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Old June 29th, 2007, 03:25 PM
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Hey all, DW and I will be cruising the MED on the Freedom first week Sept. Although we qualify for AARP , We are younger at heart. What can we expect?

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It will "skew older". But, for a large part, your cruisemates will be young at heart...and up for the adventure of a 12-day cruise
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We took this cruise in May and loved it. We are in our late 50's and found a lot of people in or age bracket on this ship, but there were younger cruisers as well, not a lot of kids at that time of the year.

The shows were really good and a lot of the entertainment was geared to the 50ish crowd. The large screen on the lido deck offered afternoon concerts above the pool with Barry Manilow, music from the Beach Boys, etc.

We thought the ship was beautiful in a Carnival way (somewhat garish) but nice. If you go to the shows try to sit down front, center. The last 6 or 8 rows are partially blocked by the columns unless you are in the center of these rows. Just go in and look around and try different seating areas during a time when the theatre is empty and you will see what I mean.

We had a balcony room (port side of ship) and were able to get a great view of the Volcano, Stromboli one evening. The captain had notified everyone well in advance. Since we had the late seating dinner, we dressed a little early and were able to take some fantastic pics from our balcony.

We usually opt for early seating, but booked the late seating due to all the ports and late sailings on this itinerary. We will not book late seating again. Some nights we left the dining room at 11:00 p.m. The night of the gala midnight buffet, we went straight from the dining room to the buffet (pictures only) and went to bed.

On the days when we were late leaving ports, the dining times were delayed 30 minutes to allow more people to dine. Had we known that, we definately would have taken the earlier seating. If you can, make arrangements for the lower level of the Posh dining room for the best entertainment during dinner. The Maitre' D sings Frank Sinatra style every evening, but only downstairs.

We really enjoyed the Sangria bar that the ship set up a couple of nights. We don't eat sushi, but the ship had set up a nice (free) sushi bar a couple of nights as well.
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Thanks blue skies. Great info, Fantastic.

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There are 10 of us going on the 22 of September and 8 of us are 50ish and 2 are 70ish but have more energy then the rest of us. I've been told to expect more adults and less children as most schools will have started.
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There are 10 of us going on the 22 of September and 8 of us are 50ish and 2 are 70ish but have more energy then the rest of us. I've been told to expect more adults and less children as most schools will have started.
I think that you will have a great time on this cruise. There were not a lot of children on our cruise in and the ones we saw were pretty well mannered. While there were quite a few younger families and couples on board it seemed to us that there were more 50 - 70's on the ship and that the entertainment, music, big screen music was geared more to that age group.
We had a couple at our dinner table in their early thirties (first cruise) and two 21-22 year old young women and the 50ish parents. Everyone of each group had a great time and found lots to do on the ship and in port.

This cruise is very port intensive so you really will want to relax and maybe catch up on laundry and rest on the sea days. With a large group, you may want to check on some private tours in the ports as we did. We enjoyed them so much more and they were more flexible and affordable.
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