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Freedom OTS 11/11/17 8 Nights, Modified Western Caribbean

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13 hours ago, twangster said:

On our first cruise in '15, our room was the top one on the left.  What a wonderful view of the Promenade.

I'm super excited about oasis in Jan, but am also longing to get back on Freedom ASAP.

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As promised the Captain delivered us to Cozumel on time where we met up with the Liberty of the Seas.

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The port area of Cozumel features a collection of shops and some bars.  Not far outside the port area are less expensive shops.

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I've been to Cozumel several times and the color of the water amazes me every time.

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Since we were not scheduled to arrive until 11am several people were out early in the adult only Solarium to get a head start on their tan.

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When sisters meet...

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I then headed up to Olive or Twist near the top of the ship aft.  Amazing views from up there.

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Last stop was the Chapel.

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Down to the pier...

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10 minutes ago, Matt said:

Interested to hear how you spent your day in Cozumel. Enjoy!

Third visit this year.  Sixth or seventh overall.  I just walked out of the port area and turned left towards town.  There are a few bars on the water heading in the direction of town where you can grab a Margarita and hang out watching the amazing water with the ships as a back drop.   A few rain cells came through so I had to time it to avoid getting wet.  Enjoyed WJ for meals today.  On previous visits I've rented a jeep or done an excursion so this time I just self-explored.

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Day 4 Dinner - My Time Deck 5 Galileo Dining Room

Service tonight was back to what I've experienced on other ships - very good!

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Let's start with the menu, Shiitake Night:

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I chose the Roasted Rack of Lamb.  It was delicious.  Great flavors. Perfect portion.  I wanted more because it tasted so good, but I didn't want to be over stuffed so on to dessert.

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Dessert Menu:

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Tonight's ice cream was Butter Almond and while I am not a big dessert person, I went for it.  Yum.  

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I hope @Matt has budget for more storage because I'm not done taking pictures!

I love this ship.  So many things, where do I start?

First off, you don't often get to see a cantilevered hot tub from the outside, but with Liberty still beside us, here is one:

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When sisters hang out you've got to take pictures...

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But all good things must come to an end. Alas Liberty of the Seas, Bon Voyage until we meet again...

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Back to our ship, the Freedom of the Seas, I mentioned earlier lots of places to hide out and escape or sort of, yet stay tuned to the vibe of the ship.  Here are some of those:

The computer area:

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The Library right below it (note the opening to the computer lab above)

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The Crown and Anchor Loyalty area:

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An observation area deck something overlooking the Royal Promenade (I can't remember right now, what deck am I on?).  

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Speaking of Matt, he is a big Sabor fan, so here is Sabor on the Freedom, right across from the Schooner Bar (I was saving this for a Mexican port):

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Speaking of the Schooner Bar...

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Which leads us to the Casino ...

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Changing gears for a moment, I really like Vintages.  So here is one of my favorite venues:

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For those that prefer the pub, across the 'street'...

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In case I'm losing the shopping crowd, here is a photo to re-focus your attention...

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Here is the B&J menu:

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One last shot of the end of the Promenade near the elevator bank:

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And with that, it's time for the Love and Marriage Show.  Can't miss it...  

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Fantastic blog! I Love the pictures. I believe  I saw you taking the photos up on deck 12 yesterday as I was running on the track before sunrise. We should do quick RCblog meet up somewhere on the ship.

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On 11/15/2017 at 5:14 AM, FloatMe said:

 We should do quick RCblog meet up somewhere on the ship.

Absolutely!  Keep an eye out for contact later today.

Here is our Cruise Director Abe Hughes hosting the Love and Marriage Show.  

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Abe has been a great CD.  He told a joke during the welcome aboard show on day 1 which he credited to Johnny Carson, someone he admired growing up:

"If you're wearing a speedo but you can't look down and see the speedo, you're over the speedo-limit"

So true...

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Day 5 - Sea Day, Caribbean Sea on our way to Ocho Rios, Jamaica.  Yeah mon!

I have to give credit to Royal Caribbean for how they modified our itinerary when our some of our Eastern ports were closed.  They could have 'cheaped out' and saved money on fuel but instead they kept four ports and sent us back and forth across the Caribbean Sea keeping the same number of port and sea days.  Awesome cruise so far, well done Royal Caribbean!

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I slept in and missed the sunrise. Oh well.  I moved my MTD reservation until later tonight hoping for a good sunset.  Fingers crossed.  

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Breakfast today was in the MDR on deck 3, Leonardo's Dining Room.

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A Canadian couple from Vancouver told us a Cozumel story at breakfast.  They went scuba diving in Cozumel booked directly as it was full through RCI.  Coming back to the ship the waves were up and the dive boat couldn't dock.  After several attempts to dock, it was clear they couldn't without smashing into the pier, so as a result they were going to divert to the a downtown pier and were told they would need to take a taxi to the ship, but it was getting close to 'back on board time'. 

Plan B was to jump in and swim to the pier where Freedom was, so they did.  Port security freaked out and there was much shouting back & forth between the dive boat staff and port security but in the end they were allowed up a ladder and onto the pier.  Absent of towels they boarded Freedom dripping wet but just in time.

They had a one year old in the nursery so missing the ship was not an option.   I've heard of pier runners, but this was my 1st account of pier swimmers. :1_grinning:

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2 hours ago, twangster said:

 

Abe has been a great CD.  He told a joke during the welcome aboard show on day 1 which he credited to Johnny Carson, someone he admired growing up:

"If you're wearing a speedo but you can't look down and see the speedo, you're over the speedo-limit"

So true...

I have heard awesome things about Abe Hughes!  Never have been fortunate enough to sail on a cruise with him as CD.  We missed him by a month on Harmony 😔

Tim Connor is also great!  We had him on Allure and I laughed so hard during the Quest and the Belly Flop contest that I was literally in tears.

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Cruise Tip # 1307 - Take a photo on your phone of the ship contact information for each port found on the back of the Cruise Compass before leaving the ship.  It changes at each port and lists the closest US Embassy, local police, ship's local agent and the telephone number of the ship and RCI Miami. 

You just never know when you might need this, such as the story of the pier swimmers above.   For example, here is the info for Cozumel:

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21 hours ago, twangster said:

 

I've been to Cozumel several times and the color of the water amazes me every time.

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Agreed.  Our first time in Cozumel we did an excursion to Passion Island and the water was aqua green.  It was beautiful  

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More art from the aft elevator bank.  Very fitting for the Freedom of the Seas and since we sailed on 11/11.

Many thanks to all veterans and active service personnel including their families!  

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And a shout out to a Periscoper @FloatMe I presume... I'm also on deck 10.

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Lastly you never know what interesting aquatic life you'll see in the middle of the Caribbean Sea:

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That's Harmony of the Seas, the largest cruise ship in the world!  She was with us on day 1 in Port Everglades.   Now we are trading destinations as she heads to Cozumel and we head to Jamaica.  I sailed on her in September and she is a great ship!  

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6 hours ago, twangster said:

More art from the aft elevator bank.  Very fitting for the Freedom of the Seas and since we sailed on 11/11.

Many thanks to all veterans and active service personnel including their families!  

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As an Air Force vet, the first time I saw this I was in awe.  We got to look at these F-16s and F-15 a lot, as our room was close to that elevator.

***I'm such an idiot.  The middle plane is obviously an F-18, not a 15.  I don't deserve to be in the Air Force...***

This blog is amazing; thank you for taking the time to post all of this!

 

Oh yeah - that blown glass art in and around Bolero is gorgeous!

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Ummm, stupidity?

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