October 2014 - Freedom of the Seas to Caribbean - Eastern
As expected, there were wonderful things about this cruise and not so good things. All staff get an excellent rating. Food vacillated between excellent and mediocre. Entertainment was top notch. Good prices on alcohol purchases (to take home). I haven't cruised in 20 years and things have changed insofar as you have to pay for more upgrades while on the ship (like better dining, etc.). The worst part of the cruise is getting on and off the ship. We stood in line for hours and hours. This was OK when in my 50's but in 70's not a good experience at all. Maybe they could dismiss deck by deck and provide places to wait where chairs are available rather than have to stand. We were given a wait area that was packed with people and no place to sit. My last cruise on a big ship like this. My "hat's off" to the wonderful staff who took care of our room and served our meals.