9 night, seeing the New Years in, Western Cruise. : Freedom of the Seas Cruise Review by ST-UK

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9 night, seeing the New Years in, Western Cruise.

Sail Date: December 2011
Destination: Eastern Caribbean
Embarkation: Port Canaveral (Orlando)
This is my first review so stick with me......

Ok me and the wife were married in April 2011 and wanted to go on a cruise for our honeymoon. We wanted the Caribbean but also wanted a 10 night one. This was proving hard work unless we did a back to back one. Then it was clicking up to 14 nights along with two nine hour flights from and to the UK, going to use far to much of our holiday allowance at our jobs. Well we couldn't find anything for the Caribbean until November time. Then we came across the New Years 9 night eastern cruise. This was perfect as the length was great. Ship was one of our first choices, and a awesome way to see in the new year. We booked direct with RCCL inc flights and transfers in the May and as the year went on kept adding things like wine packages and tours, along with prepaid tips and my time dining times.
We flew the night before from Gatwick UK on British Airways. Great flight however they had book us on two different seat six rows apart! More Great way to start the honeymoon. The check in staff managed to sort out two seats together for us.
The transfer from airport to our over night hotel was a complete joke!! We were booked in at the crown plaza, situated around 2 miles from the airport. The driver did a lap of the airport then returned to where we got onboard. He did this 3 times then set off for the wrong hotel. It took 90 mins before we got to our hotel. Not a great start..
Next morning we were picked up, however again the transfer team were not organised. There was now room on the bus for us. Along with around another 20 folks. An 30 minute wait before another bus was sorted... Eventually we got there.
Check in at the terminal at the port was very quick. Within 20 mins we were onboard.
The ship was huge!!!!!!!!! We headed to the windjammer for some food which was busy but to be expected. We tried to see if our room was ready at 3pm, it was.
We met our room attendant , she was fab ( Pamela Lee). So we went back up top and watched the sail away of the Disney ship and Monarc of the seas. Then ourselfs. We went for a drink , attended the Muster drill, then headed back to our cabin.
Our luggage arrived so we unpacked, wash and changed and we headed to dinner which was perfect every night. Our waiter Alisha was funny and faultless and gave a genuine opinion on what's good and not as good.
Early night was needed due to body clock being all over the place.

Shows on board were very enteratining. The love and marrage game show hosted by Alan was hilairous. Alan the cruise director was so so funny.
Captain Ron's humour and info is great. Once quoting we were 56 miles 5 feet and 3 inches away from San Juan. He always kept us up to date.
The things to do onboard were endless. From bingo to bellyflopping competitions. There was something always to do.

Day 2 Nassau:
We picked the " Rainbow Reef snorkelling tour" this was fab and gave me a chance to use my underwater camera. I would not go as far as saying "rainbow reef" but it was a nice reef with plenty of fish. We headed back to the port and grabbed a nice lunch at a local resterant while basking in the sun. Did a little shopping and walked back to the ship.
This was our first formal night along with seeing the new years in. The champagne flowed into the early hours.

Day 3 at sea: plenty onboard activitys and a nice day to chill out with hangovers from night before.

Day 4 Labadee, Haiti
We did the coastal boat tour. This was ok but we didn't see a lot to be honest.
Once back ashore we had a look around the local market. This was very intimidating. And we did not enjoy it. The beach was very nice and could watch the people on the zip line.

Day 5 San Juan: We headed to the old town and to one of the forts. Unfortunatly it started raining, we stuck with it but took refuge in Senoir Frogs. Opposite the port.

Day 6 St Thomas: We booked the " lovely island tour " which was a bit of a let down. Mainly due to the weather but also the stops were not the best. Last stop was Megan's Bay. Which I visited when I was younger. Bit dissapointed as they have built a lot there. Plus it chucked it down with rain again! which didn't help.

Day 7 St Martin: This was by far the nicest island on the cruise. We did the " made in paridise " tour. Which was all about Rum, purfume and local food. All on the French side. Deffo a must!

Day 8 and 9 at sea: last few days of catching some sun. Again plenty to do onboard.

Day 10 Port Canaveral: disembark was very quick due to booking the Kennedy Space Centre tour. Which was also our transfer onto the airport.

Overall a fantastic cruise and while we were onboard booked our next cruise for the Med in May on the slightly smaller Adventure of the seas. Less

Published 01/14/12
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