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We arrived in Miami mid morning 12/14 very excited and eager to check out the ship that would be our home for the next 7 days. Since we drove to Miami we knew we would leave our car in the parking garage which cost $20 per day much cheaper than flying with a family of 5. Once the kids saw the size of the ship they weren't able to contain their joy, they were eager to jump out of the car and get on board. We checked our luggage at the curb and got in line to enter the ship, it was pretty easy going. The lines were long but moving at a steady pace. The entire process took us about an hour. Once onboard we were in amazement at the size and how beautiful the ship is. It didn't take long for the kids to ask for lunch and I knew from reading the message boards that the Windjammer would be open and serving lunch. We took advantage of this opportunity and stayed long enough to hear that our rooms were ready. Since we were first time cruisers we didn't know what to expect from our rooms. Traveling with a family of 5 we had to have 2 rooms. Our balcony room was a bit tight when we were all in the room together but not a big deal. Our inside cabin overlooked the promenade. At first I didn't know how I would feel about this but it turned out to be great. It especially helped when activities were taken place below in the main promenade, the kids didn't have to worry about finding a seat on the promenade or complaining about not being able to see what was going on. We just went to our room and they had a perfect view. I must say thanks a lot to our room attendants Orwin and Bridgette they were absolutely wonderful and fun to chat with. We ate most of our meals at the Windjammer, Sorrentos, Cafe Promenade, and Johnny Rockets. The waitstaff was absolutely wonderful to all of us. Our 6 and 9 year old loved going to Adventure Ocean so we usually ate in the Windjammer while they were at AO. We became friendly with some of the waitstaff Lenard from Trindad, who insisted that I try a different cold soup or desert every night. My daughter asked waitstaff member Mohmut Abika for Ranch dressing because she didn't see any on the buffet he said "ok" I'll be right back. He was gone for maybe 8 minutes or so we thought he forgot but he was on the hunt for our Ranch on the 5th deck and he returned with the Ranch. Around our 4th night on the ship we met Burhan Sanli a supervisor at the Windjammer oh what fun! He really made us laugh and we looked forward to seeing and chatting with him. We had an equally good time at Sorrentos the pizza place. We got to know the staff here well because this is where the kids ate after leaving AO. Michelle and Uriel thank you for going the extra mile to help us with the kids and keep us smiling. Our kids loved their time at Adventure Ocean. They were there most mornings,afternoons, and evenings. My son volunteered to be a part of the show Once Upon a Time and thought this was the best fun he could ever have at AO. They also enjoyed being at the pool and eating ice cream at Sprinkles. It would be nice if Sprinkles stayed opened later. We enjoyed the shows, Rich Spacey is a great cruise director! The performers and performances were great and gave their best each night. Overall we loved sailing on the FOS!! We are planning our next cruise for 2009!!

First time cruisers...blown away by FOS!!!!!!

Freedom of the Seas Cruise Review by fam4cruise

Trip Details
We arrived in Miami mid morning 12/14 very excited and eager to check out the ship that would be our home for the next 7 days. Since we drove to Miami we knew we would leave our car in the parking garage which cost $20 per day much cheaper than flying with a family of 5. Once the kids saw the size of the ship they weren't able to contain their joy, they were eager to jump out of the car and get on board.
We checked our luggage at the curb and got in line to enter the ship, it was pretty easy going. The lines were long but moving at a steady pace. The entire process took us about an hour. Once onboard we were in amazement at the size and how beautiful the ship is. It didn't take long for the kids to ask for lunch and I knew from reading the message boards that the Windjammer would be open and serving lunch. We took advantage of this opportunity and stayed long enough to hear that our rooms were ready.
Since we were first time cruisers we didn't know what to expect from our rooms. Traveling with a family of 5 we had to have 2 rooms. Our balcony room was a bit tight when we were all in the room together but not a big deal. Our inside cabin overlooked the promenade. At first I didn't know how I would feel about this but it turned out to be great. It especially helped when activities were taken place below in the main promenade, the kids didn't have to worry about finding a seat on the promenade or complaining about not being able to see what was going on. We just went to our room and they had a perfect view. I must say thanks a lot to our room attendants Orwin and Bridgette they were absolutely wonderful and fun to chat with.
We ate most of our meals at the Windjammer, Sorrentos, Cafe Promenade, and Johnny Rockets. The waitstaff was absolutely wonderful to all of us. Our 6 and 9 year old loved going to Adventure Ocean so we usually ate in the Windjammer while they were at AO. We became friendly with some of the waitstaff Lenard from Trindad, who insisted that I try a different cold soup or desert every night. My daughter asked waitstaff member Mohmut Abika for Ranch dressing because she didn't see any on the buffet he said "ok" I'll be right back. He was gone for maybe 8 minutes or so we thought he forgot but he was on the hunt for our Ranch on the 5th deck and he returned with the Ranch. Around our 4th night on the ship we met Burhan Sanli a supervisor at the Windjammer oh what fun! He really made us laugh and we looked forward to seeing and chatting with him. We had an equally good time at Sorrentos the pizza place. We got to know the staff here well because this is where the kids ate after leaving AO. Michelle and Uriel thank you for going the extra mile to help us with the kids and keep us smiling.
Our kids loved their time at Adventure Ocean. They were there most mornings,afternoons, and evenings. My son volunteered to be a part of the show Once Upon a Time and thought this was the best fun he could ever have at AO. They also enjoyed being at the pool and eating ice cream at Sprinkles. It would be nice if Sprinkles stayed opened later.
We enjoyed the shows, Rich Spacey is a great cruise director! The performers and performances were great and gave their best each night.
Overall we loved sailing on the FOS!! We are planning our next cruise for 2009!!
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Cabin 6630
inside cabin-promenade great view, balcony cabin-good size
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