Great Cruise on Freedom of the Seas. Embarkation went smoothly and the ship was clean.
FOOD: Breakfast. The breakfast buffet in the Windjammer was excellent but it could get a little crowded. Breakfast was also served in Leonardo's and I found this to be much more relaxing with waiter service and a buffet. There was no cover charge for eating breakfast there.
Lunch. Once again the Windjammer did not disappoint. The food was good and the selection enormous. For those not wanting to navigate the buffet, there was pizza available in Sorrento's on the promenade level, and sandwiches available at the cafe on the promenade all, at no additional charge. The pizza was quite good and was available all day.
Dinner. I had an early seating in Leonardo's for dinner. I thought the food was average though the ambiance and the service were impeccable. I found that I preferred to have dinner in the Windjammer most evenings as the selection was varied, the food was delicious and it was much less crowded than for breakfast and lunch with most people eating in the dining room.
New Year's Eve. The decor in the dining room was spectacular as was the decor on the promenade. The dining room menu was special and everyone was dressed for the occasion. There were parties and festivities in all the venues on the ship, with plenty of music and dancing. There was a gracious toast by the captain who appeared on the bridge over the promenade several minutes before midnight and counted down the final seconds of 2013. There was a black and white balloon drop to welcome in 2014. f Auld Lang Syne was played by the orchestra and sung by the Freedom of the Seas singers. There was a party by the pool where the captain's toast could be viewed on the large screen.
Other than New Year's Eve, there were plenty of activities on the ship to keep one occupied. There was bingo which I found a little expensive at $36.00. There was also the casino for those who like to gamble. There was a series of very interesting lectures on weather. There is a full slate of activities available in the daily compass. It would be impossible to take part in all of them. There is plenty to choose from for all ages. I could cruise Freedom of the Seas again and have a completely different experience.I enjoyed most of the shows, but especially Marquee, and the Ice Show. I did not enjoy the farewell show as I found the comedienne unfunny and much of her material unsuitable for an audience that included a number of children.