Sail Date: September 2018
We had a great cruise on the Freedom of the Seas sailing from San Juan on September 29. I'm currently sitting in the airport lounge writing this review so that it is all fresh in my head. My wife and I spent two days in San Juan in ... Read More
We had a great cruise on the Freedom of the Seas sailing from San Juan on September 29. I'm currently sitting in the airport lounge writing this review so that it is all fresh in my head. My wife and I spent two days in San Juan in an Airbnb prior to the cruise. When pricing the cruise, the flights were about the same from PHL to SJU as they were to MIA or FLL. That being said, it seemed like a no brainer to get a few extra "port days" and leave from PR. EMBARKATION We arrived on embarkation day via TAXI at around 1230pm. Bags went with the porter and we got in line. Check in was a breeze. We hit the Duty Free for some libations. Getting on the ship was easy. We hit the Windjammer for lunch. I will say that the upsell to specialty dining on embarkation day is a little rough. We must have been pitched 3 or 4 times during our lunch. It does seem a little insulting since we just sat down after paying several thousand dollars for a cruise and now we're being asked to pay more. Nonetheless, we had a good lunch and the rooms were ready by 1:30pm. THE ROOM We met our cabin attendant De De for balcony room 8216. EXCELLENT room, as it is the forward most balcony on the deck. There was an entire glass "wall" where the divider would be, giving us a tremendous view of the boat moving forward. Only warning about the room... the bed is HARD. Like... REAL hard. Luckily we were so tired every night and just passed out. The shower was A+... great pressure and HOT. THE FOOD Our only other cruise experience was about 5 years ago on Norwegian. Our dining room experience then was mediocre at best. We expected the same on Freedom. BOY were we wrong! We had MyTime dining and ate in the main dining room 5/7 nights (one in the buffet and the other at Chops for our anniversary). I was SUPER impressed with the food. Steaks cooked perfectly, excellent appetizers, etc. The service was phenomenal. We had Makram and Delly as our waiters, and both got to know us personally and would bring our drinks without us asking. Truly made us feel like family. The Windjammer was pretty good. Crowded. Room Service breakfast was good also. We used it 4 times, each time paying the extra $10 for a real breakfast. We ate on our balcony which was awesome. Chops was incredible. So good. THE ENTERTAINMENT We only went to three shows, two comedians and the 'Once Upon a Time' show on the last night. AWESOME. Super impressive. We're 30 going on 80 so we were in bed by 10pm every night, so unfortunately I don't have anything to add for the late night stuff. THE SHIP We loved the ship for its size and family atmosphere. She is a bit worn, though. Carpets have some wear and tear, some chipping of the paint... etc. Don't expect a brand new ship. PORTS St. Thomas was a lot of fun. We rented a scooter. DO NOT DO THIS unless you are an avoid motorcycler. Also keep in mind that the FOTS docks at a port away from the other ships. The main port town was CLOSED on the day that we went since there weren't any other ships. The highlight of this port stop was Magens bay. We try to avoid major tourist spots (lol... like I'm not a tourist), however this was the most beautiful beach. The pelicans are CRAZY... and worth the price of admission to watch them hunt. Curacao was far and away our favorite. We rented a car from ADVANCE car rental. Do it. $75 for a car, GPS and a cell phone, drop off and pick up at the MEGA PIER. We hit a few beaches, including Playa Porta Marie (WILD PIGS), Playa Grandi (swim with TURTLES!) and Playa Knip. All beautiful. We bought our own snorkel gear prior to the trip. Highly recommend as we didn't see a whole lot of rental spots. The town is full of great color. Aruba was OK. Rainy day. We rented a car at the pier and hit a few beaches. St. Martin was kind of a miss. We rented a car here as well (Coastal Car Rental... good experience). The weather was bleh and traffic was bad. My suggestion is to take the $7 water taxi to the main town of Phillipsburg and go to the Lazy Lizard. Great food. $20 for an umbrella, two chairs and 6 beers. Nik the owner is a very nice guy. DEBARKATION We did the express debarkation with self luggage. Easy. Off the ship and through customs in about 20 minutes. We took a taxi to the airport and rented a car from Enterprise for $30. We needed a place to keep our luggage and wanted to explore Old San Juan for another day. FELLOW GUESTS INCREDIBLE. I don't know why I was surprised (ignorance), but I'd estimate 60% of the passengers were Puerto Ricans. SO MUCH FUN. So many large families traveling together. So much laughter and Boricua pride. The PR children were so well behaved and polite. My wife and I mentioned on more than one occasion that we want to cruise out of San Juan more just to have some PR culture in our lives. OVERALL Great cruise. Excellent service. Phenomenal food. Would cruise the FOTS again in a heartbeat. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2018
Unless you really need the room don’t book the grand “family” suite. Not grand in any sense of the word. Located amongst the cheapest cabins on the ship, this “suite” offers nothing in the way of enhanced ... Read More
Unless you really need the room don’t book the grand “family” suite. Not grand in any sense of the word. Located amongst the cheapest cabins on the ship, this “suite” offers nothing in the way of enhanced decor or amenities. Other than access to the concierge club and a nice big living room, this room is nothing special. Hearing our screaming drunk neighbors all night long, long walks from our room to anywhere else on the ship and 15 bug head to toe bites last night (while in bed!). Again, other than the concierge in the concierge club there was no recognition of us being suite guests. I will never book another royal Caribbean family suite. And the pool scene on ocean days is a nightmare. Wall to wall people. I elected to stay in the cabin to escape the mob scene. I do recommend chefs table. Quite nice. This ship is just too big to be fun. I strongly recommend RC’s smaller ships. Or sail on celebrity instead. Much, much nicer! Just Disappointed Read Less
Sail Date: September 2018
I chose this cruise because we wanted a Southern cruise from Puerto Rico. We usually cruise with Celebrity and noticed several differences; small but comparable. The layout particularly the Promenade was difficult to navigate at times. ... Read More
I chose this cruise because we wanted a Southern cruise from Puerto Rico. We usually cruise with Celebrity and noticed several differences; small but comparable. The layout particularly the Promenade was difficult to navigate at times. Some restaurants, stores and pubs are located there attracting a crowd in a relatively small space. The production shows were good. We did not eat in the Windjammer because it was too crowded during breakfast, and lunch times. We did eat breakfast in the dining room which was very nice. The dinner menu in the dining room was varied enough for any taste. The preparation and taste was O.K.==not great. The service could have been better. Some appetizers were forgotten to be served etc. We had a problem with our server and discussed this with the Matre De which ultimately resolved the problem. Cabin staff was great. Overall I didn't feel it had the upscale feel that Celebrity has. Aside from these comments we did enjoy ourselves and loved the cruise. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2018
I wanted to write a quick review regarding my experience on the Freedom of the Seas. Overall this was a great trip and we had a relaxing week. Embarkation was as smooth as can be. I filled out everything beforehand and had printed ... Read More
I wanted to write a quick review regarding my experience on the Freedom of the Seas. Overall this was a great trip and we had a relaxing week. Embarkation was as smooth as can be. I filled out everything beforehand and had printed documents and identification ready to go. We arrived around 11 am and was on the ship within 15mins. I carried on two bottles of wine and they didn't blink an eyelash at me. We headed straight to the Windjammer and settled in for lunch. The food wasn't anything to write home about. I quickly headed to the bar to break in my deluxe drink package. I was expecting to sign a receipt for each drink. I didn't have to sign a thing which makes the process even smoother. The cabin announcement quickly followed! Our aft cabin was nice and the balcony is a great addition to any vacation. I should have spent more time on it, but there is always next time. It did have an odd smell most of the time but I learned to ignore it. I always tip my cabin steward first to ensure we get off on the right foot. He was average and we didn't have any complaints. We ate mostly in the main dining room which I found to be just "ok". The service was top notch but the food left a lot to be desired. I did my best to stay away from the Windjammer due to the children. It always felt like a cattle call and the other passengers seem to have no regard for personal space. We also ate at Johnny Rockets which I also found just "ok" We didn't really do many activities on board but we did attend the late-night comedy show (complete with young children). I thought he was funny and kept me laughing the entire hour. We also played in the Love and Marriage show and WON!! It was a blast and my hubby appreciated the notoriety for the rest of the cruise. The ship is beautiful! It is beginning to show it's age but still impressive. I tried to explore some of it but spent the most time in Vintages and Arcadia. I have no idea about the other venues or bars. Here is my opinion of Ports St. Thomas - BEAUTIFUL! We didn't have a planned excursion but did a tour with Martin. We hopped off the ship and headed for the taxis. We were quickly stopped and pointed in the right direction. For $29 plus tip, we had an AMAZING tour and beach stop. He took us on a heart-pounding trip up the mountain to see the island and back down to the beach. We stopped along the way for plenty of pictures and he gave excellent descriptions of all the sites. I HIGHLY recommend this if you don't have anything planned. It was worth every single pen and then some. Curacao - BEAUTIFUL! We had a planned RC excursion - Beach by Boat. Overall it was ok. The boat ride over was ROUGH and not for the weak. Once we arrived at the resort it was every man for himself. You had to quickly navigate to the correct section for prime seating. We lost. We did end up under a palm tree and settled in for what seemed like a hot minute later and we had to return to the boat. Unfortunately, the day was overcast and the water wasn't warm enough for me. Moving this excursion to slightly later in the day would have made it much more enjoyable. We returned back to the port and walked around a bit and headed back to the ship. I wanted to take the Irie West Side beach tour but it wasn't being offered. I was very disappointed and will make it my life's mission to return to the beaches of Curacao Aruba - I'm certain this a beautiful place if planned properly. This is purely my mistake and the day suffered for it. We ended up renting a car so that we could eat at the famous Zee Rovers (a local favorite). We couldn't get cell service due to our sim cards not being able to register on the network. We eventually found the restaurant with the help of a "tourist shopping map" and lots of local help. I would highly recommend eating here if you enjoy seafood and something off the beaten path. The food is fresh and the atmosphere is great. The flies are also in full effect so beware! We then headed off in search of a nice beach to pass the time until our sunset boat cruise. This was a bust due to the rain. We found a bar on the beach and drank our sorrows away. We were due back for 4:45 for the RC excursion Sunset catamaran boat cruise. This was very enjoyable and you got your money's worth. Thankfully it stopped raining and we got a beautiful sunset and amazing pictures. The only negative thing I have to say is RC needs to work harder on diversity. I fully understood we sailed from San Juan but would have appreciated more English announcements and music. Bottom line - We had fun and would do it again! Read Less
Sail Date: September 2018
We chose this cruise because friends were booking it and thought it would be fun catching up with them and trying a different cruise line. We had previously sailed one time each on Norwegian and Carnival. I would say that overall, RC was a ... Read More
We chose this cruise because friends were booking it and thought it would be fun catching up with them and trying a different cruise line. We had previously sailed one time each on Norwegian and Carnival. I would say that overall, RC was a fun, memorable experience for us. Freedom is a good size ship, yet not too big so that the service was never lacking. The ship is older and due up for refurbishment soon, but it was still clean and lovely! The service in all areas was exceptional and we never had to wait to receive attention at all. Staff was always smiling, even the gentleman in the Windjammer that greeted us every day, dancing until the day we left. We chose My Time Dining and fell in love with our wait staff right away. Table 61, Rafael and Estevam. We would have reserved that table all week from the get go had we known they were in such high demand, but managed to be seated with them three or four nights. So attentive, friendly, knew our names immediately and since we had the drink package, they always had our favorite drinks delivered and replenished without asking. They chatted with us and never rushed us out of the restaurant, which was nice. Food was good. We had cabin 8684, nice balcony. Suzanne was our room attendant, always greeted us with a smile and new us by name. She kept our room very clean. The comedian, El Gaucho (I think) was hysterical! Recommend this show. Didn’t do all of the shows, they didn’t appeal to us personally. Buffet was lack luster and didn’t have a lot of variety for me, from day to day. Would have liked more greens vs root vegetables. They really pushed upgrading to the dining packages. We were approached 4 times during our first meal, which was annoying. I don’t think the extra expense is worth it, when I’m paying all that money to begin with. I like to walk on board, the track was too small, full of people strolling while people tried to exercise, but it was Ok- could be better situated away from the upper pool deck area. Cave and city tour in Curacao was great. In Aruba, did Kukoo Konukoo day bus tour privately with Carlo. So fun! Took us to the Chapel, the lighthouse ( which was unfortunately closed) then to Eagle beach for 2 hours. (The ship excursions weren’t very descriptive and seemed similar in some ports). Went back out to the town at night on our own since it was our longest day. In St Thomas we went to Sapphire beach via cab, absolutely beautiful with no crowds. St. Kitts was cancelled due to an impending hurricane so we had an extra sea day and the Captain did a great job of steering us west to stay way ahead of the storm, so it was always calm and sunny! We were on and off this ship without too much hassle. I would cruise RC again. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2018
This trip consisted of two one week back to back cruises from San Juan, Puerto Rico to the southern Caribbean. The first week ports were St, Thomas, Aruba and Curacao. The second week visited Barbados, St. Lucia, Antigua, St. Martin and ... Read More
This trip consisted of two one week back to back cruises from San Juan, Puerto Rico to the southern Caribbean. The first week ports were St, Thomas, Aruba and Curacao. The second week visited Barbados, St. Lucia, Antigua, St. Martin and St. Kitts. I have been to all of these places several times, but for anyone looking for an introduction to the southern Caribbean, it would be hard to beat this itinerary. Worries about tropical storm Isaac caused us to skip St. Martin on the first week, but it was visited the second week. The first week cruise got an extra sea day and the second week only one sea day was on this port intensive itinerary. I was on this ship in May and a great deal of maintenance work was being conducted due to the fact that a scheduled dry dock has been postponed. This problem is continuing with stairwells closed for carpeting replacement and other work crews around the ship doing additional work. This is inconvenient and annoying for people who have scheduled and paid for their vacation to relax and enjoy. Some problems noted in May have been corrected, such as moving the salsa and dance bands from Boleros lounge to the larger and more private Star lounge. But other things that could be corrected simply, such as having grapefruit in the buffet at breakfast, remain. Many have commented on the petty cost cutting. This has reached a new low to the point that it was impossible to find a selection of small boxed breakfast cereals with adult oriented brands as has always been a staple in both the Windjammer buffet and the main dining room. All that was available was a small selection of mostly sugared children's cereals in bulk, stale containers. Truly ridiculous. Others have noted a limited selection of lunch deserts, vegetable selections and the long lines at the ice cream machine on the pool deck. Still no machine in the dining room and no visible changes responding to these frequent guest complaints. Are they really saving that much money? Why don't they respond? As a Diamond Plus member it really make me wonder. At least the Concierge Club and Diamond Club continue to be well run and a very welcome loyalty benefit. The lobster and steak in the main dining room was very good. Disembarcation from the ship has improved, but the line for customs was exceptionally long. There was no captain's corner on the last day of the second week and lines at guest services were frequently very long. I like this ship and have been on it several times. The ice show and two production shows are some of the best. Cruising from San Juan allows for visiting ports that are not so frequently visited. Hopefully Royal will listen a bit more seriously to the desires of their guests in the future. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2018
We had only cruised once before many years ago and wanted a cruise worthy of being the 30 year Anniversary honeymoon we never had. We chose this particular cruise based on the itinerary and the reputation of the cruise line per other ... Read More
We had only cruised once before many years ago and wanted a cruise worthy of being the 30 year Anniversary honeymoon we never had. We chose this particular cruise based on the itinerary and the reputation of the cruise line per other family members and our travel agent, but also because of the affordability for the quality of the experience. I had dreaded the check-in process, remembering long lines in the heat and crankiness of people on both sides of the counter from our previous experience, but check in was a breeze, from airport pickup to SeaPass issuing to being in our cabin in less than an hour. Check out was just as easy, with staff providing clear and efficient directions and assistance. The Freedom of the Seas was everything we hoped it would be and all was kept in fine order despite being at the end of the season. There were some issues with overhead lights in the dining room and toilets that stopped flushing, but these were addressed immediately when reported. The staff was friendly, attentive, and made an effort to personalize each encounter. The Dining Room and Windjammer buffets had consistently good food, although main dining room selections were limited and portions/quality needed addressing at times. Our excursions were all through Royal Caribean and, for the most part were well organized but the descriptions provided were not always accurate. I highly recommend the Horseback Riding on the Beach in St. Johns, Antigua as the best riding experience I have had anywhere. The best-trained horses and attentive guides made sure every rider in our large group was personally ensured a wonderful, enjoyable, non-hurried ride according to their ability. We had to cancel our planned excursion in Barbados due to a health issue and went on the Mount Gay Rum Experience as an alternative even though we are not big drinkers and had a wonderful time. Our guide kept the group entertained as well as educated. We were not prepared for the devastating effects of last years' hurricane Florence that remained or of the desperation of the island peoples that remains. It was a bit annoying at times to be swarmed by locals attempting to sell their goods, especially on the beach at St. Lucia. We were also not prepared for the focus on jewelry sales over almost anything else. More affordable souvenirs were hard to come by. Many of our fellow cruisers were frequent cruisers and overall still recommend Royal Caribbean as comparably the best, and I know we will be recommending it as well. Can't wait for our next one! Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2018
I took the cruise out of San Juan in order to visit the southern Caribbean. As with everything there was the good, the bad and ugly, let’s start with the good. Embarkation and Debarkation were painless, was one of the first on ... Read More
I took the cruise out of San Juan in order to visit the southern Caribbean. As with everything there was the good, the bad and ugly, let’s start with the good. Embarkation and Debarkation were painless, was one of the first on the ship and one of the last off. I was on deck 8, starboard outside cable (balcony). The room was excellent, not sure why I have read people saying the rooms need updating, it’s a typical cabin. I was not happy that some brainless smoker was dropping ashes down from a balcony above (smoking is not allowed in rooms but they seldom get caught). The dining was excellent in the actual dining rooms, superb service by Roxanne (you should be so lucky to get her if you take a cruise). The Windjammer was like any other trough, the food was OK and was there for a quick meal if needed. This Pizza on the promenade was surprisingly good also (had to wait in line some of the time). The nightly entertainment had its ups and downs -- The theater is too big for a magic show; however, the stage show singing and dancing was excellent – worth seeing again if you ask me. The excursion on Curacao was outstanding; great tour guide and the beach was perfect – plenty of chairs to rent (with umbrellas) and cabanas also (get the cabana). The only thing is I wish we could have stayed longer. Now for the bad The shore excursions on St Thomas and Aruba were pathetic. St Thomas, Magen beach break was not worth it. The driver that took us there was great and the beach was not bad. It was the accommodations that were lacking. No beach umbrellas; plenty of chairs could be rented, but no umbrellas. There is a bar that has a roof over it (shade), however every chair was taken. Makes me wonder if they don’t have umbrellas so people are forced into the bar area. Aruba, do not take the tour of Aruba with a beach break at the end. Five-hour tour and beach break (the beach was only 45 minutes. We had the chance to see a big rock that you can walk to the top of (I stayed in the bus – seen big rocks before. The next stop was the “Natural Bridge”. It had collapsed a few years ago so there was no bridge – guess they wanted us to see the broken rocks in the water. The third stop was the California Light House, not worth it. Finally, the beach break – as I said only 45 minutes – not enough time to rent a jet ski. My advice is if you go to Aruba on a cruise – take a cab to the beach and rent an umbrella and chair – the beach is great. We also took the sunset cruise on Aruba – seems they don’t have running lights on the boat. A tad bit scary cruising at night without running lights. Perhaps the lights are not required in Aruba, its just plain not safe not to have them. The adult only pool area is too small for what is needed. The general pool area where all the activities was good – the children’s pool area is HUGH. I would suggest that it should be smaller and enlarge to adult only pool area. Now for the ugly Tour groups from hell; with their children. I took this cruise because I assumed most children would be back in school. Apparently not in Porta Rico. When dining in the windjammer the free-range children would crowd around you if you had a seat near the window; parents didn’t seem to care that they were invading other people’s space. The groups would stop in the middle of the promenade oblivious that other people were trying to move through the area. They would cut in front of you in the Windjammer. You always had to be cognizant when exiting and elevator the mob may be trying to get on – seems they didn’t know you are to let the exiting people off first. I could go on – the bottom line is because of the mobs and RCI no controlling them I have soured on taking any more cruises – it was the worse cruise I had ever taken Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2018
My wife and I departed for our seven-day Royal Caribbean 5 year anniversary cruise on September 8th on Freedom of the Seas. This was our first cruise ever on Royal Caribbean. We were excited to depart on a relaxing romantic Caribbean ... Read More
My wife and I departed for our seven-day Royal Caribbean 5 year anniversary cruise on September 8th on Freedom of the Seas. This was our first cruise ever on Royal Caribbean. We were excited to depart on a relaxing romantic Caribbean cruise... or so we thought. After being locked out on our balcony and bruised from getting knocked down, it was anything but what we were expecting. Our Cabin Steward, even though he accidentally locked us out on our balcony, we ended up liking a good deal. After coming in to bring us a bucket of ice that I requested on the first night, he found us on the balcony and wished us a good night. Out of habit, he closed and latched the door as he left. We stayed out there for a while, not realizing we were locked out before trying to come back in. At the point we realized we were locked out, we couldn’t see anyone else out on their balcony. We waited there for a portion of the night and what seemed like an eternity. Just as I started climbing over the rail to get to the next balcony and bang on their door, we caught the attention of someone four rooms down who went for help. A couple days later, my wife was knocked to the ground in the overcrowded windjammer buffet area and a member of the staff just stood there and shrugged with a look on his face expressing “I know, but nothing I can do”. We were told by several guest that due to the threat of a hurricane developing, the bookings had dropped to about 30% capacity and in order for Royal Caribbean to make a profit, the remaining cabins were advertised and sold locally in Puerto Rico at a fraction of what we paid. This filled the boat with a crowd acting like it was their first and last Spring Break they would ever take. It’s hard to relax when boom boxes could be heard from stern to bow blaring techno-pop music. In the elevators, on our balcony, even just sitting in our room, the high energy beat could be both heard and felt. I wrote Royal Caribbean expressing how this was anything but the relaxing romantic Caribbean cruise advertised and sold to us by a member of the Royal Caribbean sales staff. After receiving my letter, a team member in the executive office called me to explain how it’s really not their problem and implied I was lying since I did not report the events when they occurred. He did offer us a $100 voucher to use on board the next Royal Caribbean cruise. Would this be acceptable to you? We understand that sometimes getting locked out and knocked down is part of life. What truly matters is who is there to pick you back up. Unfortunately, we found Royal Caribbean is not one of those stand-up companies that can recognize and do the right thing. They would rather just stand there and look down on you counting their profits. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: September 2018
Overall, if you are looking for a fun time and lots of activities, I would recommend this ship! Embarkation was fairly quick and easy in San Juan (our embarkation port) the disembarkation was not as organized, and caused some ... Read More
Overall, if you are looking for a fun time and lots of activities, I would recommend this ship! Embarkation was fairly quick and easy in San Juan (our embarkation port) the disembarkation was not as organized, and caused some frustration. Our ship was clean and beautiful! Walking around felt like a treasure hunt, finding something new around every turn. Our interior cabin was nicely sized, much larger than those I had previously experienced on Princess or Carnival. Overall, I was disappointed in the dinning. The food quality was not up to what I have come accustomed to on Princess. The variety in the buffet seemed lacking, I ended up mainly eating sautéed veggies and mashed potatoes each day (I am not adventurous with food) The main dinning at night also left something to be desired. I hardly every finished my meal or dessert. We very much so enjoyed the entertainment! The shows were good and varied. We had two good comedians, but enjoyed their (family friendly) shows best. I also very much enjoyed the ice skating shows as well as free skate! The ice show was the BEST in my opinion! My friend who cruised with me did complain about the ice rink being very rough when we had our turn to skate. I think that was just because we had a late session, but it did bother her. The bar service was the BEST on the ship! Our room attendant and wait staff had difficulty learning our names, but not the bar staff! They were very personable, friendly and made our entire trip wonderful! Bebin at skybar was fantastic! He is not only an excellent bartender, but he also helped up choose entertainment to "not miss" and gave great port excursion suggestions as well. He is such an asset to the Freedom ship! St. Thomas was great, we took a ferry (with RCL) to St. John then took a taxi ($12 roundtrip) to Trunk Bay beach. Hands down the best beach I have been to! Curacao was a bit disappointing, but I did enjoy Dinah's herb garden. The distillery was horrible, I wouldn't return. Aruba. I personally cannot handle the strong sun and do not like the wind, but I know almost everyone else LOVES Aruba. It's just not my favorite thing. But we did take a taxi ($15 each way) to Eagle Beach this time (my 3rd time in Aruba) and it was lovely despite the wind and sun (lol) The beach was quiet, lots of open space and offered a bar and shower area! Our 4th port, St. Maarten, was canceled due to weather. But that was okay. It gave us more time to enjoy onboard activities :) Overall, we had an amazing cruise on the Freedom. The ship never felt too crowed and the bar staff (particularly SkyBar) exceeded all expectations! I would sail on Freedom again, but with lower expectations for food quality. (This is my 7th cruise overall, but 1st with RCL) Read Less
Freedom of the Seas Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 4.4
Dining 4.0 4.0
Entertainment 5.0 4.2
Public Rooms 4.0 4.5
Fitness Recreation 4.0 4.4
Family 5.0 4.4
Shore Excursion 4.0 3.9
Enrichment 3.0 3.9
Service 4.0 4.4
Value For Money 4.0 4.0
Rates 4.0 4.1

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