Freedom of the Seas Cruise Review by budrick: Very disappointed
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Destination: Eastern Caribbean
Embarkation: Port Canaveral (Orlando)
This was our fourth cruise (3 different cruise lines) but the first with Royal Caribbean. We didn't find it to be nearly as enjoyable as the others. Part of the problem I think, is because the ship is way too big. For the whole trip we felt like we were downtown in a congested city.
Our main complaint is that the food was equivalent to that in a truck stop. The dining room dinners were presented with the typical pomp & circumstance but the quality stunk. I had a shrimp cocktail one evening that was laughable. Even White Castle wouldn't have served it. Another evening I had the premier steak that was way over-cooked but also as tough as shoe leather. The head waiter brought me another, cooked as I asked, but it too was too tough to eat. Breakfast in Windjammers was boring and our party guessed as to whether the lukewarm scrambled eggs were powdered. Feeding and accommodating 4,000 people has the same luxury dining atmosphere as an army basic training center - poor. More
Another complaint is that nothing on the ship was inexpensive or even reasonably priced, which is very unfriendly. I'm talking about soft drinks, a happy hour or snacks. It was quite obvious, and we were quite aware, that we were captive consumers and would be milked for anything we could. Needless to say, we didn't purchase any liquid refreshment at all. (Missed the bottle of wine normally had with dinner.) From this experience it's very probable that our first RC cruise will have been our last. Less
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Port and Shore Excursions
Had been there before but again enjoyed walking around the old city.
Instead of being able to experience the feeling and cultures of the island, our bus took us to a tourist-trap flea market in Marigot. We had only 45 minutes to buy cheap tourist junk, had we been inclined. It would have been nice to be able to spend time in the town and do a little exploring. We had plenty of time in Philipsburg but the local culture there too, has disappeared.
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