It doesn’t matter if you’re young or old; let your imagination run wild on Freedom of the Seas. Royal Caribbean has thought of everything when it comes to the cruise lines’ Freedom class of ships, and you will find something for everyone, from action-packed activities to laidback retreats.
Departing from Port Canaveral and cruising to the Eastern and Western Caribbean, cruises on Freedom of the Seas see you sail to one of two private Royal Caribbean islands; CocoCay in the Bahamas or Labadee in Haiti. Here you chill on pristine sands or take to the waters for a thrilling high-speed adventure.
The impressive sweeping staircases serve as the centrepiece of Freedom of the Seas’ Royal Promenade; an area jam packed with entertainment and dining venues. As the hub of the ship, the area is lined with restaurants and bars, just like the promenades of your favourite resorts.
» Capacity: 3,782 Passengers
» FlowRider, Climbing Wall & Ice Rink
» Sports Court & Boxing Ring
» 3D Theatre
» H20 Water Park
» Adult-Only Solarium
» Broadway Performances
» 1940’s style Cupcake Cupboard
» Food for Everyone
Sit back and people watch with a coffee or indulge your sweet tooth with an ice cream from Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream Parlour.
The temptation of freshly baked gourmet cupcakes from the adorable 1940’s style Cupcake Cupboard is too hard to resist; you’ll find new flavours on offer every day and if you’re a dab hand at baking, why not sign up for a cupcake design class or decorating party?
Soak up the sun with a holiday read or make a splash in one of three pools, cooling off with a freshly squeezed orange juice or smoothie from the Pool Bar when the day starts to heat off. All that sunbathing and splashing about can work up quite the appetite, so head aft of the ship and feast your eyes on the delicious array of buffet food at the Windjammer Café.
The colourful water park of the H2O Zone attracts the kids, whilst the Solarium is an adults-only retreat, complete with pool, waterfall and sculpture fountains. Slip into a hammock and sway the afternoon away or soak beneath the bubbles of the area’s two peaceful whirlpools.
If you prefer your holidays action-packed, fill your day with sport fuelled fun on the Sport Courts, FlowRider surf simulator, golf simulator or rock climbing wall, all of which are located on Deck 15. Alternatively, hit it out in the Boxing Ring or head way below deck to Deck 2, where you can show off your skills at the Ice Skating Rink. Yes, a boxing ring and ice rink…at sea. And people say cruising is boring!
Gather the family and prepare to be entertained, because Freedom of the Seas excels come evening.
Head to Studio B and watch amazing ice shows from professional ice skaters or wander over to deck 11, where an outdoor movie screen shows the latest blockbuster beneath the stars. Stock up on warm popcorn or a cool cocktail, and then make yourself comfy in time for the film to begin.
Broadway shows are performed to perfection in the three-tiered Arcadia Theatre and the all-singing, all-dancing spectaculars promise to get the audience on their feet and fired up for a great night. Later on, comedy acts will have you crying with laughter.
Though the entertainment ends, the night has just begun; find a perfectly pulled pint and taste of home at the Bull & Bear Pub or sip something fizzy at the Champagne Bar or an array of wines from all over the world at the intimate Vintages wine bar.
The nautical-themed Schooner bar is a popular spot, with a pianist providing live music throughout the night. Elsewhere, the Pyramid Lounge is the ship’s resident party place, with a stage and dance floor crying out for you to show off some moves. For exceptional views over the ship’s open decks and surrounding ocean, head to Olive or Twist in the Viking Crown Lounge; this bar wraps around the front of the ship for the best views on board.
Take your palate on a journey around the world by sampling a different dining venue on every night of your cruise. With a combination of both complimentary and speciality dining restaurants for you to choose from, you’ll find something for the whole family to enjoy.
Kick start your first evening aboard with cuisine from one of Freedom of the Seas’ three main dining rooms: Leonardo, Isaac and Galileo. Mix up your meals with relaxed buffet fare at the casual Windjammer Café or enjoy all things Italian at Sorrento’s. For a little slice of adventure, head over to Johnny Rockets, an classic American burger joint with what are widely recognised as the best milkshakes in the business.
You can rely on the aptly named Chops Grille for succulent steaks and fresh seafood. If you crave a more gourmet affair, look no further than Portofino, where delicious Italian classics and the chef’s own creations are not to be missed. Portofino is also the venue for the Mystery Theatre Dinner nights.
The dress code on board orientates around an Elegant Casual approach in line with the whole of the Royal Caribbean fleet. Freedom of the Seas makes for the perfect ship choice to let your hair down and relax for that true holiday feeling. Never one to disappoint, this glorious vessel delivers something for all. There will be Formal Evenings on board, usually twice per week, giving everyone on board an opportunity to go all out and don their finery. A black tie dress code sees gentleman in smart dinner suits and tuxedos, while the majority of ladies favour cocktail dresses and smart separates.