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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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I think I had almost the same cabin when I took my one & only Voyager ot Seas 2-day prss trip in 1999. I agree, life can be so funny that way some times.
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Pictures of my inside promenade cabin as promised...

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Hey Paul,
Is that a champagne bottle in a chinese take out container on the floor by the desk?? Did you order that as room service? ... ROFL
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To answer the question about the entertainment and how do you decide what to do......they have it down to a science on this ship. If you check your Cruise Compas daily and plan your day, you can fit in almost everything you want to see. The parade does not interfer with the main show. Last night after the show, they did a 70's review in the promenade, then it off to Quest (which, by the way, WE WON!!!!! It was three-peater....wins on Jewel, Mariner and now Freedom!!!!!) then after Quest, we had plenty of time to make it back to the main theatre for the late night adult comic. By the time he was over, it was 1 a.m. and all the bars were still open as well as the casino.
Dinner at Portifinos was EXCELLENT! I would highly recommend it. With its new menu, it certainly will give Chops a run for its money! If you are onboard any ship with Portifinos, give it a try.
We just docked in Grand Cayman...today we are tendering.
I forgot to mention yesterday was the first time Freedom docked at Cozumel. You can still see a huge amount of damage from the hurricane last year.
I'm off........maybe I'll see Paul today.
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... 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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I sure hope your view into the opposite cabin is better than Paul's . There is wildlife, and then there is "WILDLIFE."
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Actually, that champagne bottle was a gift, and as I do not like champagne I am sure I will end up giving it away.

I saw the late-night comic last night as well, he was funny and not TOO "adult" so as to be grossly offensive. And I did see Peter Ritz in the Schooner Bar, so he is still there. Yes, he is excellent.

The only odd thing was the captains announcement came in our cabin this morning and the announcements were in English, Spanish, French, German and Portugese - I guess it was a mistake that it came in our cabin, as I just heard a CD announcement out in the hall only. It does show you how Internationalthis ship is though.

At least the Internet is far faster today, so I can get more pictures up.

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Hi,

I love all of the on-going updates all of you are giving us. The pictures are great.

Could you give us some pictures of the lounges? The ones you posted in the bull are great but I'm sure there are more "bars" on this ship.

Thank you so much.
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So glad you all seem to be having a good time!

How much is the flowrider? It sounds like so much fun.

Have you tried Johnny Rockets yet? I've heard there is a cover charge - is that true?
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Hi Paul,
Glad you had a chance to check out Peter.
I had a problem with announcements also. I didn't get any in my cabin. Not even the Captain.
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Can you ask Jimmy Blakemore if he's going to be on Freedom in December...or if he is going back to Mariner?

Hope you all had a great day in Grand Cayman today!!!
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Hello Folks,

I am SO sorry if it looks likewe have abandoned you. We havenot,but the ship's Internet connections has been horrible since yesterday morning. There is not way I couldupload another picture, especially a video. it takes two minutes fora pge to load.

There are a lot of people grouching about it all over the ship. They said it would befixed thismorning, but now it is late at night and it isn't any better. You are jut going to have to woait until I get hoe for more pictures or video, but I can answer questions.

We are going to the ice show tomorrow. Mary Lou did flowriders and said it was SO much fun. There is NO cost, you just hve to sign waiver.

My wife has been sick in bed all week, makes it hard for eto have too much fun. Please, everyone, be careful when you travel, especially on planes. and don't try to overdo the fun.

I will find out about the other bars and Jimmy blakemore.

BTW: my favorite place is the coffee latte place, with free coffee and pastries right on the promenade mall all day long and into the wee hours. tasty sandwiches, yummy chocolate avalanche cookies. all free. Life is good.
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Paul,
So sorry to hear about your wife being sick. That can definitely put a damper on enjoying the cruise. Hope it passes, and she gets to enjoy the last few days of the cruise.

Shipboard internet can most certainly make you crazy. Think they'd just get cable
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I'm very sorry your wife isn't feeling well. I'm sure everyone following this thread feels the same.
I think I speak for all of us here when I say Get Well Soon.
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Paul,

Get Luanne some chicken soup from room service. Wait on the video until you get back for the videos. Wet our appetites with postings of the ship.

Cruise line Internet ranks up their with AOL dial-up in 1999.

Take care, have fun and keep having fun.

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Paul,
That is a real bummer your wife is ill. I know back in May 2005 my wife spent 7 of the 10 day cruise in the cabin. Not what you call a great time.


Did you ever catch up with MaryLou and Donna?
Have you ever thought they just might be hiding from you....

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We are just now docking in Montego Bay. Since I've never cruised in the fall before, it is hard to get used to it still being dark at 6:30 a.m. I'm used to being up and walking around the track by then and it being light out. We have had magnificant weather this entire week....a few sprinkles yesterday, but the sun was out most of the day. The seas have been calm....too calm for my liking. As Paul said, I got up the nerve to try to Flowrider yesterday.....it is SO MUCH fun. I have a few bruises to show for it today, but it was worth it. I spoke to one of the guys working it and he told me that he has the best job on the ship and I believe him. His duties consist of operating the Flowrider and the rockwall.....how cool is that? Last night we saw the ice show......and as always it was fantastic....sittting the front row was great. After the ice show we went back to the Arcadia theatre for the "Love and Marriage" show...what a hoot. That show couldn't be funnier if it was written by a comedian. Those couples are hysterical. This morning we will be walking off the ship just to say we've been in Montego Bay. The others, Paul and Luanne, Donna and Jeff, Debbie and Tom are all doing the Canopy Tour this morning...I was too chicken to fly through the trees. After a short visit to the island, we will come back to enjoy the empty ship.
Luanne was able to come to dinner last night....at least she is getting out of the cabin now. I feel so bad for her not feeling well.
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Hi all,
I'm really enjoying these posts It's like being there. I'm sorry Luanne is sick that happened to me on a 4 day cruise I was so sick the 1st day and started to recover the 2nd day by the last day I felt fine. I have a request please tell us what the drink of the day is that way I can go home and make the same drink. Have fun all.
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Still waiting to see how the mojitos are---or did I miss something ?
What you dont like champagne ? but then again there are good ones and bad ones------
I just want to say thank you---- its really making my day reading the posts- seeing the pictures and videos---

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Happy to say Lou Ann is feeling much better!! we went on the canopy tour in jamaica today, so much fun. We have lots of pictures. The web connection seems better, too. So, I will post more pictures of the lounges after lunch. We are starved. Thank you all for the good wishes. More in a few hours.
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One thing I want to say I really appreciate about this ship - a little history lesson comes with this...

Anyway - one thing I have learned over the years is that Royal Caribbean was always the cruise line that was famous for giving things away. They always had free shampoos, gifts, keepsakes, etc on board for the guests. Whereas Carnival was famous for not giving anything at all, not even shampoo, until Proctor & Gamble agreed to provide free samples to their guests.

But what makes this ship special is not only that they provide free stuff, it is the way they do it. To walk down to the Latte shop on the promenade mall and select a chocolate mudslide cookie or a ham sandwich, and then to draw a cup of Seattle's Best coffee for yourself, all FREE, and sit in that nice coffee pub on the mall and watch people go by... it isn't just free cookies, or free coffee, it is BOTH in a to-die-for cute setting. It feels SO accommodating and friendly, you can't help but smile and say, 'yeah, this is good."

So, what I am saying is, it isn't just what they give away for free, it is how they give it away, with style like gracious hosts. THAT is what makes these ships special, and why Royal Caribbean has so many loyal guests.

I have to say, I have not met nearly as many people on a single ship in my life where I have heard 1) so LITTLE complaining; and 2) so many people say that they love this cruise line and never sail on anything else.

And they are usually young people! I have heard oldsters say that about Holland America, and a lot of people say it about Princess, though I have been hearing complaints more about Princess lately. But with RCI, these new huge ships generally mean people like the line more than ever, and things have gotten better, not worse.

I have to say a LOT of it is not only good planning, like I said, with the free coffee, pizza, ice cream, etc, but also the staff deserves a lot of credit.

Even on this enormous ship, the wait staff is excellent. In the buffet they bring you drinks immediately. In the dining room they give you efficient, attentive service. I have found very little to complain about, and on any ship, that is rare. So, I have to say kudos to Royal Caribbean for taking a huge ship and using it to all its advantages and not succumbing to all the possible liabilities, like bad/slow service, long lines, and over-crowding.

They are still well-staffed enough to give you personalized service - and on the biggest ship in the world, that is saying a lot.

Unfortunately,the internet access is dying again as we pull out of Jamaica, so more later!
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Anyway - one thing I have learned over the years is that Royal Caribbean was always the cruise line that was famous for giving things away. They always had free shampoos, gifts, keepsakes, etc on board for the guests. Whereas Carnival was famous for not giving anything at all, not even shampoo, until Proctor & Gamble agreed to provide free samples to their guests.
I have to agree with you on this but I noticed it more on the Celebrity branded ships than on the RCI ships. My wife "If it's free, it's for me." noticed it more in the non-suite cabins on Carnival brand ships. You received nothing for free until the last couple of years.

The coffee Cafe on Voyager was not how you describe the one on Freedom. I found it quite boring and I while the coffee may have been free it was undrinkable unless you ordered a made to order and additional cost, specialty coffee.

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Paul & MaryLou

I want to thank you both for all of your daily posts. We leave on Sunday and are getting so excited about this trip after reading your reviews. We were a bit apprehensive before, but reading your stuff has made us relax and excited. But then again, RCI is one of the best! How could we go wrong?!

Thanks again for taking the time to update everyone here!

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Hi
This is Lou Ann. This is my 1st post ever, so I guess you could say I’m a virgin. . .poster!

I wanted to say thanks for all your well wishes.

After hearing my tale of illness, a passenger we spoke to at lunch said “you should have gone to see the doctor.? Well, anyone who knows me would see how foreign that idea is to me. I would only go to a doctor of allopathic medicine (the regular kind) in an extreme emergency or for regular maintenance checkups. I am used to supporting my body in healing by giving it what it needs and being patient that it will heal perfectly, in its own way. So in keeping with my way. . .I can share my thoughts on my “illness challenge? as I prefer to call it.

I didn't "get" sick, I earned it. As Paul said I really overdid it before the cruise. Like many of you out there, I tried to squeeze 3 days of work into one, was up late before we left, and worst of all I did not take extra precautions before our long flight from Phoenix. You know I could actually feel the stale, unhealthy air on the plane. There is a great product called Airborne. It was actually created by a school teacher to help your immune system when you have to be in crowded environments. Lets face it, on your way to a cruise, checking it, for the whole vacation, and traveling home, you will be in crowded environments! I just took a dose to prepare for our flight home.

But if you need to stay in bed. . .what better place to be than where you have 24 hour room service, a daily housekeeper to change sheets and clean your room and nothing you HAVE to do but sleep! Considering this cruise the ship was our destination, I’m really not complaining!

Paul and I found that after 7:00 pm we could order off the dining room menu from room service! How great is that! Anyway instead of trying to do it all, we have taken it easy and enjoyed everything we have done.

The Canopy Tour we did today in Jamiaca was amazing. Definitely a must do. The welcome aboard show was very good. Comedy/dance. Different than the past “ship shows? I have seen that were kind of corny. I think most people would love these professional shows with their contemporary flair. I absolutely LOVED the Ice Show. They had a number where the dance/skating couple did about 20 costume changes during the same number. . .very clever. Never saw anything like that in any ice show. Another must!

My husband tells me its time to wrap it up. He forgets women use 20,000 words a day to a man’s 800. However he is the Captain! Bye for now. Thanks for reading.

P.S. The Hot Stone Therapy Massage did wonders for my health and well being last light.
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Hi, it's me again. As Lou Ann said, the ice show was amazing. I have great video (though that is not technically allowed, I am sure a minutes will not hurt). To be posted on my return.

here is the photo gallery: http://cruisemates.com/gallery/view.php?id=3074

I posted new pictures today - check out the photo gallery. Here is one of Lou Ann rolling in on the Jamaica canopy tour:

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Mike... the Latte coffee cafe here used "Seattle' Best" coffee, which you can tap yourself for free. I think it is good.

I cannot believe the size of the entertainment staff here...

Anyway, all in all, this has been an amzing trip... more to come
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Hi Lou Ann,

Just wanted to say how nice it is to see you posting! We met in Phoenix a couple of years back, before you were Mrs. Kaptain

Glad that you're feeling better, and enjoyed the zip line tour. Mrs Kuki did that one last year in Jamaica, while I chickened out and sat at Margaritiville with a few umbrella drinks. She LOVED it too!
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I am very glad to see the original thread is now back and running. Good work Paul. You are a true DBA. I will be available for flogging on Monday and will deservedly take my punishment.

I am also glad to see Lou Anne is out and about.

The thing I loved most on the Voyager ships and I am glad to see is still going on Freedom is the Ice Skating. I loved watching the video. I used to be a skater and doing figure skating or any other type of ice dancing has always amazed me. I think anyone who hasn't seen it first hand has to experience it. Even if you are someone like me who isn't into mega ships it is worth booking this in order to enjoy this experience and the entertainment.

Once again here is a link to Paul's, Ice Show video: It takes a bit to load, even on Cable or DSL but it's worth watching.

Freedom.com Ice Show

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Amazingly - thanks to the GREAT staff at our hosting company, edgeweb, they restored a thread that it was said was lost forever by the makers of the phpbb softwre.

Thank you, Vlad.

I also want to say that if you sent links to your friends - they may have changed now, soplease send your friends New links to this thread.

Also - there may be other broken links I cannot fix on this SLOW ship connection (the oe drawback to this wonderful ship). So, please tolerate.

Thank you all.
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What a perfect day! Labadee (or Labadabadee as James Andrews our CD calls it) is wonderful. This is the largest cruise line private island we have ever been on. You can stay in the thick of things and play all day here or you can walk to the other side of the island and enjoy the ocean breeze and hear the waves. We chose the latter. You can parasail, rent wave runners, rent a canoe, hike and explore the island, play beach volley ball, you can shop at the straw market, the list goes on and on. You have your choice of three places to eat the lunch brought over from the ship. They have showers in the ladies and men’s rooms. It was a very nice experience. The weather, again, has been perfect. Although, it has been very hot. Today the high was in the 90’s. We had a great time today. I know I’m beginning to sound like a broken record…but this cruise has just been the greatest.
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I posted a new thread, but didn't know if you'd be reviewing them or not. What are your feelings about being in a handicap (which neither of us are) junior suite on deck 10 right next to the hump? We were just told that our balcony cabin on Deck 7 was given away and we were upgraded to this junior suite. Our ship sails on Sunday! We'll probably be in line while you are disembarking. It's just the 2 of us and we don't mind the normal size cabins. We are just concerned about the lower sink, higher toilet, ramps in the room, and the adjoining cabin noise. Are these things not worth the upgrade? We carefully picked our cabin 2 years ago to be mid ship away from the hump as we were concerned there would be a limited view. Will we look to one side and see right into the suites on the hump and not the ocean?

Any advice would be appreciated! We were told we have until 12 noon on Saturday to change it back if we need. We just don't want to get into the cabin and find we hate it and there is nothing that can be done. But then again we're afraid if we change back to 7 we'd be sorry. We've never been upgraded before. Even our travel agent says we're lucky. But yet we don't feel that way right now.
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I wonder what took me so long to ask this all important question....so how are the shops? When I was onboard in Boston, the ONE shop I was dying to get into was closed sue to customs rules...The one that has the handbags.....

Is the barber shop really all that busy?

Are there long lines in the Promenade, and at the Flow Rider?

Okay,that should tide me over for a bit! I am so cruise deprived
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