Embarkation was very quick, there were lines but they moved quickly. the crown and anchor was definately a lot short than regular lines. Beautiful ship!!! we boarded about 1pm and our cabin was ready. we explored the ship and had pizza for lunch it was very good. our cabin was 2582. It was average size. very quiet. slept like a rock every night! was very comfortable. it did have a smaller port hole , verses some very large ones in most rooms. our cabin attendant was great, I swear he was always working very hard!! we had pre paid gratuities ,but gave him a little extra because he was so good!!!
Sea day , was good. Never felt overcrowded anywhere. Was surprised to hear there was 3900 people on the ship. So many pools verses ,other cruises we have been on. Our son loved the flow rider and did it every day. We had our two kids with us 16, and 17. They were disappointed with the teen club, said carnival was much better. But overall like the cruise better than others we had been on. My son almost 18, hated the 1 am curfew for kids. Carnival has no curfew. My daughter and I ,did the mother daughter Massage. Was great!!!
Jamaica, we booked a private excursions through reggae tours online. Highly recommend them , We were in a air-conditioned van, just us,family of 4. Picked us up at port, falmouth. gave us a history of the island on the way to montage bay. Went to Doctors cove Beach , a private beach club. Gorgeous beach. I had reggae tours reserve 2 chairs and 2 umbrellas for us. and two beach mats.( 36 dollars ) There were waiters on the beach , taking drinks and food orders. Felt very safe, there was a security guard walking
around. We walked down the end of the beach and there was one guy, offering us weed, we said no and he was fine, i don't think he could come over the boundary of the beach club. the excursions itself was 25 per person, It was a half hour ride to beach and he picked us up at 430pm and was waiting for us when we walked out. We brought our own snorkel gear. very good snorkeling , my daughter and I saw a eagle ray, which was very cool about 20 feet from beach. we just ordered two orders of spring rolls for a snack and several sodas, bill was like 25 dollars. We walked to margaritiville for lunch and drinks ,a lot of fun. great water slide and water toys to climb on. felt safe walking to margaritivill, 5 min walk. ALOT OF CABBIES, asking if you needed a cab, but didn't harass you. great day!!
LABADEE, is beautiful!!! another Perfect day. We went to christopher columbus cove, sandy bottom, right near a bar and under a palm tree. Our kids did the zip line and loved it. they also did the dragon coaster and liked it. walk out to dragon breaths point near zip line landing , great views. bbq lunch was good . try a labadoozie, very good, my daughter had one ,with no rum and loved it.
grand cayman , went shopping, snorkeled at paradise pier across from hard rock .GREAT SNORKELING!!!! Had lunch at willies, i think, great spot. great margaritas and jerk chicken sandwich.
cozumel, we chartered a boat , via cozumel charters. went fishing , we wernt having any luck trolling. so we did some bottom fishing and caught a bunch of smaller trigger fish. beautiful views, great crew. highly recommend it. took a taxi to margaritiville, they cooked our fish for us. also could swim there and had water trampoline and free snorkeling available. another perfect day.'
Dining :Breakfast was great, liked it better than carnival . Dining in the MDR, was Ok, was a little disappointed . Johnny Rockets was great did that once, definitely worth it, Did the chops grille, definitely worth it!! great filet ,sides, and chocolate cake is a MUST. My son loved the evening buffett and we ended up going there the last 4 nights of the cruise. huge variety.
ENTERTAINMENT WAS VERY GOOD, loved almost every show. Ice show was our favorite, make reservation for that a head of time. Freedom of the Seas is a Beautiful ship loved the promenade! We have been on 8 cruises . Disney,carnival , and one other rccl. This was my favorite ship !!!! Great Service everywhere.