March 2015 - Freedom of the Seas to Caribbean - Western
This was our first cruise and we learned alot about RCL cruises. Overall the experience was good thanks to the staff and crew members who made it very special. The Freedom of the Seas was renovative and added stateroom to increase the ship's capacity to 4400 people plus 1500 crew memebers.. In doing that, they reduced the services in the stateroom areas ( ICE,etc). They also did not increase the deck chairs, number of pools, elevators, dining facilities, etc. Thus you waited in lines for the deck chairs, elevators, and Windjammer dining. We even heard from people who had been on many cruises this was not a good one.
Shore excursions were another event where we waited in lines to disembark. RCL shore excursions were good, but it again it was the guides and drivers who made our day. With 4-6 cruise ships in port, it was hectic and in some cases disorganized. We really did not want to do shore excursions with 1000 people. But we survived.
The ships officers were always present for toasting and pictures but after that you couldn't find them !.
Shows were great and very enjoyable.
If you wanted spend time with thousands of people. Cruising is for you....