Freedom of the Seas Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western

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4-6 cruises


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4 out of 5

Mostly a great trip

Sail Date: January 17, 2016

Reviewed: 8 months ago

Traveled As: Family w/young children

Room Type: Suite

Overall this was a great trip.  We stayed in a junior suite and it was totally worth it. The staff on Board the Freedom of the Seas was wonderful and the ship itself was nice.  However the food was average at best.


On our cruise we made it all the way to Labadee, Haiti and were unable to disembark due to "political protests" on the shore.  This was a complete disappointment and Royal Caribbean should be ashamed of themselves for marketing this island as their "private island".  They had zero security measures in place to ensure our safety if we disembarked and did nothing to makeup for the missed port.


In Jamaica we did the Margaritaville Catamaran Sail, Beach Break and Party. BEWARE - they make you get off tje catamaran IN THE OCEAN!  The waves were over our heads and the boat was rocking so bad we had bruises. They neglect to tell you this in the description.  The beach was average at best and the locals hounded you the entire time "relaxing" at the beach.  Also, Maragaritaville back at the port was disappointing.  Try a different excursion.


In Grand Cayman we did the Push, Pull, and Swim with the Dolphins and it was AMAZING!  I cannot say enough good things about the entire experience.  It was VERY pricey, especially after we shelled out $200 just for the CD of pictures for a family of 4, but it was worth every penny.


In Cozumel we did the Deluxe Beach Break and Playa Mia Water Park.  Had the weather cooperated and all of the Ocean Activities not been cancelled this would have been a great excursion.


My last piece of advice would be to stay CLEAR of the Royal Caribbean transfers.  Our bus had no air on the trip to the port and was blowing hot air.  It was close to 90 degrees in  tje bus with no water for 50 minutes and NO APOLOGIES.  On the way back our bus had a problem getting trew the gate at the airport and our diver exited the bus and left us unattended - in tje bus - at tje gate - without any information fpr well over 15 minutes.  GET YOUR OWN TRANSPORTATION.


Overall anywhere besides the cold Chicago weather was going to be great.  Glad we went but could have done without the issues.

Cabin / Stateroom
Cabin was beautiful - I didn't feel like I was crammed at all. We had two adults and two children in the room. Just note that the pull out couch does go into a bed - but a very short one. I'm 5'5" and my feet were hanging off - but the kids were fine.
Embarkation and Disembarkation
Ship Quality
Destinations and Excursions
Onboard Activities
Service and Staff
Food and Dining
Food was average. Wait staff was excellent!
Port Canaveral, Florida
Labadee (Cruiseline Private Island)
NOT A PRIVATE ISLAND!!! Couldn't get off the ship due to protests!
Falmouth, Jamaica
George Town, Grand Cayman
You MUST swim with the dolphins here!
Cozumel, Mexico


Pizza at Sorrentos was good. We preferred the main dining room for breakfast and dinner as the Windjammer was overly congested and the food did not seem as good. The Premium Alcohol Package is ALL you need. We still had coffee and juice every day - just not Starbucks.

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