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Freedom of the Seas Cruise Review to Europe - Mediterranean

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Overall rating:

4 out of 5
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Freedom of the Seas

7 Night Western Mediterranean (Barcelona Roundtrip)

Sail date: June 18, 2017

Ship: Freedom of the Seas

Cabin type: Suite

Cabin number: 7414

Traveled as: Family (older children)

Reviewed: 4 years ago

Review summary

It is always nice to have a suite (this was a jr suite). Spacious suite & veranda. Bed was comfortable. Not enough electrical outlets however for a room that holds 3-4 people. Only had 1 outlet and we had 2 tablets, a phone, 2 camera with batteries, a curling iron, & a hair straightener, all needing that one outlet! Typical big ship-too big when you need to disembark or get back on, elevators insufficient, ridiculous 2 hour taxi stand wait. Food was pretty good. Had 2 formal nights but never had the semi formal evening. Could not hear the announcements in our room which was annoying. Did not care for the onboard activities-not suitable for seniors or people with mild physical challenges (rock wall, ice skating, wave riding). Mini golf was nice & shuffleboard. However, we love table tennis and could not use any of the 4 tables because they were all within the children's area & were being used by children who did not even tall enough to really be playing ping pong on a normal sized table. Made no sense. The pools were adequate. Our veranda was disappointing because it had an obstructed view off the rear of the ship. This had not been disclosed. There were a lot of pillars and beams so that we could not take nice photos. And if we looked down, all we saw was the huge veranda of the suite below us. And the occupants of that suite were unhappy because people on an upper public deck were throwing cigarette butts down onto their veranda (fire hazard? unsightly). We had paper airplanes landing on our veranda- not really a problem but weird. The rear verandas have no breeze at all- a bit disappointing. And the distance to any elevator is extreme. The service was good, but it is usually good when traveling with attractive older teenage girls! 

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
Main dining room & pizza restaurant (free) were very good.

Onboard Activities

3 out of 5
Good mini golf, no good for table tennis fans. No billiards at all. Pools were good. No place for game playing, no games (cards, etc).


3 out of 5
Not much that appealed to us.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5

Ship Quality

3 out of 5
Nothing impressive. Functional. Clean.

Cabin / Stateroom

3 out of 5
Obstructed view. Walk in closet. Comfortable bed. Only 1 electrical outlet unless you bring a converter & use the European outlet also. Nice to have a little refrigerator for your water. Has a tub (good area to hang the wet swimsuits.) Spacious, sunless veranda (set far back from water-no worries about falling overboard!)

Ports of call

Barcelona, Spain

5 out of 5

Marseille (Provence), France

5 out of 5

Villefranche-Sur-Mer, France

5 out of 5

La Spezia, Italy

3 out of 5

Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy

5 out of 5

Naples, Italy

5 out of 5
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