Cruise was great and ship good, but could use an update in the public areas
Freedom of the Seas Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western
Sail Date: November 23, 2014
Ship: Freedom of the Seas
Cabin Type: Balcony
Cabin Number: 8576
Traveled As: Couple
Reviewed: 3 years ago
The Freedom of the Seas is a fine ship, however, the promenade design concept had good points and bad for me. The good were that the design allowed for fun times with the 70s night dance show and the parade. also gave the ambiance of an outside street shopping and dining area. the bad was that it was somewhat dated looking and was too crowded. The cruise was excellent. shows were broadway quality, the staff was very, very courteous and accommodating. the wait staff in the dining room actually memorized our names and called us by name always. Juan Carlos, and Kenesha get 5 stars. Ron our room attendant was excellent. I rate the TV channels in the room as 1 star, wanted some local USA news, and business channel. no such luck. Other cruise ships, Disney and Celebrity did a better job at this. The Promenade shops need a much needed upgrade, especially the jewelry shops. Did not seem to have a good look and feel to them. The Portifino restaurant was beyond our expectation. Wait staff, ambiance and food were 5 stars!! Ice show was beyond belief. that is a large space for limited use on the ship, but worth it. Our room could have had a little more storage drawers and cabinets with doors for storage.
Food and Dining
Service and Staff
Cabin / Stateroom
lighting was good, beds were very comfortable.
clothing storage was limited.
The separate reading lights were a great touch and I liked and used that feature while my wife was sleeping. Veranda was a great size and liked that fact that neighboring verandas could be joined if traveling with friends in neighboring rooms.
Room could use an alarm clock that accommodates iPhone (like Disney does)
Elevator number and size accommodated the large (4300) passenger count well.
Ditch the Morgan in the promenade, took up valuable foot traffic space.