Freedom of the Seas Overview


Active couples, families, and solo travelers can enjoy lively days at sea and lovely destinations on Royal Caribbean's Freedom of the Seas. Renovated cabins keep everyone comfortable after days spent climbing the rock wall, enjoying thrills in the onboard H20 Zone Water Park, or pounding it out in the onboard boxing ring. Freedom of the Seas entertainment includes stage shows in the Arcadia theater and figure skating shows at Studio B, along with acrobats, comedians, and magicians performing throughout the ship. Toddlers and elementary-age children can participate in staff-led activities at Adventure Ocean while teens compete for high scores in the Challengers Arcade, and adults can find some peace and quiet in the Solarium (which only admits cruisers 16+) or in one of the many of the onboard bars and lounges. Dining options are also plentiful, with choices ranging from casual eateries like Sorrento’s Pizza, Johnny Rockets, the Windjammer Cafe, and Ben & Jerry’s, to more formal options Chops Grille, Giovanni’s Table, and Sabor Modern Mexican.

Originally built in 2006, Freedom of the Seas received a major refurbishment in 2011, including modifications to its rooms, a new nursery, video screens over the pool, and the addition of touch-screen LCD maps to help you find your way all over the ship. It’s now an easy task to navigate from the cupcake shop to one of the movie theaters — and any destination in between. Freedom is also scheduled for another large update in 2020 as part of the Royal Amplified refurbishment program, and will receive new activities like laser tag and an escape room, along with several new waterslides and dining spots.

Freedom of the Seas sails Southern Caribbean itineraries from San Juan, Puerto Rico. Unlike the many Royal Caribbean ships sailing from Florida, Freedom can reach less-traveled (and often more popular) Southern Caribbean ports like St. Thomas, St. Maarten, St. Lucia, and St. Kitts, all without spending any extra days at sea.

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Best For

Active families, couples, and groups of friends are the best fit for Freedom of the Seas, which, despite being an older ship, comes with all the adrenaline-pumping highlights Royal Caribbean is known for.

Things to Consider

Because of its size and Royal Caribbean’s focus on energetic fun, this isn't a ship for cruisers looking for a quiet, intimate experience. And despite receiving updates in 2011, the ship might feel slightly dated to cruisers used to sailing on newer ships, although that will likely change when Freedom enters drydock again in 2020.

Ship Highlights

  • FlowRider surf simulator
  • Movies by the pool
  • Specialty dining options including Johnny Rockets, Chops Grille, Sabor, and Vintages
  • Onboard classes for dancing, cooking, and cupcake decorating
  • Clubs and lounges for teens and adults
  • An onboard ice skating rink
  • Activities for kids include several staff-run programs daily, so parents can enjoy adult-only events

Freedom of the Seas Cabins

1894 cabins and 62 cabin categories.

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Inside Cabin Inside
(305 Reviews)
Avg. Size: 195 sq. ft. Avg. Cost: $103 per night
Oceanview Cabin Oceanview
(88 Reviews)
Avg. Size: 189 sq. ft. Avg. Cost: $120 per night
Balcony Balcony
(345 Reviews)
Avg. Size: 192 sq. ft. Avg. Cost: $145 per night
Suite Cabin Suite
(49 Reviews)
Avg. Size: 741 sq. ft. Avg. Cost: $263 per night

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Freedom of the Seas Dining

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Portofino Portofino
(2 Reviews)
Cafe Promenade Cafe Promenade
(29 Reviews)
Sabor Mexican Restaurant Sabor Mexican Restaurant
(12 Reviews)
Sorrentos Pizza Sorrentos Pizza
(30 Reviews)

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Freedom of the Seas Onboard Activities

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H20 Zone H20 Zone
(5 Reviews)
A Close Shave A Close Shave
(1 Review)
SeaTrek SeaTrek
(1 Review)
Jogging Track Jogging Track
(3 Reviews)

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2588 Freedom of the Seas Reviews

Itinerary great. Ship so so by Tiray

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Itinerary was great. Shows were awful. Boat lacked things to do. Too much to pay for. Might as well upgrade to celebrity. As a gold member got very little. Thinking of changing to another cruise line the push for speciality dinners was incrediably constant in your face noteably on the first day. I brought someone who had never cruised. It was embarrassing. At least 15 people tried to sell us!

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Nice getaway by juliedalton198

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The overall experience was good. Nothing but water available on deck 5 had to go all the way to deck 11 to get lemonade.

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Fantastic itinerary! The ship needs major improvements. by LTH

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The Itinerary was great! The Grand Suite was a disappointment. The ship needs renovating now.

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Sep 17, 2015

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.

Feb 19, 2015

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!

Apr 03, 2013

This is a very large ship, the crowd was noticeable on a couple instances. If participating in shows or other group events, get there early.

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