Enjoyed Cruise even with revised port visits

Freedom of the Seas Cruise Review to Caribbean - Eastern


Contributor Level: Purser
Experience: 7+ cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Vote: 1

Overall Rating:

4.0 out of 5
Verified Review
Eastern Caribbean
Sail Date: November 30, 2014
Cabin Type: Balcony
Cabin Number: 6304
Traveled As: Couple
Reviewed: 2 years ago

Due to technical problems RCCL had to change from St Thomas and St martins to Nassau and Cozumel. Disappointed, but they handled the change well and were reasonable with compensation. Freedom is still an excellent ship. Maintained well, clean, and comfortable. Balcony cabin was very comfortable-no issues, steward was above average. Entertainment was also above average altho changed due to port changes. Food was probably about average by todays standards with a few exceptions. Chops Grill was excellent, as good a meal as you would get at an upscale steak house anywhere. The lobster was prepared as well as I have ever had on a cruise ship. Waiters and staff were above average. RCCL has obviously cut back on servings of dressings, sauces and condiments. No Au Jus for prime rib, Skimpy Hollandaise on Eggs Benedict. a tablespoon short on Caesar Salad etc. Not as easy to serve  4000 folks and keeps prices competitive a dash at a time. Crew and staff went out of their way to mingle and be friendly. Longer than average wait boarding due to ship arriving 2 hours late. Disembarkation was a little slow (too much waiting in line- poor people flow). Seems like cruise lines could get this right as much as they do it. Parked at Radison Port Park and had no issues. All in all an excellent cruise under the circumstances. Will book again when price is right and regular schedule is resumed. was excellent and will use again.

Food and Dining

3 out of 5
Actually aboue average, just wish it was as it used to be. Still some excellent features.

Onboard Activities

3 out of 5
Plenty to do. Very many options

Entertainment

5 out of 5
Excellent entertainers, ship orchestra outstanding--exceded expectations

Children's Programs

Did not experience

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Waiter, Bar Tender @ Olive or Twistn stood out

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
Well maintained ship--Had mechanical problem to be addressed in Jan dry dock

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Comfortable, clean, attendant above average

Ship Tip

Would not purchase Premium Beverage package in future. Not a good value unless you are a very heavy drinker. Try Chops Grill--Excellent. Windjammer excellent for lunch and/or late breakfast.

Did not do anything here as we live close. The NASA experience is excellent and like the beaches in area.
3 out of 5
As expected. Lots to do if young enough to Snorkel etc.
Did not go here due to mechanical issue
Did not go here due to mechanical issue
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