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  1. Hi Eeyore - on embarkation day we enjoyed the lunch in the Windjammer. Then we registered the kids for Adventure Ocean. We explored the ship. We had pizza at Sorrentos and just chilled for a bit, enjoying the promenade. The pool got very crowded by 3pm-ish. But the music was going and vacation vibe was fully on. We used the time before dinner to do some unpacking and then after dinner as well. One of our suitcases did not arrive so we were focused on resolving. Found suitcase at guest relations. The show that night was a comedian. Unfortunately he was not very good and many folks walked out. I will be uploading compasses at the end of review. We also went to the Diamond Lounge and had a few glasses of wine overlooking the ocean.
  2. Day 2 - St. Thomas We enjoyed a great breakfast in the Windjammer with all the fixings - bacon, sausage, omelets made to order, cereals, grits, oatmeal, assorted breads, baked beans, ham, cereals, fruits etc. it was a struggle to find a table even on a port day. Windjammer can be very hectic and guest etiquette was lacking at times on this cruise - cutting lines, pushy, etc. It is best to time breakfast a bit earlier. We opted for a beach day. Upon leaving ship there are a number of tour operators. We have been to St. Thomas many times and have usually gone to Magens bay, which is one of the top 10. However we opted for Coki Beach this time around. Coki was breath taking, however it is definitely very rocky and water shoes would be best. Taxi to Coki Beach round trip was approx $80 plus the cost of beach chairs and umbrella. Family enjoyed our day there. Magen’s Bay is our favorite and we will visit next time. We returned to the ship around 4pm for a 6pm dinner seating for formal night. Dinner was lovely...photos forthcoming
  3. Great question. The Courtyard Pools by pictures are spectacular with swim up bar and this hotel is right on the beach. The sitting areas were also high quality. Take a look at their website online for a visual. They are also on Isla Verde with a lot more restaurant options in surrounding area, walking distance. This courtyard is not your traditional one. It is actually considered a resort. Very posh from the pics! Prices were comparable - $200 plus per night. Book early and rates may be better.
  4. Saturday, Aug 18th - embarkation day The family got a good night’s rest and was up at 8:30. We had a another delightful breakfast with 🥓 bacon, Sausage, made to order eggs, French toast, pancakes, toast, fruit, a delicious oatmeal porridge, grilled vegetables, smorgasbord of cheeses and meats, yogurt, Cereals, Coffees, teas, Juices, l milk, Hot chocolate. You name it. It was there. After another lovely breakfast, we dressed and were heading to the pier at around 10:45am. We scheduled an Uber and the ride was approximately $5. Note: if you hail a regular taxi they charge $10 plus $1 per bag. Note there is traffic to the pier. We arrived at approx 11:45am and there were no long lines (used diamond line inside terminal but lines were still short for others). We were in the terminal by 12 noon. We went thru security, check in, pictures, etc and were on board by 12:10pm. Not bad!!! The kids were super excited!
  5. Upon arrival at SJU, we got our luggage and headed to the taco stand. I must say that the taxi process is very organized. Staff are on hand to assist you with the fixed pricing from the airport with our approximate 6 bags not including carryons and backpacks. The taxi price was $26 - $20 flat fee plus $6 for 6 bags I guess. Our pre-cruise stay was at the Sheraton Puerto Rico Casino and Convention Hotel. The selection of the hotel was a painstaking process as I was torn between the courtyard Isla Verde and the Sheraton. The kids opted for Sheraton because it has a direct view of the cruise pier with freedom of seas. Pro and Cons of the Sheraton: Pros: Proximity to Cruise terminal Customer service was strong Club room for basic snacks Outstanding breakfast buffet but pricey ($20 per adult and $10 per child) Uber is alive and well Infinity pool Staff go above and beyond to meet needs Casino Great music in evenings Good gym with frozen towels Cons: Pool is small Meals are pricey Not much in walking distance Slightly dated Limited breakfast in club room (best to go to main buffet) If I were to do it again, I’d go with the Courtyard. We spent our two days (Thursday and Friday) resting and relaxing at the pool. Dinner ore-cruise was at Longhorn steakhouse which was outstanding! More to come...
  6. Hello Cruisecritic friends, My name is Melissa and my family and I are just off the Freedom of the Seas. I’d like to share our adventure with you. So come along on our fun journey! Here’s a little background on our family : Myself, DH Will, Jordan10 years old, Grace 7 yrs old and Gabrielle 4 years old. We are from Connecticut. We are avid cruisers! DH and I started cruising back in 2001, where he proposed on our 1st cruise ship. Since then, we have been hooked! Prior to starting our family, we were taking approximately two cruises per year. We have now cruised approximately 15 times, all on Royal Caribbean. Since the children have come along, we have done five cruises. Jordan has Cruised five times, Grace has cruised four times and Gabrielle has now Cruised three times. We are diamond members on Royal Caribbean. After many months of planning, we began our adventure on August 15th with pedicures, banking, last minute shopping and packing. We started very early on August 16 with an early a.m. flight leaving out of Bradley at 6am. DH and I pulled and all nighter packing, loading the car, cleaning and closing up the house. The children were put to bed with backpacks packed and in their clothes. We woke the children up at 3:15am and loaded them in the car. We pulled out at 3:40am and arrived at our valet parking at approximately 4:20am. The shuttle ride placed us at the terminal at 4:30pm. The lines were crazy long and we made thru baggage check and security by 5:30am at which point t Kaesong had just begun. We flew from BDL to LaGuardia from 6am-7:10am. Everyone slept on the first flight, thank God. At LaGuardia our next flight departed at 7:55am. We ran thru the terminals as the gates were far apart and arrived spot on time for boarding. This flight was from 7:50-11:30am. Kids flew well, sleeping and then enjoying some tv and iPads and games. More to come shortly....
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