Subscribe today
Get Cruise Critic in your inbox
Your Ultimate Cruise Guide

Freedom of the Seas Cruise Review by budrick: Very disappointed


budrick
1 Review
Member Since 2014
0 Posts

Member Rating

Cabin Not Rated
Dining 2.0
Embarkation 5.0
Enrichment Activities Not Rated
Entertainment 5.5
Family & Children Not Rated
Fitness & Recreation Not Rated
Public Rooms Not Rated
Rates Not Rated
Service 5.0
Shore Excursions 3.0
Value for Money 3.0

Compare Prices on Freedom of the Seas Eastern Caribbean Cruises

Very disappointed

Sail Date: January 2014
Destination: Eastern Caribbean
Embarkation: Port Canaveral

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


Read more Freedom of the Seas cruise reviews >>
Read Cruise Critic's Freedom of the Seas Review >>

Port and Shore Excursions


The sandy beach was a little better than staying on the ship.

Read 219 CocoCay Reviews

Had been there before but again enjoyed walking around the old city.

Read 1353 San Juan Reviews

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.

Thank You For Signing Up!

Please Note: To ensure delivery of your free e-letters, please add news@cruisecritic.com to your address book.
We're committed to protecting your privacy and will not rent or sell your e-mail address. By proceeding, you agree to our Privacy Policy and Terms of Use.