Freedom takes the cake for overall cruise experience: Freedom of the Seas Cruise Review by KEENE NH Cruiser

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KEENE NH Cruiser
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Freedom takes the cake for overall cruise experience

Sail Date: January 2012
Destination: Western Caribbean
Embarkation: Port Canaveral (Orlando)
I have previously cruised on Oasis. And loved it. But Freedom is such a better experience. I brought my husband and 2 kids on their first cruise, and it was great. The only small disappointment was that when I booked it through Royal Caribbean over the phone, I was planning on us all cramming in the same stateroom. The guy who made my reservation suggested 2 adjoining staterooms, and the price difference was manageable so we went for it. However, our rooms, 6665 & 6663, were not adjoining. My kids are 12 and 16, so it worked out okay, just a little inconvenient to not have access to their room without going into the hall. Each room had a different room steward. The kids had Lincoln, who was awesome. We never caught sight of our room steward at all, but he/she kept the room clean, so it was fine.
The rooms were great, the 6th floor aft was great in relation to the promenade and elevators. Very quiet. The check in process was effortless. The ship was not as More jaw-droppingly gorgeous as Oasis, but it was SO MUCH LESS CROWDED it was worth the loss of Central Park. We had no crowd issues at all. Windjammer was easy to get a table, the shows were easy to get into, Sorrento's was always available, etc. Everything was just a breeze, even the elevators. We did the main dining room every night, and our waiter Tyrone was a delight, as was assistant waiter Celestain. The food was great, and the service was impeccable. My 12 year old son is a notoriously picky eater, and both waiters bent over backward to get him to try new things.
Labadee was our favorite port, we relaxed on the beach all day long. The kids swam with dolphins in Cozumel, we snorkeled and swam with stingrays on Grand Cayman, and shopped will we dropped in Falmouth. The weather was perfect and we loved every minute of it.
We booked our next cruise for next January, and will quadruple check our adjoining room situation.... Less

Published 01/31/12

Cabin review: N6665 Interior Stateroom

6665 is a typical interior stateroom. Bed was a dream, pillows were great. Lots of little nooks and crannies to store your stuff. Shower required an acrobatic feat to try to shave your legs in....The bed had a curtained area so that you could keep the bed area dark when your spouse woke early....Very nice touch, as my husband has a strange fascination with the sunrise.

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Port and Shore Excursions

Plenty for the whole family to do, bring the swimsuits for everyone, the beach is top notch and included with admission. Seal show was great, the seal kissed the whole family. Botanical gardens were beautiful. Restaurant on the beach was great. Brace yourself when the bill comes to you in pesos....They take dollars, however, but it scares you a little when the bill comes to $500....

The park itself was very nice. Brace yourself for a HUGE price on the pictures they take of your kids with the dolphins. 2 kids in the picture disc is $110 for all pics. If you want a picture printed out by itself, $30. But they were very well done, professional photographer. For the price, $85 each kid, they had well over an hour in the water with the dolphins, and some bonus time with the manatee.

Native store owners were kind of aggressive, and try very hard to get you off the beaten track into their shops. Island was beautiful and overall, everyone was friendly.
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Booked right through the company, cost $40 each person which includes 4 hours at sea. 2 snorkeling areas and lots of time on the sandbar with the stingrays. Our captain and his crew wrangled some rays for us to touch and pose with. Too much fun!

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