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We chose the Southern Caribbean cruise because we enjoy warm weather after a long stint of snow and ice in Ontario, Canada. We sailed a similar cruise on Jewel of the Seas before. Ship - some wear but not noticeable unless someone was really looking. Promenade with shops and cafe and pizza was very good. No pushy sales people. The sports area was a bit tucked away though. Plenty of chairs/loungers even on our sea day. Entertainment - good. Same ice show was on 2 days at 2 different times. Good variety. Dining - requested a table for our group of 6. Unfortunately our head waiter had a new assistant waiter and service was slow as molasses. We were usually the last or almost the last to leave the dining room while a couple (also serviced by same waiters) received everything first. Ex: they had dessert before we received our appetizers. Also requested savory bites but was told could not provide :( People - everyone was very friendly. No issues with staff or other guests. Was a bit worried given the many negative reviews, but no issues at all on the cruise. St Thomas - we went to Sapphire Beach and surprisingly there was a water spout to wash off. Bar service and restrooms were available. Our ship docked at Crown Bay so there was an extra cost to go to downtown shopping. Antigua - had a great tour with Gordon Tours. For our group of 6, adults were $40/adult - Jerome was our tour guide. Everyone in our group really enjoyed the tour especially the visit to Nelson's Dockyard. Would suggest more time at the Dockyard as there was a lot to see. Barbados - visited the Boatyard for the first time and it was good. $25/person. As expected given our late docking there were no chairs/umbrella upon arrival. We made due under the pier and very nice people offered theirs when they left. Could not go on the boat to see the turtles even though we signed up right after arriving. Not worth it for us in the future as no guaranteed chairs/shade; not interested in inflatables; turtle boat dicey; last return back to cruise ship with them was 2hrs before all aboard. St Lucia - had a great time doing the Triple Adventure (jeep safari, zip lining and waterfall) with Treetop Adventures. Our guide was Erika/Sunshine. Gave a brief history during the Jeep Safari (tour portion was just ok). Zip lining was fantastic! Safety was huge plus. Groups have 2 guides for the zip lines. One guide goes first to the end of the zip line while the other guide hooks each person and tells you when to go. Way more safe zip lining with them than in Quebec. Afterwards, we had a provided burger and drinks at the waterfall. No "hike", just short walk. St Maarten - we went to Orient Bay and did parasailing and jet ski. We rented 2 chairs & umbrella for $30. Place with red umbrellas even had an outdoor shower. Short walk to other area including Le Macaron (to die for French pastries). There is also a guy who walks around with a wheel barrow selling coconuts. San Juan, PR - we had surf lessons at Pine Grove Surf Club (great instructor) on the Carolina side. Instructor is very patient. $55/person for lesson. Easy to find, just go on the Carolina beach to the right of the Ritz Carleton and there is a tent. We previously had lessons from Wow Surfing but they were rude when we emailed to book again. Kasalta bakery/sandwich place in Parque (close to Condado) - good place for breakfast. Ask for English menu. El Vagon food truck with seating in Miramar - delicious and reasonably priced. Miramar food trucks in Miramar - went there on Sunday around 1PM and there was only 1 food truck open. Went to nearby El Vagon instead. Bebo BBQ near airport - tasty and very cheap. However, salty and no English whatsoever.

Great cruise with fantastic service

Freedom of the Seas Cruise Review by fmack

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We chose the Southern Caribbean cruise because we enjoy warm weather after a long stint of snow and ice in Ontario, Canada. We sailed a similar cruise on Jewel of the Seas before.

Ship - some wear but not noticeable unless someone was really looking. Promenade with shops and cafe and pizza was very good. No pushy sales people. The sports area was a bit tucked away though. Plenty of chairs/loungers even on our sea day.

Entertainment - good. Same ice show was on 2 days at 2 different times. Good variety.

Dining - requested a table for our group of 6. Unfortunately our head waiter had a new assistant waiter and service was slow as molasses. We were usually the last or almost the last to leave the dining room while a couple (also serviced by same waiters) received everything first. Ex: they had dessert before we received our appetizers. Also requested savory bites but was told could not provide :(

People - everyone was very friendly. No issues with staff or other guests. Was a bit worried given the many negative reviews, but no issues at all on the cruise.

St Thomas - we went to Sapphire Beach and surprisingly there was a water spout to wash off. Bar service and restrooms were available. Our ship docked at Crown Bay so there was an extra cost to go to downtown shopping.

Antigua - had a great tour with Gordon Tours. For our group of 6, adults were $40/adult - Jerome was our tour guide. Everyone in our group really enjoyed the tour especially the visit to Nelson's Dockyard. Would suggest more time at the Dockyard as there was a lot to see.

Barbados - visited the Boatyard for the first time and it was good. $25/person. As expected given our late docking there were no chairs/umbrella upon arrival. We made due under the pier and very nice people offered theirs when they left. Could not go on the boat to see the turtles even though we signed up right after arriving. Not worth it for us in the future as no guaranteed chairs/shade; not interested in inflatables; turtle boat dicey; last return back to cruise ship with them was 2hrs before all aboard.

St Lucia - had a great time doing the Triple Adventure (jeep safari, zip lining and waterfall) with Treetop Adventures. Our guide was Erika/Sunshine. Gave a brief history during the Jeep Safari (tour portion was just ok). Zip lining was fantastic! Safety was huge plus. Groups have 2 guides for the zip lines. One guide goes first to the end of the zip line while the other guide hooks each person and tells you when to go. Way more safe zip lining with them than in Quebec. Afterwards, we had a provided burger and drinks at the waterfall. No "hike", just short walk.

St Maarten - we went to Orient Bay and did parasailing and jet ski. We rented 2 chairs & umbrella for $30. Place with red umbrellas even had an outdoor shower. Short walk to other area including Le Macaron (to die for French pastries). There is also a guy who walks around with a wheel barrow selling coconuts.

San Juan, PR - we had surf lessons at Pine Grove Surf Club (great instructor) on the Carolina side. Instructor is very patient. $55/person for lesson. Easy to find, just go on the Carolina beach to the right of the Ritz Carleton and there is a tent. We previously had lessons from Wow Surfing but they were rude when we emailed to book again.

Kasalta bakery/sandwich place in Parque (close to Condado) - good place for breakfast. Ask for English menu.

El Vagon food truck with seating in Miramar - delicious and reasonably priced.

Miramar food trucks in Miramar - went there on Sunday around 1PM and there was only 1 food truck open. Went to nearby El Vagon instead.

Bebo BBQ near airport - tasty and very cheap. However, salty and no English whatsoever.
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Cabin 6V 1621
1621 interior - no issues. Lots of space for 4 adults to store items even us over-packers. Mervin was a great steward and brought us extra hangers and replaced a missing glass shelf.
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