First timers but not for long!: Freedom of the Seas Cruise Review by smilesep

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First timers but not for long!

Sail Date: August 2010
Destination: Eastern Caribbean
Embarkation: Port Canaveral (Orlando)
Everyone came from different parts of the country but met at Port Canaveral. Embarkation was a pretty quick process once they started letting us check in. This got held up because someone from the previous cruise had pulled a fire alarm so they had to empty the entire ship, including staff, and check the entire ship before letting us on. Once on board we met at the Windjammer for lunch. It was busy but there was plenty of seats and food. Come to find out our cruise was full with 4310 people on board but it never seemed like that at all.

After lunch we all went our separate ways to explore this massive ship and we got into our staterooms about 2pm. Our room Stewart Orlando was great! Always there day and night! We all had inside cabins which we loved. The darkness is great for those mid day naps. There was plenty of storage if you looked and for three of us being in there it worked well. I brought an over the door shoe hanger for bathroom items as suggested on this site but More didn't bring anything else suggested and it all worked out just fine. My travel clock did not work but you should have one of these since there are no clocks in the rooms or elsewhere through the ship.

We had MTD which seemed to be a bit of a problem with 13 of us. We always had to sit a two tables next to one another since the larger tables were reserved for the scheduled seatings. Food in dining room and Windjammer was fair. If you didn't like something they did bring you anything else to try. Our waiter Hasan in the 5th floor dining room was marvelous and I think my 20 yr old would have married him in a minute! Late night and mid day snacks at the Cafe were very good. Pizza at Sorrento's was kind of like school pizza but edible.

Shows were very good especially the late night adult comedy show by the cruise director Graham. He was a great director although we didn't see him much. The entire activities staff was great and got everyone involved in the numerous activities on board. If you can't find something to do on board then there is a problem because they have something for everyone. Stop in Coco Cay was fun and relaxing. Just floated all day. Water and beach was clean. St Thomas was OK but St. Maarten was a blast. We had a great beach day! Overall, we all felt that this won't be our last cruise. My husband and brother in law, who weren't sure they were the cruising type, have already decided we are doing it again soon. I can't wait! Bon Voyage! Less

Published 09/07/10

Cabin review: K7367 Interior Stateroom

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Port and Shore Excursions

We were going to go to Orient Beach but when we docked, the beach right there in town looked great! There were chaises with umbrellas, noodles to float on and 2 drinks for $12.00. Throughout the day we had a server keep our drinks full as well as our belly's. Rented jet skis and had a huge area to ride in and you didn't have to follow anyone so that was great. The sand was soft, water clear and we had an awesome time. If you get tired of the beach there are shops, restaurants and bars right there. We're glad we did this rather then travel to Orient Beach. We saved time and money!

Since excursions were not really in our budget, we decided to see the town. Took open air taxi to the downtown area and looked at the shops. Had lunch at a Caribbean place called "Cuzins". It doesn't look like much on the outside but inside it was spotless and the food great. The shops got to all be the same after a while so we headed back to the ship after stopping at the shopping area right off the docks and just relaxed by the pool. With less people around it was nice. By the way, if you get off the main area, St. Thomas is quite dirty and I'm not sure I would walk around too much. My sister and family took the snorkel excursion to St. Johns and were very disappointed. On the 4 hr. excursions they only had snorkel and beach time for 1 hr. They felt the boat ride over was the best part of the excursion.

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