CruiseMates Cruise Community and Forums

CruiseMates Cruise Community and Forums (
-   Royal Caribbean International (
-   -   Freedom of the Seas (

KitKat3 December 10th, 2011 01:06 AM

Freedom of the Seas
Hi everyone! I'm going to be going on my first cruise March 25th 2012 on the Freedom of the Seas. I have done some research on the ship and by some I mean TONS but I was wondering if anyone could tell me more about there experience on the ship.


Donna December 10th, 2011 08:49 AM

What a great cruise for a "first" cruise or anyone for that matter. Be sure to look through all the shore excursions and always a good idea to pre-book any that you really want, some do sell out quickly.

Which itinary are you going to be on. Also be sure to get tickets for the ice show, something you don't want to miss.

Each evening, read through the cruise compass to see things for the following day, times, places, etc....

Have a ball, I am sure you will.

KitKat3 December 10th, 2011 02:19 PM

Thanks! I'm going to be going to the 7 day Eastern Caribbean which goes to:

St. Thomas

Queen of Diamonds December 10th, 2011 07:25 PM

We did the same itinerary on Freedom and loved it. Don't miss the parade that starts late on the first evening, down the Promenade. If you stand close to the pub you will have the best view. Don't miss the Ice shows, even if you don't care for Ice skating, they are spectacular. We loved the main Promenade, lots of wow factor but also lots of is a HUGE ship.
I could sit and watch the Flowrider all day, that was great fun. Try the cantilevered hot tubs, you are really hanging out over the ocean..
I always think the private island days are the best of the cruise, no rushing for excursions, no shopping or taxis to get, just relaxation and fun. You picked a wonderful ship for your first cruise....:D

Be sure and study your 'Cruise Compass' daily, this is a bulletin of all activities and it is delivered to your room nightly. Highlight the things that interest you or you will find there is so much listed you lose track of items you wanted to attend.

Trip December 10th, 2011 08:53 PM

I think every ship is awesome, it's own way...things that make "them" unique, but, your first ship, will blow you away! I remember walking onto the Freedom, and feeling like a kid. I think the Promenade has a lot to do with that feeling. So much to see, to eat and to a Main Street at sea, with a parade, no less!

We had a corner aft balcony, that was big enough to sleep four~The dining room ambience adds to the special feeling of meeting new people to chat with at dinner. The flow rider, for us, was fun to just watch,and the Ice show was outstanding...something I thought I would pass on, and glad we didn't.

There is a flea market by the taxi stand, in St T...lots of handbags and baubles....if you are a perfume shopper, don't excpect to see the brand new scents. It takes a while for them to get ther...snip out the scent strips you get in magazines,with your favorites..the prices are on them if you want to compare.

Want to snorkel? Take the Red Hook Ferry over to St Johns..St M, is a dual national port. We took an islabd tour to see both sides...loved it...more bargains on the Dutch side..designers on the French ...

Swim, banana boat, or, just veg at deserve it...enjoy!

KitKat3 December 10th, 2011 10:19 PM

Thanks for the responses everyone!
After hearing so many good things about the ice show I making sure I get tickets for that. There is so many things that I am learning are on this ship that I want to do, I cant wait for my cruise! :D

Cruisegal8 January 1st, 2012 12:56 PM

We were on the Freedom end of November. Ice show was awesome. We got our "tickets" for the ice show morning of the first show and the lady said she could reserve all the other shows for us as well so we did that. There were always empty seats at every show we went to though. So don't worry about trying to get a "ticket" to every show..just show up and you can probably always get a seat. They don't give you a ticket, they scan your seapass card when you enter the theater. The sets and show for the "Once upon a Time" show were great, too. Have fun!!!

Surfguyxxx1 January 13th, 2012 10:09 AM

I/we are going on Freedom for the first time 02/26 with the same itinerary so I can let you know then. I'm really excited about this ship after all of the great things I've heard about it. :D

Queen of Oakville January 13th, 2012 02:35 PM

Oh yes, the Once Upon a Time show was FABULOUS! I thougth it was disney quality, one of the best shows I've seen on a ship.

The parades were excellent too.

If you like characters (or have kids) be sure to sign up for the Character breakfasts.

EMG January 13th, 2012 08:50 PM

I'll be sailing on Freedom in April 15th - April 22nd . Can't wait to try to surf!!

Donna January 13th, 2012 08:54 PM

It is great fun, but it looks easier than it really is....Have fun, you will have a ball on the ship.

adamken January 18th, 2012 03:10 PM



luv2cruiserccl January 25th, 2012 08:24 PM

going on fos march 4th this will be my 2nd time on the freedom and looking forward to it.

Willie j. Iverson jr. February 16th, 2014 06:12 PM


Originally Posted by KitKat3 (Post 1405101)
Hi everyone! I'm going to be going on my first cruise March 25th 2012 on the Freedom of the Seas. I have done some research on the ship and by some I mean TONS but I was wondering if anyone could tell me more about there experience on the ship.


My wife and I was on the freedom that week too,and we had a great time.Everyone was so friendly toward each other. We're going again in March of 2014, same ship,and the same stateroom too. there was not enough time on that big joker to see everything,and we tried too.The food was great,and the windjammer cafe,the main dinning was okay,we liked the buffet better,it was a more relaxed area for us.the shows were top notch,there is so much more to say about freedom of the seas cruise ship to even mention.

DJ-JEWCY April 25th, 2014 10:12 PM

Do you need to pay for the shows? Do I reserve the first sea day at the pursers? aka front desk? April 26th, 2014 02:08 AM

There are no costs for shows on any ships.

You definitely need to be working with an agent who can answer all your questions and help you with all the arrangements.


Donna April 26th, 2014 06:48 AM

Be sure to go to the cruiselines website and do all your pre cruise information. At some point before your cruise, if you need to reserve a time/day for a specific show, you can do that online as well.

croozbabe April 26th, 2014 01:46 PM


If it were up to you, people would not ask any questions here on the message boards; they would go straight to their TA. That is your standard answer to everything people inquire about here... I think the people here give good answers and there is nothing wrong with that. I know you have a vested interest in travel agents since you are one, but why not just politely answer their question instead of telling them to go to their TA. Most people do not have a TA and that is why they come here. I have been traveling for 40 years and have never used an agent and luckily have never had to have one advocate for me in case something goes wrong; in fact, I doubt that they would do that anyway as they do not get any extra compensation for that because they are not a lawyer. In summary, just give people the answer they are seeking, please.

Manuel April 26th, 2014 04:31 PM

croozbabe, I have been travelling even longer than you and there have been several times that my TA has helped me out.
I have even have my ta help me book fights with frequent miles. I also had help in getting visas and of course extra perks on some of my cruises.


croozbabe April 26th, 2014 04:47 PM

The point is, though, that you do not need a TA for any of those things. And if someone did not book through an agent, then we here at Cruisemates can answer their questions about all those items. Don't just say to them "ask your TA".

Donna April 26th, 2014 07:54 PM

I too will always use an agent, and yes, they have done their job and made changes, etc. that would be very difficult to do without one. I would never book a cruise through the cruiseline, too many things can and do go wrong and it is much harder to get right. Having an agent, for me, is the only way to go along with all the info. they provide. In some cases, you can also save money, they can get you into a group space, that can save many dollars. They also check for price reductions and will get you the difference or an obc....I am glad you have never had a problem by booking direct, but you could be missing an extra savings, etc.

croozbabe April 26th, 2014 09:23 PM

I almost never book direct thru the cruiseline. I usually use an online travel agency like Crucon, Vacations to Go, Best Price Cruises, Online Vacation Center, etc.

croozbabe April 26th, 2014 09:27 PM

The online agencies provide all the perks that you mentioned. April 27th, 2014 12:01 AM

First, if you read the questions this poster was asking in several different areas, you'd realize they are a first-time cruiser with alot of very basic questions. It was obvious to me they need someone to spend a great deal of time giving them a huge amount of information - more than what a few questions and answers on here can appropriately take care of.

Yes, I do tell people to talk to their agent because a good agent will be able to deal with their specific situation, especially first-time cruisers. Often times people are giving or getting misinformation with very good intentions, but they do not know the other person's specific situation or their past cruising experiences. And what may be a good answer for one person may be the wrong answer for another or be very confusing.

There's nothing wrong with asking questions or doing research here and getting more than one opinion. Mine is just one of those opinions. And yes, I do often say to ask your agent, especially to those who are first-time cruisers, but then I usually will also give information along with that.

And yes, as you said, you've been lucky because I could tell you dozens of horror stories from people who booked through many of the online sites you mentioned. But if you found one of these to be very good, then you would remain a loyal customer to them. People who are always switching between agents are not looking for good service.

It's like any other profession; if you know how to fix your car, good for you. Most people don't - they need the help of a professional because they don't know all the answers or have all the tools. Same can be said for accountants, dentists, computer techs, etc, etc. But once we find one we trust and respect, we stick with them.

And yes, those who have traveled alot may feel comfortable bypassing the benefits of using someone they trust and dealing with people who are not experts, have never cruised before, have not visited any of the ports, and just want to sell you something. If you feel comfortable with that, then go for it. Most first-time cruisers have alot of questions and need alot of hand-holding. That's what a good agent does - online sites do not. Good agents are not in a hurry, will answer all their questions, and often provide better pricing and amenities not offered by the online sites or cruise lines.

And I have been traveling for over 50 years! So what? There are always things to learn and places to go. No one can do it all or visit it all. I've been involved in selling travel for almost 35 years and have owned my own company for 12 years. I'm still learning.

According to CLIA (the Cruise Line International Association) that we all belong to, the average person you talk to on these online sites or the cruise line; 1) work in a call center, 2) are not a certified travel agent, 3) have worked for the company less than 6 months, and 4) have never been on a cruise or to any of the ports. So their expertise is limited to selling, period. If you need any help whatsoever, most of the time, they're not able to offer any, if in fact the person you talked to before is even still there. And if you book directly with the cruise line and have a problem, who do you think they represent?

So, yes, I will continue to tell people to talk to their agent, especially first-time cruisers, because that is an invaluable source of information to help someone with their specific situation. Everyone is different and it's extremely important to know everything about their reservation. So while it's good to get some information on forums such as this, sometimes it's a really good idea to check with your agent to make sure that that information is, in fact, valid for your specific situation. It would be a shame for someone to take something for gospel that one person wrote only to find it's completely different for their vacation.

It's not unusual for me to spend an hour or two on the phone with first-time cruisers to answer all their questions and walk them through the entire process, which can often be very confusing and overwhelming. They will never get service like that when dealing with the cruise line or an online site because they're always in a hurry to get rid of them so they can get on to selling something to the next person.

Plus, should they have problems, contrary to your comments, a good agent will work hard and diligently to help solve those problems because they want their clients happy and they want them as a repeat customer. They have access to contacts and services you don't. Often times loyalty has it's privileges.


Matelot April 27th, 2014 10:34 AM

The OP does not ask any difficult questions, he asks for members to describe their experience of sailing on Freedom of the Seas - nothing complicated about that , which would require the services of a TA.
I agree, when you advise people that they need to use a TA to have your questions answered, the honest thing to do would be to declare that you are one..

Dave Beers April 27th, 2014 12:07 PM

The OP's post is almost 3 years old and was revived by a another member asking about the shows, and not about the general onboard experience (that is the 3 year old post). Pete answered the new poster and then suggested using an agent.

So this requires all the acrimony directed at Pete? Remember the rules - stay on topic and don't get into personal battles with other members.

Matelot April 27th, 2014 12:34 PM

No acrimony here! I am expressing my opinion, is that not OK?
It looks like this thread was revived at post #15 by
a member asking if the shows on FOS required reservations, or incurred a charge.
I can't see how that particular question required the advice given, which was to contact a travel agent. IMO He is far more likely to get the answer on this thread, which is visited by RCCL enthusiasts, than he is by contacting an agent who may or may not have ever set foot on a ship..
I simply feel that if a member very frequently advises someone to contact a TA with their questions, they should also divulge that they are an agent. April 27th, 2014 12:59 PM

I always divulge that I am an agent. Unfortunately, CM rules do not allow me to put that fact in my signature.

And as I stated, if you read the other posts made in other threads by dj-jewcy, it is very obvious they are a first-time cruiser because of their very basic questions. This is why I suggested contacting their agent because it was also very obvious, at least to me and apparently not to anyone else, that this person had many other questions they hadn't yet asked and it would take a great deal of time to answer all of them. Their agent would be willing to spend that time helping them through the myriad of details.

Pete (a travel agent - cruise specialist)

croozbabe April 27th, 2014 01:30 PM

And, Pete, suppose they don't have an agent to whom to ask their questions?? I am willing to bet that 80-90% of the people who post on Cruisemates do not have an old-fashioned travel agent; in fact, it is hard to find travel agencies anymore in any town. They are practically obsolete in this day and age of personal computers. You, my friend, are a rarity. And you are most unusual to spend 1-2 hours with a single client to walk them through the process when that time could be spent selling more travel to more people, thus increasing your commissions. I doubt that most travel agents would be that generous with their time and trouble, especially if it involves having to litigate a dispute with the provider because you are not receiving any additional compensation from the client for that unpleasant task nor, of course, are you getting a commission at the resolution of the problem. You must be one in a million for your willingness to work without getting paid for it.

P.S. Thanks, Matelot, for your support :-)

Matelot April 27th, 2014 03:47 PM


Originally Posted by cruise planner (Post 1499452)
I always divulge that I am an agent. Unfortunately, CM rules do not allow me to put that fact in my signature.

And as I stated, if you read the other posts made in other threads by dj-jewcy, it is very obvious they are a first-time cruiser because of their very basic questions. This is why I suggested contacting their agent because it was also very obvious, at least to me and apparently not to anyone else, that this person had many other questions they hadn't yet asked and it would take a great deal of time to answer all of them. Their agent would be willing to spend that time helping them through the myriad of details.

Pete (a travel agent - cruise specialist)

FWIW I just looked at his previous posts and he is far from being a novice cruiser- he has been employed on Carnival in the teen club for several years so is very familiar with cruising and life onboard ships. All he asked was do FOS shows require a reservation and do they incur a charge? Not something he would need to discuss with a TA. Yesterday he had a question as to the pros and cons of taking a $75 OBC perk by transferring his reservation to Expedia.... at that point you cautioned him against using an agency like Expedia and again recommended a TA with more personal service. I still don't see in that conversation where you declared yourself to be an agent....? Maybe I am missing something.

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 05:20 AM.

Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.1