The Freedom is a wonderful ship, we loved the layout. It is so much like the Mariner of the Seas with a little extra added. The staff was very attentive and the service was outstanding. We booked the HC junior suite and was for the most part very happy with our cabin. The cabin has plenty of room and alot of storage space. There is one problem with the closets, the shelves are behind the brackets that lower the clothes for the handicap. This presented a problem when I reached for the safe and hit my face on the bracket bruising my cheek for two weeks. If that wasn't bad enough my mother cut her arm on the same bracket two days later. My dad who is handicap I didn't let him near the closet I was afraid he would get hurt also since the bracket blocks the access to the safe.
The cabin is wonderful with an extra large balcony, and in place of a walkin closet there is bunkbeds and another closet with privacy curtains. The couch pulls out into another bed, this cabin can sleep 6 with no issues. We were 3 and enjoyed all the extra room.
The food in the MDR the first four nights was exceptional, but as the week progressed the quality of the food deminished. The windjammer is nothing worth writting about, so so quality, very very crowded, seats are hard to come by.
Entertainment was outstanding, too bad most activities take place after 10pm. We missed most of the activities due to the late hours. Love and marrage show was at 10:30pm this was surprising since other cruises we have taken have scheduled activities during the day.
The pool areas are crowded and the hot tubs are always overflowing. We were disappointed that we never got a chance to enjoy the hot tubs.
There are way too many passengers! The elevators were a nightmare trying to get a handicap person from deck to deck. Many people are in such a hurry they push in front of the handicap and fill the elevator leaving us standing there waiting for another. This at times would be a 20 minute wait, and 45 min when needing to go down to deck 1 to catch a tender or get to the dock.
Grand Caymen, Well we were denied access. The Grand caymen island has no access for the handicap. The tender could not transport the scooter and the pier has no ramp. We were told my father could not leave the boat unless he could walk and climb steps. This will be our last visit to this island.
The final straw for our group came in the form of abuse from fellow passengers in the main dining room. Our Table was #449, we were seated along the railing overlooking the captain's table. The staff put on a wonderful show during dinner with the parade of nations, and chef parade. However, during the two nights when these activities took place fellow passengers forced there way in and i do mean physically push us out of our seats so they could observe the parade by the railing. When asked to leave so we could continue to eat our dinner, these passengers became very nasty verbally and pushed themselves between our table and our laps. The headwaiter tried to be gracious but this was the last straw.
This a beautiful ship, we managed to enjoy ourselves, but it will be our last cruise on a large ship. The bigger the ship the more you have to deal with rude and nasty fellow traveler's. Hats off to the crew they have to deal with too many passengers every day.