Freedom of the Seas Cruise Review by dakemann
- Sail Date: December 2016
- Destination: Caribbean
After getting on board, we did stop in at the main dinning room (Decks 3,4, & 5 aft) and took a look at our assigned fixed dinner seating. Our family had asked for a table for 4 but were placed at a six and the staff member present indicated that as the sailing was full that there would be most likely 6 there. They did accommodate our request to move to a different table (of 4 at a different level). Our family found the dinner service to be great.
We usually had breakfast and, when not in port, lunch at the windjammer, which could get a little crowded but the food was good.
The Entertainment was fine. We particularly liked the ice show and in that the pairs that skated together were definitely World Class.
The ports were fine, however the Grand Camen port uses tenders so that there was a very long line getting back (45 minutes or so); they do not have an street or beach vendors trying to sell you items though which is a plus.
The disembarkation offered two programs of note. The first is the 'Self-Assist Express Departure" which must be requested on board and requires you to carry all of your luggage off with you. This must/can be done between 6:15 and 7:30 A.M.. I had no idea that we could have gotten off at 6:15 in the trip planning. Had I known, we could have gotten earlier flights. They also offered luggage "valet" service. This costs $25.00 per person, plus any baggage charge you might normally pay the airline to check a bag (Many are exempt from the baggage charge if you use a related credit card or are a reward member) The program does indicate that you will not be required to a pay an overweight charge to your airline which may be an added reason to use the service) Using this option when you leave your bags out by 11:00 P.M. the night before departure, they are checked through to your destination airport so that your luggage tags from your airline and your boarding passes for that airline are delivered to your state room the day prior to departure. I have used this twice now with pleasant results as my disembarkation day I am not lugging around a big suitcase and am not trying to get to an internet terminal to check in for my flight or print out my boarding pass; Its only offered with some airlines (6-8 or so if I recall) and only if you are flying out of FLL or MIA.
All in all I and my three adult children had a great time on Freedom.
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