!!!Dont buy a watch from the on-board jewelry shop!!!

Freedom of the Seas Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western

Experience: 4-6 cruises
Reviews: 0
Helpful Votes: 6

Overall Rating:

3 out of 5
Verified Review
7 Night Western Caribbean (Port Canaveral Roundtrip)
Sail Date: March 01, 2015
Ship: Freedom of the Seas
Cabin Type: Balcony
Cabin Number: 6258
Traveled As: Couple
Reviewed: 3 years ago

I bought a watch for $1299 USD (retail was supposedly $3600) at the watch sale. Due to Royal Caribbean charging outrageously priced wireless fees ($140 USD). I had no way of checking prices, but assumed it would be less then back home. Boy was I wrong! I can pick up the same watch for half the price (approx. $650 USD).

Other than that, we did enjoy the cruise and the ports that were visited, but not as much as other cruises that I have been on.

I was disappointed that we never got a chance to try out the "flowrider", a highlighted specialty of this ship which allows you to experience surfing/body surf without the dangers.. It was either not running (a lot of the time) or it was booked up.

Food was good, although you had to puchase a "beverage" package - we bought a nonalcoholic one for $150USD and a soda one for $50USD. - if they give you the chance to pick from 3 offers ($75 on-board credit, free beverage package, i dont recall the third option) I recommend checking into the beverage package. The last time I cruised was years ago and soft drinks, water, coffee etc was included, I assumed this was the case and got stung again.

I felt like I was being "nickled and dimmed" every chance they got (beverage packages, wireless charges, automatic gratuities).

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
Great specialty dining, but with a $35 per person charge, it is not worth it in my opinion. We got a coupon that entitled us to choose from one of the specialty diners for 1 night.

Onboard Activities

3 out of 5
too many options - 4 page list of things to do for the next day


3 out of 5
only saw one show, TV choices were very limited.

Children's Programs

No comment as we dont have children

Service and Staff

3 out of 5
dining, cleaning staff were great, Guest services were snobs and unfriendly everytime i talked to them.

Ship Quality

5 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
very clean. altough we didnt enjoy the balcony as much as we thought we would, due to it being hot and extremly muggy.

Ship Tip

free starbucks coffee if you have a specialty drink package

3 out of 5
it was too hot, my wife and I could only take the heat for a couple of hours. (my wife can work in the yard all day at home where its typically 30C and hotter, but the heat is different in the caribbean.
3 out of 5
didnt do any excursions - just got off the ship and went to the market
3 out of 5
didnt do any excursions - just got off the ship and went to the market
3 out of 5
didnt do any excursions - just got off the ship and went to the market
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