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Freedom of the Seas Cruise Review to Caribbean - Eastern

Cruises: 2-3 cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 28

Overall rating:

4 out of 5
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Freedom of the Seas

8 Night Eastern Caribbean (Ft. Lauderdale Roundtrip)

Sail date: April 01, 2017

Ship: Freedom of the Seas

Cabin type: Balcony

Cabin number: 8556

Traveled as: Family (older children)

Reviewed: 3 years ago

Review summary

One of the best things about the cruise is not being tied to the internet, email, phone and just focusing on relaxing and enjoying all the activities. 

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5

Onboard Activities

5 out of 5

Entertainment

5 out of 5

Service and Staff

5 out of 5

Ship Quality

5 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Cabin was clean. We had a third person with a bunk that came down from the ceiling above the main bed. That bed was not too comfortable and awkward to get in and out of.

Ship tip

Avoid the pizza - it's plain and not flavorful. If you have food allergies - the main dining room is really the only option, as the Windjammer and Room Service don't make it easy to obtain something special. Our other family members had a junior suite and it was really terrific.

Ports of call

Ft. Lauderdale (Port Everglades), Florida

3 out of 5

Labadee (Cruise Line Private Island)

5 out of 5
RC should make pre-planning more clear - this island is owned by RC, so it's just like being on the boat, but with lots of beach activities. Everything is pretty close and it's possible to do several different things during the visit. Super fun.

San Juan, Puerto Rico

5 out of 5
We did Uber to the Castillo - it's a National Park. Really interesting. Would have liked more time to visit other parts of the old city.

Philipsburg, St. Maarten

5 out of 5
This is a beach port. Most of our group did a tour to snorkel next to the airport landing strip - they said the snorkeling was 'okay', airplanes overhead were dramatic. Two of us took a water taxi to the town (the cute historic courthouse building is their ACTUAL courthouse, FYI) and explored the shops briefly then took a taxi to a less populated beach (Little Bay) and rented snorkel gear for $10/person, beach chair was $5/person, umbrellas were all taken. Overall saved money and avoided crowds, but the savings was not huge. Best food of the entire trip was steamed red snapper at a beachside place that faced the last water taxi stop. Name is escaping me at the moment. As you enter the beach from the pier, it's the first establishment on the right.

Basseterre, St. Kitts

5 out of 5
This island seems best explored on a tour. We did a bus tour that was excellent. Driving seems treacherous. Locals use a series of lights and hand signals to communicate, plus it's British so they drive on the left. There are no street signs or lights. And the roads are narrow and winding (not REALLY two lanes in some places).
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