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Royal Caribbean Freedom of the Seas

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About
Passengers: 4,515   |   Crew: 1,360
Passengers to crew: 3.32:1
Passengers to space: 40.8:1
Launched: 2006   

Decks

  • Deck 2
  • Deck 3
  • Deck 4
  • Deck 5
  • Deck 6
  • Deck 7
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Deck 2 layout
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  Ocean View (2N)  
  Ocean View (3N)  
  Spacious Interior (1R)  
  Interior (2V)  
  Interior (6V)  
  Interior (1V)  
  Interior Accessible (3V)  
  Ultra Spacious Ocean View (1K)  
  Ocean View (8N)  
  Ocean View (1N)  
 
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Studio B
Arcadia Theatre
Conference Center

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Balcony
Cabin size: 188 - 214 sq. ft.
Connected rooms: 173
Accessible rooms: 8
Maximum passengers: 4
Number of cabins: 738
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Jen F wrote a review 20 Sep
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We sailed on Freedom of the Seas from Sept 12 - 16 to the Bahamas. We picked this ship because of the Ice rink on board. Embarkation: Super easy! We were suite passengers and also Key passengers so we were escorted to the suite lounge for check-in and waiting. We were on the boat by 11. They said that lunch started at 11, but it didn't start until 12, and our room wasn't ready until 1, so we wandered around the boat for an hour. Still, it was nice to board with the first group. State room: We were in room 9648 which was a suite. The room was nicely sized for two people and the balcony was large which was nice. There was a good sized closet which was a surprise. The only down side was the television, the station options were extremely limited. They didn't even offer the basics, (ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX) we watched FOX news all week. Food: In general the food was mediocre. Since this was our first Royal cruise we did not realize that there were "levels" for food (this does not happen on other cruise lines). We did not purchase the unlimited dining package, but did purchase some specialty restaurants and the Chef's table experience. Chops steak house: Pro: The beef carpaccio was outstanding! Con: Even with the additional costs, the lobster was still extra! (for a $200 meal that should have been included!) The steaks were just OK, we get better steaks at our local restaurants and can cook them better at home. They weren't seared or seasoned properly. The lobster bisque sucked. The menu states "sharable sides" these were NOT sharable. The tator tots literally came with three (3) tots, asparagus, four (4) small stacks. If I came back I would NOT pay for this again. Chef's table: This was a nice experience overall, we had a good bunch of fellow diners. For a "Chef's table" this food experience was only OK. The menu never changes…. Strange for this type of experience. That being said the highlights were the bread, fish course and desert. The less successful dishes were the soup, lobster salad and filet courses. This ship couldn't cook steak correctly. The service wasn't "white glove" like on other ships. The dishes all were served one at a time to each diner which made the dinner service very long. (3 hours) Izumi: This was our favorite restaurant. We sat at the sushi bar. The food was outstanding! We had the Goyza, two rolls and desert. Easily the best food we had the whole trip! General dining room: The food in the general dining room was like eating at a hospital cafeteria. The food was overcooked and bland. Seating for dinner was chaos. Prior to the cruise I spoke to numerous customer service representatives and informed them that this was a trip for our anniversary and requested a nice table for two in the dining room. Obviously this message didn't make it to Our seating assignment. They tried to sit us at a shared table in the middle of the dining room. We refused and had to wait an additional 30 minutes until everyone else was seated to get another table. We never went back here for dinner. Our breakfast the first day was horrible. I ordered the bagel with lox. The bagel, while toasted, was cold. There was no cream cheese and the greens were very wilted, as if they were sitting under a heat lamp for the last 30 minutes. I wanted to get more cream cheese but we never saw our server again after the food was brought. My husband ordered the eggs benedict. One English muffin was burnt and the other was raw. There was only a small dab of sauce on the eggs. The second day wasn't much better, I ordered a side of ketchup with my eggs and it never came. My husband ordered toast with his eggs and it never came. The server never returned. Finally we flagged another server down and he went and grabbed a plate of toast from the server stand and tried to serve him cold toast that had been sitting there for the past 20 minutes. I never received any ketchup. Drinks: We purchased the deluxe drink package so all our beverages were included. This was a smart buy. Highly recommended. We would have spent a ton of money on drinks if we hadn't bought this. The bars were nice, our favorite was the R bar on Deck 5 Activities: There are lots of activities to do on this boat….. The problem is that the general crew doesn't seem to be very knowledgeable about what the ship actually offers. We specifically booked a royal cruise for the ice skating rink. Prior to the cruise I called and inquired about the rink and skating times. No one knew anything and told me that I would find out about this "on the ship". Once we boarded we went to guest services (Studio B was closed). No one knew anything about skating times or how to schedule private lessons. After asking multiple people and being told "no" repeatedly (about the private lessons) we finally received a call from the cruise director. He was able to schedule a lesson for us. The lesson was wonderful. After speaking to the skating director we were able to learn the following: Private lessons are offered, and they love to do this with guests, but since no one knows about this guests don't book it (we were the first in 7 months!). Skating is only offered on sea days, so ice time is very limited. If you are Key members you get an additional hour of time on the ice. You need to wear long pants and helmets. We did relay this information to the cruise director for future reference. The Flow rider is another popular activity. This, too, gets crowded. We enjoyed this and had scheduled a private lesson for stand-up surfing. You need 4 people for the lesson. Unfortunately bad weather moved in and the lesson was postponed. We waiting around and when the weather cleared some of the other guests had canceled meaning that there was less than 4 people…. They wouldn't do it for the people who didn't cancel. We didn't think that was fair. We didn't cancel, they should have done it for the people who actually waited. This was Very disappointing. The rock climbing wall was fun! The water slides were fun, but they were slow. Mini golf was lame Spa: We did a couples massage. The massage was awesome! Very relaxing. We enjoyed this very much. The problem started when the massage was done. Instead of allowing us to dress and leave the room they turned all the lights on and started the 'Hard sell" for products and additional services, even booking another massage for us for later in the week for longer and double the price of what we had just paid! This was a HUGE turn off. We had to cancel this later via guest services. Entertainment: The Ice show was amazing! Photos: We had our photos taken but didn't purchase any, they were SUPER expensive. Ports: Coco Cay: Island was fun. The beach and pools were nice. There were two ships here but it didn't feel overly crowded. They don't let you snorkel beyond the "safe swimming" area. There wasn't much to see (sea grass and basic fish). We brought our own gear. If we did this again I don't think I would bother. The pool was fun, there is a large pool bar, we met cool people there. Nassau: Dirty, touristy town. Unless you have an excursion scheduled I wouldn’t even get off the ship for this. Make sure you bring your ID with you so you can get back to your ship! Disembarkation: Super Easy as well! Being Key members we were able to leave whenever we wished (within the disembark time frame). We got up, had a nice breakfast and then left. Our luggage was waiting for us and we quickly cleared customs.
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Terry F wrote a review Aug 2022
New York321 contributions163 helpful votes
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My wife and I recently spent a great 4 nights on the Royal Caribbean Freedom of the Seas. We sailed out of Miami with stops at their Private Island and Nassau. 4300 souls were on the cruise. EMBARKATION; Royal Caribbean is at Pier A in Miami. We couldn’t find this anywhere in our Cruise papers and the uber driver didn’t know where it was either. Something for future cruisers - Pier A. Getting on to the ship was real easy as I had reserved a suite and Royal has a separate entrance for that. Luggage, covid test results, vaccine cards, passports, sail-passes were all checked and we were on the ship within 10 minutes. ROOM; The suite was fine although I thought it was a little smaller than the last time I had a suite. Two sliding glass doors led out to a large balcony (photo) with two loungers. It was on the 10th floor. The room sleeps four with a couch that opens up to a queen size bed. The steward did a fine job and everything that I asked for, whether it was ice or the daily schedule was delivered. The stewards work from 8:00AM - Noon and then again from 4:00PM to 8:00PM. The A/C was just cool enough and the bed and pillows were extremely comfortable. The room had plenty of storage room for everything that you might bring. FOOD; We decided to eat in the Main Dining Room for dinner each night and the food was surprisingly exceptional. We had a table right at a window and the service from the waitress and the asst. waiter was impeccable. They both had a great sense of humor. The menu has some of the same items every night with several changes on the menu as well. We had prime-rib, chicken cordon bleu, shrimp, spaghetti bolognese, shrimp cocktail, key lime pie, ice cream, cheesecake, caesar salad, etc. You can order twice if you want and they will bring it to you. The dining room was three floors. We also had breakfast one morning in the main dining room. One thing we found out, as you’re always getting lost, is that all the food was on one end of the ship and all the entertainment was on the other end. The Windjammer is the buffet, which is on the 11th floor, next to the pool. The buffet had the usual choices and I only had two meals there, both were lunch and both were good. The Windjammer was the only food available on the first afternoon. The ship had a taco stand outside, next to the pool, and it had a huge line all day long. It is set up like a buffet, as you make your way down the line and just take whatever you want for your taco. They also had burritos which were already made and wrapped up. People in the suites are allowed to go to the Crown & Anchor Lounge, which is on the 14th floor. They have continental breakfast in the morning and hors d’oeuvres from 5:00 - 7:00 each night. They had three different hot items each night (fried shrimp, chicken skewers, beef skewers, mozzarella sticks, polenta, quiche, pigs in a blanket, etc.) and everything was good and you can have as much as you want. They also had vegetable sticks, fruit sticks, rolls, chocolate covered strawberries, etc. All drinks are free in there. I like this place best as part of paying for a suite. People who pay for the suites are also allowed to eat breakfast in one of the Specialty Restaurants, Chops. It is a full breakfast with waiters and asst. waiters. This is usually a Steakhouse and there is a charge for dinner here. There is also an Italian Restaurant and a Japanese Hibachi Restaurant for a charge as well. There is a Johnny Rockets on the 12th floor and there is a charge for whatever you order. Also there is a Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream place on the 5th floor and you have to pay for that as well. There was a pizza restaurant (Sorrento’s) on the 5th floor and there were crowds in there all day because this place was free. Ice cream was free in a cone by the pool. ENTERTAINMENT; We saw one nighttime show which featured the singers and dancers. They were actually very good. The show ran about 45 minutes. There was a show another night which had a juggler, but we didn’t go, nor did we go to the other shows in the theater. We did go to an ice skating show, which they had every night on the 3rd floor. This show was mostly figure skating to music and surprisingly we enjoyed it a lot. They were doing real olympic type jumps like triple sowcows and triple lutz, with spins and jumps. Very entertaining. There was the usual ‘Sexiest Man’ contest by the pool and the ‘Belly Flop’ contests in the pool which was pretty good. They showed replays of the flops backwards and forwards on the big screen. It was mc’d my the Cruise Director Chris who was very good at his job. He kept the energy going, no matter where the show was and he was funny also. There was an energetic vibe throughout the ship with music playing and games going on. However, if you wanted to find a nice quiet place, you could find one. There were shows in piano bars and lounges all over the ship. All the kids on the ship seemed to be having a ball, with the club and the water slide. There was also a Flowrider surfing thing going on at the 12th floor. Pretty cool. On the 5th floor, was the Promenade Deck which had food and shops through a long hallway. Above that, there were windows from the rooms on the 6th, 7th and 8th floors which rooms overlooked the walkway. CASINO; The casino was much like a casino on any other ship. They did have a poker game every night, which was up my alley. Very friendly dealers. There were many, many kids on the ship so the casino wasn’t as crowded as on some other ships. PRIVATE ISLAND - The cruise stopped at a Private Island called Coco Cay. Huge area with both Ocean water and Lagoon. Plenty of loungers no matter what area you wanted to sit. They also had a huge pool with a bar and this place was rocking' the entire day with music and fun things going on. The BBQ food was great on the island with plenty of places to sit and eat. DISEBARKATION; For some reason, we were delayed for 40 minutes during the exit from the ship. Long lines of passengers with their luggage and cary-ons just standing in a line for 40 minutes. They never let us know what the problem was but evidently it was something in the terminal.
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Byron wrote a review Aug 2022
Detroit, Michigan247 contributions13 helpful votes
My wife and I did the July 22nd 3 day cruise to the private island and Nassau. Freedom of the seas is a really nice ship. More of an elegant upscale 5 star hotel feel than carnival or Norwegian ships. Room service was nice and timely. We found the options at Windjamers to be better than the main dining room. Both of our NY strip steaks in the main dining room weren't cook as we ordered. They quickly got us new steaks as we ordered. The seating can be tight with little privacy depending on your location. Ee found the App to be great!! It makes things easier checking in and competing the process. I highly recommend using it. It makes checking in so easy. You go right through. We purchased the photo package and we found this to be a waste of money. The ppl that take the photos arent aroynd too many areas of the ship so we only had 4 or 5 photos taken. The Key package was we purchased was worth it. The vip lunch when we boarded was nice. Getting the bags taken the night b4 debarkation was nice.My only complaint is with the small fridges in the staterooms. We had an Oceanview room and the fridge is not cold at all. We called maintenance and they came right away. The maintenance guy said the fridge is just meant for STORAGE of drinks NOT to keep your drinks cold. I think that's crazy!! Royal should either remove these or just put in REAL fridges. I would also suggest having luggage carts in the parking structure when you arrive to help get your luggage to baggage check in. The long lines Getting an elevator to get back to your car to leave should be addressed in some way. The baggage porters are great helping you take your bags to your car. Just wish their was the same help when you arrive. Overall I recommend Royal.
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Ijec40 wrote a review Jul 2022
San Juan, Puerto Rico17 contributions24 helpful votes
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We took a few days to vacation in July to celebrate or 10 yr anniversary and birthdays, and go on a cruise to the Bahamas. Royal Caribbean offered a really good package for the Bahamas. The trip was 4/3 nights on the 4th of July. We went into Coco Cay, Royal private island and Nassau. Great experience, food and plenty of activities to do. On the cruise great service, food and night entertainment shows. We booked everything ahead and saved a couple of hundreds. Definitely a worthy experience, Royal never disappoints.
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Aidita G wrote a review Jun 2022
Cutler Bay, Florida3 contributions7 helpful votes
Not a good deal because they charge for everything extra on the ship. You only have buffet and main dining options to eat. All the other restaurants they charge. If you get the deluxe drink package they charge 400 per person plus gratuity. They charge 15 dollars gratuity per person per day either way automatically. The ship doesn’t have enough seating poolside. You have to wake up very early to save chairs with towels if not you are stuck the whole day without a place to sit. Good luck on a sea day with that.
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