July 2014 - Freedom of the Seas to Caribbean - Western
This was an EXCELLENT cruise. I've never been on a vacation where I, the mom, didn't have to lift a finger. It was such a relaxing trip for the mom! No cooking, no cleaning, lots of relaxing, eating, sunning and napping with no responsibilities. Our 16 year old son and 18 year old daughter really enjoyed it as well. They had lots of things on the ship to do for the teens, they enjoyed the shows, the wonderful family meals at dinner, snorkeling together, etc. We paid $4000 for an inside cabin on the 7th floor that included 2 rooms. Be sure to plan on spending about $175/day per person to be able to maximize your shore excursions and you'll have a lot of fun. Our favorite excursion was on a specific day was on ly $45/ person and we swam with the stingrays and was brought to a great place to snorkel. We book that through a company direcly and not through the crusie line. I hold back from giving a 5 star for 2 reasons: in my personal opinion, I didn't like the competition of having my kids pulled iwth the desire to hang out with other kids their age as opposed to spending time with us a fmaily. A cruise isn't the ideal vacation if you want to get away as a family and spend a lot of time togehter. The other reason is many of the shows were quite prevocative. The women were dressed in slutty attire that were very immodest and many of the dance moves were quite sensual. It's disappointing to have "family entertainment" contribute to the moral decay that our world strongly faces. They even had worlds most Sexiest Man/Woman contests in the middle of the day at the family pool where competitors were immodestly dressed deomonstrating sexual moves. In all, we had a good time but know what to expect with the entertainment.