We just returned from the Freedom's July 16th voyage to the Western Caribbean. WOW. I am not sure we can cruise on another ship. We were sooo spoiled. The ship is magnificent in every way from the rich decor to the unbelievable service. We miss our waiters already. We felt like family. We were apprehensive because of the size of the ship and the amount of passangers (4100) but BECAUSE of the size of the ship and the impecable organization, we never felt crowded! We had three ajoining balcony rooms which we opened the deck doors and had one huge balcony-awesome! The food was fabulous, in all respects. We are not too picky though and when something was not the greatest in the Windjammer, we tried something else! My family relished in the fact that we could order more than one entree or appetizer or dessert at dinner! The entertainment was first class. The tenders to the ports were large and frequent so no lines! The only line we stood in on the whole trip was for dinner pictures on formal night (and the scenery was amazing-come on, you are on the biggest, most gorgeous ship in the world!) and boarding and leaving the last day, however after standing in line for 20 minutes, they asked who were US citizens and we were escorted to the front of the line! No problem!
I only hope we can have an experience at least half as good as the one we experienced on the Freedom! We miss you Balha and Camille!
Welcome back Istoughton,
Glad to hear you had such a great cruise! We will be on the Freedom for a C&A membership cruise October 15th. I'm glad to hear you had the balcony partitions opened. We will be with our friends and will want to do the same thing.
Since you had such a great cruise, now is the time to go ahead and book your cruise for next year on the Liberty of the Seas. Since its a sister ship you will have a great time, and also it does the Eastern Caribbean also.
Thanks to all who replied. Reality HAS set in and we are already planning our next cruise to the Eastern Caribbean next summer for my daughter's high school graduation. The Liberty sounds like a great idea! Those of you who are about to embark on the Freedom...We are jealous. When we look at our 400 pics of the trip and video, we get homesick! (or shipsick)
Let us know how much you liked the Freedom. I honestly don't know how it could get any better~
My family is going on the Freedom to the Wester Caribbean next year. I was wondering if you could comment on the different activites you did on the ports. We have never cruised before and still trying to figure out what we want to do when we go.
10-14-07 Freedom of the Seas
10-04-08 Liberty of the Seas
1st port-Cozumel we went on a off road truck tour which included snorkling. This we booked after we got off of the ship in Cozumel. We liked it but did it because it was the only one open. After that we booked all others on the ship even though they were somewhat pricey. We figured if the tour ran late, and we booked it on the ship, they had to wait for us (and that happened in Jamaica) Port 2 in the Caymen Islands we booked a reef scuba and stingray city on ship. It was awesome! We had a couple hours left to shop. Port 3 in Jamaica we went horseback riding which included an ocean ride. this was that tour that ran late and we barely got the ocean ride in but it was cool. I found the shopping in Jamaica great for touristy stuff. On Labadee, we did the jet ski tour and the speed boat. Both were awesome. The shopping on Labadee was not fun. All of the Haitians set up shop and wont leave you alone until you buy something. You can really bargain them down but it was a little annoying when you really didn't want anything and they wouldn't take no for an answer. I found the sea days to be my recoup days-sleep in and sun at the adult pool.