Freedom Of The Seas Review and Specifications
Specifications of Freedom Of The Seas
|Builder||AKER FINNYARDS INC. TURKU NEW SHIPYARD|
|Year of built||2006|
|Gross Tonnage||154407 gt|
|Passengers||3784 - 4541|
|Decks with cabins||7|
Review of Freedom Of The Seas
History - construction & ownership
Royal Caribbean International (RCI) is owned by Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. RCI is a cruise line brand established in Norway and currently based in Miami, Florida. As of September 2015, the line controls a 17% share of the world cruise market, with 23 cruise ships in service and other three on order. All vessels under the Royal Caribbean brand have had their names ending with "of the Seas" since 1991. Sister brands owned by Royal Caribbean Ltd. are Azamara Cruises, Celebrity Cruises, CDF Croisières de France and Pullmantur Cruises.
The 154,407-ton, 3,634-passenger Freedom of the Seas debuted in May 2006 as the biggest cruise liner in the world. The ship introduced a new class of ships for Royal Caribbean, surpassing Cunard's Queen Mary 2 by 7,000 tons and carrying 1,014 more guests. Besides her size, Freedom of the Seas also made waves in other ways. She was the first to feature a surf simulator, a regulation-sized boxing ring, an interactive water park for children and even a barbershop. Yet in many ways, Freedom of the Seas was an evolution of the Voyager class, which made its own headlines when it debuted with biggest-at-sea status back in 1999. The design is nearly the same and the promenade is back, as is the rock-climbing wall, the ice-skating rink, Johnny Rockets, the Promenade Cafe, Ben & Jerry's, etc. It is nearly as if Voyager of the Seas cruise liner was simply super-sized, and beefed up with innovative spaces and concepts.
Cruise itinerary program
Freedom of the Seas itinerary program is based on year-round 7-day Eastern and Western Caribbean cruises from Port Canaveral Florida.
Most Freedom of the Seas staterooms are 185-200-sq.foot balcony rooms (768) and 160-sq.foot insides (584). There are a total of 1817 staterooms in 28 categories. 32 are the wheelchair accessible rooms. The largest aboard Freedom of the Seas are the Royal Suites (1360 ft2).
Dining options - Food & Drinks
The three tiers of Freedom's main dining room (Leonardo, Isaac and Galileo) offer assigned-seating dining with two sittings at 5:30 p.m. and 8 p.m.), as well as My Time Dining, in which guests pick a preferred mealtime between 5:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., but are able to change reservations on a daily basis. Those who opt for My Time Dining have to pre-pay gratuities. The Windjammer Cafe, ship's lido buffet, offers flexibility and variety - best for families with kids. The Windjammer has one very long self-service line of cold and hot items, plus stations for salads, fresh sandwiches, pizza, carved meats and petite desserts. An omelet station features made-to-order eggs in the mornings; in the afternoons, guests can try Jade area that specializes in Asian food and goes off the beaten path with changing fare including Vietnamese and Indonesian specialties.
Follows the complete list of Freedom of the Seas restaurants and food bars.
- Leonardo Restaurant (883-seat aft Dining Room, features DreamWorks characters theme breakfast)
- Isaac Restaurant (500-seat aft Dining Room)
- Galileo Restaurant (652-seat aft Dining Room)
- Windjammer Cafe lido buffet restaurant (744-seat, offers Early Breakfast at 6:30 a.m., Breakfast between 7:00-11:30 a.m., Lunch 11.30-3:30 p.m. and Dinner 6.30-9:00 p.m.)
- Chops Grille (104-seat specialty restaurant; reservations recommended)
- Giovanni’s Table (Italian specialty restaurant, reservations recommended)
- Johnny Rockets Restaurant (84-seat burger bar)
- Sabor (Mexican specialty restaurant; reservations recommended)
- Sorrento’s Pizzeria (79-seat complimentary restaurant)
- WipeOut Bar (20-seat complimentary burger bar).
Entertainment options - Fun & Sport
The tone aboard Freedom of the Seas is set by the Centrum, which serves as a central spot for activities in the heart of the ship. During the evenings, its Lobby Bar is the hottest spot on Freedom for after-dinner dancing. The lavish Arcadia Theater hosts the production shows and games. The ship has a real modern feel and does a fine job in incorporating some of the best facilities that have become Royal Caribbean trademarks. Onboard cruisers will find classics like Schooner Bar and Windjammer Cafe, as well as a climbing wall up the smokestack, tiny golf and a surf simulator. Freedom of the Seas boasts with the DreamWorks Experience - a themed programming in partnership with the Walt Disney Company. This new entertainment program is aimed at families and offers movies-themed DreamWorks activities on select RCI ships within the fleet. The list of special activities includes characters meet & greets (of course, plus photo ops).
Follows the complete list of Freedom of the Seas lounges, clubs and other entertainment venues for kids, teens and adults.
- Arcadia Theatre (1320-seat, features grand production shows with dance, acrobatics, comedy and games)
- Studio B Lounge (indoor ice-skating rink; also serves as a spot for ice shows, cooking demos, game parties)
- Focus Photo Gallery & Shop; Art Gallery
- On Air Club (140-seat karaoke and sports bar); The Centrum (7-deck social hub, offers aerial acrobatics entertainment); Observation Lounge; Star Lounge; Next Cruise Lounge; Concierge Club (suite and past guests only); Seven Hearts (33-seat card room); Diamond Club & Lounge; Viking Crown Lounge & Bar
- Schooner Bar (112-seat piano bar); Boleros Lounge & Bar (77-seat Latin bar); Connoisseur Cigar Club & Bar; Bull & Bear English Pub; Vintages Bar (wine bar); Ben & Jerry’s Bar (ice cream parlor); Cupcake Cupboard Shop (bakery); Cafe Promenade (24-hour; serves snacks and drinks, as well as Starbucks specialty coffee); R Bar; Squeeze Bar; Sky Bar; The Plaza Bar; Olive or Twist Lounge & Martini Bar; Cloud 9 (24-seat sports bar)
- Casino Royale (447-seat)
- Royal Caribbean Online center (Internet computers room; 24-hour)
- Royal Promenade Boutiques (perfumes, jewellry, duty free alcohol, general store, logo/souvenirs); SeaTrek (shop for diving equipment)
- Vitality at Sea Spa & Fitness Center
- Solarium lounge (includes Cafe Bar, pool bar and adults only pool area)
- Outdoor movie screen
- Challengers Video Games Arcade; Fuel Teen Disco club; The Living Room; Royal Babies & Tots Nursery
- H2O Zone Water Park; Adventure Beach; Adventure Ocean kids lounge area
- Sports Court (golf simulator, table tennis, basketball court); Jogging Track; Rock-climbing Wall; Freedom Fairways Mini Golf Course; FlowRider (surf simulator, complimentary)
- Skylight Wedding Chapel (40-seat, used for religious services).
Other Royal Caribbean cruise ships
Freedom Of The Seas Itineraries 2016
The below listed Freedom Of The Seas cruise prices on 2016 itineraries are only indicative and Per Person (in US dollars, based on double occupancy). These are the cheapest Royal Caribbean fares on the ship’s lowest category cabins available for booking. Cruise fares typically change with departure dates approaching, last minute deals, discounts, promotions, independent travel agency offers.
Freedom Of The Seas Itineraries 2017
The below listed Freedom Of The Seas cruise prices on 2017 itineraries are only indicative and Per Person (in US dollars, based on double occupancy). These are the cheapest Royal Caribbean fares on the ship’s lowest category cabins available for booking. Cruise fares typically change with departure dates approaching, last minute deals, discounts, promotions, independent travel agency offers.
|05 Oct||Departing from Barcelona|
|06 Oct 09:00 - 18:00||Cartagena|
|07 Oct 07:00 - 23:00||Ibiza|
|08 Oct 07:00 - 16:00||Palma de Mallorca|
|09 Oct 09:00 - 18:00||Toulon|
|10 Oct 07:00 - 19:00||Villefranche (Nice)|
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|15 Oct||Arriving in Barcelona|