Overall experience was good. Food on the dining room could be upgraded. Our waiter, Novelet and her assistant, Zhang were superb. They did an excellent job pampering us. The Filipino Sous Chef did a remarkable way of making our stay enjoyable. He always send us filipino food so we won't miss home. Lovely!
Everything was wonderful, except too much down time without a lot of activities to do. If you have an early dinner there is not a whole lot to do until 10 P.M. They also lack music during the day it also starts late and the piano guy is not that good. The comedy show was terrible. If you are traveling with small children or over the age of 60 then this is the cruise for you.
I'm an emerald member with Royal Caribbean and this is my 3rd cruise on the beautiful freedom of the seas. The crew, the staff the entertainment on this ship its amazing. I cruise with my niece and she had a Blast! I highly recommend this ship!
We throughly enjoyed everything about this cruise. There was plenty to do on the ship, the ship was very clean, the food was delicious, the staff was all very curtious, the port destinations were great, and all of the excursions were fun and exciting.
We loved the entertainment and the ocean at night. Our Vista to the different islands only added to 5he trip. The waters in the carribbean was perfect clear blue and clear. We loved the food on board and to the same 5 star service in the states would have cost a huge huge amount of money. The crew was exceptional in kindness and assistance for direction and help. We look forward to and would recommend this cruise to anyone.
Great experience. Very easy to book. We enjoyed the experience. T^he cabin steward and dining server were fantastic. It would have been even better had there been more "true" entertainment vs the reality game show type feel of the shows.
Could not have asked for a better vacation! The ship was gorgeous, and the staff was very attentive! Loved loved loved the shore excursions. We have already booked our next cruise since you'd experience was so great.
We have sailed on Royal Caribbean (R.C.I.) in the past and knew they set the bar very high. We have always yearned to sail on the Freedom (but did not due to budget). We should have sailed on her sooner! We enjoyed each and every one of our R.C.I. cruises before with our kids and family and as a couple. The Freedom of the Seas did not disappoint! Every crewmember from cabin steward, waiter, maintenance technician, bar tender, pool attendant and supervisor asked how we were and if there was anything they could do for us and wished us a wonderful day (often calling us by name). The Freedom of the Seas is a well laid out ship and easy to get around. We even worked out everyday in the awesome fitness center!
It is well maintained for being ten years old. The entertainment was world class (ice show especially). The food in the main dining room (Isaac's) was delicious every night and the Windjammer never disappointed....often having a wider selection of diverse foods from around the world (scrumtious and mouth-watering). The western caribbean itinerary (Labadee, Falmouth Jamaica, Grand Cayman and Cozumel) our favorite stops were beautiful and fun. Shore excursion guides and attendants went out of their way to be courteous and attentive to each person (bamboo rafting the Martha Brae and SCUBA diving in Cozumel). Needless to say...our expectations were highly exceeded. Darn it that the Freedom is being moved to Europe. We would recommend sailing on her now before you have to fly to Spain to get on board her.👍👍👍👍👍
P.S. only complaint was Customs and Border (Port Canaveral) at the end of our cruise. Long lines (queues) waiting over an hour (appeared to be only too few inspectors for over 3000 guests).
This was the first time that our family was on a cruise and we cannot wait to get back on the ship in the near future. Freedom of the Sea is an awesome ship and what makes it great are its staff. Rented a car from the National from MCO to Port Canaveral and the process could not have been easier. Excellent check-in system, did not need to worry about the bags from the moment you arrive on the port as the porters handle them all until it arrives on your door step later at night.
Accommodations, dining experiences, entertainment, and all the ports were great except for Labadee, Haiti where the lifeguard was sneaky trying to get us to pay directly pocketing the money. Other than that I want to recognize the Stateroom attendant Rosbert Mack, and Dinning staff, Domis, John and Keron.
Excellent experiences, and will go back on the ship soon!
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.
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!
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