Liberate your imagination on board Freedom of the Seas. From rock climbing walls to meeting favourite characters with the DreamWorks Experience, there is endless amounts of child-friendly fun, while the adults can relax in any one of the tastefully decorated bars. Whatever your age, guests are transported in luxury across the open ocean.
Launched in 2006, the extravagant ship now accommodates 4,500 passengers over a phenomenal fifteen decks. The Freedom-class ships are the third largest from Royal Caribbean, and yet their innovative design allow for them to avoid feeling crowded. Undergoing a refurbishment in 2015, Freedom of the Seas was refitted with upgraded cabins, a new nightclub, and additional restaurants so that the ship offers its passengers both the most modern of amenities and the benefit of experience.
With four different cabin categories, guests will find that their needs are easily met.
The Inside Staterooms measure between 149-152 square feet, and include a keypad-operated security box, a hair dryer, Wi-Fi internet access, a mini-fridge and a flat-screen television with a range of channels. Guests are also welcome to upgrade to a Family Interior, nearly double the size and ample room for sleeping up to six people. The peaceful bathrooms are complete with a roomy shower and complimentary toiletries.
The Ocean View rooms have the additional feature of a porthole window to look out from, and the family sized Ocean View rooms upgrade this window to be a panoramic wonder.
Choose between the Deluxe or the Superior Balcony Stateroom, measuring 177 square feet and 189 square feet retrospectively. Passengers have the opportunity to step out from the lavish interior to feel the fresh sea air outside.
The range of suites vary between the Junior Suite, measuring an impressive 287 square feet, to the exclusive Royal Suite, measuring a phenomenal 1,209 square feet and including a marble whirlpool and a baby grand piano. All suites include a balcony, as well as unlimited use of the Concierge, and access to the Concierge Club serving complimentary pre-dinner canapés and cocktails.
The main dining room sprawls over three tiers and is named after greats of the past, Leonardo Da Vinci, Isaac Newton and Galileo. The grand staircase runs between the three differently themed levels, and sometimes serves as a spot for a live pianist to accompany your meal with soothing piano tones. If you’re spoiled for choice and simply can’t decide between the fantastic array of dishes on offer, ask for the ‘Chef's Inspiration’, a section of the menu that lists the Chef’s personal recommendations.
For a more informal dining option, visit the Windjammer Café for a buffet-style serving both hot and cold delights. While there is a speciality in regional Asian food, Western favourites are also available so that every guest is catered to.
Experience the speciality restaurant, Sabor Modern Mexican on Deck 4. Have your perfectly textured guacamole created at your table by your waitress, and enjoy the homemade tortilla chips dipped into homemade salsa, frequently replenished. The other speciality restaurants on board also include the traditional steakhouse, Chops Grille, and the gourmet Italian eatery, Giovanni’s Table. With wide ocean views to complement a five-course meal, guests will end the evening in ultimate grace and style.
The sheer size of Royal Caribbean’s ships puts them in a position to offer a fabulous wealth of activities to keep guests entertained. Enjoy a professional quality production in the 1,350 seat Arcadia Theatre, tastefully decorated glamorous in red and golds and hosting performances from gravity-defying aerialists, side-splitting comedians and enthralling magicians.
More shows are performed on the ice-rink, where guests can take inspiration from the professionals before trying out their own skills on the ice.
The child-friendly DreamWorks Experience allows for meet and greet sessions with all the favourite characters, from ‘Shrek’ to the whole gang of ‘Madagascar’, adults too may find themselves being caught up in the excitement.
See how your luck plays out in the on-board casino, where smoking is permitted to add to the true ambiance of a Downtown casino. Blackjack, poker and slot machines are only a few of the games played in this exhilarating den, where the noise of cheers and celebratory sounds of the machines will provide background for an exciting evening.
Enhance your experience by ascending the glass staircase to the Vitality Spa, where the 17 treatment rooms give an extensive range of revitalising treatments. From deep massages targeting overworked muscles to refreshing facials, the products used are of the highest quality and promise to leave the recipient in a state of tranquillity and bliss as they return to the main part of the ship.
Keep active in the Shipshape Fitness Centre, packed with modern fitness equipment so that passengers can keep on top of their usual routine in a far from usual location. Additionally, Royal Caribbean provide yoga, Pilates, and aerobics classes in separate fitness rooms.
Choose between a wealth of bars and lounges in which passengers can enjoy a drink, enjoy a book from the library, or listen to some uplifting music. From sophisticated ambiances to fun and flirtatious venues, the Freedom of the Seas has it all.
Soak in the sun by any one of the three pools, one of which is dedicated to children’s entertainment with fun games and competitions. The FlowRider accurately simulates ocean waves, creating the perfect space for guests to develop their surfing skills, and even offer one-to-one instruction.
Engage in some friendly competition on the Sports Court, mini-golf course, table tennis or shuffleboard stations, a great way to get to know your fellow passengers.