Freedom of the Seas Cruise Review to Caribbean - Eastern

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4 out of 5

1st Timers Thrilled

Sail Date: June 20, 2010

Reviewed: 6 years ago

Traveled As: Family (older children)

Room Type: Balcony

We were not sure cruising would be for us and I would comfortably say we are pretty hard to please when it comes to vacations but this was by far the best decision we made. The ship was WONDERFUL, clean and everyone was so friendly. I loved the Cruise director. Shows were good and so much going on that we had tons of options.. My kids loved the teen clubs and were entertained the entire trip. The total trip was a bit more pricy than we wanted to spend but we LOVED it.

Pros: So much to do on ship for all ages and interests

Cons: Food was average, some activities/food not included in price but we could pay

Recommends Freedom of the Seas? Yes!

Food and Dining
My husband is a fantastic chef so in comparison the food was not great. But, I was comparing to what we are use to. There were lots of choices and free room service up until midnight. Our waiter in the main dining room was not friendly but he was the ONLY one that we found grumpy. Everyone else serving us was GREAT.
Ship Quality
Big enough I didnt get sea sick at all and I usually get motion sickness all the time. Ship was beautiful
Cabin / Stateroom
OK so its small for family of 4 but it had a good use of space and the layout worked well. Beds were SO comfortable....I was surprised. So glad we had a balcony. We sat out there often.
Service and Staff
99% of staff are great. Lots of good service, all friendly. Our room attendant was so friendly, calling us all by our first names on the first day. He really took the time to talk with us. The cute towel animals each night was a treat for my kids. OUTSTANDING Service. We only ran into ONE staff member on the ship we felt needed to go!
Entertainment
Not all the shows were up my ally but it didnt matter as there was SO much to choose from each day I could taylor the activities to what interested my family. Cruise director Allan Brooks is OUTSTANDING. You need to go on this ship just to meet him! If you do, catch his morning show on TV which outlines the days activities and really does become a comedy hour as his personality is so FUN. You just wake up and start smiling.
Children's Programs
Have a 15 and 12 year old. Both are outgoing so meeting people is not a problem. But, I do have to say that they really enjoyed the teen programs. Maybe not ALL the programs but they enjoyed having something organized so they could just hang with the new people they met.
Philipsburg, St. Maarten
I felt heavy pressure from locals to Tip and Buy. They were standing at the edge of their shops calling people in, once in the store they kept showing me items that I didnt ask for!! THey didnt stop when I said I was just looking. Out of 30 shops I only found about 4 shops that this didnt happen. It was disappointing. I did not like the quality of the shops. If I went back I would go to the beaches and stay out of the shopping zone. Oh, My favorite store where they treated you with respect and had GREAT things Parana Joes. Go there first.
Don't Miss: Loitery Farms Rope climbing and Zip lines.
Cococay (Cruiseline's Private Island)
Small island, shopping is a bust there- just a few huts from the locals-. However, the cruise did a good job of providing lots of water activities. My kids did the huge water slide and we all did the jet skis. Fun to relax a bit in the ocean there. Took a little bit of time to get off the ship as we had to take a water taxi to the island. Not bad tho
Don't Miss: jet ski
Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas
Once on land we went to shipwreck cafe on the island. Food was pretty good. Bad service from Shipwreck Cafe and paid $57 for lunch for two (i got a salad). They brought me a bill with 18% tip already added in....that was the bummer. Streets are narrow and cars didnt seem to want to yield to us. Shopping was pretty good. LOTS of jewelry shops. I wanted something unique that you cant buy back home. Most was all the same things you see here but slightly better prices. We also went Parasailing here. about 10 of the 12 people got seasick on the trip. Only up in the air for 6 min. Cost was around $95. Could do without Parasailing next time!
Don't Miss: BOSS underwater scooters!!!!


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