Freedom of the Seas Cruise Review by momnva2
- Sail Date: April 2012
- Destination: Eastern Caribbean
At CocoCay we rented snorkle gear for the kids. There was an underwater scavenger hunt. Our kids didn't find a prize, but they enjoyed the experience. I wish the rental was by the hour instead of by the day, beecause they were done pretty quick. Later in the day we did the kayaking excursion. Don't do it! It said it was a 90 minute guided tour with nature information. It was a waste of money. Rent a kayak by the hour. The guides were useless!
In St. Thomas, we booked a tour with Sonny Liston based on Cruise Critic Reviews. Sonny was entertaining, but he didn't have a lot of information. He did a great job entertaining us, but I really wanted to know more about daily life and the history of St. Thomas. I would recommend it.
St. Martaan was my favorite stop. We booked a private tour with Bernard's Tours. Our driver was Melanius otherwise known as "The Mailman" because he delivers! He was awesome. He knew everythig about the island and was extremely accomodating. He took us to feed iguanas, touch sea urchins, play at the beach, eat at a local place, eat again at a French bakery, and to see the planes take off next to another beach. We had a great time.
Our time on the ship was good. We had 5 rooms with 2 different stewards. They were both good and entertained us with towel animals every night.
The food was disappointing. Every time I go on a cruise, it seems like the food is less exciting. Maybe it is because I am getting older, more experienced, and harder to impress.
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Port & Shore Excursion Reviews
CocoCayDo not do the kayak excursion. The guides were worthless. It will be cheaper and probably more fun to rent a kayak for an hour.View All 944 CocoCay Cruise Port Reviews
I wish we would have spent more time walking around the island. Paths looked great.
We snorkled because we thought the kids should have the experience, but the rental is for the whole day and the kids only wanted to do it for an hour or so.
If I had it to do over, I would have walked around on the paths and rented a kayak for an hour.
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St. MaartenWe booked a private tour with Bernard's Tours. It was FANTASTIC! It included shopping, sightseeing, and beach time. Our tour guide was amazing.View All 4,135 St. Maarten Cruise Port Reviews
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Island TourTour in an open vehicle included shopping, sightseeing, and beach time. It also included singing.View All 213 Island Tour Reviews