Just returned from the 6/1 through 6/8 sailing on Freedom of the Seas. Started with a stay in Miami at the Hyatt Regency on the night prior to sailing. The Hyatt was a nice place to stay and very close to the cruise terminals. Embarkation was very smooth. Our driver picked us up at the hotel at 12:00 noon and off we went to the terminal. We gave our luggage to the porters, went up the escalator and through security and then to the Platinum/Platinum+ check in line. We immediately were at the counter and were given our sea passes and off we went to get on the ship. We were up in the Wind Jammer eating lunch by 12:35. After lunch, we went to check out our room - a Deluxe Ocean View Balcony Room on Deck 6. The room and location were fine and comparable to the other balcony rooms on other RCCL ships we had been on. We toured around the ship for a while, went back to the room to unpack luggage and attended the muster drill - and then set sail.
Ports: San Juan Puerto Rico, St. Thomas, St. Martin/Maarten
Sea days were very enjoyable - we were not traveling with kids so it was nice to find that there was an outside pool specifically designed to entertain kids and most, if not all kids were at this particular pool. We really enjoy being outside, rather than the adult solarium pool area so it was nice that this really left the main pool area for adults.
This was out first time on Freedom Class ships so we were a little concerned about how the ship would flow with this many passengers. We can honestly say that we never felt crowded anywhere - there was always an elevator, we had no problems coming and going from ports, the restaurants and buffet area never felt overcrowded and the pool areas were very pleasant. We really liked that although the ship holds so many people, you never ever felt crowded or had issues with the crowds coming and going.
The ports are fine - we didn't do excursions in any of the ports as we had been in each of the ports several times on other cruises. We did adventuring around, beaching and shopping on our own.
The staff was great - we had a great cabin attendant, wait staff in the dining room and had our favorite bartenders at the bars we liked to frequent. Everyone we encountered was always friendly and positive whenever you asked a question or passed anyone walking throughout the ship.
We have sailed on many of the different lines and always come back to RCCL. We have tried most of the different classes/sizes of their ships and must say, we really enjoyed Freedom of the Seas.