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Freedom of the Seas Cruise Review to Caribbean - Southern

Cruises: 4-6 cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 10

Overall rating:

4.3 out of 5
Freedom of the Seas

7 Night Southern Caribbean (San Juan Roundtrip)

Sail date: December 01, 2019

Ship: Freedom of the Seas

Cabin type: Balcony

Cabin number: 7408

Traveled as: Family (young children)

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Review summary

All in all a great cruise. Minor negative things. We would certainly do this itinerary again. Also be aware of sea conditions, if leaving from San Juan the waters can be a bit rough that first night.

Embarkation

4 out of 5
Once we found where to drop off our luggage it went very smooth!

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

3 out of 5
The windjammer was a zoo every time we went in. Probably only used it 4 times. Serentos had great pizza. Main dining was good but nothing extraordinary. We did not go to any of the specialty restaurants, though there was a ton of harassment to buy a “discount specialty restaurant package”

Onboard Activities

5 out of 5
Pools, rock climbing, flow-rider were all fun. Mini golf was decent.

Entertainment

5 out of 5
The ice show was great! Glad we got there early as recommenced to get good seats!

Children's Programs

Our ten year old stayed with us entire cruise.

Service and Staff

4 out of 5
We felt there was a lack of enthusiasm amongst a lot of the staff. Mostly kind, just lack of passion and excitement.

Ship Quality

3 out of 5
Freedom is going into dry dock in a few weeks and you can see that it needs it in several areas.

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Our cabin was a standard cabin, however our aft balcony was AMAZING! It was easily 3 times larger than a standard balcony and because it is on the corner it has more of a panoramic view!

Ship tip

You do not need to carry your beverage cups for the package with you. You can get a cup or can or bottle from any bar, or shop that has beverages. The elevators are typical, slow and full very often. Use the stairs as mych as you can. We always used the stairs when going down for sure. Get on early to enjoy the ship before the late sailing. We were on exploring by 11:00am. Sorento's is open when you arrive!

Ports of call

San Juan, Puerto Rico

3 out of 5
We did not spend much time exploring in san juan.

Oranjestad, Aruba

5 out of 5
We booked an outside semi submarine excursion. If you book outside consider your taxi expenses.

Willemstad, Curacao

5 out of 5
We went to the Dolphin Academy on our own and explored the sea aquarium. Great experience, great dolphin trainers. Absolutely love that these animals are free to go out into the ocean. Well kept, clean! again think about your travel expense. Also time it may take to get a taxi to and from.?

Kralendijk, Bonaire

5 out of 5
We rented a golf cart from Bonaire Cruisers. This was my FAVORITE island!! Extraordinarily beautiful! Very nice port!

Philipsburg, St. Maarten

5 out of 5
We booked the double decker open top bus tour. It was a very hot day! But great tour. Nice to stop fir a bit in a few different places! Wonderfully friendly guide!

Disembarkation

5 out of 5
Had breakfast in the main dining room. Very casual and not rushed. Went to our staging area, and were then sent to customs. Beware tge porters there are a bit like sharks! Hiwever much faster to use one and worth the time saving express lane! Also be aware, where our porter set us in the shade was not an area accessible by the uber we had ordered.
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