Normally we cruise on the smaller ships of Royal Caribbean out of Tampa, but we decided to check out a larger ship. We were not disappointed. The Freedom was great, although we still prefer the smaller ships.
Check in was very smooth as was debarkation. We were concerned about the number of passengers but it turned out not to be an issue.
The ship was clean and the crew friendly. Our cabin was a little small but who spends much time in the cabin? So no complaints there.
We decided to eat all out meals at the Windjammer rather than the main dining room. This gave us the flexibility pick the activity we wanted to do, which most of the time was to find music and dancing. Almost perfect relates to this issue. If you like dancing or even like to listen to music, at times it was nonexistent. There were good bands on board but they either played for very short time or did not start playing until late, Some nights the bands didn't start until 10 PM or latter. Might be Ok for the younger cruisers but maybe not for the older ones. It would have been a perfect cruise if there was dancing earlier each night. When there was dancing earlier it was on the 4th deck in a very small bar. The dance floor was so small 3 couples made it crowded. Our only disappointment.
The food was good, not great, but there was plenty of choices. The Windjammer was clean and the crew great to deal with.
We had been to all the ports before so the only comment is, the ship offered a variety of tours and you'd have to pick the one that suits you. Just remember it very hot an humid in the summer at these places.
We rated this cruise a 5 even though we would have liked have more dancing. Maybe RC will read this and make some changes in the future.
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