Freedom of the Seas Cruise Review by LovetocruiseRoyal: Incredibile cruise again
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Incredibile cruise again
Destination: Western Caribbean
Embarkation: Port Canaveral (Orlando)
Our travel party consisted of 20 people and some had cruised before and some had not. This was our second time on Freedom and she did not disappoint. We chose My Time Dining and our wait staff Florentina and Kamel were phenomenal!!!! We do not have one negative thing to say about them. We got to know them and every night they would voluntarily bring more appetizers and entrees with out us asking. I am not a fan of the Western Caribbean and will not sail this itinerary again. We prefer the Eastern or Southern. Embarkation was fast and simple as normal, Windjammer was as expected crowded and food choices were plentiful. We ate breakfast one morning on our balcony, but the choices were limited. Our dinner time was 745pm every night so we missed most of the shows. Quest and Love and Marriage were funny and did not disappoint either. We tried the Crypt and the Silent Party which I highly recommend. The 70's show in the Promenade was good and the interacted with the passengers well. More
Flowrider has changed up the rules and you can no longer do tricks (other than get up on your knees) Rock Climbing wall was strict about clothing and putt putt was aways crowded. We tried Johnny Rockets one afternoon and for $5.95 per person we sampled everything. They continue to bring you French fries and Onion rings. You couldn't beat the price for that and the Milk Shakes YUMMY!
Now for the down side (other than leaving) -
Dining room attire - It is disheartening that they continue to allow T-shirts and shorts. Every night there was a table of four who wore such clothing, even formal night. They have a sign right out front indicating no Tshirts, Shorts or swimming attire in the dining room why not enforce it.
Disembarkation - They no longer have all the luggage in sections. They disembark based on numbers and times. The luggage arrives on a conveyer belt and does not arrive early. If you need an early departure time do not hesitate to get you another tag with a lower number We almost missed our transportation to the airport because of this. The compass indicates if you leave before your number is called your luggage WILL NOT be ready for pickup and they mean it. Other than those two things I would sail her again but to the Eastern Caribbean. The ship is well maintained and is plenty big enough for us. Less
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Cabin review: 7614
The cabin was centrally located close to the stairs and elevators. We either went up four decks to Windjammer and sports/pool deck and down two decks for dining. Gregorio was the best stateroom attendant, very attentive and polite always speaking when we saw him. There were a few times he even had our door opened for us when he saw us coming. I was a little disappointed with the side we were on as it faced away from the islands but we really can not complain about the cabin size or amenities. Storage is plentiful with space under the bed for luggage, desk area and bathroom shelves. The bed itself was comfortable.
Port and Shore Excursions
The name was jungle buggy and snorkel and it was fantastic. We walked to the start and the guides were very nice, informative and knowledgeable. We rode through town and when the pavement ended the off road began. WOW it was so much fun. After riding off road we stopped by a small resort to learn how to make Pico De gio (spelling) and could swim in the pool if we desired. After another so short ride we went to Plaza Azul for snorkeling. The fish and sea life was beautiful as was the water. Would highly recommend taking this tour.
After a brief ride to the adventure park we got a locker and suited up for 7 runs. They were short and long and the guides were extremely friendly and helpful. The last run is the longest and runs from the top of the hill down across the street. Remember to take some form of camera so you can get pictures from on top of the hill. Spectacular views. Once we got back to the port we ate at Margaritaville and then shopped with the locals - most stores are not owned by true locals. Would rather support the locals than not.
This was our second time here and will be my last. Stores will not open to until later even if there is a ship in port. Most of our party spoke to someone at the port and got a tour to Turtle Farm, Hell and 7 Mile beach for under $45 per person. Their pictures were really good.
Labadee is RCCL private island. It is nice but we prefer Coca Cay. We went to Columbus Cove section and walked to this area. It took appx 10-15 minutes to do so. Adrenaline beach is nice as well but the water is a little rocky and has great views of the waves crashing along the rocks and Dragons Breathe zip line. One member of our party did this and enjoyed it but $95 for a 30 second ride was a little expensive for the rest of us. Several members of our party did the Aqua Park and Water Slide. They enjoyed the water park and said it was the best hour of the whole day. We had one of the attendants place a blue cabana shade around our chairs (FREE) so you have shade if needed.
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