I enjoyed the entertainment the most. The comedians and shows were great. The food was only ok. Most things were very bland. Yes, there is food everywhere but I'd rather there be less and it taste better. The crew is fantastic. From the wait staff, to the bartenders, to the cabin help were all wonderful.
My husband did figure out one thing: instead of buying the pretty drinks, get an island ice tea or something else strong so you only need one expensive drink instead of several to feel the buzz. :)
The FOS is a fabulous boat! Loved Cruise Director Casey and his morning show!! Staff was great from the dining experience (Any Time Dining) to stateroom attendant. This was the first time with ATD. We liked the flexibility of the dining experience (don't forget to make your reservations). We also went to Giovanni's Specialty Dining. Again another great experience. It was quiet fine dining. A requested change with Royal would be to revise the TV stations. Coverage was scarce. Even though we are on a cruising vacation, at the end of the day, winding down at night with a cocktail, we like to catch up on National News, but the stations: 3 of them were repeat sitcom comedies, 3 of them were repeat cartoons, 3 of them were shopping, 2 were National News (CNN & Headline News), and 10 or more stations were in Spanish! We took advantage of the VOOM internet services which was a lifesaver but the connection was a bit slow. Also, trying to view our "Account On-Line" we had to "wait in the que" for more than 10 minutes to review our account. Even though it may take a while, use this option to book your excursions rather than wait in line at the Excursion Desk. The tickets will be delivered to your room and you can enjoy other facilities on board. On the Ports of Call. Grand Cayman was great. Remember this POC is tendered. Allow about 20-30 minutes from boat to port and port to boat. We shopped and then took a 1 hour Island Trolley Roger Tour. Glad we took the later tour which gave us plenty of morning shopping time. We were not impressed with Roatan (Taybana Beach Resort) POC. It was a bumpy 30 minute van ride there and the beach "resort" was not what we expected. "Local" vendors were everywhere on the shoreline and security officers were there as well. A little disappointed at that Port of Call. Otherwise Costa Maya, Mayan Ruins, (the 4 hour tour) was great. The tour guide (Daniel Jr) was informative and awesome. Glad we did the 4 hour excursion since it was VERY HOT! Bottled water was provided when you entered the bus and again after the tour was over and you returned to the bus. A must see. At Cozumel, my husband finished his PADI Scuba Certification course with a 2 tank dive. He thoroughly enjoyed his experience. We were disappointed that we were only in Cozumel until 3:30. It seems as though we should have been able to stay longer since we had one cruising day on Saturday arriving back at port on Sunday. We were cruising by Key West on Saturday around supper time and it doesn't seem like it would take 12 hours to make it back to Port Canavaral.
I was impressed with the Royal Caribbean cruise line it was my first time on. The ship's operations getting on and off were great. The was one snag at a port and the communication wasn't that great but it was resolved quickly. The food was great! Service was very nice and the entertainment was awesome!! Check them out I don't think they will disappoint.
I knew that the Freedom was going to be a step down from the Oasis in terms of facilities but didn't expect the service to move in that direction as well.
Notable exceptions were Tanya and Raj as our table waiters - excellent. As well as the Coffee bar staff.
Entertainment - ok. Although the Bingo / Sing that song entertainer had a ego that was incompatible with fun.
We chose the Owners Suite - 1334 - which was great except that it was directly under the ladies toilets outside the Windjammer - Note to self check this out next time!
The general bar service was mediocre - perhaps it has something to do with the uptake on the drinks packages and that they automatically get 18%. I'd much rather give 25% for great service and 5% for poor.
GETTING OFF THE SHIP. DID NOT LIKE HAVING TO PAY EXTRA FOR FOOD THAT USE TO BE SRRVED IN THE DINING ROOM. WENT TO THE UPPER MOST BAR FOR A DRINK WITH A FRIEND NO WAITERS INTHE BAR WE HAD TO GO TO THE BAR TO BE SERVED, THE DIAMOND CLUB HAD MORE WAITERS THAN NEEDED.
This is our 7th cruise , and by far the worst we had a group of 10,3 stateroom.we all got bed bug bites.This was our first time booking with cruise only ,and the service was horrible once the cruise was booked,every time we call or email Barabra she never returned our call.It was just a horrible experience from the start to end with all the bites we got in our cabin
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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