Bigger is not better: Freedom of the Seas Cruise Review by goswimmin

Freedom of the Seas 5
Member Since 2011

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Bigger is not better

Sail Date: November 2011
Destination: Eastern Caribbean
Embarkation: Port Canaveral (Orlando)
Our party of 5 shared 2 rooms with balconies. We got in at Port Canaveral after spending the night in CoCo Beach.
There was a long line for boarding but it moved along well. Since I was a Gold member we did not have to go through the long winding crowds towards the end and got on quickly.
The ship is really beautiful to see, very clean and well kept. Our rooms were very nice and comfortable. Our room Steward was very attentive and friendly. It was always clean and ready to use.
At dinner the first night a very big storm came up and the entire ship swayed while we ate. Some people did get sea sick at that point and left. The swaying only got worse and sleeping was a little difficult. In the morning when we were supposed to be at CoCo Cay the captain announced we would be skipping that stop as the storm would not let the tenders come to the ship. Very disappointing. We did get to the Virgin Islands 2 days later just in time for a major downpour which cancelled all More of the tours. When the storm passed we took a taxi tour and enjoyed ourselves as much as possible on a very grey day. The next day we were at St. Martin and the kids got a snorkel tour and my husband and I took another taxi tour for 3 hours that took in lots of beautiful sightseeing.
The food was plentiful and delicious. In the main dining room the waiter made every effort to please us with the food. We did not like fighting the crowds to eat at the Windjammer. Getting bumped every time we went was irritating. We started going to the main dining room for breakfast which was an improvement on the noise level and the food was super.
The shows were great and I am glad that we made reservations online before we left for the cruise.
One of the highlights of the cruise was Graham Seymore, the cruise director. He started our day with a smile watching his antics on the TV. His performance in his one man show was also excellent.
One night there was a comedian/singer , last name Record, who was fabulous. We should have skipped the Broadway show. Once Upon a Time show was good. I found that the noise level in the theater while waiting for shows to start was unbearable and made me irritable. Not everyone in the audience wants to hear that blasting music for about 15 minutes.
If I take another cruise I will-limit myself to the smaller "Explorer " class of ships that don't have 4,000 passengers on them. Less

Published 12/11/11

Cabin review: D17380 Superior Oceanview Stateroom with Balcony

We were on the star port side of the ship on the 7th floor. We got to see a lot from that side. Great views of leaving and coming into ports. Sharing a balcony with our kids in the next room was wonderful. The shower was a problem at first till we "figured it out". Beds were very comfortable.

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Port and Shore Excursions

We hired a local taxi service for a 3 hour tour. We got to see many beautiful beaches and both parts of St. Martin. It was very clean and well kept. We did not want to swim or be in the sun so the taxi tour was perfect for us.

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