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Freedom of the Seas Cruise Review to Caribbean - Southern

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Overall rating:

4.8 out of 5
Freedom of the Seas

7 Night Southern Caribbean (San Juan Roundtrip)

Sail date: January 05, 2020

Ship: Freedom of the Seas

Traveled as: Family (older children)

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Review summary

Had a blast on this cruise. Recommend renting a car and sightseeing on your own. Great little finds in each port. No rush, go at your own pace, and do what you want to do!

Embarkation

3 out of 5
Crown and Anchor Priority line hard to find, SeaPass photo didn’t upload for my Card. Tried to get on ship and I was pulled to the side to rescan and new photo.

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
Main dining with Reynan and Iputu was great! Windjammer was great, lots of choices! Loved the free pizza at Sorrentos

Onboard Activities

5 out of 5
Enjoyed the overhanging jacuzzi on the 12th deck after day of excursion. Laid out by the pool on the last sea day. Sons enjoyed the Flowrider

Entertainment

3 out of 5
Listened to the bands and DJ on the Promenade. Didn’t go to any shows 😞

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Reynan in main dining was amazing with Iputu. Lilliana our stateroom attendant was most lovable and upbeat!

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
Everything was very clean.

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Bed was comfy. Stateroom was always clean

Ports of call

San Juan, Puerto Rico

5 out of 5
Arrived day before and stayed at the Double tree. Rented a car and visited Old San Juan, the Fort, cemetery. Shopping at a Panama Hat Shop. Pigeon Park.

Philipsburg, St. Maarten

5 out of 5
Rented a car for the day. Horseback riding, Lunch at Maho Beach. Port shopping.

Basseterre, St. Kitts

5 out of 5
Rented a car for the day. Visited the old Historic Fort. Also went shopping at Caribelle Batik and learned the art of Batik fabric making, port shopping

St. John's, Antigua

5 out of 5
Rented a car with a private driver for the day ($180) Coffee Roasting Shop, horseback riding in the ocean, amazing views from Shirley Heights, Nelson’s Dockyard for lunch, snorkeling, port shopping.

Castries, St. Lucia

5 out of 5
Rented a car for the day. Cocktails at Doliitles restaurant since it was too windy for snorkeling and kayaking. Howelton Estates for Caribelle Batik shopping( 2 kids missed the first batik shop) and chocolate making. From grinding your own cocoa nibs and cocoa butter and adding flavors( I made spicy chocolate!) to pouring into a mold to set and wrapping! Amazing experience ($60 per person- includes gift apron and chocolate bar, free drink at the drink station) Port shopping

Bridgetown, Barbados

5 out of 5
Rented a car for the day, started at Carlisle Bay for swimming and snorkeling. Rented beach chairs for $10/each all day use. Hubby and kids snorkeled and found schools of fish, sting rays and sea turtles. Lunch and local beer and cocktails at the outdoor cafe. Some local venders, restrooms and showers available. Off to a working Sugar windmill. And Cavern Tour (tour is via a tram) on beautiful grounds! Leisure drive back to port for shopping. In port 9am-8:30pm, but port shops closed around 7-7:30pm.

Disembarkation

5 out of 5
Super fast, customs was a breeze, just showed our passports. Taxi back to our hotel we had when we arrived the day before boarding the ship in Puerto Rico. The Doubletree held our luggage in storage and gave us use of the hotel facilities ( pool, lobby chairs, hammocks, spa, restrooms, etc. for the day at no charge til our afternoon flight back to San Diego.
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