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Fantastic Caribbean Cruise by Megardner

Sail date: / Traveled as: Large Group
Ship: Freedom of the Seas / Destination: Caribbean - Southern

Overall, I would highly recommend this cruise. It was nice waking up to a different island each day. We spent a lot of time at each port so did not have much time to experience the onboard amenities. The main dining staff and our room attendant were attentive and friendly. We could not have asked for better service.

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Christmas cruise to the Caribbeans by eclecticcruiser

Sail date: / Traveled as: Family (older children)
Ship: Freedom of the Seas / Destination: Caribbean - Southern

The cruise had the itinerary we were looking for- 5 stops and only 1 day on the sea. We spent each day on a different beach/island and literally "island hopped" Because we were off the ship every day, the shortcomings of the ship was not impactful to our vacation experience. I understand the ship will be getting an upgrade this year so some of this feedback will probably become irrelevant soon.

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5.0

We just finished our first... by francescond43

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Ship: Freedom of the Seas

We just finished our first cruise with RCCL. We prefer the smaller ships bit we jad a great time on Freedom. Our room attendant Sonya was the best. Our dinner waiters Romeo and Rashid in the Galleo dining room were wonderful. They made sure we did not leave hungry.

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Fair & Honest Review by raynino

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Freedom of the Seas / Destination: Caribbean - Southern

My wife and I celebrated our 10 Year Anniversary on this cruise, making new friends and lasting memories in the process.

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4.8

Wonderful, amazing, adventure by jskwara

Sail date: / Traveled as: Family (older children)
Ship: Freedom of the Seas / Destination: Caribbean - Southern

Just got off the Freedom of the Seas and I’m actually depressed about it but I thought I’d make a post all about my trip cause it might be helpful! This was actually one of the best vacations I’ve ever taken and I’m gonna miss it so much. PS- pictures are in order according to port (San Juan, Aruba, Curacao, Bonaire, St. Maarten)! I guess I will start with San Juan. We stayed here for four days prior to the cruise, piggybacking off my mom’s work conference. We stayed at La Concha resort right on Condado beach and it was awesome. We took a taxi from the airport to the hotel and it was about 15 minutes. The airport is decent, big with a lot of shops and restaurants. Definitely not the best but no where near the worst airport I’ve ever been to. It’s also not the cleanest. I will add when you’re departing, you have to put your bags through a separate agriculture check for fruits and plants and stuff which usually only takes a few minutes. From there you check your bags and go through security. After a 15 minute drive, we got to the hotel. It was really nice and clean and the staff was always friendly. There were four different pools to choose from as well as a beautiful, clean beach. If you are staying in San Juan before or after a cruise or for any other reason I would HIGHLY recommend La Concha. We ubered any time we wanted to go somewhere not in walking distance like old San Juan which cost $6 each way. We rented a car one day and drove to the rainforest where we spent a day hiking, ate some amazing mofongo at various restaurants, and enjoyed many happy hour drinks. The trip from the hotel to the cruise terminal was fine. We took an Uber and it was about a 10-15 min drive. Nothing to complain about. CRUISE TIMEEE Day 1: Getting on the ship Getting on the ship was a smooth process, as we got there by 9:30am. We went through security and they took our luggage, but we did have to sit in the waiting area until 11 when we were allowed to board. This was our second time on Freedom so we were familiar with the ship and there wasn’t a ton of new stuff to explore. Our staterooms opened up at 1:30 on the dot, so we just chilled at one of the bars on the royal promenade until then. My brother and I stayed in a spacious ocean view balcony cabin with an adjoining door connecting our room to our parents’ room. We always get them to take the divider off the balcony so we can have one big balcony. We set sail at 8:30pm and if you’ve ever sailed out of San Juan, you know what a gorgeous sail away that is. Day 2: At sea Our first sea day was super chill. We just sat by the pool (there are plenty of chairs on deck 12 by the track over looking the pool!) and did the flow rider. They have a system with the flow rider that I’ve never seen where you get a white wristband and you have to do a boogie boarding session before you do stand up surfing. They replace the white with a blue wristband once you do boogie boarding. The sports staff was incredibly friendly and really wanted to see everyone succeed at surfing which I actually did. All day long, we were in ROUGH waters and the ship was rocking a lot. Definitely bring your Dramamine and sea bands! The one worker said everyone was getting green apples to help! We had my time dining but after the first night, made a reservation for 6:15 each night to have our same waiters. If you ever get Nevil and Iputu, they were amazing. Food in the MDR never disappointed, however, I see many people complain about it but I’ve never had an issue. The lobster and the Caesar salads were incredible and Pizza from Sorrento’s as well as sandwiches from cafe promenade were just as good and really show you don’t have to spend the money on specialty dining. We saw the Marquee show which combines a ton of broadway hits into an hour long show and I must say, being a theatre student and having seen this show already, it was awesome. The talent was broadway level and we were in some REALLY rough waters and no one fell or anything. We also saw the ice show one night which was really entertaining. The talent they have is amazing and watching the ice routines to classic rock songs was awesome. Day 3: Oranjestad, Aruba This day, we had a plan to rent a Jeep and drive around the island, hitting all the prominent sights and chilling on a few beaches. After our car rental didn’t go as planned, we got a different Jeep and ventured out and drove to the lighthouse, the natural bridge, and made a stop at Druiff beach where we spent most of the day. The beach was gorgeous and not crowded at all. You can see from the pictures how nice it was. Day 4: Willemstad, Curaçao I really enjoyed this port. Again, we rented a car, which went a LOT smoother, and drove around the island. The highlights of this port were Kokomo Beach and Klein Knip. Kokomo beach isn’t really a swimming beach, as the bottom of the water is very rocky and there were water snakes but it would probably be awesome for snorkeling and of course taking pictures on the swing. Klein Knip was awesome for snorkeling and I got great GoPro footage there. The water was clean and there also weren’t a ton of people. Highly recommend these stops. If you’re looking to rent a car here, use Advance car rental. Ask for Celestino, he was amazing and programmed all the must see stops I to a GPS for us. Great price as well. Day 5: Kralendijk, Bonaire Of all our stops, this is the one I could’ve done without. The island itself is very desolate and there was not a lot to do. We stopped by Lac Bay where if we would’ve done more research, I would’ve spent the entire day there. The water is incredible and is shallow super far out and Jibe City, the bar/restaurant, was very fun and well priced. I would honestly go back to Bonaire, specifically for this place. You can see from the picture how breathtaking it is. We also explored the salt flats and slave huts. There was so much salt it was actually insane. When we got back on the ship, my dad and I decided to do the rock wall cause there was no line. I highly recommend taking advantage of the ship on port days because everyone is off the ship and there are hardly any lines. We got to go twice in a row with no wait which was awesome. Day 6: At sea We spent the majority of this day by the pool again. My dad and I surfed on the flow rider twice which did take some time because the line was long, but it’s fun getting to watch everyone and it passes the time quicker. It did start raining around 3, so we had to go in, but overall this was an awesome day at sea, lounging by the pool. We saw a variety show this night and it was great. There were two aerialists and a comedian who was very, very funny. Day 7: Phillipsburg, St. Maarten This was by far my favorite day. St. Maarten is my favorite port I’ve ever been to and this day was no exception. We spent the day at Great Bay Beach which is about a 10 minute water taxi ride away from the ship. The water taxi was $7/person for a wristband that grants you unlimited rides all day. We ended up paying $10 for two beach chairs and an umbrella (people will hound you to buy chairs and umbrellas from them, most prices include chairs, umbrellas, and drinks). We also rented jet skis (two jet skis for $100 total for 35 minutes) and saw the most breathtaking views, I wish I brought my GoPro. The water was so stunning and clear and being able to zoom around the beach near the ship was an unforgettable experience. If you get the chance to do this in St. Maarten, definitely take it. Day 8: Leaving the ship:( Disembarkation was very smooth. We were supposed to get off at 8, but we decided to head up to windjammer for breakfast (which was full service) and then left the ship around 9. Super smooth process and even though you’re supposed to leave at your designated time, waiting a little bit longer till the crowd passed was the move. All in all, this vacation was amazing and something I’ll never forget. I will say, these islands that are the furthest south barely get any rain which makes for great weather, however, the islands as a whole, were pretty much big deserts. Next year, we might branch out from the Caribbean and do the Mediterranean so if anyone has any tips for that, please let me know!

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Great itinerary but we could never go to bed early because of music coming from the bar. by scouter65

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Freedom of the Seas / Destination: Caribbean - Southern

Great itinerary and a very nice ship to cruise on. Will do be back

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Soaking up the Sun in the Southern Caribbean by TexasGirl2019

Sail date: / Traveled as: Singles/Friends
Ship: Freedom of the Seas / Destination: Caribbean - Southern

One of the best cruises I have been on. Loved visiting 5 different islands and only having one day at sea. Would highly recommend this cruise to anyone!

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Relaxation and Shopping therapy by peppermint3311

Sail date: / Traveled as: Singles/Friends
Ship: Freedom of the Seas / Destination: Caribbean - Southern

I would definitely cruise again on Freedom of the Seas. It is going into dry dock in January and February 2020 for refit with many new, exciting things added.

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Fantastic by jennbossier78

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Freedom of the Seas / Destination: Caribbean - Southern

We loved royal Carribean and this ship does not disappoint!

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Amazing Cruise Week! by Baudrum

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Freedom of the Seas / Destination: Caribbean - Southern

Great cruise itinerary and ship, highly recommend the Southern Caribbean if you haven't been!

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4.2

Freedom of the seas Review by qwerty1

Sail date: / Traveled as: Family (older children)
Ship: Freedom of the Seas

best vacation of my life. Had such a great time and met so many great people.

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An amazing royal vacation by gisellealejandr

Sail date: / Traveled as: Family (older children)
Ship: Freedom of the Seas / Destination: Caribbean - Southern

It was an incredible experience cruising with this company, from the staff to the ports were visit was a pleasant experience.

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Couldn’t have asked for a better cruise by mamarn2001

Sail date: / Traveled as: Singles/Friends
Ship: Freedom of the Seas / Destination: Caribbean - Southern

Can’t wait to book another cruise . Everyone was so helpful from the minute we contact cruise . com till we left the ship . Couldn’t have asked for a better experience

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7Night Southern Caribbean Cruise by svplhouston

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Freedom of the Seas / Destination: Caribbean - Southern

Overall would highly recommend this cruise beautiful places and ship!

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mixed feelings by Vbass7

Sail date: / Traveled as: Family (young children)
Ship: Freedom of the Seas / Destination: Caribbean - Southern

I have mixed reviews about this cruise. Tragedy struck in the beginning and the staff handled it very well; but the overall experience had me uneasy. I felt a bit bored on the boat; but my son had a blast! They need to do better with food management since I found a string of hair in the honey mustard and reported it. They also need to do better with managing the kids at teens club - staff should know when children come and leave out and if there is a change in the kids’ itinerary. The staff were friendly and helpful for the most part. Also, there should be more finger food available throughout the day. I understand there are restrictions given the number of people on the boat; but more options are helpful.

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Best Cruise by GabeBonnie

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Freedom of the Seas / Destination: Caribbean - Southern

Our favorite cruise so far. Will book the Freedom of the Seas in the future. I do wish the internet were better as speed was slower than expected and to many interruption of service. Food is excellent and a great crew.

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Wonderful itinerary, decent ship by larissastamos

Sail date: / Traveled as: Family (older children)
Ship: Freedom of the Seas / Destination: Caribbean - Southern

Great itinerary and loved all the islands!! I’m more of a beach person so this was the perfect cruise as there was only one day at sea!! Wish there was more Options for food available all day. Crew was nice and helpful! Definitely catered to the Spanish crowd a lot since we left out of Puerto Rico . It was definitely lively. I do wish the ship line Enforced the dress code in the main dining room For dinner. We saw People that looks so causal it looked like they did not change from their island excursion.

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Fun but dated and Pricey by SassyJules

Sail date: / Traveled as: Large Group
Ship: Freedom of the Seas / Destination: Caribbean - Southern

All was fine..we had a good time just wished the boat was newer and drinks and drink packages were not so expensive. You must not make all people in cabin pay.. some people DONT drink..

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Fun Anniversary Cruise by drfwilson

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Freedom of the Seas / Destination: Caribbean - Southern

We recommend this itinerary and Freedom of the Seas. It is especially great for families cruising with children. We found it a wonderful time of celebrating our anniversary and a good value.

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Lovely vacation! Ports of call were grand! Staff and crew spectacular! by gregalanw

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Freedom of the Seas / Destination: Caribbean - Southern

Great service. Nice accommodation. Great Casino Host Ms. Myrie. Tried all specialty restaurants—- fine fare, but Dining room not bad either. Did we really need the drink package for over 600.00? We probably had 10 drinks each. Must rethink this. Perhaps not buy spa services in advance or on at sea days. Buy discounted services onboard on port days!

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