Good start to cruising: Freedom of the Seas Cruise Review by spideyswims

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Good start to cruising

Sail Date: November 2012
Destination: Bahamas
Embarkation: Port Canaveral (Orlando)
Never cruised before, and pleased had we had a Junior Suite. The alterations to the embarking lounge created a bad start, as the queuing was not controlled correctly. Once inside the new building we were shown our speeded up check in area. Overhearing people near us who had packed their passports in their suitcases, even though it was so clear on the instructions, was funny. Very charming lady that checked us in. So once on board we went to our suite, our luggage turned up quite late, but within the timescale mentioned.
First impressions of the suite was how spacious, clean and what a nice area for hanging clothes we had.
Our suite was before the "bubble" and close enough to the lifts and stairs.
We had pre booked our excursions, but not the wine package, next time we will not take the wine package as we would not usually drink so much.
We went to the Windjammer for lunch, the once on the first day, the eating habits and sheer greed of the guests seen was awful, More taking too much in one go and leaving a lot. The staff were marvellous is how hey we're clearing this mess.
We did go to Chops, one of the speciality restaurants. A family of Americans were so loud with unruly children. When they left there was a round of applause, from other Americans. After all, it was supposed to be a speciality restaurant. We were surprised how large he dessert portions were, asking about he Red Velvet Cake, the waiter did remark that no-one had ever finished it.
The entertainment was very good. The cost to buy the weeks DVD was pricey, despite being mainly library filming. The portrait pictures were also pricey. Had they been reasonable we would have bought more than the 2 we did.
Odd that the 24 hour free coffee bar was next to a Costa where people were buying them?
Our room attendant and waiter did their jobs first class.
The week went fast.
The Viking Crown Lounge was a disappointment, the music was too loud, the schooner bar was much better.
Departing the ship was not clear as we ended up on the wrong deck, the crews quarters. Less

Published 03/27/13

Cabin review: JS9644 Junior Suite

Junior Suite 9644, very good, a lot of space for hanging and shelving and hiding the suitcases. Always kept clean and with a different towel animal each day. Close to the lifts and stairs and on the right hand side of he ship, just before the bubble.

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Port and Shore Excursions


Not knowing what to have expected, being our first cruise, we should have tried to see more of the island other than staying in the Atlantis resort. That aside it was a great place to see, the aquarium was definitely worth visiting, perhaps the biggest we have ever seen. Shame the undercurrents were too strong to allow us to swim in the sea.
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Atlantis Aquarium

Very impressive aquarium, do not miss it, take your time.

We only did the Segway Board walk tour here, and whilst it was as expected, we should have looked more over the island. The tour was the hour, not including training, which was given at the right level.

Dolphin Swim

We were very pleased that we booked this tour. To get in he water with the dolphins, albeit in enclosed pens, was fantastic. Being advised that we cold not take photos was understandable, we knew this meant that the ones taken by the organisers would be sold at a premium, the cost was $100 for about 100 photos on disc and 2 printed. The journey to and from the port, the excursion was to he British Virgin Islands, was also pleasant.

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