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Royal Caribbean Freedom of the Seas

Freedom of the Seas Royal PromenadeFreedom of the Seas Fast Facts
Maiden Voyage: 6/4/06 (revitalized 3/11)
Passenger Capacity: 3,634
Gross Tonnage: 154,407
Length: 1,112
Max Beam: 183.4’
Draft: 28’
Cruising Speed: 21.6 knots

Overview
Freedom of the Seas is the first in a class of three ships that bears the same name. Actually, calling the Freedom or any of her sisters just a cruise ship does not appropriately describe what you will experience once you step onboard. With the innovative features and vast array of restaurants, bars and lounges that are available, these ships are truly floating resorts!

Independence of the Seas FlowriderThose that seek an active vacation will find plenty to do on the Freedom of the Seas. The FlowRider, an amazing surf simulator, made its debut on this ship.  The FlowRider combines the thrills and skills of surfing and body surfing, all in a wet, wild and (best of all) safe environment. Furthermore, the FlowRider is unique in that spectators enjoy watching as much as the participant enjoys riding!

The amazing thing is, although Royal Caribbean added this incredible experience, they did not take anything away. Guests can still enjoy scaling the rock wall, playing basketball, volleyball or mini golf, practice their swing with the help of a golf simulator, or even ice skate!

There are more pools and hot tubs on the Freedom of the Seas than are found at most land based resorts!  Something is always going on at the main pool and most afternoons a band plays nearby. A huge screen hangs above the main pool perfect for movies in the evening. Across the way the sports pool it’s not unusual to see a water volleyball game in progress or some crazy game concocted by the cruise director! To Freedom of the Seas H20 Zoneescape the madness guests can seek refuge in the solarium, where they’ll find a pool and two cantilevered hot tubs that extend 12 feet beyond the side of the ship!

Kids have their own pool area, and what an area it is! H2O Zone is a zany, colorful water park featuring interactive sculptures, fountains, geysers, waterfall and pool. Also for young cruisers, through a partnership with Royal Caribbean and DreamWorks Animation kids can meet and greet the characters from Shrek, Madagascar, and Kung Fu Panda.  There’s even a 3D movie theater to catch first run shows!

While all Royal Caribbean ships offer the award winning Adventure Ocean children’s programs for ages 3-17, the Freedom of the Seas also has the Royal Babies and Tots Nursery where the littlest of cruisers can be left in the care of trained professionals.

Freedom of the Seas DiningA three-tier dining room serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Guests can choose from traditional main or late seating or the open seating that Royal Caribbean calls My Time Dining. There are two reservation-only restaurants aboard the Freedom.  Chops Grille is a traditional steakhouse, and Portofino is Italian restaurant. Both are well worth the small surcharge.

The casual Windjammer Café offers an extensive buffet to choose from, whether it is morning, noon or night. Jade, located in the same area, serves Asian fusion cuisine.  It is open nightly for dinner and offers innovative creations as well as traditional favorites. For smaller meals and snacks Johnny Rockets, Sorrento’s, and the Promenade Café are great choices as well as the Cupcake Cupboard.

Freedom of the Seas ShowAfter dinner is a good time to enjoy the entertainment on the Royal Promenade.  In addition to visiting the bars, the 70’s dance party and parades are held there as well.   A multitude of themed bars and lounges throughout the ship offer something for everyone. Guests can also enjoy the ice show, casino and Vegas-style production show starring the Royal Caribbean Singers and Dancers.

The Freedom of the Seas sails year-round out of Port Canaveral, Florida.

Sail Date:Itinerary:Departure Port:Rates From:
April 20, 20147 NIGHT EASTERN CARIBBEAN CRUISEPt. Canaveral, FLFrom $529 per person
April 27, 20147 NIGHT WESTERN CARIBBEAN CRUISEPt. Canaveral, FLFrom $424 per person
May 04, 20147 NIGHT EASTERN CARIBBEAN CRUISEPt. Canaveral, FLFrom $579 per person
May 11, 20147 NIGHT WESTERN CARIBBEAN CRUISEPt. Canaveral, FLFrom $599 per person
May 18, 20147 NIGHT EASTERN CARIBBEAN CRUISEPt. Canaveral, FLFrom $599 per person
May 25, 20147 NIGHT WESTERN CARIBBEAN CRUISEPt. Canaveral, FLFrom $649 per person
June 01, 20147 NIGHT EASTERN CARIBBEAN CRUISEPt. Canaveral, FLFrom $694 per person
June 08, 20147 NIGHT WESTERN CARIBBEAN CRUISEPt. Canaveral, FLFrom $804 per person
June 15, 20147 NIGHT EASTERN CARIBBEAN CRUISEPt. Canaveral, FLFrom $874 per person
June 22, 20147 NIGHT WESTERN CARIBBEAN CRUISEPt. Canaveral, FLFrom $824 per person
June 29, 20147 NIGHT EASTERN CARIBBEAN CRUISEPt. Canaveral, FLFrom $844 per person
July 06, 20147 NIGHT WESTERN CARIBBEAN CRUISEPt. Canaveral, FLFrom $824 per person
July 13, 20147 NIGHT EASTERN CARIBBEAN CRUISEPt. Canaveral, FLFrom $844 per person
July 20, 20147 NIGHT WESTERN CARIBBEAN CRUISEPt. Canaveral, FLFrom $854 per person
July 27, 20147 NIGHT EASTERN CARIBBEAN CRUISEPt. Canaveral, FLFrom $814 per person
August 03, 20147 NIGHT WESTERN CARIBBEAN CRUISEPt. Canaveral, FLFrom $914 per person
August 10, 20147 NIGHT EASTERN CARIBBEAN CRUISEPt. Canaveral, FLFrom $834 per person
August 17, 20147 NIGHT WESTERN CARIBBEAN CRUISEPt. Canaveral, FLFrom $774 per person
August 24, 20147 NIGHT EASTERN CARIBBEAN CRUISEPt. Canaveral, FLFrom $604 per person
August 31, 20147 NIGHT WESTERN CARIBBEAN CRUISEPt. Canaveral, FLFrom $754 per person
September 07, 20147 NIGHT EASTERN CARIBBEAN CRUISEPt. Canaveral, FLFrom $554 per person
September 14, 20147 NIGHT WESTERN CARIBBEAN CRUISEPt. Canaveral, FLFrom $624 per person
September 21, 20147 NIGHT EASTERN CARIBBEAN CRUISEPt. Canaveral, FLFrom $644 per person
September 28, 20147 NIGHT WESTERN CARIBBEAN CRUISEPt. Canaveral, FLFrom $574 per person
October 05, 20147 NIGHT EASTERN CARIBBEAN CRUISEPt. Canaveral, FLFrom $634 per person
October 12, 20147 NIGHT WESTERN CARIBBEAN CRUISEPt. Canaveral, FLFrom $624 per person
October 19, 20147 NIGHT EASTERN CARIBBEAN CRUISEPt. Canaveral, FLFrom $644 per person
October 26, 20147 NIGHT WESTERN CARIBBEAN CRUISEPt. Canaveral, FLFrom $624 per person
November 02, 20147 NIGHT EASTERN CARIBBEAN CRUISEPt. Canaveral, FLFrom $624 per person
November 09, 20147 NIGHT WESTERN CARIBBEAN CRUISEPt. Canaveral, FLFrom $564 per person
November 16, 20147 NIGHT EASTERN CARIBBEAN CRUISEPt. Canaveral, FLFrom $674 per person
November 23, 20147 NIGHT WESTERN CARIBBEAN CRUISEPt. Canaveral, FLFrom $714 per person
November 30, 20147 NIGHT EASTERN CARIBBEAN CRUISEPt. Canaveral, FLFrom $644 per person
December 07, 20147 NIGHT WESTERN CARIBBEAN CRUISEPt. Canaveral, FLFrom $624 per person
December 14, 20147 NIGHT EASTERN CARIBBEAN CRUISEPt. Canaveral, FLFrom $644 per person
December 21, 20147 NIGHT EASTERN CARIBBEAN CRUISEPt. Canaveral, FLFrom $1,074 per person
December 28, 20147 NIGHT WESTERN CARIBBEAN CRUISEPt. Canaveral, FLFrom $1,254 per person
January 04, 20157 NIGHT WESTERN CARIBBEAN CRUISEPt. Canaveral, FLFrom $599 per person
January 11, 20157 NIGHT EASTERN CARIBBEAN CRUISEPt. Canaveral, FLFrom $619 per person
January 18, 20157 NIGHT WESTERN CARIBBEAN CRUISEPt. Canaveral, FLFrom $649 per person
January 25, 20157 NIGHT EASTERN CARIBBEAN CRUISEPt. Canaveral, FLFrom $649 per person
February 01, 20157 NIGHT WESTERN CARIBBEAN CRUISEPt. Canaveral, FLFrom $649 per person
February 08, 20157 NIGHT EASTERN CARIBBEAN CRUISEPt. Canaveral, FLFrom $649 per person

Consumer Review:Children's program excellent!!!
Consumer Review:disembarkation is a disaster. they called our number that we were cleared to leave but it took 50 minutes waiting at the carosels to get our luggage. poor planning and bad communication between ship and port. our luggage number was 14, when we got down to the place the highest number on the carosel was 6. a couple of hundred people congesting to get their bags was a disaster, fights almost broke out but thanks to some level headed people it stopped. on the other hand, embarkation could not gone any faster or smoother, it was great. BTW, Port Canaveral was the port.
Consumer Review:Entertainment was the Best Ive seen on a ship, ...the food wasnt like Im use to on this cruise line , our special partys and breafast for past travel was one of our worst meals .. Im woundering if its because the ship is so big you get less because of so many to take care of next cruise were going back to the smaller ships ...I find that we get better service and food ..the ship was really pretty ..My husband didnt like that we had so far to walk to every thing its not a ship for the older person you have to far to walk to every thing ..we were tried after walking to dinner then to other end for show then back to our not for the food other said the food in main dinig was good too.
Consumer Review:Excellent services from all onboard staff. Very friendly and very professional staff. I didnot want the cruise to end. I could have continue on to the next port of call. Woderfull Vacation.
Consumer Review:I have been on 7 cruises and never had a bad experience, so naturally it was our first choice to spend the second week of our 2-week honeymoon. I personally recommend Royal Caribbean, as their service is impecable, and their loyalty program - the Crown and Anchor Society - has some AWESOME benefits the more times/nights you cruise. (For example, our check-in process was quick because as a Platinum member, I was able to jump the entire check-in line at the port!) DLC is amazing as far as the ease of booking, cabin selection, etc. and was even able to accomodate my requests for a table for two for dinner (since it was our honeymoon), answer my questions via email or phone in a very timely manner, and the free travel insurance is the best! (Unfortunately we had to make use of that on our last cruise because one of our family members was unable to travel due to having been in a car accident a few weeks before, and it was absolutely no problem whatsoever for my mom to be credited for it.) Overall I have had excellent experiences with DLC and cruising in general.
Consumer Review:I think the cruise was of high quality, except for the food in the main dining room. I think it needs to be improved upon. The food was the only complaint I would have, especially I was under the impression this was a better cruise line than others. The entertainment made up for the food quality. We throughly enjoyed the shows, especially the ice show, it was fantastic.
Consumer Review:I was not happy to learn of the reduced number of smoking areas on board. The biggest surprise was a non smoking night in the casino and the attitude from guest relations when expressing my unhappiness.
Consumer Review:If anyone would like to live life in full I would recommend to expierience this cruz. 7 days and nights you will be in the midle of nowhere having all your needs and expectation fully sutisfied.
Consumer Review:My wife and I just returned from the 7 day Western Caribbean cruise on the Freedom of the Seas. This is not just another cruise ship. The entertainment was several notches above anything we had seen on other cruises. There were magic shows, ice skating shows, singers, dancers, comedians, audience participation shows, Broadway level productions. Sometimes there were two show spectaculars on the same night. The performers in the lounges were outstanding. We often wished that we could be in several places at one time. Every day there are sales and events in the Promenade, a huge indoor area, and every night there are parades, dancing, music, and more sales. The flow rider, the climbing wall, and the ice skating rink were unique and a lot of fun. Miniature golf was fun but a bit challenging when the ship rose and fell slightly, as it passed through the waves. It was nice to be able to blame a bad shot on the ship's motion. The casino is huge with hundreds of machines and dozens of tables with different limits. We won a little and lost a little. I won't say who did which. There are several hot tubs and pools with a variety of temperatures. Some were open 24 hours and although busy at times, they were not crowded. The food selections in both the dining room and at the buffet were fresh, tasty, and had a wide variety. The spa area is extensive and the exercise room huge with plenty of equipment and trainers. I was surprised to see a boxing ring with lessons offered. We couldn't take part in even half of the activities that were available. Every crew or staff member was helpful, cheery, and seemed to appreciate our being on-board. The embarkation and debarkation processes were efficient and problem free. I had worried that due to the many passengers on-board, this would be a nightmare. We enjoyed the ports and shore excursions and certainly spent enough shopping to stimulate the local economies. All together it was a wonderful trip. I have just gotten back and I am already checking to see what other ports this ship goes to.
Consumer Review:Royal Caribbean as a company does an exceptional job of caring for its passengers on their ships. However, I strongly recommend that buyer beware before using Direct Line Cruises to perform the booking. A customer would be much smarter to look for an alternate firm to book with, to recieve better service.
Consumer Review:Some of the shore excursions took longer than planned which left very little time for shopping which was one of my goals. Actually, in Mexico we did no shopping at all. We found some of the guides to be a little long winded, however they were very knowledgeable and friendly and we did enjoy the excursions. Time management is always a problem when there is so little time scheduled in ports.
Consumer Review:This was our 9th cruise. It was our best ship ever. I've never had such nice service people. The cruise director and shows were top notch. This is a family-oriented cruise. What a great experience!
Consumer Review:This was our second time on this ship and it is a beautiful ship and the staff treat you very well. The food was excellent with a great variety. They are always shining things and cleaning things on the ship. I would recommend this ship and all others at royal caribbean
Consumer Review:This was the 4th RCCL cruise and by far the best. Did sister ship, Liberty, last summer. My first sister ship experience. Dejavu....gorgeous ships. Entertainment, food and service superb. Cruise director was excellent and what an entertainer. The best we have had!!! RCCL is top notch. Our captain was such a delight, humorous, approachable and so informative. He even was dealing black jack one night in the casino!!! Imagine that????? Thanks Direct Cruise Line and RCCL Constance, Alabama
Consumer Review:Very clean ship, very polite crew members. Would have liked stopping at one more island.
Consumer Review:We had a really good time. My kids enjoyed the kids grop and a good time was had by all!!
Consumer Review:With cruising you never have to worry about the quality of food, the cleanliness of the rooms and the quality of service. All you have to do is sit back and relax and let them do everything for you because after all that is what a vacation is all about.
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