January 17th, 2014, 06:54 PM
Join Date: Feb 2007
FANTASTIC FREEDOM OF THE SEAS & UNIVERSAL January 2014
Another long over the top CQ review...This one the Fantastic Freedom of the Seas combined with a four night stay at Universal prior to the cruise.
I know this is a cruise site however will include Universal in my review since the Cruise, Universal hotel, Park tickets and all transfers was booked thru Royal as a package deal. I only booked airfare on my own.
I highly recommend this package to all those interested in adding a few nights stay at Universal prior or post cruise.
Royal offers a hotel stay of 3 or 4 nights and either the Freedom (7nights) or enchantment (3 or 4 nights). Not sure if any other ships outside of Port Canaveral is offered in the package however transfers may be an issue.
Wanted to stay at Hard Rock hotel never stayed there before however Royal only had it available on a 3 night stay but we wanted 4 nights. I called the hotel and they had 4 nights available however Royal is only given certain number of hotel rooms for either 3 or 4 nights. So we decided on the Royal Pacific we stayed there before and it is an awesome hotel. Once we checked in forgot all about the fact that we wanted to stay at the Hard rock. Had a great stay at RP.
January 1st (Happy New Year) Jetblue to Orlando.
After we got our luggage there was a driver waiting for us. I paid the $20 fee for a grocery stop. stopped at Publix and got some snacks, fruit, water, ice tea. well worth it as the hotel and parks are way over priced.
Settled into our room then it was off to the parks... Went over to guest services to pick up our 4 day hopper passes however they had us nowhere on the manifest for the tickets....after 30 minutes of back and forth looking and checking they issued us the tickets and would further look into it the following day. Since it was New Years Day they could not get a hold of Royal Caribbean rep who handles the packages. Universal Guest Services did say they were sorry for the long wait and confusion so they gave us a fast pass one time use on Harry Pottier ride which still does not allow fast pass entrance with the hotel room key.
So off we go right to Harry Potter and use the tickets and got on in 5 minutes. the wait for potter was always 60 to 90 minutes.
The Minon ride always had a long wait of 120 minutes.
The new ride Transformers was not bad of a wait only 20 minutes with the fast pass room key. This is an awesome ride.
Ride wait was anywhere from 5 minutes to 25 minutes With the fast pass.
Favorite rides.....Potter Forbidden Journey, The Hulk coaster, Spider man, the Mummy, and Transformers.
I found out that the first week of January is still the busy season and part of the holiday season. Second week of January is when the parks are very quiet. The christmas decorations were still up in the parks and where just beautiful. The hotel had many christmas trees around the property even one poolside.
Had two nice weather days and two colder weather days. Had to buy a sweatshirt in the park because I was freezing....50 dollars later I got a Homer Simpson hoodie. Mini Me already had a sweatshirt from home so did not have to buy one for him.
Walkway from Hotel to Parks
Downstairs lobby Christmas tree
Croisants, Bagel and OJ $15.00!!!! Can't wait to get onboard...no prices!!
Hotel morning buffet setup
Main lobby christmas tree.....Beautiful!!
Nice clean quiet room!
Christmas tree in the Hotel restaurant
Keurig coffee machine in the room....Love it!! I which cruiseships had
a Keurig in the cabin!!
I was arrested...
Some Park entertainment
Chicken dance anyone?
My new friends...
I love lucy....
Let's move on to Freedom of the Seas!!
CQ's Cruise Resume
Vision Of The Seas
Independence Of The Seas x2
Allure Of The Seas
Oasis Of The Seas x3
Liberty Of The Seas x4
Freedom Of The Seas x3
Navigator Of The Seas x2
Explorer Of The Seas x2
Voyager Of The Seas
Enchantment Of The Seas
Rhapsody Of The Seas
Majesty Of The Seas
Monarch Of The Seas
Sovereign Of The Seas