7 Night Western Caribbean (Miami Roundtrip) Sail Date: October 08, 2006 Ship: Freedom of the Seas Cabin Type: Inside Traveled As: Couple Reviewed: 11 years ago
This ship is amazing... it's absolutely huge, beautifully designed, extremely new and clean. There are so many activities on board, you probably won't get a chance to do everything, so plan ahead what you want to do the most. It's not the greatest itinerary, but the ship is fantastic and the views are gorgeous no matter what. The island on Labadee is surprisingly gorgeous... be careful not to book yourself into so many excursions that you wear yourself out (like we did!). You will be pampered the entire time--from incredible service to great food and opportunities to go to the spa (or spa barber shop, for the guys)... this ship has it all! If you don't have a ton of money, don't waste it on getting a window stateroom. Unless you're getting a balcony with it, it's not worth it... the inside rooms are not nearly as claustrophobic as you'd think, and you're hardly even there. The darkness and quiet provided by the inside rooms is actually wonderful for a good night's sleep.
Food and Dining
5 out of 5
Very good overall. You really have to visit all the different places to get a feel for what you like... the casual buffets are good for lunch and a quick dinner, but not so much for breakfast. The dining room is good most of the time, and the service there is excellent. Definitely check out Portofino... so worth the extra $20. Oh, and plan to spend at least $500 for a week of drinks, specialty foods, souvenirs, spa services, etc. I'm not kidding... we're very moderate and it was over $600!
5 out of 5
I wish we could have seen everything... if nothing else, go see the "love & marriage" game show. Even if you're not married, you'll find it hilarious!
Service and Staff
5 out of 5
Can't say it enough--excellent staff.
5 out of 5
Super clean, new, and shiny!
Cabin / Stateroom
5 out of 5
We had a great stateroom attendant who kept the room clean and orderly, and always stocked with clean towels and cute towel animals. The room itself is like an upscale IKEA--you can't imagine how many drawers, shelves and other nooks there are to put your stuff in, so it's very comfortable to stay in for a week. Very decent hair dryer too, so there's no need to bring one.
Horseback riding excursion... don't go if you're expecting to go all out at a full gallop and have a good time on your own. It's a rambling tour on horseback at a walk the entire time. You get to ride them into the water, but only for about 3 minutes! The views and the people are nice, but I probably wouldn't do it again.
Absolutely gorgeous island. Lots of chaise lounges available for you to choose from (and some under the shade of palm trees), lunch is provided by the ship, a little flea market where the locals harass you, plenty of clean facilities, and a fun little floating water park for the kids/young at heart. We paid for the Malfini excursion, but didn't get to go because the boat was malfunctioning. I probably wouldn't pay for any excursion next time... just enjoy the port at your leisure.
We went to Stingray City (awesome!) and then a little further for some snorkeling (beautiful). After that, we went to some little "resort" for a "sumptuous lunch"... as you can probably tell, those weren't really accurate descriptions, but that's how they pitched it. The transportation was a little rustic, but swimming around with those stingrays made it really incredible.
Don't Miss: stingray city
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