Fun time on Freedom

Freedom of the Seas Cruise Review to Caribbean - Southern

Cruises: 4-6 cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 31

Overall rating:

4.4 out of 5
Freedom of the Seas

7 Night Southern Caribbean (San Juan Roundtrip)

Sail date: May 12, 2019

Ship: Freedom of the Seas

Cabin type: Balcony

Cabin number: 9660

Traveled as: Singles/Friends

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Review summary

Ship was fun and pretty. I feel food was better on HAL. Nightlife was pretty good. Enjoyed the big music/dance parties on the Promenade. Loved the 70’s disco events!! The shops & venues on the Promenade were great! Pizza place was so good. Wish the MDR food was more flavorful & more variety- especially in deserts.


5 out of 5
Very fast, checked in early

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

3 out of 5
Service was great- food, not so much. MDR food was a disappointment. So bland. Not much flavor. Maybe they have to keep it that way to accommodate for a wide variety of diners?!? Best meal was the Mystery Dinner at the Italian specialty place- best steak ever! Buffet was pretty good. Lots of variety.

Windjammer Marketplace

4 out of 5

Good food selection. Lots of seating.

Main Dining Room

3 out of 5

Bland food. Not enough variety. Service was great.

Onboard Activities

4 out of 5
Nice pools. Fun to watch flow rider.


4 out of 5
Opening show was great! Mystery dinner was awesome- actors had great personalities! Closing show was great. Comedian was good. Didn’t care for Marquis, but maybe just a preference- I’m not much for broadway stuff. Talented bunch of young people- fun seeing them in different venues. Charlotte was awesome.


5 out of 5

Loved the energy & variety of shops

Children's Programs

No kids

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Costancio in MDR was awesome! Windjammer staff was good. Cabin Steward was accommodating when needed.

Ship Quality

3 out of 5
Ship design was fine. I liked the layout- huge ship though. Took longer to get places. It helped that we booked our room in the center of the ship. Hallways to rooms smelled like mildew. Very strong smell. Sometimes when we’d come back from excursions they would have fans in the hallways. Carpeting was pretty bad in hallways.

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Cabin/balcony size was fine. Enjoyed the larger table on balcony. (HAL has tiny tables) Bed & linens felt great. I would like them to up their bathroom routine. I like to SMELL the cleaning in there.

Ship tip

We ate at buffet more than I ever have due to MDR not being the best. Get a “spacious balcony” category room.

Ports of call

San Juan, Puerto Rico

5 out of 5
So much to see, want to go back. Did the post cruise excursion where they drop you off in town, they keep your bags & they pick you back up at a designated time/place. Then they take you to airport. Worked out great as we had a4:00 flight.

Philipsburg, St. Maarten

4 out of 5
Did the party boat watching planes come in & snorkeling. It was ok. Didn’t see anything snorkeling & water was murky. Just floating & rum punch was good though.

Basseterre, St. Kitts

5 out of 5
Did the rail& sail. Loved the sail part! Rail was ok, little boring after the first few minutes. Did learn about the island though. Lady singers were great.

St. John's, Antigua

5 out of 5
BEAUTIFUL!!! Did the Antigua reef riders- SO MUCH FUN! Sloan was great guide, water clear & gorgeous, lots of fish & pretty Cade’s Reef.

Castries, St. Lucia

4 out of 5
Island is pretty. SO MUCH TRAFFIC! Did the mud bath, volcano & lunch. Disappointed in the lunch- not as spectacular a view as I’d seen online with the lunch place high in the hills.

Bridgetown, Barbados

5 out of 5
Pirate ship party/snorkeling was GREAT! The staff were great- really mixed in with us & encouraged dancing & party atmosphere. So fun. Snorkeling was sooooo crowded with other tour boats as well. Still, good visibility & saw a couple turtles online with fish. Snorkeling at the shipwreck was cool.


5 out of 5
Great but went through the tour group, not regular disembarkation.
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