With Freedom of the Seas crusing from america, the state of enthusiasm for cruising’s return is matched solely by the quantity of questions folks have about what it’s wish to be onboard.
I shared my first have a look at what it’s wish to cruise on Freedom of the Seas, however I wished to reply as many questions as doable from RoyalCaribbeanBlog readers on our Fb web page.
Consider the protocols and necessities for cruises on Freedom from Miami in July could also be totally different for different months and/or ships.
Do they nonetheless have the buffet?
Sure, the Windjammer Buffet is open for breakfast and lunch (not for dinner till they begin permitting extra visitors onboard).
There are two main variations to the Windjammer:
- The workers serves you the meals
- A crew member scans your SeaPass card once you are available in as a result of there’s a restrict to how many individuals will be within the Windjammer. In the event that they reached that restrict, they’d flip visitors away till it modifications. Alternatively, you would make a reservation.
- To date, reservations haven’t been needed with the small quantity of visitors on this crusing.
What are the principles for Journey Ocean? Reservations? What number of hours do you get per little one?
There may be restricted capability for each Journey Ocean session, which suggests mother and father want to enroll their children for a time slot.
In contrast to on Journey of the Seas the place they provide you hours to make use of, on Freedom, mother and father get a 4 periods per crusing to ebook as soon as onboard. The thought is to offer everybody an equal alternative to get time for his or her little one.
Youngsters should put on masks whereas in Journey Ocean.
How are they distinguishing being the vaccinated and unvaccinated passengers?
Vaccinated visitors are given a wristband to put on across the ship, whereas unvaccinated visitors haven’t any wristband and get a gap punched of their SeaPass card.
You possibly can examine how somebody that’s vaccinated can volunteer to reveal they’re vaccinated.
In case you have an unvaccinated little one beneath 12 with you possibly can they arrive with us into the vaccinated areas if all of the adults are vaccinated?
No, since they’re unvaccinated, you would need to observe the unvaccinated guidelines for designated venues which are off limits to unvaccinated visitors.
After all, when the kid(ren) isn’t with you, you would go to any vaccinated area.
What share of the time are passengers compelled to put on masks.
Indoors, all visitors (vaccinated or not) put on masks in public areas except they’re:
- Of their stateroom
- Absolutely vaccinated and in a delegated vaccinated space
- Sitting and actively consuming or consuming
No visitors must put on a masks outdoor, reminiscent of on the pool deck.
For a vaccinated passenger, that mainly means you’re sporting a masks when strolling round inside. In observe, once you get to the place you’re going (restaurant, lounge, different venue), you possibly can normally take away your masks.
Are the crew nonetheless sporting masks?
We’ve got been assigned a 1:00 check-in for a Jr Suite. Can we arrive early and go to the lounge, or do we have to keep on with the 1:00 sharp check-in time?
They’re nonetheless being very strict concerning the check-in occasions and imposing them with a view to make sure the terminal doesn’t get overcrowded.
Per Royal Caribbean, there are not any pre-arrival lounges to make use of, so plan to reach at your designated check-in time.
Does the stateroom attendant nonetheless are available in twice a day? If that’s the case, do they put on gloves and alter them out?
Sure, there may be nonetheless each day stateroom service and turndown service every night.
I do not consider they’re sporting gloves, however crew members observe a substantial amount of private hygiene, together with rigorous hand sanitization.
Do you “really feel” the variations, pre-Covid vs. now?
The most important variations that I really feel are the dearth of crowds as a consequence of restricted capability, and face masks necessities.
General, the cruise expertise retains that enjoyable really feel it had earlier than issues shutdown, which suggests it nonetheless feels like you’re on a cruise. The core components are all nonetheless there.
Similar to on land, there are some changes we have now all made to stick to new well being necessities.
Since my spouse would not drink alcohol can she give me her 4 Diamond drinks?
Sure, you simply want your spouse’s SeaPass card to do this.
Can unvaccinated youngsters beneath 12 eat in specialty eating with vaccinated adults?
Sure, however with two exceptions:
- Chef’s Desk
- Izumi Hibachi
Do you assume the Windjammer will re-open for dinner?
Sure, Royal Caribbean executives have mentioned it would re-open for dinner as soon as there are extra passengers onboard.
It’s not fairly clear but what threshold the restricted capability onboard must attain, nevertheless it appears to be at the least 50% occupancy.
Have they got further masks once you go inside?
There are usually not masks obtainable to choose up as you stroll contained in the ship from an outdoor space, however Royal Caribbean does have disposable masks they provide you in your room on the primary day.
It’s primarily your accountability to pack sufficient masks in your crusing.
Do you continue to go away money suggestions at bars or are they making an attempt to be cashless?
Money suggestions are nonetheless permitted.
How are they monitoring the masks?
Crew members will politely remind visitors to placed on or repair their masks in the event that they discover a passenger not sporting one. Very often it’s a case of forgetting to place the masks again on after being outdoor.
Are the lounge chairs across the pool spaced additional aside?
Sure, to some extent they’re spaced a bit additional aside than earlier than. It seems to be like they do not thoughts chairs inside a touring celebration to be collectively, however different teams to have some area.
Can the WOW bands be used on Freedom of the Seas?
No, Royal Caribbean didn’t prolong WOW band help to Freedom.