Freedom of the Seas Overview

By Cruiseline.com - Updated Aug. 23, 2019

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.

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

Before You Book

Why Sail Freedom of the Seas: Active families, couples, and groups of friends are the best fit for Freedom, 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.

Freedom of the Seas Ship Stats

  • Price:
    $$$$
  • Size: L
  • Total Passengers: 3,634
  • Total Crew: 1,360
  • Passenger to Crew Ratio: 2.67
  • Built: Jun 2006
  • Refurbished: Mar 2011
  • Number of Decks: 14
  • Total Cabins: 1,894
  • Cabin Categories: 62
  • Gross Tonnage: 160,000
  • Length: 1,112
  • Beam: 127

Freedom of the Seas Cabins

1894 cabins and 62 cabin categories.

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Inside Cabin Inside
4.5
(316 Reviews)
Avg. Size: 195 sq. ft. Avg. Cost: $99/night
Oceanview Cabin Oceanview
4.0
(91 Reviews)
Avg. Size: 189 sq. ft. Avg. Cost: $120/night
Balcony Balcony
4.6
(359 Reviews)
Avg. Size: 192 sq. ft. Avg. Cost: $153/night
Suite Cabin Suite
4.4
(55 Reviews)
Avg. Size: 741 sq. ft. Avg. Cost: $266/night

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Freedom of the Seas Dining

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Portofino Portofino
5.0
(2 Reviews)
Cafe Promenade Cafe Promenade
4.7
(33 Reviews)
Sabor Mexican Restaurant Sabor Mexican Restaurant
4.7
(15 Reviews)
Sorrentos Pizza Sorrentos Pizza
4.5
(39 Reviews)

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Freedom of the Seas Onboard Activities

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SeaTrek SeaTrek
5.0
(1 Review)
A Close Shave A Close Shave
5.0
(1 Review)
Sports Pool Sports Pool
5.0
(2 Reviews)
H20 Zone H20 Zone
5.0
(8 Reviews)

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Not Enuff to Brag About by janetpco

Sail Date: / Traveled As: Singles/Friends

2nd time on this ship, 1st trip was memorable, in a Good way, but unfortunately, this 2nd cruise left a Lot to be desired. Not sure if I'll try for 3, or just try another cruise line. Sorry, I too wish I had a better review.

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Different experience by locs2love

Sail Date: / Traveled As: Couple

The cruise in itself was beautiful. The stops were beautiful. We had a few issues with how security treated us when we came back on board after our excursions. And we also had some issues with how one of the staff members in the photos department was treating us. This was our first cruise and our Honeymoon so we expected it to be a little nicer. Overall the other staff was very nice just not security. They asked my husband what he had in his pocket and he said chap stick for his lips. They asked him to remove it and he did . The security guard took it from him mind you with no gloves on and proceeded to open it and look inside and then handed it back to my husband. Of course my husband had to throw it away. That was unacceptable and the cruise line didn’t do anything about it.

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Excellent cruise by yam7859

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

The cruise in general was a great experience, but I think they have to add more activities by the poolside

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953 Freedom of the Seas Tips

radashley
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.

tvelji
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!

edgolfs
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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