WE had a 3 nights stay in Florida before the Cruise and a four nights stay afterwards which was very good.
The Cruise itself- you can't help but be impressed by the size of the Freedom of the Seas - very majestic and to coin an Americanism- "Awesome" in appearance.
The embarkation experience was very good with only a short wait in line before actually getting onto the ship.
We went up to the Windjammer top dining area where food and drinks were available and gave you a "taster" (pardon the pun) of what was to come.
We later got access to our cabin which had it's own balcony and we were impressed with the standard of it and also the quality and space available.
We then had a bit of a tour of the ship and was impressed by it's size and it's cleanliness - a great first impression.
As the days went on we discovered more and more and all in all it is very impressive.
We had booked to see all the shows on the first day (do this when you first get on it More
will save you hassle later) and the shows we saw were very very good indeed especially the ice show.
The dining experience in the main dining room was excellent with top class food and top class service ( that was our experience of it)
The only thing that grated slightly was the 2 formal evenings where ok you dress up smart but then afterwards you have nowhere to go if you catch my drift. If we have another cruise i think we may pass on the formal evening and go up to the Windjammer dining area in our "mufti" far more comfortable!.
The Casino was good fun and the sunbathing and all the other Holiday aspects were excellent.
The Ports of Call were ok - Labedee!! all that happened was the entire Ship was taken onto a lovely Caribbean Island and the idyllic beach became a camp site of bright blue "cabanas! that were erected right in front of you spoiling the views - what's that all about???
Falmouth Jamaica - never again! it was hell on earth with the locals assuming that you had money coming out of your every pore and tried to relieve you of it at every opportunity. It gave a bad impression of what probably is a nice place.
Grand Cayman - beautiful and the people were in a different league to the Jamaicans - we would certainly have no fears going back there.
Cozumel - we both enjoyed it and had a tour of the Island in a local Taxi and went to some Mayan ruins which looked remarkably like some i have seen on Cyprus?? I did get bitten with mossies there and the bites flared up again when i got back to the UK after a couple of weeks - dunno about that but you have been warned!!.
Then back to Port Canaveral and disembarkation was not just as smooth as getting on the ship and the outside area where we awaited our Taxi was a little disorganised and cattle markettish.
All in all can't fault the value for money or the experience the only downside- in our opinion-is that you only get a slight taster of the places you dock at due to the time restraints and you don't see a lot when you are physically sailing from A to B compared to land trips we have done -obviously!!! We may go again in the future but after a good tour of the USA or down to OZ and Zoo Nealand.
Terry And Jean Less
Freedom of the Seas Cruises to the Western Caribbean
First impressions very much like going through the Airport check in procedures then up into the actual check in desk areas. Smooth check in with not a very long wait and soon on board the Ship. Luggage all sorted out for you before and after the Voyage with minimal fuss.
Disembarkation took a little longer and the outside Port area was very busy and could be confusing to meet your Taxi and so on.
The experience all in all was very good.