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mike c wrote a review Oct 2021
Fort Myers, Florida21 contributions10 helpful votes
We hadn't been on this ship since 2017 - It was nice to see all the upgrades, fresh paint, and some new carpets and furniture after the "Royal Amp". Our Grand Suite was very nice and everything was very clean. We did not have a good experience with the Suite Lounge Concierge on day one - maybe it got better for the other folks but we can't say as we never went back which would be the first time out of 30 plus RCCL cruises. The bar staff was great in all places we went and the Casino bar staff was above and beyond outstanding - say Hi to Elizabeth, Christian and Rene if you are going soon - sadly the next time we are scheduled on this ship they may not be there as thrie contracts will expire. Food was pretty good other than being barely warm - buffet food should be kept at 60C (140F) it was not even close. I will bring a chef thermometer with us next time and post the findings. The best, and hottest food was at Playmakers amazing wings and Pork Sliders along with ice cold beer and sports TV's Just a great place.
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Sail Date: October 2021
Cabin Type: Suite
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Destination: Caribbean
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Royal Caribbean Freedom of the Seas

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Itinerary
3 Night Cruise to the Bahamas
Departure date
Friday, 10/02/23
Route
Miami, Perfect Day at CocoCay, Nassau, Miami
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Overview

About
Passengers: 4,515   |   Crew: 1,360
Passengers to crew: 3.32:1
Passengers to space: 40.8:1
Launched: 2006   

Decks

  • Deck 2
  • Deck 3
  • Deck 4
  • Deck 5
  • Deck 6
  • Deck 7
Additional decks
Deck 2 layout
Cabins
  Ocean View (2N)  
  Ocean View (3N)  
  Spacious Interior (1R)  
  Interior (2V)  
  Interior (6V)  
  Interior (1V)  
  Interior Accessible (3V)  
  Ultra Spacious Ocean View (1K)  
  Ocean View (8N)  
  Ocean View (1N)  
 
Amenities
Studio B
Arcadia Theatre
Conference Center

Cabins

Balcony
Cabin size: 188 - 214 sq. ft.
Connected rooms: 173
Accessible rooms: 8
Maximum passengers: 4
Number of cabins: 738

Activities & entertainment

Activities (30)
  • CruiseCritic Meet and Mingle
  • Dance Classes
  • Dance Classes
  • Dance Parties
  • Dive Shop*
  • Fitness Classes*
  • FlowRider
  • Freedom Fairways
  • Golf Simulator
  • H2O Zone
  • Hot Tubs (6)
  • Jogging Track
  • Library
  • Pool Games
  • Pools (3)
  • RC Online*
  • Rock Climbing Wall
  • Scavenger Hunts
  • Sports Court
  • Sports Tournament
  • The Living Room
  • Trivia
  • Video Arcade*
  • Vitality At Sea Spa and Fitness Center*
  • Wine Tasting*
  • Wipe Out!
  • Waterslides
  • Adventure Ocean
  • Fuel Teen Disco
  • Nursery
Entertainment (14)
  • Live Music
  • Arcadia Theatre
  • Casino Royale*
  • Deck Parties
  • Demonstrations
  • Game Broadcasts
  • Game Shows
  • Karaoke
  • Movie Screen
  • Poolside Movies
  • Royal Promenade
  • Star Lounge
  • Studio B
  • Wellness Lectures
Dining (26)
  • Bar - Tequila Bar*
  • Galileo Dining Room - American
  • Isaac Dining Room - American
  • Leonardo Dining Room - American
  • R Bar - Atrium Bar*
  • Windjammer Café - Casual
  • The Plaza Bar - Casual bar*
  • Johnny Rockets - Fast Food*
  • Bull & Bear Pub - Gastropub*
  • Viking Crown Lounge - Iconic Bar*
  • Giovanni's Table - italian*
  • Boleros - Latin bar*
  • Cloud Nine - Martini Bar*
  • Olive or Twist - Martini Bar*
  • Sabor - Mexican*
  • Schooner Bar - Nautical bar*
  • Café Promenade - pastries
  • Sorrento's - Pizza
  • Pool Bar - Pool Bar*
  • Sky Bar - Pool Bar*
  • Squeeze - Pool Bar*
  • Connoisseur Club - Spirits*
  • Chops Grille - Steakhouse*
  • Cupcake Cupboard - Sweets*
  • Ice Cream Parlor - Sweets*
  • Vintages - Wine Bar*
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Terry F wrote a review 8 Aug
New York321 contributions163 helpful votes
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My wife and I recently spent a great 4 nights on the Royal Caribbean Freedom of the Seas. We sailed out of Miami with stops at their Private Island and Nassau. 4300 souls were on the cruise. EMBARKATION; Royal Caribbean is at Pier A in Miami. We couldn’t find this anywhere in our Cruise papers and the uber driver didn’t know where it was either. Something for future cruisers - Pier A. Getting on to the ship was real easy as I had reserved a suite and Royal has a separate entrance for that. Luggage, covid test results, vaccine cards, passports, sail-passes were all checked and we were on the ship within 10 minutes. ROOM; The suite was fine although I thought it was a little smaller than the last time I had a suite. Two sliding glass doors led out to a large balcony (photo) with two loungers. It was on the 10th floor. The room sleeps four with a couch that opens up to a queen size bed. The steward did a fine job and everything that I asked for, whether it was ice or the daily schedule was delivered. The stewards work from 8:00AM - Noon and then again from 4:00PM to 8:00PM. The A/C was just cool enough and the bed and pillows were extremely comfortable. The room had plenty of storage room for everything that you might bring. FOOD; We decided to eat in the Main Dining Room for dinner each night and the food was surprisingly exceptional. We had a table right at a window and the service from the waitress and the asst. waiter was impeccable. They both had a great sense of humor. The menu has some of the same items every night with several changes on the menu as well. We had prime-rib, chicken cordon bleu, shrimp, spaghetti bolognese, shrimp cocktail, key lime pie, ice cream, cheesecake, caesar salad, etc. You can order twice if you want and they will bring it to you. The dining room was three floors. We also had breakfast one morning in the main dining room. One thing we found out, as you’re always getting lost, is that all the food was on one end of the ship and all the entertainment was on the other end. The Windjammer is the buffet, which is on the 11th floor, next to the pool. The buffet had the usual choices and I only had two meals there, both were lunch and both were good. The Windjammer was the only food available on the first afternoon. The ship had a taco stand outside, next to the pool, and it had a huge line all day long. It is set up like a buffet, as you make your way down the line and just take whatever you want for your taco. They also had burritos which were already made and wrapped up. People in the suites are allowed to go to the Crown & Anchor Lounge, which is on the 14th floor. They have continental breakfast in the morning and hors d’oeuvres from 5:00 - 7:00 each night. They had three different hot items each night (fried shrimp, chicken skewers, beef skewers, mozzarella sticks, polenta, quiche, pigs in a blanket, etc.) and everything was good and you can have as much as you want. They also had vegetable sticks, fruit sticks, rolls, chocolate covered strawberries, etc. All drinks are free in there. I like this place best as part of paying for a suite. People who pay for the suites are also allowed to eat breakfast in one of the Specialty Restaurants, Chops. It is a full breakfast with waiters and asst. waiters. This is usually a Steakhouse and there is a charge for dinner here. There is also an Italian Restaurant and a Japanese Hibachi Restaurant for a charge as well. There is a Johnny Rockets on the 12th floor and there is a charge for whatever you order. Also there is a Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream place on the 5th floor and you have to pay for that as well. There was a pizza restaurant (Sorrento’s) on the 5th floor and there were crowds in there all day because this place was free. Ice cream was free in a cone by the pool. ENTERTAINMENT; We saw one nighttime show which featured the singers and dancers. They were actually very good. The show ran about 45 minutes. There was a show another night which had a juggler, but we didn’t go, nor did we go to the other shows in the theater. We did go to an ice skating show, which they had every night on the 3rd floor. This show was mostly figure skating to music and surprisingly we enjoyed it a lot. They were doing real olympic type jumps like triple sowcows and triple lutz, with spins and jumps. Very entertaining. There was the usual ‘Sexiest Man’ contest by the pool and the ‘Belly Flop’ contests in the pool which was pretty good. They showed replays of the flops backwards and forwards on the big screen. It was mc’d my the Cruise Director Chris who was very good at his job. He kept the energy going, no matter where the show was and he was funny also. There was an energetic vibe throughout the ship with music playing and games going on. However, if you wanted to find a nice quiet place, you could find one. There were shows in piano bars and lounges all over the ship. All the kids on the ship seemed to be having a ball, with the club and the water slide. There was also a Flowrider surfing thing going on at the 12th floor. Pretty cool. On the 5th floor, was the Promenade Deck which had food and shops through a long hallway. Above that, there were windows from the rooms on the 6th, 7th and 8th floors which rooms overlooked the walkway. CASINO; The casino was much like a casino on any other ship. They did have a poker game every night, which was up my alley. Very friendly dealers. There were many, many kids on the ship so the casino wasn’t as crowded as on some other ships. PRIVATE ISLAND - The cruise stopped at a Private Island called Coco Cay. Huge area with both Ocean water and Lagoon. Plenty of loungers no matter what area you wanted to sit. They also had a huge pool with a bar and this place was rocking' the entire day with music and fun things going on. The BBQ food was great on the island with plenty of places to sit and eat. DISEBARKATION; For some reason, we were delayed for 40 minutes during the exit from the ship. Long lines of passengers with their luggage and cary-ons just standing in a line for 40 minutes. They never let us know what the problem was but evidently it was something in the terminal.
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Byron wrote a review 1 Aug
Detroit, Michigan247 contributions12 helpful votes
My wife and I did the July 22nd 3 day cruise to the private island and Nassau. Freedom of the seas is a really nice ship. More of an elegant upscale 5 star hotel feel than carnival or Norwegian ships. Room service was nice and timely. We found the options at Windjamers to be better than the main dining room. Both of our NY strip steaks in the main dining room weren't cook as we ordered. They quickly got us new steaks as we ordered. The seating can be tight with little privacy depending on your location. Ee found the App to be great!! It makes things easier checking in and competing the process. I highly recommend using it. It makes checking in so easy. You go right through. We purchased the photo package and we found this to be a waste of money. The ppl that take the photos arent aroynd too many areas of the ship so we only had 4 or 5 photos taken. The Key package was we purchased was worth it. The vip lunch when we boarded was nice. Getting the bags taken the night b4 debarkation was nice.My only complaint is with the small fridges in the staterooms. We had an Oceanview room and the fridge is not cold at all. We called maintenance and they came right away. The maintenance guy said the fridge is just meant for STORAGE of drinks NOT to keep your drinks cold. I think that's crazy!! Royal should either remove these or just put in REAL fridges. I would also suggest having luggage carts in the parking structure when you arrive to help get your luggage to baggage check in. The long lines Getting an elevator to get back to your car to leave should be addressed in some way. The baggage porters are great helping you take your bags to your car. Just wish their was the same help when you arrive. Overall I recommend Royal.
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Ijec40 wrote a review Jul 2022
San Juan, Puerto Rico17 contributions24 helpful votes
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We took a few days to vacation in July to celebrate or 10 yr anniversary and birthdays, and go on a cruise to the Bahamas. Royal Caribbean offered a really good package for the Bahamas. The trip was 4/3 nights on the 4th of July. We went into Coco Cay, Royal private island and Nassau. Great experience, food and plenty of activities to do. On the cruise great service, food and night entertainment shows. We booked everything ahead and saved a couple of hundreds. Definitely a worthy experience, Royal never disappoints.
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Aidita G wrote a review Jun 2022
Cutler Bay, Florida3 contributions7 helpful votes
Not a good deal because they charge for everything extra on the ship. You only have buffet and main dining options to eat. All the other restaurants they charge. If you get the deluxe drink package they charge 400 per person plus gratuity. They charge 15 dollars gratuity per person per day either way automatically. The ship doesn’t have enough seating poolside. You have to wake up very early to save chairs with towels if not you are stuck the whole day without a place to sit. Good luck on a sea day with that.
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Fabio Sá wrote a review May 2022
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You see it on TV: "come spend a perfect day at CocoCay". There's this massive waterpark on a private island. Your daughter gets excited. You buy the cruise (not cheap and definitely not cheaper than the competition). But you buy it, after all, they're the only ones with a water park on a private island, and that's what you want for your kid. You get an email and start checking in to your reservation. Only THEN you realize that all that money you paid for actually DOESN'T include the water park!!! "But, sir, you can still access the beach and the complimentary pool". If I wanted a beach and a pool, then why would I be buying the "Perfect day at CocoCay???". You want CocoCay? It's an extra $300 for you and your kid, or $450 if you're a family of 3. Was that written ANYWHERE during my booking process? No. Well, maybe in the very fine print of the 100pg contract. But definitely not in the whole sales process. Had they warned me it would cost me an extra $300, as they did warn me about other stuff that would cost me additional money and which I happily declined to, maybe I would have even paid for it. But scamming me like this? Making you pay for access to a cruise with a waterpark that you don't really get access to? That's lying and scamming. At least they said they'll give me my money back. I'll wait and see. In the meantime, I hope nobody else falls for that scam.
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