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After Day Two, I can honestly say that I love this ship. I like it better than the Voyager class. It is hard to post from the ship, so I won't go into a lot of detail. I'll do a review upon my return. Today was a sea day and it was unlike any sea day I've ever experienced on a ship. There were plenty of pool chairs available throughout the day. The main pool wasn't too crowded either. I attribute this to the H2O Zone. Most kids and their parents are over there leaving the other pools available. Also, the pools are not salt water...another very nice feature.
Paul must have been very busy today as we didn't see him even once.
I'm enjoying this ship very much and hope to post more soon.
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Hi ML, between you and Paul I'm getting all excited for my cruise at the end of this week.

Keep the updates coming, I'm really enjoying the sail along even though I'm not there.

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After Day Two, I can honestly say that I love this ship. I like it better than the Voyager class.
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So glad you are having a fantastic time! That H2OZone is amazing in so many ways...it really does change the experience for both kids AND adults, doesn't it?

Have you all found Boleros and had a Mojito yet? Be sure to do it, and you may want to try a Caipirinha too!

I'm really enjoying the live reports!
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When posting could you update us on if it is a formal, semi-formal, or casual night? Did they do away with the semi-formal nights?

Enjoy!
I can tell you this, the formal nights are Monday and Thursday (Jamaica), and I was very surprised to see how formally dressed everyone was. All the men were in tuxes or dark suits - this adherence to the dress code was in stark contrast to the first night out, where I saw 'everything goes' in the dining room.

Don't think you can get away without a tie, or with a light jacket, this is a formal ship! Must be the new/biggest in the world cachet...
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I am more interested to hear about the areas that are without kids.
Iti very urprisinghowmny kids there are on this ship, even during th school year,but then again, it qouldn't be th same without them. Many are pre-school.


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How is the spa area? Does it have a special pool?
The spa is very nice, and we noticed couple of very good deals: first of all, you can get 'couples massage' for $179 where one person gets the flotation bed while the other is massaged - then they switch. You get 25-minute in each apiece, total price $179.

The other good deal (as far as we can tell) is onboard teeth-whitening for only $199. On land a similar process is $400-$500. The guy says he does hundreds of people every week.

There is a special pool near the spa, which is the adults-only pool. Similar in look to the thellasoptheray pools on Celebrity.


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Are there any areas that <besides the dining room> are not full of poisenous smoke?
There does seem a fair amount of smoke onboard, in most of the lounges. The main theater is smoke-free. There are a LOT of Europeans and South Americans on board, and thy smoke.

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Do you have to go through the casino to get to a certain place or can one miss it all together?
No, you can go around it on deck 5 or 3.

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Does the ship have an adult only pool?
The spa pool noted above. However, I saw a LOT adults enjoying a second childhood in the H2O zone.

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How are the matresses?
They are good!, with a nice fluffy (cotton) duvet on top. The pillows leave something to be desired, we hear mny requests for additonal ones, (we did) and the ones that came were too too hard.

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As to the view across the cabin a simple solution would have been tinted windows.But I guess they did not wanted to spend the money on it? One thing is for sure, I would never book one of these cabins!
Thanks for the reports but please get some rest!
People have been saying "tint the windows" since Voyger,and I recall Richard Fain at a press conference saying they would be doing that on future ships, but no, never happened. We hoped they would have made them openable by now, but they are not.
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Did they put the divider down the Flow Rider yet? They mentioned they were going to. Are the lines long? It looked like, with those surf board arm rests they were anticipaing long lines with this design..
They seem to be able to divide it when they want to and make it like two of them, with two lines for people, then they take it off when lines get shorter. Also, it seems they do bodyboarding (when it was divided) and when they open it they do surfboards.
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I read on another site of a person complaining about a bad smell on the rear of the ship in the cabins. It was the first I had heard of that, have you heard anything about it?
Well, thats where Mary Lou and Donna are, so I will ask them if they noticed it. Ooops, that didn't sound right. You know what I mean...
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There were hordes of people everywhere, but somehow we even managed to bump into Mary Lou and Gary. Cindy
You saw Mary Lou? I spent all day yesterday looking for herbut couldn't find her.

Yes, it is big,but the only place it bothers me is the buffett area, hard to find a table amost any time of day. Otherwise, itis fine.

The front of the pool has TONS of deck chairs no one uses, considering how active the pool area is, that is very good news. picture of that to come!
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Thank you for answering all my questions. I guess I am spoiled from my previous Disney cruises where they have plenty of Adult only areas. The report with the smoking sounds bad as I never encountered any smoking problems on our Disney cruises but always on Royal C. Another reason why I like Disney so much.

One last question! How is the service? The service on Disney is above 100% and on RC I always thought it was not. Is it better on the Freedom?
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So far, we are really enjoying Freedom, lots to do, gave the flow rider a try yesterday, ready to go again. It a super rush and not as easy as it looks. I love the pool areas, plenty of space and lounge chairs, that hasn't been a problem and yesterday was our first sea day, still chairs available all afternoon long.

Tonight is the quest, should be fun!
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One last question! How is the service? The service on Disney is above 100% and on RC I always thought it was not. Is it better on the Freedom?
I haven´t been on Disney so I can´t say, but the service here has been very good, no complaints at all.

Also, I apologize for my key board problems as <i am on my laptop and cannot type very well. Right now i am in Cozumel. same problem, different results.
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I wonder about the vibration of the ship this size.Is it smooth or do you feel something at aft or forward. Thanks. Have a nice cruise.
Vibration?? if ever there was a ship where one does not even realize you are at sea this is it. <in our inside cabin we have no idea what time it is, whether we are moving or docked. We cannot even tell when the engines are running.
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That H2OZone is amazing in so many ways...it really does change the experience for both kids AND adults, doesn't it?
I just added pictures to the photo gallery og H2O zone, here are some...

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I have to admit, if I didn´t currently have the kind of body that scares little children (two years of marital bliss will do this, or so that is my excuse) I would be in there as well. I love lazing in the water LET YOUR INNER CHILD GO........!!!!
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One new thing about these ships... the cantilevered spas on deck 11...

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So far, we are really enjoying Freedom, lots to do, gave the flow rider a try yesterday, ready to go again. It a super rush and not as easy as it looks. I love the pool areas, plenty of space and lounge chairs, that hasn't been a problem and yesterday was our first sea day, still chairs available all afternoon long.

Tonight is the quest, should be fun!
Obviously, they are enjoying it so much they barely have time to post here. When I find those two, they are in trouble!!! If I ever find them.... If anyone sees Donna or Mary Lou have them call me.... I'm in cabin 7627.

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Get the heck outta here!!! What are the odds? I'm booked in that exact promenade cabin in December! Well, at least I know what the view will be like....ROFL. Sure looks different than the one I had in June! (balcony on "the hump").

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Flowrider Video

Video of a surfer on a flowrider.

People - the link above is my first attempt to upload a video. I had to go into Cozumel to find a web cafe where I could download the encoder progam.

It should work for people on highspeed connections, you might have to do a right-click and select "save target as" and then play it.

Let me know if it works for you. If it does, tell your friends!!
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Takes a bit to buffer it but after that it plays just fine.

One question: What happens to the guy after he goes into the hole in the back Cruise Oblivion or the Medical Center

Looks fun but something Betty could do but I wouldn't even thing about it.

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Paul:

I am really enjoying your updates on the Freedom. I'm going in April and this is helping me pass the long long time until we go. Checked out your pictures and you answered a question I had - what goodies does the cafe sell. When I was on the Navigator, I didn't realize they offered free cookies until the last night of the cruise. This time I'll be ready (and will obviously be taking the stairs a lot to burn off those cookies).

Also glad to see that I won't be the only adult playing in the H2O zone. That was the biggest selling point for me and I don't have kids!

Are the hot tubs crowded? The pictures you posted of the new hot tubs looked pretty empty but wasn't sure if that was a rare moment.

If you happen to run into someone who does the canopy tour in Jamaica, could you find out if cameras are allowed. A friend did the tour last month from the Adventure of the Seas but cameras were taken away during the tour. Yet I heard from someone else that they were allowed to bring cameras.

What is the condition of the ice cream bar near the pool area? When we were on the Navigator, it was disgusting. Cones laying all over, ice cream dripped and usually there out of supplies. Is my sweet tooth very obvious??

Have a wonderful time. We are all wishing we could be there too!
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Promenade Parade

here is yet another one, much bigger file so it should take even longer to load. This is the parade on the first night.

Sorry, I will have get a windows media server to run these. I recommend you only try them if you have a high speed connection.

In any case - the guy gets shot out into the H2O zone where the litte kids are lined up to jump on his back as he goes swooshing across the wading pool.

Needless to say, this is a fun & active ship. And whoever was asking about Disney makes me wonder if they are considering trying it out. They should, it is great for kids.

One thing I have noticed - short port times. I think they want you on the ship as long as possible.
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Hello Paul,
Thanks for the great reports, now quit typing and have fun.
Hi to MaryLou and Donna if you ever find them.

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Let me know how the mojito are---and you had to take a picture of the yummy goodies---thanks---
Good idea to keep the curtians closed------dont think I'd be too happy to have someone take my picture
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Today was Cozumel, but we didn’t step foot off the ship. It was wonderful having this huge ship pretty much to ourselves. I’ll post pictures of how empty the ship was when I get back home. Gary tried the Flowrider today and loved it. I have video of that too. Deb and Tom, two of our group, also tried it out today and had a great time. I may get up
the nerve tomorrow morning.

Funny, Paul says he can’t find Donna and I, I was beginning to think he was hiding from the two of us. I haven’t seen Paul since the first night at the show. Paul, you can always find us walking the track in the morning, then laying in a lounge chair for the rest of the day! After the last six weeks I’ve had at work, relaxing is at the top of my list this week!
Speaking of the shows, last night was the big production show and was awesome. I think it was the BEST production show we have ever seen aboard a ship.

Tonight is the famous Quest. Steve, Jill, Gary and I are two-time reigning champs….we hope to come home with a three-peat! Paul, if you are reading this, please come play. You will have a ball!

We are having dinner at Portifino’s tonight. This will be our first experience there and I’m really looking forward to it.

More tomorrow…………
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Hi Paul:
I do have high speed and it took about 20 seconds to play the first and less than 5 seconds to play the 2nd video. Piece of cake.
Thanks for posting these.

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Tell us more!!! Tell us more!!! The videos are great and I'm loving the pictures. With so many options of entertainment, how do you possible decide what to do?

Can you give us an idea of variety of live music available each evening. Does the parade conflict with the production shows, dinner seatings, or other activities? How long does the parade last?

You have a tough job, both someone has to do it! You're all doing a great job, thanks.
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The second video reminds me of The Rio in Las Vegas. If you like that type of entertainment then this is the ship for you!!!!!

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Hi all
I was on the Freedom 2 weeks ago & reading this thread makes me wish I was still there. You all are doing a great job of describing this ship to all that haven't sailed her yet.
One thing I advise you to do (especially Paul) is to check out Peter at the Schooner bar. One of the best musician/entertainers I have ever ran into on a cruise ship.
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I have DSL and both videos played within seconds. Just love the video of the Flowrider! I can't wait to try it and wipeout! I have no coordination when it comes to stuff like that, but I'll be willing to give it a go. DH will definately bring his tux now that he knows others will be wearing them. He thought this would be a very relaxed and casual atmosphere and was afraid he'd be the only one wearing one.[/img]
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well, good, I guess we have a first for CruiseMates... video directly from a ship during a virtul cruise.

I am sorry I have not posted today - the internet has been down on the ship all evening, no one can connect. Also, cruiseMates seems a little slow to me, maybe it is the videos, in any case. i will try to ocate them on a different server.

Now, I am going to see if Peter is in the Schooner bar!
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We did the flowrider again today, great feature on this boat, will have another try tomorrow, takes some practice!

Saw an awesome magic show this evening, they really know how to put on a show on this ship.
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