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There is a great responsibility when you recommend that friends take a risk and spend their vacation cruising for the first time. We took that risk and Royal Caribbean came through for us. The dining room food was fresh and expertly prepared. We took a galley tour too and were impressed by how they make all the bread fresh not just daily, but right before each seating. We had the MyTime dining which worked out for us, so that we could spend as much time on the islands as possible port days, but eat earlier on ship days. Because we like our waiter Rosario so much, we just asked for him each day and got the best of both worlds, the continuity of a waiter who knows you and the flexibility of MyTime dining. After making fun of the Cupcake Shop, because who would buy cupcakes when all the food is free? I succumbed and it was worth it. For a few dollars one cupcake lasted 2 days and it was so full of flavor, and delicious others later bought one. Our stateroom 8312 was large and not cramped at all. Having the balcony makes your room seem so much larger. Our friends were next door and we were able to slide balcony divider and socialize; enjoying a glass of wine before dinner or as we waited for sail-away. The stateroom attendant entertained us, as always, with the towel animals, and yes, we took photos. She kept the room clean and was very responsive to requests. Michele was an excellent cruise director. He got us to be energetic without doing that annoying thing where they make you clap twice every time. He is from Italy and we liked the way he infused a little Italian into the shows with his theme song, his greeting his farewell "Ciao Ciao for now!" We enjoyed the varied entertainment. The one Royal Caribbean singer was fantastic. They were all very good, but there was one lady who played Cinderella who was a cut above. Just a beautiful voice quality with nuanced notes and balance. There were 2 Romanian aerialists who performed a little vignette the first day that was very cool. She was dressed as a lost tourist and he as a crew member. At one point she was standing on this head. But even more amazing was when she held him as he veered into the audience off the stage. We liked the Drew Thomas show, he combined his magic with singing and theater, and we also laughed at the silliness of the juggler comedienne Marcus Monroe. The first night we saw comic Kivi Rogers and I can still hear his one bit about his name where he raises his eyebrows and sticks out his leg. Very funny guy. James Brown (not to be confused with the godfather of soul) was a very talented singer/guitarist who played in the pub, we ended our cruise enjoying the fun there. He played a wide range of music and the vibe was really good between him and his audience. The last 2 days they offered a $75 drink card for 10 drinks which we thought was a good value. Captain Tony kept us out of bad weather and well informed. Ports: On St. Kitts we went with Greg's Safaris (Owner Greg Pereira) on his "Off the Beaten path" tour. It was excellent and good value. Denzel our tour guide shared his knowledge of the island including the flora, we had a beautiful view of the island and a nice snack on top of the highest vantage point. Homemade fudge, sugar cake, bread and local juices with rum optional was delicious. You end the tour at the beach and there we enjoyed the visiting green velvet monkey, a happy healthy fellow. Puerto Rico: We went on our own on the 50cent ferry across the water and then caught a cheap taxi to the Bacardi factory and had a great tour guide Eric who taught us the history of the Bacardi family and how to taste rum. St. Martin - We enjoyed snorkeling at Pinel Island, renting the National Geographic snorkel gear that did not leak! (My husband was thrilled, nothing wrecks snorkeling like a leaky mask.) Afterward, we ate at the restaurant that serves amazing food, we were quite surprised by all they offered, clearly the French influence. Haiti Labadee - We enjoyed their private spot on this peninsula, even though it rained for a short time, we spent that time bartering in the market area, and came away happy with our finds and glad to support the Haitian vendors there.

Brought friends, they loved it!

Freedom of the Seas Cruise Review by junedunne

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There is a great responsibility when you recommend that friends take a risk and spend their vacation cruising for the first time. We took that risk and Royal Caribbean came through for us. The dining room food was fresh and expertly prepared. We took a galley tour too and were impressed by how they make all the bread fresh not just daily, but right before each seating. We had the MyTime dining which worked out for us, so that we could spend as much time on the islands as possible port days, but eat earlier on ship days. Because we like our waiter Rosario so much, we just asked for him each day and got the best of both worlds, the continuity of a waiter who knows you and the flexibility of MyTime dining.

After making fun of the Cupcake Shop, because who would buy cupcakes when all the food is free? I succumbed and it was worth it. For a few dollars one cupcake lasted 2 days and it was so full of flavor, and delicious others later bought one.

Our stateroom 8312 was large and not cramped at all. Having the balcony makes your room seem so much larger. Our friends were next door and we were able to slide balcony divider and socialize; enjoying a glass of wine before dinner or as we waited for sail-away.

The stateroom attendant entertained us, as always, with the towel animals, and yes, we took photos. She kept the room clean and was very responsive to requests.

Michele was an excellent cruise director. He got us to be energetic without doing that annoying thing where they make you clap twice every time. He is from Italy and we liked the way he infused a little Italian into the shows with his theme song, his greeting his farewell "Ciao Ciao for now!"

We enjoyed the varied entertainment. The one Royal Caribbean singer was fantastic. They were all very good, but there was one lady who played Cinderella who was a cut above. Just a beautiful voice quality with nuanced notes and balance. There were 2 Romanian aerialists who performed a little vignette the first day that was very cool. She was dressed as a lost tourist and he as a crew member. At one point she was standing on this head. But even more amazing was when she held him as he veered into the audience off the stage. We liked the Drew Thomas show, he combined his magic with singing and theater, and we also laughed at the silliness of the juggler comedienne Marcus Monroe. The first night we saw comic Kivi Rogers and I can still hear his one bit about his name where he raises his eyebrows and sticks out his leg. Very funny guy. James Brown (not to be confused with the godfather of soul) was a very talented singer/guitarist who played in the pub, we ended our cruise enjoying the fun there. He played a wide range of music and the vibe was really good between him and his audience.

The last 2 days they offered a $75 drink card for 10 drinks which we thought was a good value.

Captain Tony kept us out of bad weather and well informed.

Ports: On St. Kitts we went with Greg's Safaris (Owner Greg Pereira) on his "Off the Beaten path" tour. It was excellent and good value. Denzel our tour guide shared his knowledge of the island including the flora, we had a beautiful view of the island and a nice snack on top of the highest vantage point. Homemade fudge, sugar cake, bread and local juices with rum optional was delicious. You end the tour at the beach and there we enjoyed the visiting green velvet monkey, a happy healthy fellow.

Puerto Rico: We went on our own on the 50cent ferry across the water and then caught a cheap taxi to the Bacardi factory and had a great tour guide Eric who taught us the history of the Bacardi family and how to taste rum.

St. Martin - We enjoyed snorkeling at Pinel Island, renting the National Geographic snorkel gear that did not leak! (My husband was thrilled, nothing wrecks snorkeling like a leaky mask.) Afterward, we ate at the restaurant that serves amazing food, we were quite surprised by all they offered, clearly the French influence.

Haiti Labadee - We enjoyed their private spot on this peninsula, even though it rained for a short time, we spent that time bartering in the market area, and came away happy with our finds and glad to support the Haitian vendors there.
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Cabin 8312
Our stateroom 8312 was large and not cramped at all. Having the balcony makes your room seem so much larger.

Our friends were next door and we were able to slide balcony divider and socialize; enjoying a glass of wine before dinner or as we waited for sail-away. Because there is an adjoining door you do not get a couch, just a chair.

We did have to stuff a towel in-between the sliding door on the balcony so it wouldn't make a bumping noise at night.
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