As has become the tradition in our family, we take a holiday cruise in December to not only celebrate the holidays, but also our twin boys birthdays. Our previous experiences have been on smaller ships, but decided this year we should take the Freedom Class. In truth, I am glad we did. At first arrival, it is clear that this is a very large ship and holds a great deal of passengers (4,100+ on this trip per the Cruise Director). The sheer size of the boat can immediately give cause for concern that it might be crowded, but that is clearly not the case. The boarding proces was somewhat of a hassle due to the volume of people, but being that we were in a JS and have status, this could have been worse. Once we boarded the ship we made our way to our room, and were surprised on the overall size and condition. (On previous ships, the JS have been smaller and noticable older.) After settling in, we did the normal "ship tour" to become familiar with our new home for the next (8) days.
During tour, the additional ammenities and facilities were amazing, when comparing to the Voyager Class. From the H2) zone to the Flowrider. Also, the Royal Promenade was clearly larger and had more to offer.
After our tour, we took the time to sit on our balcony and watch our travel down the canal, prior to dinner, as the vacation began.
At 5:30 p.m. (Early time for dinner - other ships are 6:00 p.m. for first seating), we made our way to the dining room and were plesantly surprised with the location of our table. We were fortunate to have a window. As is normal, this is when you meet the waitstaff for the week, and overall was impressed with the service and food. (Ashley Ferrandes and "Taffy" were our team and they were excellent) To made things even more enjoyable, the bar service on this trip was perfect. Every evening they were "ontop" of the drinks when we arrived. (Rene Cassell was fantastic) For the entire week the team was great and the food for the most part was good.
Once dinner was completed, we had different options each evening to keep us busy. On this trip, we made every effort to see all the shows, and are happy that we made the majority of them. Overall they were excellent from the comedy and music to the magician.
As with any trip that you are enjoying, it goes by very fast. The experience on the Freedom of the Seas was excellent and look forward to our next trip on Royal Carribean next holiday.