Freedom offers an excellent value for superior service.
Freedom of the Seas Cruise Review to Caribbean
Review summaryFreedom of the Seas offered fantastic service throughout our 8-day voyage. There was a variety of activities and entertainment offered at convenient, non-competing times. All in all, an excellent value.
Food and Dining
Main Dining Room
Fantastic service, great meals, and quick beverage service consistently throughout our 8 days trip. Thank you to Victor and Perry serving us at Isaac's on deck 4.
The Windjammer was typical of any RCI cruise buffet. It offered a plentiful variety of hot and cold food for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Service was excellent with staff encouraging relaxation by offering complimentary beverages, promptly filling bar service orders, and suggesting additional snacks (cookies, etc.) while cruisers dined.
The snacks (food and desserts), as well as the gourmet coffees, were all excellent.
I am not a fan of Sorrentos Pizza, but it was very sufficient given that it is complimentary. The sandwiches and smaller deli items are good, though.
Center Ice Rink
The kids loved the opportunity to ice skate while on board the Freedom of the Seas!
Rock Climbing Wall
Every kid loved a chance to climb the rock wall and ring the bell. Freedom of the Seas made this activity available with regularity to ensure that it worked with other planned activities on board.
Excellent availability and appropriate supervision for rookies and those who are better skilled at boogie boarding and stand-up surfing.
A great area for kids to play while adults relax in the sun on lounge chairs or in hot tubs.
Overcrowded at times, but a great use of space that allowed for the optional division of excited children and relaxing adults if desired. RCI also has lifeguards on duty at pools now.
Great sound and lighting with easy access and egress despite crowding at times. Bar service was good, too, despite having a full house.
Don's miss the ice show on Freedom of the Seas. I was happy to have checked this out, let the kids ice skate here, and also attended a Crown & Anchor event in Studio B, which was an excellent venue for both.
Excellent "main drag" for parades, shows, and mingling.
On Air Club
Great place to relax, watch a game, and have a beer.
The kids (and us) enjoyed playing some games in Challengers Arcade. At $1 or more per game, the game play was limited. Come on RCI, make these games a little more affordable for cruisers who you have already charged thousands of dollars!
The kids were unimpressed with Adventure Ocean youth program on Freedom of the Seas and viewed attendance as punishment.
Service and Staff
Cabin / Stateroom
Freedom of the Seas offers service superior to many of the previous cruises I have been on. It has a variety of activities offered at convenient, non-competitive times and the specialty restaurants are fantastic, as is the complimentary food offered on board.
Ports of call
Ft. Lauderdale (Port Everglades), Florida Did not visit port
Labadee (Cruise Line Private Island) Did not visit port