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Built in 2006, the Freedom of the Seas is one of the largest ocean liners afloat, and is literally packed with a vast array of entertainment and facilities that simply cannot be found anywhere else.

Destinations and Itineraries
As one might expect from a Royal Caribbean Ship, the Freedom of the Seas spends its time cruising between Caribbean islands from its home in Port Canaveral, close to the NASA Space Centre. British passengers fly to Orlando and then transfer to the ship after an overnight stay in Florida. The first port of call on the Eastern Caribbean Cruise is a private island in Coco Bay in the Bahamas, where a host of watersports activities are on offer.

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After a day at sea, the ship then arrives at St Thomas in the US Virgin Islands and then travels on to St Maarten in the Leeward Islands. Heading home the ship spends two days at sea before returning to Port Canaveral. Western Caribbean cruises also last for seven nights with passengers transferring from Orlando. On this route, the ship spends a day at sea before arriving at Labadee in Haiti where an array of watersports become passenger's first opportunity to take to the Caribbean waters. The next day the ship arrives at Falmouth in Jamaica where passengers can see the historic wooden buildings of the well preserved old town. The Cayman Islands' Grand Cayman is the next port of call with its picture-perfect beaches and more diving and snorkelling opportunities.

The Mexican island of Cozumel is the next and final port of call with its Mayan ruins and beautiful coral reefs. The ship then spends a leisurely two days at sea, slowly making its way back to Port Canaveral. The eastern and western Caribbean cruises continue right until next year. As the ship alternates between each itinerary, it is possible to book a 14-night cruise taking in all the islands on both routes.

The Freedom of the Seas is a giant floating city, the newest, biggest and best ship in the Royal Caribbean International fleet.

This vast ship can comfortably carry 4,900 passengers and has a ratio of one crew member for every 206 passengers when each cabin has double occupancy - there are no single cabins on the ship. The Freedom of the Seas has two atriums - both up to 11 decks high. To meet the needs of passengers, there are three swimming pools, six jacuzzis, a fitness centre , an ice skating rink, a jogging track, a rock climbing wall, a basketball or volleyball court, a nine-hole golf course and aerobics facilities! An additional attraction that Royal Caribbean has introduced is its surf rider, where would-be surfers can perfect their wave riding skills. Facilities for children are rated as very good. There are organised and supervised activities tailor-made for different age groups - from scavenger hunts and sports competitions to a video arcade. After dinner entertainment includes Broadway style productions in the vast five-tier Arcadia Theatre. Dancing, music and cabaret entertainment is presented in the Pharaoh's Palace. Alternative attractions include a TV studio, a champagne bar, jazz bar, conference centre and the Viking Crown Lounge. There is also a library and a casino.

There are 1,814 cabins on board the Freedom of the Seas and 841 of them have private balconies - 234 with an ocean view. A unique feature of this ship is that 170 of the inside cabins have windows overlooking the Royal Promenade, the ship’s spectacular atrium. All staterooms are a good size with all the storage space passengers will need. Each cabin also has a safe, a minibar, a vanity unit and a TV where subscription movies can be ordered. Twin beds in the staterooms can be converted to make a queen sized double.

The ship has three main dining rooms connected by a grand sweeping staircase. Service is friendly and helpful and the food is very good. Alternative dining arrangements include the self-service Windjammer buffet, the Jade and Portofino restaurants and the Chops Grille. The dress code is casual and comfortable during the day and smart casual in the evenings. On formal nights men are required to wear a dark suit or a dinner suit and ladies are required to wear a cocktail dress.

Suites/Deluxe Staterooms

FEATURES
✔ Private balcony 
✔ Luxurious bedding 
✔ TV, telephone, minibar and safe 
✔ Private bathroom with bath, vanity area and hair dryer 
✔ Full breakfast, lunch and dinner room service† 
✔ Complimentary Concierge service* 
✔ Priority check-in* 
✔ Priority departure* 
✔ Complimentary luggage valet service* 


Balcony Suites

FEATURES
✔ Private balcony 
✔ Sitting area with sofa bed* 
✔ Two twin beds or one Royal King bed 
✔ Luxurious bedding 
✔ TV, telephone and safe 
✔ Private bathroom with shower, vanity area and hair dryer 
✔ Room service available 24 hours a day 


Outside Staterooms

FEATURES
✔ View of the ocean 
✔ Sitting area 
✔ Two twin beds or one Royal King bed 
✔ Luxurious bedding 
✔ TV, telephone and safe 
✔ Private bathroom with shower, vanity area and hair dryer 
✔ Room service available 24 hours a day 


Interior Staterooms

FEATURES
✔ Sitting area 
✔ Two twin beds or one Royal King bed 
✔ Luxurious bedding 
✔ TV, telephone and safe 
✔ Private bathroom with shower, vanity area and hair dryer 
✔ Room service available 

SHIP FACTS

Maximum Capacity:    4370
Year Entered Service:    04/06/2006
Beam (Ship Width):    184 ft
Draught(Ship Depth):    28 ft
Length:    1112 ft
Tonnage:    154407
Crew:    1360
Cruising Speed:    22 kts
Number of Decks:    14
Number of Lifts:    4
Number of Pools:    4
Number of restaurants:    5
Formal nights:    Yes
Adult Only:    No
Kids Club:    Yes

 


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Amenties

Amenties available on Freedom of the Seas include:
◦    Freedom Day Spa & Fitness Center
◦    Royal Promenade Boutiques
◦    Art & Photo Gallery
◦    Three Pools
◦    Six Whirlpools
◦    Pool Bar
◦    Adventure Ocean kids club
◦    Florist
◦    Medical Center    ◦    FlowRider surf simulator
◦    Rock-climbing Wall
◦    Sports Court
◦    Nine-hole Miniature Golf Course
◦    Jogging Path
◦    Karaoke Room
◦    Video Game Room
◦    Ice Skating Rink
◦    Ben & Jerry’s ice cream scoop shop

 



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