I've been following this forum for about a year but this post inspired me to finally register and post my first message. My wife and I have been on several RCCL cruises and have experienced all levels of service. However, the points that this post touches on seem to be based on individual expectations that are clearly covered in this forum and in RCCL's literature. I hope that future cruisers have an open mind when reading this post. Their mind will certainly be swayed when reading other reviews on the Freedom class of ships.
2001 Vision of the Seas
2002 Adventure of the Seas
2002 Explorer of the Seas
2003 Navigator of the Seas
2003 Serenade of the Seas
2004 Voyager of the Seas
2004 Adventure of the Seas
2005 Explorer of the Seas
2006 Brilliance of the Seas
2009 Liberty of the Seas
2009 Enchantment of the Seas
Jan 2010 Independence of the Seas
Oct 2010 Liberty of the Seas
Sonny, is the OP talking about the same Independence that we went on? You gotta be kidding me! After our cruise on the Indy, I've been dying to go back so bad, I'm going through withdrawal symptoms! My family had an absolutely wonderful time on the ship and were hard pressed to find a blemish in the service so bad that we would ever reconsider cruising on RCCL. Cruising, like any other experience, is what you make it. If you have a bad attitude, there's nothing that's going to make you happy.
2006 - Mariner of the Seas
2009 - Independence of the Seas
2010 - Liberty of the Seas
2011 - Navigator of the Seas
2011 - Jewel of the Seas
And, thank you for becoming active here. I hope you will make more posts.
I often tell people to not look at any one review and take it as an absolute, including my own reviews. Reviews are anecdotal, subjective, driven by emotions, weather, etc. I might think the food was great but another person on the same cruise hated it. Who is to be believed? Is the person who liked the food someone with pedestrian tastes? Is the person who hated it a food snob? As you said, people need to look at all posts with open minds.
Hi Sonny- thanks for the welcome! I knew what you meant. Yes, you are right to remind me to consider the source. Followed you guys for some time here and finally decided to register. I love reading all of the reviews. I see you are leaving soon for a back to back on Mariner. I'm so envious. Someday....have a wonderful time. Say hi to Abe! Love that cruise director!!!! Oh and Captain Johnny too!
Cruising is not for everyone. I know many "seasoned travelors" who did not like cruising. I also know people who do not like chocolate, seafood, tropical destinations, Ford trucks --- well you get the idea. Thanks for your honest and candid review. I am sure some will take is under advisement in their decision making. It is one voice among many others with differing opinions. Will I sail RCCL again after being on a Freedom class ship? In a heart beat. Am I sailing them this year--I am trying someone else as the price as right. But I will most likely be back.
RCCL Nordic Empress 1993
RCCL Nordic Prince 1994
RCCL Explorer 2003, 2005
RCCL Navigator, 2004, 2007
RCCL Mariner 2006
RCCL Liberty 2008
RCCL Adventure 2009 Read and post cruise reviews
Well, I guess I'll give up on waiting for Easymark's response, as he seem to be long gone.
Too bad, as I was truly intereseted in why he was expecting so much more from his Indy cruise, in comparison with his previous cruises. Was RCI a step down cruise line from his others, or did they deliver a better product at a comparable price point? Could have been a lively discussion.
Or, were his expectations waaay too high and he was just blowing smoke in his post?