My husband and I are a middle 50's couple traveling with another couple of the same age. All of us have grown children, but do not yet have any grandchildren. We were looking for an adult cruise experience, and FOS delivered this splendidly. We were very happy with our cruise experience, and will likely cruise on this ship again next year.
The ship itself is beautiful. Huge open indoor spaces in the Promenade that were three stories tall. Very impressive to see. There were 13 stores that were open during the days that we were at sea. They ranged from barber shops and jewelry stores to souvenirs and build a bears. There were several parades that went down the promenade, as well as a moving bridge where they had musical acts perform. There were also two food venues that had pizza and sandwiches all time free of charge.
The dining rooms were lovely. Three stories tall, yet each floor was unique. Our table was on deck four - Issac Dining Room. At first we were assigned an awful table in a corner that was way off to the side, and right beside a serving station. When we saw this location on the first day right after boarding, we asked for our table to be changed, and they accommodated us. We were moved to a very nice table beside the window, and seated with two other couples. We had a fabulous waiter and thoroughly enjoyed both the company and the food for the entire cruise. So make sure that you go and check out your table assignment as soon as you board as changes are hard to come by the longer you wait.
The food was great. Was it five star specialty restaurant quality? No. But it was better then most of the average restaurants that the average person will go to. There was a large variety each night, and our waiter was very willing to ask for changes to be made in the kitchen to serve our needs. I am a very picky eater and I had no trouble finding several selections to choose from every night.
The entertainment was great. Wonderful musical and dancing production numbers on several nights. The comedian on the first night was very funny. The Osmund Brothers were terrific. The aerial act was amazing. The magician was really, really good. No idea how he did those tricks. The second comedian was awful. Yes it was his adult show, but he was so crude and the language was so bad that we were uncomfortable and did not enjoy him. This was the first cruise for Kirk Detwiller as he took over from Grahame Seymour who is on vacation. Kirk was a bit of a disappointment, especially since he had a bad case of laryngitis and was difficult to understand. However, The Quest was a lot of fun. Love and Marriage was a bit of a dud, but that was a function of those participating rather then the RCI staff. Perhaps due to the large number of elderly guests on this cruising the atmosphere was a little more subdued?
Overall we had a wonderful time and were very sorry to see the cruise end. We will definitely be cruising with RCI again, and will likely go on the Freedom again some time next year.