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Freedom of the Seas Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western


Contributor Level: Purser
Experience: 7+ cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 2

Overall Rating:

4.0 out of 5
7 Night Western Caribbean New Year (Port Canaveral Roundtrip)
Sail Date: December 28, 2014
Ship: Freedom of the Seas
Cabin Type: Inside
Cabin Number: 8703
Traveled As: Family (older children)
Reviewed: 2 years ago

We have been on many cruises before, including RC's Oasis of the Seas. Freedom is a somewhat smaller ship and lacked the feeling of spaciousness the Oasis had. Still, it was a fun experience with plenty to do for all ages. There were some unique features such as the gothic style nightclub, and mini golf on deck, along with old favorites like the rock climbing wall, flow rider and ice skating rink. As with any large ship, there were issues finding a deck chair in the sun and waiting in long lines, particularly when embarking and debarking the ship.....that could have been done more efficiently but it certainly did not spoil the fun of the entire trip! The western Caribbean itinerary was great for relaxation, and especially valuable for scuba divers and snorkelers because of the beautiful reefs at those locations. Food was good.....we did "my time dining" which was fine after the initial glitches were worked out (we did not know that daily reservations are highly recommended)  One improvement i would suggest would be for some activities for the 18 to 20 age group, as they are too young for the alcohol-oriented activities but too old for the teen clubs. Overall we were very happy and returned home well rested and suntanned.

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
reservations are a must for "my time" dining!

Onboard Activities

5 out of 5
except if you are 20 years old......there was always something to do. Need more activities for young adults under drinking age.

Entertainment

5 out of 5

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
overall very friendly and helpful

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
the "little sister" of the Oasis

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
for inside cabins they were larger than expected.

Ship Tip

Make reservations DAILY for my time dining!

5 out of 5
visit Kennedy Space Center on your way to the airport! They do offer an excursion with airport transfer if you book a later flight.
5 out of 5
Yoga on the beach was offered thru the fitness center....a wonderful start to a relaxing day on the beach. BRING CASH for the straw market on the island. There are a few shops run by RC that will take your cruise card, but the local shops require cash.
5 out of 5
excursion to Dunns River Falls....(excursions are also available on the island) Climbing the falls is a must do experience if you haven't done it.
5 out of 5
great diving spot....also good for snorkeling. Stingray City is also a great experience.
5 out of 5
a fun place with lots of shopping and local restaurants. Our excursions were cancelled due to decreased time in port, which was a big dissappointment. It had something to do with the ship being behind schedule.
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