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  1. I understand these 2 BR grand suites located in the aft of the ship were previously one larger suite (Presidential maybe)? My question is because these suites are essentially one very large suite split into two large suites, is there an advantage of one side vs the other? From what I can tell on Youtube, aside from the differences in the layout (for example, where the master is located), the two cabins on each aft seem similar. The only exception is looking at the balconies for 6416 and 6716 where the port side cabin has a bar, and the starboard side cabin has a hottub left over from the one huge balcony for when the two were one large cabin.
  2. We just booked FOS and noticed that the entertainment is now first come, first serve. That is fine, but do like to organize it somewhat prior to the sailing, is there anything or a site that might help from a perspective of when each of the different shows schedules are? Meaning the day 2 is X at two times? I want to know when to have a late specialty dinner that may not impact when we go to the show. Any help or if anyone knows the show times that would be great. When we go onto our "Plan the Cruise" on the website, it just says entertainment and not any specific shows.
  3. I am aware that a 20 year can not drink alcohol on the ship, but are they excluded from being able to go into the dance clubs or any of the venues during the evening?
  4. (Posted in the San Juan forum a couple of days ago, but haven't gotten any responses.) We'll be a group of 6 debarking Freedom on a Sunday morning in October. Scheduled to dock at 6 am. Flight booked for 11:55 am. One member (possibly two) of the group won't physically be able to handle luggage for walk-off, so that won't be an option. Question is: Would it be better to pre-book a car service, or will we be ok grabbing a taxi at the pier? I'm leaning towards a car service, but don't know what time to schedule it. Guessing not before 8 am? I know an RC transfer is also an option, and is usually the first group after self walk-off, but I figure a car service would be just as fast by the time we wait for the bus to load up. I'm probably overthinking things again, but any insight would be greatly appreciated.
  5. Adventure OTS - Clo O'Connor July 6 for 2 months. Then who? Allure OTS - Jimmy Rhodes March 11 for 4 months, then Mitch Merucciis scheduled to return August 12 for 2 months. Anthem OTS - Dennis Charles May 12 until September 6, then Chris Brown starts September 6 for 4 months. Brilliance OTS - Mike Szwajkowski July 3 (for 2 or 4 months?) Empress OTS - WHO is the current CD? Enchantment OTS - Bobby Broughton April 6 until early-September. Then who? Explorer OTS - Topi Ylönen returns June 8 until July 27. Then who? (Graham Seymour may return as regular CD again for the rest of 2018, or Dennis Charles is also rumored to be joining Explorer). Freedom OTS - Drew Devine March 17 until July 28, then Topi Ylönen returns July 28 until September 29, followed by Drew September 29 for 4 months. Grandeur OTS - Bob Leininger June 2 until October 6. Bobreturns December 1 for another 4 month contract. (Mitch Merucci is unsure if he is joining GR in October as planned. It may be Mike Szwajkowski instead.) Harmony OTS - Dru Pavlov April 21 until early-September (need handover date) then Abe Hughes returns early-September for 4 months. Independence OTS - Joff EatonMay 28 until September 22, then Tim Connor returns September 22. Jewel OTS - Simona Ferraiuolo June 16 until August 19, then Andrea Olivieri returns (for 4 months?) Liberty OTS - Jeff Arpin May 27 until July 22, then Marc Walker starts July 22 for 4 months. Majesty OTS - Patricio Honores late-June (for 2 months). Mariner OTS - Ricky Matthewsuntil July 9, then Carlos Torres joins July 9 for 2 months, then Ricky returns in September for 4 months. Navigator OTS - Rob McNally May 6 until late-August, then Cuddy Cudworth returns in late-August. (need handover date) Oasis OTS - Dan Whitney early May for 4 months. Then who? Ovation OTS - Mike Hunnerup March 23 (until late-July? then who?) Joff Eaton returns November 28 for the Australian season. Quantum OTS - Is Fang Lixin is the current CD? Paul Rutter returns in the Fall (Sept/Oct) for a few months. Radiance OTS - Cuddy CudworthJune 15 for 2 months followed by John Blairin August until January. (need handover date) Rhapsody OTS - Tim Connor June 23 for 2 months, then Elvis Pinto returns mid-August for 4 months. (need handover date) Serenade OTS - Jamie Fentiman May 13 for 4 months. Then Who? Symphony OTS - Michele Scarpato March 11 until late-July (need handover date) then Bobby Brown returns through the TA November 9 Vision OTS - Steve Davis April 6 until August 6, followed by Ken Jones for 2 months. Voyager OTS - Michelle Oliveira began late-May (for 4 months?). Jerome Sueur is reportedly joining Carnival and getting married soon. Keith Williams has been cleared to return from medical leave, but does not currently have a ship assignment. Casey Pelterworks shoreside for Celebrity as Manager of Entertainment. Graham Seymour is semi-retired but fills-in from time to time as needed Rich Edwards sadly passed away in June 2017. RIP Rich. John Perry is Operations Manager at Hyatt Hotels (per LinkedIn) Ken Rush works at corporate in Miami as RCI's Director of Entertainment, and occasionally fills-in as CD Amy Fickert-Southgate works shoreside Luke Aerowsmith is working at the corporate office in London Gordon Whatman is retired, but fills-in from time-to-time if needed. Allan Brooks works for Celebrity in their corporate office. Richard Spacey is a CD with Celebrity Becky Thompson works for Celebrity Cruises in their corporate offices in Miami. Dave Chapman is a CD with HAL James Andrews is a real estate agent in Sydney Leo Papa is a Product Manager at Tauck Corp in Connecticut Anna Bass is a make-up artist João Pereira is the Cruise Sales Manager on the Liberty of the Seas. Kirk Detweiler is now CD with Silversea cruises. Simeon Baker- is a sales exec at a Porsche dealer in Saskatchewan Matt Baker - Sim's brother - is a radio presenter. Kieron Buffrey - CD with Viking River Cruises Tom Canosa - teaching 6th grade science in North Carolina Peter Benfield and Johnny Osborne have emigrated to Thailand Anthony Richards is working for Royal Media Partners as Manager Port Revenue Operations Rico du Breil is a CD with SilverSeas out of Italy Paul Lancaster is no longer with RCI, and resides in England Abel Jeney is with The World - Luxury Residence at Sea Parker Cristan is living in Milwaukee, Wisconsin - staging/choreographing for local theater Ashley Kerr - married and living in Vancouver BC, working as a marketing rep for a PR firm Karen Maybury - has a consultant/pr/entertainment agency Jannie Cloete - leading expeditions on small ships Warren Allen (aka Warren Melhuish) lives in Ontario, Canada. He has retired from ship-life but still works on the stage Thomas DeCell is no longer with RCI Leigh Xuereb and his AM Frankie Portera are CD's for Carnival
  6. Hi! I just disembarked the Freedom of the Seas on Sunday! You will have an awesome time! It's a beautiful ship with an amazing crew! We stayed at the Sheraton Puerto Rico Hotel & Casino, which is literally right across the street from the Panamerican Pier. It was beautiful and easy to catch a cab from there to the pier. The ride was maybe 5 minutes max and was $15 for 3 adults and all of our luggage. We stayed the night before the cruise so we went to Old San Juan for the afternoon on Saturday. Once again, cabs are super easy to take. The local cab drivers also benefit from the cabs- some were saying that Ubers are hurting them slightly. It's easy to pick cabs up in Old San Juan too. Just ask and they tell you where they are. I know there was one by Calle Fortaleza and one by the Cathedral. We had dinner at Barrachina on Calle Fortaleza and it was amazing! I highly recommend it here. The food was delicious and plentiful. I would make a reservation though. They had a sign out front that said they were only accepting people with reservations. I walked outside, went on OpenTable and made a reservation for 10 minutes later. It all worked out but just throwing it out there that you should make a reservation if you can. We just walked around too when we were done with dinner. Keep in mind that the day we went (Saturday), there was a Carnival ship in the Old San Juan port, but once it left after 6pm, pretty much all of the stores closed down in Old San Juan, so if you want to do some shopping, try to do it before 6pm. Feel free to let me know if you have other questions! I just published a blog post on my blog about Freedom of the Seas if you want additional information: https://thehappiesttravels.com/2019/07/16/freedom-of-the-seas-cruise-review/
  7. Hi! I just got off Freedom of the Seas this past weekend. So based on the Cruise Compasses I have (for our itinerary, which was St. Maarten, St. Kitts, Antigua, St. Lucia and Barbados) and then seeing the Cruise Compasses for the other itinerary that hits Aruba, it seems that the days and timing of things are different so it might vary based on your itinerary. On our sailing, we had 2 stage productions, Marquee and Once Upon a Time, plus the Ice Show, Freedom-Ice.com, which was playing 2-3x during our sailing. Then we had 2 nights of other entertainment as well- I believe an Acapella group one night and then a Variety show the other. The time of the ice shows was 7pm and 9pm as was the second of the main shows, Once Upon a Time. Hope this helps! Let me know if you have any other questions! 🙂
  8. Hello all! I was on CC for weeks (ok, months!) prior to our cruise getting as much detail as I could about our southern carribean cruise, so I thought I’d give a detailed review for those traveling on FOS soon. For now, this will just be extremely text heavy and then I’ll come back on tomorrow to add photos! This trip was just me and my 16 yo son, so I’ll also get into the teen scene on the ship. Friday, June 23 We departed Boston on a mid afternoon flight nonstop to San Juan, which was so quick and easy, I wouldn’t book any other way to San Juan, if I’m lucky enough to go back! SJU is a small easy airport to navigate, we got our luggage quickly and went outside to get a taxi. They have a great system where you just walk up to a taxi desk, tell them your hotel, get a slip of paper with your rate on it and then they put you right into a cab. No waiting, no confusion. We arrived at our hotel in about 15-20 minutes, which was the Hilton Condado Plaza. I will quickly go through my overall thoughts and impressions of the hotel: Pros: very pretty lobby great front desk people at check in amazing pool area with swim up bar very pretty grounds with lawn games spectacular views excellent waitstaff in Cafe Caribe restaurant reasonably priced, paid approx $250 per night Cons: Room needs serious update and deep clean, tiled floor that felt greasy rooms are cleaned every other day, which meant we checked in Friday and checked out Sunday, so our room was never cleaned during our stay Dirty balcony with old furniture deluxe room “with view” was only a view of a dirty rooftop very very very expensive food that was really basic quality - most expensive dinner and breakfast we paid all week. More detail below. dennys is mediocre service and very high prices largely empty under-utilized spaces, bars that were closed all weekend that couldve been cool little spots to hang out overall impression was that it was very understaffed, but with some attention/renovation could be a fantastic place to stay. I didn’t see this as still being in hurricane recovery, I saw this as neglect and staffing issues. It was around 8pm by the time we arrived and checked in and we were starving so we quickly dropped our bags and headed to Cafe Caribe. The staff there was great and so friendly. They sat us by the window, and although it was dark at this point we could see the waves crashing below. The restaurant had a full, good size bar and a ton of tables but was actually surprisingly empty. I thought there would be more people there since the hotel was sold out. I ordered a glass of cava and checked out the menu which was a pretty good mix of American and Puerto Rican dishes. We stuck with a simple meal.... mozzarella sticks, chicken fajitas and fettuccini Alfredo. Everything was good, typical, a little boring...but we ordered boring so I wasn’t surprised. My shock was when the bill showed up. Wowzah! $85 with tip. I will say again though, that the service there was great. There were not many people there so we got a ton of attention. So overall I didn’t mind the high price. Was just surprised.... After dinner, we explored the resort a bit, and then swung back into Cafe Caribe and ordered a little ice cream from the counter there. They had quite a few flavors and toppings! So we ate our ice cream and called it a night. Saturday June 22nd Woke up early and walked outside to Starbucks (next door to hotel) for coffee. We decided we would just hang out by pool until early afternoon, then go to Old San Juan to explore the forts. But first, we had a big breakfast at the Denny’s on-site, to get filled up for the day and then later we would just go for an early dinner in OSJ. We both ordered the ham, egg and cheese sandwich and a drink. Paid about $50. Again, a bit shocked at the price, especially for breakfast, but the food was ok. Decided at this point though, that I was done with eating at the resort. We arrived at pool around 10. Again, it’s a great pool area. They had about 5 umbrellas in the pool area and all were taken, being held with clothes/towels. I asked if it was possible to get an umbrella at our chairs but was told no. Oh well. We hung out for a while, enjoying the pool. It was HOT, so lots of swimming and sun blocking. The swim up bar opened at 11. Great frozen drinks that were not skimpy on the booze! Very relaxing time there, a highlight of our stay! We were going to split our time between pool and the little beach, but when i went to check out the beach it was wall to wall people and umbrellas! So we just decided to stay put. I guess we left the pool around 2pm, changed, and took an Uber to Castillo San Felipe del Morro. It was a very quick ride, maybe 10-15 mins, and probably would’ve been less but we sat in some traffic pulling up to the fort. Cost was around $8. We wandered around the fort checking out each level. The views were spectacular! It was really breezy which helped with the heat. We even ran into a huge iguana just sunning himself on one of the walls of the fort! We then walked to Castillo San Cristobel, which is about a 15 minute walk, and did the same wandering around there. This fort had a lot inside to check out, like dungeons and tunnels. Very cool! Overall, I would say we spent about 45min - 1 hour at each spot and that was REALLY taking our time and taking a ton of photos. From there we we walked to La Fortaleza street to check out the umbrellas. There was a lot going on there and it was crowded, almost had a festival feel to it. But not too crowded that we didn’t get to enjoy and take pics. We then walked to Cortes Chocobar for dinner. It was absolutely outstanding and half the cost of what we paid at the resort. Great service, great food. Omg the milkshakes......we left there so full! After dinner we headed back to resort. Wandered around again since it was Saturday night. Not a lot going on inside here, so weird. Pool area was active with families swimming. We decided to chill out in the room because we had an early Sunday morning rainforest tour and then of course boarding our ship!!! I think from here on out, I’ll make each day it’s own post. So Sunday is below!
  9. 2 days 6 hours (Freedom 8 day out of Galveston) 440 days 7 hours (Mardi Gras 15 day out of New York) can't wait!
  10. Hi, we leave in two weeks on the Freedom from San Juan. We were going to be staying at an Air BnB in Old San Juan but given the protests that are happening right now I decided to change that. We are now staying at the AC Hotel Condado. The hotel looks nice and is close to the airport and the pier. My hope is that we will still be able to go to Old San Juan in the afternoon on Saturday when we arrive by taking an uber or taxi over. Anyone stay at this hotel? suggestions on things to do near by. Restaurants for dinner/breakfast? Bars? really anything. My plans have all now changed. Thank you as always for your help and reading.
  11. I will say the Allure docking, makes those of us who are going to be on the Freedom feel better.
  12. EDIT: I think I misread your posts, oops. If you're doing the seaplane then completely ignore everything below 🙂 I know I'm a little late to the party on this, but we just did a land vacation in June and took the ferry to the Dry Tortugas. It was amazing and I highly recommend it! We absolutely loved it. Breakfast and lunch were included and we got about 4.5 hours to spend at the Fort to do whatever we wanted. It was plenty of time to take a tour, walk around, snorkel, and swim. We were back in Key West by 5:30pm. I know you said you booked it already, but if it's not offered through the cruise line, I'd be careful on times. Are you still scheduled to be in port at 8:00am? If so, I'm not sure you'll make it. Check-in begins at 7:00am, you begin boarding at 7:30am, and we were actually on our way by 8:00am. If you've talked to the people at Yankee Freedom and they seem to think it's fine then go for it! If you can make it work, it's well worth it. I just wanted to caution you as the ferry does leave early. Enjoy your trip!
  13. It does, especially the freedom within the execution of using the packages. But I was meaning the FREE AT SEA with NCL and not $99 per day. Have just returned from an NCL sailing.
  14. The FREEDOM?!?!?!? Launched in 2006. She's 13. GRANDEUR is 23.
  15. Did not know that Freedom was 20 years old!😱
  16. Normally we book a dinner at the Steakhouse each cruise. Since we've sailed the Freedom before, this time we decided to try the Chefs Table. Any any reviews on this dining experience?
  17. We too leave on the Freedom on Sunday, July 28 and are flying in on Saturday, July 27 and staying in the heart of OSJ. We are looking forward to spending time seeing the sights, streets, food and the old forts of OSJ. The last time we were in San Juan was in early October 2017 just after Hurricane Maria hit to board the Adventure of the Seas. Although our cruise sailed as scheduled, we could not visit OSJ because of the severe damage and lack of hotels, food, electricity, water & gas. RCI actually allowed us to board the ship a day ahead of time because there were no hotels to stay in for arriving cruise guests. We said at that time, we would be back to visit OSJ in the near future when she was back up and running. We fully expect these protests to have ended by the time we arrive, so we can finally visit OSJ! That's my story and (hope) and I'm sticking to it. Good luck to all cruisers who will be arriving in SJ this weekend and next weekend.
  18. One deck up is too far from water. Did that on Freedom. Miserable hot. Not a problem. I'll just get to the pool around 7am. I'm up at that hour anyway.
  19. We are in Boston for 12 hours, and planning to use the bus and metro to park st, and do the Freedom trail. As I from the UK will I be able to use cash on the bus and Metro. Thanks.
  20. Looks like you would be on Adventure on a Wed in Sep. What we often recommend is to take a cab to the Constitution to see the museum and ship. Museum opens at 9 and ship at 10. Then take the MBTA water taxi to Long Wharf for a mini upper harbor cruise. Walk along the waterfront Christopher Columbus Park into the North End to pick up the Freedom Trail to walk back to Faneuil Hall/Quincy Market. Eat lunch in the North End or Faneuil Hall. Walk the Freedom Trail backwards to Boston Common. To get back to the ship from Park St Station take the MBTA Red Line Direction Braintree/Ashmont any train 2 stops to South Station for a free transfer to the Silver Line Bus SL2 to Dry Dock Ave to get back to Black Falcon Terminal. Feel free to post back with questions.
  21. You can cover a lot more than you think you can-- Boston is one of the more compact and easily walkable of the major northeastern cities. It's not even close to as vast as New York-- the main historic areas are tiny in comparison. Having lived there for a couple years, I tended to walk most places as its easy, generally flat, and not great distances. I would Uber out of the port area to the Constitution as someone has mentioned and then take the water taxi back. Once there you can pick up the Freedom Trail and do some walking. If the Constitution isn't of interest, take an Uber to Boston Common and pick up the trail there.
  22. Thank you. I guess the Freedom cruise had a lot of sunbathers. Plus the husband wanted a proper breakfast in the dining room. I told him he's on his own this trip. I'm not giving up sun time for food.
  23. I would agree, I much prefer the P&O version of freedom. We were on Anthem and because so many people pre book times you really had to or had a long que, as you say it makes it no longer “freedom”. Personally we tend to book freedom so any change would not affect me personally but I know a lot of cruisers would really miss club dining we’re it ever to go. Presumably P&O will regularly review how many people who book select request club / freedom.
  24. It would not worry me if this happened but I know many posters who would consider this a retrograde step, so I am happy for P&O to maintain both. However I do prefer P&O's freedom dining system which does not offer an online system to pre-book your freedom dining time, and as a result most people just turn up at the time they prefer. Reading the Independence facecloth page ready for our upcoming cruise there are countless posts advocating that you book your freedom dining time slot in advance to avoid having to queue. This system really negates all the benefits that I enjoy from a freedom dining option.
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