Freedom Of The Seas

Freedom Of The Seas Review and Specifications

Specifications of Freedom Of The Seas

Year built2006  /  Age : 12
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
Christened byKatherine L. Calder

Current itinerary of Freedom Of The Seas

Freedom Of The Seas current cruise is 7 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean. Prices start from USD 690 (double occupancy rates). The itinerary starts on 09 Dec, 2018 and ends on 16 Dec, 2018.

Date / TimePort
09 Dec 20:30      Departing from San Juan, Puerto Rico   
11 Dec 07:00 - 20:00     Willemstad, Curacao Island, Dutch Antilles   
12 Dec 07:00 - 23:00     Oranjestad, Aruba Island, Dutch Antilles   
13 Dec 08:00 - 18:00     Kralendijk, Bonaire Island, Dutch Antilles   
15 Dec 08:00 - 17:00     Philipsburg, St Maarten Island, Dutch Antilles   
16 Dec 06:00      Arriving in San Juan, Puerto Rico   

Review of Freedom Of The Seas

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

History - construction and ownership

Royal Caribbean International (RCI) is an 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 number 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 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 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 are 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 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.

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 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).

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 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 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 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

  • Royal Caribbean Freedom of the Seas is the line's first Freedom-class vessel. Her sisters in the fleet are Independence and Liberty.
  • The Freedom ship was built in 2006 at the Aker Finnyards shipyard in Turku, Finland. Aker Finnyards was later acquired by STX Europe, a subsidiary of the South Korean based multinational STX. Freedom was the 2006's biggest passenger liner in the world, taking the first place away from Cunard Line's Queen Mary 2. The cost for the construction amounted to about $800 million.
  • The vessel's godmother is Katherine Louise Calder. She won a contest among 171 000 other viewers of "Today" TV show, focused on charity and social responsibility. Katherine Louise Calder is a foster mother to over 400 children over the last 27 years, was elected Godmother of Freedom. The ceremony took place at the New York harbour on the 12th of May, 2006. The maiden voyage began on the 19th of May with a weekend cruise from New York City to Boston MA.
  • Many of the ship's decorations are influenced by features of Art Nouveau - the sculpture resembling a 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 Freedom's entertainment program is popular enough - that's why RCI do not show typical Broadway-style productions. The 3D theater 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 Of The Seas 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 level) 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 theater) 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 group of 44 new Spa cabins were 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
2018 Nov 11 7 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean San Juan
2018 Nov 18 7 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean San Juan$688
2018 Nov 25 7 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean San Juan$548
2018 Dec 02 7 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean San Juan$499
2018 Dec 09 7 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean San Juan$690
2018 Dec 16 7 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean San Juan$599
2018 Dec 23 7 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean Holiday San Juan$799
2018 Dec 30 7 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean Holiday San Juan$1660
2019 Jan 06 7 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean San Juan$699
2019 Jan 13 7 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean San Juan$519
2019 Jan 20 7 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean San Juan$549
2019 Jan 27 7 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean San Juan$549
2019 Feb 03 7 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean San Juan$549
2019 Feb 10 7 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean San Juan$749
2019 Feb 17 7 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean San Juan$699
2019 Feb 24 7 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean San Juan$599
2019 Mar 03 7 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean San Juan$699
2019 Mar 10 7 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean San Juan$799
2019 Mar 17 7 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean San Juan$749
2019 Mar 31 7 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean San Juan$699
2019 Apr 07 7 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean San Juan$631
2019 Apr 14 7 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean San Juan$908
2019 Apr 21 7 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean San Juan$710
2019 Apr 28 7 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean San Juan$678
2019 May 05 7 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean San Juan$769
2019 May 12 7 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean San Juan$750
2019 May 19 7 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean San Juan$765
2019 May 26 7 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean San Juan$829
2019 Jun 02 7 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean San Juan$965
2019 Jun 09 7 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean San Juan$951
2019 Jun 16 7 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean San Juan$1110
2019 Jun 23 7 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean San Juan$888
2019 Jun 30 7 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean San Juan$999
2019 Jul 07 7 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean San Juan$899
2019 Jul 14 7 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean San Juan$939
2019 Jul 21 7 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean San Juan$829
2019 Jul 28 7 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean San Juan$849
2019 Aug 04 7 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean San Juan$899
2019 Aug 11 7 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean San Juan$849
2019 Aug 18 7 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean San Juan$698
2019 Aug 25 7 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean San Juan$649
2019 Sep 01 7 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean San Juan$649
2019 Sep 08 7 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean San Juan$649
2019 Sep 15 7 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean San Juan$599
2019 Sep 22 7 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean San Juan$599
2019 Sep 29 7 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean San Juan$549
2019 Oct 06 7 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean San Juan$599
2019 Oct 13 7 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean San Juan$599
2019 Oct 20 7 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean San Juan$599
2019 Oct 27 7 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean San Juan$599
2019 Nov 03 7 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean San Juan$599
2019 Nov 10 7 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean San Juan$599
2019 Nov 17 7 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean San Juan$698
2019 Nov 24 7 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean San Juan$748
2019 Dec 01 7 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean San Juan$669
2019 Dec 08 7 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean San Juan$599
2019 Dec 15 7 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean San Juan$799
2019 Dec 22 7 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean Holiday San Juan$1000
2019 Dec 29 7 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean Holiday San Juan$1099
2020 Jan 05 7 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean San Juan$569
2020 Jan 12 7 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean San Juan$629
2020 Feb 23 7 days, one-way from San Juan to Philipsburg San Juan$599
2020 Mar 01 7 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean San Juan$629
2020 Mar 08 7 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean San Juan$649
2020 Mar 15 7 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean San Juan$679
2020 Mar 22 7 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean San Juan$649
2020 Mar 29 7 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean San Juan$599
2020 Apr 05 7 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean San Juan$679
2020 Apr 12 7 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean San Juan$699
2020 Apr 19 7 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean San Juan$629
2020 Apr 26 7 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean San Juan$629