Let's see, where to begin? We prepaid for our coke card, room wine, excursions... it was nice to get on board and not have all that cost weighing on you... if there are things you know you want to do, go ahead and book or order them.. it's always stinks to get that wallet out but not being hit with a gigantic lump sum at the end is well worth it. :)
Embarkation: Out of Miami, we've been here before... but I don't remember it being this disorganized. We arrived around noonish, made it through the line pretty quickly only to be shuffled into another room to sit for about an hour+. Once the ball started rolling an announcement was made... "One of our machines are broken, we are down to one line". Ugh! Don't they do this several times a year? Prepare people, prepare! Finally make it on, yippee! We been on Sovereign of the Seas, Navigator of the Seas and Oasis of the Seas... the Freedom class is a new one for us. Looking around it is huge, but pretty similar to the Navigator. We stroll around and get a drink of the day, Margarita, we opt for frozen - not a good thing. We tried four different bars they could sure mix one up on the rocks to a "T" (that's what our friends were drinking and were great every time) but they had trouble with the frozen one.
Room: Balcony = LOVE! This is the way to go... being able to open the door and get the breeze in your room or even just let new air circulate is the cat's ass. The room was a good size. Typical bathroom area, tiny shower - but all functions and gets the job done. I moved the small glass table into our closet area and in turn added an extra shelf and more floor room in the "living" area. I'm always amazed how they can push those two twin beds together and throw whatever type mattress pad on there and you never feel any type of gap from the crack. Bravo! We had all our items we preordered online, just sitting for us on vanity. We met our friends outside and managed to open the balcony divider by ourselves so then the four of us doubled our outdoor space. The room steward was good. Didn't hardly see him, but he did a fantastic job of keeping our room in order. The one thing I forgot this cruise and extension cord! Grr... my husband uses a CPap and the cord was quite a stretch this time. I wish they had more than the one vanity plug, but I'm pretty sure I won't ever forget it again. :)