51 Orlando (Port Canaveral) to Caribbean - Western Royal Caribbean Freedom of the Seas Cruise Reviews

This was my first time on a Royal Caribbean cruise and I was traveling with my husband and his family. I would say that the rooms were larger than most and very nice. The bathrooms were smaller than most and the shower stall (although ... Read More
This was my first time on a Royal Caribbean cruise and I was traveling with my husband and his family. I would say that the rooms were larger than most and very nice. The bathrooms were smaller than most and the shower stall (although the water pressure was great) was very tight and impossible to turn around in. The beds were extremely comfortable. The staff was excellent and I thought the food was very good as well. There were plenty of activities to keep everyone busy. Too many things and not enough time in the day to do it all. The casino was the largest of any cruise I'd ever been on and lots of table games. I purchased the internet package for 3 devices and must say - it was excellent. Very fast and never had a problem logging on. My biggest complaint was that of the Photo Gallery. It was a mess. Completely disorganized and they rob you blind with the packages they offer. It is $22 for a single print and the cheapest package is $179 for 10 digital prints. That is a rip off. Celebrity charges you $200 for all prints and thumb drive. For the $179 you do not even get the prints. Completely pissed me off since I really look forward to posing for professional pictures. And Norwegian has all of their photos color coded in binders so all you have to do is no your color binder and all your prints will be in there. You don't have to spend hours roaming the photo gallery to find your pics. You can also view them on the computer. They say they use face recognition. If that is the case, then why were there photos in there that were not of me? I also hated the ports of call. We never made it to Coco Cay (due to weather) so we went to Grand Cayman, which was OK for shopping and then on to Cozumel. They practically attack you there to get you to buy something. Way too pushy and the whole town is run down and dirty. I did not like it at all. Bottom line is I might not return to Royal Caribbean based on the photo gallery alone. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
This was a great cruise, got a great price and the ship was awesome! We were on the Allure in May, this ship was just a scaled back version to us. 4300+ passengers, but big enough to not feel crowded, and not overwhelming. We docked next ... Read More
This was a great cruise, got a great price and the ship was awesome! We were on the Allure in May, this ship was just a scaled back version to us. 4300+ passengers, but big enough to not feel crowded, and not overwhelming. We docked next to the Oasis (Allure's sister ship) in Cozumel, we thought our ship was big, that one made ours look small! Ha! We took a transfer from MCO thru Go Port Canaveral. It was the cheapest we found online and was flawless. $29/pp, round trip. Gratuity not included, or required. Other transfers, it was mandatory. We did tip, of course, but I didn't like the idea of a 20% mandatory fee added on. Embarkation was a little slow thru security, but we arrived right at noon, so probably at peak time. Once thru, Crown and Anchor Gold got us thru to the ship in just a few minutes. Beautiful ship, fun cruise director Casey Pelter, friendly captain Toni. All the staff we encountered were very friendly and always helpful. This was the last sailing out of Port Canaveral for the Freedom of the Seas, so the made it a little special for us. (That's what they said anyway.) Now, they are in Ft. Lauderdale for 6 months, I think, then on to Barcelona. They had a celebration in the Promenade on our last sea day with a ballon drop, 2 huge cakes, champagne and punch. Because of the weather in the Bahamas area, and since Royal's ships had missed Coco Cay for the past week and a half, our Captain decided to change our itenirary to Grand Cayman instead. That was a nice surprise! There was some storms around, but our Captain did an awesome job of getting around it to give us perfect weather the whole time, less a 15 min shower. Flow rider and the sports court was interesting and entertaining to watch. We left the kids home, so no reviews on those activities. We sat in On Air and watched the World Series and Falcons game on the big screen. Not too crowded, but fun. They played the last game of the World Series on the poolside theater, that was neat. They had several movies playing during the week, but the times didn't work out for us. That was disappointing, we always enjoy watching a movie outside at night. We booked an interior room for the first time, decided to go cheap on the room, spend our $ elsewhere. We were put in room 7253, a promenade view room!! It was spacious with a sofa and a window seat overlooking the promenade. We didn't participate in the Halloween parade, but had a perfect view from our room, people watching. That was interesting, Hari, out stateroom attendant was great, kept our room clean and was friendly. Perfect location, in our opinion, right around the corner from the elevators, two floors up from the promenade. We got a deal, BOGO speciality dining, online, so we ate at Chops and Sabor. They were sooooo good. $30/pp for both and so worth it. This was a Crown and Anchor perk, I think, and online only. We ate in the dining room, 8pm late seating, and it was pretty good. Not over the top delicious, but definitely good. Service was very good. Windjammer was pretty good actually. Typical buffet, but better than worse. We found seating fairly easy, breakfast and lunch. We ate at Johnny Rockets, was good, up charge of $6.95/pp. Loved the Cafe Promenade, sandwiches were delicious, desserts were too. Starbucks smelled amazing, but never tried that. I'm sure it was...Starbucks. Sorrentos pizza was ok, not fantastic, and I love pizza. They had sandwiches and sushi, didn't try those. Ben and Jerrys and the Cupcake place looked good, didn't try them either. Bar service was hit or miss. Sometimes quick, sometimes not. Entertainment was very good. Ice show was awesome, Marquee show was good, the Acapella group was Awesome! Cruise director Casey did a great job at the Love and Marriage Show, changed up the questions from the previous cruises we've been on. Also on the 70s disco party, that was fun to watch, we didn't participate, just people watched again. We did Mr. Sanchos in Cozumel, independently, online. $49/pp, all inclusive, food and drinks were great, beach chairs included. Personal waiter for the day. Did a great job of keeping your drinks and food, if you wanted it, coming. Umbrella and towels extra, but we didn't need them. There were tables with umbrellas, plenty of shade. There was a pool with swim up bar, beach was beautiful, clean and not too crowded. There were plenty of room to not be right up against the next person. Taxi to the beach was a bit misleading. I had read reviews of it being $4/pp each way with 4/taxi. Sign at port said $8/pp, 1-4/taxi. Our van driver charged us $17 for two and there was a party of 3 in the same van, they paid $17 too??? Didn't want to get in an argument in Mexico, so we just paid it. :/ Grand Cayman, we just took a taxi to the public beach, $5/pp, each way. It was nice, chairs $10/2, umbrellas another $10. We just did the chairs, it was really nice, also not too crowded. There was a restaurant on the beach, good food, reasonable prices. Tender was slow getting there, we again probably went at peak time, waited probably 30 mins to get on. We waited to go back on the last tender, as did A LOT of others. Waited in a long, winding line for about an hour to get back to the ship. Very organized though. Debarkation was not bad. More organized than getting off the Allure. We set our luggage out by 11pm the night before, had tags #21, scheduled to get off at 8:45. We headed down and it was about 8:40, they were calling our number. We headed to the exit, there were just a few people in line, got right off the ship. Went straight to luggage pick up, grabbed it and got in the customs line. That was slightly long, we waited maybe 20 mins, but it was moving. Went right on out, to our shuttle and they loaded us up. We were one of the first on the bus, so we had to wait until it was full, maybe about 30 mins, and then we were on our way. Dropped us right at the terminal, once again, smooth as could be. We've been on Royal, Carnival and the Bahamas Celebration (glorified taxi to the Bahamas, ok, but not comparable in my opinion). We've never had a bad experience with any cruise, this was #8, but overall, this was my favorite trip yet!! There's pros and cons to each, to me, Royal is classier, but not 'better' than Carnival. We try to stay open minded and make the best of each trip. Ready to go again!!! Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
We chose this cruise because it had been a few years since we had been on a cruise since we are new parents. We wanted a shorter cruise and didnt want to be away from our little one too long. This was Freedom of the Seas final Port ... Read More
We chose this cruise because it had been a few years since we had been on a cruise since we are new parents. We wanted a shorter cruise and didnt want to be away from our little one too long. This was Freedom of the Seas final Port Canaveral embarkation and it was only 5 days. We also liked the fact that it was over halloween as we have never done a halloweeen cruise. The embarkation went as smooth as can be. We were one of the first ones on the ship. Having been on freedom 4 times we knew the entire ship so there was no need to explore. We went straight to the pool deck. We hung out for a few hours with a Lava Flow in hand and soaked up the beautiful weather. We ate in the MDR every evening and had some of the best service I have ever had. Adrian was our waiter, and Gang was our assistant waiter. They could not have done a better job. The food was average, it seemed to be the same old thing on the menu year after year. The portions seemed to be a little smaller but I am sure its very difficult to prepare meals for 4000 guests. One night I was able to order the Chops Filet in the MDR for a small upcharge and it was perfect. We ate at sabor for lunch on a sea day it that was amazing. The food they give you is way more than the average person can eat. The margaritas were some of the best weve had. They had a really fun halloween parade with a lot of people dressed up. This was really fun. I was sad that the 70's party was 15 minutes after the halloween party so there wasnt time to change clothes. Overall the the cruise was amazing and the staff is 2nd to none. We will cruise RCL again soon. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
This cruise was with a family reunion group, 11 people. My impressions were very much influenced by the ship's size. This is the largest ship I have been on, and would choose a smaller one for future cruises. I chose a Promeade ... Read More
This cruise was with a family reunion group, 11 people. My impressions were very much influenced by the ship's size. This is the largest ship I have been on, and would choose a smaller one for future cruises. I chose a Promeade cabin, had one 8 years ago & liked it then - an inside with a view. This time I was traveling with my daughter & this cabin seemed much smaller - difficult to walk around (definitely we could not pass each other). There was surprisingly very nice storage & lots of hangers. The bathroom was tiny, but I liked not to deal with a high tub wall - shower only. The beds were comfortable exceept for the funky bedspread/duvet, which I determined was a mattress pad inside a duvet cover - really heavy & if I took it off there was only a top sheet. I had requested when registering x 2 to have the beds separated, and the RCCL representatives assured me that they would be that way when we arrived, not true. So we had to wait until the steward fixed them (assumed he would be in promptly) to unpack with our bags on the beds. It took him until after dinner. He was very polite, but seemed so rushed & stressed with all the cabins he had. I never saw him with an assisstant. No ice bucket or glasses in the room. I guess I could have asked for things, but didn't want to add to his work. Only liquid soap in the shower, no shampoo or conditioner. Towels were not very thick or absorbent. The window seat was good to look out at the Promenade, but they didn't have the parades like I saw on the Mariner. Dining - Our person who arranged for the cruse had asked for 2 smaller tables in the MDR for our group dinners. Was assured that we would have one for 5 persons & one for 6 ( we are older & some have hearing difficulty), and of course this didn't happen either. So we were stuck with a table for 11, so hard to get in & out of the chairs. We did sit in different seats each night to be able to converse with everyone. The food choices were a hit one night, not so much on the next. The bright light at the dining experience was our server, Rose, and her assistant Deron (?sp). They were both fantastic. We did eat breakfast most mornings (not all together) in the MDR, and the service was not so good. There was a buffet set up which was great for those people who didn't order from the menu, but menu items took at least 20", which they warned you about. And we had to ask for coffee & water refills, pastries, etc. The Lido Buffet was hit & miss. We went there for lunch, tried to wait until the crowds lessened, but that didn't seem to happen until after 1:30 or so. Food was OK, nothing stood out. Embarkation was really fast. But the cabins weren't ready until 2:00P. We were early enough to get a table at Sorrentos, in the promenade, pretty good pizza, and desserts. Enrichment activities - really didn't see any presentations on history or culture of the Caribbean islands. If they were in the daily newsletter, I missed them. Entertainment - This was very good for the most part. Great orchestra & sing/dance ensemble. The one comedian we saw was really entertaining (last night). Ice show was not to be missed! Public rooms - depended on whether something popular was happening. Trivia, for example in the Schooner Bar, was standing room only. A thousand people trying to get in there just didn't work. Same with the Promenade when they had special events like 70's night, couldn't even move. The Library was a slap in the face for those of us who want a quiet place to read. It was about the size of one of the large suite cabins, situated between the banks of elevators so it was like a foyer. Half of the books were in languages other than English, and very few in number. There were a few board games available - nice desk for an attendant, but I never saw anyone there. Onboard experience - was good on Port days, constant crowds & lines on the others. Same for elevators. Service was Hit & miss. The staff tried hard, but it was so obvious that they are stretched too thin to give great service. Port excursions - did not do any ship-sponsored excursion. Unfortunately for those passengers who did, it rained on 3 of the 4 port days. We did get off the ship to just walk around & shop & have to say the tender service to/from Grand Cayman was very, very quick & organized. It would have been nice to have cold washcloths & water/lemonade at the ship when we returned. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
This was my 23rd cruise, but first on Royal Caribbean. This vacation had bad vibes from the beginning. I booked this cruise the beginning of September. Got a great deal on a Junior Suite and originally it was going to be just my daughter ... Read More
This was my 23rd cruise, but first on Royal Caribbean. This vacation had bad vibes from the beginning. I booked this cruise the beginning of September. Got a great deal on a Junior Suite and originally it was going to be just my daughter and I to celebrate my 60th birthday. Since the room was large enough, we invited a very good friend of my daughter's to travel along with us. When my travel agent added the extra passenger, RCL accidentally hit the wrong button and cancelled my entire cruise and all the excursions that we pre-booked for the entire week. When I went to re-book the excursions most the the prices had increased. I contacted RCL directly and since this was their fault, they did make up the difference in the price increases and a few extra dollars worth of on-board credit. This was my second time leaving on a cruise out of Port Canaveral. I forgot about the 45 minute drive from MCO to the port and booked three round-trip transfers from a company called "Orlando Cruise Transfers". Word of advice, DO NOT USE THEM.. not only were they almost two hours late picking us up from MCO, they told us to wait at one location only to have their driver park in a different location where we had to walk a fairly long distance to jump into a van pulling a u-haul trailer. Their website showed one of those large air-conditioned buses however. The return from Port Canaveral to MCO was OK, but driver was still not on time. Now the cruise... Freedom of the Seas is a nice ship but definitely showing some wear and tear even though it's been refurbished. As mentioned we had a Junior Suite room #9272. The couch was opened up for the third passenger. The beds were split into two singles. Bathroom had some rust around where the tile floor meets the wall. The walk in closet was huge and made a nice changing room as well. Balcony was very large however the glass was very dirty and looked like they hadn't cleaned it in weeks. Our room steward was fantastic. Also booking a suite afforded us special privileges such as expedited embark and debark, preferred seating in the Arcadia lounge. Elevators have got to be the slowest I've ever experienced. Most of the lounges, bars are very well maintained. Deck area is nice however in some areas the flooring is very slippery when they are wet. The casino does have a smoking and non-smoking area which is nice however the smoking area does have a strong odor of smoke. We had "my-time" dining along with purchasing the 3 night "Specialty Dining" package as well. Chops steak-house was OK but nothing to write home about. Giovanni's Table again, was OK, nothing to write home about. Our favorite was Sabor Mexican which is some of the best non-traditional Mexican food we ever tasted. Highly recommended! Food In the main dining area was just OK. The service in all restaurants was exceptional and accommodating. One thing that this ship has a problem with is keeping track of your stored wine. They kept losing our wine from lock-up. The biggest issue I had with sailing on this ship was all the selling going on. The Promenade Deck (5) is basically a wall to wall shopping mall with overpriced items. Believe me, they are not giving away anything on this ship with the exception of the liquor which, are some of the best prices I have seen. There are photographers everywhere wanting to take your picture. The prices of 8x10's are almost $23.00 a pop and they charge the same for 5x7's.. ??? that didn't make sense to me. Now for the fun part (sarcastic) and why I titled this review, "Will NEVER cruise during hurricane season again". It literally poured the entire week.. Hardly any sunshine. The wind was so bad on the first day at sea that people's hats were blowing off their heads, towels blowing around the deck. I ended up with an earache from trying to lay out and catch some sun on the first day out. EVERY excursion that we pre-booked for each port was canceled due to the weather. The only saving grace was in Jamaica where we decided to do the river tuning and zip-line excursion at Chukka Beach Break. Even doing these in the rain was a lot of fun and the guides there are hilarious.. I highly recommend this excursion. You will have a blast! In Grand Cayman, we settled in at Margaritaville and spent the day there even thought there was a torrential downpour and high winds t for a period of almost 2 hours. The roads were completely flooded. In fact if you did not take the tender over early enough you got stuck on the ship as they closed the tender service over to the island because of rough seas. Cozumel started off great with a glimmer of hope only to have the clouds roll in about 2 hours after we docked and once again RAIN! The ship's captain had a sense of humor by playing "I'm singing in the rain" over the ship's intercom system one morning. I wasn't amused. The on-board shows were good, the ice-show was fantastic. If you sail on this ship, do yourself a favor and do not miss this show... Dress code... without a doubt.. NOT ENFORCED anywhere. We were dressed every night and amazed us how many passengers didn't even make the attempt. Many were wearing tee-shirts, shorts and sandals in the main dining areas and specialty restaurants. The Windjammer.. Typical buffet food, breakfast was sub-par, lunch was slightly better. Don't know if I would ever sail RCL again. Been spoiled by Celebrity, Holland America I guess. Don't care for the constant up-selling and will never sail again in October/November for sure. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
We chose this cruise because we had holiday'd in California and then across to Orlando, Florida for our action packed theme park holiday and our travel agent suggested this cruise to end our adventures. Since we had travelled so far ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we had holiday'd in California and then across to Orlando, Florida for our action packed theme park holiday and our travel agent suggested this cruise to end our adventures. Since we had travelled so far to get there (from Australia) and we might never have the chance to see the Caribbean again I jumped at the opportunity. Boy am I glad I did. This cruise was the highlight of our amazing trip. We caught the Royal Shuttle from the airport to Port Canaveral and whilst it was very pricey it was great service smooth sailing. The check in process at the port was quick and easy. By time we boarded our room was ready and our luggage was delivered to us with a few hours. The ship departed port a few hours later than usual as a few days prior Hurricane Matthew had gone through Florida and they were allowing time for a few rescheduled flights to make it for boarding. We were all made aware of this change a day or two prior and it was no problem. Everything was open, including the pools, bars and entertainment. The atmosphere was exciting! This was our first cruising experience and Freedom of the Seas was perfect. It was a large ship yet there is always so much happening you never feel like it is too crowded or you can't do something. I was worried about the shows but there are 2 shows a night and we never had an issue getting in. We loved our panoramic window view room- 1208. A great compromise for wanting a view but being a little scared of the balcony with kids. Our room attendant Amelia was incredible. So friendly, nothing was ever an issue and she was so good with our kids. The kids loved coming in every night to a different towel animal. Coming back to a clean room just made my holiday as being a mum its not often somebody else does the cleaning for you. The dining options were amazing. So much food and the variety was endless. We only ate 2 nights in the dining room ( our first night and formal night). The staff were lovely but we are very much buffet eaters in the fact we like to fill our plate with a variety of different foods lol. We really enjoyed Windjammer. The kids club was another highlight! We have two children, aged 5 & 8. They usually hate kids club and they were in different age groups so I was worried about that. The staff at the kids club told me we could put them together but they had to at least try their own age groups first. They did… and they loved it. To the point they would winge if we were taking them out of the kids club to go on a shore excursion. Entertainment was so great. A highlight for us was Alfred and Seymore. So funny! the best act by far. A review of our Port experiences- Labadee, Haiti- A lovely island to chill and relax on. The zipline was well worth the money. Incredible once in a lifetime experience. We booked the first zipline of the day . The kids stayed on the ship kids club whilst they took our group off the boat first and escorted us to the zipline meeting location. Once the activity was over we went back to the ship got the kids and spent the rest of the day on the beach. We paid for the inflatable water playground for the kids on the beach. Our 8 year old loved it but even some of them were a bit hard for him to climb. It wasn't suitable for our 5 year old and they quickly refunded our money with no trouble at all. Lunch was included and bought out on the beach. Our drinks packages worked on the island too so that was great. If I could find one negative about Haiti it would be that most of the locals didn't seem all that happy about us being there. They weren't overly friendly but perhaps thats just their manner. We didn't venture into the markets as we weren't there to shop and they were extremely pushy just from the outside. Falmouth, Jamaica- We booked the Dunns River Falls excursion through the ship and again it was amazing! Such an experience. We felt very safe and our tour guide was great and super informative. We also went to the grotto caves. It was ok but probably wouldn't worry about it again. Grand Cayman- This looked like a beautiful location, i think we perhaps just booked the wrong shore excursion. We chickened out of the stingrays that people rave about. We chose a dolphin and turtle experience through the ship. It was no where near the ocean. They were late picking us up which gave us literally 15 mins to experience the turtle farm. They were rude and quick to hurry us up and then leave us standing around waiting for 30 mins at a time. They couldn't find us a tour guide so too bad for us. Then we went across the road to the dolphins. Same people ran this. The dolphins were lovely but were in a very small enclosure. We had a nice time with the dolphin and had some photos taken but be prepared with your wallet for those photo's $40 per print! And super disorganised. Everyone buying photos almost missed their busses as it took close to an hr to print a photo. I wouldn't advise this excursion in Grand Cayman. Do the stingrays! We don't complain much although we decided too when we got back on board. Royal Caribbean were extremely apologetic, had received other complaints abut that excursion and refunded a portion of it back, no questions asked. Cozumel, Mexico- My favourite! I loved this port! We went on the Atlantis submarine that was a pretty cool experience, just one quick tip- sit on the right hand side as there is not too much to see on the left. The rest of the day we just did some shopping in port and layed at peppe's peir ( i think it was called). Cheap drinks, delicious nachos and you could swim in the beautiful ocean right there in the port! We were going to go to Paradise Beach but as our excursion left from the port at lunch time we decided to stay in the port and so happy we did. We had the best time ever on this cruise. Everything was so well organised. Everything just flowed. We loved it so much we booked another to the South Pacific before we got off. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
This was our 9th cruise, but our first on RCCL. our daughter and son in law joined us , it was the first cruise for them ever. We used the Go Port Canaveral service and it went flawlessly "Fly Snooze Cruise" Highly recommend ... Read More
This was our 9th cruise, but our first on RCCL. our daughter and son in law joined us , it was the first cruise for them ever. We used the Go Port Canaveral service and it went flawlessly "Fly Snooze Cruise" Highly recommend to anyone cruising out of Port Canaveral. The ship was very nice our cabin was spacious and the balcony seemed to be much larger than most other ships we have been on. We were on deck 9 and it was a nice quiet deck being between decks with other cabins is a plus. Our room steward was fantastic and so very helpful! Lisbeth was the best!! Cuddy the cruise director was fun and kept things upbeat during the cruise. Food was good overall, although the buffet area was always so full, you have to walk around for quite sometime before you could find a place to sit down. The other thing that was very different from other lines was the drinks are not accessible if the buffet is closed! This was rather disappointing. You had to go to the Promenade to get drinks. Also the drinks were all very watered down, everything orange juice, apple-juice and lemonade were all served over ice which seemed to already be melted a bit before the juice was added. Not much flavor left. Ports were good and disembarkation was very smooth as was getting back on the ship. Entertainment was really good! Two different comedians, an Eagles cover band "The Long Run" and the Freedom singers and dancers did a fabulous job in the theatre and the Ice skater put on an excellent show also!! All in all a good cruise the tiny thing that went wrong were corrected and not worth a mention RCCL was good to us! Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
We were vacationing with family and friends. Happy with excursions. Highly recommend the Marineland Tours Stingray City excursion in Grand Cayman. That boat is well worth the somewhat extra price. Don't skimp, go for it. We also ... Read More
We were vacationing with family and friends. Happy with excursions. Highly recommend the Marineland Tours Stingray City excursion in Grand Cayman. That boat is well worth the somewhat extra price. Don't skimp, go for it. We also utilized the Maya, Lost Mayan Kingdom Waterpark excursion in Costa Maya. We were satisfied with this as well. Unfortunately it was a very hot day and the bugs were pretty bad. (Bring SPF and bug spray.) The zip line part of the park is hot, but well worth it. The food is expensive- but know that when you order the jumbo hot dog it is actually two hot dogs. We made this error and bought too much food. We enjoyed our vacation on Freedom of the Seas, however, it seemed like we waited for everything: food, service, etc. You have to ask for Lobster on Formal night as it is never advertised as on the menu. Lunch in the Windjammer seems to now consist of hamburgers, hot dogs, & french fries.. A staff member said they were trying to keep the Americans happy. A nice addition is the self service beverage/soda machines. Many different flavors to choose from and easier to obtain refills. It's not just limited to sodas...as PowerAde and flavored Dasani are available. Ordered a few virgin Pina Coladas from the bar and the bartender seemed annoyed. Oh well... no biggie. We were displeased with the Adventure Ocean for ages 9-12. Our children (other family members' as well) attended the first evening and never went back.The attendants were on their phones and chatting. Some of the kids were bullying other kids and throwing balls in their faces. The attendants didn't seem to intervene. We have used this program on Liberty of the Seas, and felt Freedom was seriously lacking on this cruise. Oddly enough we all have severally dry skin (to the point where it is cracking and bleeding in some areas). We attribute this to chemical imbalance in the pool or water filtration system. The only thing that popped with WOW! was our room and room attendant, I highly recommend this room. If you can handle the motion (it is on Deck 12) it is completely worth the scenery. Please check my cabin review for more on the stateroom. Overall a 3.5 out of 5 stars for us. We have a had a 5 star cruise with RCI on the sister ship of the Freedom (Liberty) -so I can attest to differences. Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
I really enjoyed my cruise. Everyone has there own opinion about Tony Tillman, but I can say this guy showed out and he had me lmbo. He pulled me on the floor to dance, was I shy? No.But I can say he caught me off guard but that ... Read More
I really enjoyed my cruise. Everyone has there own opinion about Tony Tillman, but I can say this guy showed out and he had me lmbo. He pulled me on the floor to dance, was I shy? No.But I can say he caught me off guard but that didn't stop me from doing my thing on the floor.Next year I'm thinking about cruising around June or July in 2017 on the oasis or the harmony, and I would like to know if anyone knows what ship in will be on? What every ship it is that's the one I will be going on. What every ship anyone shall choose I wish everyone the best of enjoyment cause that's what it should be able is having lots of fun.I didn't go to all the shows cause I was to busy eating up all the food around me. I try to keep a positive thoughts in my mind, not negative ones :)The ship is beautiful the mall was huge,food was good,the gym was big there was so many things to keep you going none stop,in the dining I did't to much about one of the servers he was friendly at all, the room was to small, bathroom ok I.m looking forward in cruising with Harmony of the sea and the oasis there rooms are much bigger.I can say I had fun on the freedom. Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
We have sailed twice on this ship because we were very impressed the first cruise.There is always plenty to do and it is a beautiful ship.Entertainment was good and so was the food.The second cruise they were using the terminal for the ... Read More
We have sailed twice on this ship because we were very impressed the first cruise.There is always plenty to do and it is a beautiful ship.Entertainment was good and so was the food.The second cruise they were using the terminal for the Oasis and it was extremely easy to drop off the luggage and park the car.All cruise terminal should be this nice and user friendly. The cabins could use a slight upgrade with new carpet and decor,but it's in overall good condition.We were on deck 7 and we didn't experience any problems with our state room.The ports were great and we did an excursion at all 4 ports.In Grand Cayman the dexlux city sand bar swimming with sting rays was a very good experience. Ilsa Roatan excursion at the Gumblimba Preservation park was another good choice but were not imformed that you could bring swim gear and enjoy a private beach while there.It was very hot the day we were there and a swim would have been great so remember to take swim suits.Next stop was Costa Maya and we drove on a bus to the Choccoben Mayan Ruins.This was interesting and we enjoyed our tour guide.On to Cozumel where we went out on a limb and I booked the Ilsa Passion by Twister.This is a big speed boat that drives for several miles up the coast and on the way to the private Island with the most wonderful beach,your driver will do a 360 turn with the speed boat.You are buckled in and have on a life vest so you are secured.My husband and I loved the speed boat trip to and from the island.we enjoyed all of our excursions and I booked with RC on line about 2 weeks prior to departure and they hand delivered the envelope with all the tickets to the excursions to our state room within hours after departure . Thanks Royal Carribean for a great week on The Freedom of the Seas. Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
We chose to take this cruise because we really enjoyed our cruise last year on Freedom's sister ship Independence. We stayed in the same aft facing junior suite as we did on Independence. Our expectations were surpassed on a daily ... Read More
We chose to take this cruise because we really enjoyed our cruise last year on Freedom's sister ship Independence. We stayed in the same aft facing junior suite as we did on Independence. Our expectations were surpassed on a daily basis. Port Canaveral was confusing. All of our documents gave numbers for the port locations but the signage going into the port was all in letters. We figured it out after a couple of u- turns. We arrived at 10:30 and were on the ship within 15 minutes. We elected to carry our own luggage off the ship and were on our way in the car by 7:30 am. The ship was in good shape and we frequently saw crew cleaning, painting and doing general maintenance. The size and layout of the Freedom class is ideal for us- not too big, not too small and not too crowded. We rarely encountered a line for anything. Our cabin was very comfortable and was kept nicely by our cabin attendant. We like the aft facing suite for the larger balcony and the view. It also tends to be quieter since it is at the end of a long hall and doesn't get much traffic. The food was excellent. Windjammer food was a better quality and variety than previous cruises. The dining room was about the same as last year. Similar choices on a fairly limited daily menu. Sabor was excellent. Our meal there was the best ever on a ship and one of the best ever anywhere. We participated in many of the ship's activities- contests, raffles, shopping, solarium pool area, spa, bars, casino, bands- as well as time just relaxing. We did not attend any of the theatre performances as we took that opportunity to do other things that were less crowded since many guests were in the theatre. The staff and crew were top notch. All of them looked us in the eye, smiled and greeted us no matter where they were or what they were doing. It was truly 5 star service. If we had a question and they did not have an answer they made sure to find someone who did. Our dining room servers- Henry and Youlando- were attentive and helpful with great senses of humor. Our cabin attendant- Erlinda- seemed like a family member to us always smiling and always quick to take care of anything we needed. We had shore excursions on Roatan and Cozumel. Both were good. Gumbalimba on Roatan was very interesting, fun and informative. It started late so we did not have much time afterward to do much more exploring. The America's Cup event on Cozumel was the most fun excursion we have ever done. Lots of fun and camaraderie. It also started late which did not leave much time for other exploration. The shopping on Costa Maya was excellent. All in all this was an excellent cruise that gave us memories that we will keep for years. We have already booked two cruises for next year. Read Less
Sail Date July 2016
This was the first cruise for our family of four including two teenagers and we had a wonderful time! Embarkation was easy. After a crowded lunch in the Windjammer buffet, our cabins were ready at 1:15. They were roomier than expected ... Read More
This was the first cruise for our family of four including two teenagers and we had a wonderful time! Embarkation was easy. After a crowded lunch in the Windjammer buffet, our cabins were ready at 1:15. They were roomier than expected (ocean view with balcony) and very clean. The ship was large and offered lots of activities that appealed to our teenagers and to us. We played about 4 different types of trivia, went to meditation class, and almost all of the shows. The shows exceeded our expectations - the Broadway-style shows were excellent, a magician's show was flashy and fun and the ice skating show was amazing. We also found a number of quiet spots on the ship to relax - the Olive and Twist bar during the day was quiet with great views, walking on deck 4 was quiet and shady. My husband enjoyed the Bull and Bear pub for beer selection and the kids loved getting all the pizza and ice cream they wanted. We did not try any specialty dining as we liked the quality and choice offered by the included dining. The staff was universally very friendly and helpful and the ship is constantly being cleaned. Our shore excursion snorkeling in Costa Maya was great, but the water was rougher than we anticipated. We all loved zip lining in Roatan and highly recommend it. We skipped formal excursions otherwise, but we had a great day on the beach at the Westin in Grand Cayman and at Mr. Sancho's in Cozumel. Those beach days were a highlight for us. As for negatives - we did not like the constant push to buy stuff like watches, special meals etc. Tendering on and off Grand Cayman was time consuming and frustrating. On cruising days, there are never enough chairs by the pool. We chose "My Time" dining and would not do that again. We thought we could flexibly make reservations each day but the reservation times quickly filled up and we were stuck with an undesirable table at the entrance of the dining room at 5:45 each day. I would pick a fixed dining time in the main room and stick with it. However, eating breakfast and lunch in the main dining room was a treat and we would do more of it next time. Overall, as first time cruisers, the trip vastly exceeded expectations and we would recommend this ship, the staff and the itinerary! Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
Hi I traveled with my teenager daughter , we wanted to experience some of the Caribbean, our cabin was on deck 10 , perfect for us , just below the pool , and a few floors away from the main restaurants , it wasn't noisy , food was ... Read More
Hi I traveled with my teenager daughter , we wanted to experience some of the Caribbean, our cabin was on deck 10 , perfect for us , just below the pool , and a few floors away from the main restaurants , it wasn't noisy , food was great and service excellent in the restaurant that we ate in ! Galileo , I didn't really like windjammer as it had plastic plates and always felt a bit catiotic ! , the entertainment at night was good , we enjoyed the ice show and the mixture of musicals , we went on shore everytime we docked , my daughter did the zip line in Haiti and loved it , although we missed the lunch here to busy enjoying ourselves and had to head back to the ship early as we missed lunch and then no access to food , just drink , ! Jamaica we booked are own trip on the port it was half the price , but we then realised that everyone else was on local time except clients from our ship ! Which caused confusion with ship time and local time , a stressor! Grand Cayman , again ship time v local time plus tug to get to ship ! This was a major major stressor ! Not enough time , planner said 1600 which was really 15.00, but to be on the dock in a que like cattle at 14.15 ! Not much time and lots of people were very anxious over fear of missing tug boat ! Did not have a nice holiday feel ! Anxiety levels were through the roof ! Mexico booked cruise trip as fed up with anxiety levels ! And fear of missing ship ! Fear of mixing up times ! And time zones ! Needing a watch all the time ! Trip was good snorkelling and then sitting on a beach with crap expensive food , but fun wibbet stuff , snorkelling was ok we saw a few fish , ! Back on ship , my daughter took a sip of a cocktail and then the on the pool deck then the jobs wort boys arrived and acted worse than the police ! Stopped drink package ! We forgot we were ment to be on a nice holiday ! Such treatment was in poor taste ! A warning would have been acceptable American guests said it was because we were European so easy pray for security team ! Meanwhile American kids very much under the influence late at night on the main entertainment area ! And no jobs worth boys about ! To stop them , this treatment left me feeling sad ! I know she did wrong but it was a sip ! Not going out getting drunk , a normal small taste like you would to try something ! This also happened to another family from Ireland but they were wise enough to say he didn't swallow the drink ! ( another European family ! ) Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
My first and biggest problem was with RC customer service. We booked a room with an ocean view window that was about 3-4 ft across as shown on their web site and paid 3 or 4 hundred dollars extra for this over an inside cabin. What we got ... Read More
My first and biggest problem was with RC customer service. We booked a room with an ocean view window that was about 3-4 ft across as shown on their web site and paid 3 or 4 hundred dollars extra for this over an inside cabin. What we got was a small maybe 15 inch porthole so high up you could not see out of it unless you were standing in the middle of the room. Thinking this must be a mistake we stood in line for about an hour to talk to a customer service rep. They told us this was no mistake and basically it was just our bad luck and nothing would be done (after trying multiple arguments that put the fault on us). When I pointed out this was misrepresentation of their product they agreed and ended the conversation. We then went to the Nextcruise kiosk thinking I could find out if they are in fact selling those cabins at a lower rate and just over charging us and were met with an identical response including a smug, condescending grin. I also responded to their online survey with my complaints and was never contacted with an apology or offer of compensation of any kind. Aside from that the cabin was akin to an small RV. I sailed once on Carnival before with the cheapest room possible and it was more spacious with a much better bathroom. Also the public spaces were very narrow and crowded with little to do (maybe 5-6 shops). Most of the activities revolved around seminars where they are trying sell you something. The library literally had 4 books in English, 2 of which I had read. The shows were nice but only 1 hr long and the second they started they began blasting freezing air so by half way through it was about 65 deg. Everyone was complaining of being so cold. The pool deck was so crowded that trying to find a chair was like trying to find a parking space at the mall the day before Christmas. Many of the restaurants are not included in the price of ticket and if you have "my time" dining good luck getting a reservation before 8:30. The food in both the restaurant and the buffet was inconsistent with it being very good for some items or some days and very bad others. Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
Cruised on Freedom Royal Caribbean. May 8-15 western Caribbean. The service and food quality that we had experienced was great. Embarkation at Port Canaveral couldn't have been easier. We drove in on Sunday morning and used the ... Read More
Cruised on Freedom Royal Caribbean. May 8-15 western Caribbean. The service and food quality that we had experienced was great. Embarkation at Port Canaveral couldn't have been easier. We drove in on Sunday morning and used the Port parking garage. Park at 10:40a doors opened at 11:00a Check in was very quick, and we were on board by 11:30. Our cabin wasn't ready until 1p so we went o Windjammer for lunch and to relax. The ship has recently been outfitted with Voom, Royal Caribbeans internet, The only problem was it's unreliability because it randomly logs you out of the Internet when you lock your device. Even though it was supposed to only log you out every two hours, it randomly would drop our devices after a few minutes. This made it hard to iMessage each other on the ship. I wouldn't recommend the Internet package. 5:15 is the Dreamworks parade through the Promenade. The parade wasn't exactly advertised. Although it is in the Compass. We got ourselves a couple of seats outside the Café Promenade, two coffees, two pieces of cake and we were good to go. The parade was fun, colourful characters from various movies, escape from Madagascar, Kung Foo Panda. Very lively and fun. The breakfast in the Windjammer was lovely. Fresh fruit, cold cuts,toast, bagels,fruit loaf, danish pastries,eggs, both scrambled and fried, omelette,sausage, pork or turkey, bacon, baked beans, mushrooms, tomatoes, cereals of various types, grits,french toast, hash browns, breakfast potatoes,corned beef hash, salads. Juice, not fresh squeezed unless you have a drinks package, coffee, decaf, 10 types of tea. Whew so much! Tip: Get a table before getting your food. Take turns at getting your breakfast otherwise your food will be cold before you get to sit down Tip: When attended a show in the Arcadia you need to arrive at least 30-45 minutes early to get a seat. Also if you go in to see any 3D movies no need to go early but beware you will freeze. Why it needs to be an icebox is a wonder. About the food..we loved the Windjammer for breakfast & lunch. Our dining was 5:30p loved the waiters in our dining room. They were respectful, entertaining and could not do enough to take care of our dining needs. Debarkation was very very slow. In baggage area very unorganized. Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
This was my 12th cruise with RC but 1st on freedom of the seas. Totally enjoyed food, shows were fantastic and shore excursions booked thru RC were great. On the last day of cruising I suffered acute respiratory failure and taken by ... Read More
This was my 12th cruise with RC but 1st on freedom of the seas. Totally enjoyed food, shows were fantastic and shore excursions booked thru RC were great. On the last day of cruising I suffered acute respiratory failure and taken by wheelchair to medical. I received 5 star treatment and my doctor was impressed by the care and treatment I received. I was seen 2 more times after my initial release from medical facility. I was given a complete copy of what was done all test results and even my chest ex rays. I will always be loyal to RC The dining room staff went above and beyond to make sure we were completely satisfied with our meals. We choose to do my time dining and sat at table 93. Peter and victor were excellent in what they did. We were greeted by name every time they saw us. Our cabin attendant was attentive to our needs and any requests we made were quickly responded to. Either for more towels or ice in the bucket The shows were of high quality. One comedian in particular had the whole audience in stitches. Even the men were crying from laughing so hard. The only criticism I have has to do with the amount of smoke in the casino. I would have loved to play the slots but the smell of smoke was so over whelming. I heard many other people complain about the same thing. Bar tenders were great and the drinks both with alcohol and without were ready good. Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
My husband teaches a continuing education course on ancient civilizations with an emphasis on Mayan influences on our NM Native American culture. A bucket list tour for him was Chichen Itza but we decided to have some fun before we got ... Read More
My husband teaches a continuing education course on ancient civilizations with an emphasis on Mayan influences on our NM Native American culture. A bucket list tour for him was Chichen Itza but we decided to have some fun before we got there. The Freedom of the Seas is a fabulously large ship with comfortable rooms, courteous staff and plenty to do during your two days of cruising at the beginning and the end of the trip. We had a balcony cabin which afforded us great views during the day and wonderful stargazing at night. The food in the Windjammer was always to temperature and plentiful. Dinner at night was served always with a smile and professionalism. It was hard to get back to simple meals after having great full course meals everynight! Worried about sanitation and illness? Never fear, the staff greets you as you board with a hardy squirt of hand sanitizer as well as at the entrances to all food venues. The crew are seen frequently disinfecting handrails and tables. Our excursion to the ruins was also well done with a knowledgable attentive guide, a little over an hour of wandering time there and a nice snack and sandwich on the bus which was a large air conditioned coach with a clean, working restroom. Have already booked our next cruise same time, next year but to the Eastern Caribbean! Read Less
Sail Date March 2016
We are experienced cruisers. I got an email after we booked asking if I'd like to know of deals on upgrades. I said yes. Then I got a phone call asking if I'd like to upgrade fro the JS we booked to an OS for $700. We just ... Read More
We are experienced cruisers. I got an email after we booked asking if I'd like to know of deals on upgrades. I said yes. Then I got a phone call asking if I'd like to upgrade fro the JS we booked to an OS for $700. We just had a death in the family and also lost two friends over 6 months, so we needed a break. We took the offer. Cabin 1320 was jaw dropping in size and appointments. We had breakfast served the next morning on the huge veranda and loved the experience. We had dinner delivered in our dining area each night after that. One evening the duck we ordered turned out to be chicken. I called my friend Svetlana and she corrected the problem in 10 minutes and threw in an extra souffle. In Labadee we were met by small boats with political activists. Apparently they were protesting for an island campaign that included someone connected to RCI. We left without anyone going ashore and took with us the RCI employees that live there for safety. We had booked wave runners and a trip to the small island and were very disappointed. The net day we ordered breakfast in our room at 6:30 AM. At 7:10 AM we got a call from room service saying they were running late. We told then to cancel since we needed to be in the theater by 7:30 AM to connect with our tour in Jamaica. (This was the first time I recall feeling hungry on a cruise. Later in the day we got a plate of chocolate covered strawberries and a note of apology. The berries tasted great.) In Jamaica we learned that the part of our tour to snorkel the barrier reef was canceled but the rest of the tour was OK, if we wanted to go. We went. Once ashore we were told that the rest of the tour was also cancelled due to big winds and choppy seas. The Tour staff was there and we elected a kayaking tour that was interesting. We went to a beach that was OK. In Grand Cayman we were told our tour was cancelled so we took an alternative that was stuff we had one before. "Hell" gets old fast and the beach we went to had lousy swimming, it's not a great beach, one we had visited before. We went to a restaurant on the water and had turtle soup which always amazes me since the island is a turtle sanctuary. Rains came and turned into a deluge. We headed back to the boat and ran into a very long line of RCI passengers. I guess they shut down the boats ferrying folks back to the boat during the storm. I went to the ask for Priority service that is offered to folks in suite class and was turned back by local authorities. When we finally got to the front of the line we found our Concierge who asked why we hadn't come forward. Apparently a missed opportunity. Otherwise the Concierge service was very nice. In Cozumel we had our tour cancelled and took a tour to a local beach was well organized. We saw an impressive response from a Mexican medical team when an older woman took a spill and broke her nose in a serious fall. Food was OK but the overall experience was not great. Other perks such as free drinks anywhere during specific hours works great. Suite class was sweet. We saw the last performance of our group and then the first performance of the next. Both entertainment groups were excellent. The ship is in great condition and is still a solid design. Chops was great but was a bit overpriced. We should have gone to the Southern Caribbean. Read Less
Sail Date January 2016
All on cruise was great with the exception of the drill on first day. During drill on first day there was a employee who was extremely rude. My wife could not stand for long periods and when asked about checking in and where we could sit ... Read More
All on cruise was great with the exception of the drill on first day. During drill on first day there was a employee who was extremely rude. My wife could not stand for long periods and when asked about checking in and where we could sit told us she would check my wife in but I'd have to be at assigned point. When I explained that my wife did not want to be separated from me during a drill she became belligerent and extremely rude telling me I had no choice but to separate. When I asked her name she refused to tell me and put her hand over her name tag when I tried to photograph it. She checked my wife in and returned her card but never told her where to go. So my wife who wanted to be with me under these conditions came and stood with me in a lot of discomfort. EXTREMELY rude!! If she had done nothing wrong then why hide her name?! When discussed with Management they seamed to make excuses for her. She worked in the bar in the Windjammer. Ralitsa Naumova, the head waiter, who, when she found out the wife was Romanian coordinated to have a different Romanian food almost every evening in the formal dining room. She was outstanding and professional in every aspect. Made for a pleasant and unexpected dining experience. There were many Kids running and making noise in halls and stairs. No control and safety issues. We reported to Farrah Casanova who worked in the dining room that the nearby women's bathroom commodes weren't flushing. Although busy, Farrah found time to immediately pick up the phone and dial the maintenance number on the ship and let someone know about that problem. She was also working very hard when I saw her in the Windjammer helping people, cleaning after everyone, and interfacing with them. Catalin from the Windjammer did an outstanding job always professional and helpful. Tonya in Future Cruises did an outstanding job in working with out requirements. Sound in theater extremely loud. It is a theater not a concert!! We had to wear ear plugs each night. But the shows were great. The Dining experience was great. Great service. Read Less
Sail Date December 2015
This was a great vacation. Checking in was quick, since we had done on-line check-in. We chose to eat at Windjammer/Jade, because of the buffet. Some members of our family only ate Indian food, and it was available to them everyday. ... Read More
This was a great vacation. Checking in was quick, since we had done on-line check-in. We chose to eat at Windjammer/Jade, because of the buffet. Some members of our family only ate Indian food, and it was available to them everyday. There was not a good selection of food at Fine Dining, which in our case was Galileo's. We did speak to head chef Daniel and he made sure there was Indian food available at Windjammer for us. At the formal dinner, we had to eat at Galileo's, so Danielle made sure we had Indian food. First port, Labadee was relaxing, except for one incident, where we went to the market. Our son bought a souvenir and he was given change in counterfeit. When we tried to use the bill at another shop, the guy there refused to take it, we found market security and he verified the bill was counterfeit. He took us back to the shop, and got us a legitimate bill. We complained to guest services since that port is owned by Royal Carribean, they told us later that the guy was charged. They also took one of our beverage packages off of our bill and gave us discount towards our next cruise. Next port was Falmouth, Jamaica, where our kids went zip-lining. We did not want to go zip-lining, but had to accompany the kids, so we went as observers. Everyone there was quite friendly and kept us company while we waited for the kids to come back. Next stop was Grand Cayman, where my daughter went swimming with the Dolphins and stingrays, she really enjoyed that. I had bought a ticket to accompany her, but since I did not go into the water, they gave me a refund, that was really gracious of them, since I was not expecting it. I did not realize you have to swim in 25 feet of dirty lagoon water to swim with the Dolphins. Last stop was Cozumel, Mexico, where we went on a Jaguar bus and bike tour. Tour guides were great and so was bike ride, the beach however was quite dirty and not quite what we expected. On the ship, we watched all the shows, best was the ice-skating show and the Love and Marriage show hosted by the cruise director, Casey. Read Less
Sail Date December 2015
Christmas Cruise! Before we left, I know I looked and looked for information about a few things...you can find basic info anywhere....but Christmas specific was hard to come by! So quickly, a few things about me: traveled with my mom, ... Read More
Christmas Cruise! Before we left, I know I looked and looked for information about a few things...you can find basic info anywhere....but Christmas specific was hard to come by! So quickly, a few things about me: traveled with my mom, sister, my husband and our 3 kids, 8,13,15. Looking for family time, away from the crazy of day to day life! We are Christian, so we do celebrate Christmas. Having a believer in magic, and Santa...we were excited to hear he would make a visit Christmas morning...fun to watch him parade down the promenade, elves(adventure ocean staff) in tow to the tune in lounge. The line to see Santa was terribly long, and little bitty folks were overwhelmed by the excitement and the wait..about 45 min....waiting to see a fairly Caribbean santa! RCI, had gifts for every kid on the ship 17 yrs and under! Both my teens received RCI labeled "selfie sticks" and my 8 year old got RCI sunglasses. Nice gesture, but with the dreamworks tie in, I was surprised that it wasn't a plush shrek. There was caroling Christmas eve, lovely decorations and egg nog....but this was the bigggest disappointment of all....NO CHRISTMAS COOKIES! Well, they had hard, walmart sugar sprinkled cookies that totally blew! Lots of other yummy pastries, but no cookies for santa! :( We had a great time, loved being together and "unplugged" for the week. Hope this minor review helps folks looking for Christmas specific info for RCI. Read Less
Sail Date December 2015
This was my 6th cruise (3 with NCL, 2 with Princess, 1 with Viking), and my first with Royal. Our trip was a get-together of 4 friends, and 2 of us brought our wives. One of the wives refused to sail on anything but Royal, so that is how ... Read More
This was my 6th cruise (3 with NCL, 2 with Princess, 1 with Viking), and my first with Royal. Our trip was a get-together of 4 friends, and 2 of us brought our wives. One of the wives refused to sail on anything but Royal, so that is how we chose this sailing. Embarkation: everything was fast until we got checked in. Then we had to sit until our group number was called. Anyone that had sailed with Royal before was allowed to board immediately, so we were a little irritated that we got penalized for not sailing with them previously. On-board activities: there is a ton to do on this ship because it is so large. Rarely did we wait longer than 15 minutes for things such as mini-golf, rock climbing, or the flowrider. There was almost no live music anywhere on the ship, so we spent a lot of time sitting around waiting for shows or trivia to start. There's a ton of trivia, which entertained one or two people in our group, the rest of us were bored with it. The pools are heated to a very comfortable temperature so we spent a lot of time swimming. The night time entertainment consisted of an ice show, 2 different comedians, a couple broadway-style sing/dance shows, and a magic show. The ice show repeated 4 times, and although the performers are very talented, it got boring very quickly. The broadway shows were good and the performers had great voices. The comedians were bad, one did only New Jersey and italian jokes, the other talked about how complicated computers are and how he misses tuning black and white TVs. The magic show was absolutely terrible, the tricks were poorly done and tacky, and most of the show was playing videos or strobe lights. It really was the worst show I've seen. There was also the standard cruise ship game shows, and karaoke, but only on a couple of nights and it was too short. Dining: the food was great. We usually went to the buffet for breakfast and lunch, and the dining room for dinner. 2 of the nights were formal nights- a bit annoying because I had no desire to get dressed up, although they didn't seem to enforce any dress codes. We chose my-time dining, which ended up being a big problem. The second night the dining room was full and we had to eat in the buffet. We were told we had to make reservations every night with at least 24 hours notice or we would never get a table, so it was pointless to have my-time dining. We were seated at the same table each night with the same waiters, which was nice. Both of the waiters learned what we liked and often brought out extra entrees for us to try when they overheard us being unsure about what to chose. One of the nights my wife and I went to Chops (steakhouse), which was fantastic. For about $100, we each had 9oz filet mingons and a bottle of wine, which is far less than the meal would have cost ashore. Ports: our itinerary was Labadee (Haiti), Jamaica, Grand Cayman, and Cozumel. Labadee was nice, although I felt bad for the locals working there. We were specifically told not to bring cash by the cruise director, but there are locals setting up chairs, working the bathrooms, and playing music for tips. I thankfully had a few singles on hand for the chair guy and one musician but I wish I had brought more. Jamaica had a nice port area to wander around in directly off the ship, but it would not be a good idea to leave the port unless you're on an excursion. Grand Cayman had a wonderful beach, but we did not have nearly enough time there. Cozumel had 5 other cruise ships already docked when we arrived. After finally getting through the port we discovered the taxi line that probably had at least an hour wait. We figured the resort we planned on going to was most likely full anyways so we just went back to the ship. Overall, I don't see anything that justifies the extra cost that Royal demands. Some may like the loyalty program, with member-only events, seating, boarding, etc, but I just found it unfair. I tried Royal once and I don't think I'd do it again unless the price drops. Read Less
Sail Date December 2015
LOVE Freedom of the Seas!! I'm not one to do reviews but-------RCCL is the best. We were so spoiled and pampered, we didn't want to return home. Food was excellent, as was the service. Already have another cruise booked for ... Read More
LOVE Freedom of the Seas!! I'm not one to do reviews but-------RCCL is the best. We were so spoiled and pampered, we didn't want to return home. Food was excellent, as was the service. Already have another cruise booked for Dec. 4 2016 and already counting the days down. I've even got my clothes picked out. We ate in the main dining room at night and The Windjammer for breakfast and lunch. There is always a large selection of food even for the very picky eatters. Service is fast. The best bread pudding with vanilla sauce, I ate it every day. We also ate at Johnny Rockets and intend to eat there again in December. Best hamburgers and PRICES. Actually we are going on Oasis of the Seas and if it's even half as good as Freedom of the Seas I'll be satisfied. My niece went on Oasis and she only had high praises for it and was also spoiled and pampered. Read Less
Sail Date December 2015
We went on a Caribbean cruise for our honeymoon. We had a balcony "bump" room which we loved! I have stayed in an interior, ocean view and now a balcony and when we cruise again I will be booking a balcony. So much more room. ... Read More
We went on a Caribbean cruise for our honeymoon. We had a balcony "bump" room which we loved! I have stayed in an interior, ocean view and now a balcony and when we cruise again I will be booking a balcony. So much more room. Even though you are in your room to shower and sleep, the extra space does wonders. Having the option of going out on your deck when you want is nice. We hung our wet clothes out there. The only thing I say Royal Caribbean needs to work on (this being my 4th cruise) is when you arrive on the ship they are serving lunch in the windjammer. IT IS PACKED!!! it happens every cruise. We got something small to hold us over to dinner but we had to sit on the other side of the boat on the pool lounge chairs to eat. Its a bummer but its one meal. We can survive. Royal Caribbean is an awesome company to cruise with! Like I said, this was my 4th cruise and they have all been with Royal Caribbean. The ship was AWESOME!! there was so much to do. I was disappointed because we only saw one show (the ice show) and that's it! We were busy with other activities on the ship we didn't get the chance to enjoy the shows. We spent most of our time on the sports deck with either competing in the activities to rock climbing or doing/watching the Flow Rider. I loved the Flow Rider. It was fun to watch everyone experience that. The cruise ports were nice, Labadee Haiti, Falmouth Jamaica, Georgetown Grand Cayman and Cozumel Mexico. The only downer we had was Falmouth. We did not enjoy ourselves at all. We went to Dunns River Falls because so many family members and friends recommended it. I am not sure if its the time we went or our group but it was awful. I felt like cattle being herded up the falls. It was crazy. Our bus had a leak so 2 people had their belongings soaked, we then ate lunch which was nice but we were never informed we would be making any stops so our cash was limited. Excursion title said "Dunns River Falls Transfer". It didn't say anything in the description of going for lunch or shopping.We went to this shopping place with one store with 5 other tour buses from our ship....can you say crammed!? We did NOT enjoy Falmouth.at all. We did castaway at malfini in Labadee Haiti which was amazing!! We snorkeled a ship wreck and reef in Grand Cayman. Our favorite excursion was XPLOR in Cozumel. I would do that again in a heartbeat. It was so much fun! Ziplining, rafting through caves, swimming through the caves and driving an amphibious vehicle. Adrenaline was pumping! We had a blast and cannot wait for 2017. We will be back on another royal Caribbean cruise :) Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
Another wonderful cruise with Royal Caribbean. Departure was a breeze and the weather was perfect the entire time. First time on the Freedom and we had no complaints. Cabin was nice and clean, food is always good in the dining room, ... Read More
Another wonderful cruise with Royal Caribbean. Departure was a breeze and the weather was perfect the entire time. First time on the Freedom and we had no complaints. Cabin was nice and clean, food is always good in the dining room, although we did try the Brazilian restaurant and didn't really care for it. The Mexican restaurant on the other hand was superb with fantastic margaritas that are made tableside as was the guacamole. Service at all restaurants was excellent. Entertainment was good and we always look forward to the ice show. We would definitely go on the Freedom of the Seas again. I just joined cruise critic and it would take a while to comment on all my RCCL cruises. We have never had a bad experience with the cruise line and will continue to sail with them. Looking forward to our cruise on the Anthem which is booked for October of 2017. Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
Freedom of the Seas Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 4.4
Dining 4.0 4.0
Entertainment 5.0 4.2
Public Rooms 4.0 4.5
Fitness Recreation 4.0 4.3
Family 5.0 4.3
Shore Excursion 4.0 3.9
Enrichment 3.0 3.9
Service 4.0 4.4
Value For Money 4.0 4.0
Rates 4.0 4.1

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