Day 3 of our cruise on the Royal Caribbean Freedom of the Seas was a sea day, as we were travelling from Cococay to San Juan. I started the day out with a run on the treadmill in the fitness center (6 miles of intervals) and some breakfast in the Windjammer Café buffet, then Clay and I headed to the Cruise Critic Meet and Mingle.
Cruise Critic is an excellent site for learning about cruise ships, departure ports, ports of call, and other fun stuff. The user forums are full of great information, reviews, and answers to your questions.
Royal Caribbean sees the value in the Cruise Critic community, so they host a Meet and Mingle get together for users who are registered on the site (and who sign up prior to arriving onboard). It’s a neat way to get to know others from the forums, and they also give away cool prizes- such as an unlimited soda mug, bottles of champagne, and free minutes in the internet café.
One of the cruise officers and a member of the cruise director staff hosted the Meet and Mingle and answered our questions. I didn’t take many pictures, but we had fun talking to people from the forums.
After the Meet and Mingle, I went back to the Windjammer Café for a cooking demonstration. Some chefs from the specialty restaurant onboard, Chops, gave cooking tips and let us sample some crab cakes and shrimp risotto. They also told us about a cookbook you can buy and how you could get a free galley tour if you bought the cookbook. We did the Chef’s Table on our last Carnival Cruise, which was fun and we saw the galley there, so we didn’t do it on this one. The cooking demonstration was still really fun, though.
After the demonstration, I found Puss and Boots for a picture, then went back to the cabin to find Clay and we had lunch in the dining room.
The dining room serves lunch on sea days, and I liked it a lot better than the buffet. I’m really not a fan of buffet food at all- even on a cruise ship, I guess it’s okay if you get the food as soon as the staff puts it on the serving line, but otherwise, it just wasn’t that great. Plus, the food got cold when I got up to get drinks, silverware, etc. I’d much rather eat in the dining room, and I love the service in there. Clay and I both got the tutti salad bar which is where you pick your salad toppings and they make it for you.
We also attended the Royal Caribbean Crown and Anchor (past guest) party that afternoon. The cruise director, captain, and some other officers spoke. They also recognized those who’d cruised the most on Royal Caribbean who were on our ship- one couple had cruised for over 800 days on Royal Caribbean.
We are now up to 14 after this cruise, but we still enjoyed some free drinks at the past guest party. The drinks were pretty tasty, and it’s neat that Royal recognizes customer loyalty with a party like this.
At dinner, it was smart casual night, so I was grateful that I didn’t have to dress up! Hooray for a cute shirt and sweater, and Clay got to wear a polo.
I had a stuffed shell entrée that was really good and I probably had ice cream for dessert… just because I could have ice cream every. single. night.
We came back to the room after dinner and rested up since we had a busy day in Puerto Rico the next day.