Freedom of the Seas Cruise Review by dkoop
- Sail Date: February 2014
- Destination: Western Caribbean
Other than that, we loved the ship. It was clean, the staff were super friendly and helpful, the food was great, the rooms were nice and we really enjoyed our time. Preety and Leslie were amazing at every dinner time - such great, friendly service and they knew us so well that by day two they already had our preferences memorized!!! Georgia was fantastic with our room - she knew when we were coming and going and always managed to have our room looking clean and bright for when we came back. The staff on the rock wall and wave simulator were amazing with our kids - helping them learn and encouraging them each time. The amenities on the ship are outstanding: rock wall, flow-rider, mini-golf, ice rink, many pools, kids areas, arcades, shops, spa, track, etc. We saw a couple of shows that were good but didn't really hit up much of the other entertainment options (there were LOTS of options) The getting on and off the ship at the beginning and the end of the cruise as well as for every port was so fast and organized!!! EX: at Cozumel, there were two RCC ships sharing one dock and with all those people getting back on BOTH ships, there was no line!! A little ways away, there was one Carnival ship at it's own dock and the line up was as long as the ship of people waiting to get back on. The ship's layout was nice and it was easy to figure your way around.
CABINS: 8587/8589 (Promenade Stateroom) The cabins are small when you compare them to a hotel room but I'm learning that's what they are all like. We had a room beside our boys with a door that joined the two rooms - it was so nice that the door didn't lock from either side but that it was pretty sound proof. We must have been by a vent or something b/c it always sounded like a prairie summer storm - on the flip side, this could have been the reason that the rooms were so sound proof!! We could hardly hear that there was anyone else on the ship when we were in our rooms. Good amount of room for clothes and stuff in the room. We all found it comfortable to relax in. Only one night, the parade on the promenade was loud enough to hear and kept me awake a bit. It was nice to see the promenade but next time I'd be fine with an interior room too.
All in all, we really enjoyed our first cruise and learned some valuable cruising lessons that will help our next cruise be even more enjoyable. It's hard to think outside of RCC now...
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