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

Price: $$     Size: L     Refurbished: 5 yrs ago    

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What people said about this ship:

"I found the meals in the dining room exceptional." in 155 reviews.

"...and ship and after speaking with allen brooks the cruise director he is great by the way we plan to book again on the new..." in 88 reviews.

"...Very entertainment( suggest offering an additional ice show since many were turned away), great food, organized." in 52 reviews.

Freedom of the Seas sails to:

Caribbean - Western Caribbean - Eastern

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RCCL not what it used to be

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We have really liked Royal Caribbean in the past. This trip did not measure up. The staff seemed tired and low energy. The dining room and food in general was average at best. The maitre 'd in our dining room was inept. Our cabin steward was okay. Our one meal at Chops Grillr was excellent. 

We will try other cruise lines before returning to RCCL - if we ever return. 

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Not worth the money cruise

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i found the staff to be very pleasant and the entertainment very good. They had a wonderful nursery and child care program. The food however was horrendous and the speciality restaurants limited and lousy. Everyone in our cabin ended up sick and vomiting for 1-2 days. Also, drink packages and everything else is too overpriced compared to other cruise lines. I won't travel on RC again.

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Not what it used to be

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It appears that the service on Freedom of the Seas has gone south a bit.

We arrived and got on fairly quickly. We got a room on the 6th floor which faced the Promenade. We were assured we would not hear anything in the room - Not so! When the speakers are on for events, they hang right outside the room and the room seemed to bounce. On Thursday, the housekeeper "forgot" to come into our room at all - no clean towels, no bed made - nothing. I called Housekeeping and they sent up towels! The next afternoon, the attendant showed up to apologize but damage had already been done. Housekeepers fill the halls in the day time, chatting amongst themselves and it is difficult to walk down the already narrow corridors. 

Needless to say, we will never step foot on this ship again. Apparently when a ship gets older than brand new, service declines and no one really cares. 

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Absolutely Wonderful Cruise

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My wife and I very much enjoyed our cruise on the Freedom of the Seas to St. Thomas and St. Maarten!  CrusiesOnly and their staff was wonderful to work with!  They did everything and all we really needed to do was show up aside from the online requirements to complete the required paperwork to board the ship.

 

I would highly recommend if you are looking to book a cruise.  Of all the cruises we have been on, this was by far the easiest one for embarking and disembarking!  Thanks !

 

 

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Cold start to a warm and friendly cruise

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Second time cruising on the Freedom of the Seas; first trip was 7 years ago on this approximately 4000 passenger ship.  Having lived in Florida for 30+ years the forty something temperatures driving to the port made the prospect of a Caribbean cruise even more enticing.  I'm sure  those traveling from more snow laden areas felt that much more! Fortunately many wisely got out before the blizzard hit in the east. 

The first stop at in the Bahamas at Coco Cay was a little cooler then previous felt but pleasant and partly sunny a beach barbecue is included.   At Charlotte Amalie, St Thomas VI, we opted to take a taxi for $10/pp each way to the port of Red Hook and took the ferry to St John $7/pp.  This is one beautiful island, took a taxi tour with most of the time spent viewing and stopping at some of the many beaches.  Many stunning views from differing heights.  Before returning on the ferry we stopped at a friendly, mostly outdoor pub, Cruise Bay Landing enjoyed a snack with the local beer.  Phillipsburg St Maartin, our final stop great as always for shopping though at times we've walked off the ship to the beach area where you can rent a chaise lounge, umbrella and use of a bathroom.  The prices dropping the farther you walk from the port. 

RCL maintains the Freedom of the Seas well,  our stateroom attendant Dennis kept the stateroom clean and responded to any requests efficiently.  The food on the MDR for lunch and dinner was very good, at the lunch chopped salads were great. The service provided at table 62 in the Galileo room could not have been better.  We ate there 2 nights. The service for breakfast was slow and understaffed. The Windjammer buffet  provided many varieties of

food  we ate there for breakfast and some lunches.  For breakfast lovers you can get omelets prepared your way and they constantly make fried eggs so they are hot when you sit down to eat.  The cafes on the promenade deck were open 24hours, good for a grab and go sandwich, pizza or breakfast sweet.  The pizza crust has improved over the years especially if you get a slice from one freshly made.

Normally we don't eat at the specialty restaurants but friends traveling with us were going so we ate at Chops, Giovannis and Sabor (kind of upscale Mexican).  They were all great with excellent service.  It was disappointing to see that Chops has an up charge for Lobster and Porterhouse steaks.  Sabor's $25/pp charge includes freshly made at the table guacamole and warm crisp chips and salsa.  At all restaurants there is plenty of food to enjoy. 

Entertainment from musical production shows, ice skating shows, comedians, piano bar with star themed nights, Latin dance at the Boleros lounge and other types of dance and listening music available until late throughout the ship. 

Activities during the day include jewelry making sometimes free sometimes a charge, wine tasting, cooking shows, some for a charge but including a meal, scrapbooking, line dance and other dance classes.  No enrichment lectures like I've heard on other ships. 

The bartenders in the Schooner bar were both friendly and talented with magic trips, drawing etc and the drinks were good too! 

This ship provides plenty of activities for people of all ages and that's what typical of RCL.  Happy Cruising!

 

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Shakey

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Pat and I were very dissipointed in the lack of tv programs, actually nothing for adults @ night when we like to go to sleep with something good on.

Had a very rude officer @ the main desk, kept calling me a liar over two different issues.

did like the speed of disembarking when we carried our own luggage.

Waiter and assistant were great (table 129)

cabin attendant also great state room # 8224

Line Dancing classes did NOT have adequate floor space, had double the people to fit the floor.

gentleman giving the talk on detox did not have enough seats, several standing and propping.

Food was all good.

too many events going on on deck 5 for the # of passengers on board.

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Bad Bartender???

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The line went to adding 18% on each and every transaction. Well the boys from Jamaica know this and are in NO hurry to help you, smile at you, or even converse with you. Bad idea RCCL!!!

Pool bar service, you know the guys going around yelling "coco loco", and would

bring you a beer.........GONE!! Well not really gone, just standing up by the Skybar with their trays in their hands BS'ing with each other. 4 at a time....just standing there!! NOT ONCE IN 7 DAYS DID I HAVE SOMEONE ASK ME IF I WANTED A DRINK!!! Again I attribute this to the mandatory tipping at the bar.

The room steward could not have been better

The food was much much improved from the last time we were on this ship.

I wish NCL would give me the status I have on Royal, I would love to try them again.

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better than Carnival

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started out really impressed  but it went downhill over several smaller things.  If you get the soft drink package only there are machines on deck 5 and deck 11 ONLY.  No big deal but the ones on 5 were broke most of the time.  Watch out for any food (like the Tortuga rum cakes) in their ship store.  When we opened them up they had expired in May of 2013!  The main dinning food was okay but the buffet on deck 11 beat it almost every day.  They do really try to bleed you on (I suspect) all cruises.  120 bucks to park!  An ATM machine that would only give you 50 bucks at a time no matter what your balance was (6.50 per transaction so I don't think this was an accident)

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Could be better

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 The food and wind jammer could have been much better .

 On previous cruises I have had a better selection of food .

 The lineup to get coffee, tea often  got too long I prefer the self-serve method.

 

 

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Mostly a great trip

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Overall this was a great trip.  We stayed in a junior suite and it was totally worth it. The staff on Board the Freedom of the Seas was wonderful and the ship itself was nice.  However the food was average at best.

 

On our cruise we made it all the way to Labadee, Haiti and were unable to disembark due to "political protests" on the shore.  This was a complete disappointment and Royal Caribbean should be ashamed of themselves for marketing this island as their "private island".  They had zero security measures in place to ensure our safety if we disembarked and did nothing to makeup for the missed port.

 

In Jamaica we did the Margaritaville Catamaran Sail, Beach Break and Party. BEWARE - they make you get off tje catamaran IN THE OCEAN!  The waves were over our heads and the boat was rocking so bad we had bruises. They neglect to tell you this in the description.  The beach was average at best and the locals hounded you the entire time "relaxing" at the beach.  Also, Maragaritaville back at the port was disappointing.  Try a different excursion.

 

In Grand Cayman we did the Push, Pull, and Swim with the Dolphins and it was AMAZING!  I cannot say enough good things about the entire experience.  It was VERY pricey, especially after we shelled out $200 just for the CD of pictures for a family of 4, but it was worth every penny.

 

In Cozumel we did the Deluxe Beach Break and Playa Mia Water Park.  Had the weather cooperated and all of the Ocean Activities not been cancelled this would have been a great excursion.

 

My last piece of advice would be to stay CLEAR of the Royal Caribbean transfers.  Our bus had no air on the trip to the port and was blowing hot air.  It was close to 90 degrees in  tje bus with no water for 50 minutes and NO APOLOGIES.  On the way back our bus had a problem getting trew the gate at the airport and our diver exited the bus and left us unattended - in tje bus - at tje gate - without any information fpr well over 15 minutes.  GET YOUR OWN TRANSPORTATION.

 

Overall anywhere besides the cold Chicago weather was going to be great.  Glad we went but could have done without the issues.

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radashley
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.

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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!

Some people don't know, the food, not the drinks are free in Cafe Promenade

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