A Most Excellent Adventure
Freedom of the Seas Cruise Review to Caribbean - Eastern
Ship: Freedom of the Seas
Cabin Type: Balcony
Traveled As: Couple
Reviewed: 8 years ago
We took this cruise over Thanksgiving week. The boarding process was a breeze...everything organized and moved along quite quickly. After boarding and while waiting for our room to be ready, we watched manatees playing in the harbor. Too cool!
The ship is large but the layout is very well-thought out. Except for exiting the ship at the 3 port of calls, you really didn't notice how many people were onboard. The theatre was excellent...a good view from almost every seat. (Do avoid sitting in the 3 row balconey section if there are kids in the front row. You'll never see the stage!) The shows were very high quality. We especially enjoyed the comedy shows. The cruise director was hilarious, especially when he dressed as the indian in the Village People number!
The food was really the biggest surprise. Being from New Orleans, our standard is pretty high when it comes to food. However, we were quite pleased with the quality and the selection at breakfast, lunch, and dinner. One thing though...the sushi is pretty horrible. Note to RC chef: sushi rice is supposed to be sticky, not gummy. There's a BIG difference.
And now about my FAVORITE part of the whole ship...the FlowRider. What a trip! It's like body surfing except there's always a perfect wave and you don't have to worry about sharks! The staff are great...they show you how to ride the thing. They also offer private group lessons. I took advantage of that since I wanted some "alone" time to learn. By the end of the trip, I was actually standing up on the surf board. Granted, I only stood up for about 10 seconds, but hey, it was enough time for the photographer to get a GREAT photo! The lessons were cheap...$60 for an hour.
Overall, we loved the Freedom of the Seas. It was beautiful, roomy, our balconey suite was a nice size, the staff were friendly and helpful, and the port of calls were beautiful. I highly recommend this cruise.
Pros: The best part of The Freedom is the FlowRider. Nothing else can touch it!
Cons: The crowds getting off the ship and after shows, etc. Sometimes you would have a 3 or 4 elevator wait. This was the only time the ship felt crowded.