Freedom of the Seas - January 30th 2011: Freedom of the Seas Cruise Review by cello56

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Freedom of the Seas - January 30th 2011

Sail Date: January 2011
Destination: Eastern Caribbean
Embarkation: Port Canaveral (Orlando)
My husband and I are a middle 50's couple traveling with another couple of the same age. All of us have grown children, but do not yet have any grandchildren. We were looking for an adult cruise experience, and FOS delivered this splendidly. We were very happy with our cruise experience, and will likely cruise on this ship again next year.

The ship itself is beautiful. Huge open indoor spaces in the Promenade that were three stories tall. Very impressive to see. There were 13 stores that were open during the days that we were at sea. They ranged from barber shops and jewelry stores to souvenirs and build a bears. There were several parades that went down the promenade, as well as a moving bridge where they had musical acts perform. There were also two food venues that had pizza and sandwiches all time free of charge.

The dining rooms were lovely. Three stories tall, yet each floor was unique. Our table was on deck four - Issac Dining Room. At first we were assigned More an awful table in a corner that was way off to the side, and right beside a serving station. When we saw this location on the first day right after boarding, we asked for our table to be changed, and they accommodated us. We were moved to a very nice table beside the window, and seated with two other couples. We had a fabulous waiter and thoroughly enjoyed both the company and the food for the entire cruise. So make sure that you go and check out your table assignment as soon as you board as changes are hard to come by the longer you wait.

The food was great. Was it five star specialty restaurant quality? No. But it was better then most of the average restaurants that the average person will go to. There was a large variety each night, and our waiter was very willing to ask for changes to be made in the kitchen to serve our needs. I am a very picky eater and I had no trouble finding several selections to choose from every night.

The entertainment was great. Wonderful musical and dancing production numbers on several nights. The comedian on the first night was very funny. The Osmund Brothers were terrific. The aerial act was amazing. The magician was really, really good. No idea how he did those tricks. The second comedian was awful. Yes it was his adult show, but he was so crude and the language was so bad that we were uncomfortable and did not enjoy him. This was the first cruise for Kirk Detwiller as he took over from Grahame Seymour who is on vacation. Kirk was a bit of a disappointment, especially since he had a bad case of laryngitis and was difficult to understand. However, The Quest was a lot of fun. Love and Marriage was a bit of a dud, but that was a function of those participating rather then the RCI staff. Perhaps due to the large number of elderly guests on this cruising the atmosphere was a little more subdued?

Overall we had a wonderful time and were very sorry to see the cruise end. We will definitely be cruising with RCI again, and will likely go on the Freedom again some time next year. Less

Published 02/09/11

Cabin review: D28228 Superior Oceanview Stateroom with Balcony

We were in cabin 8228. This is a D2 cabin located on the starboard side in the forward section of the ship. This location was VERY convenient and we will definitely choose this exact location again. We were three floors up to the Windjammer and pool deck, and three floors down to the Promenade level. Being at the front of the ship was no issue at all as we did not feel any turbulance. The cabin itself was wonderful. The bed was a large queen and was comfortable. The bedding was nice and very crisp and clean. There was tons of storage space. A large closet with shelves along one end to put flat items. Six small drawers for shirts and smaller things. The bathroom had a fairly large medicine cabinet that held all our toiletry items. There was more storage in the mirrors above the vanity that we did not even use. The sofa was very long and could easily accommodate my 6'3" husband to lie down on. There was a small coffee table that was large enough to hold a room service tray. A vanity with lighted mirror and chair and two bedside tables completed the furniture in the room. The balcony was more then large enough for the two of us. It was as wide as the cabin, and about six feet deep. Two comfortable chairs and a small table were provided. The front of the balcony was glass, so you could see the ocean even from inside the cabin. The wall dividers were glass that was frosted for privacy. The location was very quiet. We never heard any unwanted noise from either the halls, venues or the ship itself. Overall we were very pleased with our cabin, and really did not see the need for anything larger.

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Port and Shore Excursions

In St.Martin we did a bus tour that covered both the French and the Dutch side of the island. The driver was knowledgeable, and the scenery beautiful. Overall though, we would not take this tour again. We took the option of being dropped off in the downtown shopping district and walking back to the ship. The shopping was very good, but we were turned off by the many skanky looking women standing outside some of the stores trying to get you to shop there.

Our next port was St. Thomas in the US Virgin Islands. This was one of the most beautiful scenes that I have ever seen. As we were docking, the shocking blue of the water and sailboats bobbing in the breeze took my breathe away. We did an excursion to Turtle Cove for Snorkeling on the Doubloon Pirate Ship. This was a great excursion, and we were able to swim with huge turtles as well as see lots of other fish. The staff on this boat were very nice and very careful with safety. I would highly recommend this excursion.

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