Somehow the Freedom of the Seas seems roomy

With somewhere in the neighborhood of 5,000 folks on Freedom of the Seas, I had the notion that the ship would seem more crowded than any of the cruises I’ve taken with my dear wife Karen.

Not so. Somehow, the space planners made this shop seem roomy, from the promenade lined with shops and restaurants on deck five to the several pools and Windjammer buffet cafeteria on deck 11. Good architects, they. We never even had to wait for the elevators.

Sure, there were times when the pool deck seemed to be the most popular spot on board, especially the days were totally at sea.

Some people swam. I did not.

Some people swam. I did not.

But even then, my dear wife Karen and I always found spots side by side to lounge, read and enjoy a beverage or two.

Lounging and bar, side by side.

Lounging and bar, side by side.

Of course I also walked around to take some photos with my iPhone 6.

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We spent some time in the adventure section admiring those who had much more gusto for these things than we do.

Bringing the waves onto the ship.

Bringing the waves onto the ship.

My dear wife Karen was a surfer when she grew up in Los Angeles and San Diego, but time and a bad knee took away that urge. Me, the Long Island native, never.

A wall of potential failure.

A wall of potential failure.

No thank you on the rock climbing wall. Too high. Too much. Too old.

We enjoyed having both there, though, right next to the nine-hole miniature golf course.

Would you more likely surf or climb a rock wall on a ship? Would you more likely swim or lounge to read and sip a beverage? Which is your favorite photo, and why?

Tomorrow: Our balcony room

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12 thoughts on “Somehow the Freedom of the Seas seems roomy

  1. I had no idea there were so many activities available on cruise ships. Is it odd that I would rather opt for a simple cruise boat where I could relax in peace and quiet, while simply enjoying the beauty of the ocean, sky and marine life? But, it does look like fun and so glad you had the opportunity to go.

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  2. looks like so much fun mark – and I would likely do both the golf and wall climb.
    anyhow, as you can tell I am catching up on some of your posts and glad I did because I have been really enjoying the cruise with you.
    and i don’t feel crowded out either. ha!

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