Sept. 26, 2009. As our last day of this cruise is here, I thought it would be good to recap and highlight some of the memorable and informative features that I’ve experienced.
Yesterday, as a “thank you” to all of the Diamond Plus, Diamond and Platinum members, the Freedom of the Seas hosted a lovely tablecloth breakfast in the main dining room on deck three. The menu was certainly out of the ordinary, featuring a choice of Melon & Prosciutto, a Surprise-Inside French Toast, Country-Style Egg in a Basket Delight or Fancy Freedom’s Fritter.
I did not choose the egg dish which, when translated, was scrambled eggs with avocado and smoked salmon with a citrus hollandaise. Despite my mental reference to Dr. Seuss’ Green Eggs and Ham, it was a very nice dish. However, I chose the Mango Trifle to start, followed by the Melon Proscuitto.
Another favorite place of mine on all the Freedom-class ships is Vintages. Vintages is the wine bar on the Promenade. It’s a great place to meet friends for a pre-dinner cocktail or glass of wine. The waitstaff is friendly and knowledgeable about their wines. Available for sampling are various wine flights from full-bodied Cabernets to lighter Sauvignon Blancs. Watch the daily Cruise Compass newsletter for dates and times.
How would you like to have free Ben and Jerry’s ice cream every day of your cruise? Not possible, you say? Wrong.
See the two cows on top of the Ben and Jerry’s marquee?
Here’s how to get free Ben and Jerry’s ice cream: See the stateroom windows just behind the cows’ behinds? If you are lucky enough (and don’t object to the “view”), have your travel agent reserve that stateroom for you. It’s so popular that Royal Caribbean has even given that room a name: “The Ben and Jerry Sweet.”
All said, it was a great week aboard the Freedom of the Seas. Very friendly staff and crew, delicious food, a gorgeous ship and luckily, great weather, too. Even if the weather hadn’t been so tropically-perfect, spending the day aboard the ship would have been equally rewarding. There is so much to do, to see, to experience that when you step off the ship, I guarantee that you’ll say, “I can’t believe I didn’t get to do everything!” Royal Caribbean certainly delivers the “WOW.”
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