ROYAL CARIBBEAN’S FREEDOM OF THE SEAS SHIP REVIEW-
By Jen Campbell
Royal Caribbean’s Freedom of the Seas…What a super great ship! We got to spend 7 nights on board, for our Eastern Caribbean cruise in April of 2012.
Freedom of the Seas has so much to see and do including some of the following: yummy cupcakes from the Cupcake Shop, Italian fare from Giovanni’s Table, ice cream from Ben and Jerry’s or fabulous burgers and fries from Johnny Rockets! We enjoyed each of these numerous times.
If you have children, you’ll want to check out their activities for all ages of children through Adventure Ocean Programs. Kids will stay busy constantly and certainly would never claim they’re “bored"!
Freedom of the Seas sun decks are immensely spacious, however beach chairs are a premium (although what ship doesn’t have this problem) near the pool. We did wish they had a few more activities to enjoy after the sun went down. But, since we were late diners, we didn’t seem to miss much either. During the day, so many activities, contest, shows and events abound that you won’t be bored. They have dancing near the pool, dance parties, ice skating, shows in the main promenade, great entertainment in the Alhambra Theater, full fitness facility (including a super popular boxing ring), adult-only spots, surfing at sea (was awesome to watch), ping-pong, many boutique restaurants, tons of great shopping avenues, bars and pubs, wine bar and of course, the FOOD! No meals were ever a disappointed us, whether it came from the main dining room, Giovanni’s Table, or via the popular Wind Jammer buffet, it was always delicious!
The service while on board Freedom was absolutely impeccable! We had a terrific staff serve us each and every day. Each night our wait staff at the table knew our names, they were so friendly, and even had our favorite drink ready and waiting when we showed up! Service was absolutely a WOW on board Freedom of The Seas! I sure wish we could take our wait staff home with us!
On our 7 night voyage on board Royal Caribbean’s Freedom of the Seas, they had 2 formal nights. The rest were called resort casual (tropical sundresses, khakis and soft collared shirts for the guys). On the formal nights many wore dress jackets and ties, and even some women wore a beaded gown, although cocktail dresses seemed to be the norm. During the day, very casual is super cool, most wore bathing suits, cover-ups and shoes when indoors.
Gratuities on Freedom of the Seas will run you $12 per person per day. You can even pre-pay these prior to your cruise, which is something I love to do! Don’t forget, a 15% gratuity is automatically added to any bar tabs.
Drink packages are available on Freedom, which we opted to do the soda pass for my spouse, as it seemed more economically feasible to do so. The price of the drink packages vary depending upon your drinking preference.
Royal Caribbean is one of my most favorite cruise lines, and would return to any of their ships time and time again. We’d go back on the Freedom of the Seas again, anytime!
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