A few days ago I blogged about the Royal Caribbean Cruise and Universal Orlando Resort collaboration and how you can combine two great family vacations now for one package price. I also shared with you my experience at Universal Orlando Resort and day 1 of the Freedom of the Seas 7 Night Western Caribbean Cruise. Today I want to tell you about day 2 on Freedom of The Seas Royal Caribbean Cruise. Thanks again to Royal Caribbean International and for hosting my family on this cruise. All opinions expressed are mine. I hope you find this insight into a caribbean cruise useful for your family vacation planning.
Freedom of The Seas Royal Caribbean Cruise 7 Night Western Caribbean Cruise- Day 2
Our first full day on the cruise and was also a full day at sea. Before we set sail, I was a little curious how that would feel and wondered if we would be at all bored on our full days at sea. No. There is no chance of being bored on the Freedom of The Seas! In fact, I found the day flew by as I tried to fit in all the various activities I didn’t want to miss out on and there is still so much to do on our next (and last) full day at sea. We started the morning with a lovely buffet breakfast in the WindJammer with a beautiful view of the ocean while we ate.
Next, I let the kids play at the H2O Zone while I relaxed in a beach chair and kept my eye on them. Then we took a trip up to the Adventure Ocean and signed the kids in for their first play time experience there while I toured the boat.
Things To Do
I was amazed at all the fun stuff there was to see and do aboard the Freedom of The Seas and at how many activities are part of the inclusive package. They do a great job at offering all kinds of entertainment for all types of adventure levels. They have family friendly mini golf, rock wall climbing, 3D movies, surfing and boogie boarding in the Flow Rider, ice skating, and a basketball court and all at no extra cost! That stuff alone could probably keep you busy all week but they also have a casino, a spa, ice shows, magic shows, comedy, shops, bars, 4 pools, and 6 whirlpools. Wow, right?!
Places To Eat
Plus, eating is almost an activity unto itself aboard the Freedom of Seas because there is so much choice! Complimentary options including Windjammer Café, Jade Sushi and Asian-fusion cuisine, Sorrento’s Pizza, Café Promenade for coffee and pastries/snacks, and room service. Then there is also specialty dining at Giovanni’s Table, Chops Grille steakhouse, and Sabor Modern Mexican.
The kids program is called Adventure Ocean and it is broken down into 5 age tiered programs. The categories are babies and tots, 3-5, 6-8, 9-11, and teen (12-17, often further split into 12-14 and 15-17). The thing I like about Adventure Ocean is that they are all certified child care professionals and they try to keep kids active and involved in facilitated activities, sports, crafts, or science programs that are planned out and different each day. My kids had a great time at their first visit to Adventure Ocean while I toured the boat.
Sabor Modern Mexican
After I picked up my kids we went to Sabor Modern Mexican for lunch and it was really a treat. They had a very unique menu and everyone loved their dishes. Especially fun was the table side preparation of guacamole. I had the chicken and roasted corn empanadas for my entree and I was very happy with it. We stuffed ourself at lunch so much we went back to the room for a 30 minute power nap!
Ice Skating Show
We woke up in time to go see the FreedomIce.com Show. We didn’t want to miss that! After all, it is an amazing venue with stadium seating so that every seat in the house gets a great view. I had never seen any thing like this ice skating show. There were about 10 ice skaters on the ice for much of the show and they were choreographed in in these amazing routines on a pretty small rink. There were costume changes and many themes. They danced in larger groups and in solo acts and they performed some jaw dropping jumps and moves. I loved it.
Next we opted for an early dinner at the Windjammer Cafe and then grabbed some pool time. The kids loved the H2O Zone and I loved relaxing in the hot tub! I like that there are so many pool choices. Since there is an adult only pool, I don’t have to worry about my kids disturbing adults or splashing people.
Then the we brought the kids to Adventure Ocean to play while we had a little adult time. We wondered the Royal Promenade and made a visit to the casino and I played the quarter coin dozer machines. I probably won about $15 but I also spent about $15 plus the $15 I won! It was fun though! The day absolutely flew by. Next, we picked the kiddos up and headed back to our rooms for bed because Day 3 holds a day in port at Labadee, Haiti.
For more information on Freedom of the Seas visit RoyalCaribbean.com