I have been on Oasis of the Seas last 2 years in a row didn't want to see Cats for the 3rd time. You would think that Freedom would be identical to Oasis and physically, I thought it was but otherwise it was not. Due to booking 30 days out, we had to do our time dining and conflicts with booking shows arose. This is the first cruise that I have been on that the itinerary was not met. I guess we have been very lucky. The first dinner service was very disappointing and it got worse on the second night. My request for water was met by a response from the waiter that he would inform his assistant. The third night my son specifically asked not to be sat with that server. This was his wife's first cruise and he did not want her to be turned off by it. Out of the seven nights, I can honestly say that we only had one night of excellent service. Since our son and his wife could not join us, we were sat on a side room with Marciano. It was like he read my mind. The service was anticipatory, he called us by name and asked about my son's birthday.
The little coffee shop and pastry shop on the promenade, forgot the name; the display case was half empty most of the time and on 2 occasions they ran out of certain items. My wife loved the doughnut holes on the Oasis but they were different on the Allure. They were more doughy instead of light. Service here was also poor. Waiting in line the server was busy checking his ship's phone and talking to his supervisor.
The buffet food and dinner food has become indistinguishable from your average national buffet or dinner chain restaurant. Nothing stood out, maybe the thinnest of the Ny strip. Why do they even bother asking how you wanted it baked? The variety of their desserts remind me of Chinese fast food restaurant. Looks different but taste the same. I guess they really want you to pay extra for their specialty restaurant.
Cruising used to be special but like anything else it has been watered down so every one can enjoy it in their shorts and sandals even at dinner.
In my recent survey with RC, I commented that I have never been on Carnival because of the things I have heard but my last trip with RC, I imagined that is how Carnival would be. A value cruise except RC is not.
I have 2 deposits left with them and one with NCL and NCL has been doing the same thing. It has all become about the numbers and not about being the best.
Out of the 4 cruise lines I have been the Disney Cabin stood out for having a bath tub and I think a separate commode but what I can't understand is why they all only have 2 chairs on the balcony for a room for 3?