Freedom of the Seas

4.1 out of 5
Price: $ $ $ $     Size: L     Refurbished: 6 yrs ago    
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About Freedom of the Seas

Freedom of the Seas is a large ship, carrying 3634 passengers and 1360 crew, and sails from Ft. Lauderdale (Port Everglades), Florida and Barcelona, Spain.

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Contributor Level: Purser
4 out of 5

Cruise

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My favorite part of the cruise was the balcony and the beaches!

The entertainment was enjoyable.

The food was somewhat disappointing however the wait staff was great! We choose open dining so we had a few different waiters but they were all friendly, efficient and fun!

Our room steward (Werner) was very friendly and helpful.

 

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5 out of 5

Always a great trip

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Couple

We love cruising and really appreciate the work Royal does in making our trips a real vacation. Staff and crew were excellent. Itinerary was perfect. Boat was great, and the food and entertainment were great.

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4 out of 5

Stormy weather and tragedy in FLL didn't stop our vacation

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Family (older children)

Royal C. provided late boarding to accommodate the Ft Lauderdale airport tragedy on Jan 6th which was a big sigh of relief. I spent 24 hours trying to get reunited with my luggage and to my cruise port which would have normally been 4 hours but I'm thankful for being safe.

We also encountered stormy weather which prevented us from stopping in Haiti. 

Royal did a great job of making the vacation fun and I'm glad I was able to enjoy it. 

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Contributor Level: Purser
3 out of 5

Fun Times

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Couple

We found the Freedom of the Seas a bit large for our taste.  The Windjammer and Promenade were often chaotic and loud with so many people vying for the same space.  The entertainment was very good, however, the musicians in the bars, the ice show, and the performances at the theater were very enjoyable.  The food was good but our particular waiter was not of the caliber to which we have grown accustomed.  Our steward was the best ever, though.  The weather could have been better, but we can't hold Royal Caribbean responsible for that!

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Contributor Level: Purser
3 out of 5

cruise needs some work

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Couple

The different bands on the ship were great as was most of the nightly shows.. To much pushing of high priced meals while food in main dinning rom was ho hum. Almost missed my flight because they put us on the wrong bus, one going to Miami. We have been on over 50 cruise ships and this is the second ship I ever viewed as so-so. I would not recommend Royal Carib. to any one. We were on a Royal ship 10 years ago and it was great that is why I wanted to try it again but won't make that mistake again.   

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Contributor Level: Purser
2 out of 5

Overall lousy food and service

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Large Group

For the money, this cruise should have been 5 stars all across the board. I was greatly disappointed. Having done 2 Carnival cruises for less than half the cost each compared to this RC cruise, I can confidently say that I will not likely by considering another RC cruise. The bar staff was rude and even explained to me that he "has problems". The service was slow as well almost across the board (except for the dining room). The food was just lousy. Buffet was the worst. Greasy, made from dehydrated anything. Also, on the last two days, the fruit that was served was about rancid. 

 

Unless you get an RC cruise for free, might want to stay away...

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Contributor Level: Purser
4 out of 5

Freedom Reno time

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Couple

We thoroughly enjoyed the entertainment and all the wonderful people we met during our cruise. New Year's Eve on the Promenade was $$$, and while it was crowded, there are places on the ship (computer rooms) with chairs overlooking the Promenade and 20 people or so joined there to watch the balloons fall and wish each other Happy New Year.  We did enjoy a brief visit to the Solarium and it certainly was more quiet than the public pool area.

As Diamond members, we enjoyed the Lounge nightly and met more wonderful servers, (Ariel) and guests.  Looking forward to our next cruise.

 

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Contributor Level: Purser
4 out of 5

Overall good cruise

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Family (older children)

We were satisfied with every aspect except the Costa Maya.   We chose a beach day as it was our first port and our teens wanted to see a Caribbean beach.  

It was the worst shore excursion I have seen.  Dirty, poor facilities and tacky.

We understand being in a different country but this was a cheap side show.

i am sure it is a convenient location for visiting Mayan historical sites.  However;

for those not choosing that option, it below standard.

 

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Contributor Level: Purser
1 out of 5

Royal Caribbean never again

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Large Group

the service in the ONLY non pay restaurants was AWFUL. The server had no help and too many tables. The food was the same every day.  The drink service on deck was hard to find.  The shows were good. 

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Contributor Level: Third Mate
4 out of 5

Shore excursion was too rush

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We love the activities on board (although it was not as many as our previous Monarch of the Seas cruise), the cruise director was funny and very entertaining. The crews were friendly and helpful as well. Our room was well cleaned, our state room attendant was very attentive to us, we can easily requested anything and will be provided in short time (we did not requested weird things, just extra pillows).

 

The port of calls were not all very interesting, like Costa Maya where we were docked at a tourist ports where souvenirs were sold 5 times more expensive than the one sold at Mahahual (which also a tourists area for locals and cruises' passengers anyway). Grand Cayman was the best port of calls according to us. While in Cozumel, we did not get any chances to enjoy the city (which lead this comment to other review regarding shore excursion), we decided to book a shore excursion to Cichen Itza (took a 45 minutes ferry rides times 2 because we need to get back with the same ferry to the port, then a very long road trips to get there almost 2 hrs to get there plus 2 hrs to get back, plus the traffic), we paid about $260 for two persons and we only had 35 minutes to enjoy the huge place, yes we were in a "sprint" tour. It was the worst money spent here. Then we rushed back to the port to get the ferry back to the ship. We learned one thing that it is better to get a shore excursion at the ports that from the ship (more cheaper and more options).

 

Overall, we still had so much fun on-board and off-shore, so we think it's still fair enough to give 4 out of 5 for overalls experience with our recent Freedom of the Seas cruise.

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radashley
Contributor Level: Third Mate

The pizza on the Promenade was pretty good as we're some of the sandwiches from the coffee shop. The food in the Windjammer was nearly as good as what was in the dining room and if you prefer to dress more casually then that is the place to be....not as stuffy. There was always a good selection.

tvelji
Contributor Level: Second Mate

Pizza was free at the Pizza place on the promenade. The drinks aren't free, but if you have one of the drink packages it pays off. Tips are included in the purchase of the package. They had a cupcake shop and I bought one of the cupcakes for a little over 2 dollars. It was delicious!

tricia46400072
Contributor Level: Purser

The food in the Starbucks coffee shop is free (although the Starbucks is not) - not many people realized this and there was never a line.

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Price

L

Size

Jun 2006

Built

6 yrs ago

Refurbished

3634

Total Passengers

2.67

Crew to Passenger Ratio

14

Number of Decks

1827

Total Cabins

28

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