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Freedom of the Seas

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Price: $$     Size: L     Refurbished: 4 yrs ago    


What people said about this ship:

"Our formal dining room experience was impeccable and our room steward was great too." in 87 reviews.

"...all of the activities, entertainment( Graham the cruise director is hilarious - MAKE SURE TO GO TO THE LOVE AND GAME..." in 57 reviews.

"Years ago I took a Royal Carribean cruise and I remember the food being over the top." in 27 reviews.



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Traveled As:
Family w/older children

Room Type:
Inside

Experience:
2-3 cruises

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Freedom of the Seas 7 night cruise: Hispanola, Jamaice, Grand Caymen, and Cozumel

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Freedom of the Seas | Sail Date: Jul 06, 2014

This was an EXCELLENT cruise. I've never been on a vacation where I, the mom, didn't have to lift a finger.  It was such a relaxing trip for the mom!  No cooking, no cleaning, lots of relaxing, eating, sunning and napping with no responsibilities.  Our 16 year old son and 18 year old daughter really enjoyed it as well.  They had lots of things on the ship to do for the teens, they enjoyed the shows, the wonderful family meals at dinner, snorkeling together, etc.  We paid $4000 for an inside cabin on the 7th floor that included 2 rooms.  Be sure to plan on spending about $175/day per person to be able to maximize your shore excursions and you'll have a lot of fun.  Our favorite excursion was on a specific day was on ly $45/ person and we swam with the stingrays and was brought to a great place to snorkel.  We book that through a company direcly and not through the crusie line.  I hold back from giving a 5 star for 2 reasons:  in my personal opinion, I didn't like the competition of having my kids pulled iwth the desire to hang out with other kids their age as opposed to spending time with us a fmaily.  A cruise isn't the ideal vacation if you want to get away as a family and spend a lot of time togehter.  The other reason is many of the shows were quite prevocative.  The women were dressed in slutty attire that were very immodest and many of the dance moves were quite sensual.  It's disappointing to have "family entertainment" contribute to the moral decay that our world strongly faces.  They even had worlds most Sexiest Man/Woman contests in the middle of the day at the family pool where competitors were immodestly dressed deomonstrating sexual moves.  In all, we had a good time but know what to expect with the entertainment.

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moose453
Purser

Traveled As:
Family w/young children

Room Type:
Balcony

Experience:
1 cruise (first)

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Overall a great cruise and fun time!!!

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Freedom of the Seas | Sail Date: Jul 20, 2014

Where to begin?  Overall we had a great time!  A few minor glitches here and there which kept this from being a 5 star review, but we were able to adapt and overcome.

I will start with the positive:

The accomodations were actually bigger than we though they would be.  We stayed in a Cabin 9318, a D1 balcony at the center of the ship.  Our stateroom attendant was excellent and the room was immaculate!  The ship itself is beautiful and well maintained and the facilities are outstanding!  The staff is very attentive and friendly!  The various activities throughout the ship are numerous and fun!  Our kids really enjoyed the H2O zone and pools.  The arcade is big, but could use a little upkeep and maintenance on some of the games.  We had a blast on our shore excursions!  Two snorkeling trips and a dolphin swim!  Wave Jet tour on Labadee was outstanding!  

Now for the negatives:

The cruise line advertises themselves as "autism friendly".  This is true to a point.  What they do not tell you is that you have to arrange special accomodations through Autism on the Seas, a separate organization.  The Adventure Ocean program is okay at best.  You shove your kids into little rooms in large groups with a 25:1 ratio.  When we expressed our concerns about our autistic son we were told we had to speak to a manager who was not there.  This is not indicative to me of a trained "autism friendly" staff.  We were told the manager would call us, but it never happened...we had to go find her the next day.  When we we spoke to her we thought it would be great.  What they did was stick our son in front of a video game for more than 2 hours. I can do that in the stateroom.  Needless to say that was the first and only visit to the Adventure Ocean program.  

Our other big gripe is their attention to special diet needs.  We called over a month in advance to inform the cruise line of our son's autism and his and my wife's special diet needs (gfcf and tree nut allergy).  Maybe we were spoiled by the service at Disney, but that was a waste of time.  We had dinner seatings at 8 every night, but it took 2 days for them to fully get it right.  Even then the first few days their food came out way late after everyone else was done eating.  It is not like we changed anything day to day.  Our waiter and assistant waiter were awesome and the food was otherwise excellent!!!  The headwaiter was another matter.  He seemed almost put out and condescending when we expressed our concerns and complained about the wait.  Then he began avoiding our table so he would not have to deal with us.

You would think if our reservation was flagged with these things they could have been prepared...

 

As I said overall we had a great time!  Some minor customer service issues to be resolved, but otherwise excellent!

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Traveled As:
Couple

Room Type:
Balcony

Experience:
7+ cruises

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Great cruise

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Freedom of the Seas | Sail Date: Jul 27, 2014

We have sailed many times with R.C and rarely do we not have good things to say about them.  This cruise was no exception.  Service was always outstanding.  Food at dinner was great. Food at lunch and breakfast better than average.  Entertainment was good, but not outstanding.  Cruise director did a very nice job.  Really enjoyed the skating show and the activities on deck.  The Promenade was outstanding with many shops and things to do.  They have a very nice parade for the little ones also.  We never get tired of going to St. Thomas or St. Maartin. I recommend this cruise and cruise line.

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toytoy
Purser

Traveled As:
Singles/Friends

Room Type:
Inside

Experience:
4-6 cruises

5 star
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Lifetime Memories

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Freedom of the Seas | Sail Date: Aug 17, 2014

Best time of my life. Cruised on Freedom a few years back and had a great time, but they have upgraded the ship exceeding all expectations! From the service, to the staff, to the cleanliness of the ship everything was absolutely amazing. Even the captain was entertaining! Definitely had a wonderful time, would and will do it again, and recommend it to anyone, including children.

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disdawn
Third Mate

Traveled As:
Couple

Room Type:
Balcony

Experience:
4-6 cruises

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Wonderful a Week!

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Freedom of the Seas | Sail Date: Aug 03, 2014

This cruise was just my husband and myself this time.  It was our first time on Royal.  Previously have done three cruises on Celebrity, which we really enjoyed.  The Freedom is very different from those ships and it was nice to try something new. Our cabin was actually a JS on deck 9.  Cabin 9564. We upgraded a week before sailing.  The crew was outstanding. The ship was very clean. There is a lot going on to keep busy if you like. There were many families with kids aboard and they had plenty to occupy them as well.  We ate in the MDR all but the two formal nights.  Our servers were terrific.  The food was good. A few misses but mostly good.  We also ate at Chops and Portofino.  Both were excellent meals. 

The Freedom Ice show was great.  Amazing what they could do on a ship.  We also thought the Once Upon a Time show was excellent. We only wished for more live music in the evening. 

The Promenade was really nice and never very crowded except during parade time. 

Tried the cafe there a few times and it was very good. Never tried Sorrentos pizza but it seemed pretty popular. We liked the champagne bar a lot as well as the Viking Crown for the amazing views. 

Overall, we had a wonderful, relaxing week. We would definitely sail on the Freedom again.

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A lot of space and storage Huge walk in closet Bed and sitting area.

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Popular Tips for Freedom of the Seas


As a Caribbean I do believe it was a good opportunity to see other countries and meet other people to see how they live and how different they do things. The shores Excursions were good even though I was not able to do more.

If you let your waiter know it is a special occasion , they will remember. They will remember if you order a certain type of roll or a special appetizer more than once, then they will inquire if you want that the next time or they will all ready have that particular roll for you.

Great idea to book a room in the forward of the ship since the food places are located in the aft, causing you to walk off all the food!

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Sail Date: Oct 26, 2014
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