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Freedom of the Seas

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8 Night Eastern Caribbean (Ft. Lauderdale Roundtrip) Cruise on Freedom of the Seas

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mocdietcoke4009
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mocdietcoke4009   Mar 05, 2017 - 8:07 am

mocdietcoke4009 checked in to this roll call

captiantucker
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captiantucker   Feb 05, 2017 - 6:43 pm

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GregoryAS
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GregoryAS   Feb 05, 2017 - 6:16 pm

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caslabb
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caslabb   Jan 31, 2017 - 10:02 pm

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NutMeg83
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NutMeg83   Jan 25, 2017 - 3:50 pm

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dunahoot217
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dunahoot217   Jan 07, 2017 - 7:58 pm

Yes let's!

JaxonBennett
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JaxonBennett   Jan 07, 2017 - 7:26 pm

Let's do this!!

MrBill
Contributor Level: Cruise Director

MrBill   Jan 07, 2017 - 6:10 pm

We are doing just fine here...look forward to your arrival

dunahoot217
Contributor Level: Deck Hand

dunahoot217   Jan 07, 2017 - 6:07 pm

Yes!!!! Praise the lord. Got the text when we landed in Ft Lauderdale at 5:15! We were looking at plan B... book a new cruise or fly to Puerto Rico and meet up. Soooooo relieved even though I know y'all want this ship to move :)

ChicGirl
Contributor Level: Purser

ChicGirl   Jan 07, 2017 - 4:56 pm

You are in luck. Departure time is 9pm

JaxonBennett
Contributor Level: Deck Hand

JaxonBennett   Jan 07, 2017 - 3:17 pm

Hope you can salvage. I just ate my first burger, so I'm happy.

dunahoot217
Contributor Level: Deck Hand

dunahoot217   Jan 07, 2017 - 1:30 pm

Well.... ATL flight delayed again. Now not arriving until 4:41 so...

dunahoot217
Contributor Level: Deck Hand

dunahoot217   Jan 07, 2017 - 10:37 am

We are praying for a miracle at this point. I guess worst case, we plan a cruise that's leaving tomorrow

JaxonBennett
Contributor Level: Deck Hand

JaxonBennett   Jan 07, 2017 - 9:40 am

Oh no. Good luck. We're boarding now. What the gate agent told us was that they basically delay the flights generously but take off early if possible. Good luck. Hope you make it.

dunahoot217
Contributor Level: Deck Hand

dunahoot217   Jan 07, 2017 - 9:39 am

We called too and they were told it is set to leave on time at 5:30. We just got notification our flight to Ft Lauderdale has been delayed and not arriving now until 4!!! Cruise line said we had to be through port gates by 4:30.

ChicGirl
Contributor Level: Purser

ChicGirl   Jan 07, 2017 - 7:28 am

My friend called Royal and asked about departure time and they said it will be on schedule.

JaxonBennett
Contributor Level: Deck Hand

JaxonBennett   Jan 07, 2017 - 7:21 am

I saw on twitter that Royal says they can't move departure time due to customs. I really hope everybody makes it.

dunahoot217
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dunahoot217   Jan 07, 2017 - 7:20 am

and the issues with Ft Lauderdale airport. Maybe they will delay the cruise departure 😬 haha wishful thinking

dunahoot217
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dunahoot217   Jan 07, 2017 - 7:19 am

Still snowing in Knoxville. No updates from Delta at this time... we are on a TBA status. They told us all flights from ATL to Ft Lauderdale are cancelled until 1:00 pm today. If we make it to ATL, our next flight to Ft Lauderdale is AT 1:00, still arriving at 2:48 p.m. If everything goes accordingly.

Surely, there has to be hundreds going on this cruise experiencing the same issues with weather

JaxonBennett
Contributor Level: Deck Hand

JaxonBennett   Jan 07, 2017 - 6:45 am

Uh oh. Just got two texts from Delta that the flight was delayed a couple times. Land at 11:30 now...maybe. It's so freakin' icy outside. Walked to my car and almost busted it twice. You had the right idea - drive overnight.

ChicGirl
Contributor Level: Purser

ChicGirl   Jan 07, 2017 - 6:15 am

Lol well good luck to you. Let us know what happens.

JaxonBennett
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JaxonBennett   Jan 07, 2017 - 5:58 am

It is. We fly out at 8:20am with Delta. Not cancelled yet. I see no snow out my hotel window. Just about to head to the airport. If they cancel we will drive like a bat out of hades.

ChicGirl
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ChicGirl   Jan 07, 2017 - 5:18 am

Jaxonbennett, is your flight Saturday?

ChicGirl
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ChicGirl   Jan 07, 2017 - 5:15 am

Hope you make it dunahoot217

ChicGirl
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ChicGirl   Jan 07, 2017 - 5:14 am

We left Atlanta airport around 11pm to drive to Florida. We had managed to get on a flight to Miami but that ended up getting canceled too. So made the decision to get out of Atlanta before the roads got too bad.

JaxonBennett
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JaxonBennett   Jan 07, 2017 - 5:10 am

Aww you'll be good. Positive vibes. We'll see y'all on the top deck in no time. πŸ›«πŸ’ΊπŸ›¬πŸš•πŸ›³πŸ»πŸ˜Ž

dunahoot217
Contributor Level: Deck Hand

dunahoot217   Jan 07, 2017 - 1:05 am

We barely made it to the Hilton hotel next to the Knoxville airport. Our first early flight is now cancelled. They rescheduled and earliest possible arrival to Ft Lauderdale is now arriving at 2:48 p.m. for us 🀞😩

JaxonBennett
Contributor Level: Deck Hand

JaxonBennett   Jan 06, 2017 - 10:16 pm

I almost considered driving. It's only 9-10 hours. I drove about an hour to stay at a hotel near ATL airport and the roads weren't bad. If you rent a car and leave Atlanta at like 5am you'd be plenty good.

ChicGirl
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ChicGirl   Jan 06, 2017 - 7:19 pm

Flights to Miami are all booked up

ChicGirl
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ChicGirl   Jan 06, 2017 - 7:19 pm

Yes all flights to Fort Lauderdale are canceled until 11:30 am Saturday.

dunahoot217
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dunahoot217   Jan 06, 2017 - 6:00 pm

Yes, heard about the shooting. All of tonight's flights out of ATL to Ft Lauderdale are cancelled. We fly out early a.m.... may have to look at other options, maybe into Miami, if they cancel tomorrow's too. Great timing

ChicGirl
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ChicGirl   Jan 06, 2017 - 4:19 pm

My flight got canceled. Just rebooked for 10pm. Hopefully that one doesn't get canceled too.

JaxonBennett
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JaxonBennett   Jan 06, 2017 - 3:23 pm

Wow. Now a shooting at FLL. We're flying to Palm Beach but.... Not good. Hope you all are ok.

ChicGirl
Contributor Level: Purser

ChicGirl   Jan 06, 2017 - 1:55 pm

Hope everyone makes it!

ChicGirl
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ChicGirl   Jan 06, 2017 - 1:54 pm

I had a flight Saturday morning at 11:00am (no wiggle room) but Delta let me change it to today (Friday) at 5:25pm. I didn't want to take the chance that my flight would be delayed.

JaxonBennett
Contributor Level: Deck Hand

JaxonBennett   Jan 06, 2017 - 7:08 am

I was hoping that since Atlanta is such a major hub that it there were potentially hundreds of people late, Royal might push departure a little. Maybe. Meh - we'll make it. Not worried.

MrBill
Contributor Level: Cruise Director

MrBill   Jan 06, 2017 - 6:39 am

dunahoot 217. Driving from Kingston

wardog7
Contributor Level: Deck Hand

wardog7   Jan 06, 2017 - 3:31 am

I think many of us are in the same situation today (Friday). Just keep thinking about that first drink in your hand when you get on board.

dunahoot217
Contributor Level: Deck Hand

dunahoot217   Jan 05, 2017 - 11:58 pm

We leave Knoxville (fingers crossed) at 6:50 a.m. but our next flight in ATL is supposed to leave at 8. We have some wiggle room if there are delays but only a few hours

JaxonBennett
Contributor Level: Deck Hand

JaxonBennett   Jan 05, 2017 - 6:39 pm

Same. Live in Atlanta and they're talking like the world is about to end. Fly out early Saturday morning. Ugh.

MrBill
Contributor Level: Cruise Director

MrBill   Jan 05, 2017 - 7:32 am

Safe travel!

dunahoot217
Contributor Level: Deck Hand

dunahoot217   Jan 05, 2017 - 12:03 am

This winter storm makes me nervous! We live in TN with a layover in ATL 😳. Hoping for no delays

sgauld
Contributor Level: Purser

sgauld   Jan 03, 2017 - 11:00 pm

Or you could request an Uber ride, always cheaper than a cab and often much faster to arrive.

wardog7
Contributor Level: Deck Hand

wardog7   Jan 01, 2017 - 1:51 am

I am traveling with a group of extended family. My brother-in-law who is 20 and single will be going to the singles meet and greet at olive and twist on the first night.

tdavidl
Contributor Level: Deck Hand

tdavidl   Dec 29, 2016 - 9:48 pm

Yea, we're taking our own luggage off the ship and heading right to the cab's...

dunahoot217
Contributor Level: Deck Hand

dunahoot217   Dec 29, 2016 - 9:27 pm

Awesome! I was a little worried based on their suggested flight time of 11:40 or later

CarolusRex
Contributor Level: Deck Hand

CarolusRex   Dec 29, 2016 - 12:09 pm

CarolusRex checked in to this roll call and is traveling with 3 other guests. Interested in meeting:
- Other families with older children
- Other singles

TGeyer42
Contributor Level: Deck Hand

TGeyer42   Dec 23, 2016 - 1:34 pm

15 days! Getting packed

flatfoot0158
Contributor Level: Deck Hand

flatfoot0158   Dec 19, 2016 - 3:54 pm

Last week we had an 11:50 departure from Fort Lauderdale Airport after getting off of the Harmony of the Seas. We got off the ship at 8 a.m. and took a cab to the airport and arrived at 8:35 a.m. You will have no problem at all as long as you either carry your luggage off your self in the morning or are the first luggage tag called if you have Royal take your luggage off for you.

tdavidl
Contributor Level: Deck Hand

tdavidl   Dec 18, 2016 - 2:56 pm

10:30 for us...

dunahoot217
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dunahoot217   Dec 18, 2016 - 2:12 pm

Did anyone else book an early flight upon returning? We booked a 10:40 😳

overduevacation
Contributor Level: Deck Hand

overduevacation   Dec 16, 2016 - 12:12 pm

Thanks so much for replying. We booked the cruise before we knew the date of the championship game or that the Buckeyes might be in it.

tdavidl
Contributor Level: Deck Hand

tdavidl   Dec 15, 2016 - 9:03 pm

Yes there is, we watched md basketball last year on this ship

overduevacation
Contributor Level: Deck Hand

overduevacation   Dec 04, 2016 - 11:58 pm

Any Buckeye fans cruising on this trip? Are there sports bars onboard to watch Natl Championship game?

MrBill
Contributor Level: Cruise Director

MrBill   Nov 26, 2016 - 9:09 am

Just a heads up to everyone with something that happened with my "dining package". I purchased (for 2) my three night dining package for $70 per person on August 13, 2016. This month, November 2016, after reviewing my VISA account, I noticed two separate credits on my account. Each was for $70 for a total refund of my original purchase. I didn't have the reservations that I thought I had.

I called RCCL today and they told me they had a "massive" (that is the word the RCCL rep said) cancellation of reservations. She told me she would be happy to renew and replace my original reservation but I would need to give her a credit card for the purchase. I gave her the number and magically, the NEW PRICE had been increased to $75 per person for a total of $150. I didn't mind the difference, but I feel they should have honored the original price we paid. I kept the original email with the confirmation but that appeared to make no difference. As soon as they run the new CC, I received a new confirmation email.

Check your reservation today and make sure you have not also been cancelled. This is something you might not notice until arrival at the ship.

wardog7
Contributor Level: Deck Hand

wardog7   Nov 17, 2016 - 3:20 am

Take a cab, usually no wait and much cheaper.

wardog7
Contributor Level: Deck Hand

wardog7   Nov 17, 2016 - 3:19 am

You can always ask the rental place to call you a cab, otherwise just go back to the airport and take a cab from there.

heather1269
Contributor Level: Purser

heather1269   Nov 07, 2016 - 9:54 am

Just booked Sheraton cypress creek about 18 miles from the port,a 20$ Uber ride
They have a great prepaid rate of 99$

jaylor
Contributor Level: Deck Hand

jaylor   Nov 01, 2016 - 9:23 pm

The adult drink package is now 25% off, $41 a day plus 18% gratuity. The non alcoholic package is $18 a day.

heather1269
Contributor Level: Purser

heather1269   Oct 25, 2016 - 10:28 am

Zipline in Haiti is available to book for our cruise in January now

TGeyer42
Contributor Level: Deck Hand

TGeyer42   Oct 24, 2016 - 6:53 pm

74 days!
Join the FB group for this cruise:

Freedom of the Seas Jan 7 2017

EngineerMark
Contributor Level: Deck Hand

EngineerMark   Oct 22, 2016 - 2:59 pm

Any not part of a group want to earn some extra obc contact me.

shiba2312
Contributor Level: Deck Hand

shiba2312   Oct 17, 2016 - 9:57 pm

It's likely cheaper for a cab, there are plenty of them outside of the airport.

heather1269
Contributor Level: Purser

heather1269   Oct 17, 2016 - 9:57 am

Another quick question. We rented a car from the Fort Lauderdale airport and are returning it back to the airport. Are there cabs are the airport rental car center to take us to the port

heather1269
Contributor Level: Purser

heather1269   Oct 07, 2016 - 2:13 pm

Looks like Labadee is good! Just minor wind damage

TGeyer42
Contributor Level: Deck Hand

TGeyer42   Oct 04, 2016 - 11:31 pm

Created a Facebook group for this cruise. Join the discussion!

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1623133494652646/permalink/1623135574652438/

MrBill
Contributor Level: Cruise Director

MrBill   Oct 04, 2016 - 12:29 pm

Seem so far away yet when we get there it goes by too fast

mimidawn
Contributor Level: Deck Hand

mimidawn   Oct 03, 2016 - 11:22 am

Our whole family is going....

mikemcc11
Contributor Level: Deck Hand

mikemcc11   Oct 03, 2016 - 10:56 am

I can't wait. 1st time!

TGeyer42
Contributor Level: Deck Hand

TGeyer42   Oct 02, 2016 - 11:26 pm

96 days folks!

heather1269
Contributor Level: Purser

heather1269   Aug 23, 2016 - 2:18 pm

Anyone stayed forward Oceanview on deck 3?

jaylor
Contributor Level: Deck Hand

jaylor   Aug 14, 2016 - 5:54 pm

Thank you heather

heather1269
Contributor Level: Purser

heather1269   Aug 13, 2016 - 11:05 pm

21 on all royal ships unless they actual sail from Europe then it's 18

jaylor
Contributor Level: Deck Hand

jaylor   Aug 13, 2016 - 1:09 pm

What is the drinking age on the ship? 18 or 21?

heather1269
Contributor Level: Purser

heather1269   Jul 22, 2016 - 4:54 pm

Beverage package on sale Now! 20% of Premium and Ultimate

heather1269
Contributor Level: Purser

heather1269   Jul 04, 2016 - 2:55 pm

Does anyone know if it's cheaper to book the airport transfer through the cruise line or just take a cab to FLL 5 people

MrBill
Contributor Level: Cruise Director

MrBill   May 20, 2016 - 1:13 pm

US Dollar accepted universally in all the islands. I had a stash of 5000+ pesos from previous trips to Puerto Vallarta. They didn't even want them in Cozumel.

emmakrivak   May 10, 2016 - 10:20 am

Any ideas for excursions? I've never been on a cruise before!

MrBill
Contributor Level: Cruise Director

MrBill   May 08, 2016 - 5:36 pm

Yes they do....but you might have to special order ahead of time so they can have your size available on your sail date.

heather1269
Contributor Level: Purser

heather1269   May 06, 2016 - 7:01 pm

Excursion ideas? San Juan , St Kitts, St Marten
Mix group ages 8,9 20, and 40's

MrBill
Contributor Level: Cruise Director

MrBill   Apr 29, 2016 - 5:34 pm

I don't think they call it that any longer...LGBT is the current moniker.

MrBill
Contributor Level: Cruise Director

MrBill   Apr 29, 2016 - 7:21 am

I must be getting a little jaded at this time in my life, but I haven't viewed a single excursion that looks exciting. After a few cruises, they all look the same and offer no real travel dollar value. Maybe, at the LAST minute, I might choose something but we find exploring, dining and walking to be more fulfilling.

MrBill
Contributor Level: Cruise Director

MrBill   Apr 22, 2016 - 9:08 am

I never broke even on a soda package. Can't imagine spending 400-500 bucks on a liquor package! But then again....I am a cheap old fart...vbg!

TGeyer42
Contributor Level: Deck Hand

TGeyer42   Apr 15, 2016 - 11:51 pm

266 days, anybody packing yet?

MrBill
Contributor Level: Cruise Director

MrBill   Apr 13, 2016 - 8:38 pm

Glad to know what areas to avoid. Thanks for the info.

MrBill
Contributor Level: Cruise Director

MrBill   Apr 11, 2016 - 7:46 am

I have been to Cozumel many times over the past 12 years. I really have found it convenient,pleasant and uplifting. Nearby attractions, restaurants and the obligatory "duty free" shopping. I guess we missed the "not very nice area".

MrBill
Contributor Level: Cruise Director

MrBill   Apr 10, 2016 - 8:33 pm

Probably must pay for the full seven day event.

MrBill
Contributor Level: Cruise Director

MrBill   Apr 02, 2016 - 7:43 am

I carry on my CPAP and meds and put a luggage tag on just to be safe rather than sorry.

MrBill
Contributor Level: Cruise Director

MrBill   Mar 26, 2016 - 7:26 am

Exchange rate is about 10 peso to a US dollar...making them about 10 cents. I tried once to pay with pesos and vendors didn't want them since the exchange rate was not in their favor. Use your US cash...everyone takes it. Also, using your credit card you will get the best exchange rate with your credit card center when they process the transaction.

TGeyer42
Contributor Level: Deck Hand

TGeyer42   Feb 04, 2016 - 5:42 pm

338 days. Getting ready to party!

MrBill
Contributor Level: Cruise Director

MrBill   Jan 24, 2016 - 9:53 am

Looking forward to another great trip.




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