disdawn
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Celebrity Reflection

February 2015 - Celebrity Reflection to Caribbean - Eastern

Second Cruise on Reflection

We took this cruise the same week last February and enjoyed it so much we booked it again for this year.  We love this ship.  We have been on two other Solstice class ships and enjoyed them as well.  

The ship is beautiful and clean.  The crew is amazing. From Captain Bouzakis to the  cabin stewards..everyone is so nice and so hard working.  It really does make all the difference. While we have never had a "bad crew" on an ship, there is something special about this ship.  It just makes for a very pleasant atmosphere.         

Some things we love ....

The Bistro on 5 for lunch, especially on sea days.  Cafe al Bacio..great coffee, tea and snacks any time of day! The live music in the atrium each night..Xtasea did a great job.  Tuscan Grill was fantastic and our server Wilmer was the best! The outdoor seating in Ocean View Cafe..love the aft view and that there is plenty of seating.  The beautiful library .  The staterooms are spacious and comfortable and the balcony furniture is very comfortable.The showers are the best..hot water and great water pressure with glass doors.  Our boys had an inside cabin and that was comfortable for them as well.  We were on deck 10 aft.  There are plenty of activities in the Fun Factory for kids of different age groups..3-5, 6-8, 9-11, 12-17. The staff there is great as well.   

A few things  we would like to improve..

More live music and guest musicians.  Guest lecturers ..we miss those and find them really interesting.  The photos seem like a waste of paper and chemicals..i would think with digital photography and the apple TV technology we should be able to just browse our photos on our stateroom TV and choose what we like ..similar to how Disney does their photopass. 

Overall, a great cruise and we can't wait to go back again. 

 

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Freedom of the Seas

August 2014 - Freedom of the Seas to Caribbean - Western

Wonderful a Week!

This cruise was just my husband and myself this time.  It was our first time on Royal.  Previously have done three cruises on Celebrity, which we really enjoyed.  The Freedom is very different from those ships and it was nice to try something new. Our cabin was actually a JS on deck 9.  Cabin 9564. We upgraded a week before sailing.  The crew was outstanding. The ship was very clean. There is a lot going on to keep busy if you like. There were many families with kids aboard and they had plenty to occupy them as well.  We ate in the MDR all but the two formal nights.  Our servers were terrific.  The food was good. A few misses but mostly good.  We also ate at Chops and Portofino.  Both were excellent meals. 

The Freedom Ice show was great.  Amazing what they could do on a ship.  We also thought the Once Upon a Time show was excellent. We only wished for more live music in the evening. 

The Promenade was really nice and never very crowded except during parade time. 

Tried the cafe there a few times and it was very good. Never tried Sorrentos pizza but it seemed pretty popular. We liked the champagne bar a lot as well as the Viking Crown for the amazing views. 

Overall, we had a wonderful, relaxing week. We would definitely sail on the Freedom again.

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disdawn's Tips

Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas - Went to Coki Beach..just gorgeous..not a large beach so go early..they take great care of you there ..shared taxi was $9 pp and chairs at Coki are $5 each.
San Juan, Puerto Rico - We walked around Old San Juan. The forts are great to visit..interesting with great views! Great if you like to walk. People always nice. Look for the guys selling Piragua (snow cones) they have really delicious flavors, kids loved it!
Freedom of the Seas Freedom of the Seas - Use the interactive screens by the elevators. They have directions, menus, activities listed. It will save you time and help plan.

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