Royal Caribbean – Freedom of the Seas

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(This entry is part 2 of 6 from our vacation in the Western Caribbean & Florida.
View the other entries here: Part 1, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6)

Our mode of transportation through the Western Caribbean: Royal Caribbean’s Freedom of the Seas.
Royal Caribbean, Freedom of the Seas

I was a bit seasick the first night & did not feel like taking pictures at all so this photo of this classic Morgan is one of the few detail photos I took of the ship.
Morgan Classic car on Royal Caribbean Freedom of the Seas cruise

Luckily the seasickness only lasted that first day & a little bit into the afternoon of the 2nd day. I just needed to find my sea legs!

When we booked this vacation, we requested a balcony with views.  Our travel agent put us into a superior ocean view stateroom with a balcony on Deck 9.
Superior Oceanview Stateroom with balcony, Deck 9, Royal Caribbean, Freedom of the Seas

Having a balcony is definitely the way to cruise! I’ve always heard other people say that your room is just where you sleep & not a place you spend much time in but… we’ve concluded that is not true for us. We were able to enjoy the endless blue ocean in our own solitude, away from the drunk vacationers on the top decks!
Superior Oceanview Stateroom with balcony, Deck 9, Royal Caribbean, Freedom of the Seas

Endless blue ocean

Typical breakfast & lunch at the Windjammer buffet… we didn’t do TOO badly. But that’s if you don’t count the desserts 5 times a day. And late night food runs to the complimentary cafe & pizza restaurant….

Windjammer buffet lunch: ribs, cold cuts, pasta on Royal Caribbean, Freedom of the Seas

Windjammer buffet breakfast of bacon, sausage, eggs, pineapple, pear, fruit, Royal Caribbean, Freedom of the Seas

We enjoyed our desserts on our private balcony.
Dessert on balcony of Royal Caribbean, Freedom of the Seas

Dinners were more of a formal affair than lunches & breakfasts. Actually, there were formal nights & casual nights however husband & I gussied up every night for each other. I didn’t take photos of our dinners but those dinners were one of the highlights of our trip: lobsters, crab cakes, prime rib, top sirloin… options for 4 different appetizers at the same time, or 3 different dinners at the same time, or 3 different desserts at the same time…. it was a glutton’s heaven.

This was our dining area on deck 4.
dining room on Royal Caribbean Freedom of the Seas cruise

This was our table we shared with 2 other couples.  Initially we were wary that we would end up seated next to a bunch of young, obnoxious people but we were pleasantly surprised with the company!
425 dinner table on Royal Caribbean Freedom of the Seas cruise

On the last night, all of the wait staff sang a short ditty.
Wait staff singing on Royal Caribbean Freedom of the Seas cruise

Here we are gussied up on the last night. A change from our usual hiking shoes that we share on here.
Leonids

After our dinners, we were able to enjoy entertainment from musicals to comedians to acrobatic shows.
Once Upon a Time live musical theatre show on Royal Caribbean Freedom of the Seas cruise

Once Upon a Time Little Red Riding Hood live musical theatre show on Royal Caribbean Freedom of the Seas cruise

Last musical on Royal Caribbean Freedom of the Seas cruise

Once upon a Time Cinderella musical comedy show on Royal Caribbean Freedom of the Seas

Acrobatic show on Royal Caribbean Freedom of the Seas

Arcadia Theatre live musical dance show on Royal Caribbean, Freedom of the Seas cruise

There are definitely plenty of things to do on board. On our cruising days, we sunbathed, ate, explored the ship, ate, shopped, ate, indulged in naps, ate, mini-golfed, ate… ate some more. You get the picture?

While all of that was fun, the main reasons we went cruising were the ports of calls.  Stay tuned for our first port of call!

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