An enjoyable cruise - but pricey
Sail Date: June 01, 2006
Reviewed: 6 years ago
Traveled As: Couple
Room Type: Balcony
The outdoor pool area was expansive and pristine, as were the indoor bars. The nightclub's gothic decor, however, was a little cheesy. Our balcony stateroom was spacious and new, but the sliding glass door let out a blood-curdling squeal any time it was opened or closed. It took the staff 3 days to correct this after we complained With a few exceptions, the on-board staff had indifferent attitudes. I would have expected RC to put the best of the best to staff their flagship, but apparently they haven't.
My only other complaint is the itinerary, which RCCL puts so many ships on, because it is getting a bit tedious. The exception is Montego Bay, as Ochos Rios is usually the Jamaican port of call. Montego Bay literally rolled out the red carpet for us, and the shore excursions there were really very special. It was obvious that they were happy to have Freedom in port, and it made us want to come back. Embarkation and disembarkation went smoothly - despite the huge number of passengers - and the ship really didn't feel crowded except when there was an event on the Royal Promenade (which, BTW, was superb).
For the money that we spent, I think that I much rather would have paid for a junior suite on a Voyager-class ship on a different itinerary. But if you've not gotten tired of Voyager-class amenities or the Western Caribbean ports of Labadee, Grand Cayman and Cozumel, then you might find that Freedom is exactly what you wished and hoped for.
Pros: Cantilevered jacuzzis, impressive Grand Promenade, didn't feel crowded (despite a full ship)
Cons: So-so attitude of staff and an over-done itinerary