I just read on another cruise review site that the FOS felt like a roller coaster ride??? This person said that it was due to the large size. I was on the Mariner of the Seas last year and never felt a thing. Does anyone have any comments? I was thinking maybe because it is December and the weather is not usually as nice as it is when I cruise in May.
The Freedom rode better than any ship I've been on. It is so steady that stabilizers are often not required - the ship even made the transit from Europe to the U.S. without using them.
The ship is really just a larger Voyager class vessel - and since you know how the Mariner rides, you know how the Freedom will ride. Some people are entirely too overwrought about any perceived motion. I sometimes wonder why they cruise at all if the slightest roll sends them into panic!
When I saw the title of this post I thought to myself "Well duh! You ARE moving!" But after reading the description of a roller coaster ride, I must agree with Dave that any ship that big is NOT going to be pitching like a roller coaster unless in a huge storm.
The worst I ever had was on the Conquest which is a very big ship too 104,000 tons I think (not as big as FOS)and at one point we were walking back to our cabin and had trouble walking (felt like we were very drunk but we had not been drinking) When we looked out our balcony, we saw we were in what appears to be 15-25 foot seas and we were NOT rolling like a roller coaster....
Thanks for the info. I didn't think that could be right. This person said that the ice skaters were falling down and people were falling down the stairs. There were people in the hallways getting sick from all of the moving up and down. How much had they had to drink? I was beginning to wonder if she was on the Poseidon!
For it to be moving enough for the skaters to be falling down during the show, the ship would have had to been going through quite the storm. Typically, if the seas get that ruff they cancel the shows to protect the dancers/skaters. Is it possible to have been that rough? Sure, it happens, but don't get the idea that it is the norm. 90% of the time you won't even know you are moving unless you look out the windows.
We were on the Explorer in early October. On our way back into New Jersey we came through some very rough seas with heavy winds (the sounds in the hallways from those who had their balcony doors open, including ours, was incredible). We actually had to close the balcony doors to open the hallway door and there was very little movement noticed while trying to walk or move about. The bigger the ship, usually, the less movement you will experience. In two cruises, both of which had heavy seas at some point, only one member of our party, a 6 year old, was affected enough to get sick.