25th anniversary celebration cruise!: Freedom of the Seas Cruise Review by Goalie32

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25th anniversary celebration cruise!

Sail Date: October 2012
Destination: Western Caribbean
Embarkation: Other
Lets start at the beginning...Boarding (and unboarding): both a pleasant surprise. From being dropped off at the ship about 12:30pm, everything about checking in and boarding went smoothly and we were in out cabin in 45 minutes. (will describe leaving the ship at the end)

Cabin: typical cabin for size and style, so nothing really new about that...worked out fine for us. The bed was VERY comfortable, so whatever mattresses they use keep them! Our cabin attendant was terrific and kept everything clean and ship shape, usually more than twice per day...he was GREAT!

Our daughters sent us a "romance package", so we champagne and canapes were delivered and we enjoyed them on desk as we sailed away the first night! Thanks K & R !!

Dining: this was the first week of a new menu change and it was delicious. We tried just about everything and I can't say enough about how well ALL the meals were prepared and served...good job RCCL! Our head and assist. waiters were very More good and very attentive...they did a great job! Did not eat at the specialty rest. but I've heard nothing but praise for them? Windjammer was a great place for a quick meal and surprisingly, we always got a seat when we needed it!

Entertainment: BRAVO RCCL!! By far, out of the seven cruises we have been on, the entertainment on Freedom was the best! From the ice show to the main theater, to the big screen on deck, to the Bull & Bear Pub (our favorite)...all of it was fantastic. Pulling it all off and doing a great job was our cruise director Graham Seymour...he was the best!

Suggestion to RCCL: on future cruise ships...put the "pub" and the "wine bar" side by side with both separate and common entrances to draw patrons from both, into both ?? The Bull & Bear Pub was a frequent meeting place for all, especially the UK's. We had a great time meeting people there and singing along with the guitarist! But the wine bar hardly ever had anybody in there??

Adult pool and hot tubs: GREAT idea...made for a much better cruise, not having to be around all the very young children and families. Certainly needed for adults who really want to socialize and have a drink or two! And those hot tubes suspended over the outside of the ship...crazy but nice! Note: they are very WARM, so go in the pool first...then the hot tub!

Future ships: make this area bigger !!!

Leaving the ship: was just as easy and went smoothly as boarding, had breakfast and were waiting in the Promenade at assigned time, our number was called only 15 minutes later and we were off and had our luggage 20 minutes later...very efficient!

All in all this was a fantastic cruise and made our celebration that much more special. After being on Sovereign, Navigator and now Freedom..we LOVE RCCL and will be back for more! Less

Published 10/27/12

Cabin review: M6403 Interior Stateroom

Cabin number 6403, typical cabin, like we have had before....the shower is way too small but I can see why you need to keep it that way. Closet size was just right, not too large but not too small. Lights were good, just enough and not too much...nice tough having the main switch at the bed, so you don't have to get up! Could use some more drawer space...maybe get rid of the fridge? Does ANYBODY really take advantage of the snacks in the fridge and get charged $5-8 for a soda or nuts...especially when I can go up on desk, get FREE ice cream or FREE food or pizza at the cafes? Looong walk to the stern of the ship to get to this cabin but it was quiet. Reminder to all: cabins in the very stern or bow (back or front) of the ship DO rock and roll a bit when the waves are more than glass!

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Port and Shore Excursions

Dolphin Swim & Encounter

Go do the Dolphin's..either swim or encounter, you will LOVE it! The encounter is NOT a swim, you stand on a platform in the water and the dolphin swims and performs for you, you can touch it but you don't swim with it! All the same it was great! The sea lion show is short but also nice and by all means go through the "jungle" next to the building, its a lenghty walk and has many nice spots for photo's.

Jamaica: two words - DON'T GO !! Although the excursions we had were very nice and entertaining (Dunn's River Falls and the Green Grotto Caves), getting attacked by very aggressive sellers of crap is NOT my idea of fun! So if you go, stay on the excurtion and don't wander, watch your money and be prepared to SHOUT out NO...alot!!
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Had a GREAT time snorkeling over the USS Kittywake and the next dive site. Lots of interesting coral and fish and the trip was just long enough to be worth the money but not too long that we could not visit the town. By all means vist the town...very clean, NO aggresive store owners trying to get you to buy and a very beautiful place!

I suppose I could give Labadee more points but we've been there before and its basically the same. Yes its nice not to have to tender in, yes they have expanded the place considerably but other than a very nice place to swim and relax...what do you do IF: your afraid of the zip line and/or the para-sailing, are not interested in paying the fee for the jet skis? Sit on the beach, swim and read a book.....rather stay on the ship. Which is what we did, got off quickly in the morning, set up a couple of chairs, swam and "people watched" for awhile, then headed back by noon for lunch. Coco Cay is nicer.
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