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  1. Hi Meet Me!. We arrived at the San Juan port around 10:40. We walked right to the porters station and dropped our luggage. I didn’t see a “key” line out side the terminal, but it didn’t matter, because drop off was quick and easy. Inside the terminal, there was a line for key members. We were the only two in that line and got checked in right away. Once checked in, we were directed to the pinnacle/suites waiting area. This was kind of a mess, because San Juan ‘s port is just a large warehouse type building. There was no separate “ waiting room.” Once the door opened, we were allowed to board with all the top tier crown member and suites (around 11:10). I am guessing in most terminals, we would have waited in the top tier waiting room. We didn’t really need to seek out the lines for Key departures, because there was no lines getting on or off the ship in ports. This ship and is crew handled ports very efficiently. It is hard to fully evaluate the key on a ship like freedom, because there are no reservations for shows and we did not do flowrider (there are designated times for this stuff listed in your key welcome letter). For us however, since we always get the internet package, the couple dollars more for easy check in, chops, the farewell breakfast (really great upgrade!), and departure escort was worth it for us. I would think that the other FOS itineraries, with tender ports, the key departure would be a big perk also.
  2. I just returned from our 7 day cruise (ABC) on FOS. This is not a full review of the entire trip, just a post with my general feelings about the ship. I read so many reviews before our cruise with complaints about FOS, that I was a little bit worried about going on our cruise. Because of this, I really wanted to share our experience on FOS. Bottom line - do not worry if you are cruising on FOS soon! I have been on four Royal Caribbean cruises, and this by far was the best service and food experience we have had on RC. We are foodies, and we found the food and service in the main dining room to be well above what we had experienced on other RC ships. We usually do a couple of specialty dining options, but did not feel it was necessary on this cruise. Food was always really good, hot, and well prepared. This also carried over to room service. We ordered room service for breakfast every day and our food was always delivered on time and was always hot. Fruit was fresh and the coffee was actually good. LOL Service on this ship exceeded our expectations. From our cabin attendant, to the dining room staff, to the bar staff, and to the general staff around the boat cleaning and tidying the ship (including constant bathroom attendants), everything was top-notch. It is only fair to note that the ship is showing her age a little bit. Some buttons on the elevators didn’t light up. There were little scratches in the wood in some places. Worn areas in the restroom in the cabin. Etc. None of this minor cosmetic blemishes, impacted our cruise experience at all. I can also comment on the key. We purchased the key for this cruise to test it out. We always buy an Internet package, so for us it wasn’t a big jump to try the key. We really enjoyed the benefits of the key. Having a Chops lunch on the first day, the breakfast on the last day with an escort to the terminal when we departed the ship, was definitely a nice perk. Luggage was placed in its own section of the terminal when departing, and was ready to be picked up at 8 AM. Check in was also a breeze, even in San Juan, with a designated line for key members. I hope this alleviates anyone’s concerns about cruising on FOS. This being my fourth RC cruise, it has been my favorite so far! Now .... on to Explorer! 😉
  3. Meclizine/Bonine. I take it every night on the ship, before bed. Works great.
  4. Southern! Hands down. 😉. We love the aft balconies on any ship. On deck 9 Freedom, you will be just above the super-structure. The structure doesn’t bother us at all. Book your flight on southwest and do it early! Prices skyrocket quickly. We book as soon as they are released. Good luck!
  5. I second Larry’s Limo Service. They are excellent and reasonably priced. We use them when traveling from FLL to Miami hotel for pre-cruise stays.
  6. Marmalade! Pricey, but one of the best meals we’ve ever had. Can’t wait to go again this February.
  7. We were in a JS aft in February and everything was new. Carpet, bedding, curtains, sofa, and chairs. We were on the first sailing after dry dock and heard most rooms were re-done, but they did not get to all of them. I am assuming they were worked on over the next several weeks following dry dock. Sent from my iPhone using Forums
  8. Enjoy! It is a wonderful experience. Sent from my iPhone using Forums
  9. Coconut mojitos! Solarium bar always makes a great one! Sent from my iPhone using Forums
  10. We have used SAS twice, both times we had great service. We have also been very pleased with Larry’s Limo Service. Larry’s has great rates for personal service. Sent from my iPhone using Forums
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