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Old March 31st, 2009, 09:07 AM
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Anyone that has sailed on Royal caribbean Freedom ship, please help! me and my girlfriend are going cruising around the western caribbean next month and we need to agree on early or late dinner seating (early dinner 6:30 PM and Late dining 8:30 PM). My question is, if you choose late dinner seating are you able to get out of dinner in time to see the show?, are there shows offered before late dinner or after late dinner. is late dinner very crowded?. is 6:30 PM seating too early?. I was planing to choose late dinner because I was planning to make dinner time romantic, but Im not sure about it. Moreover, I've heard that if you have late dinner you go to the show before dinner, and have also heard there is a show after late dinner. Which is it?. do you have an schedule of when shows are presented? we would also prefer late dinner to take advantage of a longer day, but we don't want to miss the shows. If you've sailed on Freedom could you please let me know how that worked. Thanks you very much.
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Old March 31st, 2009, 09:29 AM
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They have a production show at 7.15pm for those who are going to late dinner, the shows only last an hour. This is repeated at 9.00pm for the early dinner guests. We always get the early seating, it's just personal choice which suits your needs better. I don't want to get through eating at 10pm.... I prefer to go early and have the evening free to wander.
If you don't want to be tied to any set dinnertime go to the Windjammer or up to Johnny Rockets, we do that a lot, the food is just as good in the WJ and you can go in ultra casual wear. After you have been out in the Caribbean sun all day it's nice to not have to rush and dress up!
After the production (Broadway type) shows are done, there are other later evening entertainments, for example on the night the comedy show is on they have one show at 9.00pm for early dinner and one at 10.45pm for late dinner guests, so you won't miss an attraction.
There is also Karaoke, discos, game shows such as Love and Marriage later in the evening.
Don't miss the Parade down the Promenade on the first night, it starts about 10/30pm ish - try to get a place outside the Pub and you will be in the midst of it all!
Don't miss the Ice show either, it is wonderful. They do them on two nights.
Check your Cruise Compass daily for times so you don't miss anything.
Richard Spacey was our Cruise Director on Freedom, he was the best we have ever had, one big party from start to finish.
If he is on your sailing don't miss his 'Evolutions of Dance' routine or his Austin Powers show.... he is funny!
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Old March 31st, 2009, 09:46 AM
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There are a couple of nites where they have the evening show for the 2nd seating cruisers before dinner.
Also there might be MyTime dining available on the Freedom. This would give you more freedom to dine at different times each day according to what shows and ports are on the agenda for that day.

I also agree with Matelot Richard Spacey's Evolution of Dance, Austin Powers and Borat shows are not be missed he is a funny CD.

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Old March 31st, 2009, 04:48 PM
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Never a problem with late seating ( that's all I have ever had on all bookings). Ditto on Richard Spacey-he is #1
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Old March 31st, 2009, 10:37 PM
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I will concur with the above posters. Late seating is awesome for a couple. And Richard Spacey is HANDS DOWN the best!!! I LOVE the Freedom.
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Old April 1st, 2009, 03:26 PM
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wonderful speciality dining for something more romantic and you can make your own reservation at your own time schedule.
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Old April 2nd, 2009, 07:31 PM
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We definitely like late seating...gives you more time
in port, relaxing around the pool late afternoon...having
a drink in your favorite lounge before dinner...6:30
comes quickly when you're enjoying a shore excursion
or day in port...or even on the ship.
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