2nd time on Freedom ...still great

Freedom of the Seas Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western

Experience: 7+ cruises
Reviews: 7
Helpful Votes: 31

Overall Rating:

5 out of 5
Verified Review
7 Night Western Caribbean (Port Canaveral Roundtrip)
Sail Date: September 14, 2014
Ship: Freedom of the Seas
Cabin Type: Balcony
Cabin Number: 8354
Traveled As: Large Group
Reviewed: 3 years ago

Spent this week in room 8354. Standard balcony room which has a great location from our point of view. Good access to the stairs / elevators. Our room steward "Speedy" did a fine job for us. We carried on two bottles of wine which he chilled for us when we wanted them to be cold.


We used my time dining for the first time. We had six people in our group and did not try to pick dining times prior to the cruise. We were faced with a choice of 6pm or 8:30pm. Nothing else. We went with 6pm for every night. Had the same table every night. Service was decent. We finished in time to go to the 8pm games in On Air which were always done in time to go to the 9PM shows. The cruise staff were very good hosts at all the events we went to. The cruise director was very much to my taste. Not over the top but very still entertaining.


My over all score for entertainment during this cruise was about a 6 out of 10. Others in our group rated it as high as an 8. The magician show was just so so. The production numbers were ok. We'd seen them before and they were so so then also. The ice show remains superior even though there were new skaters in their first week of work on the ship.


We ate at Chops and I personally found a couple of their changes not to my liking. Both my wife and I really were disappointed that they replaced Mississippi Mud Pie with a mousse style cake which was ok but nowhere near as good. They had the nerve to call it by the same name to add insult to injury. Secondly, I did not like how they changed the mushroom side dish from what they had previously served. My wife was ok with the change. They used three types of sliced mushrooms instead of the single type of whole mushrooms used before. The differences could be enough to keep me away next time.


We had very good island excursions at every port. On Jamaica we did the Martha Brae bamboo raft float. Relaxing and perfect weather. No bugs there may be normal based on what the guide said. It certainly made the trip more enjoyable. Grand Cayman was a catamaran trip to stingray city and snorkeling. First time for us at stingray city. It was fun. Snorkeling was so so. If we did this stop again we'd forego the snorkeling for time on 7 mile beach and we would not need to see stingray city again. It was worth doing once though. At Cozumel we did a jeep tour which was the best excursion of the week. We used cosumelcruiseexcursions.com. Very nice time and very good value.



Food and Dining

3 out of 5
Choose the entrees the waiter recommends for best results.

Onboard Activities

3 out of 5
Standard things to do.


3 out of 5
The unexpected boys sang Frankie Valli songs. Very enjoyable show. Magic show was not so good.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
Still kept in very good condition

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Close to the stairs but not noisy. TV programming choices remain poor but that's a minor point.

Ship Tip

They seemed to have left out a couple things that we noticed from last time in the windjammer. Prunes... cottage cheese. Who knows why or what else they eliminated.

Do not expect guest services to help solve any issues you have. You must deal directly with whomever you had an issue with.

3 out of 5
Home port for us. Easy on and off the ship.
5 out of 5
water temp was great this time of year yet not blasing hot in the sun
5 out of 5
Two straight cruises with good excursions. Locals not pushy at all.
5 out of 5
A cheap $5 per person cab ride puts you on 7 mile beach.
5 out of 5
Great island tour and snorkel.
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