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We have been on 16 cruises, 7 cruise lines. We chose this cruise for the itinerary as we had not been to Spain or Italy. We spent most of our time either sleeping or off on excursions. We booked half of our excursions through other vendors because most of Freedom's excursions were described as rigorous, and 2 or our party of 3 have mobility issues (not wheelchair). The Cassis tour was good (beach); the Juan les Pins beach excursion was good & bad. No changing rooms nor toilets but a very nice beach. Neither beach had lounges or chairs. The tour from La Spezia to Florence was disappointing as not enough time was allowed to see the famous David statue. We were instead taken to see various tombs, none of which our teenage companion wanted to see. The bridge, Ponte Vecchio was nice to see but we had to do a lot of walking to get there and back to the area of the tombs at Santa Croce. The activities on the ship were geared for healthy young people. Our teenage grandchild has juvenile arthritis. There was a wave rider (looked dangerous to me), a climbing wall (ditto), a small ice rink (could be fun if physically able), & mini golf (yes!!) The ping pong tables were hidden away in the children's area and were always being used by very small children. On the only day at sea, we could not find unoccupied seating by the pools except by the kiddie pool (not what we needed!) We only saw 1 show and it was fairly good. We had early dining, and we were usually alone despite our original request to be at a larger table. We ended up at a table for 6, & our table mates did not show up. A couple times, a couple in their 30's was seated with us (not their designated table) & we enjoyed their company. Service was adequate. Dining took a very long time, and we were always having to wait lengthily for dessert. The food was mostly good. The beef tenderloin was stringy and hard to eat. The prime rib was very good. I never saw any ice sculptures. There were places where we wanted to take photos but the ship photographers were always using those spaces. Disembarking was a nightmare. We had to wait in the world's longest taxi line which was constantly being breached by rude individuals. Nowhere to sit, and we literally stood there for 1 1/2 hours. Hate these big ships!

Great Itinerary, balcony issues, lonely dining, activities not for older

Freedom of the Seas Cruise Review by landboater

Trip Details
We have been on 16 cruises, 7 cruise lines. We chose this cruise for the itinerary as we had not been to Spain or Italy. We spent most of our time either sleeping or off on excursions. We booked half of our excursions through other vendors because most of Freedom's excursions were described as rigorous, and 2 or our party of 3 have mobility issues (not wheelchair). The Cassis tour was good (beach); the Juan les Pins beach excursion was good & bad. No changing rooms nor toilets but a very nice beach. Neither beach had lounges or chairs. The tour from La Spezia to Florence was disappointing as not enough time was allowed to see the famous David statue. We were instead taken to see various tombs, none of which our teenage companion wanted to see. The bridge, Ponte Vecchio was nice to see but we had to do a lot of walking to get there and back to the area of the tombs at Santa Croce.

The activities on the ship were geared for healthy young people. Our teenage grandchild has juvenile arthritis. There was a wave rider (looked dangerous to me), a climbing wall (ditto), a small ice rink (could be fun if physically able), & mini golf (yes!!) The ping pong tables were hidden away in the children's area and were always being used by very small children. On the only day at sea, we could not find unoccupied seating by the pools except by the kiddie pool (not what we needed!) We only saw 1 show and it was fairly good. We had early dining, and we were usually alone despite our original request to be at a larger table. We ended up at a table for 6, & our table mates did not show up. A couple times, a couple in their 30's was seated with us (not their designated table) & we enjoyed their company. Service was adequate. Dining took a very long time, and we were always having to wait lengthily for dessert. The food was mostly good. The beef tenderloin was stringy and hard to eat. The prime rib was very good. I never saw any ice sculptures. There were places where we wanted to take photos but the ship photographers were always using those spaces. Disembarking was a nightmare. We had to wait in the world's longest taxi line which was constantly being breached by rude individuals. Nowhere to sit, and we literally stood there for 1 1/2 hours. Hate these big ships!
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Cabin 7414
The cabin was fairly spacious for the 3 of us. Plenty of room for our luggage. The bed was comfortable. There was only 1 electrical outlet 110, and luckily there was one European outlet so that I could use my converter also. We had 2 tablets, 1 phone, a curling iron, a hair straightener, & 2 cameras with rechargable batteries. This caused some strife. The balcony was disappointing. There was no breeze & no sun. It was like being in a cubby. I consider the view obstructed, with pilars, railings, and even a flag! We were at the rear of the ship. Below us, we could see the large expanse of a suite's veranda. We were far from being able to see the sea. The veranda below us had problems too. People from a public area were dropping cigarette butts every night onto that veranda and perhaps could have caused a fire. The occupants were very unhappy and initially accused the occupants of the balconies above them.
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