Freedom of the Seas - Eastern Caribbean: Freedom of the Seas Cruise Review by hacmangum
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Freedom of the Seas - Eastern Caribbean
Destination: Eastern Caribbean
Dining We had late seating in Leonardo's dining room. I was very happy with this choice. We never felt rushed to get back on the ship while in port in fear if being late for dinner. They did a good job of arranging all the entertainment around both seating so everyone had a chance to attend. The dinner menus were good. Each night, they had a fair variety of options. I really enjoyed the onion tart appetizer. The lobster was amazing. I always worry about the outcome of this dish since it is so challenging to prepare for many guests, but they did a great job- not dry one bit! I thought they could have offered more selection for dessert though. I recall our last RCI cruise there were so many great selections, and this time there were fewer. We ate lunch mainly in the Windjammer or Jade. If you can't find something to eat in there, you are in trouble. They always had a great selection. Only thing I would have changed is the sandwich selection. It would have been nice if they would prepare the sandwiches fresh at a station so you could get on them what you wanted. Never really had a problem finding a table either. On the last day, we were passing by the dining room around lunchtime. We decided to go in and have lunch there. I must say it was the BEST lunch we had all week! I do not know why we did not think to go there earlier but this will be a must on our next cruise. The selections were more abundant that at dinnertime and the food was very tasty. It also flows much faster than dinner, with the same great service, which was a plus. We ate a Johnny Rockets twice. The food there is typical greasy burger type...but good nonetheless and the kids enjoyed it. They have good shakes and malts too. We don't have this chain where we are from so it was different to try, but I could see it not being anything special if it is available where one lives. Sorrento's is absolutely the best pizza on the ship. It is a cute pizzeria type spot on the Promenade. A very popular place late nights when one doesn't want to wait an hour for room service! I noticed on the menu they do serve Panini sandwiches, although we were never there the hours those were available. Cafe Promenade is a great place to just sit, relax, and enjoy some coffee and a snack. They have a couple different sandwiches and several dessert or pastries to choose from. The coffee was also great. Good location to sit back and people watch or chat with friends. Open 24 hours. Children's Clubs Adventure Ocean is also highly recommended. Both kids attended their age groups and enjoyed it. The older kids >12 really have more of a laid back, hang out type atmosphere with less organized games and activities, but it worked and that group seemed to be having fun. They even restricted the Crypt club for the teens one night, which was a big hit. It was nice that DD is old enough now to sign herself (and DS) in and out. The 6-8 group was fun as well. Most times when DS went in, he did not want to come out. They have very structured events and activities. He loved the counselors and fun so much that he begged to go to after hours, which was $5 per child from 10-1am. Worth the money, as DH and I got spend some alone time together and allowed us to have adult time with another couple we met onboard. The facilities are great. They are not cramped as I have seen before and have the latest in technology and games. There is enough room for many kids to be in each room without being a safety issue. Entertainment We attended all the nightly shows, including the headliners, Marquee and Once Upon a Time. All shows were very entertaining and kept my attention. I would have to say that I enjoyed the magic show most of all. It was magic but put into a production type show, which made it much more entertaining. I cannot recall the young magician's name, but he was quite good and very likeable. The Ice Show is not to be missed. With such a reduced ice area, I did not expect the performers to do much in the way of couples routines or technical tricks. Well, I was WRONG. They were flawless and you would never know they weren't on a regulation rink. This was by far the best entertainment onboard. Be sure to go get tickets when they say they are available. We slept late and DD rushed down at the last minute and was literally the last person to get 4 tickets...they were gone after that. So, when they say it is a must do- it really is. The parades were also interesting. They have some very extravagant costumes. They had two that week, and it was a fun late night event for the whole family to attend. Again, it was crowded, but not so much that it was uncomfortable. Be sure to go early to get a table on the promenade or you will have to stand. Disembarkation Went very smooth. We decided to carry off our own bags. We were not in a hurry since our flight was the next day. We finished packing and went to breakfast in the Windjammer around 8:30. Came back to the room to retrieve our luggage and were off the ship by 9:30. No line at all getting off. Had to wait about 15 minutes in customs line, but compared to what we have experienced, this was fast! We were so sorry to leave, but I am certain we will cruise her or the Liberty again, no questions. I now see why they call it the greatest cruise ship around....it truly is. I thought that with all the research I had done, that I knew exactly what to expect, but I was mistaken. You don't even have a clue as to how brilliant this ship is until you've set foot on her. Freedom of the Seas gave our family the best vacation we probably have ever had together. It was an experience that will not be soon forgotten. Thank you Royal Caribbean and Freedom of the Seas. Less
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