Freedom of the Seas Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western

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4 out of 5

Freedom of the Seas 7 night cruise: Hispanola, Jamaice, Grand Caymen, and Cozumel

Sail Date: July 06, 2014

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Traveled As: Family (older children)

Room Type: Inside

This was an EXCELLENT cruise. I've never been on a vacation where I, the mom, didn't have to lift a finger.  It was such a relaxing trip for the mom!  No cooking, no cleaning, lots of relaxing, eating, sunning and napping with no responsibilities.  Our 16 year old son and 18 year old daughter really enjoyed it as well.  They had lots of things on the ship to do for the teens, they enjoyed the shows, the wonderful family meals at dinner, snorkeling together, etc.  We paid $4000 for an inside cabin on the 7th floor that included 2 rooms.  Be sure to plan on spending about $175/day per person to be able to maximize your shore excursions and you'll have a lot of fun.  Our favorite excursion was on a specific day was on ly $45/ person and we swam with the stingrays and was brought to a great place to snorkel.  We book that through a company direcly and not through the crusie line.  I hold back from giving a 5 star for 2 reasons:  in my personal opinion, I didn't like the competition of having my kids pulled iwth the desire to hang out with other kids their age as opposed to spending time with us a fmaily.  A cruise isn't the ideal vacation if you want to get away as a family and spend a lot of time togehter.  The other reason is many of the shows were quite prevocative.  The women were dressed in slutty attire that were very immodest and many of the dance moves were quite sensual.  It's disappointing to have "family entertainment" contribute to the moral decay that our world strongly faces.  They even had worlds most Sexiest Man/Woman contests in the middle of the day at the family pool where competitors were immodestly dressed deomonstrating sexual moves.  In all, we had a good time but know what to expect with the entertainment.

Ship Quality
Food and Dining
Service and Staff
The entertainment had very immodestly dressed women and many sensual dance moves. The "World's Sexiest Man/Woman" contest belonged in a strip club; not at the ship's family pool.
Children's Programs
Onboard Activities
Destinations and Excursions
Cabin / Stateroom
Be sure to bring ziplock baggies of laundry soap to be able to do light washes of swimsuits and panties if needed. Bring your own little stash of bottled water, air freshener is nice to have since the room is so little (you can guess why). Best tip: bring sticky notes to put on your door so your family memebers can go to the outside of your room to see if you've left a note of when/where to meet them since you can't connect via phones. Bring pen and pad of paper too as that's not provided.
Port Canaveral, Florida
Labadee (Cruiseline Private Island)
The beaches were coves and too many people were swimming in a certain area. Makes a sandy environment to snorkel and they keep you in confined roped areas to keep you from exploring. Not too much to do on the island unless you have lots of money for excursions.
Falmouth, Jamaica
My son and husband enjoyed dunns river falls and Green Grotto Cave.
George Town, Grand Cayman
Great snorkeling; we booked with Moby Dick for $45/person. Awesom company. Swam with the stingrays and some snorkeling.
Cozumel, Mexico
Best tip we learned. Book hrough a local dive shop to rent a private fishing boat. 25' for $500 with snacks and beverages. 4 hours of boating and the best snorkeling ever!!!! best day was in Cozumel.

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