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Old November 14th, 2007, 11:24 AM
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My family is planning a cruise for next year on the Freedom of the Seas (our first RCCL cruise) and I am looking for any comments on the Royal Family Suites. Please help! We are trying to decide if it is worth the money or if we should get adjoining rooms instead.
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Depends on the size and ages of the kids. You might want to let the kids have their own space. The Freedom though is the ship for a multi-generational group. You will see what I mean when you get there.
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Just remember when adding up the prices, first 2 people in a cabin are charged full price, including kids if thats the case. You may be better off with the suite, just do the math and see how it comes out.

I'm sure the entire family will totally enjoy this cruise.

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Has anyone heard anything negative about the Royal Family Suites?
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Nope, nothing negative at all.
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My family is planning a cruise for next year on the Freedom of the Seas (our first RCCL cruise) and I am looking for any comments on the Royal Family Suites. Please help! We are trying to decide if it is worth the money or if we should get adjoining rooms instead.
I agree with subtropic about age/size on family members and with Donna about the maths. In theory the FS can sleep up to eight, but I would most certainly not recommend that. Six at the most is my suggestion.
I should perhaps add that when the times I have sailed in an FS, there were only two of us. Myself and a grown up son and we want separate bedrooms but a mutual living area.
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When tried to book 2 RFS on the Mariner when she comes to LA in 09 becasue we have 9 people but we were told you HAD to have a minimum of 5 in each cabin and they wouldn't budge. We liked the idea of each couple having their own sleeping area with a mutual living room and we would have one large balcony.
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When tried to book 2 RFS on the Mariner when she comes to LA in 09 becasue we have 9 people but we were told you HAD to have a minimum of 5 in each cabin and they wouldn't budge. We liked the idea of each couple having their own sleeping area with a mutual living room and we would have one large balcony.
I know Teresa, I guess you ought to have special connections if you want to book a FS for less than five guests
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Thank you all for your help. One last question...those of you that have stayed in the Royal Family Suites, did you ever have an issue with soot on the deck or any problems with the concierge services?
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Thank you all for your help. One last question...those of you that have stayed in the Royal Family Suites, did you ever have an issue with soot on the deck or any problems with the concierge services?
No problems with either issues
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Book two or three of the Jr. Suites in the back of the ship, and then open up the balconies (unless you are hell bent on going stir crazy with a bunch of kids in the room...)
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I sailed on Freedom of the Seas in March 2007 in a Grand Suite, when chatting with the Concierge about the Royal Family Suite, he mentioned that many passengers have complained about the soot that falls on the deck and that they are always cleaning the area. I've not experienced this first hand; however, it was a direct quote from him. Either way, it's an awesome cabin and I'm sure the soot can't be all that bad? Also, the only other challenge with any cabin in the aft is the additional vibration of the motors you'll feel; I've only felt it when standing up there on higher deck; however, maybe someone else can comment on their experience in an aft cabin?
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I have been in 9654 on Serenade. Last cabin aft before the aft facing cabins. No vibration problem at all.
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I sailed the Freedon, and had a corner aft cabin..We were next to, I think The Presidential Family Suite, maybe? I'm not sure if I am getting them mixed up, or not....That cabin had like a 3 balcony span, it was amazing, as was the suite itself..I also was able to tour the large suite upstairs, which may be the one you are speaking of, they are just amazingly spacious....and I felt no vibrations at all...

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With out knowing the ages of your children I'll say this if they are under 10 then family suite is great as they can't be out past 9pm unless your with them .If they are older 11-14 then get connecting rooms , if older get yours balcony theres across the hall. They will sleep late and roll in really late (or early) .They like having no windows. If they are young they can go to the camps and that will give you some time alone. All kids love the camps. Hope this helps
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I had the RFS on the Explorer a few years ago with 5 adults and it was great. You have the master bedroom to yourself with a washroom and a separate bedroom for 4 people and the cough for 2. The best part of this was the second washroom. Depending on the ages of the kids and that involved - the choice is mainly yours. Had no problems with the staff and the view from the back of the ship is fantastic. With a suite, you get access to the Concierge Club including: (copied from the RCCL website)
A dedicated Concierge who is available to assist with anything you require
Twenty-four-hour a day use of the Concierge Club Lounge
Continental breakfast every morningâ€* and open bar & hors d'oeuvres every evening available in the Concierge Club Lounge
Assistance with reservations for Portofino Italian restaurant & Chops Grille Steakhouse
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DVDs and CDs available to borrow during the Concierge's hours
Pre-ordering of your dinner wine
Business services (faxing, copying, etc.)

Just remember its another people to tip plus the additional extra "tip" amount to your room steward as your now in a suite.

For the additional cost - it was well worth it for us!
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