signed the waiver online before our cruise. We got our harness, helmet, and shoes and were on the wall before you knew it. The staff was friendly, made conversation and looked like they were enjoying their jobs. Nice to see considering they're stopping you from falling if you slip off the wall! Ended up missing the dodgeball signups (yet again) and had to watch but again, it looked fun. We stopped in the movie theater to see what it looked like and Madagascar 3, 3D was playing. They had the glasses out near the entrance for you to pick up on the way in. We stood in the back and watched for a few then took off, the theater is huge. We actually went back later that night for the farewell show and saw the entire theater - it's amazing how big it is.. You forget you're on a ship in the middle of the ocean when you're in there. We visited Olive-Or-Twist one final time that night and had the same waiter we did the first night which was cool, again good views and friendly service.

Day 8 - Disembarkation

We chose the express disembarkation. We were up at 6am, downstairs and ready to go about 630, walking off the ship shortly after 7. We were within the first 25 people to go through customs and had no trouble. The guy looked at my card and passport and said "welcome back"! However the GF's parents were asked if they had any cuban cigars (randomly I guess?) but other than that all was fast and smooth. We made it home by 830am and we live about an hour and a half away.

Publication Date: 09/12/12
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