August 2014 - Freedom of the Seas to Caribbean - Western
I cannot say enough good things about this cruise and this ship! The ship is beautiful and immaculately clean. The staff was friendly, helpful and FUN, FUN, FUN! Dinners exceeded our high expectations for delicious food on RC cruises. Our waiters, Franco and Nelson were wonderful and added some fun little touches to dinner such as a couple of magic tricks that made dinner even more enjoyable. The Royal Promenade area of the ship was AMAZING! It was so nice to have a nice "sit down" area for pizza, sandwiches and drinks that had the atmosphere of a nice restaurant rather than the "cafeteria line" style pizza set ups we have seen on past cruises. I LOVED the pool area on this boat....enough room that it wasn't too crowded for all to enjoy. We have cruised numerous times and spent more time at the pool this trip than all the other trips combined. The entertainment staff kept things going and loved the big screen videos, movies and shows that played poolside. The evening shows were out of this world. Great variety of acts and the added bonus of the ice skating shows were just even more than we had hoped for. The Quest Adult Scavenger Hunt was awesome as usual....so much fun and a "not to be missed" part of the cruise. The parade down the promenade the last night was over the top wonderful! As far as the ports go, we loved Labadee, Haiti...best private island experience to date. Do not go without having the signature drink there called a Labadoozee....it is delicious and refreshing! We were not crazy about Falmouth, Jamaica. The port area at Falmouth, Jamaica was one of the nicest I have seen but once you leave the port area, the area is very much a slum type area and I was not comfortable just walking about as we typically do in port towns. We went back to the port area and purchased a trolley ride ticket and thoroughly enjoyed the ride and information given by the guide. If I went back to this area, I would definitely book a cruise ship excursion instead of just venturing out to explore the town. I wouldn't let a stop at this port stop me from taking a future trip if it were on the itinerary but I would definitely plan differently for how to spend the day. Cozumel, Mexico and Georgetown, Grand Cayman are always good stops that we enjoy so loved both of those! I would definitely recommend this ship and this itinerary to anyone wanting a dream vacation....it was amazing!