We hadn't been on an RCI ship in 15 years, and our expectations were high, yet tempered after a recent Carnival cruise.
Overall the cruise was excellent and we highly recommend RCI and Freedom. She's become our favorite ship.
The ship is just gorgeous, clean and well decorated, very easy to get around, and as big as Freedom is, she didn't feel that way. Plenty of areas all around to sit and have a cocktail, watch the waves, or enjoy music. Easy to walk the length of the ship on several decks making getting from dinner aft to theater forward simple. Casino was smoky but not nearly as bad as the casino on the Carnival Magic in April.
The cabin was small. With beds together less than one foot on either side, and barely room to get around end of bed. Would have been better with a single chair rather than sofa and small table. Bathroom was small but adequate. Shower was tight, can't bend over unless doors are open. Barely room to turn around. NO OUTLETS in bathroom, except small one for an electric shaver. Adequate closet space, though with four in this room, maybe not (has two upper berths).
TV on an arm to swing towards the beds but it wouldn't stay at a good angle. Interactive system was not as good as Carnival's. Could not see dinner menu's, very slow, sometimes had to wait up to 10 minutes before getting into menu.
It was our first time in an Interior and, after this won't do an RCI interior again.
Port Canaveral and the Cocoa Beach area were very nice. Sad to see so much damage from the storm but we liked it enough to want to come back for a long weekend.
We couldn't stop at Coco Cay due to high wind/waves making it unsafe for the tenders. We had a day at sea instead
Our favorite island! We spent time shopping, and also ferried over to St John. We docked at Crown Bay, instead of the usual spot near Havensight for some reason; there were no other ships at the main pier, so I don't know why. The only thing we didn't like was that with a departure time of 7, back on board by 6:30, we expected shops to stay open, but they closed at 5, so there was all that extra time in port with nothing to do. Maybe they closed early because we were on the other side of the bay... Still St Thomas is fantastic, and we love coming here.
What a difference time makes... Last time we were here, 15 years ago, we tendered in. Now there's a pier. They are building a complex at the pier that will have both Dutch and French areas, it should be nice. $7 for all day water taxi use, a quick hop across the bay to the waterfront. Beautiful beach, food and shopping with views of the ships across the bay. The store owners were a bit pushy, trying to get you in their stores but it wasn't unexpected. It's a beautiful island.