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Age: 36

Occupation:IT Professional

Number of Cruises: 1

Cruise Line: Royal Caribbean

Ship: Freedom of the seas

Sailing Date: June 17th, 2007

Itinerary: Eastern Caribbean

Freedom of the Seas is an amazing ship.  It is HUGE!!!!  We arrived in Miami via the international airport, caught a shuttle there at the airport that took us straight to the ship (which was great because I was worried about finding the right port & what not).  We checked our luggage & boarded around 1:30 or 2:00pm went to check out our room.  The room was AWESOME!  7307 was the room number.   It was 2 floors above the Promenade, right above the Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream joint & had two nice windows which overlooked the Promenade.  The room had a queen sized bed in it (two twins pushed together) which was extremely comfortable.  It also had seating areas at the two windows, a hide-a-bed- couch next to a wardrobe & a slim “closet” , a decent sized bathroom & nice extra room with bunk beds & a slim wardrobe, a nice sized walk-in closet  with a dressing table next to the bed as well.

After checking out the room we walked through the Promenade checking out all the stores there.  Soon we were called to do the safety “class” & then we were underway.  We made our way to the 11th deck where the pools & such were located where we could watch as we left port.   We then got ready for our early dinner time in the dining hall (which was HUGE & incredible) at Isaac’s.  The meals were very good.  We always ate more than our fill.  The wait staff was excellent.   They also put on a couple of small “shows” a couple of the days near the end of the week. 

We ate at the Windjammer every morning for breakfast.  They always had a ton of great food to choose from.  We always sat at the very rear of the ship to look out over the ocean as we ate.  The whole rear area is glassed in, so it shouldn’t be too hard to find a spot!

Chops (The steak house on board) had probably one of the best steaks I’ve ever encountered.  Great!!!  Deserts were awesome as well!  Portofino’s (The “Italian” restaurant) was good as well.  Not nearly as good as Chops but well worth the little bit of money it cost to eat there.  Make sure you make reservations on your 1st day on the ship, it fills quickly!

We ate pizza very late every night since they were open until 3:00am (& because it’s free) & had Ben & Jerry’s ice cream twice during the week (EXCELLENT CHOCOLATE SHAKES!!!).  We were up late every night because there was so much to do.  The night club was nice, two story, small, but nice.  There was a “piano bar” / Irish Pub on the Promenade as well.  It was always packed & loud with folks having a grand ole’ time.

There is always something going on during the day, “rock climbing”, surfing, putt putt golf, basketball, bingo, ice skating, movies on the 2nd deck,  belly flop contests, water volleyball competitions to just plain ole’ laying out on the deck sunning yourself into oblivion!

There was a parade on the Promenade the 1st night which was a lot of fun to watch from our room.  There was also another party on the Promenade later that week.  It was a great time!

The kid’s area was just that, a kid crazy area with TONS of stuff for them to do out there.  The kid’s area (that I saw from the windows, as we don’t have children) was really impressive. 

The shows at night were A+.  Make sure you see them all!!!  The cruise director was over the top!!!  He could have had his own show if he wanted.  The only draw back to the shows was the fact that it was at the front of the boat on the lower levels & traveling at 20 knots, you tend to feel a lot of movement.  Nothing terrible, but you still did feel it a bit more than any other part of the ship.

 The Casino was nice, it needed to be a bit more closed off to the under 18 crowd as there were MANY under aged folk running through there.

We visited San Juan & St. Marteen & were supposed to make St. Thomas, but there was an unfortunate accident aboard the ship & it altered our time frame.   But Royal Caribbean did their best to make up for something that was out of anyone’s control, which was very nice.

The islands were nice, but similar to any other tourist area you may have been to, just a lot of shops with items for sale cheaper than what you could find here in the U.S.A. & lots of locals just trying to make a living (all of which were very nice folk, at least in my experience).

Overall our cruise experience was really incredible.  We had a wonderful time & would definitely recommend this ship as the one to go on.  All others I think will have a difficult time making as good an impression on me.  So you can officially say I’m spoiled or I’m a cruise ship snob now.  You will be too once you’ve stayed aboard this ship.



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