Freedom of the Seas Cruise Review to Caribbean - Eastern

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5 out of 5

Royal Caribbean ROCKS!

Sail Date: May 23, 2010

Reviewed: 6 years ago

Traveled As: Family (young children)

Room Type: Inside

My family (14 of us) traveled on the Freedom of the Seas on a 7-day cruise to the Eastern Caribbean and it was nothing short of AWESOME! The staff was amazing. Our head waiter Mr. Pilgrim, Hasan (our waiter), Korea (our assistant waiter), Gregory (the bartender that we adopted) and Clifton (our room attendant). These folks were second to none. The crew treated us better than family (if you can imagine that).

The food was great. The crew knew that my family was originally from Trinidad so they made us surprise Trinidadian cuisine meals.

We were concerned about having three at sea days but the activities on the ship were amazing...didn't even miss a beat. Can't wait to do it again. Next time...Western Caribbean...and then Europe!

Pros: Awesome staff.

Cons: Process of getting pictures at the end of the cruise.

Recommends Freedom of the Seas? Yes!

Entertainment
Diverse activities...so much fun...no reason to ever be bored.
Ship Quality
The Freedom of the Seas is absolutely gorgeous.
Children's Programs
We had four kids on this trip, ages 11 (boy), 7 (girl), 3 (girl) and 2 (girl). They had a blast at the kids club. They didn't want to leave when we picked them up.
Food and Dining
Staff made us some surprise Trinidadian meals that were AMAZING!
Cabin / Stateroom
We had interior staterooms and I thought the room would have been too cramped for four people but it was very comfortable. Not to mention you are rarely in your room...it really is for changing and sleeping. Too much going on for you to be stuck in your room.
Service and Staff
The service on this ship is OUTSTANDING! I had a bad experience the night before we got back home with a smart mouthed photographer, but not even he could ruin this trip. He quickly tried to apologize when he saw me write his name down.
Philipsburg, St. Maarten
Did an island tour of both sides of the island (Dutch - St. Maarten & French - St. Martin). Don't recall which beach, but part of it was a nude beach....INTERESTING to say the least...the water was beautiful. Then we did some shopping at the port.
Don't Miss: The island tour for 1st timers.
Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas
Beautiful. Did the island tour and then went to COKI beach, although I hear that Magen's Bay is actually one of the top 10 beaches in the world. So choose either one...they are both recommended highly by the locals.
Don't Miss: The island tour.
Cococay (Cruiseline's Private Island)
It was ok. The water is pretty in spots...it had weird smell..like sulfur or something. Everything there was expensive. My neice got her hair braided for almost $60 and the same style was $20 in St. Thomas. The water was cold in May. We ended up heading back to the ship after about two hours and going to the pool. We didn't eat at the BBQ on the island, there were too many flies. We just ate when we got back to the ship.
Don't Miss: if you have never been there...go experience it for yourslef....if you have already been there, then skip it.


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