Another fantastic cruise aboard RCCL: Freedom of the Seas Cruise Review by mintee

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Another fantastic cruise aboard RCCL

Sail Date: July 2009
Destination: Western Caribbean
Embarkation: Port Canaveral (Orlando)
These are some of the highlights of our wonderful cruise:
We stayed at the Country Inn and was a great hotel! The shuttle was fantastic...he left early to get us to the boat and with one simple phone call, was back to pick us up within 5 mins when it was time to go home.

Embarkation: Easy! We were on the boat by 11:30 am. No lines, no worries

Our first day we headed straight to the Windjammer for lunch...which was ok.  The food looked great and its taste was fine.  The service there was good as well as we had many people stop by our table and ask if we needed anything.  We stopped by Chops and made our reservation and it was a breeze as well

First day was really low key, just checking out the ship-Welcome show was great
Second day: At seaWe went ice skating and lounged by the pool.  They had a HILAROUS adult comediean who was so funny..definitly R rated LOL

Third day-Haiti-I dont know how else to describe it other than More HOT.  I will have to say that compared to the other cruise line beaches (Carnival and Disney) this was my least favorite.  The beach was so rocky that you had to have water shoes to get into the water.  One one side of the beach, it was much less rocky, but there wasnt any breeze on that side...just dry the windy side, that is where all the rocks where. There wasnt any music playing while we were out, so it was kind of boring. Also, it was hard to track down the men selling the wonderful tasting Labadoozie's

The bbq at the beach was very tasty! All and in all it was very beautiful and a good day, just not my favorite

Next day-Jamacia-We booked with Phil Layfette. We did not get him, but his assistant who was great.  She held our camera and took pics of us while we climbed Dunns River Falls...which is a do not miss activity if you have never done it.  She also took us to Fern Gully and then when we asked for a real authentic lunch, she took us to this restaurant...I dont know the name...BUT, I feel taken because they pulled out a "special" english american dollar menu and it cost $15 for jerk chicken!! Even the hamburger was over $13....! WOW! We spent 25 dollars for one jerk chicken and two cokes (we shared because I did not want to have to use my credit card in Jamacia). Still a fun time was had by all!

Next day-Grand Caymenwhich is our favorite port now! We did the Stingray excursion using Moby Dick tours.  My husband loves to snorkel and had a blast! I am not as adventerous and thought it was pretty cool as well.  We wished we had more time at this port to shop and walk around, but by the time we finished the tour we only had an hour and half left and we still hadnt had lunch!

Next up-Cozumel-We went to Mr. Sanchos beach club. The taxi is 15 each way which is very expensive! We were not prepared for this cost. If you want Marachas...wait for Mexico as they are selling them for only a dollar each! We really enjoyed Mr.Sanchos and were debating doing the all inclusive package, which I am glad we did not do. We only spent half of that and was full to the gills. THey have the BEST nachos we have ever tasted, great fajitas and awesome beef tacos!! The margaritas were soo smooth, you couldnt even taste the tequilla, but somehow after 2, you just knew that they was plenty in them

Richard Spacey was HILAROUS-He made the shows fun! We went to EVERYTHING....we were a little disappointed by the lack of turnout for events...80s dance party was almost empty, same with majority rules game show, and the trivia...even karoke was dead half of the time.

Overall, you can not do wrong by booking this ship.  It is beautiful, well layed out and has everything you could want or need for your vacation.  Food was tasty, people were friendly-We had an awesome stateroom attendant, Elvis Bennett and great waiter, Rajesh Nair...they helped make the cruise great! Ask for Raj if you can :)

Enjoy your trip...we did!!! Less

Published 07/31/09

Cabin review: D27232 Superior Oceanview Stateroom with Balcony

Great balcony-No noise from anywhere! Only is far from everything on the ship, except for the elevators.  IF you dont mind walking a bit, this is a great cabin!

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