This was our first time on the Freedom but not our first time out of FLL. We flew in and stayed 2 nights at the Comfort Inn Airport/Cruiseport prior to our cruise. It was OK and very close to KMart if you need something. There is a Taco Bell right next door and a McDonalds next to that so eating was no problem without a car. There are also other restaurants in walking distance if you wish. There is a shuttle service available to take you to the port and pick you up after the cruise so we signed up for that and we were on our way to the port by 10:30 and on the ship by 11:15. This was a very easy and quick embarkation.
The ship was clean but very cold!!! Everywhere you went it was cold. The MDR was cold, the casino was cold the shows were cold (and this was May 18th). The food was served warm/hot not cold but sitting in the MDR you needed a wrap. Speaking of food, while it as OK you could tell that something is faltering. The cakes really did not taste cakey to me they were kinda like you made the cake from scratch and needed more flavoring or something. They looked good but the taste left you wanting. The melting cake was the melting cake and after two of those I did not want any more.
The ports of call were good. We have never been to Antiqua or Tortola before and on first look they all begin to look alike so you need to get away from the port area to really see the sights and get a feel for the location. Please go outside the immediate port areas and things are interesting. I have never seen so many Diamond Internationals in my life. St. Thomas is one of our favorite ports and you can get a taxi easily into downtown and really be among the people.
Back to the ship. We tried to watch the seaside movies a couple of nights but the wind pushed us back inside to the cold. During the day it was OK being outside but the nights were kind of rough. We do not smoke but our neighbors did so our balcony was useless most of the time. I guess they were cold too. The comedians were good the shows were OK and the casino did not pay me :) All in all it was a good relaxing cruise with OK food. HINT: Serenity Deck. At times it was empty almost!! Get a seat and relax back there.