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Freedom of the Seas Review

4.0 / 5.0
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Great Itinerary and Great Service.

Review for Freedom of the Seas to the Southern Caribbean
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austin_rindy
6-10 Cruises • Age 50s

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Sail Date: Jul 2019
Cabin: Ultra Spacious Ocean View
cabin 2568 facing the door, small bunk room to your right, the bathroom is
cabin 2568, before beds were separated - two large portholes, sofa bed is o
cabin 2568 - bunk room
Ship elevators
Pizza place on level 5 - with coke machines - you can get ice out of either
Cafe on level 5 - pastries and fruit in the morning with free good coffee (

We picked this cruise for the itinerary - ABC islands and St. Marten. It was my first time sailing with Royal Caribbean. We flew into San Juan a few days early as we have never been to San Juan either. We stayed in Old San Juan at a VRBO and loved it. We did a Spoon Food tour the first morning and really enjoyed it. Then we looked around and did a little shopping and had dinner. On Saturday we took a taxi to Charlie's Car Rental in Isle Verde (did not want to drive in Old San Juan as streets are narrow and people parallel park on one side and you can barely squeeze by- the uber and taxi drivers here are very skilled). We drove to Fajardo and did 2 tours with Kayaking Puerto Rico - the mini boat tour and the bio bay kayaking. The mini boat conditions were rough (rough seas and got caught in a squall) - I would only recommend doing this on a calm clear day. The weather was better for the evening kayak tour and we really enjoyed it. Got back to our VRBO at 10pm. Made our way to ship on Sunday and checked in quickly around 11:30am. We stayed on the second floor in an ultra spacious ocean view (cabin 2568) - it had lots of space and can theoretically sleep up to 6 - but it would be tight with only one bathroom. For 3 ladies it was perfect. With two large portholes I didn't miss the balcony and it was very quite with minimal to no motion. Our room steward, Willy, was awesome and helped us with anything we needed and serviced the room both morning and night.

We ate dinner in the main dining room every night and didn't try any specialty restaurants. The food was mostly excellent. Only found the fish we ordered to be over seasoned and a little salty. Not a big deal with good appetizer and dessert - we didn't feel the need to order another meal - though they always asked if you would like something else. The waiter also gave his recommendations each night and the few things I didn't care for wasn't one of his recommendations. Both our waiter and asst waiter were great - Putu and Placid at table 314 - we had anytime dining but usually ate at 6pm and sat at the same table. Even though you prepay tips - these people go out of their way to be friendly, helpful, and give you great service. I think Freedom has some of the best service I have received. We ate breakfast twice in the main dining room and lunch twice in the main dining room and I preferred this over the Windjammer which was always so crowded and hard to find a seat. We did like the Cafe for an alternative to breakfast (free coffee there seemed better as well). We also grabbed pizza at the Promenade restaurant for a late lunch after port day and found it to be very good.

We went to most of the shows except the last night as we were tired and busy packing. I liked the first night show with the acrobats and comedian. I really liked the ice show and El Gaucho. I also enjoyed the second comedian and repeated acrobat performance. My least favorite was the Marque show and the singer - not that they were bad - just not for me. I also didn't care for the Love and Marriage show - I think things like this should be alternative entertainment and not take up the "main show" for a night.

Cabin Review

Ultra Spacious Ocean View

Cabin 1K

This was a real experiment for me as we usually get balcony cabins. However, there were going to be 3, maybe even four of us and I wanted the extra cabin space. I also wanted to try the lower level to see what it is like to look out at the ocean more at ocean level. This ended up being a great cabin. There ended up being only 3 of us and the room has the two twin beds that convert to a king - we kept them as twins. There was a very small bunk room/area that could be closed off with a curtain and had it's own closet. And then there was a convertible sofa (that is supposed to sleep two?) - Maybe small kids. My teen daughter (5'5") opted for the sofa bed and we left it down and made up as a bed the whole time. She couldn't fit either horizontal or vertical on it without her feet hanging off - so she slept on it diagonally - plus she sleeps curled up. She said she was very comfortable. I had read reviews that complained of the beds being hard or uncomfortable - we didn't find this at all - we were all comfortable. The pillows could have been better, but we slept fine. We used the little bunk area as a changing area and for storage. This cabin is big with plenty of floor space - so still lots of room even leaving the sleeper sofa down the whole time. The bathroom is small/average - so it would have been tight with 4-6 people. It's not like having a suite - but the space in the room is a nice bonus. Also, this room is at the very end of the hall - so VERY quiet. On the ship floor plans it looked like you could go straight to the skating rink, but you can't. - you have to go up to level 4 (casino) or level 5 (promenade) to get to midship or back of ship - for skate rink or dining you have to go up and then back down. It is at the front of the ship - so convenient to go up one level to the Arcadia Theater or to level 5 for promenade - pizza is at this front end of the boat. The other thing we learned is you can get ice and water out of the coke machines by the pizza- even without the drink plan. We were filling our water bottles constantly. Also, it is convenient to go down one floor to the forward gangway when in port - BUT the forward gangway isn't always available. You have a hike to the dining at the back of the boat - but we found this to be good to force us to walk off some of what we ate. We had rough seas one sea day and this location - so low and somewhat to the center was ideal - very little motion. We loved this room and location and I'm glad I tried it.

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