Freedom of the Seas Cruise Review to Caribbean - Eastern

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4-6 cruises


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3 out of 5

Trip with primary age children

Sail Date: August 01, 2010

Reviewed: 6 years ago

Traveled As: Family w/young children

Room Type: Inside

The size of the ship is amazing. There is alot to do. The food was very good in the Windjammer and what you would expect in the main dining. If you want my time dining do this immediately. It was gone by the first night. Sorrentos pizza was a favorite as was the coffee shops yummy desserts and sandwiches. We did not pay extra for any meals as there was enough variety with the ones we already paid for. *** Make sure you return your towels with the card it was checked out on. They tried to hit us with a $40 charge for towels we turned in on the wrong card. I recommend one check out on the first day and one check in at the end of the cruise with swapping towels during the
duration of the cruise. Then there are no chances being made of if you were credited. . We are sailors with our own boat company back home and have taken many cruises. This ship compared to others prior was noisy in that it vibrated so things in stateroom would rattle while you are sleeping and a swaying motion was felt most of the time. If this would bother you I would not recommend this ship. I did not see people looking bothered by it overall. My son did throw up once because of it. Take sea bands just in case. Overall we had a wonderful time.

Pros: Plenty to do for my kids

Cons: More movement on this ship than previous ( vibration most of the time) Rattling noise

Recommends Freedom of the Seas? Yes!

Food and Dining
The Windjammer was our favorite restaraunt because of the choices of food, not having to dress up, instant food on the table that was very good. The wait staff was excellent. The window views were wonderful. If you are concerned about sickness on the ship I would recommend hand cleaner for after you have touched the serving pieces and sit at the table. It's alot of people touching the same things between eating as well. Yuck. The food and serving pieces are changed constantly so all is as fresh as could be possible. If you want my time dining sign up asap. It was unavailable by the first night.
Ship Quality
The ship was very clean and restrooms were easy to locate throughout. Maps were easy ato read alongside elevators. Plan on waiting for the elevators for more than normal. There are many but they are busy. Especially the first day or 2 as kids were playing on them.
Cabin / Stateroom
We had a small interior stateroom. It was ample for the 2 of us. Twins with 2 nighstands could make a king. Comfortable bedding. A loveseat and TV. Lit up vanity desk area with drawers. A large closet to hold luggage, with safe and shelving. Luggage can go undre beds too. The bath was small but ample. Without the window my kids would sleep in much later than usual which we all needed with our late nights. They were rested as were we the entire cruise. Our room was below the Windjammer. I do not recommend that. We heard furniture movement during the nighwhen they cleaned it.
Service and Staff
The staff was great the whole way through!
There was plenty to do and the kids loved to have choices of putt putt, the pool, ice cream machine by pool, shows, ice skating as well as wonderful ice skating shows. We had tickets to 2 " sold out " ( Free) shows but there were plenty of empty seats so try and go even if you do not have tickets. The show was wonderful and entertaining.
Philipsburg, St. Maarten
We went on our own to a small beach away from the crowds at a hotel. We paid the fee for chairs and relaxed and had a very expensive lunch. This was at Simpson Bay at the Reef Hotel or condos. They had a great real boat for the kids to play on for $20 for the day. It had slides, swing lines, etc. The kids loved it. Snorkeling was decent along the rocks. 2 excursions from the ship come here. We took a taxi. It was quiet and nice. Other friends went to Orient and loved it. Some nudity but overall okay for kids.
Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas
We love St Thomas as we have visited several times. Unfortunately the drug gang activity has gotten worse. This was a short day 11-7 ish and it went by quick. If you plan to tour, go with a group or taxi and start early. The shopping is the best of the Carribean so take it in if that's your thing. If you want something truly unique visit the shops in the courtyard area called Palm Passage of downtown. There are some great local made things such as jewelry, photography, art, one store full of artsy painted items of anything immaginable. We loved these stores. I bought beautiful hand made sea glass earrings at Fish Face. This store was so unusual and a must see. Do not go to the Pizza Hut. Trust me!
Cococay (Cruiseline's Private Island)
This island was just okay. Walk further away from the dock and get a better less crowded spot on the beach. We did not. If you want to do the water toys and sllide activities with your kids sign up immediately. It is $20 pp with parent supervision so make it an all day event to get your moneys worth. The food was pretty good that day. It was just alot of people on a small island. Take your towels!

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