Big and Beautiful
Freedom of the Seas Cruise Review to Caribbean
Ship: Freedom of the Seas
Cabin Type: Oceanview
Traveled As: Family (young children)
Reviewed: 7 years ago
Review SummaryWe were on the 7th voyage of this ship in July 2006. The itinerary to Cozumel, Grand Cayman, Montego Bay, and Labadee was interesting and varied.
It is a very impressive ship which is very similar in look and layout to other Voyager class ships in the RC fleet. We found the pool options to be better than most ships with a great H20 zone for young children. The adults only section was also impressive in its design and layout.
Being so new the ship was very clean. We had a family stateroom and the room was very spacious with separate bunk beds in a cozy area blocked off. Kids couldn't really see the T.V. very well from their beds but they had their own DVD. We also had a seating area that they used. We were at the very front of the ship which was not ideal because everything was in the back of the ship (dining, sports, pools, etc.)
The food was exceptional compared to other RC ships. The Windjammer buffet had a very international flare with Thai, Indian, Asian, American, and Mediterranean foods. Desserts were just so so as there were a great deal of health conscious desserts. Desserts were very good in the dining room. The dining room was 3 levels and impressive. Staff there were really great. The food was also exceptional on the Promenade with endless gourmet pizza, italian sandwiches, french foods, and ice cream.
The sports available was also varied with rock climbing, mini golf, and the new flow rider. Mostly good for teenagers as only one person goes at a time, and there are height constraints.
The ice show was impressive but we didn't really see any other shows. Nothing seemed that appealing and we have young kids who were tired at the end of the day.
The catamaran/beach trip was great at Montego Bay as was the Pirate Ship encounter at Grand Cayman. The aqua park at Labadee Haiti is only for teenagers and very active adults. Our 8 year old had a hard time doing it because you have to wear a bulky life jacket.
The only complaint was that we had to tender at all but one location. Tendering took about 45 minutes from ship to pier and 1 hour to 1.5 hrs from pier to ship. This was a large chunk of the day when you were looking at only 6 or so hours in port. I wouldn't be surprised if some people missed their excursions. Leave lots of time and don't pick excursions leaving first thing.
Overall we had a great time and would choose the ship again.
Pros: Dining, food, excursions, pools, and things to do
Cons: size of the ship is very large, service can be less personal