Southern Caribbean Cruise

Freedom of the Seas Cruise Review to Caribbean - Southern

Cruises: 2-3 cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 4

Overall rating:

4.4 out of 5
Freedom of the Seas

7 Night Southern Caribbean (San Juan Roundtrip)

Sail date: September 29, 2019

Ship: Freedom of the Seas

Cabin type: Balcony

Cabin number: 8280

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Review summary

7 night southern Caribbean cruise. Very busy cruise as your in port 5 days but lots to see and do.

Embarkation

5 out of 5
We were on the ship in about 20 minutes from the time we were dropped off at the port.

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

4 out of 5
The dining room food was delicious. The food in the Windjammer was average at best. The chicken was barely warm on most occasions and the desserts weren’t very flavorful.

Main Dining Room

5 out of 5

The food was delicious and our server Noel was awesome.

Sorrentos Pizza

3 out of 5

The pizza had a strange taste and the smell was very strong.

Windjammer Marketplace

3 out of 5

Average food and sometimes tough to find a table.

Johnny Rockets

5 out of 5

Good food at a reasonable price and the staff are super nice. The only thing that would make it better is is they had more tables inside.

Cafe Promenade

4 out of 5

Good variety but needs more seating.

Ben and Jerry's

5 out of 5

Delicious ice cream with reasonable prices.

Onboard Activities

3 out of 5
We spent most of our afternoons on the ship in the adult pool which was too small for the amount of people on the ship and boring. They don’t even play music by the pool. The hours for the rock climbing were very limited.

Casino Royale

3 out of 5

I didn’t gamble but I give it a 3 because it’s like walking into a packed bar in the 80’s or 90’s. Way too smoky.

Swimming Pools

3 out of 5

The adult pool is too small and they need to play some music.

Jewelry Shop

4 out of 5

Great selection and some good deals. The sales people are a bit high pressure but they do it in a polite way.

Dunes Mini Golf

2 out of 5

It’s something to do but it needs some serious updating. When you walk on the greens it feels like you’re walking on plywood.

Entertainment

5 out of 5
We watched most of the shows including the ice show. We enjoyed all of them but we thought the singer Earl Thomas should’ve sang more songs in their entirety instead just one or two lines of so many. We watched one of the parades, played 80’s name that tune and participated in the battle of the sexes game.

Arcadia Theater

5 out of 5

Very comfortable and great shows.

Children's Programs

We didn’t have any children traveling with us.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5

Ship Quality

5 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
We were happy with the size of the room. The balcony was bigger than we expected. We didn’t think the bed was very comfortable. The cabin was clean with the exception of the tv and picture hanging on the wall. The only outlets are next to the tv so it’s possible that it was my hairspray all over the side of the TV. I’m not really sure if it was there when we first checked into our room or not.

Ship tip

Book a room closer to the elevators or you’ll be doing a lot of walking.

Ports of call

San Juan, Puerto Rico

5 out of 5
We arrived 2 days early and stayed 1 extra day. Our favorite thing we did was visited the Bacardi factory.

Philipsburg, St. Maarten

5 out of 5
We loved the three Island speed boat tour. The water is beautiful and we enjoyed the snorkeling and feeding the iguanas.

Basseterre, St. Kitts

3 out of 5
We did a 4x4 tour with a beach break. We enjoyed the tour but the beach wasn’t great. We wouldn’t recommend this excursion.

St. John's, Antigua

5 out of 5
We went zip lining. We thought the zip lines were too loose. If you slow yourself down you won’t make it up to the platforms.

Castries, St. Lucia

4 out of 5
We went to the mud bath with lunch at a local restaurant. They should’ve told us it would be a 2 hour drive each way. The drive there wasn’t too bad as they made several stops to take pictures and do a little shopping. The ride back was terrifying. It’s pretty much all down hill on narrow roads With lots of turns and the drivers drive too fast. I actually got car sick. We enjoyed the mud baths but wished they had told us there would be a place to change when we were done. The views of the Pitons were breathtaking. I would take a tour and go the the mud baths again but would take a boat tour instead.

Bridgetown, Barbados

3 out of 5
We didn’t take an excursion but heard a lot of good things from fellow passengers that did so my rating is based only on the port. I didn’t like that most of the shops were inside of a very warm building. It’s also a long walk from the ship. They do offer shuttles but nobody told us about this option.

Disembarkation

2 out of 5
We found it to be very unorganized. We weren’t called until 1 hour after our time. We were forced to get up early and rush to the theater just to sit and wait.

Traveler Photos

Welcome drinks at the Bacardi tour Pitons
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