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A $995 Sturhling watch was discounted for $145. Thatsounds terrific; but, when registering with Sturhling after returning home, I learned the watch is sold normally onine for $95; that's a $50 mark-up over retail - not wholesale, and certainly no discount. Both the ship's signage and their employee hawked the watch as 'heavily discounted' for RCI passengers. Staffing is more focused on operational efficiency than customer service. Airport RCI transfer when disembarking was 45 minutes longer and $14 more than the inbound taxi a week earlier. Sound system - in main dining room very poor and garbled if not on the the main floor (Deck 3). - in cabin: disconnected Soda package slightly pricey. Many used the machines without buying the package. Photographers had carte blanche control, shutting down stairwells and the 'bridge' in front of Guest Services with zero regard for passengers unable to move between decks on that end of the ship. Food highlight: the oatmeal. The French Onion soup is a chicken broth, not beef based; the flavor is onion, but the substance is not. The chicken parmegian had no cheese.

Beware of Ship's "Good Deal" sales; Airport transfers longer and more expensive

Freedom of the Seas Cruise Review by R6anger

Trip Details
  • Sail Date: March 2019
  • Destination: Southern Caribbean
  • Cabin Type: Promenade View Interior
A $995 Sturhling watch was discounted for $145. Thatsounds terrific; but, when registering with Sturhling after returning home, I learned the watch is sold normally onine for $95; that's a $50 mark-up over retail - not wholesale, and certainly no discount. Both the ship's signage and their employee hawked the watch as 'heavily discounted' for RCI passengers.

Staffing is more focused on operational efficiency than customer service.

Airport RCI transfer when disembarking was 45 minutes longer and $14 more than the inbound taxi a week earlier.

Sound system - in main dining room very poor and garbled if not on the the main floor (Deck 3).

- in cabin: disconnected

Soda package slightly pricey. Many used the machines without buying the package.

Photographers had carte blanche control, shutting down stairwells and the 'bridge' in front of Guest Services with zero regard for passengers unable to move between decks on that end of the ship.

Food highlight: the oatmeal. The French Onion soup is a chicken broth, not beef based; the flavor is onion, but the substance is not. The chicken parmegian had no cheese.
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Cabin Review

Promenade View Interior
Cabin 1T
Satisfactory, clean.
Deck 8 Inside Cabins, Outside Cabins, Balcony Cabins, Suite Cabins