My wife & I are considering booking the Freedom of The Seas - Eastern Caribbean cruise departing September 21 from Miami.
This would be her second cruise & my first.
Is this cruise we may book a good ship? Also where is the best place for us to book this cruise and how can we get the best deal for our money?
The Freedom OTS is onlyt a couple of years old. It's currently the largest ship class in RCI's fleet. You'll find plenty to do, and a beautiful ship. I did a ship inspection on the Freedom, and I have been on a Voyager class ship, which is similar to the Freedom OTS without the flowrider. I'm sure you'll find the Freedom OTS to be a great cruise.
As for the best price, you'll need to do some shopping around. Personally, I suggest finding a real good cruise specialist travel agent. You can also just start calling around to various big and small agencies until you find the price you're looking for.
Good luck and have a great cruise!
Majesty of the Seas - 10/03 & 02/07 & 11/08
Enchantment of the Seas - 10/04 & 10/11
Mariner of the Seas - 10/05
Vision of the Seas - 10/06 & 09/07
Carnival Liberty - 10/07
Adventure of the Seas - 9/08
Ruby Princess - 12/09
Voyager of the Seas - 9/10
Carnival Spirit - 11/10
Oasis of the Seas - 9/13
OK... we have booked FOS for November and it appears to be an amazing ship (until Oasis came along and stole the thunder!) But still... an amazing ship, so prepare for a spectacular voyage.
As far as deals go... what I have found with Royal Caribbean is that they don't allow any discounting of fares by travel agents. This being the case the price is about the same no matter where you go. However, they will bargain for your business by offering you perks and cabin credits.
We have had our best luck finding the best deal by using http://www.cruisecompete.com/
You register with them, then you input the cruise you wish to price.
Different agencies will then start sending quotes to your account and you can easily compare the deals as well as read reviews of the agencies by other cruise compete users. This is how we always price our cruises.
Best of luck to you!!
Mike & Suz
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2010 RCCL Oasis Of The Seas
2009 RCCL Freedom Of The Seas (so nice we did it twice)
2008 RCCL Freedom Of The Seas (!!wow!!)
2007 Carnival Glory (Super Bowl - Bears vs Colts)
2005 Carnival Sensation (again)
2004 Carnival Sensation
1993 Celebrity Horizon
1991 Celebrity Meridian