Our 2nd RCI trip was a blast on the Freedom! Too big??? Sure, if you don't like a King sized bed, balconies where dividers can be opened, pizza and cookies on the promenade, room for everyone to tan on the deck, 5 + bars with live entertainment.... and more! Then, yes, too big would be a problem. Personally, I loved it.
Our cabins were on deck 8, 330-334. We asked the stateroom attendant to unlock the balcony doors on the first day and from then on we could open and close them at our leisure. If traveling with friends/family, we HIGHLY recommend doing this.
Don't miss: Love and marriage show and the Quest- the cruise director Allen was a hoot! Sorrentos pizza- eat it instead of lunch in windjammer, or as an afternoon snack!! Cookies at the coffee shop- especially the oatmeal raisin and double chocolate chip Bull and Bear Pub- the live music was great—fun atmosphere, very much the English Pub Vintages- great wine with a cheese and cracker plate. However, one of the only places on the ship that had unfriendly wait staff and poor service. Flow rider- if you don't participate- at least watch!
Other notables: Boleros- packed every night with latin dancers Johnny Rockets- great onion rings and malts. I'm sure the burgers are wonderful too, but we were so full from the onion rings, fries and malts that most of us couldn't finish the burgers. Hot tubs in the Solarium- it was raining slightly when we left Miami, so we watched the ship sail away from the hot tub! (these are the ones that hang over the side of the ship) Solarium pool- unlike on other ships, the pool does not have roof, so when at sea you can still be in the sun but in an adults only pool. Very nice. I'm glad our cruise was a 3 full day at sea, 3 days of ports adventure so that we could enjoy the ship at our leisure.
Complaints?? The wait staff at vintages, embarking and disembarking day (this is where you feel the number of people on the ship!) and the 11:30-1 time when parents allowed their children to run free around the ship. (However, compared to our experience with 18 year old drunks 2 years ago, this is minor! Thank you RCI for no longer allowing anyone under 21 to drink when leaving a US port!!!!)
Ports: San Juan- definitely visit old san juan- walk to El Moro—be sure to take the sea route. Visit El Batey (a hole-in -the-wall pub)-- bring a marker and a business card! You can sign your name on the wall and display your card on the lights.
St. Thomas- we did the Ultimate St. Thomas experience. Good variety of stops. However, by the time we got to Blackbeards castle (after 2 hours at Magen's Bay) we were done and didn't spend much time there.
St. Maarten- Orient Beach- the guys liked the exhibitionists! Beautiful beach with many comfy chairs to rent. Some went on the Rhino Riders and LOVED it. Shopping was fine—be sure to visit the Guavaberry Rum store. Fun gift ideas and great rum.
Over all-- GREAT trip! Highly recommended!