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We chose this as a first cruise and it was priced nicely. Pros included service staff. They were very attentive and always cheerful. That's it. Cons: food was mediocre to awful. The main dining room offerings were sparse...spaghetti? really? roasted turkey? seriously? The windjammer buffet was good for breakfast...horrid for lunch including several Asian dishes that were unrecognizable hunks of meat in various heavy gravies. Burgers were pressed something or another. Pizza at the pizza place was quite atrocious. The pools and hot tubs were overly crowded and always loud.. The main entertainment shows were essentially 4th rate comedians who will remain obscure I'm sure. After midnight, there is absolutely nothing to do except go to the casino...what a shock, right? The schedule was adhered to so that's another plus. The cabin was surprisingly comfortable with built in conveniences, a nice mattress and cool sheets. The entire ship was amazingly clean considering how crowded it was. Overall, not sure I'm a cruise person. I like more space, more peace and quiet, and more control over the quality of food and entertainment. Also, disembarkation was a nightmare. We waited in lines for about 3 hours. Lastly, the beverage policies are ridiculous. You get bombarded with food, but can't have a cheap soda fountain unless you overly paid for the package. To enjoy this cruise (or many I suspect), you have to agree to be controlled and manipulated.

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Freedom of the Seas Cruise Review by blocker529

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We chose this as a first cruise and it was priced nicely. Pros included service staff. They were very attentive and always cheerful. That's it. Cons: food was mediocre to awful. The main dining room offerings were sparse...spaghetti? really? roasted turkey? seriously? The windjammer buffet was good for breakfast...horrid for lunch including several Asian dishes that were unrecognizable hunks of meat in various heavy gravies. Burgers were pressed something or another. Pizza at the pizza place was quite atrocious. The pools and hot tubs were overly crowded and always loud.. The main entertainment shows were essentially 4th rate comedians who will remain obscure I'm sure. After midnight, there is absolutely nothing to do except go to the casino...what a shock, right? The schedule was adhered to so that's another plus. The cabin was surprisingly comfortable with built in conveniences, a nice mattress and cool sheets. The entire ship was amazingly clean considering how crowded it was. Overall, not sure I'm a cruise person. I like more space, more peace and quiet, and more control over the quality of food and entertainment. Also, disembarkation was a nightmare. We waited in lines for about 3 hours. Lastly, the beverage policies are ridiculous. You get bombarded with food, but can't have a cheap soda fountain unless you overly paid for the package. To enjoy this cruise (or many I suspect), you have to agree to be controlled and manipulated.
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Cabin Review

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Cabin 1V
We had an interior cabin, not sure of grade. The built in conveniences were nice such as storage compartments and shelves. We stored luggage under the bed. The bed and linens were very comfortable. Large enough closet for 2.
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Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

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    Given it was a 3 hour tour, we saw a lot, learned a lot and had an hour to muse the shops and restaurants in Old San Juan. After, they took us to the airport which was very convenient. I think it was over priced at $88 a couple. A taxi would have been cheaper and I could have mused shops longer or went to a beach. When we arrived at the airport, we waited another 4 hours. Not the best choice I made for this trip
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