November 2015 - Freedom of the Seas to Caribbean - Eastern
I really enjoyed this cruise. This was my second cruise with Royal Caribbean and it was extremely enjoyable. The food was better than I expected. I got used to having a cheese, mushroom and pepper omelet every morning cooked just for me as I waited in two minutes or less. My dinners were always in Leonardo's at late seating with an assigned table with 5 other travelers. So over the evenings we all got to know each other. My only complaint is that the First Monday and Last Friday it was formal dress and I don't dress up to eat or anything else. I'm retired and the last time I wore a suit was at my daughters wedding. The shore cruises were excellent, however except for the one on Cococay, Bahamas were extra cost. I took one in Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas called "Kon Tiki Glass-Bottom Boat Cruise" which was very disappointing. The wooden framed glass viewports were not cleaned well and you really couldn't see anything. Plus the area we stopped at the water was not clear, so all in all a complete waste of money. The second shore cruise at Philipsburg, St. Maarten called "An Ultimate Island Tour, Explorer Cruise and Island Tour" was fabulous! They took us by coach thru the Dutch side of the island, stopped for pictures at the top of a hill, and then down thru the French side of the island where we boarded a catamaran to cruise around the bay. Then reboarded the coach and drove back to the Dutch side. It was a fun 8 hours and well worth the money. The entertainment was excellent. Two different comedians gave a show at 7:00 PM for everyone and a second show at 11:00 PM for adults only. They were both very funny and quite enjoyable. They also had an aerialist act with a man and a woman from Hungary that was very impressive. They did the whole act hanging from a suspended cable and the guy was amazingly strong to handle all of the moves without dropping the girl. Acts from Las Vegas could not have done better! Paul Borland (I think who was billed the man with a 1,000 voices) gave a great show with voice impressions of all kinds of movie stars and famous singers. Really well done. They also put on an ice show twice over two days which was impressive enough that they were doing it on a moving ship and also that the ice rink was not that large. Again the skaters did amazing flips and leaps and the choreography and outfits were very well done. They also gave a show with an illusionist/magician who did a Las Vegas-like act using assistants dressed in beautiful outfits and using cages and curtains which was amazing. They also had two song and dance shows which were top-notch, the one on the last night was truly incredible! There was many opportunities over the days to use the climbing wall, play mini golf, use the table tennis tables, swim in the pools, use the waterslides, play shuffleboard, use the soccer court or basketball court. If you couldn't stay busy, it was your own fault. I could say more but I think you get the idea. This was a fun cruise and I formed a lot of good memories.