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Old June 8th, 2010, 05:37 PM
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Just got off the Freedom of the Seas. Had an awesome trip - this is the most beautiful ship I have ever seen! We were on Deck 7 of the ship and were assigned the 6pm dining time in the Isaac's Dining Room. We had adjoining balcony rooms that were terrific. Visited Labadee, Haiti; Jamaica; Grand Cayman; Cozumel. Booked excursions through RC and also through Shore Trips. In Haiti we did the Zipline, Jamaica we snorkeled right off the ship, Grand Cayman we went to a less-crowded beach that included a lunch, and in Cozumel we did an ATV through the jungle excursion. If you have any questions or want specific information, feel free to ask!
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I absolutely loved Freedom of the Seas as well...When we visited Labadee there wasn't a zipline...How was it, worth the $ and how much to do it and how long is it?

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We loved the Freedom as well...had an aft corner balcony,the size of Rhode Island....A real pretty ship!
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The zip line was 85 per person. We didn't think it was worth it. Only because we did a zip line in Mexico that was so incredible and around the same price. I think if this would have been the first zip experience then we would have been happy with it. Also, it took forever to get through it. They were so slow!
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Thanks Lee,
That does seem like a high price...I too did one in Jamaica that, I thought was great, so this one could be a let down after that, know what you mean.
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Where is the zip line on Freedom? i didnt know it had one.
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Where is the zip line on Freedom? i didnt know it had one.
Paul, leebird and donna were talking about ziplining in Haiti/Labadee...where they visited while cruising on the Freedom...
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No, zipline on Freedom, just Oasis and the soon to be Allure..
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Leebird - We are going on the Freedom in Nov. Any tips for getting rides on the Flowrider? Also, did you try either of the specialty restuaurants?
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Hi 4,
Just read through your daily compass for the hours of the open flowrider, get up there, sign the necessary papers and go for it. You do have to wait your turn, but its fun to watch as you wait, usually not that long unless someone is really good, once you fall, your turn is over and you just get back in line again.

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Thanks Donna. First cruise for us (boys 15 and 11). We can't wait til November.
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I second what Donna said. The line moves pretty quick. Also, one evening while a magician show was on, my daughter and I decided to skip the show and stroll the ship. Since most passengers were either in the show or at the later dinner slot, that left the Flowrider to the employees for some practice time. We sat and watched them practice and were totally blown away! It was quite the show!
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Donna, do you recommend signing up for flowrider when you get on ship; or when they post open hours? Can you sign up and come back at an appointed time?
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Hi AF,
You don't sign up for the flowrider, you just go there when they have it open for everyone...They do have you sign a waiver each day and give you a wrist band with the color for that day. If you want to go on again, they next day, you need to go and sign another waiver. Just read your cruise compass the evening before for the hours the following day.
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Leebird (or others) - Should we book our shore excursions on the Freedom itself? Do you do that when you get on the ship? As I mentioned before, this is our frst cruise and we have boys 15 and 11. We are going on the eastern itinerary though I know you went on the Western. Going to be looking for active things with the boys (i.e. they are not into shopping). Did not know if you just wait and plan that once you get there or if there was a say to deicde and book before we even leave home.
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Yes, you can pre-book excursions. Just go to the Royal CAribbean web-site and they will list all the excursions at each port. It gives you a good idea of what things are available and you can decide what to do....If there are any must-do's, always a good idea to pre-book them.
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Remember too, that in many ports, like in the Caribbean, you can just walk off the ship, and get taxi's for tours and excursions at less expensive rates. If you post about a particlular port, Cruisemates can tell you all about other options they have used....happy hunting!
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