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Freedom of the Seas is total Freedom

Sail Date: January 2012
Destination: Western Caribbean
Embarkation: Port Canaveral (Orlando)
Let me just say now "Thanks RCI for a wonderful vacation". Our greatest cruise to date.

Check-in: this was the fastest check-in we ever experience. 20 minutes from security to Windjammer Cafe :-) Crown and Anchor Society returning guests have priority services(saves lots of time)

Guest Room: room 1402 Spacious, clean and its location aft of the ship is simply ideal for staying out of the wind, a wind that can be ferocious at times on top deck. (Thanks Winston)

Dining Room: Noisy, but with so many guests it is understandable, we were fairly close to the entrance however (table 263), therefore lots of traffic close by. Our waiter (Romero)and Asst.waiter(Estevam) did a wonderful job, always with a smile. The food was excellent, well prepared and presented, simply delicious.

This is the ONLY COMPLAINT I have for this trip: If you are going to have a dress code PLEASE ENFORCE it. On our formal nights 95% of the guests would dress up or at least wear More something nice, but they allowed some guests dressed in T-shirts, jeans, shorts and even pajama bottoms at the table close to us. Kind of ruined all formal evenings for us all. The kids aged 10 or so were also using the railings around their table as monkey bars. If you cant control your child at a formal dinner go to the Windjammer. Again if you are going to post a dress code for the dining room ENFORCE IT please.

Entertainment: I thought the performances at the Arcadia of their Award Winning Shows were well above average for the industry, We particularly loved the 70's Dance party on the Royal Promenade, I think 3,000 people loved the show as the street was totally crowded from one end to the other packed with people dancing away FANTASTIC!!! There was also an 80's Dance Party at Studio B one evening and the place was jammed packed in the stands and on the dance floor(they covered the ice skating surface for this event). This was followed by the game QUEST ( Adult version) One of the wackiest game show we attended, what a blast, full of laughter.

Pools and Pool decks: It was too crowded on sea days, the policy "No reserve of chairs" is simply an unmanageable policy. I have to say though that the H20 zone for the kids and the solarium for adults only makes it easy to decide where you want to be for the day.

Public Spaces: Despite the large number of guests on board, we could always find a place to seat our group and enjoy some great music no matter where we went and I think we hit all the bars, cafes and eateries.

Port of Calls: Labadee: One of my favorite Port of Calls. Our very own, private little place for guests of RCI has changed a lot in the several years since we had last been here. Fantastic job in cleaning the place up despite the ravaging Earthquake in Haiti a few years ago. Choices for beaches, activities and place to eat greatly improved and flow much better to get across every venues. Less

Published 02/02/12

Cabin review: D11402 Superior Oceanview Stateroom with Balcony

Good size cabin, Superb balcony, fairly wide and very long, lots of room for table, deck chairs and loungers. fantastic view, a little far (nothing serious) from the elevators, however just 1 deck below the windjammer for a quick coffee run or cookies :-) Quiet and out of the wind 100% of the time Highly recommended

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Port and Shore Excursions

Fantastic!!! Our Favorite Port of Call. Snorkel and jeep touring was just amazing. First we walk from the pier to a snorkeling shop where they equipped us with all the gear required (fins, mask and vest) and instructions. went to the beautiful waters of Cozumel and snorkeled for approximately 30 minutes. Afterwards we crossed the street and jumped into our jeeps for a 5 hours tour of the island. We drove in caravan but in style, and it was an exhilarating ride, country roads highways and along the beaches. 30 minutes into it we pulled to an ancient Mayans market where "Vatos Loco Jose" a descendent of Mayans culture explained the history of Cozumel and its culture, great ancient stories, we could not get enough of it. Thanks so much for the educational lesson of the Mayans people. After approx 30 minutes we stopped at the most beautiful beach I have ever seen in Cozumel, Sand so soft, it felt like baby powder between the toes. Water was warm and great waves for boarding. walked across the street for free local salsa and a great margarita. Another 30 minute drive took us to a Tequila Factory where we got to sample 5 different tequila's and opportunity to buy some ... duty free. Back on the road again cross island to Barracuda Beach for lunch and leisure walk volleyball and trampoline fun. Finally another drive back downtown to conclude the tour. Jose and his crazy partner (Pedro???)were amazing tour guide that really cared about their guests and proudly showcased their country.

We found Falmouth a cleaner and better place to shop and visit then the last visit we had in Ochos Rios with RCI years ago. Excursion: We chose to do a Horseback Riding tour. Transportation was well organized, on site the staff were very good and funny. The ride was in two parts: First we rode on dry ground for approximately 25 - 30 minutes, then we changed horses and went into the water waist high for another 20 minutes. Wow what an exhilarating ride, not very easy however if you never rode a horse. the staff however were very good at being there and playing close attention to everyone in case someone would fall off. Hats off to them very professional.
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So clean and so many shops! Grand Cayman is still one of our favorite place to go and shop. Everything you may want they have it. Jewelry, clothes, restaurants etc. We felt so safe just walking around the downtown area. Highly recommended for shoppers.

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