The thing I realized this last few days is the world is a big place. – Paul Cayard
Day Two – Sea Day
Day two on Freedom of the Seas was a sea day. And thankfully the cruise got much better. I’m going to tell you that I’m going to do an honest review of our cruise, even if some of it are complaints. If I’ve been promised something by Royal Caribbean, I expect them to honor their promise, just like I’d expect anyone to. We did pay for the cruise, internet was provided by Royal Caribbean, which I am thankful for.
Breakfast at Windjammer
We got out of bed at around 8 am, got dressed, and then ran to the Windjammer buffet to grab some breakfast. I love on Freedom of the Seas how they have eggs-over-easy right on the buffet so you don’t have to special order them. They keep making them constantly, so they’re still good and hot when you get them. I had two eggs over easy, a piece of toast, some hashbrown potatoes, and a few slices of bacon. So, I think that I ate well without overdoing it. I’m really trying hard to eat healthy this cruise, I know I’m not going to make it.
Time to relax
Then I went to the room to relax a bit on the balcony, and he went to explore and to talk to customer service. Our cabin steward had left a letter on our table the night before asking if we’d been satisfied with the medical facility during our visit. I think that this was for the previous tenants, since we hadn’t used the medical facilities, so he went to check to make sure they hadn’t put it on our bill. The guest account info that you can get on your interactive television wasn’t working yet at that time.
By the way, our cabin steward is Alan, and he’s great. And he does towel animals. Some of the stewards don’t like to do them, so I’m thankful that he did one for us. Love those things!
Such a smooth sailing ship
This is our second sailing on Freedom, so I don’t need to explore as much. I do have to admit that Freedom was last time, and has been this time, the smoothest sailing ship that I’ve ever sailed on. You don’t get the shimmy that you feel on other ships at all, and you can barely feel it rocking. I haven’t had to take my Dramamine.
After a while I went to the computer area on the ship, which is on deck 8 right above the library in the back of the ship. My cabin is forward, so I am getting a workout just coming to the computer room. Doesn’t help that I kept forgetting things. Oh well, I can definitely use the exercise.
The internet isn’t too bad here. I did have a problem at first logging into my webhost, but I just changed computers and all was well. The internet is fast enough for what I need it for, typing my blog, checking my Facebook and Instagram, etc. I just have the basic Voom internet package.
After writing my blog I ran to the Promenade Cafe and got some ranger cookies and a gluten free chocolate mousse. Really good. See, I’m doing really good on eating healthy. After all, it was gluten free! I love the Promenade Cafe, you can go in there and make yourself some coffee or some tea, they even have to-go cups for you to use, and then you can sit down at one of the sofas and just relax with a cookie or a snack.
Lunch in the Windjammer
We ate lunch in the Windjammer again. The food is actually pretty good in the Windjammer, and there’s a good selection. We haven’t had any problems finding a table, although they were asking everyone to leave when they finished their meal so that other guests could be seated. I had a hotdog and veggies, along with a small piece of lemon chicken that had been on the rotisserie.
After lunch I went back to the room to relax and take a nap. I’m determined to get more relaxation in this time. I would have watched television, but there really isn’t much selection to watch, and anyway, I can watch the ocean from my balcony, much more enjoyable. So, the first half of my day was uneventful, but relaxing.
The night of day two is elegant night in the main dining room. We always enjoy elegant night and like to dress up for it. We’re on the My Time Dining, and we had reservations for 5:30 pm. They remembered that we wanted to share a table, so this time they sat us at a round table for 6 with two very nice ladies, and a young man who was traveling with friends who did not want to dress up, so he came alone. Good for him! We had a very nice conversation, and enjoyed our meal.
I ordered a seafood puff. I did like the puff, but not the seafood part. Then I got the Duck a L’orange. The actual meat part was good, but there was a thick layer of fat on that duck, so I didn’t get a whole lot of meat. I loved the red cabbage though. Then I had the apple pie a’la mode, it was okay but nothing to write home about. When we made our reservations for this cruise we were told that the crew would sing to us our second night in the main dining room for our 40th anniversary. That didn’t happen, but truthfully, I was a little relieved.
It was the night for the captain to meet the guests. I love that Royal Caribbean makes the captain so accessible to the passengers. We had our picture taken with Captain Toni, and our impression was that he was so young to be sailing such a large ship. He must be an exceptional captain to have risen up the ranks so quickly.
After meeting the captain we went to get a seat for the evening’s production, “Marquee”. All of the seats seem to be pretty good in the Arcadia Theater, and the sound is good also. And the seats are very comfortable. “Marquee” was a very good production.
It’s “A tribute to the shows that light up Broadway”. The cast was excellent. My favorite productions were from Phantom of the Opera, and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. They did have a glitch right before Joseph where the music was playing but the dancers weren’t there. They must have had a technical difficulty, they closed the curtain and started over again in about five minutes. But after that it was flawless. I wouldn’t mind seeing it again.
After that we ran to Sorrento’s Pizza for a snack since I hadn’t eaten much of my dinner. I got the Hawaiian pizza with pineapple and ham, but honestly, I didn’t like it much. It didn’t have much of anything on it. Probably won’t try Sorrento’s pizza again. And then we called it a night. We didn’t do a lot on this sea day, but that’s the beauty of a cruise, you can do as much or as little as you want. I love sea days because it’s time for me to just unwind from the stresses of life. There’s nothing more soothing than the ocean to me. And I sleep like a baby on a ship.
And still no chocolate covered strawberries as promised.