Good itinerary, fairly good ship, could be better

Freedom of the Seas Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western


Contributor Level: Purser
Experience: 4-6 cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 6

Overall Rating:

3.0 out of 5
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7 Night Western Caribbean (Port Canaveral Roundtrip)
Sail Date: April 24, 2016
Ship: Freedom of the Seas
Cabin Type: Inside
Cabin Number: 6471
Traveled As: Couple
Reviewed: 1 year ago

We really liked the itinerary with 1 day at sea in the beginning and end, 4 ports daily in the middle. Ports were early in morning alternating with late in morning so overall worked out well. 

Overall ship is good. The promenade, theatre, ice rink, flowrider, rock climbing wall are all really great. Dance venue (Olive or twist) has good location but dance floor is very small. Didn't spend much time in casino. DJs are not that great. 

We are vegetarian and food options were terrible for us. Main diner had only one option in starter for most days which included just pieces of mixed fruits on several days and house salad on one day. There was only one vegetarian dish which also was just an excuse for an option. They had linguini pasta as another vegetarian option daily. Similar situation was in the buffet place. They had only salads (who goes to eat that on a cruise!!!) and different kind of bland pastas as vegetarian options. They have 24 hour pizza which never had any kind of vegetarian pizza except plain cheese pizza.

Activities team (cruise director's team)could be better. Love and marriage game show was hit as usual. Entertainment was great. Had one very good and another decent stand up comedian. Freedomice.com skating show is great. However they opened rink only on the last day for people to skate. It would have been better if people could go there and skate on other days as well. Their own production shows were good as well. 

Shore excursions were obviously over priced but not necessarily a deal breaker. 

Food and Dining

1 out of 5
We are vegetarian and food options were terrible for us. Main diner had only one option in starter for most days which included just pieces of mixed fruits on several days and house salad on one day. There was only one vegetarian dish which also was just an excuse for an option. They had linguini pasta as another vegetarian option daily. Similar situation was in the buffet place. They had only salads (who goes to eat that on a cruise!!!) and different kind of bland pastas as vegetarian options. They have 24 hour pizza which never had any kind of vegetarian pizza except plain cheese pizza.

Onboard Activities

3 out of 5
Activities team (cruise director's team)could be better. Love and marriage game show was hit as usual.

Entertainment

5 out of 5
Entertainment was great. Had one very good and another decent stand up comedian. Freedomice.com skating show is great. However they opened rink only on the last day for people to skate. It would have been better if people could go there and skate on other days as well. Their own production shows were good as well. 

Service and Staff

5 out of 5

Ship Quality

5 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

Typical standard cruise ship cabin
3 out of 5
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