Freedom of the Seas Cruise Review by Moniet: Once again, a wonderful cruise!
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Once again, a wonderful cruise!
Destination: Western Caribbean
Embarkation: Port Canaveral (Orlando)
This was our third cruise with Royal Caribbean and it was a wonderful experience.
It was the first time that we have sailed out of Pt. Canaveral - our other two cruises were out of Puerto Rico. I don't know if we didn't time it right - but the boarding process was a lot longer than we had experienced in Puerto Rico. It went smoothly, just a lot of people at once boarding. Once on the ship - we went had lunch at the Windjammer and had no problem finding a table. It was just a matter of not having to be at a window. Yes, there were lines for the buffet - but they went quickly. The food is what you would expect for a buffet. After finishing with lunch, we walked around on deck getting acquainted with the ship. At the specified time - we headed down to our cabin and found it clean and ready for us.
The dining room experience: We thoroughly enjoy the dining room experience. The wait staff was wonderful and very friendly. The food was good and we once again found there was More no reason to pay extra for a dinner at one of the specialty restaurants. By the end of the cruise, when we entered the dining room - the waiters had our drinks on the table and knew our names. The wait staff really know how to make you feel special - even when they are busy. Each night, we would find out from the staff about the next port from them and they would give us some recommendations.
The shows each night were decent...I do not expect "Broadway". The cruise director, Kurt (we had him on our first cruise) was wonderful and full of energy. The Captain impressed us on how personal he was and willing to meet with anyone. We had the Nelson Brothers as the headline act and they were really good. The ice show is a must see. We found ourselves hanging out in the piano bar most nights..Mike is wonderful and entertaining. The bar is full most nights. Ned who played the guitar in the pub in the Promenade was also very good. The promenade parade was good, also.
The pool areas were crowded - especially on sea days. People of course, are rude and reserve chairs way before they plan on using chairs - it is obvious. The staff wasn't good about watching out for this issue - but it would be hard to enforce. The staff was good about keeping children out of the "Adult" area.
We did do room service one morning and it was on time and food was hot.
On the morning of debarkation - we ate in the dining room - instead of the Windjammer. (Our waiter recommended this.) We are glad we did. Since, everyone needed to be out of their rooms at the same time - the Windjammer was probably crowded and noisy. The dining room was quiet and we had plenty of time before we had to disembark.
We had no issues with finding our luggage and going through immigration. Make sure to have all your paperwork filled out and passports ready and you will go right through immigration without any hassles.
Out of the three cruises we have been on - we felt the crew on this cruise was the best we have had....they were more personal, friendly and helpful. Less
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Cabin review: H Oceanview Stateroom
We liked the ocean view rooms - they seem to have enough space - since the beds are under the port hole...at night or days at sea you can lay in bed and just watch the ocean. The one time we did the balcony room - we didn't feel like we used the balcony - why pay extra for something you barely used.Read All Oceanview Stateroom (H) Reviews >>
Port and Shore Excursions
We did have some drinks at the pier before getting back on board at a little bar. It was inexpensive and relaxing.
We went up to Ocho Rios (45 mins.)to see the falls - of course, it was beautiful and crowded. Now that I have seen them...I probably would not do again. It was fun - but like I said crowded. We also, went tubing - this was relaxing and we really enjoyed. The only downside was in the middle of the tubing experience - they stop you and of course, someone tries to sell you something (crafts, pictures, etc.) - my advice stay in the water and you will not be hasseled. Although, we told them no thank you and they backed off.
We did shop from a few vendors at the port - before getting back on board - the people are so grateful and thankful for your business. I would definitely, select Jamaica as a port of call again in the future.
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