The Royal Caribbean Freedom of the Seas was probably the world's most anticipated cruise ship since the Cunard Queen Mary 2 when it was launched. The Freedom of the Seas replaced the Queen Mary 2 as the largest cruise ship in the world--160,000 tons compared to the QM2's 150,000 tons. (The QM2 will keep the longest cruise ship title since she is about 20 feet longer than the Freedom of the Seas, and the newer ships the Oasis of the Seas, Allure of the Seas, and Harmony of the Seas have more tonnage than the Freedom of the Seas.)
Royal Caribbean launched the Freedom of the Seas in May 2006. Freedom of the Seas currently sails to the Caribbean from Port Canaveral, Florida.
Freedom of the Seas Cruise Ship Overview
The Freedom of the Seas is an Ultra-Voyager because she is an extension of the Royal Caribbean International (RCI) Voyager of the Seas class. The Freedom of the Seas is larger than the Voyager and carries 500 more passengers. The ship's extra length and size has enabled RCI to include lots of exciting options never seen on a cruise ship before such as a surfing pool.
Freedom of the Seas Cabins and Accommodations
The Freedom of the Seas has many different levels of cabins, ranging from the 14-person, 1200 square foot Presidential Suite to a 160 square foot, twin-bed interior cabins. All cabins have a private bath (some with tub, all with shower), hairdryer, desk, mini-bar, safe, satellite telephone, and flat screen TV.
Freedom of the Seas Cuisine and Dining
The Freedom of the Seas has a very large main dining room on three levels. Dining is at two seatings and the room is non-smoking. Tables are available for four, six, eight, ten, or twelve. The Freedom has many casual alternative dining options available so that passengers can eat somewhere almost all day and night. The Portofino is the upscale Italian option, with reservations required.
Freedom of the Seas Entertainment
The Freedom of the Seas's show lounge spans five decks. The Freedom of the Seas has colorful Las Vegas-style production shows, with the Spectaculars on Ice probably the most popular show.
Freedom of the Seas ShipShape Spa
The ShipShape Spa is large and includes all the standard treatment rooms, saunas, and steam room. The spa also has a sliding glass roof over the Solarium.
Freedom of the Seas Fitness Center
The Freedom of the Seas fitness center is equipped with the latest equipment and a large aerobics room. One of the special amenities of the Freedom of the Seas are the unusual whirlpools hanging over the side of the ship. They feature a terrific view!
Freedom of the Seas Cruise Ship Highlights
- Rock-climbing wall
- Ice-skating rink
- Royal Promenade
- Extensive WiFi capabilities and connectivity for cell phones
- Full-size, flat-screen TVs in every stateroom
- Themed bars and lounges
- Adventure Ocean® youth facilities
- ShipShape® Day Spa and Fitness Center
- Casino Royale
Freedom of the Seas Cruise Ship Facts
- Passenger Capacity: 3,600 double occupancy
- Gross Tonnage: 160,000
- Length: 1,112 feet
- Beam: 126.64 feet
- Draft: 28 feet
- Cruising Speed: 21.6 knots