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343 Royal Caribbean Transatlantic Cruise Reviews

We thoroughly enjoyed the Transatlantic Cruise on Rhapsody of the Seas. Great food, friendly attentive room/dining service, and a plethora of activities to keep everyone occupied. Although we enjoyed visiting Key West, Sint Marteen , ... Read More
We thoroughly enjoyed the Transatlantic Cruise on Rhapsody of the Seas. Great food, friendly attentive room/dining service, and a plethora of activities to keep everyone occupied. Although we enjoyed visiting Key West, Sint Marteen , Malaga, and Cartegena, we fell into the groove during the week-long span of sea days crossing the Atlantic. We brought along computers, IPads, Kindles, and books to keep from getting bored but we barely touched them because of the tremendous variety of interesting activities occurring each day on the ship. We were first-time cruisers but the length of the cruise was actually a great benefit to us because we were initially hesitant to try some of the activities but as time went by, we joined in. In the end we ended up watching movies; listening to astronomy lectures, Spanish lessons, musical bands (everything from classical to big bands to pop cover bands); attending entertainment shows (skits, music, and music theater), and exercising (Zumba, walking, stair climbing , treadmill, and elliptical). Highlights would be Dan-Dan, the cruise director, the meals in the Edelweiss main dining room, and our excellent Waiter/Assistant Waiter during the cruise. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
This was our second transatlantic cruise and also second cruise on Rhapsody. We like crossings and the stops in Key West, St. Maarten, Cartagena and Malaga before arriving in Barcelona definitely were a draw for us. The ship is small as ... Read More
This was our second transatlantic cruise and also second cruise on Rhapsody. We like crossings and the stops in Key West, St. Maarten, Cartagena and Malaga before arriving in Barcelona definitely were a draw for us. The ship is small as ships go these days, but was smooth as silk for the crossing. Embarkation in Tampa was without any problems. Staff there are very accommodating. Ship was very clean and room attendant awesome. We were pleasantly surprised with the quality and taste of the food in the main dining room. We have had problems on previous cruises, but I can't say anything bad about Rhapsody. Service was excellent. Chops and Giovanni's were also excellent. I purchased the 5-night package and we dined in Chops 3 times and Giovanni's twice. Again, service and quality of the food was great. We don't normally go to the evening shows, but on Rhapsody we did find ourselves not only going to the shows, but enjoying them tremendously. Was disappointed in the shore excursions offered. Took a tour in Malaga which basically was a waste of time. Did our own thing in Cartagena, and found a great place for lunch. To sum it up, Rhapsody is a good choice for cruising. We are booked on the same crossing in May 2018. Ports are a little different, but we are looking forward to getting back on Rhapsody once again. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
The food was fabulous and the dining room is beautiful. The wait staff kept our meal going at the perfect pace. The 6 days at sea were relaxing except we had two days of 15 ft then 20 ft swells that can make you queasy. If I were to ... Read More
The food was fabulous and the dining room is beautiful. The wait staff kept our meal going at the perfect pace. The 6 days at sea were relaxing except we had two days of 15 ft then 20 ft swells that can make you queasy. If I were to issue any complaint it would be that too many events happen during lunch and dinner. They do have two shows-one for early seating and one for late. This cruise ship had the best casino experience for me. The excursions were good but setting out in the morning needs to be more organized. Love the larger ships with the Promenade area. As a Diamond member the perks are a real advantage. It was nice that they moved the Diamond "area" from the small venue to the Star Lounge as there were almost 1000 guests that were able to take advantage of this. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
excellent value it was a wow cruise service could not be faulted food as always was wonderful the shows were very good apart from the BOHEMIANS who were awful ports were very good and easy to visit with no long walks transatlantic ... Read More
excellent value it was a wow cruise service could not be faulted food as always was wonderful the shows were very good apart from the BOHEMIANS who were awful ports were very good and easy to visit with no long walks transatlantic crossings are always good and this was no exception its great to be on a cruise for 14 days with royal carribean as they are the best the weather was pleasent with only one bumpy night otherwise very smoth disembarkation at southampton must be the easiest in the world why cant they all be like this ? the navigator ship is made to please everyone and it does just that try to find a fault i could not although the films in the cabin were rather limited who cares as there is so much to do onthe ship i dont know how we fitted it all in well done royal carribean cant wait for the next cruise Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
We have completed many Transatlantics including a previous one on Jewel of the Seas. We particularly like the relaxing sea days and getting to know other passengers, so joining activities onboard is a big plus for us. Embarkation and ... Read More
We have completed many Transatlantics including a previous one on Jewel of the Seas. We particularly like the relaxing sea days and getting to know other passengers, so joining activities onboard is a big plus for us. Embarkation and travel to San Juan was part of the package was well organised as was the disembarkation and return journey from Rome. We arrived the day before departure, giving us a little while to explore San Juan. Excursions organised through the ship were on the whole, very good. We did have one poor experience but upon return to the ship we raised with the shore excursions team and they investigated, came back to us very quickly and resolved to our satisfaction. We used the Main Dining area for both breakfast and Dinner. Staff were very quick and able to offer alternatives to standard menu offerings. The ship is smaller in the RC fleet, but we prefer the atmosphere this creates. Overall, there were just over 2100 passengers onboard and we never felt crowded. If you like sea days and being able to do as little as you want, or have plenty of activities if you prefer, then this would be a great ship and itinerary. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
Excellent trans-Atlantic cruising experience on Freedom of the Seas We just returned from a two week Portugal and Spain trans-Atlantic cruise on the RCL Freedom of the Seas. This was our first cruise on the Freedom and fourth in this ... Read More
Excellent trans-Atlantic cruising experience on Freedom of the Seas We just returned from a two week Portugal and Spain trans-Atlantic cruise on the RCL Freedom of the Seas. This was our first cruise on the Freedom and fourth in this class. It was our 40th RCL cruise and 92 overall cruises. Others have noted the trend in the cruise industry for the bean counters to chip away at previously received items, but cruising in general and RCL in particular still give a superior product for the money. We continue to be surprised at the overall superior customer service from RCL staff whether with the cabin attendant, dining room staff or support staff such as entertainment, cruise tour or security staff. These folks just make you fell welcome. We took this trans-atlantic cruise because of the five excellent Iberian ports during the favorable travel month offering comfortable temps and sunny conditions. High points of the cruise. Other than the ports, was excellent evening entertainment and excellent dining room experiences in the main dining room or Windjammer and Sorrento pizza? The only low point was the overall dining experience as a result of more limited selections of entrees compared to Princess, Celebrity and Holland America. That said, this does not imply anything other than the comparison with other favorite cruise lines, as RCL food quality, presentation and service is excellent. We were pleased to enjoy excellent entertainment from headliner shows, the ice show and top rate production shows. We would have enjoyed a better selection of enrichment options but again, that is in comparison with Princess and Celebrity. So like many of our choices as cruisers, it is what overall makes us happy during the numerous sea days. We had an E3 deluxe balcony room on deck 7 and featured a full size sofa, king bed and over 50 square foot balcony with two comfortable deck chairs that reclined and a table adequate for dining on the balcony. That said, dining on the balcony, especially for breakfast was not appealing due to a limited menu unless you want to pay up for a proper breakfast with hot eggs and other things like pancakes etc. Work of bean counters? The ship is in excellent shape and on days when reading on the balcony was not possible, there were many quieter places like the Solarian to read your novels. We continue to believe that RCL offers a superior loyalty program via the Crown and Anchor loyalty program with added perks as you take additional cruises including meaningful balcony room discounts, some free internet and laundry services and discounts among many others. And for those at the diamond or higher level, the 3 hour evening happy hour is a nice way to meet fellow cruisers who enjoy the RCL experience. On this cruise there were some1400 passengers at the diamond or higher level or 1 out of three passengers out of some 4400 passengers on the ship. And I am pleased that in the venue for the cocktail hour, live entertainment was offered for listening and dancing along with nice eats and good complimentary bar selections. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
the Freedom of the Seas : our first cruise 11 years ago was on this wonderful vessel and it still is a beautiful ship with wonderful staff great staterooms a variety of entertainment and amazing choice of fresh food, we loved our second ... Read More
the Freedom of the Seas : our first cruise 11 years ago was on this wonderful vessel and it still is a beautiful ship with wonderful staff great staterooms a variety of entertainment and amazing choice of fresh food, we loved our second Trans Atlantic sailing which went smoothly. Our balcony stateroom was big enough for these 14 days and it's location was very quiet and yet so close to everything. There was so much variety at the Windjammer that we ended up dining there every night except for one dinner at chops grill. You never get boared entertainment was very good, there was so much going on that at the end we had not yet have the chance going ice skating or use the mini golf. We have sailed the Allure and Oasis also the smaller ships but we always miss " the street " where everything seems to be going on. staff is professional and well trained everyone tries to remember your name and gives u a smile whenever it is during day or night and make you feel if you were the only passenger on the ship What we also love about this ship is that you still find places were it is very quiet and peaceful as if this ship is sailing only for you. We would sail her again without hesitation. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
We like cruises with more sea days and less ports. Transatlantic is perfect for that. We had 8 days at sea and we really enjoyed that. There was a great band on the ship so we danced almost every night. The Ice Skating show was excellent. ... Read More
We like cruises with more sea days and less ports. Transatlantic is perfect for that. We had 8 days at sea and we really enjoyed that. There was a great band on the ship so we danced almost every night. The Ice Skating show was excellent. We really enjoyed our cabin. It was a large ocean view. We didn't book a balcony since we weren't sure how the weather would be during the crossing. Weather wasn't horrible but not the best. Food was great, staff was great. We purchased a drink package and thought it was a great value. We didn't care for changing our clocks forward almost every night for 6 nights. We thought it would have been better if we changed the clocks at night and not at noon. I would have liked more music and dancing starting earlier in a day. Between 8pm and 9:30pm there was really nothing to do. Everything starting very late. We will definitely do another transatlantic cruise. next time we will do it from Europe to the USA. Overall it was another great Royal Caribbean Cruise. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
We had been on the Freedom of the Seas on a few other occasions. The ship is large enough with a variety of activities for a long cruise. Our balcony room was spacious and well maintained by the staff. The health spa on the eleventh ... Read More
We had been on the Freedom of the Seas on a few other occasions. The ship is large enough with a variety of activities for a long cruise. Our balcony room was spacious and well maintained by the staff. The health spa on the eleventh floor was well equipped. There are lots of classes and lectures for interested guests. The exercise, language, science oriented and origami classes filled our free time. We chose the "My Time Dining". Our waiter was very attentive. He made excellent suggestions and remembered my preferences after the first day. We did book an evening at Chops and two nights at Giovanni's. The fine dining restaurants were a special treat. The Mediterranean selection was motivated by the selection of the ports of call. We wanted to visit the ports in Portugal and Spain. Each port had it's own special charm. Mallorica, my favorite port, was a smaller trendy yachting city with lots of history. We had a great day enjoying the architecture and shopping in the gardens of the cathedral. The open air stalls of the local artisans were numerous. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
This was my second TA and first with Royal Caribbean. It was cruise #34 for me and it was my most enjoyable so far. I will break down this review in categories, to make it easier to read and understand. I will post videos of the entire ... Read More
This was my second TA and first with Royal Caribbean. It was cruise #34 for me and it was my most enjoyable so far. I will break down this review in categories, to make it easier to read and understand. I will post videos of the entire trip on my www.youtube.com channel: cruise addict. If you want to watch what made this cruise great, just check out the videos. I have also posted the Compass, dinner menus and food pictures from the whole cruise on my Facebook page: Robert Ghitea, from Vancouver, Washington. Both youtube and Facebook will provide a visual of this amazing TA cruise, which a survey or review can not do. Embarkation: It was the easiest, fastest and most hassle free embarkation I have ever experienced. We arrived at the port around 10:50am and were in the windjammer buffet at 11:25am eating. Ship: It was my first time on this class of ship and I absolutely love this ship class, as it is big enough to offer so much, yet very manageable. The ship is absolutely gorgeous and it was in great condition. Cabin: We had an oceanview on deck 3, #3604. It was close to the stairs and elevators, and it was very quiet. Everything functioned properly and we had no issues with the cabin. Dining: We had late dinner at 8:30pm and had Basri as waiter and Chao as assistant waiter. They were both amazing and really took care of us. Our table was by the window and it was a two top. The food presentation and quality was great and we ate all dinner in the dining room, breakfast in the windjammer and lunch in the windjammer, with the exception of one lunch in the dining room. Entertainment and Activities: Great bands, shows, comedy, juggler, cruise director/staff and we were never bored. Service: The service we received from the crew was amazing and this was the friendliest crew I have ever had on a cruise. Starting with Captain Lis and the officers, and all the way down to the last crew member, they were friendly, helpful and enjoyed being on the Jewel of the Seas. Ports and weather: Our five ports were fantastic and the weather and seas were great. I got some serious sun during the five sea days and the ocean was calm. We did excursions that I reserved at home through Royal Caribbean and they were great, with the exception of Alicante, for which we received a 50% refund because the excursion was cut really short. The other port excursion were great and in Gibraltar we did our own deal because we had been there before. Both the wife and I had a great cruise and we look forward to booking another TA for next spring, as soon as we decide on an itinerary and ship. I hope this review will be helpful in your decision to book the Jewel of the Seas without any hesitation. I hope you will enjoy your cruise as much as we enjoyed ours. Sincerely, croaziera on cruisecritic.com, aka, Robert Ghitea in real life, or cruise addict on youtube. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
We have been on 4 Fall transatlantic crossings but this was our first time for the Spring crossing. Embarkation and disembarkation went smoothly. The ship was in good shape with the exception of the cabin bathroom showing some wear and ... Read More
We have been on 4 Fall transatlantic crossings but this was our first time for the Spring crossing. Embarkation and disembarkation went smoothly. The ship was in good shape with the exception of the cabin bathroom showing some wear and tear. The kids pool was under construction the entire cruise. Not a problem for us but there were a few children on board which were supervised by Royal Caribbean staff at the adult pool. We chose MTD at 7:30 each night and the first night received a window table for 4 so we requested the same table for the rest of the cruise. This time worked well for most show times and the main reason for choosing this time was because of the time changes. During the crossing, the captain chose to turn the clocks back 1 hour at noon for 2 days skip a day and repeat sequence until all 6 hours were made up. Food was good in MTD and Windjammer and our service everywhere on the ship was amazing. There dining attire recommendations were themed except the 3 formal nights and 2 casual which would have been more fun and easier to pack had we known prior to boarding. We found that the entertainment was lacking. Shows we have seen before or the same old thing. Live entertainers were not very good in our opinion. We chose to DIY at the ports. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
This was my first transatlantic ever and from start to finish the cruise was simply awesome. Arrived at the port just a little before 11 and was on the ship an hour later. It would have been faster, but they experienced some computer ... Read More
This was my first transatlantic ever and from start to finish the cruise was simply awesome. Arrived at the port just a little before 11 and was on the ship an hour later. It would have been faster, but they experienced some computer problems. I didn't bother me, I was on vacation. The ship is truly wonderful and in great shape. Sure, she shows some tear and wear here and there, but she was always spotless. She is very well maintained and constant cleaning is going on all over the ship. The best part is without a doubt the promenade. So much going on there and what a wonderful place to watch people. The library wad appreciated and had a good selection of books. I am glad I didn't bring my own. I was in promenade stateroom 8631, very close to the elevators and in front of guest services. I never heard a peep the entire week. I wanted to watch the parades from my cabin, but I had to go to the public areas because I couldn't hear the music. My stateroom was always spotless, thanks to my wonderful attendant Melissa. My bed had a topper and it was extremely comfortable. I had requested one prior to the cruise, but received a reply they no longer provide them. Well, my request had been sent to the ship and my bed was heavenly. There are enough drawers, hangers, closet space is ample, more than enough for one. Went to Chops, Giovanni's, Johnny Rocket and Sabor and ate in the dining room and the Windjammer. The food was outstanding, always easy to find something, or even create something yourself. It goes without saying that the specialty restaurants are wonderful, especially the lasagna at Giovanni's. I gainec some pounds, so no need to say how good it was. Pizza at Sorrento's was delicious and I loved the desserts at Cafe Promenade. I didn't attend all the shows, but the ones I saw were excellent. There were things to do around the ship all the time. Movies on the big screen was on my agenda, but it was windy and cold during the crossing, so I'll have to do that another time. The Quest was hilarious, love and marriage game show was so so, and ice show is top. Don't miss it, they set times to give tickets for the perfomances. My favorite part was the 6 rounds of master chef at sea. If you make some of the officers cook, you're in for a laugh. No surprise, Captain Espen was the first to be eliminated. And when they really cook, only in the finals that is, they managed to burn the tablecloth. I did the all access tour and it was quite an experience to go behind the scenes: bridge, control engine room, I95, storage room and galley. You have to do it at least once. Service and staff five stars as always. I am amazed that the waiters serve you one time during the cruise and they remember your name a week later. Crew very helpful and smiles the whole time. The Freedom seems to be a very happy ship. Captain Espen was the most present Captain I ever encountered on a ship. I ran into him everywhere daily. I think there's two or three of him. Our headwaiter Hachem was of the same calibre, we saw him every single day. Best headwaiter ever. June and Ruel were also great! I had MTD and even though we had a set table with the same people, I am not a fan. There seemed to be lines the whole time, the longest one for people with reservations. I couldn't have picked better ports. I fell in love with Portugal and Spain. I did private excursions in Lisbon, Cadiz and Palma. I walked around on my own in Malaga and did Barcelona sightseeing and airport drop off from the ship. I went to Sevilla in Cadiz with Spain Day Tours and they are a great company, as were the others. Disembarkation ran a little late as always, but immigration was a breeze for European citizens. Not so if you weren't from the US. I have sailed on Freedom before and she is a great ship with great crew. She is now my favorite (class of) ship. I loved the 8 consecutive sea days, and even though is was pretty rough for a day or two and the sun was constantly hiding, this was without a doubt my favorite cruise. There's probably another crossing for me in the stars Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
Cruise Director..Michaela was one of the best we've ever had embarcation was worst ever ! RCCL needs to improve their secondary terminal in FLL. Got a sinus infection after walking 150 yards downpour to get to terminal. Completely ... Read More
Cruise Director..Michaela was one of the best we've ever had embarcation was worst ever ! RCCL needs to improve their secondary terminal in FLL. Got a sinus infection after walking 150 yards downpour to get to terminal. Completely drenched. Diamond Lounge concierge (G) was outstanding! Main dining room food was very good. Staff was very good. Winchester Cafe very crowded for breakfast and lunch. First cruise for this ship to Europe...needed to sharpen their European skills. Not enough availability of Euros for exchange at Guest Services. Cabin attendant was very fast and helpful. Laundry service(wash & fold) - whites came back grey...:-0. Expected to have more than 2 production shows on a 14 day cruise. Ice show was excellent. Guest entertainment was very good....and diverse.....not all singers! Would cruise again on this ship. Weather was cooler than expected so not much pool time. But seas were smooth....captain did a great job. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
The price was very good, the repositioning cruise is always longer, which we like. The ship was new to us and most ports we had never visited. We like to do different ships, ports and adventures. We arrived in Ft. Lauderdale late the ... Read More
The price was very good, the repositioning cruise is always longer, which we like. The ship was new to us and most ports we had never visited. We like to do different ships, ports and adventures. We arrived in Ft. Lauderdale late the night before but slept in and had a nice breakfast at the LaQuinta Inn. The day was filled with heavy showers and we got wet a couple times but checkin went well, when our shuttle arrived around noon, and we were on-board in less than 45 minutes. Our time was then spent finding all the different venues and getting a lay of the ship as well as a quick lunch. We had a 7th floor cabin which usually works out great for walking to the Promenade, dining room and up to the pools and the Windjammer Cafe. We had anytime dining, but were so pleased with our wait staff the first night that we stayed at our table for the rest of the cruise. Dining was a fun experience, with wonderful couples next to us in a set of 4 tables for 2. Close enough to talk but separate. The kitchen gave a great variety of appetizers and diner entrees. Meals were very well prepared, excellently served in perfect timing, and delicious tasting. They were so good we didn't think of the specialty restaurants until most times were full. After dinner was the entertainment and they really out did themselves with the shows, ship's band, comedian, vocalists Paul & Karen, Violinist, and variety acts. Their was a lot of evening activities with music all around the ship and often a first rate movie to watch on deck. The weather wasn't the most cooperative but bundle up and cover up with a big towel and we were goos to go. Our cabin steward was so wonderful, sweet and helpful, we couldn't have asked for more. We're always using Cruise Critic to make new friends and plan our get togethers, activities and shore excursions and boy OH boy, did we get a couple excellent ones. In Lisbon we wanted to get the overall view since we are returning there this fall. The HOHO bus (Hop on/Hop off) was exactly what we needed. Had a nice walk of 15 minutes along the coastline to downtown where we visited markets, caught the tram and then flagged a hoho bus to the monestary and tower. Stopped at a shop for some custard pastry, a specialty of the region and something to drink. Managed to get back to the ship by 6 for dinner. Had a wonderful day in Lisbon. In Cadiz, we did the Free Poncho Walking Tour with Pedro, I think. Young, handsome, well versed and a native to the city. We spent 3 hours walking around the narrow streets, learning the city's history and finding places to go back to. Which we did after the tour. Easy to walk, easy to get turned around, at least at first, but another interesting & fun day. The next day, in Malaga, was probably the highlight of our shore excursions. We scheduled a Walking and Taste Tour with "WELOVEMALAGA.com" and got Paco. The tour was supposed to be 3 hours but lasted over 4.5 hours. We stopped at many "local" stops and sampled the delights of Malaga. From rich, dark, sweet, thick, warm chocolate drink to churroes (a light pastry) to nuts & berries, meats and cheeses, fruits (4 different kinds) to wine and tapes, it was a day of eat like the natives in their native spots. Paco made it fun and personal with our small group of only 5 people. What a tour...so glad someone on Cruise Critic had mentioned it. The walk was a little further from the ship, but because we had time before meeting our tour in front of MacDonald's we walked it. There is also a shuttle to and from the pier for very reasonable prices. This was definitely the highlight of our trip. The final shore excursion was with "No Frills Excursions" and it was okay but not the best. Hard to find the lady when you exit the terminal, no sign. She was forced to speak in 4 different languages with the people from the hotels and ship. Country side was nice, Drach Caves was nice, Pearl factory interesting but... When we got to Barcelona, which had just visited in the fall, we had planned a quick flight out. We will be back there in the fall for a few more days. The airport experience was messy, long lines and quite different than the US but it worked for us. Check in was extremely slow, so get there early. TAP Portugal gave us nice clean planes, very good service and comfortable travel conditions. Would definitely chose to fly with them again.... Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
This was our second Transatlantic cruise and our first time on a Freedom Class ship. For eight days cruising at sea (losing an hour each day at noon) and a bit overcast/windy this time, we still found enough to do to keep us from getting ... Read More
This was our second Transatlantic cruise and our first time on a Freedom Class ship. For eight days cruising at sea (losing an hour each day at noon) and a bit overcast/windy this time, we still found enough to do to keep us from getting bored. We had the most wonderful Cruise Director (Michaelle?...not sure on the spelling) and his Activity Director (Jerry). Two new activities we had not experienced before and absolutely loved were the Celebrity Sea Chef (officers, including the Captain were the competitors) and Dancing with the Staff (just like Dancing with the Stars from TV, dancing with passengers) which occupied our sea days. Also, the ice skating show is always a treat! Our Captain was very friendly and very visable/approachable on this cruise. Specialty Dining was great, My Time Dining was inconsistent in quality but it seems like the last few cruises have been the same way. As long as the overall cruise experience is fabulous, our vacation will be too. The service on this ship was consistently fantastic, and this is compared with over 25 cruises! We researched and booked our own shore excursions. We either joined a few organized excursions made via cruise critic or found our own. All were fantastic and these particular ports (Lisbon, Sevilla (Alcazar Palace), Cadiz (Alhambra Palace), and Palma de Majorca (must go to Valledemossa!) were some of our favorites of the many European cities we have seen. We stayed in Barcelona for five days afterwards and really had a fantastic time enjoying it w/o jet lag on this visit! If you ever stay there, try to book and visit each Gaudi site. They were all very good and audio tours added to the education regarding each experience. We got to enjoy this cruise as Diamond Membors for the first time. That was a treat, as well as meeting so many wonderful people during cocktail hour! We know we will go on more Transatlantic cruises in the future, as there are more ports enroute to be seen. Still one of our favorties for the price and this particular ship was a perfect size to enjoy the crossing! Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
Overall wonderful experience with our first TransAtlantic Cruise. Date and price worked for us, and we liked the itinerary. I would recommend Royal Caribbean and a repositioning cruise to anyone interested. The nightly entertainment was ... Read More
Overall wonderful experience with our first TransAtlantic Cruise. Date and price worked for us, and we liked the itinerary. I would recommend Royal Caribbean and a repositioning cruise to anyone interested. The nightly entertainment was some of the best we have seen on any cruise we have taken. The Master Sea Chef show was a delight and many people discussed during the cruise and was pulling for their favorite. Keep providing this type of entertainment for your guests. Ice show is always good and was on this ship, too. The pianist and violinist were excellent! The hypnotist is always fun. East Coast Boys were great and I really liked it when they sang with Kelly in the Scooner's after their performance. Kelly is a great attraction and knows his music and audience. He should have a larger venue so more people can sit, listen and sing with him. Overall a great cruise. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
Celebrating 50 year wedding anniversary with a second transatlantic cruise! Everything was wonderful! They worked hard to correct a request we had made for a table for 4 and it was for 8. We were surprised with an invitation to be ... Read More
Celebrating 50 year wedding anniversary with a second transatlantic cruise! Everything was wonderful! They worked hard to correct a request we had made for a table for 4 and it was for 8. We were surprised with an invitation to be guests at the Captain's table, hosted by their HR Manager, Tyrone. A lovely evening! We were impressed particularly with how visible the high ranking people were visible and intergrated among the passengers. The food was excellent in the dining room, and the windjammer. When they have completely refurbished ALL the cabins with new bedding, that will help a great deal! The cruises director and his assistant were the best of the 30 cruises we have completed! It was a fantastic cruise, and we would be happy to sail this ship again! If you love ship life, we would highly recommend a transatlantic cruise!! One additional suggestion would be for the Royal Caribbean cruise line to rethink their new nroom service policy. We have sailed enough with this line, and has been our favorite, to be surprised that they have begun charging for room service, unless it is for a continental breakfast. But even with those couple of suggestions, we are very happy with the ship, its staff and the entire experience. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
Love doing the transatlantic cruises with lots of relaxing days at sea. Freedom class ships are one of our favorites. Enjoyed all the extra events they plan for sea days like Master Sea Chef and Dancing with the Stripes. All though the ... Read More
Love doing the transatlantic cruises with lots of relaxing days at sea. Freedom class ships are one of our favorites. Enjoyed all the extra events they plan for sea days like Master Sea Chef and Dancing with the Stripes. All though the weather was not very nice we were always kept busy with events happening through out the day . The entertainment was some of the best we have seen on our 55 cruises. We also enjoyed the entertaiment shows in the afternoons. If you have never done a transatlantic cruise I highly recommend trying one. The ports we went to Lisbon. Cadiz, Malaga and Palma de Mallorca were all beautiful. Malaga I suggest taking the shuttle bus for $5 round trip into the city center b/c the $3 shuttle tram only takes you half way to the city center. If you can walk long distances it is also a nice walk. Go stick your feet into the ocean. Loved our cruise and RCL. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
This was my first time on the Freedom. I really enjoyed the ship. Embarkation was a little challenging. Security was slow and only had two scanners open. Our luggage was delivered to the stateroom in record time. Andrew, our stateroom ... Read More
This was my first time on the Freedom. I really enjoyed the ship. Embarkation was a little challenging. Security was slow and only had two scanners open. Our luggage was delivered to the stateroom in record time. Andrew, our stateroom attendant, was so friendly and our room was always clean and neat. Michele and Jerry did a good job of keeping us busy inside to offset the cold and rainy weather. We had My Time Dining and didn't have any problems getting the same table and waiter each evening. Really enjoyed having June as our waiter, table 84. Hichem, the head waiter, was so friendly. We woud talk with him each evening. The menu selections were typical as other sailings, but we always found something that was good. The itinerary was outstanding. Each port just kept getting better and better. The Bar Service at the Schooner Bar by Rajnath and his team was outstanding. Ask Raj to make you a Sangria, doesn't matter if it is red or white, you will love it!. We spent time at the Olive or Twist each night and Waylon and his team were great as well. We dined at Sabor for the first time and really enjoyed it. Mohammed took very good care of us. The ice skating show was outstanding! Don't miss it. Edgar coordinated a lunch for Cruise Critic members and it was so good. I would definitely sail on this ship again. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
The cost and the date of the cruise The crew is excellent and eery one tried to please. The movies I ant say enough about Best of any ship I have been on. Activites were good to keep us busy for the crossing The internet needs work as it ... Read More
The cost and the date of the cruise The crew is excellent and eery one tried to please. The movies I ant say enough about Best of any ship I have been on. Activites were good to keep us busy for the crossing The internet needs work as it does on all Royal ships. The food in the dining room was not served hot. The windjammer food was pretty much the same thing for lunch each day. The diamond club host was very attentive and helpful The diamond club servers were the best on the ship. I Liked the fact that the cabin staff did not leave carts in the halls all day. The theater entertainer was weak on this ship Out of 14 nights I only stayed for the whole show on 2 nights I usually go each night ad sit down front. Would be nice to get a bigger shower but I understand if we dot. I love the Brilliance Im sure after the redo it will be even better. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
We had always wanted to spend time at sea. We heard about repositioning cruises and chose this one. We had no idea what to expect and were absolutely delighted with certain aspects of the cruise. We did not expect the ... Read More
We had always wanted to spend time at sea. We heard about repositioning cruises and chose this one. We had no idea what to expect and were absolutely delighted with certain aspects of the cruise. We did not expect the internationalism of the staff, nor did we expect the compact cabins to be so beautifully designed and comfortable. We liked their decoration, the sumptuous and copious towels, the fine bed linens and excellent lighting. The sea was much more important to us than games or shows. We loved looking out our window (deck 4, port side, outside cabin) before gong to sleep at night. We enjoyed walking or sitting and reading on the promenade deck. We loved looking at the ship's wake or standing in the bow. We had trouble finding a quiet place for a pre-dinner drink. Perhaps this was because we were newcomers and there were places that we didn't know about. We finally resolved this issue by having a drink in our cabin. We took a lot of our breakfasts and lunches in the Main Dining Room. It was a treat to be served and we did enjoy meeting different people at each meal. Being pampered by our room steward Krishna, eating delicious food served by graceful s servers, sea gazing, spending time in our cabin were the parts of the cruise that we enjoyed most. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
CD Carly B and her Activites Manger Grant kept us busy and informed. When the ship missed LeHarve due to French workers strike, we went to Dover and the ship provided free bus service to the train station, town center and the castle, Well ... Read More
CD Carly B and her Activites Manger Grant kept us busy and informed. When the ship missed LeHarve due to French workers strike, we went to Dover and the ship provided free bus service to the train station, town center and the castle, Well Done. The Windjammer was the best ever with many, many individual stations - multiple eggs, carved meats, ribs, whole pig, crepes, fresh ice cream etc. also the MDR food was hot and tasty. The Captain took the ship around an Atlantic storm to limit the motion in the ocean and sped up for us to maintain our schedule. In Amsterdam we were delayed ata the lock, but again the ship stayed later to ensure our full time in Amsterdam. There was a nice variety of on board entertainment including showing the movies on yout cabin TV concurrent with the cinema and pool screen showings. Also, the music in the venues was expanded in number and times from our previous TAs. A couple of NON WOWs were..the assistant waiters now cover more folks, do not serve bread and also,take your drink orders...too much in my opine. Finally, the shore excursion team was a little disorganized in Amsterdam when we arrived an hour late and they told us everything was delayed an hour, then took the tours on time. The folks need a little more training in customer relations based on our interactions with the team in the Amsterdam terminal. Overall, a very nice cruise vacation.... Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
Wanted to visit ports in Italy so travelled across from Tampa the trip across was relaxing and had lots of fun people. The crew provided so many activities that I hardly had time to sit and read. Shows and entertainment was the best we ... Read More
Wanted to visit ports in Italy so travelled across from Tampa the trip across was relaxing and had lots of fun people. The crew provided so many activities that I hardly had time to sit and read. Shows and entertainment was the best we have had in 25 cruises. Room was great though showers were tiny but did have strong flow of water. Not big drinkers but they had a package of all non alcoholic beverages which was perfect for us. Only waste was fresh juice as limited time available. Did 6 pm dining so we had time for evening activities. Food was very good and served by an excellent staff. Also did Chops which was okay. Had better on other cruise lines as there were few choice and steak was available for no charge in dining room to get your beef fix. Really enjoyed Giovanni's. Amazing choices and the steak I had their was the best. Went 3 times. Really fun if you have more than 2 as they bring lots of appetizers and side dishes. Plus the tray of deserts were small portions so have more than one. Enjoyed all ports. We used Viator to book and were extremely pleased. Got to Barcelona ready for 12 more days of intense ports. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
We chose this cruise based on the itinerary. We were disappointed to be diverted from France secondary to a port strike. The planned D-Day excursion was to be the highlight for my husband. The ship staff did a great job in setting up ... Read More
We chose this cruise based on the itinerary. We were disappointed to be diverted from France secondary to a port strike. The planned D-Day excursion was to be the highlight for my husband. The ship staff did a great job in setting up alternative excursions in Dover, England and we did enjoy our visit there. We had MyTime dining and had great service. We chose to always sit at the same table with great servers! The food selections seemed more budget conscious than in the past with surcharges for certain menu items that would have been included on previous cruises. Many high level Crown and Anchor guests were on this ship and the perks offered to them made many of the lower ranking guests feel excluded. The sense of entitlement by these "higher" classed guests offended some lower ranked guests. I am referring to people who thought they did not have to wait in lines like others, they would just walk to the front in front of those who had been waiting and the ship staff allowed it. We attended the evening shows every night except one. The times of the shows caused some issues. They were scheduled at 9PM and 10:45PM which were later than we previously experienced. Most passengers tried to go to the 9PM show and it was difficult to get seats unless you arrived very early! They did change some of the shows later in the cruise to 7PM and 8:45PM which made attending easier. The crew was very visible maintaining and freshening the ship. An outside paint job was very noticeable when we returned from an excursion. The Vortex on the 12th level was a nice place to sit and peacefull read and relax. The piano bar in the Schooner Lounge was enjoyable. The Safari Club also had fun activities topped off by The Quest one of the last nights. Ballroom dance classes were available and well attended. Bingo was overpriced and had to be cancelled once for lack of attendees. We booked our excursions through Royal Caribbean after researching the destinations. Many cruisers were experienced and took trains and planned their own excursions using public transportation available in the ports. We learned many tips from experienced cruisers. There were six time changes on this cruise and usually done at noon. This made dinner and lunch very close together. The last time change was done overnight and did not affect daytime activities. Overall we had a great experience, made new friends and visited new locations. We would do this again! Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
Chose this cruise to accompany our family and friends. First 7 days were sea days - great shows, great activities, and lots of relaxation. The crew on Serenade is simply amazing - smiles and greetings from all. The ship is due for refurb ... Read More
Chose this cruise to accompany our family and friends. First 7 days were sea days - great shows, great activities, and lots of relaxation. The crew on Serenade is simply amazing - smiles and greetings from all. The ship is due for refurb but is still beautiful, just a little rough around the edges. Food was good and plenty of it! Our room steward, Anthony, was friendly and right on top of any issues. When the battery in our cabin door started to give us trouble occasionally, he had it fixed within minutes. We boarded her and were in the Windjammer by 11:00 am. No problems, even with the collection of passports. Everything went smoothly. Disembarking was the same. We walked off in Denmark, found our luggage quickly and taxied to our hotel. I must say though that Denmark didn't seem to have enough taxis that early in the morning. We booked our excursions through Royal simply because we like the guaranteed wait policy. We did not want to get stranded in a foreign country with no passport! The only change in our itinerary was France - it had to be changed due to a dockworker strike. Arrangements were made for us to dock in Dover, England instead, and on such short notice the excursion team did an amazing job of acquiring buses for excursions to Canterbury and London for those that wanted to leave Dover. All in all, we had an amazing time and would do it again in a heartbeat. Same ship, same captain, same crew! Loved everything about this cruise! Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
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