My first time on Freedom of the Seas. The ship itself was very impressive and huge. The majority of the staff were very friendly especially our immediate staff (i.e. room attendant, waiter, etc). There were some unfriendly staff like the staff when exchanging towels.
Majority Age Group: under 17 and 50+
We spoke to the cruise director he said there were 3/4 more kids than usual on this holiday cruise and more Spanish people than any other.
My thoughts: when you have that many children enforce an ADULTS ONLY pool side etc. (they did not do this so the adult side hot tubs and pools were jam packed with children and teens running around) and no one on the kid side.
It was just alright. Windjammer had the same food everyday. Breakfast was boring. Nachos were good for lunch. I did enjoy the sushi bar at diner though. Everything else was just alright.
DINING ROOM FOOD:
Nothing special. Most of the fish was good and the appetizers but the actual entrees were not great. Everyone at my table complained about something.
Worth the extra gratuity. I personally enjoyed Portifinos, but if you love steak then CHOPS is where it's at. Delicious, great staff, and well worth the extra 20 or 30 per person.
No complaints here other than we wish we had a balcony. They had decent shows and movies on TV as well. The Babbling Brookes show was highly entertaining too.
NEW YEARS EVE:
They dropped the ball on this one. They had the promenade all decorated and ready for the count down. DJ and live band but after midnight everything stopped and that was it. The live band played AFTER midnight for about 15 minutes but people usually wanted to celebrate and party so it should have been reverse and had the DJ play longer. They did not have the Crypt (dance club) open until 2 am!! What are we to do from 12-2?? When we went to check out the Crypt all you saw was people walk in and walk because nothing was going on. (Average age group for this club 20- 35).
There was your regular bars with their regular entertainment and that's it. Nothing in the CRYPT the only dance bar on the cruise ship. Huge disappointment.
EXCELLENT. All shows, except the magic show were awesome and very enjoyable.
However, I found there wasn't enough entertainment for our 9 day cruise.
Activities: weren't enough for all 9 days.
DRINKS are expensive. Average beer is $6, wine $9/glass (cheapest bottle $27) specialty drinks frozen, cocktails - $9
Cruise Director Allan Brookes was awesome. Very funny, personable and did an excellent job. If it wasn't for him I probably would not have enjoyed the cruise at all.
They were all great. I personally did not enjoy Nassau Bahamas at all. The people on island constantly harassed you and there were 4 or 5 other ships docked as well.
Labadee, Haiti was my favourite and Royal Carribeans own personal Island. So we were the only shipped docked and there were 6 or more beaches through out so everyone was scattered.
Some of the excursions were not worth the money: i.e. zip lining in Labadee, Only 1 zip and it was $85 where as in San Juan there were 8 zips for $130.
Standing on those surf boards floating around in water in San Juan - it was next to our snuba (which was awesome) did not look fun and there wasn't very far for you to go.
We all found Senor Frogs in San Juan a far better bar/music/entertainment than our own cruise and the drinks were bigger, cheaper and better.
Overall, I felt that we did not get a good trip for our money spent.
Although you can do as little or as much as possible. So if you enjoy doing as little as possible than you will enjoy this cruise.