This trip report is from our Royal Caribbean Western Caribbean cruise onboard the Freedom of the Seas. If you’re just joining us, start from Day 1 by clicking here: Royal Caribbean Freedom of the Seas Cruise Day 1.
Today was our last full day on the ship. We started with breakfast in the Windjammer, then did some shopping in the Royal Promenade. We caught the end of the Captain’s Corner Q&A session, then went back to the Royal Promenade for the FreedomFEST. They had tables set up to demonstrate making towel animals, napkin folding, fruit carving and ice sculptures. It was a big party gathering with food and drinks set out (food = free, alcohol = not free, but discounted and very pretty).
Then we met our dining room table mates for our At Sea salad bar in the main dining room. De-lish!
After lunch, we saw Shrek 4 in 3D in the Arcadia Theater. Afterward, we caught the end of the Best of the Best competition at the Flowrider and then stuck around to watch stand-up surfing. This guy was in serious need of a ponytail holder.
It was a pretty relaxed day of just wandering around the ship until dinner. For tonight’s appetizer, I had spinach/cheese dip with tortilla chips and shrimp cocktail and Brett had 2 shrimp cocktails (notice how we are eating more and more as the days go by…almost like our stomachs were stretching before our eyes and could hold more food!).
For dinner, I had tempura shrimp and mahi mahi and Brett had turkey.
For dessert, I had banana parfait and ice cream and Brett had Key Lime pie.
By the time dinner was done, we were right next to Miami, so we went to catch the sunset. There were clouds in the way, but it was still very pretty. And oh my goodness, it was windy out!
Just a side note regarding the new poolside screen. About once a day, they played a movie on it and other times, they played music videos. However, sometimes they were playing something on the screen but something different over the speakers. For example, they were playing Grease on the screen but Jimmy Buffet music was playing over the loudspeaker. Other times, they just had tropical backgrounds. I think it definitely could have been utilized better. However, I was not poolside often enough to benefit from it. They did play the NBA finals on it twice, which prompted a largely male audience around the pool.
Tonight’s main show was the Farewell Show Spectacular. Graham, the Cruise Director, sang a little and there was also a comedian.
After the show, we went back to the room to pack up our luggage to place outside our room by midnight. For departure, you can either elect to carry out your own luggage if you leave really early, or they will transport it off the boat for you if you leave at designated times depending on the numbered luggage tag you request. We elected to have them take it for us so we could sleep a little later. I didn’t want to get off the ship any earlier than I had to.
Nightly towel animal.
Day 8: Debarkation
Because we didn’t take any photos on debarkation day, I’ll just include it along with this post.
On the last day, we woke up and had our last breakfast in the Windjammer. Oddly enough, I only had oatmeal. Lame, I know. I had big dreams of stuffing my face with as much cruise food as I could in order to remember all the yummy goodness, but I just wasn’t that hungry and didn’t want to feel like a stuffed cow on the 4 hour car ride home.
The departure process was super easy. They called our number early, but since you can leave at any time after they call your number, we continued eating and just left when we were done. We went through customs, found our luggage, loaded up the car, paid for parking and left, all in less than 30 or so minutes.
We had debated going to the Kennedy Space Center before going home, but decided against it so we could get home earlier and have time to get things back to normal.
Overall, we really enjoyed our vacation and Royal Caribbean. I hope you enjoyed our trip report! Remember, you can start from Day 1 if you’re just joining us!
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