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Mulligan FOS review 2/26-3/04 with pics

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Leason learned, do not move pictures in photo bucket after posting!! Lets try this again. If that's ok?

 

 

We just returned last Sunday from our first cruise ever on the beautiful Freedom Of The Seas. My wife and I celebrated our 25th anniversary on the 28th.

 

We stayed at the Country Inn And Suites near the port. We had the cruise package and whirlpool suite that ran 219.00 total including parking for the week. Very nice room and hotel within view of the port. They offer free shuttle to the port but couldn't take us till 12.30 so we called a taxi to take us ( $10.00 for the 2 of us ) We just could not wait. The driver dropped us off near the bus loading and unloading and we were on the ship in less than 20 min. So very easy.

 

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We had been waiting for this for over a year We have read all the reviews, looked at all the pictures and it still did not prepare us for stepping on board this magnificent ship. We were like kids in a candy store. Jaw dropped and eyes bugged out :eek: It was an amazing time.

 

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fishteamteam - What time did you get to the port??

 

 

We ended up getting there around 11am. We went straight on. Only time we stopped was at the check in desk. Got our sea pass and picture and then straight onto the ship. We did a cash account for our sea pass and had to go to guess relations but even there it was no wait.

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Rooms were open by 1 pm and our luggage was in our room by 4.30 pm. Our room attendant was Jeffrey from Costa Rica. He was very nice man and was there anytime we needed anything. We had room 6280 balcony on the starboard side. I was worried it would be like a closet but was pleasantly surprised. The things I loved about the room was the balcony, the bed ( it was soooooo comfortable ) and the shower. Yes the shower. Adjustable height for shower head. Great water pressure and larger than expected.

 

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One thing I did leave out before I talk about the ship is our pre cruise dinner on Saturday. We thought about eating at the pier to watch the sail a ways but ended up driving around coco beach and came across a place called Florida Seafood Bar & Grill. Cindy and I have both worked in restaurant at a younger age, and know what its like, and most restaurant the help look like they are just there to draw a check. Folks, that's not what you get there! Other than the food being plentiful a tasting great, the staff is what impressed us most. It was like they all were owners. From the bus boys on up. It was that noticeable . We just felt we needed to give them credit for this since you dont see it often. Great job

 

 

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These pictures were taken with a mobile phone so they are not the best but trust us....They taste great and the service was incredible!

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One of our sons purchased us the grand romance package as a Christmas present. It included.....

 

Flowers, champagne, and cupcakes

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His and her robes

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Canapés delivered before dinner and decadent petit fours after on both foamal nights

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Anyway, let me talk about the ship. We have read on just a couple of threads over the past year that the ship was starting to show her age. Well to me she was a 25 year old, blonde hair, blue eyed, 36-24-36 bomb shell !!! Need I say more. You would have to be looking hard to find fault in this beautiful ship.

 

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In case anyone is interested, our cameras we used were a nikon d3100

and a panasonic lumix dmc-ts3 underwater camera. To me, and this is Jeff the armature photographer to say the least talking, was the easiest camera I have used and the pictures are not to bad either. imho. We ended up using it the most just because it was small and easy to carry.

 

If you were not interested then just disregard these comments:D

 

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Thanks for the beautiful photos and the info about your camera. We have been thinking about getting an underwater camera for our FOS cruise later this year so would be very interested to see how good underwater pictures are.

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Thanks for the beautiful photos and the info about your camera. We have been thinking about getting an underwater camera for our FOS cruise later this year so would be very interested to see how good underwater pictures are.

 

We loved the Lumix. Here are a few shots we took and will post more later. Keep in mind it was very windy and did have the water churned up a good bit.

 

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We loved the Lumix. Here are a few shots we took and will post more later. Keep in mind it was very windy and did have the water churned up a good bit.

 

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Thanks for posting those so quickly. I will definitely take a look at the lumix.

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During sail away we were right up front on the heli pad ( Deck 4 forward till you hit the stairs, go up them and your there. ) Very windy and on the chilly side but we were not going to miss it for anything. We could thaw out later. Had to wave to the portcanaveralwebcam.com. We had family watching. The couple next to us was on the phone telling them they were standing next to the woman in the bright green shirt. ( that was Cindy ).

 

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This is a little something someone told us about. After you clear the jetties, go down to deck 4 starboard side ( the right side of the ship for the land lovers ) there is a spot toward the back of the ship that kicks out. You can stand there and wait for the pilot boat. Very neat. In case you forget, check out these pics.

 

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If I may, let me touch on a few tips we learned from here on cruise critic.

 

Pop up mesh clothes basket...... A MUST. If you like keeping your room halfway neat, this worked out great.

 

Putting the coffee table in the closet...... we left it out and it did not get in our way. It worked great for when we ordered room service. Somewhere to set the tray.

 

Over the door shoe holder...... We did take one but found we had more than enough storage so we never used it.

 

Clearing out mini fridge.....We were going to, but the stuff in it did not seem to cold so we figured why bother.

 

Air freshener for the bathroom.... A MUST!!! No fan in there and you are eating a lot

 

Don't overpack....We didn't listen to this, we also didn't take in to account bringing home souvenirs....so guess who had to buy a new bag at the logo shop!

 

 

 

Water shoes.... come in very handy if you go to Sapphire Beach on St Thomas

 

If I think of more we will post it...........

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It's been great seeing things from the eye of a new cruiser. Thanks for the pics of the pilot

boat. We have seen it, but have no pictures. Your review has brought back memories.

We have to wait until October for our next cruise. Wait? Maybe we can find one to help

us.

 

thanks again for your review,

 

joann

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wonderful pics! thanks for reposting them :)

 

6 more weeks from today and i will be experiencing my first Freedom class ship!

 

excited!

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Well this was suppose to be a review of our cruise and I have not reviewed it to much. So let me post some of OUR opinions.

Lets start with what always seems to be the touchiest subject on here, and that's food.

I ( Jeff ) am a very picky eater, so I am not good at reviewing food. And you wouldn't want my opinion on it. Cindy on the other hand is normal. Our restaurant of choice when we go out at home are Golden Corral, Chillies, O'charlies and our high end restaurant is Red Lobster just so you know what kind of food we eat. We are not into fancy as you can see. That's why we did not eat dinner in the main dining room at all. It's just not us. We did eat breakfast in there the last two days and wish we would have all week. It was that good. We ate at Johnny Rockets 3 times during the week and it was very good. Best apple pie

and shakes. The cafe promenade was good. The place to go for early morning coffee, ham croissants, and some good cookies. The Windjammer was ok . This is were we ate at the most. It was never really crowded except when it first open, if you would give it 20 minutes for the first wave to get there food and sit down, it was smooth sailing. The food itself was average, not really anything to knock your socks off. The one thing we just did not care for at all was the bread and rolls. Everything is hard and crunchy. Would have given anything for some garlic cheese biscuits or yeast rolls from GC. But thats all just one couples thoughts.

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Coco cay. The weather was not the best. We walked around for a while but didn't stay long. Headed back to the ship for some exploration.

 

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