Review of Freedom Of The Seas deck 2
Royal Theatre (fka Arcadia Theatre, stage level, capacity 1320 seats plus 28 for ADA wheelchairs) is the ship’s main show lounge for grand-style musical and show productions in the evenings. The theater presents 2 stage productions per night (early at 8 pm and late at 10 pm /matching the assigned dining room sittings). They feature singing and dancing, West End musicals, acrobatic performances, tribute acts, magician shows, adult comedy acts, popular game shows. The theater has its own bar for refreshments (waiters walk around and offer bar service prior to show). The theater also functions as cinema for DreamWorks 3D movies (on seadays only). During the day, here are held enrichment lectures and bingo sessions. Royal Caribbean’s Snowball Jackpot Bingo offers most generous payouts (final jackpots are in the several thousand dollars). Among the bingo prizes are also free cabin upgrades and even free cruises.
Center Ice Rink (Studio B) is an ice-skating stadium (2-tiered show lounge) with capacity 760 seats. This is a multipurpose complex with daily activities (ice-skating, ice games, hockey, cooking demonstrations, adult scavenger hunts) and a live RCI original production show (professional ice show) in the evening. Studio B is complimentary – equipment is provided and no reservations are needed. Tickets are free but have to be obtained in advance. During the day, the ice rink operates with 45-min sessions (max 50 guests per session).
Cruise cabins from 2240 to 2678, of which Inside (categories 1R, 1V, 2V, 3V, 4V) and the rest are Oceanview (categories 1K, 1N, 2N, 3N, 4N).
Medical Center (on crew deck 1 below) is the ship’s infirmary (onboard hospital) operated by resident doctors/physicians and nurses on 24-hour call duty. Opening hours are between 8 am and 8 pm. The infirmary is equipped with defibrillators, external pacemakers, pulse oximeters, an ECG (electrocardiograph machine), thrombolytic and lab equipment. Treatments at the ship hospital are equivalent to a private doctor’s visit. All treatments and medications are at extra charge. The only exception is Bonine (seasickness medication) also available at no charge at the ship’s Reception (24 hours). Payments are made by the Royal Caribbean boarding pass. General health insurance policies do not apply, so buying cruise health insurance is recommended.
(Freedom OTS Deck 2 changes after drydock 2020)
- Conference Center was replaced with 25 Inside cabins.
- Conference Center (capacity 368 seats) can be converted into smaller meeting rooms via collapsible walls. Each of the rooms can be configured to suit specific group needs. Here can be held lectures, seminars, presentations, theme group meetings, business and general sessions, conferences at sea. Modern presentation equipment is provided complimentary (including projectors, media players, large plasma TV, podium/lectern, wall-mount screens, video wall, microphones, stage lighting).
- Screening Room (60 seats) is an indoor cinema for watching first-run movies. It also functions as a conference center expansion used for video presentations.