Freedom of the Seas vacation: Freedom of the Seas Cruise Review by WILSONT191

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Freedom of the Seas vacation

Sail Date: May 2011
Destination: Western Caribbean
Embarkation: Port Canaveral (Orlando)
We began our vacation travelling by car from Alabama to Orlando (8 hr trip) where we stayed one night at a local hotel where I had a free night. The next morning, we drove 45 min to the Radisson Hotel in Port Canaveral where we parked for the week. They charge $6.99 a day to park on site for the week and shuttle up to 4 people to the terminal where we began embarkation (this is cheaper than parking at the cruise terminal). We arrived at 11am and were allowed to go ahead and check-in and board. The process went very smoothly and we were eating lunch at the buffet by 12pm. We were allowed to go to our staterooms at 1:30pm and received our luggage between 2-3pm.

The Freedom of the Seas is a beautiful ship. We were in awe of her size compared with our previous cruise ships. The Royal Promenade runs through the middle of the ship with shops and restaurants/cafes along the side with most at no extra charge. We found the ship, although large, to be easy to figure your way around. More The main dining room was beautifully decorated and designed after the one on the Titanic and they played live music each night. Most of the food was good except for the seafood and lobster entrees. We were very disappointed because we look forward to lobster night on cruises but ours was the worst we have ever eaten. It was a very small portion and was actually mushy. By the way, there is no problem if you want to order an additional appetizer or dessert. The food in the Wind Jammer was better than average for cruise buffets. There were specialty restaurants that you could pay an upcharge for but we never tried them so can't comment. The entertainment was excellent every night (especially Finis Henderson) and you never ran out of things to do including shows, piano bars, clubs, trivia, casino, etc. The pool area is very nice with a separate kids zone and approx. 5 jacuzzis (two hung over the side of the ship). This is where my husband spent much of his time.

Sometimes you had trouble finding available chairs around the pool especially on sea days since people lock them up even though you are not supposed to. The sports deck included putt putt, a rock climbing wall, basketball/dodgeball court with competitions, and the Flowrider which my sons and husband enjoyed "trying". The ice show was good and you can also ice skate yourself. The service aboard this ship was excellent in the restaurants, room service, etc. I can honestly say that I never ran into one employee that did not speak as we passed and acted like they enjoyed their jobs (better than Carnival).

The debarkation process went very smoothly. We decided to debark using the express departure which allows you to be the first to leave the ship between 6-7am as long as you carry all of your luggage. It was fast and easy and allowed us to get on the road early since we had a long trip back home.

This was the best family trip and cruise that we have ever been on and would highly recommend it to anyone. Less

Published 06/19/11

Cabin review: K8661 Interior Stateroom

Cabin 8661(inside room), average size, small bathroom/shower, adequate closet/drawer space, very quiet location.

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Port and Shore Excursions

Cozumel-We caught a taxi at the port to Mr. Sanchos beach club ($15 each way for up to 4 people). Three of us went on the free side where they have lounge chairs, tables with umbrellas, restrooms/showers, full bar and restaurant (at a charge). We ordered the chicken tacos with guacamole and chips/salsa and it was the best we have ever eaten. My oldest son did the all-inclusive day for $45 which included all the food you can eat, all the drinks you can consume (not just domestic), separate lounging area, pool/jacuzzi, and non-motorized water sports. The only downfall was that he had to stay on that side of the club and we had to stay on our side and were separated for most of the time which we did not realize when we decided to do this but he did walk over to our side several times to visit. They were trying to keep the ones getting all you can eat/drink from giving it to the ones not paying. He actually had a great time and met several new friends.

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Falmouth,Jamaica-This port is still a work in progress as it yet to be completed. There are some shops open with wood crafts, jerk spices, clothing,etc. The only problem I have with the location of this port is that it is at least 45 min or longer to Ocho Rios or Montego Bay where most of the shore excursions are located. This makes for an expensive cab ride if you want to travel on your own. We decided to go on an excursion through Moby Dick tours instead of through the ship because it is cheaper. They picked us up at the port by shuttle bus, took us to Ocho Rios where we climbed Dunns Falls (1 hr), went tubing down the White River (45 min), had lunch at The Ruins restaurant, then had a few minutes to shop nearby. We were disappointed in the food but thoroughly enjoyed the trip. I would highly recommend Moby Dick tours as the driver was friendly and informative about the Jamaican culture.

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Grand Cayman-We did not go on any planned excursions and only intended on doing some duty-free shopping then returning to the ship early. However, we came across Margaritaville where they had different contests with audience participation, free shots, and a great DJ. It was a lot of fun if you like a party atmosphere.

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