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  1. I was looking at several cruises and noticed folk were avoiding booking 7332 7334 7336 7338 on IOS although all the other 'humpish' cabins on 7 were booked. Was wondering if there was a negative about those cabins? thanks!
  2. It's a little late. I'm not interested in arguments, debates and/or nastiness in response to the following. Which is of MY opinion. Sailed August 25th from San Juan. Had wonderful weather and we were very lucky. This was our third time on this old lady. Yes, she is in need of the upcoming dry dock for certain. I'm not a picky petunia so although it didn't bother me, I definitely noticed LOTS of things. Should I mention them all? What purpose would that serve though? To potentially deter future passengers? Nah....I'm not going there. If she wasn't heading for dry dock I may feel differently. So if you're expecting the freshest of new ships (until after her refresh) then maybe wait. Entertainment was really very good. Skipped the ice show because we feel it's the same stuff just different stories. The two main shows were excellent and there was a good deal of movement on the ship but you'd never know it. Dancers and singers all on point. MDR food. I. Not. A. Foodie. I guess that says enough? Food was good. Desserts were either awesome or meh. Service, however, was EXCELLENT. We did feel a little rushed but we were taken care of in every detail. Our favorite foods and drinks remembered each night. Our teenage daughter got special attention and a "doggie bag/plate" with her favorite goodie every night. I will add names later because they slip my old lady brain at the moment. Windjammer....oh dear. Ok, buffet....oh dear. Personally it is everything you'd expect from a buffet. Not much else to say. Food is fine. You can find something to eat. The people acted (not all obviously) like complete swine. How? Let's say that there were fingers in some foods when tongs were needed. How about taking a bun with your hand, squeezing to see if it is fresh, deciding it isn't and putting it back?! Or coughing in your hand and then taking a serving piece in said hand to serve yourself?! The mountains of food on some plates put me off more than once. The attendants clear plates, offer water etc and are very good. I heard some passengers being so rude. Say thank you, please and be kind! Period. We ate at the Italian restaurant once and it was only because our TA paid....lol. It was delicious and the service was WAY above. My husband asked to have very slow pacing so we could enjoy each other's company. It was amazing. Some things I noticed were complaints about the paper straws which have replaced the turtle killing plastic type....it's a joke, get over yourself. Anywayyyyy....the straw definitely doesn't work well after a few sips. I do have a solution though. Screw the straw and suck it back baby. Or bring your own damn straw and stop complaining. Save the turtles. 🙂 Drink package was worth it. Period. Love that you don't have to sign anymore and feel strange about leaving or not leaving an additional tip on top of the obligatory included tip. Now the server apparently gets a tip or something with each drink served. We cruise because we took our first one 12 years ago and haven't vacationed on dry land since. I love the water, the balcony, the shows and stuffing myself with pizza at Sorrento's. By the way, it's thin crust now and it's delish!! I also love to dance and found the music very much catered for the crowd which was primarily from San Juan or nearby. Lots of Latin music and upbeat tempos. Was fun but after the second day I was really looking for more variety. Previously we've loved more Caribbean vibe. Can't get enough Bob Marley IMO. My thumbs are tired and fat so I'll leave it there. Ask away if you have questions. But let me say that I do NOT have copies of menus, compasses or stuff like that.
  3. Quick question, if we go to Vintages and like a particular wine, can we buy a bottle and bring it back to our room? I know we can bring two bottles in our carry on but DH thought that if we found one we really like there would be a way to enjoy one we really like on our balcony at night. TIA
  4. The deck plans on RCI's website may not be the latest. Does the freedom have a Suite Lounge, and if so, where is it? Thanks.
  5. Hey fellow cruisers!! Going on the Freedom of the Seas in November and was wondering about snacks. When I was on Celebrity a while back I ordered a plate of cookies and a container of skim milk every night as I am a night time before bed snack person......(I know, soooo bad). This was for free then.....about 8 years ago. Is this something that I can request on the Freedom and is it free or do we have to pay for it? Thanks in advance for the replies.
  6. Hey there!!! Getting closer to our cruise on the Freedom Of the Seas on November 10 and had a question. My husband uses a Cpap Machine with a long cord on it. I am wondering if anybody knows where the plugs are near the bed and if they are close enough. I could bring an extension cord, but hoping not to have to. Thanks for any info you can give.
  7. I just watched the video about the changes planned for FOS. Looks pretty good to me. All I can say is I hope there are no further delays in finishing her as we are scheduled for the first cruise after her upgrade. I hadn’t scheduled to be on the first voyage because I didn’t want to worry about being canceled. But now she is already delayed up to our cruise.
  8. Time for a new review: Spring Break 2019!!! We cruise the Freedom of the Seas out of Old San Juan this time (I just love cruising from here). Our ports would be: Leaving San Juan: April 21 8:30pm Basseterre, St Kitts: April 22 9-6pm St Johns, Antigua: April 23 8-5pm Castries, St Lucia: April 24 9-6pm Bridgetown, Barbados: April 25 8-7pm Sea Day: April 26 All fricken day long Philipsburg, St Maarten: April 27 8-6pm San Juan Arrival: April 28 6am This time around it would be myself, hubby and Sakari the Mermaid and Kendra's family (Billy, Brayden, Kambriah) and Billy's niece Shawna. My last cruise in December is when I decided to "resurface" on the web with a new review of our cruise on Carnival's Horizon. So many things had happened in my family since that summer and things were very hectic in life. Well....I have managed to FINALLY complete my bachelors degree (after dragging it out for years...we all know I plan school and "life" around my cruising lol) and I would consider this my "Graduation cruise". (Hey, any excuse used for a cruise is a good excuse right?). I was going out with a bang! Since all of the "changes in life" before my last cruise (new grandbabies, youngest son buying a new house and moving out, schooling, selling one of our businesses, and some home remodeling) there have been a few more changes thrown our way. Our Christmas cruise...we (meaning my family and Kendra's) were set to cruise and Kendra's fiance got word that they didn't think his dad would make it to Christmas. The day we were to fly out, Billy pulled out of going on the cruise. His father did make it, but unfortunately, he passed away February 15th this year. Billy has not taken it well (his dad raised him and all of his siblings so they were very close). To make matters worse, Billy's best friend (along with another good friend and an acquaintance) were also killed in a vehicle accident the SAME DAY! It was a crazy day and he has been dealing with a lot. With all that behind him, he really needed this cruise. But wait...there's MORE! Like how can there possibly be more that can be put on this mans shoulders? Two weeks before the cruise, his Uncle passed away. Then his baby sister passed away the Friday before the cruise. 😞 Less than 2 months from his fathers and best friends death he was once again burying another family member. He was not only dealing with all the loss in his family, but also trying to arrange a funeral prior to leaving. I just feel so bad for him and we were also VERY close to his dad and best friend. It's been a living nightmare for all of us. We really needed this cruise and a break away from life in general. I decided to pick a cruise that would have at least one new port we had never been to before. We absolutely loved cruising with Royal Caribbean last time and figured it was time to come back again for this cruise. Antigua is one port that I had never been to...so we booked. Now originally we were going to go with an interior, especially since this is another port intensive cruise and we aren't the type to spend much time in our rooms anyhow. But we found the ocean views to be a great deal...then for some reason I took a look at an ULTRA SPACIOUS OCEAN VIEW, which happened to be located at the very front of the ship with 2 windows. Hmmm, it's my graduation celebration cruise right? Heck, why not? I was super excited and knew that any room bigger than any previous interior or balcony had to be awesome right? I booked and was super excited!!! Kendra played it cheap and booked an interior for their group. Spring Break cruises are always a lot more expensive than other times and she didn't want the added expense...or at least that's what she thought at the time. lol But before the review begins...just a few non-legal formalities heh heh heh.....
  9. Hi Cruise Critic Friends, My wife and I will be sailing on the Freedom of the Seas next May 24, 2020 out of San Juan on a Southern Caribbean cruise. We are so looking forward to this adventure. We live in San Antonio, TX and plan on flying down to San Juan at least a day (maybe two) before the cruise departs. Does anyone have any recommendations on what airline to use to fly down from San Antonio, TX to San Juan? We normally fly with Southwest Airlines and know they fly down there but other airlines may have better options on getting there earlier in the day. Any suggestions or recommendations is appreciated. Thank you very much for the help.
  10. Hello! Apologies if this has been covered before, I made several attempts at searching the forum to find this information. I'm sailing on Freedom of the Seas in October, and was wondering if there's any way to find out the order of the MDR menus in advance. Generally, there's 1 - 2 nights where the menu just ends up falling flat for me (I'm looking at you, Chicken Cordon Bleu) and I'd like to book a specialty restaurant reservation for those nights. The ship isn't included in the Royal Caribbean app, sadly. Is there a place on the web I can find it, or would I be able to email someone at Royal and find out?
  11. Just wondering what activities there will be to do on Freedom of the Seas. Doing the ABC islands along with St. Martin. Also booked a JR . Suite, is there any perks to it?
  12. I am sailing on the Freedom out of PR this Sunday and received a notice today from RCL today saying that boarding for the cruise will start after 4:00 P.M. is there a possibility of an earlier boarding.
  13. Freedom is going into dry dock in January and February 2020. Deck plans for my March and April B2B are showing no different than pre dry dock. Crown and Anchor has no details. Anyone here have any insight? Is this going to now be the Amped Up Freedom of the Seas?
  14. I have the option of a 2D balcony on the hump of Deck 7 on the Freedom, or a 4B "spacious" balcony cabin (non-hump, but various locations available) for practically the same price. Do I take the hump balcony, or the more spacious cabin? Is the spacious cabin noticeably more spacious? Thanks friends!
  15. Subject TL;DR here. We're actually scheduled to be taking a 7 night cruise on the Freedom of the Seas end of March next year right after they are supposed to finish the Amplified upgrades. Based on other ships getting their Amplified upgrades, any likelihood of this getting the FotS supported in the RCI mobile app? Specifically it'd be nice to have the messaging function as a known fallback in lieu of trying the various messaging apps out there without paying for the internet access on ship.
  16. Can anyone tell me who the current concierge in the Diamond Lounge is? I tried to search the forum but haven't had any luck. Thank you in advance!
  17. Hi Are all the fitness classes in the evenings only? I’m interested in doing spin / indoor cycling classes early in the mornings, but finding it difficult to get the detail from the planner.🙄 Any info would be appreciated! Thanks
  18. Hello, We recently returned from our Freedom of the Seas cruise to the southern Caribbean. My apologies, but I don’t have photos to accompany this narrative. Hopefully, this does provide some information, and questions are welcome. To start, we are a family of 4 from Maryland (me, wife, son, and daughter). Both our kids are teens. We’ve cruised before, all but one on Royal. ************************************************************************************* Planning: We booked this cruise as soon as it opened almost 2 years ago. We like the idea paying by installments each month. We monitor the price and call if we see a price drop. I think there was just one. We reserved 2 adjoining inside cabins (9th floor, aft). For us, this works best. We’ve had balcony cabins and outside rooms before, but the prospect of having twice the storage and 2 bathrooms are the greatest selling points over a big balcony. Being on the 9th floor also puts us close to the Windjammer, pool deck, and Diamond Lounge. We always fly in a day early. We make our own flight arrangements and did so on Southwest as soon as the schedule opened. I think the cost for 4 of us was around $1600. (BWI to San Juan). A month or so ago, Southwest changed our itinerary, but it worked out for the best. Initially, we did not have a non-stop either way. We were able to rebook to a non-stop flight from BWI at no additional charge. Our flight left at noon and arrived at 4. We were scheduled to return on Monday (versus Sunday). Doing so saved us nearly $800, as the cost to fly back Sunday were outrageous, and the times were great. So, we kept the same flight times for Monday that we originally had. We don’t pay for early-bird check in, so when we checked in 24 hours in advance, our boarding numbers were B49-B52. Previously, we have stayed a few times at the Embassy Suites in Isla Verde, but we decided to try our luck at Condado in the Best Western. We had reservations for the nights of the June 15th and June 23rd. We paid about $210 for the 15th and $175 for the 23rd. We always take rental cars to/from BWI. We use Budget (they are close to where we live). This way, our cars stay in the garage. This isn’t too big of a deal in the summer, but we’ve traveled in the winter and have returned to snow. So, not having to trudge through a parking lot covered in snow is a plus. ************************************************************************************* Packing: We have a set packing list, so it flowed smoothly. We really like packing cubes and plan on buying some more. We took 4 carry-ons and 2 checked bags. We dress casually (no shorts or t-shirts, but casual according to Royal’s attire suggestion) for dinners now, so we don’t take formal clothes anymore. We also travel with a digital scale to make sure we don’t exceed the 50-pound limit. We also purchased the luggage tag holders that are made for Royal’s tags. We put these on the bags once we get to the pre-cruise hotel. ************************************************************************************* June 15th (Travel Day): We left the house early, as we had to drop off our dog to the sitter. We flew out of BWI. We had to stop on the way to the airport for gas, so we also got some subs to eat for our lunch. The trip to BWI was uneventful, and we dropped off the rental car and took the shuttle to the terminal. We are TSA Pre-Check and getting through Security was not an issue. Once through Security, we bought some drinks and had lunch. The flight was on time. We were able to get exit row seating, even with our less-than-ideal boarding numbers. We noticed the flight attendants stand in the exit row as people board, so many people just walk by them. We were happy to sit there. The WiFi on the flight was good, and we watched some TV/movies. After landing and a quick bathroom break, we went to luggage claim. No kidding, we were out of there in 5 minutes. When we first arrived, one of our bags was already on the carousel, and the other quickly followed. We then proceeded to the taxi stand. There were about 5-6 groups in front of us, but they move people very quickly. The cost to travel to Condado (4 people, 6 bags) was $26. Taxi fares are regulated. The ride took about 15 minutes. We checked into the hotel and were given a room on the 9th floor. The Best Western is clean and sits across from a Walgreens and CVS. Down the street is a Chili’s and a Buns Burger Shop. The Best Western was nice, but there were a few points that will make us go back to the Embassy Suites. Mostly, the surrounding area was disappointing. Granted, we had walking distance to many amenities and felt safe doing so, but we didn’t like the traffic noise and the 3-5 homeless people doing drugs across the street from the hotel. At least 1 person was there all day and all night. There is also a decent amount of trash around on the street next to the hotel (cans, bottles, etc.). The room on the night of the 15th had a musty smell, but we bought some air freshener, which helped. Otherwise, the room was clean and had a microwave and mini-fridge. The hotel isn’t a 5-star, but it does fit the bill for a pre-cruise stay. We then walked to Buns Burger Shop and had a really nice meal (about $50 for the 4 of us). After dinner, we got water in CVS. The new rules state 12 bottles per cabin. CVS had 15-packs of Dasani, so we got 2 of those (1 per cabin). We figured if we were told 15 was too much, we’d take out 3 in their presence. ************************************************************************************* June 16th (Embarkation Day): We awoke and headed downstairs for breakfast. The Best Western had bagels, toast, dry cereal, mini pancakes, hardboiled eggs, and fruit. It was good, although the bagels really had no taste. The place to sit was nice and up to date. A light breakfast was fine, as we knew were we going to eat again after boarding. The Best Western is about 10 minutes (max) to the Pan American Pier. Taxis are at the hotel, and we left at about 9:45. Arriving at the pier, we handed off our 2 checked bags to the porter. Luggage is collected by deck number. We then got in line for the terminal, which wasn’t long. Within 10 minutes, we entered through Security. We checked in and were sent to the Diamond area. There were some chairs, and the terminal was well-kept and clean. There is a store there to purchase liquor/wine. Our 15-packs of water were never questioned. Boarding started at 11:00, and we went to the Windjammer. The Windjammer opened at 11:30, so we had to wait about 15 minutes. We then had a nice lunch. The Windjammer food, if you’re familiar, hasn’t changed. There are a lot of different selections. I did notice a gluten-free area, as well as desserts marked gluten-free. While eating, we were approached at least 3 times about buying a specialty restaurant package. This has happened before, but for some reason, this cruise seemed like they were really pushing those. As we walked around after lunch, we were asked at least 3-4 more times. Cabins were opened at 1:30, and we started to unpack. We were able to get our luggage quickly, as I spotted the bags down the hall at the area where bags are placed for distribution. After exploring some, we headed for the muster drill, which was at 5:45. Our station was in the dining room, which was convenient. The drill took about 20 minutes. Early seating dinner on embarkation day is at 6:30. All other days, it is at 6. We then headed up to the Diamond Lounge and enjoyed the drinks/light food there. My wife REALLY enjoys the coffee machine there. Dinner for us was on Deck 4 with Roxanne and Gemmuel. Both were OUTSTANDING. I’ll talk about the food in a later section. ************************************************************************************* June 17th (Sea Day): After breakfast at the Windjammer, we checked out some of the shops on the Promenade and headed to the Solarium. We hung out there for a while, and then our son did some rock climbing. The only waivers you need to sign are for ice skating and the Flow Rider. Both are available at their respective locations. For ice skating, the line starts early, so when we arrived, we were scheduled for a later session. The same applies for the ice show. I cannot recall which night we saw it (I think it was the 18th), but it was FANTASTIC. It began at 8pm, and we lined up around 7:30. There was a line, but many other passengers didn’t respect that and just jumped ahead of others when the doors opened. There was another show later in the week. We took advantage of the ice cream station by the pool often. It had two sides. One side was chocolate, vanilla, and a mix of the two. The other was strawberry, vanilla, and a mix of those two. It was quite good. ************************************************************************************* June 18th (Aruba): We took the horseback riding excursion. My wife is an experienced rider, and commented she thought the horses looked too thin and were not properly cooled down after our ride. The ride was nice and long (about 2 hours) and included some time along the beach. You did not go into the water with the horses. The guides were also very nice. We take our excursions in the morning to avoid the heat. So, after lunch in the Windjammer, we walked back out into town and went into several stores. The stores are within easy walking distance from the port. There were also some local vendors, but they sell the same touristy-type stuff that’s made in China. I don’t think there’s much local-made stuff. ************************************************************************************* June 19th (Curacao): Initially, we reserved an ATV excursion we had taken a few years ago visiting the island. Unfortunately, about 2 months before the cruise, we received an email stating it had been canceled. So, we took the Day at the Beach by Boat. We were bussed from the port to another dock and boarded. The cool thing was they had to open the swing bridge for us. That was neat to see. The boat dropped us off at a resort, where each person received a nice beach chair and a coupon for a soda. The water was a sheltered harbor, so there were no waves. It was very clean and relaxing. There were some stores there and places to eat, too. It was a very relaxing time. We spent 3 hours on the beach. We then returned to the ship by the same route (boat/bus). After lunch, we walked back into town. The stores here are a bit farther of a walk than in Aruba. However, there are more of them. We needed to buy a comb, and there was a drug store nearby, too. We also walked over the swing bridge. Again, another nice port. ************************************************************************************* June 20th (Bonaire): We took the Segway tour. A van took us from the ship to the Segway location. We received some instruction (Segways are very easy to ride) and rode along a beach road. The guide pointed out many of the local landmarks. The water here is beautiful, as was the scenery. We’ve Segwayed before, but that was in a city (San Francisco). So, I think we unfairly compared the two. We spent less time on the Segways in Bonaire than in San Francisco. We had a nice ride, but we did think it could have been a little longer. We Segwayed on a straight road out and back. After lunch, we took in some local stores. If you’ve been to St. Maarten, the shopping area in Bonaire is a smaller version of that. There are local stores, and we found are really nice one with some cool wood crafts. Unfortunately, I cannot recall the name. ************************************************************************************* June 21st (Sea Day): The kids didn’t feel like hanging too much at the pool, so this might have been the day my son did some rock climbing. We also visited the shops. The 2/$20 t-shirt sale was also today. There were very many styles to choose from, and we got several. We also used this as our second free internet day (both my wife and I get 1 free day). The Wifi isn’t too fast, but it does serve the need for checking the net, texting our family back home, etc. We also checked out the picture gallery. The photos were well-organized and finding ours was easy. We took in Johnny Rockets this day. It opens at 11:30, but I got there around 11:10 to get in line. By 11:30, there is a line waiting to get in. The charge is now $11.95/person. That’s about a $4 increase. We had buy 1, get 1 milk shake coupons, which we used. I believe the shakes are $5. They are really good. The food is also quite good, but we thought the increase in price was a bit steep. Two years ago, it was $6.95/person. Sorry, I probably sound cheap. ************************************************************************************ June 22nd (St. Maarten): First, St. Maarten looks great since the devastation it suffered in 2017. There are new buildings around the port area. We took the Kayak and Snorkel excursion. A bus took us to a beach with kayaks. After some instruction, we took the snorkel gear (we didn’t bring our own, but some people did) and started to paddle. It was a nice paddle, not very strenuous. We then stopped at another beach, where we left the kayaks and snorkeled. The snorkeling was quite nice. There was no one else in the area but us (about 20 of us on the tour). We snorkeled for about 30-40 minutes and then headed back to shore. We kayaked back to the original spot and were given a free drink (several choices, including rum punch and beer). The bus then returned us to the ship, but it also stopped in town for anyone who wanted to get off there. We rode back to the ship and changed. After lunch, we headed back into town. You can either walk back into the shopping area (about a 10-minute walk) or take the ferry. I believe the ferry cost is $7 for all day. We walked, as it isn’t too bad. Shopping in St. Maarten is nice. Even though we’ve been there before, we didn’t know that you can negotiate in most stores. Our son wanted a watch and was able to get the one he was searching for at a good price. ************************************************************************************* June 23rd (Debarkation): Since the airfare cost of flying Monday was significantly less than flying Sunday, we stayed in San Juan an extra day. We always do self-assist when we leave the ship, so this time, we just stayed on until around 9. Breakfast began at 5:30 at the Café Promenade, 6 in the Windjammer, and I believe 6:30 in the Dining Room. After we ate, we hung out in the cabin. Our stateroom attendant (Joel, who was GREAT) came by around 8 to see if we had left. He said cabins needed to be cleared by 8:30-9 and everyone must be off the ship by 10. We totally understand, as they need to turn everything around for the next group of passengers. So, we gathered our stuff and left around 8:30. Getting through Customs was a snap. We did not get a porter, and the line wasn’t that long. We were through in about 10 minutes. There are also no forms to fill out. They just ask you if you have anything to declare. We then grabbed a cab back to the Best Western in Condado ($20 fare). We got to the hotel around 9:45 but couldn’t check in until about 2, so we dropped off our bags and took a walk. We found a nice whole foods grocery store that had really good frozen fruit gelato-type stuff. The Best Western has computers (3) in the lobby area, so we waited there for about an hour so we could check in for our flight the next day. There was a printer there, too, so we could print the boarding passes. Our flight back to BWI stopped in Orlando. We got A-group boarding for each flight. By this time, we were ready for lunch, so we walked to Chili’s. After lunch, we checked into our room and reconfigured our checked bags so we didn’t exceed the 50-pound limit. Our room was on the 3rd floor. The traffic noise was definitely noticeable, and the homeless people were still there. They hang out in front of the CVS. We saw people using drugs openly. It’s sad. The staff at the hotel is very, very nice. We received a nice note from the manager after we got home. We told him it was nothing in his control, as he cannot do anything about the surrounding area. Regardless, he was very kind to reach out to us. Unfortunately, we will not stay there again. ************************************************************************************* June 24th (Travel Day): The front desk staff (again, VERY nice) made sure we had a cab big enough for us and our luggage. We were at the airport in about 15 minutes ($24). After passing through the USDA inspection (don’t forget this, or you cannot check your bags), we checked our bags and proceeded through Security. There are some food options and some stores to browse in. The rest of the trip home was smooth, and we landed at BWI on time. ************************************************************************************* General Observations: The entertainment on the ship was quite good. We saw a magician, a comic (Steve McGrew…hysterical), and an acrobat team. There were other performers, too, but we didn’t catch their performances. As stated before, the ice show was phenomenal. Make a point to see it. The food is always subjective. We had the newest menus, but we really miss the cold fruit soups. However, Roxie, our server, got the chef to make us some. AWESOME! With the ordering of the entire meal at once and the bread being already on the table, the speed in the dining room has increased dramatically. Dinner was usually done in under an hour. We also enjoyed breakfast in the dining room a few times. My wife and son particularly liked the French toast. There were some hits and misses with the food, but we certainly didn’t go hungry. The same goes for the Windjammer. We thought the deserts in both the dining room and Windjammer weren’t quite as tasty as cruises in the past. Again, we didn’t hesitate to try several. There seemed to be more locals on this cruise than on others we’ve taken out of San Juan. We saw a couple quincenaeras. The only thing we noticed about the passengers were some of the teens liked to sit on the steps, often blocking the movement of people using them. They didn’t volunteer to move unless asked. There was also some line jumping from time to time and a lack of saying “excuse me” if someone bumped into you. We certainly enjoyed ourselves on the trip and look forward to sailing Royal again. Please let me know if you have any specific questions.
  19. It's been a few years since I sailed Freedom. Do they still do the Pirate night at Adventure Ocean for the kids? Do they still walk around the ship? I know on Oasis class they have a little play at Adventure Ocean, just wondering what they do on Freedom. Also, does anyone know what night it is (specifically for the ABC island cruise). I am booking specialty dining, and don't want to miss my son's show, if there still is one.
  20. We will be in San Juan the night before so can get to the ship any time the day of embarkation. We are in a Grand suite if that matters. We would like to beat the crowds and make the most of that day on the ship. Also when we board we would like a nice relaxing lunch so the windjammer is not an option. Any suggestions of where to eat? Thank you all so much!
  21. Anyone have experience with My Time Dining on Freedom, and showing up without reservations around 6:30? How long is the wait? I was checking every day months before sailing for MTD to open up. On the day it the options were either 5:45 or after 7:45. Nothing between 6-7:30. I called RCCL, and they said to keep on checking. We are now a few weeks before sailing, and those times still never opened up (I have been checking weekly). I am not sure whether large groups scoped up those times, or whether they are not bookable / only for walk-ups. Anyone experience the same?
  22. Hi, we have taken a couple of cruises with the family, including grandkids. Both were on Oasis class ships and everyone loved them. Looking at maybe booking Freedom out of San Juan, can anyone give us some feedback on how their kids liked the ship..thanks😎😎
  23. Hi, can someone tell me what the difference is between the main pool and the sports pool on the Freedom class ships? Are both for swimming or is the sports pool mostly just for sports games? I vaguely recall a volleyball net or something?
  24. Hi, before our cruise I couldn’t find an answer here for my worries. I was worried about possible noise issues in balcony cabin 9642 onboard Freedom of the Seas, after I found out that the Royal Suite is located above on Deck 10 (especially worried about the subwoofer of the piano and the hot tub on the balcony) and wanted to share our experience with you: We just came back from our cruise and we had no noise issues at all in that cabin. The center hump balcony was fantastic, we had an awesome view to aft and forward! Yes, there was the water pipeline of the Royal Suite Jacuzzi located on the ceiling of our balcony, but we never had any noise issues caused to it. Also we had no noise issues due to the traffic from elevators and stairways, inside the cabin you couldn’t hear anything! I made a video, in which you will be able to see the water pipeline and view from the balcony. After 14 days (B2B C ruise) in cabin 9642 we can absolutely recommend it and say „go for it!“🙂
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