November 2015 - Freedom of the Seas to Caribbean - Eastern
The over all cruise was delightful, with just a little weather related rough seas on a cruise day. It made being on the top deck impossible. Royal Caribbean has plenty to do on their ships, so this was not a problem however. Nice production shows, an adult game show that was hysterically funny, the casino and more.
We upgraded our dining package to have a little variety. Chops is Five Star. Excellent cuts of meat, cooked to perfection. We enjoyed the Italian restaurant too. Sabor is a New Mexican restaurant with table-side guacamole. The bonus was a wonderful dessert tray with many different small desserts to sample such as churros, a coconut flan that was wonderful and more. I would have like a few more selections on the entree side however.
The main dining room at dinner was just ok, however many entrees were rather drab. Small portions for a mans appetite, but they did bring additional food for him to make it better. It made us wait longer, when we could have spent time doing other things. I thought the food was not as good in the past on their cruises for this cruise line. Our waiter was a gem though, as well as his assistant.
We went on the Five Star Island tour in St Thomas. Do not go on this Excursion as it is a total waste of money!!!!!!!!! It was nothing but a taxi ride to the beach with a couple of small rushed stops at best. It was supposed to go to one beach, but we were taken to another due to e coli problems after heavy rains in St Thomas the day before. The beach at Lynchberg Beach AKA: Emerald bay was just ok. Tthe water was beautiful, but the facilities were run down and dirty. The tour quide could not be heard because the speakers were blown as he drove thru town just to point out the police station and the chief's house, then past the sewage and electric for the island. He stopped on a high spot to let people take a photo overlooking the beach. This is where it really became a joke. It was overgrown with bushes and had two garbage trucks with garbage hanging out parked there.It just got worse from there!!!!!! We got other transportation back, because this tour was a absolute bust. I would not tell anyone to go on this.
We went on the Mirrabella Catamaran in St Maarten. This was 5 star!!!!. Fun and exciting for all ages. Safe. Stopped to snorkle. Had equipment for adults and children on board. Had beer and rum punch for adults and soft drinks and water for children. Served sandwiches and had chips and salsa and snacks during the sail around the the island. Stopped at one of the beautiful beaches as a second stop for swimming. Water was deep there, so those with young children need to make sure they have on live jackets. They provide floats for adults that are not the strongest of swimmers.
They even stopped off the famous Airport Beach to see the planes come in overhead. This was fun for all ages. Great way to see the Island!! I highly would suggest this excursion.