Freedom of the Seas Cruise Review to Caribbean - Eastern

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4-6 cruises


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2 out of 5

Cruise apparently for the elderly

Sail Date: January 01, 2010

Reviewed: 6 years ago

Traveled As: Family w/young children

Room Type: Inside

We recently traveled on Freedom of the Seas, the second largest ship in the world. It's a huge ship- in fact, it's too big. Elevators were continuously busy and wait times were several minutes, or you could walk. The ship has over 12 floors so walking 12 flights is nearly impossible. Many things on the ship cost extra, besides the amount that we already had paid. Dinner at a steakhouse on board was $25.00 per person. There is also an Italian cafe that costs per person. Free ice cream cones are available next to the pool, in children size cones. There were always lines waiting to get ice cream. That closed down in the evening, and the only place to get any was from Ben and Jerry's on board, for a fee. Our snorkeling side tour, was excellent, but disorganized as to where everyone should meet. There was a HUGE population of elderly on the ship, and mortorized wheel chairs were left in aisles, so you had to walk around them. I work with the elderly and love them, but many of these people were extremely rude and others in our group commented on their rudeness. Our immediate staff were wonderful, but other staff were rude to us and to others and we have never experienced that before. This was our 5th cruise so we are no strangers to cruises.

Pros: Snorkeling adventure in St. Thomas was the best one that we've ever had.

Cons: Lack of free food in the evenings

Recommends Freedom of the Seas? No.

We thought that some the tours were very expensive. One of the jet ski tours wanted $95.00 for a person to drive it, and then twenty some dollars for the passenger. We've never paid that much before so elected not to do so. Our snorkeling adventure in St. Thomas, was by the far, the best we have ever had. It was a guided tour and our guide pointed out numerous things for us and was very informative. What we didn't like was that it was disorgnized as where to meet for the tour. Nothing was explained ahead of time and when we asked on the dock they were uncertain where the representative for the tour would be. We were finally told to just go to a certain area and they would find us. The ice skating show was amazing...hard to believe what they can do on such a small area.
Food and Dining
The main courses were very good, but I was disappointed in the desserts. Most of the cake desserts were very dry.
Service and Staff
Our waiter worked the hardest I've ever seen to get everything right, from our names to our beverage choices. He even took notes to remember things. We were walking on the promenade one night that formal pictures were being taken. We happened to walk partially across a lit walkway (where no one was waiting to be photographed) and saw a rope blocking the other end off. Realizing we weren't supposed to be there, we turned around to walk back and were yelled at, yes yelled at, by the staff, to get out of there. One of the card dealers told a woman who asked a question about the game that if she didn't know how to play, she shouldn't be playing it.
Ship Quality
The ship is so large that there were always waiting lines for the elevators. Sometimes we had to wait for several elevators as they would be full when they stopped. Sometimes the elevators didn't stop on our floor, and at times appeared to be held on other floors for long periods.
Cabin / Stateroom
These were the most comfortable beds we've ever slept on while cruising.

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