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Sure hope this thread takes off! Haven't seen many posts re CC members' experiences on FOS. We'll be on later this year and I'm looking forward to learning as much about the ship as I can until then. Feedback from past pax is incredibly valuable, so if you're out there, please...

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I'm going on Freedom in a little over 2 weeks and can hardly wait. Although I'm swamped at work, I can hardly concentrate and get anything done because I'm so excited.

 

Anyone just off Freedom with any experience carrying off their own luggage? If so, is there a limit to how many bags you can carry off or any size restrictions?

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I'm going on Freedom in a little over 2 weeks and can hardly wait. Although I'm swamped at work, I can hardly concentrate and get anything done because I'm so excited.

 

Anyone just off Freedom with any experience carrying off their own luggage? If so, is there a limit to how many bags you can carry off or any size restrictions?

 

 

Good Morning… we just got off Sunday :D we did the express departure…. We each had one suitcase and I had a purse plus a small bag…. There were people in line with huge suitcases with medium then small attached…. So didn’t seem to be any “rule” other than you absolutely have to be able to handle any/all of your own luggage! And there are ramps plus some distance to walk…. So be prepared to take care of yourself… no porters or gentlemen… unless you bring your own;)

Wish we could get back on the ship.... enjoy... Don't miss the First show and the last show in the Theater... also the Ice Show.... all are great, but these three are "don't miss!"

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Okay... just to add some "flavor", color.... here are three pictures... one of the ship, one of the Promenade and one of the dining rooms.

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I will add that it pays to book ahead. I made my reservation in July of 06 , and the same D1 is now $500 per person more than it was then. Heading into the final countdown after 500 day wait.

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I will add that it pays to book ahead. I made my reservation in July of 06 , and the same D1 is now $500 per person more than it was then. Heading into the final countdown after 500 day wait.

 

I agree...definitely book ahead! We booked 12/07 for FOS 11/2/08. We're in an E1 balcony, and I just checked the website today, and there isn't a single balcony available! And the comparable oceanview is $300 more than what we paid!

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We are heading out in 33 days! Prices have skyrocketed! My Mom is going two weeks later. She just booked a couple of weeks ago and got a D2 cabin for less than I paid for an Oceanview 3rd floor last August! Go figure! :mad:

 

I was disappointed to find that our cruise leaves at 6pm and doesn't arrive into San Juan till 5pm. My first thought...why bother making this stop for 6 hours! But...I am looking forward to our trip. Hoping we can still get on by about 11 - 11:30. We are after all paying for the ship that day since it is considered our first day!:D

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I am also VERY excited about my upcoming cruise on FOS :D

 

What I would like to know:

We are in 1590 port side/ deck 10. Will we have noise from the pool deck?

 

Do you see plenty of waiters in the solarium? (And does the 15% automatic tip cover their service as well as the bartenders?)

 

What is the food like at the Cafe Promenade?

 

Where do they shoot formal portraits?

 

Is there really a midnight, poolside buffet? What night of the cruise?

 

I am sure I will come up with more, but I am just happy someone started this thread.

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We sailed the 3/2 Western itinerary and enjoyed every minute of it. We were onboard by noon and eating lunch. Staterooms for all three couples in our party were ready by 1 pm with excursion tickets, compass, etc. Met our attendant roughly 5 pm ish, at which point I sent out items for pressing. We had early seating on Deck 5, Galileo Dining and had a table just for the six of us. Food was fine, I am not one to nitpick it.

 

Stateroom storage was adequate. I did bring an over the door shoe organizer with pockets and it helped greatly with makeup, sunscreen, etc. Also brought a popup clothes hamper which helped with dirty laundry. Plenty of hangars and space for all our clothes. Our suitcases fit under the bed just fine and were out of the way.

 

My husband enjoyed the flow rider and rock climbing wall the first sea day and had little to no waiting for each. He won $500 at bingo early that week as well. The ice show was good as was a Temptations Revue group one night.

 

The requisite towel animals appeared daily as well. We did excursions at three of the four ports as well. If you have any specific questions, I'll be happy to answer as best I can..

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Thanks hmsdos. One more quick question...what time were you escorted off of the ship?

 

Started clearing us off the ship (with the seapass card) at 6:15... we were out of the building in less than 10 minutes....

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I am also VERY excited about my upcoming cruise on FOS :D

 

What I would like to know:

We are in 1590 port side/ deck 10. Will we have noise from the pool deck?

 

Sorry about this one, I don't know, I stayed in balcony on deck 8.

 

Do you see plenty of waiters in the solarium? (And does the 15% automatic tip cover their service as well as the bartenders?)

yes, i never went to the main deck - there are too many people there and i get claustrophobic sometimes. plus, it's a little gross to see the diapered kids in the pool with the spray :-) i got plenty of drinks and i had to shoo them sometimes and the tip is included in the bill

What is the food like at the Cafe Promenade?

pizza, sandwhiches, coffee, cakes, brownies, cookies, - general snack food. the pizza rocks.

 

Where do they shoot formal portraits?

see my attachment

Is there really a midnight, poolside buffet? What night of the cruise?

yes, there is a formal midnight buffet on one of the formal nights with the "pretty" food that you take pictures of first. Then there is a poolside one with barbeque and dancing by the pool. It's fun, but it's always hard for me to stay up for it. i can't remember which night.

 

I am sure I will come up with more, but I am just happy someone started this thread.

 

Okay, I know that I sailed 2 years ago, But, I sailed the INAGURAL season on Freedom :-) Only the 3rd cruise on her. :-) I'll try to answer some. I have some pictures too. i've attached my formal portrait from freedom to give you a taste. This one is from the backdrop in front of the dining room. but, they also take them infront of the promenade. i've also attached my promenade pic from formal night on the mariner here.

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Okay... just to add some "flavor", color.... here are three pictures... one of the ship, one of the Promenade and one of the dining rooms.

 

Great pics! I miss Freedom! She was the first Freedom class I sailed on, and I remember being in such awe over the H20 Zone and the FlowRider! Ahhh...the good ole days! :D

Here's some more pics:

The H20 Zone (they should make a place like this just for adults! LOL)

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Docked in Labadee:

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Royal Promenade:

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We are in 1590 port side/ deck 10. Will we have noise from the pool deck?

 

Having been in 1560 and 1564 (and will be in the same rooms four weeks from now, which are directly underneath the overhanging hot tubs...I can definitely tell you no!

 

I, too, worried about upper-level noise due to the pool and hot tubs. I never noticed it and it became a non-issue as soon as I arrived in the room.

 

 

 

 

What is the food like at the Cafe Promenade?

 

Since the Windjammer is standard cafeteria, buffet faire (on a scale of 1 to 10, I'd give it a 7), what I end up doing is alternating between the Windjammer and Cafe Promenade.

 

Between the pizza and mini-sandwiches at Sorrento's, the pastrie and coffee at Seattle's Best Coffee Shop, and Ben and Jerry's (not to mention Johnny Rocket's), we had no problem with lunchtime.

 

Or dinner.

 

Or breakfast.

 

Or snacking. ;)

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Hey all! I had to chime in since Freedom is my absolute favorite ship (well so far)

 

Here is a link to the Freedom Gallery

http://www.freedomoftheseasmedia.com/gallery.php

 

Here is the link to the Freedom interactive website

www.freedomoftheseas.com

 

I have all kinds of pics from Freedom. We stayed in GS 1298 if anyone needs pics of that.

 

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Pay for ice cream here...

 

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FREE Soft Serve Ice Cream Here (located next to the H20 zone)

 

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Sandwiches, Cookies (MUST try the Cookie of the Day), Coffee and Tea, Milk and Choc Milk (all Free)....Specialty Coffee (for a charge) Here

 

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Sorrento's Pizza

Pizza, Salads, Specialty Breads and Desserts (no charge), sorry I don't have a pic of that, in this pic it's ahead on the right

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Kids Menu on Freedom (yes they can order off the adult menu too)

 

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My link to the Freedom Kid Compasses start here

 

http://s204.photobucket.com/albums/bb196/cruisinmama06/Royal%20Caribean%20AO%20Compass/?start=20

 

Baby Zone for Non-Potty Trained Infants...Here

 

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A GS Balcony

 

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Flat Screen TV

 

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And some Miami wildlife...lol. This was taken in front of the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Miami. The whole bush was filled with these.

 

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Excellent thread, Keep it coming :) :)

 

Fab pictures Crusinmama06

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Where do they shoot formal portraits?

 

 

EVERYWHERE! :D I am not kidding. They have formal portraits set up all over the ship. They have them in the Promenade. Outside the dining room. On the stairs next to the glass elevators. On the light up bridge. We went to as many settings as we could and I know we hit at least 10 different ones.

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I'm loving the pictures here, so i thought i'd post some of my own......

 

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The Schooner bar

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I'm so glad this thread was stared, long over due.

 

DH and I along with another couple will be going in Oct. We are very excited about going on the largest ship in the seas.

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Oh what the heck, let's post some more pictures...lol.

 

Next to one of the glass elevators

 

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Labadee

 

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My towel monkey

 

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Sofa unfolded (cabin decorations above it)

 

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I will add that it pays to book ahead. I made my reservation in July of 06 , and the same D1 is now $500 per person more than it was then. Heading into the final countdown after 500 day wait.
I second that. I reserved a RFS on the first day it became available. As the cruise got closer, people were paying more per person for an OV than I paid per person (6 people $12,000 - $2,000 per person) for the Royal Family Suite.

 

Inside bedroom ...

 

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Master bedroom ...

 

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Master bathroom ...

 

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Sitting room ...

 

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Balcony ...

 

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Docked in Labadee:

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Royal Promenade:

 

Christie,

 

Great picture of FOS in Labadee, my wife and I just made our last excursion last night and were talking about the great ship photos that can be taken all over Labadee and were looking forward to seeing Freedom there.

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Thanks for all those cool pictures.....even though i have been on freedom and have been in interior and balcony rooms.....I have to admit, i've NEVER seen the "bunk" bed situation because i only travel with one other person (husband) and i've never seen the sofa bed folded out either and have never tried to unfold it. :-)

 

our humble abode for one week on freedom...

 

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A link to my review (fairly long) ...

 

http://www.cruisecritic.com/memberreviews/memberreview.cfm?EntryID=30442

 

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A different view (different from any posted so far) ...

 

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Leaving Miami ...

 

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Rough seas on the way back to Miami ...

 

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The Flowrider ...

 

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Ice skating ...

 

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I actually have not finished posting (on the Internet) all my photos yet.

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I am so glad to see this thread, we came back from the Explorer which we loved and are planning to go on the Freedom next February, my kids are so excited about that. The ship looks great, and the ports are terrific for us.

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RE: Formal portraits...

EVERYWHERE! :D I am not kidding. They have formal portraits set up all over the ship. They have them in the Promenade. Outside the dining room. On the stairs next to the glass elevators. On the light up bridge. We went to as many settings as we could and I know we hit at least 10 different ones.

 

Thanks for the information! Our first cruise, I was a bit shy about taking multiple formal pics.

By the way, Do you know if I can bring my own frozen dessert onboard? I have been saving it....

(just kidding ;) )

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Thanks A LOT for bringing back my depression!!! Just kidding-kind of....

 

We were in 1588 and we heard absolutely nothing.

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Christie,

 

Great picture of FOS in Labadee, my wife and I just made our last excursion last night and were talking about the great ship photos that can be taken all over Labadee and were looking forward to seeing Freedom there.

 

Thanks, Bill! That is one of my all-time favorite cruise pictures. I can see what people mean by saying they'll miss that when the pier is built in Labadee, but I will definitely trade that in for the convenience of NOT having to tender!

Here is another shot of Freedom as we were tendered away in Grand Cayman:

 

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Whoa...does disembarkation really begin at 6:15 on the last morning of the cruise? We've been on 41 cruises, four on RCCL, and disembarkation has never begun that early. Usually it's 8 - 8:30. Yikes!!!!

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Wow, You take great photos. I love when people take photos of the ship and they are close up. I am going on FOS May 25th. Only 68 more days of a long wait. I'll have to check out all your photos on here. Your girls are the cutest.........:D

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By the way, Do you know if I can bring my own frozen dessert onboard? I have been saving it....

(just kidding ;) )

 

Sure, by all means go ahead and bring it :D :p (I swear the best threads go POOF...lol)

 

Do NOT be shy about going to ALL of the portrait settings. You just never know which ones you'll like once they are developed. I know there were some that I loved and others, not so much. ;)

 

There is a nice one with a red couch and a black background. Look for that one.

 

AND, there is an INFORMAL setting on another night. That's the white background one that you can see in my siggie. Lots of people were getting that one done. I saw alot of cute ones from that.

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RCCL Genesis Inaugural - Whenever/Wherever
Let me see if I have this right. You have a group cruise set up for a ship that has not been built yet, going to an unknown destination, beginning on an unknown date? :confused: Have you picked out your cabin yet? :)

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Let me see if I have this right. You have a group cruise set up for a ship that has not been built yet, going to an unknown destination, beginning on an unknown date? :confused: Have you picked out your cabin yet? :)

 

 

HAHAHAHAHA YEP! And the hotel room too!!!!! (I kid you not) :D

 

And the crazy part is that there are 110 OTHER crazies like me at the Cruise Critic Inaugural Genesis Group...

http://boards.cruisecritic.com/forumdisplay.php?f=519

 

So yes, I will be on a ship, don't know the name, don't know the ports, don't know the date (Fallish 09), don't know the price, but I DO know the crazy people that will be onboard with me :D

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