February 2015 - Freedom of the Seas to Caribbean - Eastern
I thoroughly enjoyed this trip. I've been on several cruises, but so far this one is the one I've enjoyed the most. Royal Carribean's Freedom of the Seas was an excellent ship. It was larger than any other ship I had been on and had so much more to do on the Sea days. They had wonderful shows, not only with perfomers, but also the interactive ones that guests from the audience participated in were out-of-this-world! I haven't laughed so much in years! If you get a chance to cruise on Freedom of the Seas, make sure you attend as many shows as you can. You won't regret it. The only downfall I saw was that you cannot bring water on the ship for you stay, but to their credit they did have several drink packages you could choose from. And if you add it up you could pretty much cover the cost with your daily consumption. My husband chose a drink package that included certain beers and soft drinks and could get water by the glass from any place. I chose the Royal Replenish package where I could get all the bottled water I wanted and they gave me a cup that I could get all the sodas, and fresh squeezed juice I wanted. If you don't have the package you end up paying much more for them individually. We personally did not choose any of the ships excursions/tours, but did our own thing. We still enjoyed St. Thomas and St. Maarten even on our on. In St. Thomas we took a taxi to Blackbeard's castle and toured the castle overlooking the ocean and two historic houses. This was a walking tour, but it's at your own pace. There are tour guides waiting at each point to guide you on your way and once you're done, your really close to all the shops and tent shops. It worked out perfectly for us to be able to shop after our Blackbeard tour on foot. Then we caught a taxi for 4 dollars back to the ship because it was quite a ways away. You can walk, but it is a pretty long walk. For St. Maarten we rented a car for $75 for the day. We were able to go all the way around the island in 2 hrs. We stopped at Orient Beach to get in the ocean because the lady at the car rental told me this one wasn't a nude beach. But little did we know it was topless. But to the people there it was normal to them, so we just ignored the fact that there were so many topless people walking around and enjoyed the ocean and view. It gave us a story to tell anyway. We then turned our car back in and shopped near the port until time to get back on the ship. The staff on the ship were the friendliest and most helpful I've ever encountered. It was sad to leave our favorites knowing that we may never see them again. You sort of get attached to them. Great cruise is the only way I can end this!