The Royal Caribbean Freedom of the Seas will launch in June 2011 on its first voyage to the Caribbean. This brand new Royal Caribbean cruise ship will feature everything that you already love about the Royal Caribbean fleet and several extra choices that are exclusive only to the Freedom of the Seas. Here is a quick guide highlighting some of the new features for the Royal Caribbean Freedom of the Seas.
The Royal Caribbean Freedom of the Seas will be the 4th ship in fleet that offers the DreamWorks Experience. This allows you to take your family on an unforgettable vacation where the kids and adults will have something to do the entire time. On the DreamWorks cruise you can watch 3D movies on board in the state of the art theater, mingle with your favorite DreamWorks characters, and even watch full production ice shows.
Royal Caribbean Freedom of the Seas Staterooms
A new cruise ship means brand new stateroom options as well. Royal Caribbean strives to maintain its affordability while offering a comfortable experience for everyone. The interior staterooms are available in 4 different options. The standard interior stateroom offers a spacious 150 square feet of living space and a private bathroom. This is great for 2 passengers. For those wanting to make sure they have a view without spending a lot, the Promenade stateroom may be the answer. This features a bowed window that overlooks the Promenade. The Family interior staterooms offer more space and accommodations for up to 6 people. If you want an ocean view, look at the outside staterooms. These are available in the same sizes as the interior but all offer a view of the open water. For romantic vacations a stateroom with a private balcony may be a better option. These are large enough to be comfortable, and offer balconies with a sitting area. Suites are also available for those who want more room and a touch of luxury. The Presidential Family Suite offers 4 full bedrooms and can accommodate 14 people. The 1200 square foot suite opens up to an 800 square foot balcony. If you don’t need anything quite that big, look at the Royal Suites or the Owner’s Suites. These offer plenty of space, luxurious appointments, and private ocean view balconies. The suites are more affordable than you may think. You can book these from $1,100 per person. When you compare the Royal Caribbean Freedom of the Seas to other cruise lines, this is extremely affordable.
Along with the traditional cruise dining that the entire Royal Caribbean cruise ships fleet offer, the Freedom of the Seas also offers a few extra choices. The Johnny Rockets 50’s style restaurant offers a ‘greasy spoon’ feel complete with hand dipped shakes and thick burgers. You won’t have to pay a service charge for this restaurant, making it a favorite for families. The on board steakhouse, Chops Grille, is a reservation required restaurant serving upscale steakhouse style meals. Portofino is another reservation required restaurant offering fine Italian cuisine. If you want a quick snack, check out the Café Promenade. Sorrento’s is also a family favorite, serving pizza and more. A Ben & Jerry’s is also available on board to serve your sweet tooth. If you want standard cruise style dining, you’ll have three choices. You can also find Jade Restaurant, an Asian restaurant offering sushi and more. Room service is also available, and you can order take out from any of the restaurants on the Royal Caribbean Freedom of the Seas.
Bars and Lounges
The Freedom of the Seas also offers plenty for adults. You can find several bars and lounges on board this brand new ship. Check out the Bull and Bear Pub, a British style pub serving pub food and plenty of beer varieties. You’ll also find the Champagne Bar, serving only champagne and wine. Bolero’s is a Latin style dance club that will allow you to dance in to the night. The Crypt is another dance club with a disco atmosphere. The Viking Crown Lounge features five individual lounges that all offer a 360 degree view of the ocean.
There is plenty for the younger members of your family to explore while on board the Royal Caribbean Freedom of the Seas. An Aquanauts area is a place for younger kids, featuring bright colors and plenty of fun to be found. The Explorers area offers art and crafts stations as well as plenty of room for kids to play around. At the Voyagers center you’ll find computers and areas for kids to hang out. The computers are all equipped with parental controls so you don’t need to worry about kids surfing inappropriately. For teens, the Fuel Disco lounge offers a more adult feel without the alcohol. There are also activities available for the entire cruise, including scavenger hunts, dance parties, video game tournaments, and board game challenges.
One of the most known aspects of all Royal Caribbean cruises is the sheer amount of outdoor and sports related activities available. The famous rock climbing wall is available on the Royal Caribbean Freedom of the Seas ship. You’ll also find a full size boxing ring, a sports pool, volleyball and basketball areas, and a full water park featuring slides, wading pools, and more. Check out the ice skating rink or the FlowRider- an area that allows you to surf while on the ship. You can also find mini golf, and hot tubs that jut out from the site of ship to allow you to soak and feel as though you’re hanging over the open water.
Ports of Call
The Royal Caribbean Freedom of the Seas will sail exclusively in the Caribbean for the first few years. You can find cruises that will allow you to enjoy the Western, Eastern, and Southern areas of the Caribbean. This can include St. Thomas, the Bahamas, Honduras, Aruba, Jamaica, Belize, Virgin Islands, Haiti, and more.
If you’re looking for a Caribbean vacation that is affordable for the whole family, looking at the Royal Caribbean Freedom of the Seas may be a great option for you.