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Hey, I'm back and I had a great time. I just arrived in metro airport at 3:30 PM and now i'm sitting home in Michigan. I'm sad to be home but it had to come. The week flew by so quick. Okay, so many things happened on this cruise I don't know where to start. Francois Roux (pronounced Fran-Swa) was the concierge and he was from France. James Andrews was the cruise director and he was very funny, great man! The captain was Carlos Pedercini (pronounced Ped-a-Che-ne). I got a picture with the captain, cruise director, and a picture of Francois. Our waiter was Ibrihim from Turkey. He was okay but I didn't really like his attitude much. The head waiter was Erich from Austria and he was fabulous. :) We ate at Portofino last night and it was great but way too much food.

 

I went on the flowrider and tried it about 10 times. I stand up surfed once but couldn't keep my balance. Boogie boarding is a lot easier to do. The tendering was the worst in Cozumel. We sat in the tender for 45 minutes about. They said that Freedom of the Seas will dock in Cozumel in about four weeks.

 

Any questions about the cruise? I'll post pictures later. I will post a review later too.

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Hey, I'm back and I had a great time. I just arrived in metro airport at 3:30 PM and now i'm sitting home in Michigan. I'm sad to be home but it had to come. The week flew by so quick. Okay, so many things happened on this cruise I don't know where to start. Francois Roux (pronounced Fran-Swa) was the concierge and he was from France. James Andrews was the cruise director and he was very funny, great man! The captain was Carlos Pedercini (pronounced Ped-a-Che-ne). I got a picture with the captain, cruise director, and a picture of Francois. Our waiter was Ibrihim from Turkey. He was okay but I didn't really like his attitude much. The head waiter was Erich from Austria and he was fabulous. :) We ate at Portofino last night and it was great but way too much food.

 

I went on the flowrider and tried it about 10 times. I stand up surfed once but couldn't keep my balance. Boogie boarding is a lot easier to do. The tendering was the worst in Cozumel. We sat in the tender for 45 minutes about. They said that Freedom of the Seas will dock in Cozumel in about four weeks.

 

Any questions about the cruise? I'll post pictures later. I will post a review later too.

 

Thanks for checking in.. glad you had a wonderful time.. good news about Cozumel..let's hope it comes to pass:).. I am back on Freedom for the C&A cruise Oct 15.

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How is Francois? I love Frenchie!

Francois is doing good. He was very nice throughout the cruise and he talked to us a lot. I even heard him talk french on the phone a little. If you get to know him, then he will be a good friend to you. ;) He was in the concierge lounge early every night setting up the food and the music was relaxing that he would always play. I have a picture of him that I'll post. :)

 

Did anyone notice the secret to the new bedding? (It's the same bed but a special pad is on top of it. I saw it last night.)

 

I know the 3rd name of the freedom class ships, "Something of the Seas". haha......not really but the question was asked at the repeater's party and crown & anchor party "What is the name of the 3rd ship to the freedom class?" They would always answer something of the seas. Everyone would laugh.

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Hey, I'm back and I had a great time. I just arrived in metro airport at 3:30 PM and now i'm sitting home in Michigan. I'm sad to be home but it had to come. The week flew by so quick. Okay, so many things happened on this cruise I don't know where to start. Francois Roux (pronounced Fran-Swa) was the concierge and he was from France. James Andrews was the cruise director and he was very funny, great man! The captain was Carlos Pedercini (pronounced Ped-a-Che-ne). I got a picture with the captain, cruise director, and a picture of Francois. Our waiter was Ibrihim from Turkey. He was okay but I didn't really like his attitude much. The head waiter was Erich from Austria and he was fabulous. :) We ate at Portofino last night and it was great but way too much food.

 

I went on the flowrider and tried it about 10 times. I stand up surfed once but couldn't keep my balance. Boogie boarding is a lot easier to do. The tendering was the worst in Cozumel. We sat in the tender for 45 minutes about. They said that Freedom of the Seas will dock in Cozumel in about four weeks.

 

Any questions about the cruise? I'll post pictures later. I will post a review later too.

 

Glad you had a good time neighbor!!! ;) Three more months and I'll be on here as well. I can't wait! :D

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I'll post a few highlights of the ship and what I thought.

 

Embarkation

My flight was 9:13 AM on July 9th out of Metro Airport and it took off about 5 minutes late but we actually ended up getting there early. I was in the Miami Airport by 12:05 which was really quick. We got our luggage by 12:15 and we were taken to the ship right away. The lane was really long if you were not a platinum + member or a suite. We went through the suite line because it was short and we got in front of everyone. The approximate boarding time said 2:00 for us and we got on by 1:00! :eek: It was great. They handled it good and everything went smoothly.

 

Flowrider

Great addition to the ship. A lot of people like it. There were some people who were from California and surfed really good. The surfing seems to be more of a boy thing then a girl thing. But, I was trying it a bunch of times. I tried the flowrider around 20 times total on the cruise. I only tried standing up once and it was hard for me. I was holding the guy's hand because I knew I couldn't stand up. I fell pretty hard a couple of times. I fell on my face once but I didn't get anything bad. I got a lot of bruises from the flowrider and a few scratches. When I fell hard a couple of times, it turned a little red on the place I fell on. We saw a flowrider operater at the pool and they said last week someone lost half of their tooth. They didn't know until the looked in the mirror. Although, I would say that you need to learn how to fall right. If you fall correctly on the flowrider then you won't feel a thing but if you fall wrong then you could get something minor like a cut or brise. I have a lot of pictures of me on the flowrider. I watched the cruise director, James Andrews, doing the flowrider yesterday and he was really good. They were always playing music up at the flowrider and someone was always taking your picture there.

 

H20 Zone

I didn't use the H20 Zone a lot because there was always a lot of kids in this area. I know that it's for the kids but I tried the H20 Zone once in the morning when no one was there. It is really fun for the kids. I went in the pool that was 5'6 inches deep and under the water fall. It was really neat. Those statues take good pictures. I say it's a good improvement to keep children in their own little area.

 

Boxing Ring

It's a waste of space. The only thing on the whole ship that I feel doesn't need to be there. I really liked the ship but this is the only area that isn't used. I used the exercise area everyday and I saw the boxing ring being used twice for about five minutes. If you actually want to get into the boxing ring then you have to pay 10 dollars for them to train you. I saw someone get inside the boxing ring to get a ball and they yelled at them to get out. I think the whirlpool would be much better there. I went inside the steam room and sauna once and it was very nice.

 

Solarium

This area is for guests 16 and over stated in the compass. I didn't see anyone watching the ages of guests in this area but as long as they are not acting wild. I think I saw a few 13 or 14 year olds in the area but they were not doing anything wrong. The adult pool is nice, there is a little pool bar inside the pool. Also, the adult pool is very deep (6'11). Also, all the pools on Freedom of the Seas are freshwater which is a nice touch. The caltivated whirlpools were a great hit. There was always someone inside them. They were crowded most of the time. The bubbles would always shut off in the middle. Just hold down the button until the bubbles come back strong.

 

Concierge Lounge

This area looks the same as a Voyager Class ship. Francois Roux was the concierge from France. He was hard working all the time. Also, he would get drinks for everyone and chat with them. I think he was really nice. The music in there was very nice that he played. Every night he would turn on the same music. There was a variety of different treats to snack on including assortments of chocolate, vegetables (cucumbers, red peppers, carrots, celery) dipped in blue cheese dressing, hor'dorvs (which were very tastey). If you don't watch it, you can end up having your whole dinner in the concierge lounge. :p I miss Francois, he was always fun to have around. We talked to him about the USA two nights ago and he doesn't like Bush. He said he won't mind if Hillary Clinton was president. I guess the french like democrats better then Republicans. Anyway, Francois is a world traveler and I don't know how he doesn't get sick of traveling. He has been to the USA many times. New York, Miami, etc.

 

Dining Room

Ibraham was our waiter and to tell you the truth I didn't really like him much but he was okay. The assistant waiter was Humberto from Mexico and he was great. :) He would say "Would you like coffee senor?". The tables were very close together but we got a very good table. Our table was located on Deck 3 (the very first table when you walk in.) It was table 367 and there were no other tables around it. I found the table to be very nice and people would always come down from the upper level to video tape the show from where I was sitting. Our table was private for 4 people but we only had 3 people. The food in the dinning room was great. Surf night was great too and I took pictures of a lot of the food too. I don't know why no one liked surf night because I think it was the best night. They had music "Surf city here I come..." and I tried the banana creme pie and I ate all of it. It was great. Surf night is the only night I won't go to speciality resturaunt because I really enjoyed it.

 

Ben & Jerrys

I never got ice cream from here once. Did anyone notice a smell when you walked by this place? It smells like rotten milk. :eek:

 

A Clean Shave

I looked inside and it is very very small place. They make it look a lot bigger on tv then it really is. It is expensive to get a hair cut there but it's really nice. I saw a few people getting appointments but most of the time it was empty.

 

Cafe Promenade

Wow! This area is improved and it is moved to the back of the cafe promenade. They had so much good food here including cookies, brownies, cakes, breads, chocolates, etc. There was so many good sweets here. The chocolate chip cookie didn't taste like your typical chocolate chip cookie. It was very tastey and I bet you would gain a lot of weight eating all of those desserts. I discovered an area in Cafe Promenade that was new, there was a selection of many different books to choose from. I even saw a titanic book. It was a great place to spend your time. They had nice couches to sit in too.

 

Sorrentos

There were always four different types of pizza. Cheese, Pepperoni, Vegetable, and some meaty pizza. I had cheese most of the time but I tried vegetable pizza once and it was great. The pizza is better then Carnival. It is very tastey and I doubt that someone wouldn't like it. The plates are red and they are shaped as a pizza slice which is neat.

 

Internet

Located on Deck 8 Aft. I had an internet credit of $15 because we are platinum members. I only used $7.50. Before you turn on the internet, present your coupons to the guest relations and it will be added to your account. The internet was very very slow as usuall. I only used the internet once the whole cruise. I turned on the internet to get to my email and it took $4 and it didn't even turn on. Then, we switched to a faster computer I guess and it turned on quick. I wrote two emails and delete all my emails in $3.50 because I'm a fast typer.

 

Tendering

It was the worst in Mexico because they said they are not used to tendering in Mexico. I heard that in 4 weeks they will be docking in Mexico. The docks looked ruined in Mexico. Otherwise, tendering was no problem. We tendered on 3 islands out of 4 islands. Only island we didn't tender is Jamaica.

 

Funny?

Did you see the Krooze Komics? They were hillarious. Don't miss them. They dressed up as hillbillies on formal night.

When we left Haiti, I was standing outside of my balcony looking down. There was a one man kayak right next to the ship. Then, another one came up. He shouted, "I'm hungry, need food!." Someone threw down $1 in a water bottle. Then, some Mexican through down $5. It kept me entertained but why didn't the cruise ship get them out of there? It was hillarious. haha.

James Andrews, the cruise director was a great guy too.

 

Bingo

I played Bingo on Day 4 from 5 - 6 PM. I bought the smallest package for $25 and everyone else bought $35 packages. I had the strip of 3 and I used to a coupon to get an extra strip of 3 for the final game. We went through 4/5 games and my cards were doing really bad. I was one away once and lost. On the final game $3200 was up for grabs. After 48 numbers the money would be gone. I needed two numbers and thought I would never get them. Then, the anouncer was like "Who needs a B?" I screamed B8 as everyone was screaming what they wantted. He said "B8"! Then, I needed one more number. He said, "Who needs an I?". I screamed I25. Then, he said "I25". This is the first time I won bingo in 3 years. I was at the back of the whole place. I saw bingo at first and it was too quiet then I said it louder. I was so happy. It was a coverall game and my card was completly covered. They got my name and state. I said Krystle from Michigan ;) I got a slip that said "Congratulations you won $206!" I presented it to the guest relations and got payed in hundreds. I got two Royal Cairbbean keychains with it too. Day 4 was a good day for me.

 

Arcadia Theatre

This area was nice. I liked the curtains. I saw "One Upon a Time" and they said it was the best show ever and I really didn't think it was. I liked "Marquee" the best or "Now you see it" (the magic show). I saw the ice show in Studio B and it was awesome as usuall. Don't miss the ice show, it was really fun.

 

Portofinos

I went to Portofinos two nights ago (July 15th). We had a nice window seat by the ocean. It looked great. They had a nice bread plate to dip in olive oil (with garlic), olives, mushrooms, and tomatos. It tasted really good. But, there was way too much food. I loved Portofinos but I can't eat the whole dish haha. The food was wonderfull though. It is $20 a person.

 

Carnival Elation and Carnival Valor were docked right by the Freedom of the Seas. I was on Carnival Valor last year on July 10, 2005.

 

Any other questions? I'll review more later about the specific tours we did too. I love reviewing because it makes me remember my cruise experience more.

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Thanks for the great review! I really enjoyed it. We leave in 9 weeks! Do you have any picutres to share?

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Your experiences aboard Freedom pretty much mirrors ours. It was all good.

I do have to agree about the Boxing ring. Never did see anything happening there, however, my older kids ( mid twenties ) who were not on this cruise with us thought that was a great idea. Maybe it will be something to catch on.

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Thanks for the review. One question, is there a pool in the H2O zone, like you mentioned, is that the one by the waterfall. OK 2 questions, how about an area with just standing water, say 1 to 2 inches is that area? It kind of looks like it in some pictures but not sure

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Thanks for the detailed review. Glad to see that the pools are freshwater. We leave on 7/30 for the FOS.

 

Were you main or late seating? How was the Windjammer? Did the Krooze Komics show up at the sail-a-way and the Promenade Parades?

 

Thanks, glad to see you had a good time.

 

BTW there is an entry on the international ship's registry that shows "Endeavor of the Seas". No mention of the line but the projected GRT = 158,000 same as the FOS and LOS. Or was the EOS renamed Linerty?

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Yes, I have pictures to share but I didn't post them up yet. I'm sure I'll be able to get a nice photo album up. :)

I said that I thought the boxing ring was useless. I think the eqipment to the side was really fun. I liked the punching balls, I think that would be nice without the boxing ring.

Yes, there is standing water 1-2 inches in the H20 Zone. There is a small flamingo that squirts out a little water. It looks nice for the younger kids. They would have a blast. Yes, there is a pool in the H20 Zone that is 5'6 inches in depth and it is by the waterfall.

I was on main seating dinner on deck 3 table 376. The Krooze Komics didn't show up at sailaway but the party was nice at sailaway. There were people on skilts (did I spell that right?). It was a fun party. The Krooze Komics had several acts including acting like hillbillies on formal night, teaching people to juggle, and a few other acts. They are absolutely hillarious. Their names are Erin and Ray. They are from New York. They said that they are getting off the ship in two weeks. This week Erin's parents are on the ship then next week Ray's parents are on the ship. Then, they are going home. I'm not sure about the Endevar of the Seas at all.

 

Did I mention how nice the workout area was? There was televisions all over. Bring your IPOD earphones and plug it in then you can listen to the tv on Freedom of the Seas. Channel 30 is XY which is Royal Caribbean's music video station.

 

Any other questions? I enjoy answering them.

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Add to last post.

 

Endeavour of the Seas still up. There is no Liberty of the Seas.

 

http://www.world-register.net/index/L5.shtml

 

and

 

http://www.world-register.net/index/E4.shtml

 

Have you shared this information with Royal Caribbean or Aker Yards? I am sure that they will be startled to learn that the ship that is under construction doesn't exist. :rolleyes:

If you remember, it was originally rumored that the second Freedom class ship would be named Endeavor. However, RCI subsequently announced that it would be named Liberty and it is under that name that they are currently booking passengers. Perhaps the Endeavor name was registered to deceive people who were speculating what the second name would be.

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This is what puzzles me. To operate the ship, it MUST be registered here. If RCI pulled a fast one, why haven't they switched the registration name frm EOS to LOS. Just a thought.

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This is what puzzles me. To operate the ship, it MUST be registered here. If RCI pulled a fast one, why haven't they switched the registration name frm EOS to LOS. Just a thought.

 

The ship isn't due to begin carrying passengers until next May andI am sure that they will attend to that detail when it becomes necessary. I certainly am not going to be worrying about it.

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Hi Krystle,

 

I was wondering, since you've already been on Freedom - do you remember if they offer the PubCrawl that they offered on Explorer? I was on Explorer of the Seas last year and it was - for lack of a better word - AWESOME! I had the time of my life. Who would have thought that a ship sponsored PubCrawl would be so much fun...? I will be sailing on Freedom of the Seas in less than a month and I can't wait! But I talked so much about the PubCrawl on Explorere that now I'm wonderng if they do that on other ships...

 

Do you by chance remember if they offer this one? It would be a Pubcrawl on the ship itself - not an excursion. For that matter - does any past RC cruisers know the answer to this question??

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Prttybrown, this is really weird. We were on Explorer August 04' and 05'. We'll also be on Freedom on 8/13. Hey are you following us????

 

Seriously, my father did the pub crawl (last August on Explorer) and said he had the time of his life. The only problem? The next day we were in Grand Cayman and he couldn't get out of bed...

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krystle were you traveling with your wife and daughter? was your table behind the flowers. we sat were at table 367.

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Is Ken Rush off the FOS already? We had him years ago and really like him. How what the CD for your cruise and how long will he be there?

 

Thanks.

 

Chris

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Krystle: Do you remember what time you had to be back on the ship in Grand Cayman? We were on the June 25th sailing and I thought we had to be back by 3:30PM to sail at 4PM instead of 5:30PM like it says on the website.

 

Dotsie

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Zoe, my parents were travelling with me. I'm an only child.

 

xxbrowns, Ken Rush is off Freedom of the Seas. James Andrews is the cruise director now and he was wonderful.

 

Brad, The surf menu was very good to me. I have no idea why everyone said they hated it so much. I have pictures of the food that I ordered. I remember there was some sea food. I had the vegetable plate (I have a picture of it), fruit (including pinapple, kiwi, strawberry), and the desserts were very nice. I have pictures of the some of the things that were on the surf menu. I liked surf night and they had good entertainment. I uploaded pictures of surf night here: http://community.webshots.com/user/krystle2007 On surf night, they had surfing under the stars for adults at night on the flowrider.

 

Suzys, disembarkation started at 6:30 AM for people that didn't put their luggage out the night before.

 

Dotsie, last tender is 5:00 PM and the departure of the ship is 5:30 PM.

 

Rolando was the greeter at the windjammer. He was there everyday and was pretty nice.

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I know the 3rd name of the freedom class ships, "Something of the Seas". haha......not really but the question was asked at the repeater's party and crown & anchor party "What is the name of the 3rd ship to the freedom class?" They would always answer something of the seas. Everyone would laugh.

 

 

How about Chicken of the Seas? I am certain the Starkist Tuna would get a kick out of it. I can see Charlie Tuna painted on the side of the ship now. Good advertising for certain ;)

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To CruiseAwayWithMe - Thanks for the info.

Your welcome. I love informing people because it makes me look back on my cruise experience and how much fun I had. :D

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Few items that need a bit of "refining" that Krystle mentioned. I was on the same cruise and actually had drinks with her parents. Nice people.

 

First the barbershop was always busy. Actually had a waiting list because I called on separate days, and so did a friend. It is small, but they do provide one heck of a shave. Not a straight razor though like in the old days.

 

I went to Ben and Jerry's several times and never smelled anything bad. The only odor that is persistent on the ship is by the flow rider which is a problem with the new way the Freedom rids itself of sewage. They actually dry it and burn it, and the stack needs to be extended as the stench can be smelled often. I was told this by two crew members.

 

The boxing ring is here to stay, and in all the future sister ships too. :D I am glad for it. I was in boxing two classes and enjoyed them. Ten dollars a class is nothing compared to all the other nickle and diming they do. The theme of the ship in my opinion is for the active person, rock climbing, flow rider, beautiful huge gym, and I believe the boxing ring reflects this.

 

Finally something about the dining room. The food was barely above ok. And many share this opinion with me. I had on average 3 entrees per meal :eek: and gave them a fair shot to improve.

 

If I could do it again I would of been in Chops twice and Port. at least three times. The waiters at Port. said it best. How can meals prepared for nearly 4000 people be as good , hot and delicious as individually made one's in the speciality restaurants. Same can be said for the service. Trust me on this one.

 

Oh and for the official record. My group did the first ever Offiicial Freedom Pub Crawl. We hit every bar. Signed and verified by the Captain, with photo, and signed by every bartender that served us. Quite a feat, and quite a hangover lol.

 

BC2

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Tell us more about the pub crawl please! Where did you start and where did you end? How long did it take you?

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Is Ken Rush off the FOS already? We had him years ago and really like him. How what the CD for your cruise and how long will he be there?

 

Thanks.

 

Chris

 

Hi, yes Ken Rush is off until September. When we were getting off of the FOS on July 9th, he said he was going home to California that day also to spend time with his family and would be back in September.

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G-O

How funny you are... Of all the people who could have possibly replied to this message - I get heckled by my own sister! :-)

 

LS

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Krystle, thanks for the info and pictures. We are going on the Freedom Aug 13th. We decided to go to either Chops or Port on Sat night. Surf night looks great to me.

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I did the flowrider about 10-20 times and I never smelled any kind of odor. It is fresh water. I have 10 bruises from the flowrider and 2 scratches. I took some rough falls on the flowrider. I'm definitley not a surfer or not experienced because I live in Michigan. Some people lived in California and were experienced at surfing. But, it was fun to try the surfing even though I got beat up haha. I smelled an odor by the Ben & Jerrys. It was a rotten milk smell, I asked my dad if he could smell it and he said he could. :confused: But, I guess people have different views on what smells. :eek:

 

The only way you can get in the boxing ring is if you pay the 10 dollars to get into it otherwise you can't go on the boxing ring. I saw someone go on the boxing ring once before and they yelled at them. I worked out in the gym every day. I enjoyed the little tvs that were connected to all of the treadmills or bikes. Bring your ipod earphones and plug into them. The tv is fun to watch. Channel 30 was XY which is Royal Caribbean's music video station.

 

The flat screen tvs are great. They look so good around the ship. As a matter of fact, we are getting three new flat screens in our house next week. We have all the big and fat tvs in our house mainly. (If you know what I mean.)

 

I went to Portofinos once and I had a table by the window. The waiter in Portofinos was much nicer then our dining room waiter. I didn't go to Chops but I heard that people like Chops more.

 

Did anyone think that Freedom of the Seas was rushing everywhere? We left every island at 3:30 PM - 5:30 PM. I remember on previous cruises when we left the island at 11:00 PM. We were always sailing by dinner time. It's okay but it would have created more time in the islands.

 

I spook some Spanish on the islands because I'm in Spanish class. I enjoyed speaking and listening to Spanish. I was picking up on some of the Spanish. I went into the Haitian Flea Market and bargained with some people. It was fun. :)

 

It will be interesting if they change anything on Liberty of the Seas. I'll be on Liberty of the Seas on 07/07/07. Yup, lucky 7's. I'm going on the Eastern Caribbean because I've done the Western Caribbean a lot. I've done the Eastern Caribbean a lot too but I have done it in about 4 years.

 

I'm going to the baseball game today Detroit Tigers and it will be on Fox Sports channel. On the news, they said the baseball game was sold out. We have free tickets to the baseball game and we will be the first row behind the tiger den.

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Krystle - did you find the ship to be too big with 4300 passengers?

No, I didn't even notice that many passengers. The embarkation and debarkation was such a breeze. Everything went quickly including most of the lines. You won't even know how many people were there. I think they dealed with the amount of people very good.

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Krystle - thanks again, my DH just booked us the Junior Suite, can't wait to see it.

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The Crypt: I watched the disco once out of the whole cruise. I always went to sleep at 10 PM or 11 PM usually because I got up early around 6 AM. I saw the family hour and I was watching it from the second level and it looked really fun. They did the funky chicken, hulla hopping contest, and a conga line. I think the disco area seems a bit small to me. I thought it would be a little bit bigger. Maybe they should make it twice its size next time.

 

A Clean Shave: Okay, no one out of my group had an appointment there but I'll say some quick observations I saw from outside. I think it looked really nice and professional inside. I didn't see a lot of people in it most of the time that I walked by. It looks pretty small from walking by it. But, i'm sure that there are some guys who would enjoy the experience.

 

Cafe Promenade: I think I already touched on this. I only went there once because it is at the back of the ship. Cafe Promenade used to be at the front of the ship but Sorrentos replaced it. They had many cookies, cakes, brownies, and many other treats. All of the pasteries tasted very good. There is a bunch of books that I looked at and that's a good addition to the Cafe Promande.

 

Sorrentos: My favorite place on Deck 5 probably, haha. It had wonderful pizza. They had four different types of pizza. I got the vegetable once and usually I got the cheese. The sauce makes the pizza taste really good and it's thin too. I don't know who won't like this pizza because it tasted so good.

 

Cozumel, Mexico

We tendered in this island because of the damage of Hurricane Wilma. The docks looked ruined when I was looking at them. There was one smaller Royal Caribbean ship that was docked but the rest of the ships tendered. The tender process was the worst on this island because they are not used to tendering here. They usually dock here. We snorkeled first then we got taken to a beach that was really nice. There was two girls there selling toe rings and we bought a couple. She spook Spanish but her English was very good. I spook a little Spanish on the islands because I'm learning Spanish. The beach was very nice. I heard a lot of Spanish being spook. On the Catamaran that we were on, it was run by four people who all spook Spanish. Only one of them could speak both Spanish and English. But, I really liked the tour and it was fun. We got tendered back to Cozumel and I got some blue shorts that said "Cozumel" on the behind. They had cute clothes there. Then, we went back in a closed airconditioned tender. We were bobbing up and down in the water for 30-45 minutes right by the ship because we were waiting for a tender to be full and leave. Everyone thought it was ridiculous. But, good news for people going to Cozumel in the future because they will be docking in four weeks. But, overall I had a great time in Cozumel despite the tendering expereince.

 

Grand Cayman

There must have been about four cruise ships in port and everything ran smoothly. We didn't do the snorkelling with the stingrays because we did that too many times. We saw a shipwreck in Grand Cayman and they took us to a beautiful snorkelling destination. There was coral reefs all over and a bunch of large fish. It was the best snorkelling expereience of the cruise. Everything ran good at this island including the tendering process. In Grand Cayman, we were taken to a new port in Grand Cayman called Port Authorities. It looked very nice and new. The shopping is good down there around the tendering place where they drop you off. I had a great time in Grand Cayman.

 

Montego Bay, Jamaica

We were finally able to be docked in Jamaica. The small boat that they took us in was just a minute or two walk from the cruise ship. We were taken to a place to snorkel which wasn't very good. Then, we went to Jimmy Buffet's Margaritaville. We stayed there for an hour. I got all kinds of pictures of this place. They had a long waterslide but it didn't look very safe. Also, they had some trampolines in the water to jump on. It was very tropical and colorful there. There was music and flat screen tvs. I didn't go on the waterslide because I heard some people hurt themselves on the slide. Someone bumped their head on the slide and someone else scratched themselves. The waterslide was metal and it didn't look that safe. Otherwise, on the way back we had fruit punch, coke, sprite, etc. It was a good trip even though the small boat was nothing great. Montego Bay was nice but it seems that Jamaicans push you more for sales. It was a wonderful experience though. I have been to Jamaica several times but I've been to Ocho Rios the most. I've been to Montego Bay once or twice but it seemed like typical Jamaica to me. Well, I got off and shopped at Jamaica right by the cruise ship. They had nice t-shirt shops and necklaces to buy that were right by the docked ship.

 

 

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