Freedom of the Seas Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western

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2-3 cruises

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3 out of 5

The biggest ship in the world

Sail Date: May 27, 2007

Reviewed: 9 years ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Oceanview

My husband and I have cruised with Royal Caribbean in the past and have always been pleased and bragged about the cruise line and the ship (we love the voyager class ships). We were excited to spend our 20th anniversary aboard the largest ship in the world. We found the ship to be beautiful and packed with things to do, but it was difficult to do them because there were so many people. We stood in line a lot. If you were not at the Windjammer early for breakfast it was difficult to get a table, same for a pool chair on days at sea, seats in the theater for shows, and so on. Our dinning table (and I have always loved the dinning room) felt very cramped and was not much on romantic ambiance. We found the Windjammer in the evenings to be a much better atmosphere and peaceful. It felt as if the ship was just big enough to add staterooms for the additional 1,000 people but not much space was added to the ammenities (dining room, theater, ice rink, elevators etc.) to accomodate the additional people on board.

Pros: Ship was beautiful and big

Cons: crowded

Recommends Freedom of the Seas? No.

Food and Dining
I was very dissappointed in quality and selection of the food in the Windjammer and main dining room. There was no midnight buffet which is usually a treat not just because it is good but because it is beautiful and quiet the fanfare in presentation. There are many other choices on board that you can pay to go to (some just a small cover charge) but I have always been pleased with the food that came with the price of the cruise and I did not budget to have to pay for meals.
Service and Staff
Gym staff were very informed and great to work with. Dining staff forgot our 20th anniversary (even though it was told when we booked the cruise, when we made a special meeting with the Matra'd, and to our wait staff).
Ship Quality
Ship is huge! There were some amazing features like the flow rider, bigger rock wall, H2O zone water area for kids, the hot tubs that are suspended out over the sides of the ship, and the gym. Negatives were that the only ice cream station on the ship (other than the Ben and Jerry's) was located in the smoking area of the ship.
Cabin / Stateroom
Wonderful!
Entertainment
Amazing! The talent level and creativity were incredible! Only draw back is that you had to be in line to get in the doors20-30 minutes early to get a decent seat and even then we sat behind a pole and had to look around it through the whole show. Many announcements were made for people to not save seats, but there were just too many people for the amount of space.
George Town, Grand Cayman
Loved Grand Cayman! People were nice and helpful. There was an easy feeling and a no pressure attitude when you shop. It rained all day in this port but it was still lots of fun and relaxing.
Cozumel, Mexico
We did not get off the ship this day because we knew everyone else would, so we stayed aboard to get the opportunity to use some of the ships ammenities that had been too crowded all week.
Labadee (Cruiseline Private Island)
I loved the beaches here! You could be in the shade or lounging under a tree in a hammock...great! The flea market area is not the place to go if you do not want to be bugged and followed around by people trying to make a sale.
Don't Miss: Beach
Ocho Rios, Jamaica
I personally do not like when people follow you around trying to talk you into buying their wares or taking their tour. Even when you tell them you are not interested and "no thank-you" they follow you and keep talking. We visited one shopping area and then went and got back on the ship to get away from the hagglers. I came on the cruise to relax not to be harrassed.


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