The highly anticipated day had come to board the Freedom of the Seas in Barcelona and to say we were excited was an understatement. We had pre-booked a private transfer to come and get us from the hotel and take us to the ship. The driver arrived promptly and we had a 20 – 25 minute journey to the ship. As we arrived at the cruise terminal at approx. 12.30pm there were lots of people as there was a few other ships as well as ours in Barcelona that day. We queued for around 20 minutes and as we are gold members once the queue entered the cruise terminal we were able to join the gold fast track line which was slightly quicker. As we had checked in prior to arrival online and printed out our sea passes, the check in process was quick and easy and we headed through to the ship. We were greeted by the friendly staff with a glass of cava on arrival. When we walked through there was staff offering beverage package options which we were planning to take up anyway so we added them on straight away. This meant we didn’t have to queue at guest relations making the start to our cruise easy and stress free! Well done Royal! The cost of the ultimate beverage package was $441 for the 8 days which was well worthwhile as this includes most drinks such as spirits, cocktails, sodas and more. I like Cognac as my tipple and was able to have Courvoisier & Remy Martin as part of my package. I was also able to have house champagne and prosecco which are also favourites of mine! My Daughter had a soda package for the week which cost round $65 and there are self service soda machines around the ship so drinks can be had 24hours. We arrived at our cabin and our luggage hadn’t arrived yet but we decided to go in and explore.
We had an inside cabin up on deck 10 towards the front of the ship, the ocean view cabins are just the same but the mirror above the bed would be the window. The bed arrangements for my daughter was great as she had a bunk style bed above us with a rail on it so she couldn’t fall out which she loved with little ladders to it. There was also a curtain which could be closed if she was asleep to divide the room so we didn’t disturb her. After a quick look around the cabin we headed upstairs to the deck above to explore the pool deck and grab some food at the windjammer buffet style restaurant located at the aft of the pool deck.
The windjammer food was amazing, so much choice and everything labelled to avoid confusion. There is also a section of the windjammer called jade that has an Asian influence as well so there really is lots of variation to suit any requirement. Although this is all self service there are staff walking around taking bar drinks orders if required which I thought was a nice touch. We found the food to be of a very high standard and the staff were very helpful and friendly. On the way back to our cabin we stopped by at the adventure ocean kids club to register my daughter, the staff were very inviting and my daughter cerise wanted to play straight away but the club doesn’t operate on the 1st day due to the registration period. We headed back to the cabin to check if our luggage had been delivered and it had so we got changed into our swim suits and headed back up to deck 11 to the pool area to explore. As a 1st day tip for next time I would pack a small hand luggage bag with swim suits in and sun cream as sometimes it can take a good few hours to receive your luggage to your cabin. Stay tuned for my next blog as we sail away…..
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