Freedom of the Seas

4.1 out of 5
Price: $ $ $ $     Size: L     Refurbished: 6 yrs ago    
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About Freedom of the Seas

Freedom of the Seas is a large ship, carrying 3634 passengers and 1360 crew, and sails from Ft. Lauderdale (Port Everglades), Florida and Barcelona, Spain.

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April 2017 Cruise

Freedom of the Seas is a great ship!  Did not feel crowded at any time.  Beautiful Promenade... Read more
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Contributor Level: Purser
3 out of 5

First time cruising

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Overall, the experience was good. The ship itself needs major renovations. First arrived to a not so tidy room. I don't blame the cleaning lady as the ship gets patrons on and off like cattle. The most annoying part is the nickel and dining Royal  Carribean feels they have to do..automatic gratuities on everything..even ordering juice..wow..anyway, the ports were amazing. My favorite being Puerto Rico. Just wish we had more time to explore. Less cruising days and more port days would have made it awesome..Getting off the ship the last day took 3 hours. NO ORGANIZATION!!!  I'd probably cruise again on a different line and for less amount of days..

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Contributor Level: Second Mate
5 out of 5

Best Family Vacation

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Large Group

What do you do when you travel with children, grandchildren and seniors?  You take a cruise on Freedom of the Seas. Something to do every minute of every day for every one of us. Flow riders, movies, Harry Potter Trivia, dance parties...the list goes on and on. So much to do together and so much to do individually. Our dinners were amazing, service impeccable and the ship was just beautiful. Truly best vacation ever. 

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Contributor Level: Purser
2 out of 5

dropped the ball not Royal Caribbean

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Couple

The ship was great, the ship service was great.  However we were given wrong information by that cost us 130 dollars.  We were told chef's table would be comped but our voucher indicated otherwise.  I reached out to our rep (three times) that gave us the information and never received a phone call, email, or anything with less than 2 days left before our cruise.  Also, Royal Caribbean initiated a 7.95 surcharge for all room service before our trip and although might not have known about this implementation they have had time now to find out about the surcharge change.  The ship detail information on all royal Caribbean ships needs to be updated.  Long story short, double check all information given to you by , which is annoying in itself so perhaps you should just deal with the cruise line directly and avoid the "convenience" of . ( I must have called  about at least 6 times for different reasons, many of those times getting different answers from some individuals who had no idea of what their policies were and gave me wrong answers.  Meanwhile I sensed that each of these people had no clue so I would call back again and get some one who finally would be able to help with the correct answers)

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Contributor Level: Purser
4 out of 5

Enjoyed the trip

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Family (older children)

One of the best things about the cruise is not being tied to the internet, email, phone and just focusing on relaxing and enjoying all the activities. 

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Contributor Level: Deck Hand
4 out of 5

April 2017 Cruise

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Family (older children)

Freedom of the Seas is a great ship!  Did not feel crowded at any time.  Beautiful Promenade Deck, the dining rooms are pretty, shows were good, lots of bars and places to pick up a snack.  The reason I gave this cruise 4 stars is because of the stop in St Kitts.  The port is full of shops but the town is not inviting.  We turned around about 2 blocks into the town, not real comfortable with the surroundings.  

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Contributor Level: Purser
4 out of 5

Freedom of Seas

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Family (older children)

Arrived 2:30 after crowd and no line.Service was unforgettable (standard bearer Disney quality). Mystery dinner was fantastic with endless wine & good food.Room was good considering 4 adults but needed more closet space.Took 2 RC excursions and 1 private (Robinson speedboat)which were great.Shows and comedians were great as was ice show. I would recommend to others not afraid to walk the hall of a long ship.Happy 

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Contributor Level: Purser
5 out of 5

Very Satisfied First-Time Cruisers

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Family (young children)

Our favorite part of cruise... Well, we can't pick just one.  It was great to travel to multiple destinations in one vacation.  The food was amazing. Exceptional service by the staff.  We

have absolutely nothing to complain about!!

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Contributor Level: Purser
3 out of 5

Surprise!

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So our ship the Freedom of the Seas was lovely! The service impeccable. However, our surprise came when we realized how much money we were made to spend onboard! While we paid for our cruise and had not cruised in over a decade, both my husband and I were highly disappointed that there was literally a charge for everything! EVERYTHING! The moment we stepped on the ship we were met with specialty dining options for hundreds of dollars. Next came 3 days of pushing drink packages that we did not purchase because we would only have 1 or 2 drinks a day. Again, an opportunity to spend hundreds of dollars. Our son opted to drink water instead of the soda package. T shirts were sold, photos taken daily were sold, excursions we expected to buy, and the shops along the promenade all offered items and foods for purchase. Apparently we were out of touch from the days of lobster, steak and other delights nightly at dinner, these are again purchased through specialty dining. The main dining room food was mediocre building to better food on the last few nights. No ice sculptures, no midnight buffet and the pizza truly disappointing. The happy serendipity was that none of us gained weight on this cruise. After reconciling our onboard bill for thousands more in addition to our original booking fee, we decided the best part of the cruise was waking up in a different port each day. That is why you cruise in the first place! We would recommend RCL to family and friends but, we will tell them to expect spending a lot onboard. As far as booking another cruise, probably not...

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DECK 5

Deck 5 features the Pharaoh's Palace, Connoisseur Club, Galileo Dining Room, and the Royal Promenade - where you can shop, eat, or just hang out at the...

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DECK 11

Deck 11 features the Ship Shape Fitness Center, Solarium, pools, whirlpools, H20 Zone, Chops Grille, Portofino, Jade Restaurant, and Windjammer Cafe.

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DECK 12

Deck 12 features the Freedom Day Spa, Sky Bar, jogging track, Challenger's Arcade, The Living Room, Adventure Ocean, Fuel, and Johnny Rockets.

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DECK 4

Deck 4 features the Arcadia Theatre, Schooner Bar, Casino Royale, Boleros Lounge, and the Isaac Dining Room.

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radashley
Contributor Level: Third Mate

The pizza on the Promenade was pretty good as we're some of the sandwiches from the coffee shop. The food in the Windjammer was nearly as good as what was in the dining room and if you prefer to dress more casually then that is the place to be....not as stuffy. There was always a good selection.

tvelji
Contributor Level: Second Mate

Pizza was free at the Pizza place on the promenade. The drinks aren't free, but if you have one of the drink packages it pays off. Tips are included in the purchase of the package. They had a cupcake shop and I bought one of the cupcakes for a little over 2 dollars. It was delicious!

tricia46400072
Contributor Level: Purser

The food in the Starbucks coffee shop is free (although the Starbucks is not) - not many people realized this and there was never a line.

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Price

L

Size

Jun 2006

Built

6 yrs ago

Refurbished

3634

Total Passengers

2.67

Crew to Passenger Ratio

14

Number of Decks

1827

Total Cabins

28

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