Go Back   CruiseMates Cruise Community and Forums > Cruise Lines (Mainstream) > Royal Caribbean International
Register Forgot Password?

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
  #1 (permalink)  
Old March 30th, 2008, 03:21 PM
Junior Member
Beginner
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Massachusetts
Posts: 4
Default 1st time cruiser - Freedom of the Sea

I have just booked a cruise on Freedom of the Sea for our family. Six adults (ages 30 to 60) and 3 kids (ages 3,8, and 15). This is our first cruise and we are very excited. Will there be plenty of activities to keep the kids busy? And the adults? Our rooms are 8260, 8261, 8262 and 8263 are these good cabins? Should we know anything about making reservations for shore excursions, dinner, activities before we cruise? Is that even possible? Other then formal nights does the ship have "theme nights" that we should pack for? I hope we picked the right ship. We are not sailing until 1/11/2009 so I still have time to make changes. Thanks for any information you send my way.
Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
  #2 (permalink)  
Old March 30th, 2008, 04:29 PM
Senior Member
First Mate
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Posts: 282
Default

Hold on .... you will get so many responses. You have picked the best ship. We just returned from Freedom. Busy oh yes you will all be so busy. Just take a colored marker and highlight all the activities you might be interested each day when you read your compass. So many that a high lighter really helps keep you on schedule.The kids will love it. Just sign them up for the Adventure Ocean the first night and they will get their own activities schedule each day. I always say if you don't have fun on the ship it's our own fault. Now your fun begins enjoy planning.
Reply With Quote
  #3 (permalink)  
Old March 30th, 2008, 07:49 PM
Donna's Avatar
Moderator
Admiral
 
Join Date: Aug 2000
Location: on my computer
Posts: 26,402
Send a message via AIM to Donna
Default

As for shore excursions, yes, you can prebook them online when you are ready. I highly recommend doing that for the ones you really want and at certain times. You can still however, book them once you are onboard, either calling or using the TV in your cabin. Very easy.
__________________

Message Boards Moderator
Reply With Quote
  #4 (permalink)  
Old March 31st, 2008, 07:47 AM
thecruisequeen's Avatar
Senior Member
Admiral
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Posts: 11,268
Default Re: 1st time cruiser - Freedom of the Sea

Quote:
Originally Posted by Louisegal
I have just booked a cruise on Freedom of the Sea for our family. 3 kids (ages 3,8, and 15). Will there be plenty of activities to keep the kids busy?
Your kids will love the Freedom. There will be plenty for them to do and you will not see them much! Get ready for some "me time"!

Although the 3 kids will be placed in different groups because of their ages they will make friends onboard.

For a first cruise you chose a great ship!

Enjoy your cruise!
__________________
CQ's Cruise Resume

Vision Of The Seas
Independence Of The Seas
Allure Of The Seas
Carnival Breeze
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
Celebrity Mercury
Carnival Victory
Reply With Quote
  #5 (permalink)  
Old March 31st, 2008, 01:13 PM
Junior Member
Beginner
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Massachusetts
Posts: 4
Default

Thank you Jiffymom, Cruisequeen and Donna. I'm new to all of this but this web site is so helpful. Can any of you tell me if the cabins we picked are ok? They are numbered 8260,61,62,and 63. Also I read about sneaking alcohol on board versus the bar set up. My husband and I are beer drinkers (so it will be tough to sneak that on!). Does anyone know if they give you a bar set up for beer? Cost? Where would I find this out? Is it worth it to buy the soda passes for the grandkids?
I'm real happy for the positive feedback about the Freedom of the Sea. We were going back and forth between this ship and the Disney cruise. Our TA told us we would get more for our money with RCCL - hope he's right!
Reply With Quote
  #6 (permalink)  
Old March 31st, 2008, 06:12 PM
elfster's Avatar
Member
Passenger
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Sunny SW Florida
Posts: 84
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Louisegal
Thank you Jiffymom, Cruisequeen and Donna. I'm new to all of this but this web site is so helpful. Can any of you tell me if the cabins we picked are ok? They are numbered 8260,61,62,and 63. Also I read about sneaking alcohol on board versus the bar set up. My husband and I are beer drinkers (so it will be tough to sneak that on!). Does anyone know if they give you a bar set up for beer? Cost? Where would I find this out? Is it worth it to buy the soda passes for the grandkids?
I'm real happy for the positive feedback about the Freedom of the Sea. We were going back and forth between this ship and the Disney cruise. Our TA told us we would get more for our money with RCCL - hope he's right!
You'll like the four rooms you have chosen all together on deck 8....cabin only decks above and below you means no noise from clubs, dining facilities, etc. And, handy to be close to the elevator too.

Yes, the soda passes are worth it, and I highly recommend it.

Alcohol is not allowed to be brought on board as per the following directly from RCI.

http://www.royalcaribbean.com/custom...33&faqType=faq

Depending on your stateroom/suite category, you're accommodations many include amenities such as bathrobes, mini bars and more. Check with your travel agent or RCI Customer Service 1-866-562-7625 to find out what specific amenities are included in your stateroom/suite.
__________________





“The Sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever.��? --Jacques Cousteau
Reply With Quote
  #7 (permalink)  
Old March 31st, 2008, 06:58 PM
Senior Member
Cruise Maniac
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: UK
Posts: 124
Default

Hey Elfster,

Long time no hear!

There is a Meet & Mingle for our cruise if your interested. Check out

http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showt...552846&page=15

29 Fridays to go by the way!

Mark
__________________
Don't ride faster than our Guardian Angel can fly


Liberty of the Seas
Reply With Quote
  #8 (permalink)  
Old March 31st, 2008, 07:07 PM
elfster's Avatar
Member
Passenger
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Sunny SW Florida
Posts: 84
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Dannysdad
Hey Elfster,

Long time no hear!

There is a Meet & Mingle for our cruise if your interested. Check out

http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showt...552846&page=15

29 Fridays to go by the way!

Mark
Hey Dannys Dad good hearing from you. I will definetly check out the meet and mingle for our cruise w/ the url you provided. I can't wait to sail. And, as you can see we finally booked the Disney wonder for 2009. Our grown college age sons are sooo psyched for that one.

See you in 29 Fridays Dannysdad.....and rest assured I'll bring some A&W root beer for your son
__________________





“The Sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever.��? --Jacques Cousteau
Reply With Quote
  #9 (permalink)  
Old March 31st, 2008, 08:00 PM
Senior Member
Cruise Maniac
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: UK
Posts: 124
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by elfster
Quote:
Originally Posted by Dannysdad
Hey Elfster,

Long time no hear!

There is a Meet & Mingle for our cruise if your interested. Check out

http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showt...552846&page=15

29 Fridays to go by the way!

Mark
Hey Dannys Dad good hearing from you. I will definetly check out the meet and mingle for our cruise w/ the url you provided. I can't wait to sail. And, as you can see we finally booked the Disney wonder for 2009. Our grown college age sons are sooo psyched for that one.

See you in 29 Fridays Dannysdad.....and rest assured I'll bring some A&W root beer for your son
I've been counting down since we booked!

We still haven't booked an hotel in Miami so if you know of a reasonably priced downtown hotel, please do let me know.

Daniels thirst needs quenching................that root beer is a MUST!!


Mark
__________________
Don't ride faster than our Guardian Angel can fly


Liberty of the Seas
Reply With Quote
  #10 (permalink)  
Old March 31st, 2008, 08:04 PM
Junior Member
Beginner
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Massachusetts
Posts: 4
Default

Thanks for the info elfster. Just noticed your from SW FL. I'm a snowbird down in Marco Island.
Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Tags
8260, 8262, freedom, liberty, room, seas

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Experienced Cruiser, 1st Time Disney Cruiser Dancyalien Disney 11 March 6th, 2008 09:20 PM
1st Time Cruiser Brenda25 Carnival Cruise Lines 5 June 25th, 2007 12:13 AM
1st time Cruiser angelheart1547 Carnival Cruise Lines 4 November 16th, 2005 05:12 AM
1ST TIME CRUISER DENISE CARNICK Other 0 January 19th, 2005 07:52 PM
1st time cruiser clnscheffer Caribbean & Panama Canal 6 January 28th, 2004 11:48 AM


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On


 

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 10:51 AM.
design by: Themes by Design

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.1