Freedom of the Seas - Eastern Caribbean - April 2014
Without exception the crew is friendly and helpful and made our cruise a fun experience. The ship went into service in 2008 and is showing signs of wear and tear -- our cabin and balcony on deck nine needed maintenance and we were surprised since we have not experienced this on other RCCL ships. Check in at Port Canaveral was fast and easy. Our checked luggage arrived at our cabin by 3:00 p.m. The itinerary was poor and we should have paid more attention before booking. We were scheduled to get into Saint Thomas in the afternoon and this left little time to tour the island. Engine trouble along the way added 2 more hours to our delay -- only enough time for a quick walk around town and then back to the ship. We choose alternative dining in the Windjammer every evening. The Windjammer had an expanded selection of items, more than on past RCCL cruises, but some of the Windjammer food items on the line were cold -- a chronic problem on this and other RCCLS ships. Windjammer service by the crew is impeccable. The Windjammer continues to be crowded but this can be overcome by selecting different dining times. There were many announcements by the captain and crew on the PA system offing information about the cruise. There were many offerings of sale items at competitive prices in the main promenade during the cruise, although the shops on-board were overpriced. Shore excursions continue to be over priced causing us to make our own arrangements. We continue to notice cutbacks on RCCL ships – on each cruise we notice an amenity provided in the past is no longer available. The entertainment was good and the main production shows enjoyable. There was always plenty of open seats right up to Showtime. Pool deck activities were plentiful and enjoyable. Main dining room breakfast selection was plentiful and service excellent. On the last morning the ship slid silently into Port Canaveral at about 5:30 a.m. We choose to carry our luggage ashore and were off by 8:30 a.m. We could have been off earlier but choose breakfast in the main dining room. We would rate this cruise 3 ½ stars out of 5 based on prices, ship maintenance, food, service, entertainment and itinerary.