We cruised May 28th - Haiti/Jamaica/Cozumel itinerary. Husband, 12 yr old son and myself. Wow- what a ship! Be prepared to do lots of walking! Amazing Boardwalk, Central Park, fun Promenade!
We pre booked online all our shows, sports waivers, soda cards etc. Highly recommend you do this for everything you think you may want to do!
Embarkation fast- less than 15 minutes from front door to onboard ! Wow ! Lots of exploring, ate lunch at Park Cafe in Central Park.
While exploring we checked our dinning room table, made specialty dinning reservations (child is 12 so had to do this onboard), made spa reservations. All easy to do while checking out this HUGE ship.
Outside Ocean balcony with big balcony on a hump. Bags came to room by 2pm. Room is suitable size, bathroom is small. Lots of hangars in closet- less drawer storage and bathroom storage than any other ships we've been on. Stored all luggage under bed. When sofa bed is out, you really have no room. Balcony was nice- requested extra chair for all three of us. Room Steward- Chito- was great! No issues with cleanliness anywhere. Easy safety drill.
Dining room food is okay- nothing great, nothing horrible. Wait staff was great, worked hard. No issues in MDR. Loved Chops meal, excellent as usual. Vintages has nice staff. Park Cafe is yummy for salads and panninis- very crowded seating- take meal outside and find tables in Central Park to eat at.
Windjammer is a nightmare- very small compared to Freedom- avoid if possible or go prepared for the experience! We got lots of small sandwiches, coffee and ice water at Cafe Promenade. Donuts are passable at best- think the kids eat them most.
Loved the Pub - find seats in promenade, people watch and enjoy the one man band. Wait staff is great! Quiet place is Viking lounge, nice seating to talk and relax. Boleros is hopping but very smoky for us.
Shows were all great- have to see Hairspray! Diving shows are neat to watch!
Cruise director is entertaining! Captain was around to meet and greet quite a bit as well.
Teen Club does good job according to my son- spent most time up on sports decks and Teen club area with all his new friends. Somehow they always knew where all the kids were- reassuring for us parents.Saw some kids with walkie talkies and some with ship issued cell phones- think the phones go quick if you want those.
Sports deck people are great- Flowrider people are very nice, helpful and entertaining! Pool drink attendants were always quick and very pleasant! No problem keeping up with towels. Plenty of chairs at all the pools everyday. No complaints.
Ship does feel crowded at places you would expect- dinning room areas, elevators at certain times, shows, etc. Nothing we didn't expect, and we chose to take the stairs as much as possible to work off all the calories! Loved the touch screen signs to help find your way around or just pull up the "what's going on now" schedule- very easy to use and helpful.
Ports were lousy- Labadee is a beach with yucky water. Most did the zip line, go see the Dragon Rock and get back on the ship! Jamaica- port is under construction- they did have some music and dancing, shops. About 1 hour ride to Mo Bay or Ocho Rios- so we didn't go- had the ship to ourselves. People that went said their tours were okay- lots of driving and they weren't all that incredible. Cozumel - we've been before so chose to stay on ship- port is not as nice as Carnival port- very uneven pavement for walking and I can't imagine the elderly walking here-.
Disembarking was a bit of trouble. We wanted to do self assist- must have been an issue we didn't know about because they delayed this about 45 minutes and wound up with quite the mob of us standing around in the promenade. Took about 40 minutes to get in off once you stood in lines that snaked through everywhere- not a huge deal- just an inconvenience.
Overall- we loved the ship- never saw or did it all- you can't unless you go back to back. Staff was all great- no issues- all smiles and help. Very clean everywhere. We would go again just to enjoy the ship and all it has to offer. We've done St Thomas/St Martin - would love to see other ports offered for Oasis or Allure.