Freedom of the Seas Cruise Review by Wilma's Mum: First Time Caribbean
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First Time Caribbean
Destination: Western Caribbean
Embarkation: Port Canaveral (Orlando)
We booked the cruise as a package from the UK. It included flights, transfers and one night pre-cruise in an Orlando hotel. I was never able to download and print my voucher booklet, but the agents at the airport and hotel sorted us out without any problems. The hotel was fine, within walking distance of a few places to eat. The bus transfer to the port was on time and easy.
The queue for security at Port Canaveral was stupid! For the door we were at, there were 2 intertwining queues snaking around. We were in the priority one and it took us 40 minutes to get through! Reason for the delay: one security barrier for everyone at that side of the building. There needs to be more. Once through that, the check in area was almost empty, so we were on board in about 5 minutes. We were able to get to our cabin immediately. It was a decent sized balcony cabin, and a good cabin steward, Jason. He kept it immaculate, full of towel animals and quickly found us the sharps box we had More requested.
The ship was the standard large Royal Caribbean layout, with the Royal Promenade, Windjammer, ice rink etc.
the food was fine - acceptable, but not outstanding. There were a few delicious dishes here and there. We had great waiters in Isaac dining room - Rodson and Sanford. They made sure that we had far more to eat than we needed. My husband was disappointed in the restaurant breakfast. He really wanted eggs benedict, but they weren't very good. The omelettes in the Windjammer were much fresher. Also, he didn't enjoy the Martini he had made in the Champagne bar. However, Olive or Twist made a much better one that seemed to have some gin it!
We did excursions in most pots and enjoyed them all. Most of them were water based. We are still smiling at the memory of swimming with dolphins at Chankanaab in Cozumel. Well worth it.
We liked the ports we visited, a good introduction to the Caribbean. And if I ever can't ski again, this could be a nice warm alternative Less
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