1st week of B2B: Freedom of the Seas Cruise Review by cruiseworld47

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1st week of B2B

Sail Date: August 2014
Destination: Eastern Caribbean
Embarkation: Port Canaveral (Orlando)
Family cruise to celebrate our 45th anniversary, our daughter and son in law's 10th anniversary, and our granddaughter's 1st birthday. Our 6 year old grandson came along for the ride. We started with 2 days in Cocoa Beach at the Best Western. Good accommodations and location close to beach and pier. They arrange private transport to port for the 6 of us, leaving the hotel at noon. We were through embarkation on board before 1PM. No real issues here.

We had 2 D1 connecting cabins aft on deck 10. No real noise complaints from above decks. Roomy cabins with pull out sofa to accommodate grandson. RCI provided pack and play unit for granddaughter. Experienced higher than normal engine vibration (we had been on Liberty of the Seas in January and had not felt such vibration). Word on board that FOS is scheduled for dry dock in December. Hopefully related to resolving this issue. Stateroom attendant was adequate. Over the 2 cruises he constantly delivered information about events More after the event had occurred. He did keep the cabins clean and was considerate of the children. We felt he was not comfortable with English language.

We felt food was better this time than in January on LOS. There seemed to be more attention to flavors and seasoning. Dining staff were very good in dealing with our grandchildren. However, they were a little slow with service and did not seem to work well together. After the 1st day, the food preferences were for them were ready when we arrived. This was really driven by the Maitre D' as opposed to our wait staff. There were some downsides, the lamb shank and the fish were overcooked, but requested steak was served as we ordered and was very good.

We had selected MTD, and could only reserve 7:15 time online before leaving home. Once on board we were accommodated at 5:45 each night and had the same table. MTD staff indicated that RCI sometimes has difficulty uploading data to online systems. They indicated we were fortunate to be able to change times, because tables for 6 after 7PM were difficult to get even if booked prior to sailing.

Entertainment was good. Magician, singer comedian, ice show, and RCI entertainers for "Marquee" and "Once Upon a Time" provided good shows. Lounge / bar entertainment was also very good.

We are Diamond members, and the new 3 drinks preloaded to your seapass for the period 4:30 to 8PM worked very well. Good idea by RCI to reduce crowding in the member lounges.

We did our own tours, so cannot comment on RCI tours. When the ship tendered, it was pretty efficient with little to no wait times.

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Published 08/31/14

Cabin review: 1392

Spacious cabin connected to 1390. Accommodated our 2 grandchildren and our daughter and son in law. We had sufficient space to move about, especially with the balcony. Some higher than normal engine vibration for a cabin located on deck 10.

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