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Husband and I booked three weeks on Freedom to reach Pinnacle by end of May in March 2014. We drove down from Nashville Saturday and spent the night in our Orlando home before heading to Port Canaveral on Sunday. We used the Radisson Hotel for parking to facilitate landside travel while in port between cruises. Once at the terminal, the longest wait was getting luggage through security. We collected our set sail pass, had the "Welcome Aboard" picture taken and in our cabin, a junior suite", 15 minutes latter. After eating a quick lunch at Windjammer, we made reservations for dinner at Sabor's that night and started unpacking. The checked luggage was waiting for us in the hallway. The junior suite had more than enough storage space even after placing our suitcases and dive gear in the closet. Having a double wide balcony gave both of us plenty of room to stretch out during the day. After lifeboat drill, we hit the gym to work up an appetite for Sabor's. The queso fundido and tacos was great but filling. Even limiting the amount of chips and pico did not help and we did not order a main dish. By the time the dessert tray arrived, hubby and I only ate the churros and chocolate leche. We left the flan and other 2 desserts untouch. Sabor's is worth the surcharge. Since we have seen most of the headliner and production shows multiple times, we only visited the theater to watch "Once Upon a Time" and the ABBA tribute band during 3 weeks. These two shows were worth seeing for the 20th and 5th time respectively. The Latin Band was easy to dance too especially when the officers were dancing. The "Dancing with the Officers" is one event you should attend. The Hotel Director may be from Down Under but he can shake his booty in time with the Latin beat. The only time we ate in the main dining room was on formal night. Since we only eat the main dish, we had to wait until the kitchen had finish preparing the appetizers before our dinners could be prepared. The food temperature was on the cool side and sometimes cold. The cold food was quickly replaced. Favorite dessert was the ice cream sundaes in the Windjammer. Even on formal night, hubby and I would visit the Windjammer to get a hot fudge sundae for dessert. During this trio of cruises, hubby and I decided to try Trivia and Sudoku contests again. We won two C & A trivia sessions and received a silver in Sudoku. We noticed that the prizes given to the winner varied with the cruise staff member running the event. Some gave just metals to the winners while others gave out one to three items such as key changes, pens and other logo items. The arts and crafts on this ship was a disappoint. The scrapbooking and jewelry making sessions were in areas not setup for these activities and often shared the lounge with another group. Also no complementary supplies were provided at the first session like on the five other ships we sailed on in the 15 months. The other five ships provided at least one small kit free for attendees to work on while onboard the ship.

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Freedom of the Seas Cruise Review by cruising bears

Trip Details
Husband and I booked three weeks on Freedom to reach Pinnacle by end of May in March 2014. We drove down from Nashville Saturday and spent the night in our Orlando home before heading to Port Canaveral on Sunday. We used the Radisson Hotel for parking to facilitate landside travel while in port between cruises. Once at the terminal, the longest wait was getting luggage through security. We collected our set sail pass, had the "Welcome Aboard" picture taken and in our cabin, a junior suite", 15 minutes latter.

After eating a quick lunch at Windjammer, we made reservations for dinner at Sabor's that night and started unpacking. The checked luggage was waiting for us in the hallway. The junior suite had more than enough storage space even after placing our suitcases and dive gear in the closet. Having a double wide balcony gave both of us plenty of room to stretch out during the day.

After lifeboat drill, we hit the gym to work up an appetite for Sabor's. The queso fundido and tacos was great but filling. Even limiting the amount of chips and pico did not help and we did not order a main dish. By the time the dessert tray arrived, hubby and I only ate the churros and chocolate leche. We left the flan and other 2 desserts untouch. Sabor's is worth the surcharge.

Since we have seen most of the headliner and production shows multiple times, we only visited the theater to watch "Once Upon a Time" and the ABBA tribute band during 3 weeks. These two shows were worth seeing for the 20th and 5th time respectively. The Latin Band was easy to dance too especially when the officers were dancing. The "Dancing with the Officers" is one event you should attend. The Hotel Director may be from Down Under but he can shake his booty in time with the Latin beat.

The only time we ate in the main dining room was on formal night. Since we only eat the main dish, we had to wait until the kitchen had finish preparing the appetizers before our dinners could be prepared. The food temperature was on the cool side and sometimes cold. The cold food was quickly replaced. Favorite dessert was the ice cream sundaes in the Windjammer. Even on formal night, hubby and I would visit the Windjammer to get a hot fudge sundae for dessert.

During this trio of cruises, hubby and I decided to try Trivia and Sudoku contests again. We won two C & A trivia sessions and received a silver in Sudoku. We noticed that the prizes given to the winner varied with the cruise staff member running the event. Some gave just metals to the winners while others gave out one to three items such as key changes, pens and other logo items.

The arts and crafts on this ship was a disappoint. The scrapbooking and jewelry making sessions were in areas not setup for these activities and often shared the lounge with another group. Also no complementary supplies were provided at the first session like on the five other ships we sailed on in the 15 months. The other five ships provided at least one small kit free for attendees to work on while onboard the ship.
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