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  1. On 6/10/2019 at 2:41 PM, EeyoreRN said:

    May 26 continued

    Of course, the day 1 Compass was in the room when we arrived and available everywhere about the ship. Here it is again


    CC Day 1 0526001 (1).pdf 12.55 MB · 5 downloads


    We spent some time enjoying the balcony and perusing the day 1 compass and thinking about the rest of the day.  Decided to go get some drinks and lounge chairs on deck 12 and enjoy the partially sunny skies and breeze.

    Looking down at the Solarium



    Not too sure exactly where we were here



    Plenty of lounge chairs today on deck 12



    Went back to the room to freshen up before muster at 5:45 and dinner at 6:30.  Our bags had been delivered and look what Emma brought!





    We found our muster station right on time and to avoid the crowds flocking to the elevators afterward, we headed forward and up to the helipad to watch the Fascination sail away.



    That ship has sailed!  Time for our dinner at Giovanni's Table.


    I’m in your picture!!! Lol.  The picture of the solarium pool, I’m the guy with the sunglasses just to the left of the giant colorful bird (my head is just above the railing to get in to the pool. Haha. That’s funny.  

  2. On 6/9/2019 at 12:21 PM, EeyoreRN said:

    I'm BACK!  Quick update before I backtrack into the details...the cruise was AWESOME!!! 


    The ship is GORGEOUS and has something for everyone, and fellow passengers were just as fun/respectful as we have encountered on any of our other vacations (we had read many reports and reviews that the ship is old and tired and the passengers are loud and rude), but we did not encounter any of this. Did the carpet in our hallway (deck 7 aft) and some furniture in public areas need replacing? Yes! Did we hear an occasional boom box? Yes! But these were minor issues and in no way affected our enjoyment of our vacation.


    Food was fine to outstanding, depending on the venue. Windjammer was fine, dining room very good, specialty restaurants in many cases much exceeded our expectations! Bar service was exceptional, drinks were delicious and prompt (except in dining room, but I will get to that in the detailed analysis).


    Entertainment was good, varied and plentiful, we often had to make choices what to do because so much was going on. Every event we attended was at least somewhat entertaining if not great.


    The ports, what can I say? I have to go back to them all.


    Finally, the SERVICE on this ship was so over the top exceptional I barely know what to say. Every individual we encountered at each level of service bent over backward to ensure that every passenger had the best vacation possible. We were blown away by the smiles and service! 


    I will get to my full report over the next few days/weeks but please feel free to ask questions!



    We encountered the same.   We had such a great time on this cruise.  The only complaints I heard were of people complaining about the weather.   Did I spend 10 days in the Caribbean and still go back with a little bit of a sock tan....unfortunately yes lol  But the rain did not hamper our trip at all.  We had an amazing cruise.  I had to laugh at one person that said...”I didn’t come to the tropics for rain”.    Tropical literally refers to warm and hot and moist lol.  

  3. 6 hours ago, mitsugirly said:





    Isn't Cosol the one who was just shot and killed? I was thinking I read about that recently. 


    So neat about the sunburn part. Since we didn't really get burned this time we didn't get to test that theory. But I know what it feels like to get in anything hot when you have a sunburn and I can't imagine getting into the baths. Ouch.


    We haven't really ran into too many pushy people in St Lucia. They were all pretty nice. Just the one that had that comment and then he walked away. He didn't even bother us after we came out of the falls. He must have forgotten he said that and he must say it to everyone that goes by. LOL

    Omg I just looked it up!  He was killed last year.   Console himself was actually our tour guide that day.  If I remember correctly he was a retired police officer or something like that.  He was awesome. So sad to hear that.  I attached a pic of my friend and Inwith Cosol. Hope that’s ok.     I’ll be happy to remove it, this is your Review.  


  4. We booked the same tour with Spencer Ambrose while we are there in 2 1/2 weeks.   Did a similar tour about 8 years ago with Cosol and loved it.  Doing Spencer this time because you travel more on the boat, Cosol drives you to the beach and takes you back on the boat.  The Roads in St. Lucia are crazy curvy and i wasn't enjoying the bus ride.   I have to say about the mud baths, my friend Emily and I had pretty rough sunburn (mine was on my forehead) and after we applied that mud and rinsed it off....the sunburn was practically gone.   It was crazy.   Excited to use Spencers this time.   One thing that i did remember about St. Lucia was that a lot of people were VERY pushy about buying things and giving them money.   Reading your review is getting me so excited for my cruise.   I leave for Puerto Rico in 12 days!!

  5. I'm finally caught up!   Great pictures and review so far!  I have a quick question.  You mentioned on embarkation day there was no lines and you breezed right through.  What time of the day did you get to the port?   I figure it would be a little busier from 12:30-2:30ish....not sure what time we want to go over.    We did pay for the drink package so might as well get on early and start taking advantage of it!  haha Great start to the review.  Looking forward to the rest!

  6. 55 minutes ago, fyree39 said:

    Geez.  That's a tour I think I'd be happy to skip. I'm glad you made it back to the ship.  Did you tip the guys? I might not have considering how unhelpful they were. AND I'd leave a less-than-stellar review on their website.  Of course, I wasn't there, so maybe the excursions wasn't all that bad.




    What is this buggy tour you speak of?

    She can correct me but  there is a tour called Mad Max Dune Buggies.   I actually booked them on my cruise in 2 1/2 weeks!   I'll be happy to report back what i think!

  7. On 4/24/2019 at 11:26 AM, BBigfoot613 said:

    I KNOW YOUR PAIN!! I booked a surprise Christmas cruise for my children (16 and 13) for this year. Our passports were expired so I HAD to book another cruise (oh the horror) to not tip it off. I'm having a very rough time with saying cruise instead of cruises lol. I'm not sure what I'll do between June and December! I'm sure she'll LOVE the surprise and having 3 months for her to prepare (we know how mothers can be) will be awesome. My kids aren't finding out until the night before we leave. If I was in your shoes I'd do some type of countdown object as a gift. Then she can be hyped and excited every day from Christmas until you leave 🙂

    I love that idea!  Countdown clock is an awesome idea!   I actually had to move the cruise to the 3/29 which will give her a little extra time to get ready for it.  Thank you for that idea!

  8. 43 minutes ago, Markmom18 said:

    I'm a Mom, and what a thoughtful son!  Our son works on Carnival Ships (Fun Squad), so it's me who visits him at "work".  🤗🛳🏝!!


    Does your Mom have a current Passport?  

    SHhhhhh .... as long as you can. But, on the other side . She might like the time to go cruise ship clothes shopping, or even to save some extra cash. You'd know better than any of us.

    🌸🌸 Bobbi 


    She does have a current passport, so good on that front.  I thought the same thing about the shopping, but she is retired and has 2 full months after I tell her  to go shopping haha.  Good call on saving money....the dilemma lol   I'll try to keep it a secret, but might get tough as we get closer!  Also, That's awesome your son works on Carnival!  

  9. So I have been lucky enough to have gone on a few cruises.  Every time I go my Mom talks to me about how she would love to go on one someday but none of her sisters or friends want to go.   Soooo I just booked a cruise for March 2020 and going to surprise her with it as a Christmas (and early bday/mothers day) present.   Booked the 3/1/20 sailing 6 night out of Miami on the Carnival Horizon (Jamaica, Grand Cayman, Cozumel).   I booked us a cove balcony.  Her bday is 3/7 so we will be able to spend the day in Miami/Ft. Lauderdale on her bday when we disembark.   Cant wait to see her face, she won't believe it!  Now the hardest part is keeping this a secret for the next 8 months!!  haha 

  10. 11 hours ago, buddylover said:

    Got an email yesterday cancelling our February 23, 2020 Freedom OTS sailing due to RCI's decision for an "Extended Refurbishment"???  :classic_wacko: Bookings on this ship/sailing have been open for close to a year??  To cancel a sailing for reasons NOT OUT of RCI's control is mind boggling - to make a corporate decision impacting thousands of pax that seemingly could have been 'pre-planned' (like to extend a known refurbishment) is staggering.  RCI cheerleaders, please back off if you were not impacted on this sailing. Just a bad 'customer service' statement in totality in my family's estimation.

    All I will say, is that I would never book a cruise before or after a schedule drydock. So many horror stories about those cruises, not even worth the chance. Hope you find a suitable replacement

  11.  No it’s not what you think, I am not trying to sneak liquor on board ha ha   I am going on the freedom in May and spending three days in San Juan prior to leaving on the cruise.  We are going to be doing the Bacardi Distillery at some point while we are there and I was thinking of getting a nice bottle of Bacardi ( maybe one of the bottle your own limited edition bottles). When we board the ship that Sunday, what will they do with that bottle of liquor? I know we can’t bring liquor on board. Would they hold it for me And give it back at the end of the cruise?  Just like they would if we picked up a bottle of liquor at one of the ports during the cruise?    Also, we won’t have time to go after the cruise as we will have to go right to the airport.  Thanks in advance for your help!

  12. 17 minutes ago, cb at sea said:

    Hey...ISLAND TIME is not like OUR time....it's a different way of life!  If they SAID December, then count on MAYBE next October....maybe!


     That’s exactly why I did not choose to go to Coco cay In May. I’m waiting till the waterpark is finished!

  13. 3 hours ago, jptoz said:

    Sorry to jump on your thread. But does anyone know if you can leave the ship after check in and boarding? Is there a separate entrance to get back on the ship with your seapass card? Is it practical or would it be a waste of time to go back to old San Juan.


    I am pretty sure that you can, I sailed out of  San Juan  on carnival a few years ago but we left from the old San Juan Pier.  It was easy to get on and off.   I am not 100% sure about Royal Caribbean, but I would assume so.  Depending what time you check in, it probably could be worth it to go back to old San Juan.  But as a poster mentioned earlier I would avoid trying to get back on between 1- 4 PM.   I haven’t figured out what I am going to do yet, I get a late check out at my hotel, so I may just stay and spend the day on the beach before we go to the ship    But  that is all up in the air yet, probably will depend on the weather. 

  14. On 12/17/2018 at 9:19 AM, EeyoreRN said:

    Thank you so much for taking the time to write this review!  We are sailing on Freedom in May with the opposite itinerary and are looking forward to it, but a little hesitantly because of all the reviews like this. My thought is that since we have 5 ports and only 1 sea day...how bad could it be?  I guess we will find out! I purchased signature lunch on embarkation day and 3 night specialty package but now I am wondering if we should have done the ultimate dining package when it was deeply discounted. This would be another way to avoid pushy crowds...


    Can you please tell us what time you arrived at the Pan Am Pier? My plan was to get there between 10:30 and 11 to arrive ahead of the chaos.


    Thanks again for your time and thoughts.





    Hey Eeyore,  I don’t know if it will make a difference but I believe Royal Caribbean was offering children sale free for families from PR. However we are going during a holiday week and that offer is not available during holiday weeks so maybe the experience might be a little different?   Just a thought.    I personally love the diversity of the culture the last time I sailed out of Puerto Rico. I sailed on a carnival cruise and didn’t experience any of that.  Guess we shall see, but your thought about having five ports and only one Sea day should make it better    

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