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Freedom of the Seas Cruise Review

The Freedom of the Seas received a bundle of upgrades in 2011, including a 3D movie theater, and a nursery.

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Staff

Overall, the staff of the Freedom of the Seas was very friendly and anticipated our needs. That said, we found the service at restaurants to be slow at times, though Royal Caribbean claims things can take a bit longer because everything is cooked to order. Also, our room steward was a bit sloppy and didn't remove food from our room for a couple of days (we had to place it in front of the door as a hint when it started getting moldy). In addition, the room wasn't always as clean as we would have liked it to be.

Tipping

You can either pre-pay gratuities before you go on the cruise, or tip during the voyage using envelopes provided by Royal Caribbean suggests you tip the following amounts on a per person, per day basis: Waiter, $3.75; assistant waiter, $2.15; head waiter, $.75; cabin attendant/other housekeeping services, $5.00. Passengers staying in suites are encouraged to tip their cabin stewards a higher $7.25. Envelopes to make the tips are delivered to your room on the last day of the cruise.

Dress Codes

Freedom of the Seas has two formal events in the main dining rooms. One is called Captain's Night, but doesn't actually involve the captain of the ship. These two nights are the only times a formal dress code is required, and for other nights the main dining area has a smart casual dress code (no shorts or flip flops). At the buffet, however, you don't have to dress up at all—you can even show up in your bathing suit if you want.

Loyalty Programs

After going on one cruise with Royal Caribbean, you can sign into the Crown & Anchor Society loyalty program. Upon enrolling, you get coupons for free drinks, discounts at the spa, and discounts in the stores. There are three different levels for the program: gold, platinum, and diamond.

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Sections

  1. Introduction
  2. Cabins
  3. Inside Stateroom
  4. Royal Suite
  5. Owner's Suite
  6. Grand Suite
  7. Junior Suite
  8. Superior Oceanview Stateroom
  9. Deluxe Oceanview Stateroom
  10. Large Oceanview Stateroom
  11. Interior Stateroom
  12. Family Oceanview Stateroom
  13. Royal Family Suite
  14. Oceanview Stateroom
  15. Promenade Family Stateroom
  16. Promenade Stateroom
  17. Presidential Family Suite
  18. Family Interior Stateroom
  19. Cabin Amenities
  20. Dining
  21. Main Dining Room
  22. Chop's Steakhouse
  23. Portofino
  24. Windjammer
  25. Jade
  26. Johnny Rockets
  27. Sorrento's
  28. In-Room Dining
  29. Drinks
  30. Pools & Decks
  31. Pool Areas
  32. Sun Decks & Open Areas
  33. Deck Plans
  34. Recreation
  35. Lounges & Public Spaces
  36. Freedom Day Spa
  37. Fitness
  38. Retail
  39. Other Activities
  40. Nightlife & Shows
  41. Bear & Bull Pub
  42. Olive & Twist
  43. Pharaoh's Palace
  44. Schooner
  45. Boleros
  46. The Crypt
  47. Vintages
  48. On Air
  49. Champagne Bar
  50. Studio B
  51. Pool Bar
  52. Sky Bar
  53. Solarium Bar
  54. Casino
  55. Shows & Other Entertainment
  56. Service & Staff
  57. Staff & Ship Policies
  58. Health & Safety
  59. vs Royal Caribbean Allure of the Seas
  60. vs Carnival Cruise Lines Carnival Magic
  61. vs Norwegian Cruise Line Norwegian Dawn
  62. Conclusion
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