Freedom of the Seas Cruise Review to Caribbean - Eastern

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4-6 cruises


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4 out of 5

Wonderful Family Vacation

Sail Date: July 31, 2011

Reviewed: 5 years ago

Traveled As: Family (older children)

Room Type: Balcony

The ship is beautiful and very well laid out. There are a lot of people on board, but Royal Carribean does a good job managing the crowd control. The customer service is excellent. The staff is extremely attentive to all of the guests. There are many options of things to do on the ship. With all of the amentities and activities offered, there is always something to do for every age group.

Pros: Time spent together as a family with teenagers

Cons: Lines at ports where we had to take tenders to get to and from the ship

Recommends Freedom of the Seas? Yes!

Children's Programs
Our teenagers either were with us or did their own thing. However, there were many fun activities that were offered. They really enjoyed the amenitites offered on board (rock climbing, wave rider, mini-golf)....
Shows were excellent. Cruise director was amazing!! Many options available for things to do on the ship (more than we could get to).
Service and Staff
Dining staff was great, room steward(ess) was good, excursion desk was helpful.
Food and Dining
This is one area we were a little disappointed. We had late seating and ate as a family every night (with the exception of the one evening we went to Portofino's). The food was good, but not great. A few of the entrees we ordered were not very good, but our waiter was more than willing to get us an alternative entree. By the third night of the cruise, we found that our waiter could direct us to the better entree's of the night. We have definitely experienced better food in the dining room on other cruise lines. However, the food was good and the service was excellent. The variety was also good to accomodate all of us (including the teenagers). We were very impressed with the food in Portofino's. The dining experience and food was excellent. Our kids loved the pizza at Sorrentos on the promenade. We also loved the pastries and sandwiches offered at the coffee shop on the Promenade.
Cabin / Stateroom
The balcony stateroom was small but well laid out. We were able to unpack and put all suitcases under the bed. The balcony was beautiful. We had our kids in teh cabin across the hall which worked out great. it was nice having the second bathroom to get ready for dinner and days on the islands. It would have been too crowded to have all four of us in one room given the size of the rooms.
Ship Quality
Royal Carribean does a great job keeping the areas clean and looking great.
Cococay (Cruiseline's Private Island)
The island itself was average. We rented jet skiis and highly recommend that. The excursion was excellent. Our guide was excellent. We really covered a lot of area around the island and saw a lot (and it was really fun!!) The food on the island was disappointing and there was definitely not enough room for guests to sit and eat.
Don't Miss: jet Ski excursion

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