Good cruise but not as good as past Royal cruises

Freedom of the Seas Cruise Review to Caribbean - Eastern

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Review: 1
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Overall rating:

4.3 out of 5
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Freedom of the Seas

8 Night Eastern Caribbean (Ft. Lauderdale Roundtrip)

Sail date: February 03, 2018

Ship: Freedom of the Seas

Cabin type: Oceanview

Cabin number: 7504

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Review summary

Overall the cruise was fine. Our two major complaints were first that we requested a large table for dinner but were seated at a table for 4 and second the Diamond lounge was far too small to accommodate the amount of members attempting to use it. We never were able to obtain a seat.

Embarkation

5 out of 5
As Diamond members our embarkation was quick and painless.

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

4 out of 5
Main dining room service was excellent. Food was okay. Menu leaned to contain more typical average dishes than in the past. Windjammer was extremely crowded. Food at breakfast and lunch was okay.

Onboard Activities

4 out of 5

Entertainment

5 out of 5
Singers, dancers, orchestra, and ice show performers were excellent. We were disappointed the orchestra didn't provide dance music in the Viking Crown lounge an evening or two as in the past. Also, no music in main lobby near bar before dinner for dancing as in past.

Arcadia Theater

5 out of 5

Misc. entertainers (acrobats, comedians, juggler, singer were all excellent.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Waiter, Asst. Waiter, and room steward were unusually far above excellent.

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
Ship was very clean considering being extremely crowded.

Cabin / Stateroom

4 out of 5
Cabin size was okay. Typical jokes regarding ultra small shower. Window facing front of ship was great, however, location of room made for long walk to get anywhere, particularly rear of ship.

Ship tip

Be patient regarding ship being crowded and waiting for elevators.

Ports of call

Ft. Lauderdale (Port Everglades), Florida

4 out of 5

Basseterre, St. Kitts

5 out of 5
We did the catamaran and beach excursion. It was great and the crew was great.

Labadee (Cruise Line Private Island)

3 out of 5
Labadee itself was wonderful, however, it is a shame you can't walk through the lane with all the vendors. They are extremely pushy and rude. They aren't intelligent enough to realize if they would leave you alone to browse and shop you may spend money with them. As usual we took one step forward were accosted and turned around and left the area.

Disembarkation

4 out of 5
Pretty much pain free.
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