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Freedom of the Seas Cruise Review to Caribbean - Southern

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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

7 Night Southern Caribbean (San Juan Roundtrip)

Sail date: September 15, 2019

Ship: Freedom of the Seas

Cabin type: Balcony

Cabin number: 6526

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Review summary

Overall a good time. Would do it again. Ship was clean, had super friendly staff and great food. The ports all had a little something different to offer. Antigua is a great beach day kind of island. St Kitts was great for history buffs but the port area is a turnoff with pushy people. The landscape was probably the most lush on St. Kitts too. Barbados is perfect for those looking for more things to do. It is pretty inexpensive for food and drinks. Don’t be afraid to eat their from their street vendors! St lucia and St Thomas are great stops with many activities too and beautiful.


5 out of 5
Went early and there were no lines. Walked right on the ship.

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

4 out of 5
Main dining room staff was friendly and prompt. The food is great in main dining room and excellent in Chops. Windjammer door for breakfast is great but is basic for lunch/dinner. I didn’t think the food in windjammer at lunch/dinner time was as good of quality. Drinks left a lot to be desired. Beers are between $8-12 for everyday selection. The specialty drink “specials” were also almost $10 a drink and there was nothing special about them.

Onboard Activities

4 out of 5
We played shuffleboard and mini golf. We didn’t use a lot of the facilities as we had so many port days the facilities were not a big draw for us. We did enjoy what we did use.


4 out of 5
Trivia in the schooner bar were the best. Gerry and Claudio made them entertaining. Headliner shows were ok. We enjoyed one of the comedy show a lot and the arial acrobats. The other activities are ok but nothing to write home about. The DJs did get the crowds going when we saw them.

Service and Staff

2 out of 5
Always had ice in our rooms, had towel art a few times. Our steward Frank always greeted us in hallways and was nice. Our main dining room waiter Royston was great...he was prompt, attentive and gave us great suggestions for meals.

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
Overall it was great.

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5

Ship tip

There was not a mini fridge in your room but a “cooler”. Ask for ice and put it in the cooler swapping it out everyday and it will make it more like a fridge in there. It will actually chill your beverages.

Ports of call

San Juan, Puerto Rico

5 out of 5

Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas

5 out of 5
Beautiful beaches!! Did the self guided historical walk then went to Meagan’s Bay. Water was very clear and refreshing. There is a little bar & grill there and beach chairs for rent.

Basseterre, St. Kitts

4 out of 5
Least favorite port. Make sure to plan an excursion otherwise there isn’t a whole lot to do. The people are pretty pushy in this port trying to get you to go on their tours or buy things. Better to go away from port and explore other parts of the island. We did a historical tour with Annie’s tours which was wonderful and was the saving grace for this port. Without that it would have been a bust. Great tour if you enjoy history.

St. John's, Antigua

5 out of 5
Blue waters! Not as clear as St Thomas for snorkeling but more blue. We did a beach day at Ffryes Beach and just relaxed. Perfect island to enjoy the beach and do nothing!

Castries, St. Lucia

5 out of 5
I suggest the treetop adventures Zipline! It was so fun. The rainforest was beautiful. The port center was more heavily populated than other islands. More shops and activities on the island.

Bridgetown, Barbados

5 out of 5
FAVORITE port! We didn’t originally have any plans and were just going to wing it in Barbados. Ended up at Carslile Bay Beach. Found a spot that for $20 you get beach chair and umbrella rental along with a snorkel tour that takes you to see a shipwreck, sea turtles and a bunch of fish. The waters are turquoise and clear enough to see stingrays on the bottom. We walked down the beach and found a stand that sold flying fish sandwiches. We also got lucky and were there on fiesta Friday where they put on a little street party near port. They sold local crafts and food and played local music. The food and beers are cheap (I’m talking 4 local beers for $5), people are friendly and there are activities for everyone on this island.


5 out of 5
Did self disembarkation. Got in line at 7am with my bags and waited in a short line and walked off. You go through customs and taxis are waiting to take you where you need to go.
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