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Freedom Of The Seas

Freedom Of The Seas Review and Specifications

Specifications of Freedom Of The Seas

Year built2006  /  Age : 13
Flag state Bahamas
BuilderAker Yards (Turku, STX Finland)
ClassFreedom
Building costUSD 800 million
OwnerRoyal Caribbean Cruises Ltd
OperatorRoyal Caribbean International
Speed22 kn / 41 kph / 25 mph
Length (LOA)338 m / 1109 ft
Beam (width)56 m / 184 ft
Gross Tonnage154407 gt
Passengers3784 - 4541
Crew1360
Passengers-to-space ratio34
Decks15
Cabins1892
Decks with cabins8
Last Refurbishment2015-2020
Sister-shipsIndependence OTS, Liberty OTS
Christened byKatherine L. Calder

Current itinerary / position of Freedom Of The Seas

Freedom Of The Seas current cruise is 7 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean. Prices start from USD 549 (double occupancy rates). The itinerary starts on 13 Oct, 2019 and ends on 20 Oct, 2019.

All Itineraries Current Position
Date / TimePort
13 Oct 20:30    Departing from San Juan, Puerto Rico hotels
14 Oct 08:00 - 18:00    Saint Thomas Island, Charlotte Amalie, USVI
15 Oct 08:00 - 20:00    Basseterre, St Kitts Island
16 Oct 08:00 - 17:00    St Johns, Antigua
17 Oct 08:00 - 18:00    Castries, St Lucia Island
18 Oct 08:00 - 21:00    Bridgetown, Barbados
20 Oct 06:00    Arriving in San Juan, Puerto Rico hotels

Review of Freedom Of The Seas

Launched in 2006, Freedom of the Seas is the first Freedom-class Royal Caribbean ship, together with Liberty OTS and Independence OTS.

History - construction and ownership

Royal Caribbean International (RCI) is a US company, trademarked brand and subsidiary owned by Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd (RCCL, shipowner). RCI was established in 1968 and currently has over 1/5 of the worldwide cruise market. RCI also has RCCL's largest fleet as both numbers of vessels and GT tonnage (ship sizes and capacities). All Royal Caribbean liners have names ending with "of the Seas".

Freedom Of The Seas cruise ship (Royal Caribbean)

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 and Jerry's, etc. It is 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 Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades, Florida). In May 2018, the ship will be repositioned from Florida to Puerto Rico. Between May 2018 and March 2019, the ship will be homeported in San Juan Puerto Rico for roundtrip departures.

Cabins

Freedom Of The Seas has a total of 1825 cabins (of which 120 Suites, 724 Balcony rooms, 509 adjoining) in 28 grades. Most Freedom of the Seas staterooms is 185-200-sq.foot balcony rooms and 160-sq.foot insides (584). 32 are the wheelchair accessible rooms. The largest aboard Freedom of the Seas are the Royal Suites (1360 ft2).

Shipboard dining options - Food and 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 omelette 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 specialities.

Freedom Of The Seas cruise ship (Royal Caribbean)

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 speciality restaurant; reservations recommended)
  • Giovanni’s Table (Italian speciality restaurant, reservations recommended)
  • Johnny Rockets Restaurant (84-seat burger bar)
  • Sabor (Mexican speciality restaurant; reservations recommended)
  • Sorrento’s Pizzeria (79-seat complimentary restaurant)
  • WipeOut Bar (20-seat complimentary burger bar).

Shipboard entertainment options - Fun and 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 to 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 and greets (of course, plus photo ops).

Additional amenities include Complimentary 24-hour Room-Service, Supervised Youth program, Internet/WiFi Access, Laundry.

Freedom Of The Seas cruise ship (Royal Caribbean)

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 and 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 and Lounge; Viking Crown Lounge and Bar
  • Schooner Bar (112-seat piano bar); Boleros Lounge and Bar (77-seat Latin bar); Connoisseur Cigar Club and Bar; Bull and Bear English Pub; Vintages Bar (wine bar); Ben and 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 and Martini Bar; Cloud 9 (24-seat sports bar)
  • Casino Royale (447-seat)
  • Royal Caribbean Online centre (Internet computers room; 24-hour)
  • Royal Promenade Boutiques (perfumes, jewellery, duty-free alcohol, general store, logo/souvenirs); SeaTrek (shop for diving equipment)
  • Vitality at Sea Spa and Fitness Center; 7 jacuzzis (2 cantilevered); 3 pools
  • 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 and 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).

Freedom Of The Seas wiki

Freedom is Royal Caribbean's first Freedom-class liner, with sisterships Independence and Liberty. The vessel was built in 2006 at Aker Finnyards Shipyard (Turku, Finland). Aker Finnyards was later acquired by STX Europe (a subsidiary of the multinational STX Holding, South Korea). Freedom OTS was the world's biggest passenger liner in 2006, taking the first place away from Cunard Line's RMS Queen Mary 2.

Ship's godmother was Katherine Louise Calder. She won a contest among 171,000 viewers of "Today" (US TV show focused on charity and social responsibility). Katherine is a foster mother to over 400 children. The naming ceremony was held in New York Harbour on May 12, 2006. The inaugural cruise (maiden voyage) started on May 19, with a weekend mini-cruise from NYC to Boston MA.

Many of the ship's decorations are influenced by features of Art Nouveau - the sculpture resembling traffic signals in red-yellow-green on one side and abstract at the other, is located at the atrium. The interior of this mega ship can be seen at each end of the promenade from the glass elevators located in the vertical atriums. The 3D theatre offers great Dream Work Experience. It shows animated movie hits like Megamind, Kung Fu Panda, Shrek and all the rest of the DreamWorks' sensational products.

Freedom OTS refurbishment 2020 review

Ship's 2020 drydock refurbishment (January 19 - March 1) is a USD 116 million project (Royal Amplified) that will result in the following deckplan changes:

  • (deck 2) Conference Center replaced with 25 Inside cabins
  • (deck 3) Arcadia Theatre renamed to "Royal Theater"
  • (deck 3) Leonardo Dining Room renamed to "Main Dining Room"
  • (deck 3) On Air Club replaced with 12 Inside cabins
  • (deck 4) SABOR (Mexican restaurant) replaced by "Izumi Hibachi and Sushi" (Japanese restaurant)
  • (deck 4) Focus (photo gallery area) redesigned into "Playmakers Sports Bar and Arcade"
  • (deck 4) Isaak Dining Room renamed to "Main Dining Room"
  • (deck 6) Loyalty Desk replaced with 4 Inside cabins. The aft VS-Suite (4-Bedroom Presidential Family Suite, cabin 6714) replaced with 4 Balcony cabins
  • On Sports Deck 13, RCI’s signature waterslides “Cyclone” and “Typhoon” (Perfect Storm aqua park) will be installed next to the FlowRider (surfing simulator, also new facility).
  • On Spa Deck 12 (aft), the “Splashaway Bay” kids aqua park will be added. This is an interactive water play area (with cannons and geysers), replacing the old Outdoor Youth Area (aka “back deck”).
  • On Pool Deck 11, swimming pools' sunbathing areas will receive more shaded seating, including daybeds, hammocks, swing seats, casitas (small wooden cabins). The fore-located Solarium (adults-only complex) will be renewed.
  • All staterooms will be renovated. Many existing venues will be redesigned and renovated.

Following the refit, the liner will feature as new facilities:

  • In addition to "Perfect Storm", a new water coaster (trademarked as "The Blaster") and a new headfirst mat racing slide (trademarked as "Riptide") will be installed. Both names were trademarked by RCI in September 2018. The Blaster aqua coaster has length 244 m (800 ft) - ranking it the longest at sea 2-person raft slide. The Riptide mat racing waterslide features a transparent tube.
  • "To Dry For" is a new blow-dry bar (specializing in quick beauty fixes/hairstyling) and also serving champagnes and wines by the glass.

The list of other new venues and activities includes:

  • Lime and Coconut (2-level bar lounge with live music)
  • Bamboo Room (bar lounge)
  • Johnny Rockets Express
  • Playmakers Sports Bar and Arcade (with "Owner's Box" VIP room)
  • Starbucks Bar (specialty drinks and pastries)
  • new restaurants (El Loco Fresh, Jamie's Italian, Hooked Seafood)
  • The Observatorium (Royal Escape Room)
  • Battle for Planet Z (laser tag course at Studio B) for the "Clash for the Crystal City" gaming experience
  • redesigned Mini-Golf Course and Chops Grille (steakhouse)
  • redesigned and upgraded Adventure Ocean (youth complex) and Living Room (teen club lounge)

Freedom OTS refurbishment 2015 review

The list of deckplan changes after ship's drydock 2015 (January) refurbishment includes:

  • All cruise accommodations were renovated.
  • Cupcake Cupboard (ship bakery) was added on Promenade deck 5.
  • “DreamWorks Experience” (Walt Disney themed entertainment program) was implemented.
  • The Royal Caribbean’s signature Nursery was added on deck 12.
  • 3D Cinema was added on deck 2.
  • On decks 3 and 4, “The Crypt” (disco nightclub) was replaced by new inside cabins (deck 3) and by the Sabor (Mexican restaurant on deck 4 / upper level).
  • On Lido Deck 11 (in the main pool area) a huge movie screen (outdoor theatre) was installed.
  • Vintages (wine bar) was upgraded.
  • “BRITTO” (Art Gallery) was added on Promenade deck 5.
  • R-Bar (1960s-themed lounge bar) was added on Promenade deck 5.
  • Two new restaurants were added – “Giovanni’s Table” (Italian trattoria on Lido deck 11) and “Sabor Modern Mexican” (on deck 4).
  • A cluster of 44 new Spa cabins was added on Deck 12 forward, in categories Q-Interior, Spa Oceanview (PF-Family Panoramic, P1-Larger, P2-Panoramic) and E3-Spa Balcony.

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Freedom Of The Seas Itineraries

The below listed Freedom Of The Seas cruise prices on 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.

DateCruise NameDeparture PortPrice from
2019 Sep 29 7 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean San Juan $449
2019 Oct 06 7 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean San Juan
2019 Oct 13 7 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean San Juan $549
2019 Oct 20 7 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean San Juan $699
2019 Oct 27 7 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean San Juan $424
2019 Nov 03 7 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean San Juan $443
2019 Nov 10 7 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean San Juan
2019 Nov 17 7 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean San Juan $777
2019 Nov 24 7 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean San Juan $886
2019 Dec 01 7 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean San Juan $700
2019 Dec 08 7 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean San Juan $663
2019 Dec 15 7 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean San Juan $681
2019 Dec 22 7 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean Holiday San Juan $854
2019 Dec 29 7 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean Holiday San Juan $2380
2020 Jan 05 7 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean San Juan $777
2020 Mar 08 7 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean San Juan $628
2020 Mar 15 7 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean San Juan $548
2020 Mar 22 7 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean San Juan $638
2020 Mar 29 7 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean San Juan $898
2020 Apr 05 7 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean San Juan $730
2020 Apr 12 7 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean San Juan $576
2020 Apr 19 7 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean San Juan $631
2020 Apr 26 7 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean San Juan $590
2020 May 03 7 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean San Juan $578
2020 May 10 7 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean San Juan $577
2020 May 17 7 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean San Juan $664
2020 May 24 7 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean San Juan $650
2020 May 31 7 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean San Juan $834
2020 Jun 07 7 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean San Juan $891
2020 Jun 14 7 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean San Juan $975
2020 Jun 21 7 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean San Juan $844
2020 Jun 28 7 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean San Juan $1012
2020 Jul 05 7 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean San Juan $857
2020 Jul 12 7 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean San Juan $1087
2020 Jul 19 7 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean San Juan $1069
2020 Jul 26 7 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean San Juan $1019
2020 Aug 02 7 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean San Juan $788
2020 Aug 09 7 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean San Juan $767
2020 Aug 16 7 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean San Juan $641
2020 Aug 23 7 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean San Juan $602
2020 Aug 30 7 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean San Juan $600
2020 Sep 06 7 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean San Juan $546
2020 Sep 13 7 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean San Juan $548
2020 Sep 20 7 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean San Juan $583
2020 Sep 27 7 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean San Juan $547
2020 Oct 04 7 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean San Juan $671
2020 Oct 11 7 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean San Juan $536
2020 Oct 18 7 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean San Juan $624
2020 Oct 25 7 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean San Juan $524
2020 Nov 01 7 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean San Juan $562
2020 Nov 08 7 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean San Juan $620
2020 Nov 15 7 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean San Juan $561
2020 Nov 22 7 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean San Juan $637
2020 Nov 29 7 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean San Juan $653
2020 Dec 06 7 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean San Juan $549
2020 Dec 13 7 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean San Juan $655
2020 Dec 20 7 days, round-trip 7 Ngt Southern Caribbean Holiday San Juan $812
2020 Dec 27 7 days, round-trip 7 Ngt Southern Caribbean Holiday San Juan $1094
2021 Jan 03 7 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean San Juan $781
2021 Jan 10 7 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean San Juan $709
2021 Jan 17 7 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean San Juan $812

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