Royal Caribbean Freedom of the Seas Family Video Review
Royal Caribbean Freedom of the Seas Family Video Review – In March 2019, we took a trip on the Royal Caribbean Freedom of the Seas. While we’ve been on this ship in the past, this is our first Family Video Review of our experience.
We started with a flight from Orlando to San Juan early Sunday morning. Why did we go out of San Juan? Two reasons. One, the 7 day cruise was only $500 for an interior guarantee. Two, it had a great itinerary, but we’ll get to that later.
We landed in Puerto Rico and for $29, we were easily taken by cab right to the port. Because the cruise didn’t depart until 8 PM and we were on site at 11 AM, we walked in and right on with hardly anyone in site. It was the smoothest embarkation we’ve ever experienced.
Meeting up with, what I call, our outlaws (it’s our in-laws that love to have fun with us), we started our week long trip that took us to Curacao, Aruba, St. Kitts and St. Thomas.
While on the ship, we enjoyed rock climbing, ice skating, the Flowrider, so much food, shows, entertainers, and so much more. My son loved the kids program and went in nearly every day, leaving us some adult time to enjoy to ourselves.
For our ports of call, we went to a resort beach (via taxi) in Curacao. We did an excursion in Aruba which we all LOVED. Thanks to the sister-outlaw for that one! It had fresh water slides, a zip line, awesome snorkeling, and a beach to relax. Plus, it came with unlimited food and alcohol, so everyone was happy!
In St. Kitts, an island we’d been to several times, we opted to stay on the boat and had the Flowrider all to ourselves for about 90 minutes. It was awesome! Because nearly everyone gets off the ship, we were able to enjoy an empty ship for the day!
In St. Thomas, we headed to Coki Beach and it was so picturesque. Gorgeous water, sand and an umbrella lounger on the beach just couldn’t be beat. We got their by taxi for $20 per person round trip.
All in all, it was nearly a perfect family vacation. We build so many memories and just relaxed, which is what vacation is supposed to be about for us! We highly recommend this itinerary and ship (it’s showing its age, but it’s kept clean).
Here are our Top 5 Suggestions for this experience:
- If you’re going to go out of San Juan, book the cruise early to save on flights. We booked a couple of months out and because the flights were nearly full, we paid almost the same amount for the flight as we did the cruise.
- Consider staying on the ship in one port of call to enjoy the serenity and services that the cruise offers without all the people.
- If you can, go with friends or family. Cruising is more fun when you have a group to enjoy it with (and split the taxi fare with).
- Book at least one excursion after doing your homework. My husband and I don’t normally do them, but this one was well worth it! Look for something that you can’t do on your own (like going to the beach).
- Don’t be afraid to hop a taxi cab in port. You don’t pay them until they return you to the ship. We, personally, have never had a problem with it and you can save money on the same experience on an excursion.
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