Review of Freedom Of The Seas deck 4 (Casino)
Royal Theatre (fka Arcadia Theatre, balcony level 3 of 3)
During the ship's 2020 refurbishment SABOR (Mexican restaurant) was replaced by "Izumi Hibachi and Sushi" (Japanese restaurant). Izumi Japanese Cuisine (menu) is the RCI’s signature pan-Asian cuisine specialty restaurant with mostly traditional Japanese dishes (sushi-teppanyaki-hibachi, tableside cooking). The restaurant is a la carte priced and open for Lunch (sea days only, between 12 – 1:30 pm) and Dinner (between 6 – 9:30 pm). Reservations are required. The restaurant is comprised of a sushi bar (sushi/sashimi) and another section with 2 hibachi stations. The menu includes sushi rolls, signature rolls, sashimi (2- or 5-piece, also combo platter), sukiyaki, yakimeshi, ishiyaki (grill/chicken, beef), wakame salad (seaweed), pan-fried gyoza dumplings, hot/cold appetizers, premium seafood (tuna, shrimp, lobster, eel, crab), desserts (ice cream, pancake, caramel flan, dessert sampler) and specialty drinks (cocktails, beer, sake selection). Edamame soybeans and miso soup are complimentary. Izumi has a Teppanyaki menu (for iron griddle-cooked food) and Omakase menu (Chef’s choice).
Schooner Bar (capacity 112 seats) is the RCI’s signature piano bar for classy cocktails, live music, and trivia games. The decor is nautically-themed, with dark wood, marble, sails, decorative rope netting. There is a grand piano for live performances and sing-alongs in the evenings. Trivia quizzes and Sudoku contests are also part of the evening entertainment.
Casino Royale (capacity 447 seats) is a Vegas-style gambling casino with all 301 slot machines and 19 gaming tables, VIP poker room (for high-stake players), a full-service Casino Bar. The Casino staff also provides complimentary gambling lessons. Regularly, here are hosted gambling tournaments. The list of available games includes poker (machines) and table games (Craps, Roulette, Black Jack 21, Caribbean Stud Poker). Slot machines accept real quarters, so getting tokens from the cashier desk is optional. The lounge area is served by the Casino Bar. The lounge area is furnished with tables, plush chairs, sofas. Casino Royale is a smoking-allowed area but also has a small non-smoking section.
***Playmakers Sports Bar and Arcade is a new sports bar added during the ship's 2020 refurbishment. As activities, it offers tabletop games, popular arcade games, gaming tournaments. The Playmakers bar has a VIP room (Owner's Box) and serves bar food and draught beers. The Playmakers Bar and Arcade has 80+ large-sized TVs (for watching live sporting events) and a video games section (fitted with popular arcade machines).
Boleros (capacity 77 seats) is the RCI’s Latin-themed lounge-bar-nightclub. The lounge has comfortable seating, a large dance floor, a stage for Latin band music performances (salsa and merengue) in the evenings. The cocktails menu has an extensive list of mojitos, margaritas, premium tequilas and rums. After 10 pm, the Boleros Lounge transforms into a disco nightclub with DJ programming.
Centrum is the ship’s Atrium (lobby level) located midship. This is an open-floor design area spanning several decks above and surrounded by lounges, bars, and shops. The Atrium is the ship’s main social hub and features panoramic glass elevators, original artworks, live entertainment. On the Atrium’s lobby level are also held Fine Art Auctions. The Centrum’s daily entertainment includes aerial shows (acrobatic performances), live band music, giant LED screens.
Main Dining Room (level 2 of 3, fka Isaac Restaurant) is an aft-located complimentary restaurant (capacity 500 seats). It is open for dinner only, with 2 fixed seatings – at 5:30 and 8 pm.
(Freedom OTS Deck 4 changes after drydock 2020)
- Focus (photo gallery area) was redesigned into "Playmakers Sports Bar and Arcade".
- Isaak Dining Room was renamed to "Main Dining Room".
- Arcadia Theatre was renamed to "Royal Theater".
- SABOR Mexican Restaurant was replaced by "Izumi Hibachi and Sushi" (Japanese restaurant).
Sabor Modern Mexican (open between 6-10 pm) is a specialty restaurant at surcharge per person (US$15 lunch, US$225 dinner). This classy restaurant is dinner-only, and reservations are required. The decor is chic, with lots of brown, red and yellow. All the food is freshly-made (even the chips). The Sabor’s menu includes both traditional and modern Mexican cuisine specialties, including guacamole (complimentary, fresh-made right at the table), salsas (complimentary), quesadillas, tacos, burritos, empanadas (chicken), ceviche (seafood), platos fuertes (authentic Mexican fare), calabacitas (corn), gazpacho, queso fundido (cheeses), gourmet desserts. All Sabor Mexican drinks cost extra. The drinks menu includes a selection of tequilas (also sample tequila flights /3-glass at US$18), Mexican beers and traditional cocktails. There are a margarita cart and a dedicated margarita waiter. Most of the cocktails are tableside-mixed.