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Freedom of the Seas Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western
Ship: Freedom of the Seas
Cabin Type: Inside
Traveled As: Couple
Reviewed: 3 years ago
Royal Caribbean International sells the WOW. The market this concept to death. The Sea called we answered it royally\, but it turned out to be as exciting as a telephonic survey. Now I will admit\, the trappings such as the Flowrider\, Rockwall\, and the ship's decor are nice. However\, as 40-somethings\, we did not get the full advantage. The ice show and some of the bigger entertainment offerings were great. The Dreamworks events / dance parties were a lot of fun. We had a great time in the Crypt nightclub. Unfortunately\, on sea days and after leaving ports-of-call\, we found ourselves sitting around and waiting for some degree of entertainment. I kid you not\, I read about half of a novel while killing time. This was our first cruise with RCI after three stellar voyages with Carnival. I figured RCI would easily surpass the Fun Ships and they fell short by a wide margin. The biggest detractor was the dining. The Windjammer Cafe was unimpressive. The Main Dining Room offered uber-gourmet dishes or the same old boring classics. Room service was better than Carnival for breakfast\, but the lunch/dinner menu was lacking. Additionally\, the availability of dining times was poor. We prepaid our gratuities so we could be flexible. The Windjammer Cafe closes nightly at 9 pm(!)\, which limits options for simple pleasures such as dessert and coffee after the evening's entertainment. The menus in the Windjammer between main sittings was dull with little daily changes. I ate more hamburgers on this cruise than all other sailings combined. In fact\, the Windjammer management would routinely ask people to finish and leave during peak times. While this makes sense\, I never saw anyone unable to be seated. Often times\, there were a half dozen open tables nearby. This was quite a turn off and I believe some passengers were slow rolling their meals intentionally after these announcements. We actually stopped going to the main dining room after two nights because the average
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Cabin / Stateroom
Pros: Port of departure\, decor\, and big ticket entertainment
Cons: The food\, the food\, the food\, the frequency of shipboard activities\, the countless drunks\, and (oh yeah) the food.