March 2016 - Freedom of the Seas to Caribbean - Western
Royal Caribbeans Freedom of the Seas can't be faulted.
If you take the time to talk to the staff, they will go overboard to assist you. The bar staff made us special drinks everyday with whatever type of liquor we wanted (and blended well).
The food was very good, available at all hours of the day and night.
The only disappointment was the "chair hogs", those people that literally got up at 0530, took chairs and rarely returned to them and we're always situated in the best areas. I sat next to a few of these "hogs" and felt bad for people who thought they were available, there is a notice about not keeping vacant seats that are empty for thirty or more minutes, but it is not enforced.
Entertainment on board was decent. Two of the shows were pretty hopeless, not amusing and the head singer in one show was bad, so much so, a large portion of the audience left.
The ice show was fabulous.
The evening entertainment for adults was total fun and audience participation makes the show.
waiting to disembark needs better organization. We waited close o an hour later than our scheduled departure time and then waited in Customs for not her 45 minutes. There were only 5 customs officers for over 3800 pax.
The stops in port were long enough and enjoyed them. One thing about Labadee, their private area in Haiti. None f the locals smiled and they expect monetary handouts. This location is a major money maker for RC and we will avoid this in the future.
We had an opportunity to eat with the Captain and Head of Security one night and it was fabulous, this opportunity was available because we talked to the staff and they are the ones who "suggest" dinner guests.
The kids love the Dreamworks characters and flock to have their pictures taken.
The Cruise Director, John, mentioned that they have 70 nationalities working on RC and there is obvious harmony and no ill will noticed on board. This comment makes us realize they we can make this happen in our everyday lives.
All in all, we booked another cruise on a smaller ship for next year.