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We are experienced cruisers with 20+ trips. Mostly on Royal Caribbean and Celebrity. We go to the Caribbean during the Stormy Season and usually do well getting lower prices. We planned to do the Southern Caribbean partly based on the knowledge that if you go south you will often miss any Hurricanes. This time we were met with some dark skies. Light rain in Aruba and a deluge in Saint Martin. We still had a great time. The SHIP is aging but gracefully. The design is sound and still works. Our CABIN was OS 1334. We reserved a GS and got a call asking if we'd like a low cost upgrade to an OS. We took the upgrade for a few dollars more. We were located just a short walk fro the Concierge Lounge. That lounge was small so we wandered off to find the Diamond Lounge where we went most evenings to get free drinks and meet fellow cruisers. We met some very nice folks there as we have in the past. One of the perks of being in a Suite is getting the MDR menu available for delivery to the room. We did that a lot since we had a large table in our room and a large veranda with room to have dinner and enjoy the view of the Caribbean as we toasted the day's high points. The only issue we had with the room was the TV. It was a jury rig of some kind with a retro fit screen in the space. It was difficult to get it to work. We called the attendant and then the tech staff but it was not always working. They offered two devices to control the system. We mentioned the issue to our Concierge who was not surprised so it seems to be an ongoing issue. maybe we should have told her earlier. DINING: The quality of food from MDR is excellent. However, it is also not very imaginative. We suspect that the innovative dining is done in the Specialty restaurants, We got a strong sales pitch for the first three days aboard to buy the Specialty Dining. That was annoying. We went to Chops Grile for breakfast every morning. Very nice service available to Suite class. We tried the Windjammer a few times and got great food and some crowds. ENTERTAINMENT: Shows were entertaining but not as good as bigger ships. We tried Trivia at Schooner Bar and loved it. Captain's party had a classical guitarist who was delightful. SERVICE: We enjoyed the fine service throughout the cruise. EXCURSIONS: All trips were via the cruise line. St Thomas. Did an underwater bicycle and snorkel adventure. One of us loved it, the other is claustrophobic and abandoned the device quickly along with another person who felt uncomfortable. Curacao. Went on Speed Boat ride plus beach. The boat got old the snorkeling didn't happen. The beach was great. They offered us soda and chips, which was a disappointment for what we payed. Aruba. Went on a sailboat ride down the coast of Eagle Beach and stopped at a beach where we could swim. Got some rain that dampened things. But, the water was still very nice. We watched tons of seaweed get taken away to compost inland. Later that day we took a ride on a bigger boat down the same coast. Entertaining as we went down the coast with lots of drinks. They ran out of food before may of the folks got fed. Would not trust this outfit a second time. Nice boat, lousy service. Rain in Aruba is rare. St Martin. Went to the beach in the morning. Cloudy day. Beach was nice. Nice place for a swim. I love to collect the shells on the shore. Lunch was very nice. Then the skies opened and a 30 minute deluge followed. The afternoon excursion was cancelled. We headed back to the ship after a pleasant day. Summary, we had a great time. Sometimes it was because we know how to manage the system. Rookie cruisers might have had problems.

Rained on in Aruba, what a surprise!

Freedom of the Seas Cruise Review by DaveC2

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: September 2018
  • Destination: Southern Caribbean
  • Cabin Type: Owner's Suite - 1 Bedroom
We are experienced cruisers with 20+ trips. Mostly on Royal Caribbean and Celebrity. We go to the Caribbean during the Stormy Season and usually do well getting lower prices. We planned to do the Southern Caribbean partly based on the knowledge that if you go south you will often miss any Hurricanes. This time we were met with some dark skies. Light rain in Aruba and a deluge in Saint Martin. We still had a great time.

The SHIP is aging but gracefully. The design is sound and still works.

Our CABIN was OS 1334. We reserved a GS and got a call asking if we'd like a low cost upgrade to an OS. We took the upgrade for a few dollars more. We were located just a short walk fro the Concierge Lounge. That lounge was small so we wandered off to find the Diamond Lounge where we went most evenings to get free drinks and meet fellow cruisers. We met some very nice folks there as we have in the past. One of the perks of being in a Suite is getting the MDR menu available for delivery to the room. We did that a lot since we had a large table in our room and a large veranda with room to have dinner and enjoy the view of the Caribbean as we toasted the day's high points.

The only issue we had with the room was the TV. It was a jury rig of some kind with a retro fit screen in the space. It was difficult to get it to work. We called the attendant and then the tech staff but it was not always working. They offered two devices to control the system. We mentioned the issue to our Concierge who was not surprised so it seems to be an ongoing issue. maybe we should have told her earlier.

DINING: The quality of food from MDR is excellent. However, it is also not very imaginative. We suspect that the innovative dining is done in the Specialty restaurants, We got a strong sales pitch for the first three days aboard to buy the Specialty Dining. That was annoying. We went to Chops Grile for breakfast every morning. Very nice service available to Suite class. We tried the Windjammer a few times and got great food and some crowds.

ENTERTAINMENT: Shows were entertaining but not as good as bigger ships. We tried Trivia at Schooner Bar and loved it. Captain's party had a classical guitarist who was delightful.

SERVICE: We enjoyed the fine service throughout the cruise.

EXCURSIONS: All trips were via the cruise line.

St Thomas. Did an underwater bicycle and snorkel adventure. One of us loved it, the other is claustrophobic and abandoned the device quickly along with another person who felt uncomfortable.

Curacao. Went on Speed Boat ride plus beach. The boat got old the snorkeling didn't happen. The beach was great. They offered us soda and chips, which was a disappointment for what we payed.

Aruba. Went on a sailboat ride down the coast of Eagle Beach and stopped at a beach where we could swim. Got some rain that dampened things. But, the water was still very nice. We watched tons of seaweed get taken away to compost inland. Later that day we took a ride on a bigger boat down the same coast. Entertaining as we went down the coast with lots of drinks. They ran out of food before may of the folks got fed. Would not trust this outfit a second time. Nice boat, lousy service. Rain in Aruba is rare.

St Martin. Went to the beach in the morning. Cloudy day. Beach was nice. Nice place for a swim. I love to collect the shells on the shore. Lunch was very nice. Then the skies opened and a 30 minute deluge followed. The afternoon excursion was cancelled. We headed back to the ship after a pleasant day.

Summary, we had a great time. Sometimes it was because we know how to manage the system. Rookie cruisers might have had problems.
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Cabin Review

Owner's Suite - 1 Bedroom
Cabin OS 1334
Great space with big balcony. Enjoyed dining in the room a lot. Only issue was the TV. It was a retrofit that din't work very well despite the efforts of the tech folks. The big sofa is due for replacement when the refurbishment that takes place next year. Comfortable big bed.
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Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

  • Sunset Cruise
    The boat was big and interesting. The tour is down Eagle Beach which is lovely to see and hear about. They are replacing the old refinery with a high end hotel. That improves the view. The food offered was not great. They ran out of the food before the last few couples. Lots of unhappy folks. Delivered too little for the price.
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  • Boat Tour
    Speed Boat got old after a while. The snorkeling didn't happen. The beach break was great. They offered us soda and chips as our food. Curacao is very nice but this tour can be improved. Also, too pricey for what they deliver.
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  • Beach Break
    The beach was great even on a cloudy day. Water was warm and friendly. I like the shells I find on the beach there. Light rain didn't bother us. Lunch was great at restaurant on beach. Then the skies opened and deluge ensued. Ordered another cold beer and waited it out. The bus arrived on time and we went back to the ship. The second planned visit to the beach for the afternoon was cancelled. We have done this before. It replaces the visits to Orient Beach we enjoyed in the past. They are still out of business from the last hurricane.
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  • Underwater Scooter
    Wife loved it. I bailed out immediately due to claustrophobia. So did done other in the group of 13. Similar with the next group. Those who went loved it.

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