7 Night Western Caribbean (Port Canaveral Roundtrip) Sail Date: December 20, 2015 Ship: Freedom of the Seas Cabin Type: Oceanview Cabin Number: 1812 Traveled As: Family (older children) Reviewed: 2 years ago
1st impression and the last impression are important to our family. This was the 1st time cruising with Royal Caribbean, we found the food was bland in the main dining. The windjammer had the best tasting food, buffet style. However, it open from 7am- 11am, 11:30am-3:00pm, 6:00pm-9:00pm. RC need to extend the hour of operation for Windjammer. After shore excursions we rush back to have lunch. and if you see evening shows at 7:00 pm or later. Windjammer closed at 9:00pm. After 9:00pm there are two cafe on promenade, you are forced to eat pizza, cold sandwich or drink hot tea or coffee which are too hot to drink and no cup sleeves.We went to bed hungry 5 nights out of 7. We did eat at few restaurants on various Island which each time it cost us over $20.00 a person or more just to eat lunch. So, we would start hurry back to have lunch at Windjammer. Most disappointment of all our cruise photo disc is damage. Send 5 emails still waiting for the support staff to come up with a better solution to resolve this matter. The Link they send me will not open EXE file. I requested a new Cruise Photos disc to be forward to my address. I hope Royal Caribbean will honor my request.
Food and Dining
1 out of 5
main dining the food too bland and selection of menu not the best to choice from.
3 out of 5
On board activities were ok not the best, like the basketball contest.
5 out of 5
evening shows - loved all the shows did not miss any of them. The comedy shows keep me laughing from begin until the end great job by Ross Bennett purchased his disc. Magic show was awesome G. Thomas. Shows are the best part on the ship.
1 out of 5
The children were out of control through the whole cruise. This were the worst children I ever saw on a cruise. Especially after 9:00 pm. Children were play fighting at Cafe Promenade and the staff did nothing. Finally older brother of children came in cafe made them stop. Children ran up and down the hallway knocking on stateroom door and running away. Have to call security. Also, saw high school holding his eye because middle school sucker punch him. Security were trying to find out why. The cruise ship had curfew for the children . These out of control children ages ranging from eight up to mid teens, they were girls and boys who did not follow the curfew. Where were children parents!
Service and Staff
5 out of 5
Miflakhul Anam , Kevin Baptiste, and Prakash Singh Khanka.
3 out of 5
The ship were very clean in the public area, however, poolside deck always had too much water on the deck may it unsafe to walk especially when the ship is rocking.
Cabin / Stateroom
5 out of 5
Left a tip for Miflakhul Anam. He took very good care of us. Thanks again Miflakhul!
Main dining food were too bland,menu selection were limited. Windjammer had the best tasting food,buffet style. Open 7:00 am-11:00am ,11:30am-3:00 pm & 6:00- 9:00 pm. After shore excursions need to rush back to have lunch. See any shows at 7pm or later. Forced 2 eat pizza, cold sandwiches after 9PM.
The island have great shore excursions, zip line was awesome. purchase your souvenir from Artisan's Market it is not over priced. Do not purchase souvenir from music bands along beach , street or other shops outside the Artisan's Market they will over charge you for the same T-shirt in the Market.
Do not purchase any t-shirt or handcraft item in the air condition shop. The native give you a better deal, look for the shops that look like a grass huts. You can bargain with the owner. They will give you a better deal. Also, found Del Sol t -shirt for $15.00 for an adult and $12.00 for children in a hut type shop in the Grand Cayman.
Got the best prices on souvenir in Cozmel. Ask owner to give me their best price on souvenir. However, went purchasing more than one T-Shirt the owner will try to switch a t-shirt that is not selling well. Also, they will try to switch the size of t-shirt. Have the owner of the shop open up the t-shirt to display it and you check the label for the correct size.
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