Hi Folks….we just returned from our Freedom cruise and had an awesome time. I’m not good at reviews but here’s a summary.
We flew into Orlando on the 24th and used a private shuttle to Port Canaveral. We stayed at the Radisson as we have in the past. We chose to eat at Grill’s that evening and had great food and listened to one of the BEST 3 piece bands (good old rock and roll) I have ever heard! Great Evening. When I stepped out of the room Sunday morning I could see Freedom docked at the pier. We had the buffet at the hotel that we thought was just so-so.
We were booked on the 11:30 free shuttle from the hotel to the ship but didn’t leave until closer to 11:50. When we got to the pier we got in the Diamond check in line, which was a breeze and we were in the Windjammer by 12:30
The ship was beautiful and in great shape. We were in balcony cabin 7338, mid hump. Perfect location for us.The crew was helpful, fun and very attentive. We thought the food overall was good and Chops and Portofino’s were very good with Portofinos being our favorite by far. We had wonderful tablemates, two sisters who were hilarious and very adventurous and a couple from Detroit who loved to cruise. We also had a great table on deck five, which was the balcony at the top of the stairway…great view. Our waiters name was Ray and the assistant waiter was Maria. The provided great service and smiles.
I was very impressed on formal nights as nearly everyone was in either tuxes, suits and gowns but, everyone looked very nice.
This was a little different cruise for us as we only did one excursion, the Dragon’s Breath zipline on Labadee. AWESOME. We also had a dive scheduled on Coz but cancelled due to my wife’s sinus problems. Other than that we just sat back and relaxed and hit the gym and the spa a couple of times. I have learned to really appreciate a hot stone massage. The casino was brutal or at least the slots were. We saw very few jackpots. We did not get off the ship in Ocho Rios. Jumped off for a couple hours shopping on Grand Cayman along with two margaritas at Margaritaville…which cost $22! After we cancelled our dives in Coz, we headed to Palmeras for guacamole, a margarita and the best coconut ice cream in the Caribbean! Onboard, the Diamond lounge was good, drinks were good along with the conversation. 175 Diamonds and 28 Diamond Plus onboard but, it only seemed crowded 1 night in the lounge..
Halloween night was a lot of fun with many of the passengers dressing up. What fun.
Anyway, that’s my attempt. If you have any questions, feel free to ask.
Celebrity Eclipse March 5, 2011
Serenade of the Seas Oct 23, 2011
We were also on that cruise and a good time was had by all.I almost felt sorry for the captain because he could no longer say "He was the smallest Captain on the largest cruise ship in the world".Two day later we were having dinner with him and the Hotel Mgr.I thought the Freedom was a fantastic ship but I doubt we will sail her again unless it changes intineries.I think we are just caribbeaned out.Steve in the Bull and Bear pub was the best as was Paul in the Schooner bar.The new smoking policy is long overdue with smoking banned almost everywhere.I wonder how that it is working this week with it being a Harley Davidson cruise with 300 bikes onboard!
I heard that in the past the bikers behaved quite well. Casey, nothing will top a bunch of angry transatlantic cruisers in the Promenade, being led by a German lawyer chanting on the Promenade bridge. I missed that Kodak moment.