First time on R.C.: Freedom of the Seas Cruise Review by newtocruise06
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First time on R.C.
Destination: Eastern Caribbean
Embarkation: Port Canaveral (Orlando)
Embarkation - in terminal at 11:45 and on boat at 12:45, surprised there was no greeting onto boat.. walked around a bit and found our room. Others in our party did not arrive until 1:30 into terminal and had to wait much longer, believe they did not board until 3:30
Stateroom - Balcony on 6th floor. No noise from the Promenade (5th floor) and spacious room. A couch and queen bed with a bunk over the queen bed. Plenty of storage, bathroom was roomy enough
Meals - The biggest disappointment were the meals in the main dining room, prime rib and steak was always tough. Desserts were nothing special. Waitress/waiters warmed up after the first day, service some nights were very slow but we were not in a rush
Windjammers had a good breakfast buffet, others in my party said the dinner buffet was good also.
Drinks - although lemondade, ice tea, water was free not More readily or easily available.
Johnny rockets - food and "dance" was good, I did not expect to have to pay extra for milkshakes etc
Sorrentos - food was good, service not an issue
Ben and Jerrys - cost money portions were small, only ate once.
Shows - Broadway shows, ice show, love and marriage and quest was very good. Graham the cruise director was fantastic. We also enjoyed the last night show
Casino - went a few times, smoky but didn't lose money so all is good!
Nightlife - Crypt was empty every time we went in, teens did not love the nightlife but I believe this is due to the 200 plus teenagers on a school trip that had private functions everynight
Attire - with the exception of formal nights it appeared that anything goes in the dining room.... it stated most nights as "casual" although our party were more "business casual"
Ports - Cocoa cay was hot, hot, hot. Only stayed for 2 hours and enjoyed the quiet boat
St. Thomas - loved Magens bay but did not enjoy the experience of getting there
St. Marten - Originally was going to Orient Beach, but after talking to some waiters took the water taxi to the beach near the shopping (you could see the boat from the beach). Shopping, food and lounge chairs (for rent of course) available. People were selling things constantly but took no for an answer, did not bother us too much. Enjoyable day
Sea Days - decided to go poolside on the later side and getting chairs were easier... (around 2:30 or so)
Gym was crowded but good.
Elevators were slow....
Promenade - We ate at the coffee shop and enjoyed the pub and shopping.
Boat movement - yes as big as it you can feel it move! The first night there was a tropical storm north of us and the boat was moving enough that at one point we all stumbled on the stairs (but we laughed about it!)
The captain announced medical emergency on Saturday, we had to turn around and go back 4 hours to the Bahamas. This meant we were delayed by 6 or 7 hours, very disruptive for flights. R.C. did not handle this well at all, they claimed they would help with new travel arrangements but did not. Also, a lot of people decided to do express check out to make flights but there was no coordination with this. People who were driving from the port were allowed to do the express check out, creating a bigger jam for people trying to make flights. There should have been a contigency plan, i.e your flight is between 1;30 and 2:30 (we were off boat at 11:30) off first etc. We barely made our flight but thankful we did and it was extremely stressful. The night before the internet was crowded with people trying to change flights and it was a crazy night.. You could not get a call out although they were not charging us.They charged us for the internet although they weren't supposed to. We requested a credit through email and told we would receive it.
We were much better off then the poor person and their family that had the emergency and grateful for that. I do believe R.C. could have handle this much better.
Overall we had a great time, I haven't cruised in a long time and do not like being nickeled and dime. However I believe this is pretty common practice now cruising. I think we may try Carnival next time.. Less
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