We arrived at the pier at 10:00am and were allowed to begin our boarding process at 10:30am. This was our first time at Port Canaveral and I have to say it was far more pleasant than Ft Lauderdale. From beginning to when we were finally on board took a little over a hour, not bad at all, but we have learned arriving early is key.
Our ports of call were Labadee Haiti, great for relaxing in the sun, venders are a little to aggressive for me. Falmouth Jamaica, first time there, not to impressed, hired a taxi and went to Montego Bay Doctors Cave about 35 min. away cost $10 a person then there is a cost to get on the beach another $5 per person, then extra for chairs and umbrellas if you want them. Would not go there again. Next stop Grand Cayman, just beautiful would love to go back and stay a week there. Last, Cozumel we rented a jeep for $80 and drove ourselves to a great beach about 3 miles away called Mr Sanchos resorts, we had fun snorkling and chillin on the beach, we weren't charged anything to use the chairs or tables. There is also good shopping back at the pier shops.
We chose a state room this time wanting to save a little money. Our last cruise we had a balcony and there is quite a difference in size on the RCCL ships. Our cabin was all the way aft, which I won't ever do again because of the the long walks to the stairs or elevators. On each cruise we taken the beds are always so comfy that I actually sleep better than at home, I think the rocking of the ship helps too. Everything in our stateroom was extremely clean and our room steward Carlton was cheerful and eager to help.
The entertainment on the Freedom has to be the best we've ever seen while crusing. Loved loved the magician and comedians the most, they were top notch. Singers were talented just didn't care for the music selections.
Meals were also some of the best, except for one night in particular when nothing from appetizers to desserts had much appeal to any in our group. Wait staff were wonderful.
The only excursion we did was the Stingray City tour on Grand Cayman cost $47.00. We were taken by bus to a small boat 50 person then to a sand bar about 2 miles off shore. There we got into the water and swam with and fed the Southern Atlantic Stingrays, very very cool. We would not use the ship to book this excursion the next time. The company used by RCCL was not prompt or professional, we where over an hour late getting back to the ship leaving us short on time for the rest of the day. We later found out that we could have gotten off the ship and arranged the same excursion at a lower cost and chose a different or same company.
The only negative we all agreed is the conduct of some of the teens, not all but some can be rude and play with the elevators. Stupid I know, we were hoping that traveling in Feb. would eliminate this problem. Not so, we learned that MASS and NJ has a winter break every year during Presidents week, so we'll pick a different week next year I guess.
We would sail on the Freedom again for sure.