Neil Clarridge of the Star-Tribune, a Virginia newspaper, chronicled his recent cruise aboard Freedom of the Seas. In part one of a three part series, Clarridge embarked on the cruise as a graduation gift for his oldest daughter. Clarridge chose the cruise over the traditional beach vacation to avoid the "most disturbing teenage debauchery accessible to high school graduates in our area" and off they went.
Clarridge seemed to enjoy his time on the ship, and tried a few different venues on the first night of their cruise. Here are some of his thoughts...
- Balcony stateroom: After supper we retired to our stateroom until the show began at 9. Since we had a balcony in our stateroom, we sat outside and watched the ocean go by. There was nothing but blue water as far as the eye could see. Luxury surrounded by beautiful desolation.
- Entertainment for the night: The show was very entertaining. The singers could sing, the dancers could dance, and the comedians were funny.
- Windjammer: Deck 11 was home to the Windjammer caf/. The quality and quantity of the food was superlative. We went to the Windjammer for breakfast and lunch.