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  1. Great news, you will be impressed they are very professional. I used one of their floatation belts with no shame!
  2. We went to Surfside beach afterwards. They are also on FB - there is another place down the beach called Reflections. We rented 2 chairs and an umbrella for $15. The beach is not as nice as Eagle, but it was fine for what we wanted. We went to Barefoot Aruba for dinner afterwards and I can't say enough good things about it.
  3. Also, Trikes Aruba has a Facebook page. I stalked that quite some time before I booked it!
  4. We just did the Trikes Aruba tour and really enjoyed it. I wrote a review of Freedom in the discussion board if you want to see my write up, I don't know how to link it. I have never done the other one so I can't comment on which is better.
  5. I don't recall seeing them, but maybe they were out a little later in the day?
  6. I just used them! I'm unsure of how to link to another post, but I just did a fell review of Freedom of the Seas Nov. 17th sailing. If you scroll down to St. Thomas (it was our last port) you will see the full review. I can't say enough good things about them.
  7. I am sure if you email them they will let you know. Ulf was very responsive to email messages and always got back to me in less than 24 hours.
  8. Rude people come in all nationalities unfortunately. Yes, announcements are in both languages but honestly the English versions seem like they are longer so I'm not sure why so many people feel the need to complain about that. With the exception being the the muster drill, both were about the same length. Several times we encountered people who clearly didn't speak English and they greeted us with a very friendly Buenos Noches! and we simply replied back in English Good night to you as well! and there were smiles all around. I'm sure as long as you do your research on where you wa
  9. So here's the wrap up of my recap... Finding the Royal Caribbean Blog was a Godsend! I could go on and on but if you’re already here you know how great of a community this is. I have to admit that I did go over to the dark side several times (CC). I found some useful information on the ports I was visiting. I saw some really terrible reviews of Freedom and I’m so glad I didn’t listen to any of them. One of the most critical things I read over and over again was that sailing from PR meant I was going to encounter very rude people. I won’t say we didn’t, but honestly the few that
  10. Our flight was 3:13 so we pushed it a little, lol. I think we were there in about 20 minutes. We were there in plenty of time.
  11. Sunday - Nov 24th San Juan/Fly Home Can you believe they are making us leave this floating paradise? Our flight back to NJ was scheduled after 3pm & since I wanted to keep things as simple as possible I booked the San Juan On Your Own w/Airport Drop Off tour thru RC. The time on the tickets said 7:45 and the paper in our room said 7:15, so we were out the door by 7am, grabbed our last specialty iced coffee & croissants and headed over to the Star Lounge where we were checked in quickly and found a nice comfy seat. We played the hurry up and wait game and I’d say we were fin
  12. Saturday - Nov 23rd - St. Thomas After I first booked this cruise I became obsessed with watching YouTube videos that featured Freedom of the Seas, which led me to Griff and Alyssa’s channel. I loved the tour they took on St. Thomas with Sunfari but the only thing hubby asked for all trip was to take a taxi to Coki Beach. About 2 weeks before we sailed someone told him Coki wasn’t like it was 10 years ago so maybe we should do something else instead. I immediately reached out to Sunfari Jeep Tours to see if they had anything available. I’m a crazy planner and I thought their webs
  13. Thank you! I know it's long but I remember how I liked to read tons of stuff before my trip so I'm trying to be somewhat detailed. We didn't go to St. Marteen this trip.
  14. Friday - Nov 22nd at Sea It was nice not to wake up to an alarm this morning. We had breakfast in the MDR and since it was a bit crowded they didn’t have any tables for 2. We gladly made up a table for 6 with others behind us and had a nice leisurely breakfast. We walked around the ship and bit and then went back to the room so I could pack up what I could so it wouldn’t be so overwhelming the following night. I’m really glad we did this. I don’t normally fly for vacation so having to keep things to one checked bag each plus a carry on was a bit of a challenge, especially after a
  15. Thursday - Nov 21st Bonaire A new island for both of us. I originally planned on sleeping in a bit and having a nice sit down breakfast. We would go to the local craft market, back to the ship and then snorkeling. That was all turned around before we left when Woodwind moved our snorkeling excursion to early that morning. Luckily I found out before the cruise! I was a bit nervous because they wanted us there at 8:15 and we were only able to get off the ship at what I thought was 8am. The crew told us that no, we could not get off until 8:30. I originally thought it was my mistake
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