We sailed on the Freedom of the Seas from June 19th to June 26th going to the Eastern Carribean. We chose this cruise because it had 3 day's at sea plus Cocoa Cay and two nice ports in St. Thomas and St. Marteen. We had seven in our group five of us diamond club member's and two emerald club member's. We have only cruised RCCL because they have alway's met our expectation's or exceeded it.
Pre-cruise flew in the day before and took Omega shuttle to the Radisson in Cocoa Beach. Omega shuttle was oustanding in there service and reasonable price wise, highly suggest you give them a try. We also used them going back to the airport and they were waiting for us at the port. The Radisson also was a very good place to stay and there free shuttle was a nice way to get to the ship. Reminder though you need to book a time to shuttle over when you make reservations as they are very busy in the morning with alot of passengers who have the same idea to get to the ship early.
Embarktion- Very smooth. Got to port at 10:45 and on ship by 11:30. The only time we met some not to friendly people from RCCl but again we did'nt let it bother us.
Food- You name it we ate at it. Dining room was very good, especially the appetizer's. Was it 5 star, no, but it was very good. Our server Renato and asst. Josefina were excellent, alway's had fun with them. Windjammer, Sorrento's, Johnny Rocket's and Promenade Cafe were also excellent. The highlight was dinner in Chop's Grille. It is now $30 dollar's but the food and service was outstanding from beginnig to end. Allow yourself at least 2 hrs. to enjoy the atmosphere and food.
Stateroom 6673- we alway's get a inside cabin which work's for us. Our attendant was Sheldon he did a fantastic job keeping the room clean, towel's supplied and any request we had he took care of with a smile.
Entertainment- depending on your taste there was a little variety for everyone. Liked Dominick Allen (Played with Foreigner)and the ice show especially.
Cruise Director- Graham Seymoure was excellent, very funny and talented. The salute to British music in the promenade was electrifying and had the whole place singing and dancing.
Ship- first time on a Freedom class ship and loved it. So much to do each day and the ship was spotless in my opinion. Was up early everyday and saw several RCCL worker's cleaning and sanitizing the ship before the facilities got crowded. Pool's were crowded on sea day's but every one got along and enjoyed themselves. Sure it was hard to find a chair in a prime spot but we just sat in the pool and that was good enough for us. Loved the fitness center to walk if too windy on deck. The promenade was a great place to meet and people watch. Bar service was good and the drinks reasonable in price. Spent time in the casino and donated to the cause.
Freedom Crew- went to a special breakfast in the dining room for crown and anchor member's and Rodney Darwin the head of hotel services and bar service sat with us. He was very gracious in answering the many question's we had about the Freedom of the Seas and the little tidbit's of interest he gave us on his and the ship's background were very interesting. In fact we all agreed this crew was the friendliest and the most accomadating crew of any ship we have sailed on.
Disembarktion- RCCL has this down to a science. We had no problem's. Everything organized and very professional.
This cruise just reinforced my belief that for the vacation dollar cruising is the way to go. Give RCCL and the crew of the Freedom of the Seas credit for making our vacation one of the best ever.