48 Royal Caribbean Freedom of the Seas Transatlantic Cruise Reviews

This transatlantic cruise was very good. WE had smooth seas and wonderful weather. The air temperature was in the 70's and 80's The food in the dinning room was excellent. All of the ship's crew were wonderful. Providing ... Read More
This transatlantic cruise was very good. WE had smooth seas and wonderful weather. The air temperature was in the 70's and 80's The food in the dinning room was excellent. All of the ship's crew were wonderful. Providing wonderful service and always willing to help. Our cabin steward, dinning staff and entertainment was fabulous. There were a few negative items. First, we could not get any US news on the television for the entire crossing. The ship did not provide a daily newspaper, plus their were only recorded channels. They did offer movies at a price of $11.00 to $12.00 per movie. The internet, when working was faster than most transatlantic cruises. The cost of purchasing internet is for a 24 hour period, but often the internet was not operating the entire 24 hour period. Many mornings when we logged on there was not internet connection. The cruise did not give us extra time for the when the internet was unavailable. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
bringing "our" Freedom/ Seas back home was again a wonderful experience. In april we sailed her from Fort Lauderdale to Barcelona. We said enough TA for this year but we simply could not resist this amazing ship with even ... Read More
bringing "our" Freedom/ Seas back home was again a wonderful experience. In april we sailed her from Fort Lauderdale to Barcelona. We said enough TA for this year but we simply could not resist this amazing ship with even more amazing staff. it was our very first cruise ship, is that the reason why we love her so much, not sure is it because there is such a variety of food and entertainment such a variety of wonderful people working to make your cruise feel the best cruise ever ... not sure, is it because it is such a beautiful ship well kept and renewed not that long ago, not sure Is it because the weather was so amazing and the ports we did even more attractive due to the good weather, not sure .... but we are sure that the Freedom of the Seas will be for ever our "home away from home " Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
tthe itinary, the time and the priceHowever I was extremely disapointed for the amenity that Diamond+ are supposed to get. We had to request them et they were very poor quality All made in China son were tke tissues and toiket paper. ... Read More
tthe itinary, the time and the priceHowever I was extremely disapointed for the amenity that Diamond+ are supposed to get. We had to request them et they were very poor quality All made in China son were tke tissues and toiket paper. Shame on RCCL. These products are offered in canada & U.S. Every tourist CoI know use noth American products.There is no use to supply these cheap and poor quality products All in all in was a good cruise I would have like that Mercedes explain more the options in ports of call. In one case there was a free shuttle bus at the port and she did not mentioned a word. I saw some older peo;le having to walk almost 2 KM just to get out of the port when they could have used a free shuttle. They simply did not know about it Same at an other port of call. There was cheap taxi ou bus to the center of town.Again no explanation It seems that she simply wanted to sell her organizes tours ( $ ) Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
It was a gift from my sister; I took care of my parents my father was disabled in a wheelchair and my mom had cancer & Alzaheimer, my sister lived far away and was very grateful that I took care of them for many years, I hadn’t ... Read More
It was a gift from my sister; I took care of my parents my father was disabled in a wheelchair and my mom had cancer & Alzaheimer, my sister lived far away and was very grateful that I took care of them for many years, I hadn’t been able to take a vacation; they both passed away. We were six in our group, my sister & her husband & my best friend & her husband. So we wanted to go to Spain, Tenerife is where my moms family is from. It was amazing, loved all the stops. The service on the ship was excellent, the food , was excellant, but our waiters were like family, Rosario & Niraj exceeded themselves to serve us always with a friendly smile made us feel very special. The shows that I like was the one with Phantom of the opera, once upon a time, & the Las Vegas Tenors the other ones were very dull.The trans-Atlantic was too long on sea, don’t think I would do it again. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
We had two nights in a luxury hotel before being transported to the ship. The hotel was great. It gave us a chance to address the Jet lag after flying from Miami. Took two "Double Decker" bus tours. around the city. Tours were ... Read More
We had two nights in a luxury hotel before being transported to the ship. The hotel was great. It gave us a chance to address the Jet lag after flying from Miami. Took two "Double Decker" bus tours. around the city. Tours were super! Would like to have had two more days in this beautiful city. Air travel on American Airlines was average, but when we got to the airport, we had asked for a wheelchair, along with 16 others on the plane. The service in Barcelona airport was terrible. It took TWO HOURS to get from the plane to the luggage retrieval area, and by that time they had removed our luggage from the carousel and, not speaking any Spanish, could not find the bags. A wonderful lady from DELTA airlines came to our rescue and found our luggage and got us to the taxi stand. We had missed our bus from the airport to the hotel due to the long wait for the wheelchair. Once at the pier the boarding and embarking procedure was fine. The ship was fine although the Buffet dining in the Windjammer lounge left a bit to be desired. The in cabin TV left a LOT to be desired. Reruns of CNN for three or four days The Staff on the ship couldn't be any better. Our Waitress and assistant were wonderful. Entertainment was top shelf. Canary Islands was a new and very nice experience. I would definitely take this trip again Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
Ports of cal where good - time somnetimes too short Food was good in the windjammer - for us there was no big diference to the speciality dining flowrider lines where always long :-( There was always enough space round the pools ... Read More
Ports of cal where good - time somnetimes too short Food was good in the windjammer - for us there was no big diference to the speciality dining flowrider lines where always long :-( There was always enough space round the pools or to find free chairs Staff was sometimes a bit uninterested in their jobs. The food was good, the only thing that anojed us was that they used the same knifes to cut onions and pinapples - the pinapples tasted like onions :-( Seems like they changes the Matraces on Freedom - we cruised 8 jears ago and I remember the sleeping quality was much better - the beds semmd to be softer. If the lines at the flowrider where not that long we would love to do for our next cruise again a Trans Atlantic Crossing. The Entertainment was ok, but not as good as on the Oasis class ships - we missed a Musical. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
I like RCI but not happy with room service charge of $8.00 could see the charge if late in evening even though I am not a room service person I thought the charge was a little heavy. We were only informed of one port offering free ... Read More
I like RCI but not happy with room service charge of $8.00 could see the charge if late in evening even though I am not a room service person I thought the charge was a little heavy. We were only informed of one port offering free transportation to town, and were heading back to the ship as my roommate could not walk the distance to town when we saw a bus offering free transportation to town, if the bus would have left we never would of known. We were only informed of the shuttle service in Cadiz,even asked I was with a scooter but my friend needed the transportation. The crossing was very calm and only had 2 small rain showers. The captain and cruise director were difficult to hear on the loud speaker, captains voice trailed off and cruise directors was too loud and very fast. That is all I can think of at this time. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
mas or menos, washed out bathroom towels, bed sheet and pillows some white same off white, almost like a fine fishing nets, spider on the ceiling, counted 8, could only killed 2, the others to fast and having got dizzy having the head up, ... Read More
mas or menos, washed out bathroom towels, bed sheet and pillows some white same off white, almost like a fine fishing nets, spider on the ceiling, counted 8, could only killed 2, the others to fast and having got dizzy having the head up, balcony was dirty and stayed dirty until arrival at Fort Lauderdale, one glass so filthy like foggy, told the cabin steward we like 2 coffee bags, one yes, complained than 2, than 1 again, just stupid, clean the carpet, rarely use the vacuum cleaner, in Concierge Lounge Forks and Knifes detergent stains on, every day you had to ask, tomatoes and onions, Express Machine out from the beginning, not coffee creamer only Milk. At Diamond Lounge Deck 14, one time in Cocktail glass a frozen corn, other with Lipsticks film. We had on Lunch with an Officer, the carpet not cleaned after breakfast, bread Cruse all over, Forks and Knifes Detergent stains, even my Knife had Egg stains left. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
We loved this cruise and ship. It was the first Transatlantic cruise we have taken, and based on our experiences here, we plan to take more similar cruises. Crew members were extremely friendly and helpful. Officers were visible ... Read More
We loved this cruise and ship. It was the first Transatlantic cruise we have taken, and based on our experiences here, we plan to take more similar cruises. Crew members were extremely friendly and helpful. Officers were visible throughout the ship and seemed to welcome discussions with passengers. We were particularly impressed with food quality and selections throughout the ship. Food presentation was elegant and the taste was outstanding. There was a wealth of activities, yet also areas where you could find calm and quiet, if desired. We were also impressed with the little "extras" that were provided to make this trip memorable (cookies, chocolate covered strawberries, gifts, and other treats sent to our room; free specialty coffee at the Cafe Promenade; large venues for Crown and Anchor events; "Chefs at Sea", which was a fun food competition amongst ship officers that worked similar to the popular television entitled, "Chopped." Overall, kudos to the ship's staff and crew. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
I like to take a repositioning cruise to relax after a long road trip. If not for the bridge games I would’ve jumped ship. The cabin had a ticking noise all night, the beds were hard, and there was a mildew smell in the hallway the ... Read More
I like to take a repositioning cruise to relax after a long road trip. If not for the bridge games I would’ve jumped ship. The cabin had a ticking noise all night, the beds were hard, and there was a mildew smell in the hallway the entire cruise. We always eat in the buffet because we like the many options. We are kosher and have more choices on the buffet. The service at the buffet was excellent although the choices were more meager than usual. The entertainment was wonderful, every night brought an amazing act to the stage. The ports were the Canary Islands off the African coast, we enjoyed the tours we purchased from the cruise line. The disembarkation was awful, we didn’t get off the ship at the designated time, the lines through customs were awful. There were only 6 custom agents for 3000 people, our car service charged us an extra 50 dollars for the delay, a highly disappointing end to an average cruise. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
This was our first transatlantic cruise, and we could not be happier. Seas were calm, Weather was great, lots to do ( or not do) on the ship. We got a 5 night dining package and especially loved Sabor and Chops. We also did the Chefs Table ... Read More
This was our first transatlantic cruise, and we could not be happier. Seas were calm, Weather was great, lots to do ( or not do) on the ship. We got a 5 night dining package and especially loved Sabor and Chops. We also did the Chefs Table which was terrific. The meal and wine were really good. His included a galley tour which I enjoyed a lot. Fascinating to see how they produce that volume of food. Glad we had a balcony because weather was wonderful and we spent lots of time there. We actually ate most of our meals in the Windjammer and were very happy with it. He coffee shop on the promenade turned out to be a great place to meet new friends for conversation and people watching. halloween parade was disappointing because RCL had not crownd control and parade experienced bottlenecks. Teamwork’s parade was first rate. E are already planning the next transatlantic. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
Did reverse on Norwegian Cruise Line last year bur only two ports. This itinerary worked better for my roommate and me. Enjoyed the several port stops. Few lectures and too much "shopping on Promenade" ==crowds. ... Read More
Did reverse on Norwegian Cruise Line last year bur only two ports. This itinerary worked better for my roommate and me. Enjoyed the several port stops. Few lectures and too much "shopping on Promenade" ==crowds. Also, missed seeing real news as only on CNN, which was out many days. Almost every program which we would have liked to watch before bed, was repeated daily. Art auctions seemed to dominate almost every sea day with clashing times for enjoying other venues. The explanations of the artists were truly enlightening. Waite staff was friendly and efficient. Food usually lukewarm and often not tender as should be. Shows - outstanding! Orchestra top notch, as were singers and dancers. Productions on stage and fantastic ice show were truly professional and creative. Did appreciate unexpected "solo travelers" dining group. An activities rep. joined us and I was overwhelmed by their interest in passengers and sharing of experiences. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
We chose the Freedom Transatlantic to be with great people who we have traveled with in the past years! The ship was in good shape. The cabin was fine and our room steward took good care of us. The food was ho-hum and we felt the ... Read More
We chose the Freedom Transatlantic to be with great people who we have traveled with in the past years! The ship was in good shape. The cabin was fine and our room steward took good care of us. The food was ho-hum and we felt the quality of the food was not what we expected. The Cruise Director and Activities Manager and their staff were excellent. The entertainment was good......but, we missed seeing a Broadway Show onboard. The service was good but be wary not to be run over by staff in Windjammer with their carts! We enjoyed the ports and did private excursions in each port except Ft. Lauderdale where we good The AirBoat. It was a great excursion even if our tour guide did not show up and we managed on our own going to the shows! The bus driver was great and give us the information about airports. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
My wife and I wanted to visit Barcelona again as we did not spend as much time the last time we were in Spain in the spring of 2015. The Transatlantic Cruise seemed just what we wanted to do as we had heard great reviews about westbound ... Read More
My wife and I wanted to visit Barcelona again as we did not spend as much time the last time we were in Spain in the spring of 2015. The Transatlantic Cruise seemed just what we wanted to do as we had heard great reviews about westbound Transatlantic Cruises and Royal Caribbean did not disappoint us. The staff was great and I would recommend a cruise like we took to anyone interested in a Transatlantic Cruise. I do have some caveats concerning the cruise ratings and my two complaints are; food in the main dining room, while very good, on two occasions was served cold and the other complaint is; drink prices are just two expensive. I know cruise ships have to make money, but come on; a glass of wine on the ship costs as much, if not more than a bottle of wine through a land based liquor store in the United States. Buy the drink package is also very expensive. $51.00 a day per person, plus 18% is way too expensive, in my opinion. However, don't let my caveats tarnish a cruise like this if you do not enjoy a cocktail, wine or beer while cruising or you don't imbibe. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
Having sailed most of my other cruses from Southampton it was refreshing and a great add to sail from Barcelona although flights here can be a little bit of a pain from Manchester! I will never fly in a Ryan Air Plane again! ... Read More
Having sailed most of my other cruses from Southampton it was refreshing and a great add to sail from Barcelona although flights here can be a little bit of a pain from Manchester! I will never fly in a Ryan Air Plane again! Travelling with my partner and friends we have a fantastic time on and off the ship. Staff are wonderful and work hard at getting this done for you most of the time. Unless you are complaining about the internet service then they first make you feel it is your issue then the satellite they switched to but took 24 hours and a lot of complaining to get them to admit they had technical issues and were working on it and we did receive a 2 day refund as we had paid for the full 14 days! The entertainment and services were fantastic. The food in the Windjammer was the worst I have ever experienced. A total Lack of Good Asian Food in Jade. The English Sausage left me laughing most mornings. The food on the rest of the ship was however of a very good standard. The airport Transfer at the end of the cruise was like dropping into Hell itself kept waiting an hour while the lone driver loaded the luggage with no aircon at all the 12 min journey was just hell! Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
I was really looking forward to this cruise as I love transatlantic cruises and I had not been on this class of ship. With that said, there were many pros and cons regarding this ship. THE CABIN: I had as a solo was one of the new ... Read More
I was really looking forward to this cruise as I love transatlantic cruises and I had not been on this class of ship. With that said, there were many pros and cons regarding this ship. THE CABIN: I had as a solo was one of the new ones on deck 12. It had floor to ceiling windows and a decent amount of space. I enjoy using the gym and using the spa so it was right above it and easy to access. The new floor to ceiling cabins are super nice as long as you do not mind the extra motion of the ocean. While it did not have a balcony, I only missed it at night as it is pitch dark at nighttime. DINING: The dining room food was pretty typical and absolutely nothing to brag about. Service was super slow and foods tasted like banquet food, below average of other ships. The optional restaurants were pretty good. In the main dining room, we even had waiters that REALLY smelled bad of cigarettes. I lost my appetite a few times when he spoke with us. Also, it is annoying for them all to ask to be rated highly on surveys when we got home. It almost felt as though they would be in trouble if we didn't do this. It felt super high pressure. Giovanni's Table was actually great but service was really bad. My friends, who had an owner's suite and us had to wait for over an hour to get a table (and this was WITH a reservation). It was a total chaotic nightmare. They were super rude and just did not care. With that said, the food was good. Chops (their signature steakhouse) was also pretty good but service was lackluster as well. Also, interestingly enough, you have to enter into the Windjammer buffet to get to Chops and/or Giovanni's Table, which cheapens the experience to me. Sabor (Mexican) was excellent in service and food options. It ended up being our favorite overall. Windjammer was always full but I personally liked it. Lots of salads and good choices for sure. Although many disagree, I personally liked the variety and casual nature of it better than the main dining room for sure. EMBARKATION: The embarkation was super slow. The ship was full and you do feel it. There way too many passengers and not enough crew with a full ship. You feel it. Not just the crowds, but the lines, the rushed service everywhere and the curtness. Embarkation was very long in lines and I was Platinum at the time. ENTERTAINMENT: Entertainment was interesting. There were no shows by the singers and dancers at all, except for the first night, which we missed because of the Giovanni's Table fiasco. The guest entertainers were typical and mostly average to good. Again, too many people and each time the show lounge was pretty full unless you get there super early. Even with "priority seating," there were no seats available within 15 minutes before show time. GYM: The gym was excellent. This was a highlight as I used this cruise to become more fit, and I did indeed lose weight, ate well and conscious as much as I could. The wow-factor is definitely there with the Royal Promenade. However, when they had events (70's night or parade), it was elbow-to-elbow crowded. It was too many people on this size of a ship and again, not enough crew. PUBLIC AREAS: Public rooms were lovely and pastel colored, but somewhat outdated. It felt like Dorothy Zbornak was going to be ebtering any moment along with Blanche Deveraux, super 80's in color scheme and definitely lacked a contemporary look but I did like most public rooms. SERVICE: The service was extremely lackluster at best. The guest services line was horrible always. It only had a few people working. I lost my key and had to wait one solid hour before being seen on a sea day in the late afternoon. Even late in the evening it was always a 40-60 minute wait. Other's were pretty ticked off about it as well. VALUE: As far as value for money, I feel it was just "OK." While as a solo I am used to paying 200%, usually transatlantics are a pretty good value. This was not the case so much. It was just way too crowded! NEXT CRUISE RESERVATION: The worst department is the Next Cruise! Oh my God! I was ready to place a deposit on another cruise and they had absolutely no idea what they were doing. They misinformed me, they were not familiar with the product and they even provided me with a much higher rate than I could get through the RCCL website! It was so insane. There is no reason to book onboard if they charge a higher rate. I would rather save the money and get the better value shoreside then get an onboard credit and a much higher rate. They do not honor reservations made shoreside online even when they are closed. Basically, I received a flyer about new cruises that had opened up. Since I had the Internet package, I looked and held a cabin on royalcaribbean.com. When I went to deposit it the next morning at Cruise Next, the rate had gone up. Even though I held a cabin, they would not honor it at the rate I held it as. Sadly, I ended up becoming frustrated and booked the next one with another cruise line. It was just too frustrating and they would not help. I understand it is "two separate departments," but they should want people to book, no? Weird system and weird how they handle it! Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
This was our second Transatlantic cruise and our first time on a Freedom Class ship. For eight days cruising at sea (losing an hour each day at noon) and a bit overcast/windy this time, we still found enough to do to keep us from getting ... Read More
This was our second Transatlantic cruise and our first time on a Freedom Class ship. For eight days cruising at sea (losing an hour each day at noon) and a bit overcast/windy this time, we still found enough to do to keep us from getting bored. We had the most wonderful Cruise Director (Michaelle?...not sure on the spelling) and his Activity Director (Jerry). Two new activities we had not experienced before and absolutely loved were the Celebrity Sea Chef (officers, including the Captain were the competitors) and Dancing with the Staff (just like Dancing with the Stars from TV, dancing with passengers) which occupied our sea days. Also, the ice skating show is always a treat! Our Captain was very friendly and very visable/approachable on this cruise. Specialty Dining was great, My Time Dining was inconsistent in quality but it seems like the last few cruises have been the same way. As long as the overall cruise experience is fabulous, our vacation will be too. The service on this ship was consistently fantastic, and this is compared with over 25 cruises! We researched and booked our own shore excursions. We either joined a few organized excursions made via cruise critic or found our own. All were fantastic and these particular ports (Lisbon, Sevilla (Alcazar Palace), Cadiz (Alhambra Palace), and Palma de Majorca (must go to Valledemossa!) were some of our favorites of the many European cities we have seen. We stayed in Barcelona for five days afterwards and really had a fantastic time enjoying it w/o jet lag on this visit! If you ever stay there, try to book and visit each Gaudi site. They were all very good and audio tours added to the education regarding each experience. We got to enjoy this cruise as Diamond Membors for the first time. That was a treat, as well as meeting so many wonderful people during cocktail hour! We know we will go on more Transatlantic cruises in the future, as there are more ports enroute to be seen. Still one of our favorties for the price and this particular ship was a perfect size to enjoy the crossing! Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
This was our 4th TA and the 3rd on a RC ship. The check-in was somewhat unorganized, prior to them losing several cameras at the check-in. Even with these problems the crew was able to get our pictures and log us onto the ship. We ... Read More
This was our 4th TA and the 3rd on a RC ship. The check-in was somewhat unorganized, prior to them losing several cameras at the check-in. Even with these problems the crew was able to get our pictures and log us onto the ship. We never did understand why the ship left port at least 3 hours after we were scheduled, however it did provide us with the ability to go on deck and watch as we sailed away fro Florida. Our cabin was fine and our luggage was delivered in a prompt manner. During the cruise our cabin was taken care of, however we rarely saw the cabin attendant. Later during the cruise when we were not notified of, or given an invitation to a lunch some blame was laid at his feet. We however, believe that the problem lay elsewhere. We were very fortunate to have 10 of us that joined together for our evening meal in the dining room. We had outstanding waiters that by the third day had our drinks memorized and placed as soon as we were seated. Only two unacceptable meals in the dining room, and both were specialty meals (a filet that was raw, and when returned would have made good shoe leather, and an uncooked chicken breast). The windjammer for breakfast and lunch were our usual fare, however we did do the dining room for lunch on occasion. Due to weather conditions there was little outside activity. I utilized the gym on a daily basis. With the exception of one day with rough seas, the equipment (treadmills, bicycles and weights) worked good. Unfortunately the men's locker room did not have any functioning lockers. Some were able to be opened, but unable to secure any personal items in them (we were told on the first day at sea that they were scheduled to be repaired within a couple of days - still not working in Barcelona). Most times only two of the showers by the lockers were working, and the temperature control on one did not function until an attendant used a tool on the control to allow for temperature regulation. On the previous RC crossings we had a walk to support Wishes At Sea. We did not hear anything about that this time, and only saw some items in the daily planner about some sea turtle shirts. (On one crossing we kept two tread mills going 24 hrs a day from leaving New Orleans until we arrived in Lisbon. Both passengers and some crew.) We attended some of the presentations about ports that we were to visit, however the presenter was an outstanding lecturer that did not address the visitation, but rather the cultural history and the poets and artists that lived in these areas. Nothing about what to see on the shore tours. A very good presentation was made of learning Spanish. The presenter was continually presented with issues affecting his presentation. The first was being scheduled in too small a setting and not having enough handouts. The second being placed in a larger setting, and finally having more handouts, but during the majority of the presentation he was looking into a projection that was to be on the screen behind him. It was turned off once during his presentation, but quickly turned back on so paintings for sale could be shown. On the third time we were in a spacious setting, however because of other scheduled activities the time was cut short as other passengers arrived for the following presentation. TV was out for much of the trip as far as getting any news, so unless you paid for internet we did without (not necessarily a bad thing - we were on vacation.) A meet and great was done. We have seen many better organized ones. They kept handing out picture frames. On every cruise we have taken in the past 25 years there has been a get-together of various groups with several days notice on the bulletin board and in the daily planner. On this one the meeting for veterans was held in a bar on the promenade where the music and announcements were so loud a conversation could not be held in the B&B. With lack of notice we felt that only 1/3 of the people attended. The same for service club members, when I arrived there were only 4 of us in the schooner bar. Coffee on the promenade was erratic at best. Every day all the coffee pots would be empty, or in the process of being brewed while people were waiting. Creamer was also not available at rush times. The best that can be said is that they did have a very good selection of tea for our afternoon and evening drinks with a good supply of honey as a sweetener - outstanding. There was some very good entertainment, and some that was almost painful to watch (actually I observed a number of people playing on their I-pads and phones). Again, they were working under difficult conditions. As activities outside were curtailed, they were doing extra inside to keep us entertained. The ice shows were great. Getting off the ship was not well organized. Again, we can not fault RC unless they are the ones that told the Spanish authorities how many customs / immigration agents to have available. Several other ships arrived at the same time. Best thing - our waiters in the dining room a 10 rating Worst thing - unable to get through the promenade without feeling like there was someone loudly selling something all the time. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
The price was very good, the repositioning cruise is always longer, which we like. The ship was new to us and most ports we had never visited. We like to do different ships, ports and adventures. We arrived in Ft. Lauderdale late the ... Read More
The price was very good, the repositioning cruise is always longer, which we like. The ship was new to us and most ports we had never visited. We like to do different ships, ports and adventures. We arrived in Ft. Lauderdale late the night before but slept in and had a nice breakfast at the LaQuinta Inn. The day was filled with heavy showers and we got wet a couple times but checkin went well, when our shuttle arrived around noon, and we were on-board in less than 45 minutes. Our time was then spent finding all the different venues and getting a lay of the ship as well as a quick lunch. We had a 7th floor cabin which usually works out great for walking to the Promenade, dining room and up to the pools and the Windjammer Cafe. We had anytime dining, but were so pleased with our wait staff the first night that we stayed at our table for the rest of the cruise. Dining was a fun experience, with wonderful couples next to us in a set of 4 tables for 2. Close enough to talk but separate. The kitchen gave a great variety of appetizers and diner entrees. Meals were very well prepared, excellently served in perfect timing, and delicious tasting. They were so good we didn't think of the specialty restaurants until most times were full. After dinner was the entertainment and they really out did themselves with the shows, ship's band, comedian, vocalists Paul & Karen, Violinist, and variety acts. Their was a lot of evening activities with music all around the ship and often a first rate movie to watch on deck. The weather wasn't the most cooperative but bundle up and cover up with a big towel and we were goos to go. Our cabin steward was so wonderful, sweet and helpful, we couldn't have asked for more. We're always using Cruise Critic to make new friends and plan our get togethers, activities and shore excursions and boy OH boy, did we get a couple excellent ones. In Lisbon we wanted to get the overall view since we are returning there this fall. The HOHO bus (Hop on/Hop off) was exactly what we needed. Had a nice walk of 15 minutes along the coastline to downtown where we visited markets, caught the tram and then flagged a hoho bus to the monestary and tower. Stopped at a shop for some custard pastry, a specialty of the region and something to drink. Managed to get back to the ship by 6 for dinner. Had a wonderful day in Lisbon. In Cadiz, we did the Free Poncho Walking Tour with Pedro, I think. Young, handsome, well versed and a native to the city. We spent 3 hours walking around the narrow streets, learning the city's history and finding places to go back to. Which we did after the tour. Easy to walk, easy to get turned around, at least at first, but another interesting & fun day. The next day, in Malaga, was probably the highlight of our shore excursions. We scheduled a Walking and Taste Tour with "WELOVEMALAGA.com" and got Paco. The tour was supposed to be 3 hours but lasted over 4.5 hours. We stopped at many "local" stops and sampled the delights of Malaga. From rich, dark, sweet, thick, warm chocolate drink to churroes (a light pastry) to nuts & berries, meats and cheeses, fruits (4 different kinds) to wine and tapes, it was a day of eat like the natives in their native spots. Paco made it fun and personal with our small group of only 5 people. What a tour...so glad someone on Cruise Critic had mentioned it. The walk was a little further from the ship, but because we had time before meeting our tour in front of MacDonald's we walked it. There is also a shuttle to and from the pier for very reasonable prices. This was definitely the highlight of our trip. The final shore excursion was with "No Frills Excursions" and it was okay but not the best. Hard to find the lady when you exit the terminal, no sign. She was forced to speak in 4 different languages with the people from the hotels and ship. Country side was nice, Drach Caves was nice, Pearl factory interesting but... When we got to Barcelona, which had just visited in the fall, we had planned a quick flight out. We will be back there in the fall for a few more days. The airport experience was messy, long lines and quite different than the US but it worked for us. Check in was extremely slow, so get there early. TAP Portugal gave us nice clean planes, very good service and comfortable travel conditions. Would definitely chose to fly with them again.... Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
Low cost for Transatlantic and an invite from friends drove us to choose this cruise but 8 days crossing with mostly high winds and cloudy skies dampened our enthusiasm, Royal Caribbean did nothing to plan alternate indoor events for us. ... Read More
Low cost for Transatlantic and an invite from friends drove us to choose this cruise but 8 days crossing with mostly high winds and cloudy skies dampened our enthusiasm, Royal Caribbean did nothing to plan alternate indoor events for us. Trivia for up to 60 people is hardly an activity for a ship with this many passengers. Dining room staff was reduced so that waiters acted as order takers as well as bus staff. The menu was less than innovative in the main dining room and was close to boring. We even went to the hamburger special, Johnny Rockets, one night as it had a more exciting menu. That was until we found all burgers are done well, this from a ship that serves beef carpacio. They are so wasteful that, when they finally had a single lobster night and I ordered two tails, they actually did an entire dinner plate setup. After hearing the word "amazing" in at least every other sentence spoken by Cruise Director Michele and most of his staff, I hope that I never hear the word again. First time in a long time on an RC ship, and it will probably be a long time before we return. I understand they have even larger ships, our count was 3,700, but I will avoid those at all costs. Bigger is not better. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
We chose this cruise because it went to the destinations we wanted. We had been on this ship in December and were disappointed and afraid this time would be also not good. !. It was always noisy (loud music) even in the café. Some ... Read More
We chose this cruise because it went to the destinations we wanted. We had been on this ship in December and were disappointed and afraid this time would be also not good. !. It was always noisy (loud music) even in the café. Some people like quiet. There are bars for loud music. 2. Food was considerably better than in December. You still don't understand "my time" means it's about me and my desired time and table for dinner. Our waiters, Jonathan Perez and Allan Buenafe, were fantastic!!! 3. Excursions: process to get on the bus was so disorganized; tours lacked substance. If you are in port for several hours, why do you only see outsides of buildings and return to the ship in 3 or 4 hours. A longer tour would prevent "running" through town and allow for some free time. 4. Departure: nobody asked when we needed to depart; part of our group had different departure tags. The tags were just dropped in our room without any consideration of our needs. 5. Internet was expensive and didn't work well. Basically I feel Royal Caribbean cares more about money than its passengers. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
Never tried a trans-Atlantic crossing before. If you don't want to be on the water for 8 straight days, this isn't the cruise for you! That said, it was relaxing and enjoyable. Entertainment and food were great. Diamond ... Read More
Never tried a trans-Atlantic crossing before. If you don't want to be on the water for 8 straight days, this isn't the cruise for you! That said, it was relaxing and enjoyable. Entertainment and food were great. Diamond lounge was handled admirably, considering there were something like 1200 Diamond members on board this cruise! Ports of call were fun; I could have spent a lot more time in Lisbon and Seville if we had the time. This was FOTS's first trans-Atlantic crossing, so there were some issues. Satellite was uneven, so internet and TV were erratic at best. Guest Services was overwhelmed and confused through most of the cruise. The embarkation experience was HORRIBLE. They used a temporary terminal in Fort Lauderdale (90 minute wait), plus our luggage was left outside for hours and was soaked with 3+ inches of rain. This affected hundreds of cruisers, and everyone was scrambling to dry their clothes so they could use them. Shame on Royal for such a lousy experience. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
Cruise Director..Michaela was one of the best we've ever had embarcation was worst ever ! RCCL needs to improve their secondary terminal in FLL. Got a sinus infection after walking 150 yards downpour to get to terminal. Completely ... Read More
Cruise Director..Michaela was one of the best we've ever had embarcation was worst ever ! RCCL needs to improve their secondary terminal in FLL. Got a sinus infection after walking 150 yards downpour to get to terminal. Completely drenched. Diamond Lounge concierge (G) was outstanding! Main dining room food was very good. Staff was very good. Winchester Cafe very crowded for breakfast and lunch. First cruise for this ship to Europe...needed to sharpen their European skills. Not enough availability of Euros for exchange at Guest Services. Cabin attendant was very fast and helpful. Laundry service(wash & fold) - whites came back grey...:-0. Expected to have more than 2 production shows on a 14 day cruise. Ice show was excellent. Guest entertainment was very good....and diverse.....not all singers! Would cruise again on this ship. Weather was cooler than expected so not much pool time. But seas were smooth....captain did a great job. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
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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