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Robert N

Age: 24

Occupation:Mortgage Analyst

Number of Cruises: 1

Cruise Line: Royal Caribbean

Ship: Freedom of the seas

Sailing Date: 2015-06-8

Itinerary: Western Caribbean

All in all, a wonderful time and would definitely do the same cruise again. Pretty good food, wonderful service, great entertainment opportunities, and lots of fun on the pool deck and on the excursions! Looking forward to trying to Eastern Caribbean before the ships switch up itineraries next winter!

The food was fantastic! Dining room food was amazing, but the little snacks were great. Only did room service once (for breakfast) and it was about what I'd expected. I let it sit too long so it got cold, but not their fault. Pretty good food all around. Loved the late-night pizza at Sorrento's!

The stateroom was good - just an interior stateroom, since I knew I didn't want to spend much time in the room. I only showered, changed, and slept in there. No time for TV or chillin, that's what the pool decks are for! The stewardess was very nice, if even a little aloof. She only made towel animals 4 out of the 7 days we were there, unfortunately. Our almost-three year old loved them, so we were hoping for more, but oh well. We got a swan, elephant, monkey, and a rabbit.

Activities onboard were plentiful, even if we didn't attend all of them. We saw a female entertainer, Karen Grainger, who was magnificent. What a voice, and hilarious impressions. Didn't get to attend the game shows, but that's what having a child can do. We spent most of our time in the Promenade or up on the pool deck just relaxing and swimming. Didn't shop at all, except for some duty-free liquor. ;)

We loved our excursions, but for those in wheelchairs or who have kids who can't quite walk well enough to keep up (ie. use of a stroller is necessary), stay away from a few excursions like the Mayan Ruins - Chichen Itza or Tulum (Mexico), or Dunn's River Falls (Jamaica). Read the website descriptions of the excursions so you know the limitations. It wasn't horrible for us, but our almost-three year old didn't like walking all that much and it was pretty rough terrain most of the time for a stroller (sand and jungle types). Otherwise, we loved the excursions. The Dragon's Breath Flight Line in Labadee is a must-do, if you can!

First-time cruiser, so obviously this will be a better review since I have nothing to compare to, but I had a wonderful time! Week-long cruise to the Western Caribbean, stopping in Labadee, Haiti, Falmouth, Jamaica, Georgetown, Grand Cayman, and Cozumel, Mexico. There were three medical emergencies during the week, the first of which happened during the first night on the way to Haiti - had to turn around and go back to Port Canaveral to evacuate them, so we lost some dock time in Labadee, Haiti, but still got to enjoy the private port. The last emergency required a stop-off at Key West on the last day whist returning to Port Canaveral. A minor inconvenience. All ports were awesome and the weather was great, although super hot (especially in Cozumel). There was always wind on the pool deck, which made the sun a bit more bearable. Beautiful ship, and I learned that in November 2016, the Freedom of the Seas and the Oasis of the Seas are switching ports and itineraries, so this cruise and the Eastern Caribbean itineraries will then be taken by the Oasis ship. Freedom will move to Miami and take on some Bahamas itineraries and other random ones, I believe.

My favorite part of the cruise was without a doubt the service aboard. I'd seen tons of reviews saying various ships had staff that seemed to be disinterested and didn't seem happy. That was NOT my experience on this cruise at all! We had great staff in all locations - bars, dining rooms, stewards, etc. - who seemed to love doing what they do. It was awesome that they were from all around the world, too. Made it a fun time getting to know them. My three favorites on the ship were our dining room waiter, Valentino (he was AMAZING!), and the R-Bar's two lovely ladies, Heidi (Heidi-ho!) and Clorina. They always had so much energy and made the experience really fun. Great drinks, and strong like I like 'em! Overall, the staff just seemed very fun and seemed to want to make sure you were having a good time. Obviously, most are fueled by potential tips, and I tipped well to those who deserved it. Heidi and Clorina got lots of tips from me!

I only gambled once, and lost $100 pretty quickly on blackjack. That was day one, and decided not to go back the rest of the trip, though I was tempted hehe. The activities and entertainment onboard were pretty great from my estimation, though I didn't get to participate in all of them. Karen Grainger was awesome. Also, the Olive or Twist club on deck 14 was pretty fun most nights. Lots of people dancing. They even had a silent disco night, which I find quite amusing.

Overall, it was a wonderful first cruise experience for me. My other half had been on the same cruise on the same ship back in 2010 before the renovations and liked this one better for sure. We had an amazing time, and now I'm hooked on cruising. I plan on getting us booked on another here before the year is done!

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